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“LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT AFRICAN POLYGAMY(AND WHY WOMEN PROMOTE IT)”IN KENYA BY AFROWRITE.WORDPRESS.COM

May 30, 2008

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Little Known Facts About African Polygamy (And Why Women Promote It)
May 24, 2008 by afrowrite
By Muli wa Kyendo

Today’s post is in reply to Sister Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade who, through an email, told me that she and her friends are promoting polygamy and the greatness of the black race. My dear sister, I read most of your blogs and I must say I am impressed by your enthusiasm, hard work and sacrifice. Although you are an American, in deed you live in the USA, you said you have lived in Nigeria for many years and raised your children there so they could learn the Yuroba language and culture. So I don’t need to bore you with the general details of our life in the East of our Great Continent. But I can assure you, we are a happy lot – happy because our lives are full of “cultural” drama, contradictions, ups and downs, ebbs and flows. As one man said, we take three steps forward and two back, but we are happily moving forward – slowly.

Polygamy

Like in the case of polygamy. Several years ago, my friend and writer David G. Maillu, published a book titled Our Kind of Polygamy to defend this age-old practice. He puts essentially the same arguments as you put – too many women chasing too few men, the right for all women to be married, the right of children to have legitimate fathers and so on. He even adds a manual for polygamous men on how to manage their wives. But I haven’t seen many men (or women) reading or referring to the book here in Kenya. My guess for this is that for us here, we are living that life. Almost every Kenyan lives in a polygamous home, grabbling with its realities – sometimes amusing, sometimes disappointing, and sometimes even grim. So we rarely have time left to think about it!

Let me tell you about our situation – the Kenyan situation. Because in Kenya we have many communities – call them tribes, if you like – Kenyans are always on the look out for a “neutral community” to produce a President. Many are convinced that a community called the Akamba – the fourth largest – would produce a good President. So gentle and “nice” are their men!

In Kenya’s disputed General Elections of December last year, a Mukamba – it means a person belonging to the Akamba community – was, among the Presidential candidates. In my view, he was the least credible. But Kenyans were willing to vote for him. And he would have been the President today if he hadn’t hopelessly bungled up his campaign. Why are the men so hopeless? Because of their women – at least, that it what research facts indicate.

Women propaganda, sticks and carrots

The Akamba men were socialized to worship physical power – fighting, cattle raiding, and so on. The women maintained a closely guarded culture of oppression in which men were excluded from all intellectual activities. The men’s only tasks were to raid cattle and guard the community. When they were not doing that, they were allowed to spend their time drinking beer or socializing. They were excluded from all creative activities where thought and tact would have been necessary. In deed, even in worshipping Mulungu, the Akamba God, the men were excluded. The women had, and still have, their own well organized religion called Kathambi. Their goddess, Kathambi, is the goddess of rain and fertility. The women associated rain and fertility with womanhood. And since men don’t give birth or menstruate, they were deemed incapable of communicating with Mulungu.

Kathambi women congregations

Kathambi is worshipped with Kilumi, a highly rhythmical dance with heavy drumming and which is today regarded the epitome of Akamba dances. It is danced for Presidents and eminent guests at almost all national days in Kenya. When danced during the women worships, the dance sends participants “into other worlds”. And only the women know how to bring those affected back to earth. The result is that many men are awed and fearful of the dance.

The congregation of Kathambi worshipping women is called Ngolano in Kikamba – that is their language – and the congregation is led by woman priestesses (those who have stopped menstruating and giving birth) in shrines called mathembo, composed of thick forests or huge trees.

The women’s system of prayer was – and still is – so elaborate it scared the White missionaries when they arrived in the country.

The Woman of Nzaui

The missionaries immediately “black listed” this women religion. It was their biggest challenge in their recruitment of the Akamba into Christianity. And the women recognized the Whiteman as their new and big enemy. The men were caught in between hate for the Whiteman and hate for the women, even as the fierce battle spread.

The first missionary had been so anxious to set up church in Ukambani – the area where the Akamba live – that he returned to America, put together an organisation he called African Inland Mission (today it’s called the African Inland Church) and return to Kenya armed with cash for the construction of a church. But the women wouldn’t let him construct a church; allowing him eventually to put a church only on a rock (the Church stands at a place called Nzaui even today).

The women, through their great intellectual power – influential poetry and song and sometimes direct confrontation (many of the priestesses were deported to island of Mombasa by the settler Government), continued their anti-colonial campaign, forcing the Whiteman to quit the mainland Ukambani, including Machakos, the town he had planned for the capital city of Kenya, and to move to Nairobi on the periphery.

