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Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Donovan McNabb

From The New York Times:
It was an interesting week last week for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. First he ignited a controversy – one for which he said Wednesday he has no regrets – by saying that African-American quarterbacks are still judged more harshly than white quarterbacks. Then he quieted critics of his on-field performances by completing 21 of 26 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns (a perfect passer rating of 158.3) in a 56-21 rout of the Detroit Lions.

In a conference call with reporters covering the Giants, McNabb did not shy away from questions about how he seems to find himself in the middle of national discussions on quarterbacks and race. The difference this time? He started it.

An HBO “Real Sports” interview that he gave during training camp aired last week. In it, he said that African-American quarterbacks “have to do a little bit extra” to please the fans. When interviewer James Brown questioned that sentiment, and asked whether white quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer go through the same thing, McNabb replied, “Let me start by saying I love those guys. But they don’t get criticized as much as we do. They don’t.”

McNabb has found himself the target of insults from Rush Limbaugh (who said in 2003 that McNabb received more credit than he deserved because he his black) to Terrell Owens to the Eagles faithful. Race is often an underlying element. The debate about McNabb’s recent comments are interesting because he brought up the issue himself, and admitted that he does not think that football fans are colorblind.

Are they?

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Here's what McNabb said on his blog:
First, the interview took place in August before the season started so for those who think I "played the race card" because we are 0-2 are dead wrong.

I did not say that Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Carson Palmer are not criticized when they don't play well. They have been criticized when they throw interceptions, when the throw incompletions, and when their teams don't win. They are criticized and so is every other quarterback for that matter. And that type of criticism may, in fact, be warranted. But that's not the type of criticism that we discussed.

Black quarterbacks have to deal with different things than white quarterbacks. If you don't think that's true than you are naďve. Peyton, Tom and Carson to name a few, have never been asked what it's like to be a white quarterback. They probably have not been told that they should have scrambled more. I bet Fran Tarkenton, Steve Young, Jake Plummer, and Doug Flutie have never been told by a member of any racial consciousness organization that they don't play the quarterback position white enough.

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Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
By Robin Wilson
When the nation's black female philosophers meet for the first time next month, the auditorium at Vanderbilt University will have plenty of empty seats. Not because no one is interested in attending, but because fewer than 30 black women are known to hold full-time jobs in the discipline.

The women — plus about a half-dozen black female graduate students — are getting together for the first meeting of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers. The gathering will be part pep talk, part networking opportunity, and part research seminar.

"If you're a black woman, you cannot identify with the majority of the people in the profession," says Kathryn T. Gines, a black assistant professor at Vanderbilt who started the group. She is reminded of her minority status every time she attends the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association: "How few our numbers really are becomes very daunting when you're surrounded by a sea of graying, white males with pipes and tweed coats."

Some women are coming to the meeting in Nashville just so they can meet other philosophers who look like them and who go against the grain by infusing questions of race into their scholarship. "I spend a lot of time being the only woman and the only black person," says Jacqueline R. Scott, an associate professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. "Every once in a while it hits me, and I wonder what I'm doing here."
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Category: Theology
Posted by: KrisRyan
Ten Commandments

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery”
Exodus 20:1

Everyone appreciates freedom.[1] In fact, America prides itself on being the home of the free. Throughout the history of our country, American soldiers have fought to secure these freedoms for its citizens. Nowhere is this love of freedom more evident than when the rights of a group or individual are threatened or totally disregarded. We treasure moments in our history when these groups have been granted or have attained, sometimes after difficult struggle, their full rights. For many Americans, these rights are summed up in the words of Thomas Jefferson as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In this Declaration, a young America boldly asserts that these rights stem from our freedom as creations of God and that they, the rights themselves, are self-evident. However, because of the pluralistic, and increasingly secular nature of American society, the connection between our self-evident rights and our being created by an all-wise creator has been blurred or even lost. The problem that this creates is that when we do not acknowledge this Creator-creation relationship, we lose any objective grounds for our freedom that we cherish so dearly. In fact it is difficult to find any other basis for the self-evident nature of these rights. And, as C.S. Lewis writes, “If nothing is self-evident, nothing can be proved.”[2] In addition, it is taken for granted by most that with this great freedom comes much responsibility. We somehow understand that we are truly free only when others respect our personal freedom. In this we see that all freedom must be limited in some way. In other words, we are not free to do whatever it is that we want to do. This leads to two important questions: What are the limits to our freedom and who is entitled to set them? These questions can only be answered properly in the context of an objective standard, a standard held forward in the law of the Creator God.

