Shared: “Michael Jackson Busted Out The Moonwalk 33 Years Ago Today On ‘Motown 25’”

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In a prelude to his own performance, Marvin Gaye said of Motown and the passage of time, “my loved ones, yesterday was the birthplace of today and today is the birthplace of forever.” Marvin’s words were the foreshadowing of a moment that was to come moments after.

Motown 25 was a celebration of the past and accomplishments that were unusually rare for Black artists in America. It was a celebration of love, music and cultural heritage. Most significantly, it was the birthplace of the “King of Pop.” Whether we knew what was to come or not, that one moment in our history is the moment Michael Jackson became “King.” It was a title he earned and deserved and it was a moment so special that many of us didn’t experience any similar until November 3, 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president. It was that same emotion we felt watching the poll results come in that many of us felt 25 years prior.

For whatever is said or written about Michael Jackson, the one thing that cannot be stressed enough is how he revolutionized American popular music.  He upped the ante every time he came out and our lives, our culture are all the better for it.

Funky Turns 40: Historical Black Cartoon Exhibit At Pensacola Museum of Art

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The FUNKY TURNS 40: BLACK CHARACTER REVOLUTION exhibition has been available for circulation to museums nationwide through 2017. The exhibit, which started in 2014 in New York, will be featured at …

Source: Funky Turns 40: Historical Black Cartoon Exhibit At Pensacola Museum of Art

“Speaking of vitiligo…” …and the double standard in Michael Jackson’s case

The recent discovery of a blog post of a vitiligo expert on the vitiligo blog of UMASS Medical School gives us the opportunity to once again clarify a few things regarding the skin disease Michael …

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Four Years Later and Mitt Romney is STILL the Most Boring Person in the GOP

 

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Mitt Romney’s “read” of Trump today was the most boring thing I ever read.  Some in the press have called it “scathing.” Really!?  Let me be honest, I didn’t even bother to watch, I wasn’t a fan of The Munsters when it was on repeats in the 1980’s and I’m not a fan of Mitt Romney’s  real-life version, either.  Instead, I read the transcript, napped midway through and picked up somewhere near the end AFTER watching the rest of a Murder, She Wrote episode.

Mitt Romney stops short of being truthful.  He still hasn’t learned that sugarcoating facts or the past with hyperbole has no place in politics when a presidency is at stake.  It was the mistake he made in 2012 when he lost and he is doing the same now.  Let me remind you, I am not affiliated with the GOP in any way.  I have never voted for that party, ever.  However, I have noticed that the GOP and other voters have been weak in how they address Donald Trump and his racism.

Stop pussyfooting with the lingo, already, and call this man what he is!

Convincing Trump’s supporters at this point is futile, they love him, they love his bigotry and they accept him as being just like them, white sheets and all.  Mitt Romney really needed to speak in the language of the Democratic party, the language that would give Dems even more incentive to get out and vote. Because, see, a Trump win in November is not about how Republicans vote in the primary or what happens at their convention, it will be a direct result of whether Democratic voters, specifically women and people of color make a showing at the polls.  They missed their mark at Super Tuesday, he’s going to be their nominee, they know it and they aren’t happy about it.

Mister Romney, we can not forget how you accepted a Trump endorsement in 2012 because it helped to court the racist wing of the party. You made dinner with the two of you a “thing.”  You were basically in speechless awe at the presser where you happily accepted his endorsement, stating, “having his endorsement is a delight.  I am so honored and pleased to have his endorsement.”  Trump’s rhetoric hasn’t changed one bit since 2012, and clearly, neither have you.

Who was Romney trying to fool with that dry milquetoast drivel? I agree with an article in The Nation calling for Mitt to apologize for giving Trump the national stage in politics.  They got it so right, “Donald Trump was to Mitt Romney what David Duke is to Donald Trump.” All that nonsense talk in an unnecessary press conference.  He gave us a speech when what he really needed to say was, “I did this, I’m sorry,” drop the mic and walk away.

 

Donald Trump: The Candidate White Nihilism Created

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Reading the commentaries about Trump’s Super Tuesday wins and how he’s now viewed as a problem leaves me with much to say on the subject:

Trump is not an American problem. He’s not. A Trump presidency will be an American problem, but for the duration of his wandering into the political arena, Donald Trump has been and currently is a white people’s problem.  Let me explain.

