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Former Atty. Gen. Eric Holder uses Race Card to Endorse Hillary

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 2, 2016

Democratic politicians use the gender and race cards to further their political aspirations.  This has divided the Country into “warring” factions and significantly hindered America’s social progress and economic growth.

In a recent example of race-baiting, former US Atty. Gen., Eric Holder said the following in an advertisement for Hillary Clinton’s South Carolina presidential campaign (emphasis added):

If the Republicans win, we’ll all lose.  They want to roll back the clock on civil rights.  They want to make it harder for African-Americans to vote — not easier.  And they’ve got no plan to deal with gun violence or any of the issues we’re facing in our communities.”

Incredibly, this same Eric Holder refused to review the case of voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party in 2009.  The same man, supposedly a champion of the underprivileged, played a key role in Pres. Bill Clinton’s pardon of wealthy financier Marc Rich.

As a chief law enforcement officer of the United States, Holder was cited for criminal contempt by the Congress for withholding documents relating to the fiasco called “Fast and Furious”.  This vote included 17 Democratic Congressman making it a bipartisan vote.

There are many dubious legacies left to the American people by Barack Obama.  Certainly a disastrous foreign policy will be in the forefront.  Not far behind will be a disintegration of race relations in America caused by the President and his party’s lust for power.  This legacy has a champion and it is Eric Holder.

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Deteriorating Race Relations an Obama Legacy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 13, 2016

Typically, a president’s last State-of-the-Union address is not focused on future legislative action, given the chief executive’s lame-duck status.  Instead, focus is on legacy building for the departing president.  Unfortunately for Barack Obama, it is hard to see a positive legacy given the myriad of chaos internationally, as well as an economy that is weakly limping along.

tavis_smileyObama’s legacy will also be damaged by the state of race relations within the United States during his tenure, an area that should have been a strength for this President.  Obama was elected with a mandate to bring hope and change to the country.  Here was the Country’s first African-American president who could bridge the gap between races.  Instead, the President used race to further his political agenda and the results of been catastrophic as race relations in the United States has significantly deteriorated s under Obama’s.  This has been exemplified in the various American cities where racial tensions have broiled over to rioting.  While the reasons and/or justifications for the rioting can be argued, the fact that these events have increased during Obama’s tenure is undeniable.

It is natural for those who are right-of -enter to be critical of a liberal president.  But, when this comes from individuals that are left-the-center, it is hard to argue that partisanship is the cause.  Such was the case this week with the comments made by PBS host Tavis Smiley during an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News that included the following exchange

Kelly – “On the subject of race, are we better off now than we were seven years ago?”

Smiley “I’m not sure we are, and I think ultimately the president missed a moment”. Who further went out the state: H “on every leading economic issue, on the major economic issues black Americans have lost ground in every one of those leading categories.  So for the last 10 years it hasn’t been good for black folk.”

This is the president’s most loyal constituency that didn’t gain any ground really in that period.  Now, the debate’s going to be for years to come whether he wasn’t bold enough, or whether he obstructed.

Smiley correctly concludes: “I think the answer’s both.  Historians are going to have a field day juxtaposing how in the era of the first black president, the bottom fell out for black America.  Black people are still in many ways politically marginalized, socially manipulated, and economically exploited.  That’s a lot to try to square how all that happened in the era of the first black president.”

Why, given this history of failure under Leftist policies to improve the well-being of minorities in America, do African-Americans continue to give nearly unanimous support to the Democratic Party?  It is time for reasonable people on the Left including Mr. Smiley, to bring this question to the forefront of political discourse in America.

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MSNBC Commentator Sees Racism in “Star Wars” Movies

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 16, 2015

Melissa Harris-Perry has been known for rather questionable logic in her position as a MSNBC commentator.  This week she took her rants to a new level accusing the new Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens” and the entire Star Wars franchise of promoting racism.  It is impossible to reasonably comment on Harris-Perry’s logic proffered in the video clip below, other than to say “yikes”!