The earliest Kenyan human rights campaigner

Just to give you a feel for the battle – there was a woman priestess named Syotuna. One day, she came upon a group of young Akamba men carrying a White District Commissioner on a stretcher. There were no roads in most parts of the country yet and stretchers with four hefty young men for bearers were the common mode of travel for European settlers, colonial government officials and White missionaries. Syotuna was so exasperated that she shouted at the young men, “Aren’t you ashamed to carry a man like yourselves!” And to the DC she shouted, “Why can’t you walk? Have you no legs?” The ashamed young men quickly dropped the stretcher and fled into the bushes, leaving the DC stranded.

These words are recorded by the DC who proceeded to deport Syotuna to Mombasa.

Did Women Invent Polygamy?

The Akamba men derided the women with derogatory remarks. The women tried to appease them by making them feel like great kings in their families. The women got men other women to marry for second, third, fourth or just many wives as the first wife wanted. But all these wives had loyalty to first wife, the woman who brought them into the family. Polygamy was therefore a way of women enhancing their power and control over men. (Compare that with the so-called patriarchs of the Old Testament. Women brought their husbands other women for wives and the men accepted without complaint or appreciation).

The result of this arrangement is that the community produces “nice” men, but who are totally unequipped for modern leadership. Generally they lack depth in thought and they are devoid of strategy and tactics, necessary for modern competitive world. My play, The Woman of Nzaui, discusses this issue.

Syokimau Cultural Centre

By the way, we have a not-for-profit membership cultural centre, the Syokimau Cultural Centre, where we are encouraged in promoting research and use of African culture in writing and in government development programmes. It’s named after the most ancient and the greatest of these priestesses (talk of oppression!). It is recognized by UNESCO and the Kenya Government. It will soon launch an e-newsletter to promote its work and to reach our members abroad.

Please let us know whether this has been of any use to you and your group. And let’s increase the debate even we encourage the preservation of the African culture.

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A BROTHER REPLYS TO HIS WHITE FRIEND ON OBAMA,SENT IN BY BROTHER LOUIS ARMMAND

May 23, 2008

from BROTHER LOUIS ARMMAND

Hello Chuck:

It’s good to hear from you!

It’s a very interesting dilemna for the very ordinary (white) American Joe in Kentucky and West Virginia; I know how many of these folks are socialized by habit and tradition. They are very suspicion of anything strange or radically different. Life and hard experience from outsiders have taught them hard lessons over the generations. Yet once they take a liking to you, and trust you, they will literally give you the shirt off their back.

Culturally, I share some of this tradition, for I was born and lived in these hills for the first 13 years of my life. However, my mother saved me from the rut of Appalachian life—its dullness, isolation, and hopelessness by migration to New York City while it was still in its “golden age” of the 1950s and 1960s.

I do believe that Obama will overcome all opposition to his election, however, simply because he has most of the objective conditions going for him in this contest. A declining economy targeting towards an historic meltdown, the near total incompetency of the Bush foreign policy, and the massive popular desire for change throughout the country. Add to these factors the unusual success of the well oiled Obama political organization that has proven fairly effective at turning on a dime when necessary, and I see a formidable fighting machine well conditioned to the American political process.

Of course, Obama does not represent a change toward “people power” or any challenge to financial capital; “my people” sense this fact implicitly. He has not attacked a single issue from the advantage point of the working class. His healthcare plan embraces the insurance companies and guarantees them a key role, his educational policy will continue to enrich the private sector, there is no mention of public works and employment policy even like the Kennedy-Johnson years; foreign policy is still a military-imperial function “improved” by wider discussions and threats to the adversaries of US designs around the world. Obama has been tapped by the US overlords to put a more rational, universalist, and “none white” gloss on a highly discreditted US imperialistic foreign policy in grave crisis.

If one carefully examines the sources of real support for McCain and Obama, it strongly reflects the key interests, directions and policies of corporate America. But with a difference: the Bush wing of the political leadership, while succeeding in its financial and tax policy of rapid enrichment of the oligarchy, has utterly failed in controlling the empire aboard. The “liberal” wing of capital represented by the Obama wing of the party of capital seeks to “correct” these “mistakes” by giving a few sops to the restive domestic population, so greatly neglected for the last decade or so, while making necessary adjustment aboard. These efforts are doomed to failure for reasons which I can’t explore here.

