Thursday, September 20, 2007

Strange few days in the news?

From the ludicrous to the bigoted is what I'd refer to the last few news days.

1) O.J. Simpson being arrested for numerous felonies and getting out on bail. It seems like a repeat. Can one get set up for coming into someone's room and using force to take property even if some of the "stuff" is the person's?

O.J., I don't think so.

2) Osama Bin Laden (OBL) supposedly threatens to get rid of the Pakistani dictator Musharraf and to escalate violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur. Is this wacko serious?

OBL couldn't overthrow the Saudi regime, the country in which he's a citizen. He has nothing to do with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, which is now fighiting "foreigners" that have affinity for him, and Al-Qaeda has nothing to do with the conflict in Darfur.

OBL, you're not fooling anyone but the totatlly uninformed.

3) Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a known Islamophobe, stated that "we have too many mosques in this country."

I'm sure that Rep. King is frustrated that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, including the U.S., despite his Islamophobic rhetoric and media saturation of negative images about Muslims.

4) Crowds of African-Americans have flocked to Jena, Louisiana to protest the harsh prison sentences given to the Jena 6, a group of African-Americans who assaulted some whites after a racial incident where whites hung lynching ropes (nooses) because black students sat under the "white tree." Rev. Jesse Jackson is critical of Sen. Obama because he thinks that Obama is acting too "white" on this issue.

The Jena 6 were sentenced to extremely harsh sentences while the whites were not punished for hanging nooses. The sentencing length was a serious injustice; however, the "brothers" did break the law. It's an unfortunate reality, but blacks should realize by now that there has never been fair sentencing in the American historical context. Don't do the crime!

As far as Rev. Jackson's comments, he should know better than anyone that Obama is in a very sensitive position running as a black canidate for President. Of course, Mrs. Clinton is "blacker" than him on this issue and other issues. Obama is struggling within a historical context; he cannot appear to be too "black" and expect to keep his bridge builder image with white voters.

Personally, I think that Obama is just as "black" as Oprah Winfrey.

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