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Category: Culture
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Just when I thought I have heard all that could be said about Vick, I came across this disturbing title and article: Vick can evolve from hip-hop prison culture.

There is soooo much that could (and need to) be said about this article. But time is limited at the moment, although, I may say more later.

My concerns here are not to justify Vick's actions or make speculations regarding the charges against him, but to critically examine how Vick (and Blacks) are represented in the media even through Black vessels, perhaps naively.

From the Kansas City Star:
My desire is to see Vick evolve as a human being and for his troubles to serve as yet another wake-up call for black athletes to reject the hip-hop/prison culture that glorifies much of the negative behavior and attitude that has eroded the once-dignified and positive reputation of African-American athletes.
Let me get this straight. This guy wants "to see Vick evolve as a human being"? So is Vick a sub-human who must now 'evolve' into a full human being? This view doesn't seems too different from how Blacks were viewed (and often viewed themselves) during and after slavery. I can hear it being said: "My desire is to see that colored boy evolve as human being. Those coloreds are always up to no good."

Based upon the writer, all Black athletes have to do is reject the hip-hop culture because it is a "prison culture." After all, hip-hop culture and "prison culture" are the same, right?

The writer goes on to say:
As much as I love dogs — and I really do have an affinity for them — this case primarily repulses me because I believe Vick got involved with breeding vicious pit bulls because rap-music culture made it the cool thing to do.
So hip hop is to blame for Vick's treatment of dogs now? Why is that when something happens to a Black man hip-hop becomes the usual suspect? No question that hip hop has its problems, but is hip hop really the cause for dog fighting? The last time I checked dog (or animal) fighting has been going on at least since the Roman Empire in the 1st century. And believe me Black folks and by extension hip hop were not responsible for the stuff that took place at the Roman Colosseum. Moreover, centuries later when dog fighting was pretty popular in England, Blacks were enslaved. We didn’t own any animals. We were owned. Heck, we were treated (and are still portrayed) as animals!

Perhaps, Vick, hip hop artists, other Black men and their cultural representations might one day 'evolve' into a human being made God's image.
Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Tests of trainee doctors find signs of race bias in care
By Stephen Smith

Deeply imbedded attitudes about race influence the way doctors care for their African- American patients, according to a Harvard study that for the first time details how unconscious bias contributes to inferior care.

Researchers have known for years that African-Americans in the midst of a heart attack are far less likely than white patients to receive potentially life-saving treatments such as clot-busting drugs, a dramatic illustration of America's persistent healthcare disparities. But the reasons behind such stark gaps in care for heart disease, as well as cancer and other serious illnesses, have remained murky, with blame fixed on doctors, hospitals, and insurance plans.

In the new study, trainee doctors in Boston and Atlanta took a 20-minute computer survey designed to detect overt and implicit prejudice. They were also presented with the hypothetical case of a 50-year-old man stricken with sharp chest pain; in some scenarios the man was white, while in others he was black.

"We found that as doctors' unconscious biases against blacks increased, their likelihood of giving [clot-busting] treatment decreased," said the lead author of the study, Dr. Alexander R. Green of Massachusetts General Hospital. "It's not a matter of you being a racist. It's really a matter of the way your brain processes information is influenced by things you've seen, things you've experienced, the way media has presented things."
To read the rest of the article, click here

Are gospel/Christ-centered Christians (who are doctors) immune to these type of beliefs and practices? If not, how should we as Christians think about equitable and dignified healthcare attitudes/practices in America?
Category: General
Posted by: RBAFounderMM
Phillis Wheatley

Poem
'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
May be refin'd and join th'angelic train.

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Category: Black
Posted by: Curtis
W.E.B. Dubios, Macolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks

During my theological sojourn at Dallas Seminary, Eddie B. Lane [1] challenged the author on several occasions to make a contribution to evangelical thinking modalities by learning to wed Christ-centered thinking with Afrocentric interpretative applications of the Sacred text. In other words, Lane rightly avers that it is important for African American theologians to exercise critical thinking as one who `engages the biblical text concomitant to one’s communal context in order to loose the mental shackles of Eurocentric interpretive application. It seems that the African American evangelical theologian can ill afford spending an inordinate amount of time investigating false truth claims and worldviews that are not prevalent among African Americans in order to be accepted or, even more tragically, revered by the dominant culture within Evangelicalism. Rather, one must take pains to contextualize the complexities of evangelical theology to the degree that one’s African American target group (believing and unbelieving) can readily understand and appropriate the truths therein. That is, one must employ the pedagogical principle of “teaching the unknown in light of the known,” if one desires to build the necessary bridges for engaging our brothers and sisters in search of truth.

It amazes the writer how much the spirit of postmodernism, even if not philosophically understood by many adherents, has laid its fiendish grip on the African American community as well. The writer observes this spirit flowing through the minds and motivations of African American brothers and sisters who have, in unprecedented numbers, begun to reject Big momma’s and paw-paw’s “Hope” found in the Christ of Scripture (1Tim 1:1; Heb 6:13-20), for what I deem as cultural hearsay—the crafting of philosophical and theological beliefs through street corner and barber shop conversations instead of historical research. Quite honestly, I, too, was once victimized by this shoddy intellectualism.

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Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
We miss you, Sister Mahalia!

Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
News from the UK:
Thousands of deaths from hepatitis B among London’s black communities could be prevented through improved education and destigmatizing the disease, according to experts.

This was the conclusion of a meeting involving representatives from London’s ethnic communities and media, organised last week by the B Aware Campaign to explore methods of effectively containing the spread of the virus amongst high-risk populations.

“Hepatitis B is a very dangerous virus because it is a stealth virus that kills people slowly and does not advertise its presence”, explained Graham Foster, Professor of Hepatology at Barts and The London NHS Trust. “Children infected by their mothers with hepatitis B can grow up without knowing they are affected, providing plenty of opportunities to pass on the virus before they eventually die from liver disease, which is the fate of many of those infected.”

At the meeting participants were told that the majority of these deaths can be prevented if the disease is detected early enough by testing those known to be particularly at risk. Ninety per cent of babies infected by their mothers at birth will develop chronic hepatitis B, yet babies born to infected mothers can be effectively vaccinated just after birth. Infected adults can keep the levels of circulating virus in their body effectively under control with drug therapy – although once infected, they can never be completely cured.
To read the rest of the article, click here
Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Do you believe this? What's next?
A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called "Gay Bomb."
To watch the video, click here
Posted on: 07/07/07:

This Light (Psalms 36:9)

Category: General
Posted by: DTademy

What is this light I see
“POPPED” out of my mothers womb June 1982
Once surrounded by darkness
Now starring at a world anew
I see, what I do not see with my ears all around me
Those gasping, crying, weeping in tears
At a premature form held__ in the palm of a hand__
Does he have a plan or purpose
Or is death going to take its toll
On this lifeless form created by God with all intentions still to mold
Something burned deep within
Yet very, very dim
As this light almost put out because we’re born into sin
Darkness erupts all around on this un-molded clay
As I began to lie, cheat, fight, lust, and steal and the devil have his way
“Do what you must” I would hear this voice say
For that flicker of hope you once felt it is me… I want you found
And once you receive me on this life’s journey you will be heaven bound
What lay dormant for years was waiting for the manifestation of words once spoken
Since the beginning of time on this lifeless form almost broken
What was once a flicker is now engulfed into a flame!
The premature notion of not knowing the light I know now is Jesus name
To give us love, joy, hope, peace, and forgiveness is why He came
To those broken hearted, broken spirited, your life He wants to mold
To give you light share your story lest your words remain untold

Davis Tademy