A courageous Dash

Actress' break from lockstep speaks volumes about state of things

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Black actress Stacey Dash isn’t black enough. That’s the reaction in cyberspace to her endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney.

What does “not black enough” mean, anyway?

Does it mean “supporting a Republican”? As if all blacks must vote Democrat? Does it mean “Supporting someone based on something other than race”? As if voting by skin color was what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind?

Does it mean not supporting the kinds of policies that have ruled American cities for decades?

The withering criticism of the courageous Ms. Dash, who is bold enough to break from the lockstep pack backing Mr. Obama, begs the question: Is Barack Obama black enough?

If by that you mean “Is he pursuing policies that help African-Americans and inner cities?” the answer is clearly no.

Case in point: 83-percent-black Detroit was recently named as too dangerous for visitors – by the city’s police officers themselves, who held an “Enter at Your Own Risk” rally Saturday.

Now, you can argue that the provocative statement by that city’s finest is a union negotiating ploy – but that would be selling even public-sector unions short. Are you really ready to believe a union is so myopic that it will throw its own city under the bus for a buck?

Wait. Don’t answer that. But you get the point.

The point is, what has Barack Obama done for America’s cities and African-Americans to earn the kind of blind support he seems to be getting from those sectors?

When Stacey Dash concludes that a change to Mitt Romney is “The only choice for your future,” she has considerable facts on her side.

“In August,” reports the Chicago Tribune, “the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2012 report found that nearly all the economic gains that the black middle class made during the last 30 years have been wiped out by the economic downturn.”

And yet, in the nearly four years since electing our first African-American president, the state of black America has been largely ignored – by this president and by the news media that fawn over him.

But when they want votes, they sure come calling.

And when someone like Stacey Dash breaks from the herd, she gets trampled – without regard for whether the thundering mass has any good reasons underlying its sense of direction.

Facts would seem to argue against re-upping for the status quo.

“Blacks overall,” writes the Tribune, “are experiencing a 13.4 percent unemployment rate, according to figures released Friday, much higher than the national rate of 7.8 percent.

“The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Economic Mobility Project recently released a report projecting that 68 percent of African-Americans reared in the (middle class) will not do as well as the previous generation.”

Facts, particularly economic facts, are colorblind.

Maybe our approach to them – and to candidates – should be as well.

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/09/12 - 12:04 am
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Tea Party Credo: "A black man

Tea Party Credo:

"A black man has been elected to the Presidency. Racism is over"

That and the recent discovery of arable swampland in Florida at a good price.

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Retired Army 10/09/12 - 12:11 am
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Geez!

First it was the expressed fear that President Obama would only "do" for blacks(ask a couple of our leading posters here) and now it's changed to "he hasn't done enough" according to the ACES.

What a pitiful atempt at splitting the vote. How well did that tactic work out for you guys in the 12th district primaries or the Ricmond county Sherrif's primary?

allhans
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allhans 10/09/12 - 12:22 am
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You will never defeat racism

You will never defeat racism with racism.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/09/12 - 05:13 am
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Another millionaire for

Another millionaire for Romney? Well stop the presses. A "B" or "C" list actress? Why even waste the time other than for the AC to show a feeble and disingenuous attempt at concern for the African American community? Evidently she knows which candidate will cut her taxes and jack them up on the middle class. Good for her, she's self centered. Imagine that in Hollywood.

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carcraft 10/09/12 - 05:34 am
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If all the rich are

If all the rich are supporting Romney why is Obama out raising him for campaign funds? George Soros and Warren Buffet, Snoop Dog etc. are all poverty stricken? Why has all that green energy money gone to people like Musk of Tesla motors fame who is already a BILLIONAIRE? Why did green energy money go to the millionaires at Solyndra? Obama looking out for the poor? The Million and Billionaires get hundreds of millions in things like "green energy funding" and the poor get Obama phones..LOL

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wayne2410 10/09/12 - 06:27 am
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The first two responses are

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The first two responses are just plain goofy but back to the subject. It is quite telling that the same group of people who cry so loud and long for tolerence and rights wii gladly stomp on anothers rights if they disagree with them. If we do not stop them the liberals are going to split this country in half.

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CobaltGeorge 10/09/12 - 06:55 am
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Hate to Inform You Wayne

but the Liberals have already split this country in half!

Techfan
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Techfan 10/09/12 - 07:04 am
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Which party reached across

Which party reached across the aisle after 9/11 and gave the sitting President pretty much everything he wanted,, and which party has set the record for filiibusters and cloture votes (often against bills they sponsored) to deny the sitting President anything? There's your answer on which party split the country in half.

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Angie H 10/09/12 - 07:20 am
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OK Tech....list the bills

OK Tech....list the bills that the Republican's fillibustered. Name a bill that the President wanted, that the Republicans prevented.

We'll be waiting.