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NFL’s Richard Sherman Condemns Black Lives Matter

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 16, 2015

Richard ShermanOne of the best players in the National Football League is Seattle Seahawk’s Richard Sherman.  This brash-talking, hard-hitting defensive back is feared throughout the league by opposing teams.

Sherman is a wonderful American success story.  Coming from a disadvantaged background, he went on to attend Stanford University where he was a star football player and obtained a great education.  He parlayed this into success in the NFL.

Recently, Black Lives Matter activists King Noble used an unauthorized photograph of Sherman, adding to it a violent and racist message: “When are we gon Kill These KKKracka Bro.”  Sherman was livid and his response unequivocal, posting a response included below.  It is disappointing that President Obama is not as clear in his related statements to the American people.

Sherman’s post:

I did not believe this when I heard about it.  I watched your videos.  I started a life in the gehto [sic]. I banged like a fool till I woke up.  I was not suppressed by any man or woman, white or black.

I worked myself up from Compton High School to a scholarship at Standford University and I did it myself.  I take pride in what I have accomplished both as a black man, and an athlete.  I could have stayed in LA and banged and used drugs and thought that it was all the white mans fault [sic].  But that would be a lie.  We are who we want to be, that is what is great about america [sic].  We are all born with the same chances in life..white or black…YOU choose to be a woman-abusing racist loudmouth.  I would love to debate you on national tv [sic].  And if you condone senseless black shootings of whites and police officers, you better make that a debate on Springer, so I can bitchslap your ignorant ass!

You are what is keeping and making the black race look bad. Wake up fool.  Do not glorify this half a man, he has worked for nothing.  He chose to keep himself where he is, not the white people.  It is time to take responsibility for your own actions, and not act like a stinking fool.  Kids and young black men and women look at this site, and believe that they are abused.  That is a bold-faced lie.  It is out of the mouths of cheap thugs like you that are hurting our young and taking away the chances they have to make themselves a productive part of society.  Brothers and sisters: the only slavery in america now is the one you put yourself into Rise up like Doctor King as taught us, and be a real human being [sic].  We are all in this together white and black.  Peace to all and I hope this stupid fake hate stops real soon.  We are all brothers and sisters.  Do not be fooled by the tyranny of evil men like this lift yourself up educate yourselves and work hard for a good life [sic].  No one owes you anything stand proud as a person of color , and do something meaningful with your life [sic].  I did and I am the best at what I do!  Peace out, R Sherman.”

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Obama’s Politics Feed Deteriorating Race Relations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 31, 2015

Barack Obama was elected president with high expectations, to a great extent based on his first election’s theme, “hope and change”.  Perhaps in no area were expectations higher than in race relations in. America elected not only its first African-American president, but also a person from a blended family with his father being African and mother Caucasian.

Instead of meeting the potential, race relations in the United States have deteriorated since Obama’s first moderation.  This can be attributed to the politics of divisive used by the radical Left and this President to gin up their political base.  It divided people by sexual orientation, income bracket, immigrant status, and yes race.

The President inappropriately interjected himself in local actions where race could be discussed since early in his first term.  First, this included making televised national comments concerning the arrest of Prof. Gates by local police for disturbing the peace, even before as Obama admitted, he knew the facts.  He then interjected himself into the Travon Martin shooting, even though it became evident that the shooting was not racially motivated.  Then, Obama and Attorney General Holder not only inferred that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson was racially motivated, but that the police officer involved was guilty of a crime.  Both assertions were false as determined by Obama’s own Justice Department and a grand jury true.  The often promoted theme of “hands up, don’t shoot” was also prove to be a fabrication.  Still, there has been no admission of error by Obama.

As a result of the increasing racial divide, outward expression of violence in America is increasing.  In Ferguson, Missouri, the rioting was devastating to the local community.  In Baltimore, Maryland, rioting was even more extensive since the death of Freddie Gray with the murder rate of African-Americans in that community since skyrocketing.