So, to sum up, I think Obama will win the Democratic party nomination for president of the US, then proceed to win in November by a comfortable margin running against the Republican party and old man McCain. However, he will have a very rough term of office unless he tacks to the left as Roosevelt did in 1936. Yet this will be extremely difficult for him to do, I believe. But let’s see if he proves me wrong! As Malcolm would say, “time will tell”.

Louis
BROTHER LOUIS WAS REPLYING TO CHUCK’S E-MAIL BELOW:

Viral e-mails attack Obama’s life story
By: Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin
May 22, 2008 07:27 AM EST

The main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was
distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South
Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.

Prefacing a question about the challenges of winning over white, blue-collar
voters, the reporter offered this observation: “They think you are
un-American,” he said.

Such questions, asked by reporters and plainly on the minds of voters in
Appalachia and elsewhere, are the fruits of an unprecedented, subterranean
e-mail campaign.

What began as a demonstrably false attempt to cast Obama as a Muslim has now
metastasized into something far more threatening to the likely Democratic
nominee. The spurious claims about his faith have spiraled into a broader
assault that questions his patriotism and citizenship and generally portrays
him as a threat to mainstream, white America.

The spread of these e-mails has forced Obama to embark on a campaign to
Americanize his image and his biography. Pivoting away from his pitch to a
primary election audience uninterested in flag-waving and nationalism, he’s
returning to the message that first brought him to the national spotlight in
2004: the idea that his is the quintessential American story.

He’s also drawing the campaign into partisan combat, blaming Republicans for
the smears even though they have not been traced back to GOP sources. “The
Republicans, they’re trying to make [it] ‘this is not about you; it’s about
me.’ They’re trying to say, ‘Well, Obama, we don’t know him that well, he
hasn’t been around that long, he’s got a funny name; maybe he’s a Muslim,’”
Obama said Monday in Montana. “They want to make people worry about me.”

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Ironically, the smear campaign represents the dark side of the Internet’s
emerging dominance in American politics — a phenomenon that has driven
Obama’s unparalleled grass-roots and financial campaigns. After harnessing
the Web to great advantage, Obama is now struggling to beat back the viral
threat from the same uncontrollable medium.

“In the old days, communication was more centralized,” notes veteran GOP ad
man Alex Castellanos, the father of Jesse Helms’ famous affirmative action
ad. “If you were attacked in one venue, you dealt with it there. A TV
problem was dealt with on TV, a radio problem on radio. It was top-down and
it was manageable.”

The anti-Obama e-mails now bouncing around the Internet have multiplied and
are difficult to track, though the website Snopes.com has catalogued and
debunked many of them. But the themes are similar: Elements of his biography
make him too exotic, or unknown, to be president.

One features a made-up quote in which Obama “explains” why he purportedly
doesn’t place his hand over his heart during the national anthem.

“There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a
symbol of oppression,” the e-mail quotes Obama as saying. “And the anthem
itself conveys a war-like message.”

Obama has never said such a thing.

Another makes the false claim that Obama was sworn into the Senate on the
Quran.

He took the oath on the Bible.

Then there is perhaps the least subtle e-mail, “The Genealogy of Barack
Hussein Obama in Pictures,” which includes numerous pictures of the
candidate’s dark-complexioned relatives on his father’s side in native
African garb.

The e-mailers aren’t troubled by the dissonance between two lines of attack
— the assertion that he’s a Muslim and the claim that he belongs to a
radical black Christian church — though one goes as far as to try to
reconcile the apparent conflict by arguing that Chicago’s Trinity United
Church of Christ is covertly Muslim, something that would come as a surprise
to its parishioners.

Smear campaigns have a rich history in politics. Many Americans believe that
President Bill Clinton had an aide murdered or that President Bush had prior
knowledge of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers.

And this one would be a shameful but largely irrelevant mark on this
historic election but for one thing: Voters widely and repeatedly cite
information that has been gleaned directly or indirectly from the e-mails to
explain why they won’t support Obama.

A Pew survey found that one in 10 Americans think Obama is Muslim, a
misperception that crosses party lines.

A focus group conducted with 12 independent voters for NBC and The Wall
Street Journal earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va., found that fully
half said “no” when asked point-blank if they thought of Obama as an
American. Two believed he is a Muslim and another mentioned the Quran
fabrication.

“They have no sense of his roots,” explained Peter Hart, the Democratic
pollster who conducted the survey. “They just are confused, uninitiated and
uncertain about who he is and what his background is.”

