Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Save Face Summit Scheduled

How soon we forget, it was only two weeks ago that blacks were ready to march. Rep. Henri Brooks and rookie Rep. G.A. Hardaway were down here leading the charge. It still was elected officials doing the racist bidding of a disgruntled attorney. Some people involved want endless credit and control for simply having an idea. After all that fanfare, nothing much has really changed. The state still owns the museum and the board is still in place. The only change I can see, is who has the responsibility of the museum's upkeep. Which was the major problem anyway. I'm sure there's something in this agreement not being publicized. Somebody somewhere is getting something for nothing.

Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton and whoever else they can get to speak, will be here this Saturday for a rally. They've changed the theme from "Blacks Taking Back Control" to "A Call For Unity." The deal has already been made, they don't need to come together now. Martin Luther King III seems to be on the save the monument circuit these days. The "Center For Social Change" is having the same problems. He hasn't been able to raise money for that memorial. Al Sharpton is killing two birds with one stone. He'll make an appearance over in West Memphis, to appease those marchers over there. The rookie Rep. G.A. Hardaway brought the news back to the people. He announced it on WDIA this morning, conveniently D'Army Bailey was under the weather. Since it wasn't good news, the senior officials passed on it as well. I guess Henri Brooks was busy leading the "Black Caucus." I'll be watching to see how the rally turns out.


Blogger Common said...

The rally didn't get much media attention. I know they had it, I heard someone thanking those who did show.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It didn't even make the news.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marchers rally for control
Group protests makeup of civil rights museum board, landmark's role
By Michael Lollar (Contact)
Sunday, December 9, 2007

The marchers carried signs proclaiming, "Our Freedom is Not For Sale," "Liberate the NCRM," and "The Board of Directors Should Be 100 percent Black."

"Change the board. Change the board," they chanted Saturday during the short march from Clayborn Temple on Hernando to the National Civil Rights Museum on Mulberry.

About 85 protesters who march a short distance to the National Civil Rights Museum Saturday

A marcher carries a sign as a reminder of the 1968 sanitation strike during a rally Saturday at the National Civil Rights Museum. The Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Community Oversight Committee organized the protest.

"We haven't had a civil rights protest like this in Memphis in a long time," said Circuit Court Judge D'Army Bailey, who helped organize 85 protesters demanding greater black representation on the board of the National Civil Rights Museum.

On the surface, the protest was a moot point since the State Building Commission and the museum board agreed last week to a new 15-year lease in which the foundation that operates the state-owned museum agreed to increase black board membership from 50 percent to at least 60 percent. The agreement also includes provisions for greater input in and oversight of museum operations by the state and new board members and less control by corporate interests that now dominate the board.

But Bailey told the crowd: "We've got to have a word and a voice. The board must reflect the spirit, dedication and willingness to fight that have been part of the civil rights movement." Once a fiery activist in the civil rights movement and former member of the Berkeley City Council in California, Bailey and his group, the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Community Oversight Committee, want the museum to take a crusading role in modern civil rights issues.

"It should not be just an exhibition hall. It should be an advocate," said William Lucy, international secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Lucy marched with and spoke to protesters along with Washington City Council member and former Memphian Marion Barry.

Bailey had hoped to include Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and Southern Christian Leadership Conference president Charles Steele among the protesters, but they pulled out after the state and the museum board signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to the 15-year lease.

Bailey said King decided to see how the agreement works in practice before he might involve himself. Bailey said Sharpton then pulled out because he was "following the lead of Martin Luther King III."

Laurice Smith, chairman of the Oversight Committee, spoke to the protesters as if the state and the museum's memorandum of understanding is subject to a major overhaul. "The people who control their history control their destiny ... We want a 10-year lease agreement (instead of 15) with conditions and oversight. Right now the biggest issue on the table is the board of directors. We'll present demands to the State Building Commission on Thursday."

Lucy said the protesters "will be back and back and back and back until this board of directors reflects the city of Memphis."

