Friday, March 7, 2008

Words For Warfare

"My nomination became an unfortunate metaphor for the state of race relations in America. My nomination suggested that as a country, we are in a state of denial about issues of race and racism. The censorship imposed against me points to a denial of serious public debate or discussion about racial fairness and justice in a true democracy. For many politicians and policymakers, the remedy for racism is simply to stop talking about race" (1994) - Lani Guinier

Sound familar, some 14 years later?

"The war on drugs is a war on Americans.... We criminalize what Black people do and medicalize what white people do ... The money that used to be paid to college professors now goes to prison guards." (2001) - Lani Guinier

14 comments:

focusedpurpose March 7, 2008 at 3:52 AM  

speak!

we have been so "relaxed" for forty years now and it is only getting worse, daily.

at some point---focusing on race relations and opening the lines of communication without regard for the fear, kicking, and screaming that ensues from all sides---it is the only way to turn things around. then tackling classism might stop the imploding of america.

considering that it is more to the detriment of black folks to continue to play along with the silent or distract yourself game, i am appalled at the resistance i meet from those that should be the most gungho to get through the yucky muck to healing.

nevertheless, i am undaunted.

it was actually the (mis)treatment of Guinier, the disparity in sentencing for powder and crack cocaine, rwanda, somalia, the mistreatment of haitian immigrants and the ushering of blacks and hispanics into prison in record numbers under clinton that turns me off to another shot at a clinton administration. she keeps claiming this same experience, no? we don't even have to talk about republican administrations...

blessings!
focusedpurpose

Symphony March 7, 2008 at 7:43 AM  

"The war on drugs is a war on Americans.... We criminalize what Black people do and medicalize what white people do ... The money that used to be paid to college professors now goes to prison guards."
Can't tell White people that. You're just playing the race card.

Last year there was the H.R. 405: Family-Based Meth Treatment Access Act of 2007. Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. It was also introduced in the Senate.

It called for more money, resources and family-based treatment to help pregnant women, mothers and provide treatment programs- especially in rural areas.

Hello, who is on meth..in rural areas?

Legislation to help White women.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T March 7, 2008 at 9:50 AM  

So true, u know all of m work is in prisons, if u go down the rt side of my blog u will see some of m scientific publications, what is your phd in and waht do u teach? i teach statistics

Anonymiss March 7, 2008 at 10:07 AM  

@ focused purpose

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Everytime I have convos with ppl who will settle for Hillary if Obama doesn't get the nod, they're always amazed at why I won't follow suit. I remind them of everything you've brought up and then some.

The Clintons (namely Bill) are not for Negroes --- they are out for themselves. Lani Guinier was the 2nd example to substantiate that as Sister Souljah was the 1st as her ass was thrown under the bus.

Mes Deux Cents March 7, 2008 at 10:21 AM  

Hi Professor Tracey,

And let's not forget it was the Clintons that threw Lani Guinier under the bus.

Professor Tracey March 7, 2008 at 10:28 AM  

Anonymiss -

So your would rather have a republican in office? That doesn't make any sense to me. If you support Obama, you are supporting his party or is that conditional as well? I'd rather have Clinton than 4 years of McCain.

Professor Tracey March 7, 2008 at 10:34 AM  

To Everyone -

What I find interesting is how everyone is leaping onto the Clintons. I posted Ms. Guinier's words because it struck me how much Obama does not want to discuss race, even though race sits there like the giant elephant in the room every moment he is campaigning.

I hear the excuses, he can't talk tough, he will be "the angry black man". I hear the frightening term "transcending race." I hear the extremely weak and completely bullcrap "he's downplaying race only to get elected". The truth of the matter is he is just as likely to throw black folks under the bus just like the Clintons.
He's given no indication that he will be any different.

Miss Pinky March 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM  

"The truth of the matter is he is just as likely to throw black folks under the bus just like the Clintons.
He's given no indication that he will be any different."

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

wisdomteachesme March 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM  

you know,
we should not trust any man, only God. He is the only one we can trust.
i see the "words for warfare" for today being about understanding that anybody is cabable of anything given the right circumstances.

'poloticians' are cut from a different cloth as those of us on this side= the people they represent.

it's a mental game and a set of rules that is plagued by greed. with a few people peppered in who really want to make things right. to create some type of balance. some type of fairness. for EVERYONE.

a tug of war, riding a seasaw...

i remember what happened this ms guinier, it was very enlightening. more so, it was another loud call to step up self-preparation.
which so many did not do and still are not doing.

personally i wish they would join forces--it would make it a bit easier for 'me' to vote. they could do so much more good - be so much more powerful if they joined forces! i really believe that and feel it.

Anonymiss March 7, 2008 at 7:15 PM  

@ Prof. Tracey

I can't bring myself to waste another vote on a candidate that I'm not interested in.

How else can she and other politicians be held accountable for their actions if we vote for them?

Mahoganydymond March 7, 2008 at 7:29 PM  

The last quote is so true. They spend so much money on these prisons to build and up kept, is ridiculous.

focusedpurpose March 7, 2008 at 8:51 PM  

hi all-

i have said it before, i will say it again. the republican and democrat parties are different sides of the same coin.

voting is symbolic. reading is useful. reading history is better than possessing a crystal ball. both voting and reading were punishable by death for black people. more black people need to get on the reading history bandwagon.

in addition to making friends with the truth. please look up plutocracy and democracy. then in truth---supported by history and current events--- tell yourself the truth of the country where you live.

i don't post on politics, however i follow politics because human behavior is fascinating. the audacity of the sociopath (please look that up too or visit my feb. blog on the topic i posted the clinical definition---when people tell them who they are---believe them) never ceases to amaze me. i am astonished at the extremes that black folks will go to distract themselves or lie to themselves about their inclusion in this "system".

those visible black/black-like functionaries clearly have not learned that in relation to a sociopath you are not an accomplice but a mere unwitting victim.

i hate to see us grow even more divided over something that really has nothing to do with us. the clintons, mccains, bushes, obamas all have character problems as i can see. this is why i like the Audre Lorde quote in the caption of this blog. it is truth. plain and simple.

btw, it is white supremacy and greed that mandates we automatically accept obama as "black". he is in reality mulatto or biracial as this group likes to be referred to these days. i would direct you back to history reading to get a better understanding of how this group has been used historically in relation to black black people. it will help you not be caught by surprise should he demonstrate the writing i see clearly on the wall.

for what it is worth...

blessings all!
focusedpurpose

Sienna March 7, 2008 at 9:04 PM  

"The truth of the matter is he is just as likely to throw black folks under the bus just like the Clintons.
He's given no indication that he will be any different."

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Very true statements. I'd like to see more on this subject.

Attorneymom March 7, 2008 at 11:05 PM  

I wonder if Lani Guinier is supporting Hillary Clinton for the Demonic (opps, I mean Democratic) Nomination. : - )

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