A non-surprising outgrowth of this growing racial divide is the Black Lives Matter movement that infers police and much of America do not value African-American lives.  With this type of outrageous rhetoric, it is no wonder violence is increasing.  That begs the question; who is benefiting from the increasing racial divide?  Certainly not the greater African-American community.  Not the police.  And not middle America.  The ones that benefit are the bosses on the radical Left, which includes Barrack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi.  Shame on those elitists that seek personal gain on the backs of the suffering of those less fortunate.

Now the racially-based violence is morphing with police being in the crosshairs.  This past weekend Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth was murdered by an African-American merely because he was a police officer.  Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman correctly called this an execution and blamed the shooting on the vitriolic rhetoric on race. (see video below)

Fellow Sheriff, African-American David Clarke, blames the White House for the increasing violence against police officers stating:  “I said last December that war had been declared against the American police officer, led by some high-profile people.  One of them coming out of the White House, another one coming out of the U.S. Department of Justice.  And it’s open season right now, no doubt about it.”

It is difficult to place the genie back in the bottle once a cycle of violence based on preconceived notions takes hold in society.  President Obama is one of the few people who could have a significant positive effect on this issue.  Unfortunately, he has shown little willingness to admit error or place the Country’s overall good before his own political well-being.

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Americans Believe Race Relations Deteriorating

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 23, 2015

A New York Times/CBS poll indicates the deteriorating race relations in America.  Of those who responded, 60%, both black and white, believe race relations are bad with 40% indicating that it has gotten worse since Barack Obama’s election seven years ago.  This is a significant turnaround given that shortly after Obama’s first election approximately 66% of Americans surveyed indicated a belief that race relations were good.

Indicators of America’s poor race relations have been demonstrated through well-publicized events.  Early in Obama’s first term was the incident involving the arrest of African-American professor Henry Gates in Massachusetts, which President Obama commented on national TV as the police acting “stupidly”.  Later came the shooting of Treyvon Martin that was promoted in the media and by some politicians as a race issue.  Then came the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer that was initially portrayed in the press as a wrongful and racially motivated shooting leading to significant civil unrest in Ferguson.  The US Department of Justice and a grand jury later determined that Michael Brown was the aggressor and the shooting was justified.

Most recently there has been the civil arrest and significant rioting in Baltimore, Maryland that occurred after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.  Six police officers have since been charged and are awaiting trial.  There have been other incidents of African-Americans being shot by police that have also caused strains along racial lines.

The African-American community may have legitimate grievances against some police departments that need to be addressed.  However, this does not explain why race relations have deteriorated in the last seven years, as a New York Times/CBS poll indicates.  Are the police becoming less sensitive to the needs of their local communities?  Are the local communities becoming less tolerant of the police?  Is racism a significant factor in inner cities?  An open discussion on these important questions could only help improve race relations going forward.

After the election of America’s first African-American president, many Americans, irrespective of political philosophies, believed that race relations would improve because of Obama’s election.  The fact that this has not occurred is therefore lost opportunity.  Many factors could be involved with the negative direction of America’s race relations.  At the same time, as president, Barack Obama must accept some responsibility.  It is evident that he overpromised the benefits of his economic policies under which less advantaged Americans have not fared well.  In addition, the President’s rhetoric has placed blame for the failed policies on others including the Congress (Republicans) and by inference wealthier Americans and racism.  This has not led to viable economic solutions, but have instead fanned the flames of racial division.

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Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young on the Confederate Flag

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 1, 2015

After last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, significant focus has been on Confederate Flag often visible in the South.  Many have expressed the strong opinion that the flag should be removed from both public and private venues.  While this Blog believes the Confederate Flag can be divisive, attacking inanimate objects and denigrating freedom of speech is a slippery slope that has potential negative consequences that far outstripped potential benefits.

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young has impeccable Civil Rights credentials including marching with Dr. Martin Luther King.  He points out in the video below that; “The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag.  The fact is that 93 percent of the black people killed are killed by other black people.  So if black lives matter, let us start believing that we matter.”  Look for Mr. Young to be attacked by Progressives for not towing the Leftists line.