An eye-opening video shot by the online Real News Network earlier this month
in West Virginia drove that point home.

One voter concludes that, “The United States of America should be run by
somebody from the United States of America.” When reminded by the reporter
capturing the footage that Obama is, in fact, American, the voter responded:
“He’s Muslim.”

Nearly every day of the primary, newspaper stories in places from the
Pacific Northwest to Pennsylvania have been filled with similar anecdotes.

So, as he pivots from wooing left-of-center primary voters to winning over
the broader American electorate, chief among Obama’s priorities will be
dispelling the notion that he is somehow not fully American.

Obama’s campaign has built a pioneering Web-based apparatus to debunk the
myths, but the candidate himself has also begun to fight back against the
smear in symbolic and substantive ways, following the same model used on the
original Muslim claims.

When confronted with the Muslim e-mails, Obama last year began talking more
openly about his Christianity and using most campaign Sundays to attend
church services. His campaign reinforced the point with a less-than-subtle
mail piece showing the candidate in a pulpit, a gold cross shimmering in the
background. It was mailed out in South Carolina and was revived for the
Kentucky primary.

Now Obama is taking steps to incorporate a patriotism rebuttal to go with
his faith pushback.

After scoffing last year at the need to wear a flag pin on his lapel —
grounds for one of the e-mail attacks — Obama has begun to affix the stars
and stripes to his suit coat.

And he’s begun to talk about the side of his family that more Americans can
relate to.

In the Democratic primary, his unique and unlikely life story was part of
what many cosmopolitan voters found compelling about him.

“Here’s a guy who could get us right with the world again” is how Al Cross,
a veteran political reporter and the head of the University of Kentucky’s
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, characterized the
perception among some Democrats. “His entire persona is globalized, and his
name lends credibility with people who we need credibility with. What better
change agent could there be?”

And in the early going, Obama embraced that distinctiveness.

Targeting Hispanic voters in Nevada, he even stressed the foreign element of
his story, with a narrator of his radio advertisement describing him as “the
son of a foreign father who came to this country in search of a better
life.”

But while his first book was called “Dreams From My Father,” it’s his late
mother and her white family who have come to take center stage as Obama
confronts not just challenges among blue-collar voters but also fundamental
questions about who he is.

He’s made pilgrimages to middle America — to his mother’s hometown in Kansas
and to an ancestral property on his maternal side in Indiana — and featured
images of both his mother and her parents in TV ads.

And he’s increasingly laced his stump speech with references to his
grandfather’s World War II service, noting recently that Stanley Dunham was
buried with an American flag around his casket.

Later this year, he’ll go to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
in Honolulu, where Dunham is buried, and pay homage.

He’s also hoping that allies — elected officials and labor unions — can tell
his story to people who trust them.

Chuck Rocha, the political director of the United Steelworkers union, said
that Obama’s Horatio Alger tale would make him an easier sell with white
union members.

“Our members couldn’t relate with John Kerry because of his background,
where he came from,” Rocha said. “Barack Obama comes from a lot of the same
pasts that a lot of our members do — just growing up a regular kid.”

Rocha, whose union endorsed Obama, said union members will “trust us more
than some thing they read on the Internet or some other trumped-up lies.”

“It’s going to be an education process,” said Mike Caputo, a United Mine
Workers of America official in West Virginia, whose union endorsed Obama on
Wednesday.

Obama’s challenge this summer will be to use his unprecedented political
celebrity to get his story out.

“Most people don’t know much about Obama’s personal life,” said Vanderbilt
University professor John G. Geer, explaining why some voters are
susceptible to falsehoods. “He needs to talk about his values. Right now,
people are filling in the narrative because he hasn’t filled it.”

And Geer had a candid assessment of why people are accepting falsehoods as
truths.

“It’s easier to believe because his name is Barack Obama,” he said.

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May 22, 2008

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BROWN IS HIP
PUERTO RICAN IS OKAY
BUT WHITE AIN’T SH–!

word!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look ebony black to milk chocolate brown to dark caramel is the MAJORITY of Afican people in Africa and throughout the diaspora (including them AfroLatin Mofo). WE NEED TO REP. REMOVE MIXED WHITES PASSING AS black from the center of our universe and but in a CHOCOLATE MAN AND WOMAN. THAT’S WHAT WE CAME FROM. BIG BANK TAKE LITTLE THERE MORE OF US THAN THEM. To all my Chocolate Beauties keep your head up. And to my butter pecan homies yall beautiful too. REMEMBER
Black is indeed Beautiful

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“HILLARY HAS A BLACK PROBLEM”ACCORDING TO SALON.COM

May 22, 2008

from salon.com

Hillary Clinton botched the black vote
Her failure to challenge Barack Obama’s huge momentum among African-Americans — not a given at the start — may have doomed her campaign.

