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Category: Politics
Posted by: minruth
Obama Nov. 4 2008

If a hypothesis is an educated guess then I donít know if anyone in the electorate can make a hypothesis about an Obama Presidency. As the election results rolled in Juan Williams referred to the election of Obama as a stealth presidency because after a two year campaign the electorate is still frightenly uninformed about his positions on so many issues. However, I want to evaluate what we do know of Obama and begin to piece together something resembling a hypothesis about his presidency. Here are my thoughts:

Revival of Spirit!

I remember years ago when my dad would drop me off at work an hour early and I would spend the time watching cable news. For sometime during the 1996 campaign season there was great anticipation for a Colin Powell presidency. As I received calls, text messages and emails on the night of Obamaís election my mind went back to that time. I am excited today, but not because of the election of a black president Ė I felt that amazement during the 1996 campaign season when it became clear that America was ready to elect a minority. Rather my excitement has to do with the apparent revival of spirit in America. The last decade has been extremely difficult for a good number of Americans with lay offs, high gas prices, global terrorism and two wars. But morale is up today, people are hopeful, and it appears the ground is fertile for change and America has another chance. In many ways his election seems messianic (donít be too impressed by my use of that word) in the sense that he is the embodiment of hope. A hope that has fueled a positive energy around the globe that promises to usher in a period of peace, progress and prosperity. Donít misunderstand me Ė this is bigger than Obama Ė he simply embodies this popular determination to repair and restore American prestige. It may very well be the case that the sheer enormity of what Obama has been made to represent and all of the emotions it conjures can bring about the change he so frequently promised and overcome much of what challenges our nation.

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Category: Politics
Posted by: RBAFounderX
I won't be before you long because I have much research and writing to get done today and this week. Although, I have some critical views regarding Obama's campaign and policies, I hope to write more about what an Obama presidency mean in light of the last 18 months and American history. Suffice to say, I spent last night bringing in an Obama's presidency with two of America's towering intellectuals: Drs. Cornel West and Eddie Glaude. I wish I could capture all my thoughts, emotions, and actions into words. But I'm still pondering and taking a lot of stuff in right now.

I leave you with the words of the great James Baldwin: "But in our time, as in every time, the impossible is the least that one can demand--and one is, after all, emboldened by the spectacle of human history in general and American Negro history in particular, for it testifies to nothing less than the perpetual achievement of the impossible." If Baldwin was here, given the context of this quotation, he might say that America, especially white America, has made a large, but definitely not full, payment on its bill. America has indeed demanded the impossible!

Here is a picture from that evening:

Roland Martin's Obama presidency commentary

Co-Founder Xavier Pickett
Category: Politics
Posted by: minruth

Recently Sarah Palin made an interesting observation that surprisingly did not muster much media attention. In a speech to a womanís group Mrs. Palin compared the episode in which Barack Obama overlooked Hillary Clinton for his running mate to the many instances in which women are overlooked in the workplace for promotions. While women are completing graduate school at faster rates then their male counterparts they still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes and executive promotions are still overwhelmingly rewarded to men.

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Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Does spanking children lead to violence?
By Andrew Herrman

During a recent speech in Chicago, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, a Harvard psychiatrist, related how, when he was a child and misbehaved, his father would "smack me in the back of the head.''

"It was like shock treatment,'' said Poussaint. "He had a theory that if you misbehaved, something must be wrong with your brain and you needed a correction."

The story elicited chuckles from the largely African-American audience, but Poussaint's point was no joke to him.

One way to help reduce violence in poor, black urban neighborhoods is to reduce it in the home, he says.

In his most recent book, Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors, co-authored with entertainer Bill Cosby, Poussaint cites one study that showed that 94 percent of black mothers agreed that "a good hard spanking" was a useful "disciplinary technique" compared with 65 percent of white women and 46 percent of Asian-American women.

Not all black parents who use corporal punishment create violent children, he noted. Poussaint grew up in Harlem, received his M.D. from Cornell and served as a script consultant to NBC's "The Cosby Show."

But, Poussaint said, "Violence begets violence -- it makes children angry."

"I think a lot of homicides relate to rage and anger and getting back at someone, even if it's a nameless face,'' he said.
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