Daily Archive: March 3, 2010

International

U.S. in secret talks with Nigerian ex-dictator

(NNPA/GIN)—Top U.S. officials made an unannounced visit to Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, a former military dictator, during their recent trip to the oil-producing African nation—a move that raised fears of U.S. support for a possible run by Babangida for the presidency in next year’s elections. “At the very least, the parley suggests that Obama’s team regards the retired general as an instrument for solving Nigeria’s myriad and deep political crises,” wrote columnist Okey Ndibe on the anti-corruption website SaharaReporters.

International

Aboriginal program violates human rights

SYDNEY (AP)—An Australian government program imposing radical restrictions on Aborigines in a crackdown on child abuse is inherently racist, breaches international human rights obligations and must be changed immediately, a U.N. official said Feb 24. In a report to be released this week, the United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous human rights, James Anaya, expressed serious concerns over the controversial initiative known as “the intervention.”

National

This Week in Black History

Week of March 5-11 March 5 CRISPUS ATTUCKS 1770—Crispus Attucks is shot and killed by British soldiers becoming the first American to die in the struggle for American Independence from England. Attucks was an escaped slave who became a sailor and rope maker. It is unclear exactly how he became involved in the protest of that day. But a crowd had gathered and began to taunt British troops. Attucks, who was of Black and Indian parentage, was inspired to give a speech in which he spoke of the importance of freedom. Suddenly a volley of shots was fired into the crowd. Four people died that day in an event, which became known as the Boston Massacre.

National

Debate rages online over White group’s step show win

by Dionne Walker ATLANTA (AP)—Visit any of the nation’s more than 100 historically Black colleges or universities and you’ll see clusters of men and women engaged in the rhythmic clapping and foot stomping routines known in Black Greek circles as “stepping.” STEPPIN’ SISTERS— Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority of Indiana University, compete in the Sprite Step Off National Finals Feb. 20, in Atlanta. Now a White Arkansas team’s win in an Atlanta step competition has started a fiery debate over the African-inspired tradition and whether the integration of a once-ethnically exclusive activity constitutes a form of cultural theft.

National

White House social secretary Desiree Rogers resigns

by Darlene Superville WASHINGTON (AP)—Desiree Rogers is stepping down from her post as social secretary, effective next month, two White House aides said Friday. STEPPING DOWN—In this April 13, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama walks with White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. A friend of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama from their days together in Chicago, Rogers was criticized for her handling of the administration’s first state dinner. A celebrity-seeking northern Virginia couple got into the exclusive Nov. 24 affair, held in an expansive tent on the South Lawn, without a formal invitation, despite heavy White House security. Rogers was in charge of the dinner.

National

Arson charge in famed Philly music company fire

by Kathy Matheson PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A man rescued from a fire at a renowned R&B record company had been using a lighter to see inside the building, which he entered while possibly intoxicated, police said Feb. 24 in charging him with arson. ‘WE’LL BE BACK’—Leon Huff, second left, inspects Philadelphia International Records in the aftermath of a fire, in Philadelphia, Feb. 23. Police said Christopher Cimini, 27, apparently believed he was someplace else and was seen trying a set of keys before kicking in the door of Philadelphia International Records, the home of musicians including Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls and the O’Jays.

National

Ford Jr. says he could have beaten NY Sen. Gillibrand

NEW YORK (AP)—Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. returned to his job as an MSNBC pundit on Tuesday, one day after announcing he wouldn’t run for U.S. Senate in New York, and said he would have won the primary but worried that the intraparty battle would have emboldened Republicans. HAROLD FORD JR. Ford, who represented a Tennessee district in the U.S. House, had been publicly exploring a possible Democratic primary challenge in New York, but announced Monday night in a New York Times op-ed that he wouldn’t run. He said Tuesday on MSNBC that he hopes “another opportunity presents itself.”

National

Police investigate noose found at UC San Diego

by Elliott Spagat SAN DIEGO (AP)—Police are investigating a noose found hanging at the University of California, San Diego two weeks after a party mocking Black History Month ignited campus racial tensions. A campus police statement Friday says the noose was found hanging from a bookcase on the library’s seventh floor late Thursday night.

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Opinion

Too much focus on yesteryear?

An overwhelming number of us are students of events and accomplishments of those men and women who were Black History-makers. There are those of us who recite during Black History Month the names of persons starting with the builders of the pyramids, inventors, WEB Dubois, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, Nat Turner, A. Phillip Randolph, Harriett Tubman, So Journer Truth, etc., etc.