By Thomas F. Schaller
Reuters / Jonathan Ernst

May 5, 2008 | If Hillary Clinton fails to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Barack Obama, there will be plenty of second-guessing about how she ran her campaign. What if her loyalty to campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle and chief strategist Mark Penn had not prevented her from demoting them sooner? What if her electoral strategists had better understood the power of caucus states and the way in which votes cast there translated into delegates? What if she had actually planned for the month following Super Tuesday, thereby preventing Obama from posting the 11 straight wins after Feb. 5 that provided him the pledged delegate lead he enjoys today? But beyond these questions, one little-discussed factor (with direct or indirect relation to all of the above) appears to have had fatal consequences for Clinton’s campaign: She failed to mount a strong enough challenge to Obama’s claim on the African-American vote.

Though a majority of black voters may inevitably have gone for Obama, nothing precluded the wife of the so-called first black president from keeping Obama’s margins among blacks significantly narrower — say, losing to him by 4-to-1 or even 3-to-1, rather than the devastating 9-to-1 margins by which Obama has often won African-American Democrats. “The Clinton campaign has been focused on Barack Obama’s performance with white working-class voters in a few states, but they fail to mention Senator Clinton’s abysmal performance with black voters all over the country,” says political consultant and Obama supporter Jamal Simmons. “She has gone from leading among black voters to losing them 90 percent to 10 percent in Pennsylvania. One would expect Obama to win these voters, but 90-10 is a total collapse that Obama is not experiencing among any constituency. Simply put, Hillary Clinton has a black problem.”

FARRAKAN SAYS “PRAY FOR OBAMA” IN THIS VIDEO! FROM YOUTUBE.COM

May 21, 2008

FROM youtube.com

Farrakhan Music Video “Pray For Barack Obama!”

This is a video response to Jeremiah Wright, Obama and United Church of Christ
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“HOW BILLARY CLINTON LOST THE BLACK VOTE…TWICE”,FOUND ON SABLEVERITY.WORDPRESS.COM

May 21, 2008

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How Hillary Clinton lost the Black vote…twice
May 19, 2008

From the Huffington Post

Last week, Hillary Clinton won the West Virginia primary, and nobody noticed or cared, because the week before, Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination outright. Or more accurately, he won the Democratic nomination back in February, but the results in North Carolina and Indiana put an end to the charade that there was still a contest going on. What finally exorcised the ghost of the Clinton campaign? You could be forgiven for not noticing, given the obsessive focus of election coverage in recent weeks on hard-working white working-class white hard-working white American voters in the big states Democrats need to win the election, excluding Iowa, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. But in fact, a decisive factor in the demise of the Clinton dynasty was the near-total collapse of Hillary Clinton’s support among African-Americans.

I’m not talking about the familiar collapse of Clinton’s black support after Barack Obama proved himself to be a viable mainstream presidential candidate by winning the lily-white Iowa caucuses. A second mass exodus of black voters away from Hillary Clinton made Indiana a statistical push, fattened Obama’s margins enough to completely wipe-out Clinton’s pyrrhic, pointless victory in Pennsylvania, and broke down the wall of bullshit sustaining the idea that the Democratic primary didn’t end in Wisconsin.

After Obama’s win in Iowa, her surrogates’ public musings about Obama’s possible history of crack dealing, and Bill Clinton’s now infamous trashing of the Palmetto State as a consolation prize for the you-know-whats, Hillary Clinton still managed to pull in about one fifth of the black vote in South Carolina. Yet from one Carolina primary to the other, roughly two thirds of Clinton’s remaining black support dissolved, only slightly less steep a drop, proportionally, than her fall from this October poll in which she actually led Obama in black support, to the South Carolina exit poll. If she had maintained her South Carolina performance among blacks on Super Tuesday, Potomac Tuesday, Super Tuesday II, and North Carolina/Indiana Tuesday, the net shift would have been more than 500,000 popular votes — enough to shrink Obama’s popular vote lead to near parity, and perhaps take the lead on not terribly extravagant assumptions about non-black liberals who were turned off by the Clinton tactics.

