Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Black in America

Tonight, we invite you to be a part of history. Part one of CNN's groundbreaking documentary television series Black in America airs at 9 p.m. ET. We hope you will tune in, and then share your reaction on iReport.com. If you are watching with your family or friends, film their reactions too. Pass the camera around and capture the conversation. We want to hear reactions from all races. What did you think of the documentary? What does it mean to be Black in America? Your thoughts, comments and reactions could be part of a special CNN.com/live show Thursday, Noon ET. You'll also have a chance to join the conversation with the producers of Black in America. Upload your stories here.

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July 23, 2008
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WHY IS CNN & OTHER MEDIA TREATING OBAMA HUSSEIN LIKE HE IS THE MESSIAH????????????????????

July 23, 2008
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he is here to save us from the republicans, do you have a problem with that?

July 23, 2008
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Lza

Being Black in America has a lot to do with if you’re perceived as or look “Black”.  One is treated better according to the proportion of your facial features, language, dress, and mannerisms that are typically white (improves with similarity to middle-class whites).

 

For instance, I look Black; Soledad does not.  If we both engaged in the same outside activities in which we interacted with others (job application, retail store shopping, etc.) she would be treated differently than I.  I would be treated in the typical manner that those who look like me would be treated and she, the typical way “non-white” people would be treated.

 

I just heard her on Oprah’s XM channel talking about how a white (?) woman didn’t understand why people are not acknowledging Sen. Obama’s white side and instead of calling him Black why not call him bi-racial.  She responded by demeaning the woman’s point alluding to history and how, by law, the criteria for determining a Black person is the “one drop” rule.   She also stated that Barack identifies himself as Black. 

 

Well, first of all Ms. Obrien, I am a big fan of yours.  Now, saying that, I would like to enlighten you as to what this woman was referring to.

 

The position of the woman was correct.  The standard for being black was created long ago for purposes of slavery and its interest and as a subsequent tool to keep this race in check for the future.  The standard is wrong and we should not live by it anymore.

 

Tiger Woods understands this, as with other bi-racial individuals.  They have the right attitude which honors both his mother and father’s race.  People and the law will catch on.  When this happens more then there will be less racial segregated issues.

 

My ex-husband is white and we have a bi-racial son.  On forms that his dad fills out he puts our son down as white or bi-racial.  On the forms that I fill out, I put Black or bi-racial. 

 

Until things change, Lionel Richie’s adopted daughter Nicole understands the ramifications so she chooses not to disclose the identity of her biological father as it might harm her career and life in some way because he might be of Afro-Latin American decent which would then make her “Black”.   

 

Barack Obama CAN relate to both Black and white people because it is in his DNA and his formative year’s environment.  Plus Barack actually LOOKS of both races equally; white features, black color.  I think of Barack as being just as much white as he is Black.  I call him bi-racial and honor his white heritage.

 

Note  I don’t have time to proofread this so sorry for any syntax error.  Got to go and interact with my son.

July 23, 2008
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Good luck with your "Black in America" series.  I personally hope it "falls flat on its face!  I think I speak for the majority of America when I say that I am "up to my ears" in this "Obama" craze and now you have gone too far!  I am not a racist, and some of my best friends are black, but CNN, like some other news channels, have been biased when it comes to John McCain.  We, the voters, want to decide whom we want for president...not who CNN wants!  Until CNN learns how to be more fair in their news coverage and stops trying to brainwash their viewers to vote for Obama, I will switch to Fox News who is fair and unbiased and gives equal coverage to all the candidates.

July 23, 2008
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One true and foolproof sign of a racist is the comment "some of my best friends are black....white.....hispanic..."

July 23, 2008
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Why CNN’s series on Black in America is so important…

 

First let me introduce myself.

I call my family and me global citizens.  Having been a retired military officer I have had the opportunity to have lived and or visited 2 continents other than North America, and 20 US states.

 

Maternally, I am a 3rd generation free black.  On my paternal side, my great, great, great grandfather was a white Canadian and my great, great, great grandmother was a Chattua Indian.  Eight of my nine grand children are bi-racial.  With that said my culture, heritage, and lifestyle are diverse.

 

I still wonder what is it about me (a black person) that intrigue other cultures; that causes them to become fearful of my presence; to hate me so much that others want to murder, maim, lynch, burned, in slave, and commit other hideous acts against those that look like me.  People have hated me so much that they hide the very essence of me—my culture…my heritage.  And the most important…is my freedom.  Lord why me!  Why me Lord!

 

As Andrew Martin in Bicentennial Man (1999) states: One has studied in your history. Terrible wars have been fought where millions have died for one idea, freedom. And it seems that something that means so much to so many people would be worth having.

 

My purpose driven life is:

To be acknowledged for who and what I am, no more, no less. Not for acclaim, not for approval, but, the simple truth of that recognition. This has been the elemental drive of my existence, and it must be achieved, if I am to live or die with dignity.      –Andrew Martin

 

I leave you with a poem:

 

Why Did You Make Me Black Lord ....