Barry, who was born in Itta Bena, Miss., but grew up in South Memphis, said the city was "totally segregated" in his youth and changed only through protest and activism. "Power concedes nothing without a struggle. Corporate America runs America, but it's not going to run this museum," he said.

5:49 AM  
Blogger Common said...

Jesse Lee Peterson

Racist blacks sell hate to our youth
Posted: October 27, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III announced this week that they plan to march on Washington, D.C., to demand that federal authorities investigate the "outbreak of hate crimes" nationwide.

Since the "Jena 6" case in which several black youths beat a white classmate unconscious after a noose-hanging incident several months earlier at Jena High School, black leaders have galvanized in an effort to recreate a new "civil rights" movement. They've jumped on virtually every alleged racial incident around the country.

Their goal is quite simple – to build power and wealth dousing racial fires with gasoline.

The Jena 6 controversy received national attention after racial parasites like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP charged that the alleged black perpetrators were not being treated fairly by the criminal justice system.

Without knowing (or caring) about the facts and with willful ignorance of the law, these race hustlers accused the district attorney in Jena, La., who is white, of prosecuting these black boys more harshly than whites.

Of course, Al "The Riot King" Sharpton smelled blood and he quickly helped organize a march in Jena with thousands of black protesters. He called the case the beginning of the 21st-century civil rights movement.

(Column continues below)

Sharpton even testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing chaired by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., and called for expansion of "hate crime" laws to include noose hangings.

Sharpton's National Action Network is currently being probed by the New York state attorney general's office over possible wrongdoing involving his organization's finances. But that hasn't stopped him or his group from cashing in on this case. In one weekend alone Sharpton's group raised $100,000 for its "Jena Fund" (cha-ching!).

Lawmakers including Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Rep. Maxine ("No Justice, No Peace") Waters, D-Calif., are also in favor of passing more "hate crime" laws to protect blacks from "racist whites."

Not to be outdone, Jesse Jackson, too, has plans to reap benefits from the Jena case. He plans to use this issue to mobilize and register black (Democrat) voters.

Jackson is hell-bent on making sure that the youth of today serve the same wicked master as he does. To this end, he recently accused Barack Obama of "acting white" because according to Jackson, Obama wasn't vocal enough in supporting the Jena 6. (In other words, Obama wasn't drinking the Kool-Aid.)

Jackson was criticized and claimed he was misquoted, but the damage was done. Jackson sent a clear message to blacks – and once again seized an opportunity to rekindle blacks' hatred of whites – for power and profit, of course.

The NAACP, the oldest and most partisan civil rights (hate) group in existence has also been using this case to bolster its declining membership and financial woes. For months, they've orchestrated an entire fundraising campaign based on the Jena case, and it's paid off big for them.

By all accounts, Mychal Bell, the ringleader in the Jena 6 case, was a troubled youth. Bell had no real relationship with his father, and his mother is reported to have a criminal past. Mychal, too, has a criminal record, including a felony.

Seventy percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. But you won't hear these folks address the problem of absent fathers – because it doesn't reap financial dividends for them.

To address real problems and offer real solutions would be bad for business and is not a viable option when the spoils are so sweet.

Dr. King didn't die so that these parasites could wreck his dream and live off the lie that blacks need another civil rights movement.

Unfortunately, these so-called "black leaders" are ingraining this lie in the hearts and minds of the youth.

Frightened by all the controversy, the Jena Town Council recently voted 5-0 authorizing the mayor to form a five- to seven-person committee comprised of different races and genders to gauge race relations and possible remedies in this small town of 2,900.

Instead of painting the town as a bunch of racists and calling for more "hate crime" laws, real leaders would stop using race as a scapegoat and encourage black Americans to take responsibility for their own lives.

A stable home with loving parents would have changed the course of Mychal Bell's life. This same formula could change the course of an entire generation of black youth – only if black Americans can embrace this truth.

Real leaders are selfless, not selfish.

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