, The handy chart to above tells the story graphically. (I’ve explained my methodology below.) Clinton’s share of the black vote declined by about one sixth between South Carolina and Super Tuesday — a period when national polling showed Obama’s support rising across all demographics, and Clinton’s falling — and declined a bit more than another fifth between Super Tuesday and the Potomac primaries at the peak of Obamamania, when (again) all his numbers were improving and hers were going in the other direction. When either economic and demographic factors or Plagiarismgate, Goolsbeegate, and various other pseudo-scandals broke Obama’s winning streak in Ohio and Texas, Clinton’s black support rose slightly (by about one sixth) — just like her white and brown support.

Then the Wrightmare struck, a thousand innumerate pundits were launched on a quest to prove that Obama’s candidacy was undone before the slightest credible evidence emerged to support their case (they were stunningly wrong, as we now know), and Clinton was only too happy to embrace a wild long-shot electoral strategy of trying to stoke white resentment against a strange, dark, foreign, religiously suspect crypto-Communist who hangs out with sundry terrorists when not spewing elitist contempt for good, decent, ordinary folk. And what happened to Clinton’s black support? It plummeted by a catastrophic 44.6 percent between the bookends of the Wrightmare (and nearly a full fifth just between Pennsylvania and Indy/NC), to the point where Hillary Clinton can barely attract half the level of black support of George Allen in his 2006 senate campaign (8.2 percent versus 15). Repeat: barely half the black support of George “Let’s welcome ‘Macaca‘ here to the real world of Virginia” Allen. All the while Obama’s black support rose.

It’s sort of incredible that this needs to be said, but future aspiring presidents, observe the ruins of the House of Clinton and take note: If you want to be the Democratic party’s nominee, you will need some black votes, and 0 percent is worse than 5, which is worse than 10, which is worse than 20. So avoid basing your campaign on the argument that your party’s most loyal constituents are worthless. They will (eventually) notice.

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How I crunched the numbers: South Carolina is taken as a theoretical starting point, representing the performance among black voters Clinton could have managed even after the emergence of an electable black presidential candidate and her campaign’s tactical decision to royally piss off a lot of black people. I track Clinton and Obama’s subsequent performance on the four multiple-primary nights since South Carolina — Super Tuesday, the Potomac Primary, Texas and Ohio, and Indiana and North Carolina — by calculating the total number of votes cast by African-Americans on each election day and the share of the aggregate African-American vote each candidate received (that way, e.g., Obama’s 86 percent in Delaware, 66 percent in Massachusetts, and 61 percent in New York, are weighted to reflected the tiny, medium, and huge populations of each state; for similar reasons as well as the distorting effects of political machines in individual states, I treat single-state primary days as statistical noise and ignore them). Figures are generated from the Real Clear Politics state voting totals and CNN’s exit poll estimates of black turnout and vote shares. No caucuses were included since primary and caucus voting pools are incommensurate and too few caucuses had data on black voting to allow for a separate graph of black voting trends in caucus states. Likewise, the New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. primaries had no available data on black voters.

You can download the spreadsheet here and double-check me, or if you’re curious and industrious, plug in new values in the C, D, and E columns and track the voting trends of any demographic group.

Entry Filed under: Election, The Racial Debate. Tags: African American, Barack Obama, black people, black vote, Current Events, Election, Hillary Clinton, media, News, Politics.

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1. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade | May 21, 2008 at 5:53 am
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Brother Sable, Black on! You have made it very BLACK(clear)that Obama should be our BLACK PresidentWe will reprint it at my blog now! !Billary is busy rigging,cheating,and playing the race card and it is not working cause:
l. Black people are now uniting behind a real BLACK candidate(who is not a traitor)
2. Obama is God’s candidate anointed to save amerikkka from itself!
Now what we all must do is PRAY FOR OBAMA,PRAY FOR HIS SAFETY FROM all the wicked plans of the devil!
Your Sister, who went BACK TO AFRICA 30 YEARS AGO TO YORUBALAND,NIGERIA(from Lawrence,Kansas),
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THIS WHITE MAN SEES OBAMA AS “THE NEW GREAT REDEEMER”,AT EMPOWERTUBE.BLOGSPOT.COM

May 17, 2008

from empowertube.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Barack Obama: The New Great Redeemer – Times Online
Every decade or so the people who control the way we see the world anoint some American politician the Redeemer of a Troubled Planet. It’s been a while coming – neither Al Gore in 2000 (before the luminescence created by his recent joint Nobel/Oscar triumphs) nor John Kerry in 2004 quite fit the bill. But it’s fairly clear now that, with the near-certain nomination by the Democrats of Barack Obama everything is in place for the media to indulge in one of the greatest, orgiastic media fiestas of hero-worship since Elvis Presley.