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Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Is Negro Industrial Education Making a Comeback?
By Jonathan L. Walton

Although I am someone who prefers suits, ties and wing tips over t-shirts, jeans and sneakers, I am ambivalent at best and frightened at worst about the latest news extending from my alma mater, Morehouse College.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports that Morehouse’s new president Robert Michael Franklin is requiring all incoming freshmen and subsequent freshmen classes to own and wear maroon blazers with the Morehouse insignia. While this act does not rise to the level of a dress code yet, reports are that Morehouse is considering following Paul Quinn College and the business school at Illinois State University in instituting strict restrictions on student’s attire. Morehouse has already prohibited sagging jeans, flip flops and the wearing of hats inside buildings.

According to Franklin, his decision stems from a desire to make being smart cool again while bringing morality back to the forefront of the college’s mission. His charge to freshmen was to “Look the part. Act the part. Talk the talk and walk the walk.”

But this begs the question: Is President Franklin accusing Morehouse of having an anti-intellectual culture? I thought Morehouse was supposed to be one of the premier institutions of higher education for black men in the country not “Lean On Me” high school. And since when did being smart have anything to do with being well-dressed? I spent almost a decade around some of the best minds in the Ivy League and few professors could be accused of sartorial splendor.

Moreover, call me crazy, but I didn’t realize that there was a correlation between morality and Brooks Brothers. Think about it, the Bush Administration includes some of the most nattily-attired folks in the country. Condeleeza know she be clean!!! Unfortunately, it is a “Look the part. Act the part,” morality that has this country under the leadership of a George W. in the first place. If anything, we have to teach our emerging leaders that there is a qualitative difference between respectability and morality.
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Posted on: 09/14/07:

Jena 6 Video

Category: Social
Posted by: RBAFounderX
A few courageous white cats have put together a helpful film on the horrifying Jena 6 story. It's too bad that we can't get hardly any (prominent) theologians and/or pastors to deal with this issue. Perhaps, a bridge needs to collapse or a plane needs to fly into a building before they speak out and join the protest with gospel boldness?

Related: “Jena 6 and the Noose Epidemic: A Search for True Humanity.”
Category: Black
Posted by: ABradley
Black Graduates

On August 9th, I was a guest on the "Morning Coffee with Tracey & Friends" program, a program for the Black community, hosted by Tracey Winbush, on WGFT - AM 1330 in Youngstown, OH, discussing a whole myriad of issues in the Black community. Tracey Winbush, an absolutely provocative radio host, and her entire group of African American “friends” offered an interesting and lively discussion (“y’all know how we do” especially when you get a bunch of us in a room talking about God!) To my surprise, I spent nearly an hour defending the existence of the Trinity. Didn’t we cover that at Nicea in 325 AD?

During our conversation I came to one long conclusion: Christianity in Black America is in serious trouble. Much of it is dying, moving toward old errors and heresies while some orthodox circles are not addressing contemporary issues, and we are in desperate need for a new generation of Black theologians. Here’s why I’m worried:

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Posted on: 09/07/07:

Michael Moore: Wallets vs. Guns

Category: General
Posted by: RBAFounderX
I'm not the biggest Michael Moore fan, but is he on to something (old for some and new for others)?

Category: General
Posted by: NByrd
St Francis of Assisi

Many ask me why I remain in the Presbyterian Church (USA) when so many other Christian denominations seemingly do a much better job of lifting up the historic tenets of the Reformed tradition. I enjoy this question because it allows me to give some voice as to what it means to be both black and Reformed in 21st century America.

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