Today’s society often deflects from addressing complex problems.  When faced with significant challenges, society may seek simple solutions that include attacking symbols, rather than addressing underlying causes for the problems.  A high profile murder likely leads to the opportunity to promote gun-control.  The death of an African-American at the hands of the police will lead to an indictment of the entire police force.  A racist attack, such as occurred in Charleston, focuses on the Confederate Flag.  Similar to any of these simplistic solutions, banning the Confederate Flag will not eliminate racism.

Ambassador Andrew Young is to be commended for his desire to seek real solutions to social problems that affect various parts of our society.  President Obama would do well to bring in clear-thinking people like Young to his cabinet instead of the divisive radicals he has often brought into his Administration.

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Charleston SC Shows Courage and Grace in the Face of Adversity

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 22, 2015

van jonesIt is difficult to contemplate even the smallest sign of something positive coming from last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina when a despicable human being, a racist, entered a church and killed nine innocents of African-American descent because of the color of their skin.  Yet there are some green shoots rising from the carnage, as expressed by Anthony Van Jones who said when interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper:

“The white community here is as heartbroken as the black community is here.  If they can come together here, if they can reach out to each other here, they can show justice and love and support here, then why can’t we do that in Washington, D.C., and across the country where, frankly, the reasons for the divisions are harder to understand.  Here you can understand division.  There’s none.  There’s none.  So something is happening here in Charleston, and I’m proud that we’re showing it.

You have an ideology of hatred and an ideology of love.  An ideology of blame that is about racial hatred — we have to say that.  But we also have ideology right here behind us of racial reconciliation.  You can’t appreciate the beauty of what you have behind you right now until you really name the hatred and the evil that happened just right behind us a few days ago.  It’s the ability to talk about both that gives us the ability to find meaning and to move forward truly together.

Those leaders in the country, both parties of all races who don’t want to deal with both — the fact of the racial hatred, but also the potential for racial reconciliation — I think are letting the country down.  But people on the street — white people on the street here — are showing more courage and more leadership and more honesty than I’ve seen in the halls of Washington, D.C., and they need to be given respect for that and hopefully we can take this spirit forward.”

While this Blog rarely agrees with Van Jones who veers strongly to the Left, his eloquent words concerning the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy are eloquent and from his heart.  The Country’s leadership in Washington could say it no better.

Today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from that state’s Capitol grounds.  This is an appropriate gesture for the victims of the racist attack in that state.  Gov. Haley is to be congratulated for taking this direct response which certainly will be appreciated by the African-American community and others in the state.

Why is it that the good people of Charleston of all colors have responded so gracefully to an unfathomable tragedy?  Why is their reaction so different from Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD to their challenges?  These questions are significant, but must be sidelined until the victims can be appropriately mourned.

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Discusses ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Lie

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 25, 2015

Almost immediately after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson, supposed witnesses came forward and reported that Brown was shot while trying to surrender with his hands up.  These reports created the narrative of “hands up, don’t shoot” that became the rallying cry for protesters of the Brown shooting.  This rallying cry was reported and repeated by news outlets throughout the country, civil rights leaders, and even politicians on the floor of Congress.  The problem is that the reports were built on a lie; the “hands up don’t shoot” never occurred.

congress_handsupdontshootThe “hands up don’t shoot” claim was found false in the recently released Justice Department report that concluded “Brown never surrendered with his hands up, and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.”  It also concluded that the witnesses that reported “hands up, don’t shoot” were not reliable.

While many in the United States rush to judgment based on this narrative, even with the Justice Department’s unequivocal conclusion on the falseness of the claim, few in the news media or the politicians that promoted it apologized for their error or to Officer Darren Wilson who was discredited and lost his job.

There have been a few exceptions to the silence for those that erred concerning Ferguson.  Liberal Washington Post columnist, Jonathan Capehart, to his credit admitted last week that the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative he too promoted was “built on a lie”.