You will not see a finer example of the genre than the cover story of this week’s Newsweek, which was entitled “The O Team”. Mr Obama is portrayed throughout as an immanently benevolent figure. Not human really, more a comforting presence, a light source. He is always eager to listen to all aides of an argument, always instilling confidence in the weak-willed, resolutely sticking to his high principles and tirelessly spurning the low road of electoral politics. Never in any of the chapters of this hagiography does a Republican, a conservative, appear in a remotely similar light.

Indeed, Obama is unusually talented, inspiring and charismatic figure that seem to bring many people together as never been done. He brings out the best in them. His very ethnicity offers an exciting departure. Yes, Obama is truly a great redeemer.

WHY THIS SISTER TAMIKALEE JUST LOVES HER NEW NATURAL LOOK!(UP FROM PERMING!) FROM NAPPTURALITY.COM

May 17, 2008

from nappturality.com

20 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Went Natural
Author: tamikalee312

20 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Went Natural

1. That I would love my hair so much that I would protect it like a mother Lioness over her newborn cubs
2. That my boyfriend and now fiancé would love it and be protective of my hair like a Lion over his Lioness
3. That my mother would apologize for putting chemicals in my hair and say while touching my hair “I never knew it could look like this” and become completely natural cutting out her texturizer
4. That I would no longer be jealous or envious of body else’s hair. I love mine so much I can appreciate theirs for what it is HAIR. Not a symbol of beauty that I could never live up to. Not that some days I wouldn’t prowl the hair galleries and get lost in all the other textures until I would find some one with texture like mine who had grown it out 12 INCHES and I thought I can have hair like that!
5. That I would be someone that other women looked to for hair advice…I had a co-worker whose huge puff I ADORED. She has gone on to another company and now people tell me they ADORE my hair
6. That people would tell me they wanted my hair texture! Me the girl who relaxed her 4c kinky short hair incessantly (with probably explains what it was always short, besides the fact that relaxer is a acid)
7. I would feel sexy, confident and free and people would want to touch my kinky hair
8. That I would have so many hair style options
9. That I would have a 5 min morning maintaince routine (Like a white girl)
10. That my hands would stay in my hair and I would have to chant “ I will not touch my hair, I will not touch my hair”
11. That my natural hair looks like me and fits my features
12. That my fiancé loves to stick is hands in it and hold on for dear life!
13. That my hair would teach me how to care for it if I would listen to it and respect it
14. That my hair styling techniques would get better with time. I would have some rough spots (trying to wear a puff on 1 inch of natural kinky hair, having grease all down my forehead, being up late doing my twists, using too much product and noticing in a meeting that my hair had dirty product balls all through my head, I would get headband headaches for wearing mine too tight,
15. That I would devote 1/2 of my dresser to hair care products, I would spend obscene amounts of money that claim to turn kinky to curls and my kinks would win)
16. That it would take hours to two strand twist my kinky hair and that I would have toned and strong arms because of it and lots of patience
17. That I would keep an emergency relaxer under the sink in a bag in the bathroom for months (for emergencies) and never use it.
18. That I would by an electric hot comb, use it once to straighten one section and have my fiancé act like I was burning him saying almost to tears “ You are messing it up, You are messing up the fro!
19. That I regret not doing it sooner
20. That I would feel a kinship with other naturals I see, meet and know. All of my close friends went natural a year before me and I know that my hair could be longer.
21. That I would be at peace with God and know that he didn’t give me bad hair. He gave me good healthy hair (yes even short kinky off black 4c hair! Can be good hair)
22. That I would get more complements on my hair than ever
23. That men YES even black men love it and find it strangely exotic and as natural as rain
24. That my hair is completely unique and completely mine.
25. That I was fearfully and wonderfully made. From the top of my Fro to the bottom of my feet. And I’ juslovinit

“BEAUTIFUL,ALSO ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS”:KATHMANDU2.WORDPRESS.COM HAS THIS ON OBAMA,BLACK VOTERS,AND THE NORTH CAROLINA PRIMARY!

