Tavis Smiley vs. Al Sharpton

This past week saw a dust-up between Al Sharpton and Tavis Smiley.   At issue is the recent visit the Sharpton made to the White House along with the NAACP’s Ben Jealous and Marc Morial of the Urban League.   Smiley has accused these three and others of not pressing Obama on a black agenda and acquiescing to Obama’s tendency to avoid anything having to do with race.  Smiley thinks a black agenda needs to be up front and center and that the... Read More

Racism Chasing: The Business of Discrimination (or how Black Folks get “played”)

Racism chasing is not a term I came  up with. I first ran across the term on a blog authored by  a brother out of Atlanta who goes by the handle Constructive Feedback.  His blog is named Politics, Policy, Pathology and Hope WITHIN The Black Community. Constructive Feedback defines “racism chasing” as the proclivity of some African-Americans to see our problems as being strictly related to racism. This results in our strategies and initiatives... Read More

Tiger Woods, mistress diversity and racism

I’ve refrained generally from commenting on the Tiger Woods controversy mainly because I’m indifferent and believe other stuff is far more important.   I wish him well, hope that he’s learned a lesson and hope he’s able to salvage his marriage, but I see this entire affair arising from self inflicted wounds.  No one made him carouse around with dozens of women.  So if he has a public relations nightmare and is losing serious money, he... Read More

Asian students accuse black students of racism at South Philadelphia High School

A story out of Philadelphia.  Asian students at South Philadelphia High have got the school board under pressure to do something about violence after being set upon by African-American students.  They’re currently boycotting by not attending classes until the board can assure their safety.  Apparently they’ve had to contend with racial epithets and attacks on their persons by unruly thugs. There comes a time when we as African-Americans... Read More

Joe Jackson-Public Relations Nightmare

  Sometimes there are things that we really need to speak about with regard to how we ought to handle things. Often, current events can provide a ready classroom for study and analysis.  Such is the case with what appears to be an unfolding fiasco revolving around the death of singer Michael Jackson.   First, we all realize that Michael took a serious hit on his reputation here in the US in the wake of his molestation trial.  Even though he was... Read More

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