While Mr. Capehart showed honor, others are unapologetic.  For instance, last Thursday on CNN Tonight hosted by Don Lemon, a debate was held on the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative.  While some on the panel admitted the claim false, others doubled down on the false story with Monifa Bandele stating:

“‘Hands up’ is the ultimate truth, and the reason why hands up has gone viral across the country is because it’s a posture known to black people, whether they are in the halls of congress, whether they are in the NFL, or whether they live in the most marginalized communities — or whether they’re on the campuses of Yale University.  It’s a posture known to them.”

Ms. Bandele’s and others who prove to be unwilling to admit their grievous error in the Brown tragedy exemplify what is so wrong with America today.  Partisan positions and personal agendas trump absolute truths.  While this currently serves the “needs” of the radical Left since their narrative has significant control over societal directions, there will be a time when the pendulum shifts and their tactic of dishonesty will be used to promote a very different agenda.  Only then will the cry foul.

Often those who promote a position that differs with the Leftist agendas, such as the theory of man-made global warming, are attacked as flat earther’s or some other derogatory stab at their intellect.  If ignorance was the reason behind the Left’s false narrative on the Ferguson shooting it would be a disappointment.  Unfortunately there is something more sinister behind their use of the Ferguson tragedy to further their own personal agendas.

 

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Obama and Liberal Allies Were Wrong on Ferguson; Two Policemen Shot

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 12, 2015

Last year’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri of African-American Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson lea to protests, some violent, in Ferguson and other cities.  The protests were based on the narrative that Brown was an innocent who was shot by Wilson because of his skin color.  This narrative was taken to an emotional height by the often repeated chant, “hands up, don’t shoot”, supposedly sad by Brown before he was shot.  The narrative and chant were completely false, as confirmed by Eric Holder’s Justice Department who recently refused to press Civil Rights charges against Wilson and confirmed that the supposed “hands up don’t shoot” appeal never occurred.  It further found Officer Wilson’s testimony to be credible.

Given the Justice Department’s findings on Ferguson it is reasonable to expect retractions and apologies from those politicians and the media that promoted the false narrative.  But reason is not a strong suit of radicals on the Left or Right.  In this case, the lack of reason runs all the way up to the President himself.

Earlier this week, Sean Hannity interviewed two African Americans concerning the Ferguson events, Civil Rights attorney Leo Terrell and columnist Deroy Murdock.  Murdock expressed concern about the manner in which President Obama and AG Holder politicized the tragedy.  Hannity went further criticizing the President for not only jumping to conclusions before having the facts, but also coming to the wrong conclusions concerning the Cambridge police/Professor Gates, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown matters, in all cases incorrectly concluding that racism was involved.

Terrell disagreed with Hannity and Murdock with an emotional outburst included in the video below that bordered on irrational.  Instead of debating the issues Terrell personally attacked Murdock in a condescending tone.  This is an often used tactic by the Left who instead of debating issues demonize opponents to sniffle intelligent debate.

As for the Justice Department, instead of admitting that Eric Holder initially wrongfully concluded that Brown was the victim of racism, changed the goal posts.  Holder, in announcing the DOJ’s findings that vindicated Wilson, justified those who lied about the incident based on Ferguson’s more general history of racism.  However, that does not explain why Holder and Obama initially agreed with the false narrative in a very public fashion.

Unlike Holder and Obama who remain silent relating to their errors, local politicos in Ferguson have not.  Since the DOJ’s damming report of general racism by some in the Ferguson police department, its chief has resigned.  But that has not mollified some.  Last night’s protests in Ferguson included the shooting of two police officers.  The lack of appropriate condemnation of the riots after the Brown shooting by Obama, Holder and others, as well as the promotion of the false narrative concerning the Brown shooting, created an atmosphere that ferments violence.  It will be hard to put this genie back in the bottle and the blame law squarely in the hands of Obama, Holder and others that have created divisions in the Country to further their own agendas.

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