May 15, 2008

from kathmandu2.wordpress.com

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

NORTH CAROLINA EXCITED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN OBAMA AND CLINTON

By MIKE BAKER | AP
April 24, 2008 — As Democrats near the end, every state and every vote has impact.

Not since 1988 has North Carolina had much of a voice in choosing a presidential nominee. Back then, it joined several Southern states to help pick Al Gore, a neighbor from Tennessee.

But the longer-than-expected race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination will thrust the state into the national spotlight when it has its say on May 6. Indiana also votes that day.

The primary, offering 115 national convention delegates, comes two weeks after Pennsylvania gave the former first lady the win she needed to stay in the race. But Obama is favored to win North Carolina, the largest prize among the contests remaining.

“My crystal ball wasn’t working well last year, and I certainly would not have anticipated this,” said state Democratic Party chairman Jerry Meek. “But, in retrospect, having a May primary was a tremendously astute decision.”

Voters, especially new ones, have taken note.

More than 165,000 people have registered to vote in North Carolina in the first three months of the year, a nearly threefold increase from the same period in 2004. Election officials expect a record turnout May 6 _ about half of the more than 5.7 million registered voters, compared with past turnouts ranging from 16 percent to 31 percent.

Another wild card: A new law allows unregistered voters to sign up and vote on the same day through May 3. Both campaigns have launched efforts to turn out those voters, and the polling sites have been flooded since they opened last week.

As of midafternoon Wednesday, more than 74,700 “one-stop” ballots had been cast _ about eight times higher than during the 2006 primary, according to the state Board of Elections. An additional 8,400 absentee ballots have been collected, officials said.

Voter registration is up overall, but the biggest boost has been among blacks.

More than 45,000 black voters have registered in the first three months of 2008, compared with just over 11,000 in the same period four years ago. Blacks make up more than 20 percent of the state’s registered voters, according to Board of Elections data.

Those numbers bode well for Obama, who has won strong black support throughout the primaries.

There are other signs Clinton will have a hard time achieving victory in North Carolina.

Neither of the state’s top two Democrats, outgoing Gov. Mike Easley and former White House hopeful John Edwards, have endorsed a candidate. Among superdelegates who have made their choice known, Obama has a 6-1 edge. The 10 remaining superdelegates, including Meek, are uncommitted.

The two Democratic candidates vying to replace Easley, who is barred by law from seeking a third consecutive term, are not only backing Obama but have made their support for him a feature of their campaigns.

State Treasurer Richard Moore has run radio ads on stations popular with black listeners noting he “was the first Democrat running for governor to endorse Barack Obama for president.” His rival, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, has sent mailers to likely black voters with a photo of her with Obama.

But Tar Heel politics are both unpredictable and contradictory.

The state elected the populist Edwards to serve alongside arch conservative Jesse Helms in the Senate. It has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1976, when Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter swept most of the South, but it has elected a Democratic majority to the state Senate for more than 100 years.

“People in North Carolina tend to look at individuals and offices distinctly and make the decision based on the person and the office,” said Elon University pollster Hunter Bacot. “We have such a large number of independents. And they are true independents _ they split ballots.”

North Carolina has roughly 9 million people, making it the nation’s 10th largest state. It is home to the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune and the Army’s Fort Bragg, two massive installations whose troops have suffered heavy losses in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What’s left of a once vibrant manufacturing and textile industry is in tatters. Many voters blame the North American Free Trade Agreement, agreed to under President Clinton, for the decline and the thousands of job losses that followed.

The state’s largest city, Charlotte, has become an international financial center as home of Bank of America Corp. and Wachovia Corp., the nation’s leading retail and consumer banks.

It’s high-tech economy, led by the many companies with facilities based at Research Triangle Park outside Raleigh, have withstood the national economic downturn. Home values have not suffered the same widespread decline as in other states, and North Carolina’s income tax revenues remain strong compared with others.

Both Clinton and Obama started campaigning in the state long before this week’s Pennsylvania primary. Clinton debuted quirky TV ads asking voters to submit questions, to which she responded in conversational spots. Obama has blanketed the state with his own ads.

Some political observers say Clinton needs to win North Carolina, the last big stop on the road to the August convention in Denver, to convince unaligned superdelegates that momentum has swung in her favor. Superdelegates are elected leaders and party officials who can vote for any candidate. That, they said, is her only chance to overcome Obama.

“She’s got to build momentum _ serious momentum _ in order to make that argument,” said Jeff Link, a Democratic strategist who advised former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack’s brief presidential run. “She has to have a winning streak.”

SOURCE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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