Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 28 2012

Wisconsin Rep Gwen Moore: Violence against women is as American as apple pie

By Frederick Sparks Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House in favor of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act,  Wisconsin Representative Gwen Moore recounted painful memories of sexual assault both as a child and as an adult.  “Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a …

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Mar 27 2012

NOM memo reveals strategy to “drive a wedge between blacks and gays”

By Frederick Sparks Revealed as part of a court ordered release of documents related to a lawsuit over finance disclosure violations, a 2009 National Organization for Marriage memo spells out a strategy of racial targeting in its opposition to marriage equality.  In a section titled “Not A Civil Right Project” the memo states “The strategic goal …

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Mar 26 2012

Magnitudes of marginalization and the Oppression Olympics

By Frederick Sparks There’s a quaint but common assumption that those belonging to a group subject to discrimination and inequality have an automatic sympathy for others in the same boat.  History has not proven this assumption consistently true.  One need only watch the end of Gangs of New York, where working class white immigrants violently take …

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Mar 25 2012

White Picket Fences, White Innocence

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By Sikivu Hutchinson Black children in America are never innocent.  Innocence looks like Dick and Jane, our bright-eyed tour guides through the idyll of green lawns, lazy bike rides down hopscotched sidewalks, and the mystery meat treasure of sandboxes under blue skies that sparkle into eternity.  From the 1930s into the 1960s Dick and Jane …

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Mar 23 2012

President Obama: If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon

By Frederick Sparks Finally breaking his silence on the Trayvon Martin killing, President Obama personalized the issue while introducing Dartmouth president Jim Kim as his nominee to lead the World Bank (video link here).  The president asserted his reluctance to impair an ongoing investigation but highlighted that federal, state and local authorities were working together in the …

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Mar 22 2012

“No confidence” vote for Sanford police chief

By Frederick Sparks Commissioners actually split 3-2 in a no confidence vote over police chief Bill Lee’s handling of the Trayvon Martin case.   The vote followed a call for resignation from commissioner Mark McCarty.  It is the most incremental of incremental steps. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement Wednesday asserting that the tragic story …

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Mar 21 2012

Calling out Racism on the RDF site

The following is a letter from Winterwind, a reader who recently submitted a response about his experiences at the RDF: By Winterwind I was a regular lurker and sometime commenter at RDF for several years. I stopped visiting the site two years ago and have never looked back. It was the best decision I have ever …

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Mar 19 2012

Bearing the weight of others’ suspicions


    By Frederick Sparks It’s difficult to put into words how disturbed, angry and depressed I have been by the Trayvon Martin story, in particular the chilling 911 recording of the young man’s cries for help which certainly cast doubts on any claims of justified self-defense. Yet it appears for the moment that, as in …

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Mar 18 2012

Trayvon Martin: Murdered Walking While Black

Seventeen year-old Trayvon Martin was walking alone in a gated community in Orlando Florida when he was brutally gunned down by a white “neighborhood watch” captain.  There is no way in hell a black neighborhood watch captain would still be walking around free and un-charged nearly a month after having shot a white child dead in a gated community. The following is …

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Mar 16 2012

Sikivu at Georgetown University


Between Virgin Mary & Jezebel: Humanist Politics, Godless Morality “In 1781, black and brown women and men founded the city of Los Angeles.  In this so-called city without a history, legend has it that undocumented Anglos were the real o.g. illegals.  A few years before, a ‘new’ revolution in what it meant to be human …

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