Trump began laying the foundation for his racist political propaganda campaign back in 2010 with the President Obama “birtherism” shenanigans. Black people collectively called racism on that bullshit. Overt racists joined in that lynch mob. For the most part, white people were silent. Black people knew then Trump as political candidate was coming.

When Trump went after women, liberal women and men/women of color called him out on this bullshit, too. Even GOP women did when he went after FOX News personality, Megyn Kelly. White men stood still and said nothing.

When he went after Hispanics and Latinos, calling them rapists, his racist support reached a groundswell. We tried to call foul on this bullshit. White people said to ignore him because he was a joke, nothing harmless, and could never be President.

When he said he would refuse Syrian refugees, calling innocent children fleeing a region ravaged by war and genocide terrorists, we were disgusted.  You guffawed and said nothing, some of you even tried to rationalize it by saying “let’s care for Americans first.”  Yes, the same Americans you never think about: the poor, the sick, the recipients of hate.

When he made the outrageous proposal to institute a badge system for identifying Muslims, you were tight-lipped and shifty-eyed. It made you uncomfortable because it was reminiscent of Hitler and WWII, but not uncomfortable enough to say anything because truthfully, you still flinch in the airport when you see a man of Middle Eastern descent speed past you trying to make his flight on time.  You clench your purses when that man is seated on the plane next to you.  You imagine he is a terrorist, when he is only a father of three, eager to get home to his family.

When Trump said he had to “research” the background of the Klan, you said not one bloody thing.  American terrorists, domestic killers are supporting this man who pretends in his 60+ years to not know what they are about!?  He sat on several national programs, gave the KKK a “wink-wink” and pretended to be oblivious.  Let me remind you, as he does often, he is a Harvard graduate, he knows better.  Still calls for his disavowal weren’t as fervent as they were for President Obama to disavow Jeremiah Wright before you would vote for him. Wright spoke some very harsh and very real truths about white America and your collective feelings got hurt.  When we say Trump hurts ours, you say he’s not to be taken seriously, or worse “he’s just being honest.” Silence with words.

Now, the day after Super Tuesday, it appears his becoming the GOP presidential nominee is imminent. That means that he could become President and occupy your lives for at least four years, and a maximum of eight. You see this, finally, but the alarm has been ringing about this man and his insanity for more than a year, yet as far as you are concerned only now he is a problem.

No. He’s always been a problem. He’s just the problem you acknowledge, NOW.  See, it’s not the racists who support him that made this possible, it has been the relative silence of the white people who don’t and the refusal to mobilize your privilege of power into a movement against him. You’re always demanding we, as people of color (PoC) police our races and fellow skinfolk.  Well, now is the time you police yours. Donald Trump’s not acting as an individual when an entire group of people who look like him have conspired (yes, conspired) through their silence to create an atmosphere in America where this is tolerable. It’s not just your racist skinfolk’s support of this man that shifted political power to him, it’s also your skinfolk who refuse to speak out who need to accept the blame. It’s you. It’s your apathetic response to a man threatening to be a boil on the butt of America.  It’s too late to fix the fact he will likely be the GOP nominee now, it’s just too damned late. But I am not going to tolerate what I am seeing a lot of on social media by so-called white “progressives”: the blaming and finger pointing at black people, Latinos and women for not supporting Bernie as the reason for Trump’s super Tuesday victories.

Uh-uh. No sirs and ma’ams! We didn’t create that monster. We didn’t let him roam around aimlessly, exuding  his ether of hatred.  We didn’t take him as a joke.  We didn’t allow discomfort on matters of race to overcome and render us speechless.  And we shouldn’t pay for it. That’s all on you and your refusal to tame this beast.

So how can you fix this?  Well, before November, you have the chance to talk amongst yourselves and paint him as he really is and why he is bad for everyone. Your skinfolk always accuse PoC of “dividing by race” when we do it, so what is the point?  Use your voices and stop this madness. The sooner you take responsibility for this sham of a human being, the faster some of your more rational skinfolk will wake up and turn the Trump show off before it’s no longer a show, but a painful reality.