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wayne2410 10/09/12 - 07:22 am
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You are talking about

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You are talking about Washington Tech, I'm talking about the country. This tactic of splitting the citizens into different groups that Obama and the dems are employing is wrong and you know it. If you want to back them, fine, but don't go to crying when it comes to it's conclusion, it will not be pretty and the violence and blood it is going to trigger will be on you guys hands. I know I'll be ready, I would suggest to anyone to be ready also, a fight is coming and I know whose side I will be on.

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Retired Army 10/09/12 - 07:55 am
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Experience?

Here's a little food for thought about former Gov. Romney.

The fine folks of the state Of Massachussetts(imagine that, silly liberuls) once elected him to be their governor. They have personal experience with the man in an executive capacity.

Latest polls?

President Obama 63%

Former Gov. Romney 30%

Undecide/others 7%

A very wise man once told me that smart people don't make the same mistake twice and a wise person learns from the mistakes of others before they make it.

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Angie H 10/09/12 - 08:00 am
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I love it. Two thumbs down

I love it. Two thumbs down for simply asking someone to back up their statement with facts. I love the liberal mindset.

"how dare you expect me to use facts!"

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rmwhitley 10/09/12 - 08:50 am
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Racism

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is purely a white thing. Blacks only kill us for sport. A white woman can not walk alone in a primarily black neighborhood at noon without some trepidation. A black woman can walk in an all white Southern neighborhood at midnight ( as long as she's not carrying a weapon) without fear. Blacks whine and cry "it's not fair" every chance they get and they get a whole lot of chances. It's time for the naacp to get off of it's sorry --- and try to help it's constituents rather than incite them to more violence.

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Retired Army 10/09/12 - 08:56 am
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Angie H10/09/12 - 07:58 am

Funny how the "fact" that Massachussetts voters who are intimatley familiar with the former governor and now overwhelmingly reject the man can make a person stoop to personal attacks on the poster and then in the very next post object to the use of facts.

Ah well, I've got a 10:00 AM tee time and I think I'll try that new Waffle House out, though I much prefer the stick to your ribs "Big breakfast" served at Huddle House.

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bubbasauce 10/09/12 - 09:03 am
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Angie H, I love reading your

Angie H, I love reading your comments to all the libs out there. Boy they sure do get quiet and offensive when you ask them to back up their statements with actual facts. Keep up the good work, I really enjoy reading your posts! Brightens my day.

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InChristLove 10/09/12 - 12:26 pm
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Yeah RA, that poll is real

Yeah RA, that poll is real valid.....out of a population of 6,587,536 people in Massachusetts only 500 people were polled to give a 55% to Obama, and 40% to Romney.....

Real accurrate there...NOT

I could poll another 500 people and get total opposite results. Polls can and are manipulated.

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owensjef3 10/09/12 - 12:54 pm
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Stop It

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Stop It

Angie H
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Angie H 10/09/12 - 12:58 pm
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?

Owensjef, to whom and what are you talking about?

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Conservative Man 10/09/12 - 01:21 pm
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Don't know who Stacy Dash is....

...and no amount of endorsements from actors, or musicians will change my (or most folks minds)...getting your political info from an actor is like getting a science lesson from Al Gore....

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Willow Bailey 10/09/12 - 01:38 pm
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Ohh, but the liberal

Ohh, but the liberal pollsters are now getting very worried. It seems they don't like the reality of their own polls.

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Young Fred 10/09/12 - 01:57 pm
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You have to feel bad for blacks.

If they support one candidate it's "only because of skin color". If they support the other candidate it's "only because they're wealthy".

Of course neither opinion explains the middle class people of color I know, who support Romney.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/09/12 - 02:00 pm
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Fred......they aren't black

Fred......they aren't black enough.....as the editorial states.

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Willow Bailey 10/09/12 - 02:04 pm
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...you agree not to make

...you agree not to make racists remarks. Is that being enforced? It really doesn't appear to be.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/09/12 - 02:07 pm
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Who made a racist remark?

Who made a racist remark?

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thauch12 10/09/12 - 02:37 pm
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More importantly...

RetiredArmy,
Let me point you to these sites...

http://www.gallup.com/poll/125066/State-States.aspx
http://www.270towin.com/states/Massachusetts

The fact that Romney is not winning in Massachusetts is not at all surprising. Massachusetts is a solid blue state and has been for a very long time...noone's surprised at this.

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jackets55 10/09/12 - 03:23 pm
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Tribalism

See if this definition doesn't work: Tribalism has a very adaptive effect in human evolution. Humans are social animals, and ill-equipped to live on their own.Tribalism and ethnocentrism help to keep individuals committed to the group, even when personal relations may fray. This keeps individuals from wandering off or joining other groups. It also leads to bullying when a tribal member is unwilling to conform to the politics of the collective.

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Willow Bailey 10/09/12 - 08:13 pm
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Not you, Angie.

Not you, Angie.

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