Daily Archive: October 15, 2009

National

This Week In Black History

Week of October 15-21 October 15 1859—White minister and mystic John Brown leads a violent uprising in Harper’s Ferry, Va., in a bid to spark a Black uprising against slavery. Dozens of Whites are killed but revolt is eventually put down. President Abraham Lincoln once referred to him as a “misguided fanatic” but Brown actually had a fanatical hatred of slavery and wanted it ended at all costs. MAE JEMISON and PAUL ROBESON

National

Congressman Rangel under siege…Again

by Herb Boyd NEW YORK (NNPA)—Until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s gavel falls, Congressman Charles Rangel’s post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is secure. And Pelosi has informed the press that she will make no decision until the ethics committee completes its investigation of Rangel, which has been going for more than a year. CHARLES RANGEL

National

Questions and answers about Obama’s Nobel Peace surprise

(AP)—Why did President Barack Obama win the Nobel Prize? Does it have something to do with Afghanistan? Is the Nobel meant to reward accomplishments, or encourage future actions? What will the president do with the big cash prize? SURPRISE HONOR —President Barack Obama speaks about winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, Oct. 9, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. From water coolers to Twitter feeds, Americans are buzzing with questions about the Peace Prize surprise. Here are some answers.

National

Obama’s Nobel honors promise, not action

by Jennifer Loven WASHINGTON (AP)—The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama landed with a shock on darkened, still-asleep Washington. He won! For what? For one of America’s youngest presidents, in office less than nine months—and only for 12 days before the Nobel nomination deadline last February—it was an enormous honor. The prize seems to be more for Obama’s promise than for his performance. The Nobel committee cited as his key accomplishment “a new climate in international politics.” The president has become “the world’s leading spokesman” for its agenda, the committee said. NOBEL WINNERS—From left: Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama. President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 9. Obama is the third sitting U.S. president to win the award: President Theodore Roosevelt won in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize in 1919.

National

Gay rights marchers in DC: ‘We won’t back down’

WASHINGTON (AP)—Rainbow flags fluttered above the crowds near the White House as tens of thousands of gay rights supporters rallied to demand that President Barack Obama keep his promises to end discrimination against gays and also let them serve openly in the military. “Hey, Obama, let mama marry mama” some chanted Sunday. Others cried out, “We’re out, we’re proud, we won’t back down.”

Opinion

The Bridge: Just Like Compton

Throughout the 1990’s, I travelled all over the nation from Harlem to Houston’s infamous Fifth Ward and from my own home in the South Side of Chicago to Watts and Southeast DC, chronicling the life and times of Hip Hop heads in the hood for my magazine Rap Sheet. What I continued to discover with each trip was that the Rap star DJ Quik was something of a prophet. He made a song called “Jus Lyk Compton,” where he compared every urban area across the nation and declared that they were all just like Compton. DARRYL JAMES

Opinion

Only a few generations separate Michelle Obama from the shackles

(NNPA)—They say you won’t get anywhere in life until you know where you’ve come from. But for the countless number of African-Americans in this country, the simple act of knowing one’s history is a complicated and painful notion. Painful in the sheer sense that through the bondages of slavery, we have been literally stripped of our roots, and can only trace back to an era of America’s past that most of us would prefer to believe never existed. But it did exist, and it was ugly, and it’s about time we start facing that reality.

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Opinion

Black folks Freedom Awards

President Obama received the Nobel Peace Award and it’s a major accomplishment, particularly because it occurred so early in his administration. I have heard a number of Black people who were overwhelmed by Obama receiving the award, and when they were asked what did he receive it for and who gave it to him they had no idea. I saw a picture in the news of the people who gave the award and all five had blue eyes and blond hair and that in itself does not minimize the award, but it made me pause and think, why don’t Black people have their own annual Freedom Awards?