Lord .... Why did you make me black?

Why did you make someone

the world would hold back?

Black is the color of dirty clothes,

of grimy hands and feet...

Black is the color of darkness,

of tired beaten streets...

Why did you give me thick lips,

a broad nose and kinky hair?

Why did you create someone

who receives the hated stare

 

Black is the color of the bruised eye

when someone gets hurt...

Black is the color of darkness,

black is the color of dirt.

 

Why is my bone structure so thick,

my hips and cheeks so high?

Why are my eyes brown,

and not the color of the sky?

 

Why do people think I'm useless?

How come I feel so used?

Why do people see my skin

and think I should be abused?

 

Lord, I just don't understand...

What is it about my skin?

Why is it some people want to hate me

and not know the person within?

 

Black is what people are "Labeled"

when others want to keep them away...

Black is the color of shadows cast...

Black is the end of the day.

 

Lord you know my own people mistreat me,

and you know this just ain't right...

They don't like my hair, they don't like my

skin, as they say I'm too dark or too light!

 

Lord, don't you think

it's time to make a change?

Why don't you redo creation

and make everyone the same?

 

GOD's Reply:

Why did I make you black?

Why did I make you black?

 

I made you in the color of coal

from which beautiful diamonds are formed...

I made you in the color of oil,

the black gold which keeps people warm.

 

Your color is the same as the rich dark soil

that grows the food you need...

Your color is the same as the black stallion and

panther, Oh what majestic creatures indeed!

 

All colors of the heavenly rainbow

can be found throughout every nation...

When all these colors are blended,

you become my greatest creation!

 

Your hair is the texture of lamb's wool,

such a beautiful creature is he...

I am the shepherd who watches them,

I will ALWAYS watch over thee!

 

You are the color of the midnight sky,

I put star glitter in your eyes...

There's a beautiful smile hidden behind your pain...

That's why your cheeks are so high!

 

You are the color of dark clouds

from the hurricanes I create in September...

I made your lips so full and thick,

so when you kiss...they will remember!

 

Your stature is strong,

your bone structure thick to withstand the

burden of time...

The reflection you see in the mirror,

that image that looks back,..that is MINE!

 

So get off your knees,

look in the mirror and tell me what you see?

I didn't make you in the image of darkness...

I made you in the image of ME!

 

by RuNett Nia Ebo

July 23, 2008
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Below is another poem that seems to fit the occassion:

 

A Black Woman Speaks. . .

Of White Womanhood

Of White Supremacy

Of Peace

 

It is right that I a woman black, should speak of white womanhood.

My fathers, my brothers, my husbands, my sons, die for it; because of it.

And their blood chilled in electric chairs, stopped by hangman's noose, cooked by lynch mobs' fire, spilled by white supremacist mad desire to kill for profit, gives me that right.

 

I would that I could speak of white womanhood as it will and should be when it stands tall in full equality.

But then, womanhood will be womanhood void of color and of class, and all necessity for my speaking thus will be past.

Gladly past.

 

But now, since 'tis deemed a thing apart supreme, I must in searching honesty report how it seems to me.

White womanhood stands in bloodied skirt and willing slavery reaching out adulterous hand killing mine and crushing me.

What then is this superior thing that in order to be sustained must needs feed upon my flesh?

How came this horror to be?

Let's look to history.

 

They said, the white supremacist said that you were better than me, that your fair brow should never know the sweat of slavery.

They lied.

White womanhood too is enslaved, the difference is degree.

 

They brought me here in chains.

They brought you here willing slaves to man.

You, shiploads of women each filled with hope that she might win with ruby lip and saucy curl and bright and flashing eye him to wife who had the largest tender.

Remember?

And they sold you here even as they sold me.

My sisters, there is no room for mockery.

If they counted my teeth they did appraise your thigh and sold you to the highest bidder the same as I.

 

And you did not fight for your right to choose whom you would wed but for whatever bartered price that was the legal tender you were sold to a stranger's bed in a stranger land remember?

And you did not fight.

Mind you, I speak not mockingly but I fought for freedom, I'm fighting now for our unity.

We are women all, and what wrongs you murders me and eventually marks your grave so we share a mutual death at the hand of tyranny.

 

They trapped me with the chain and gun.

They trapped you with lying tongue.

For, 'less you see that fault— that male villainy that robbed you of name, voice and authority, that murderous greed that wasted you and me, he, the white supremacist, fixed your minds with poisonous thought: "white skin is supreme." and therewith bought that monstrous change

exiling you to things.

Changed all that nature had ill you wrought of gentle usefulness, abolishing your spring.

Tore out your heart, set your good apart from all that you could say, think, feel, know to be right.

And you did not fight, but set your minds fast on my slavery the better to endure your own.

 

'Tis true my pearls were beads of sweat wrung from weary bodies' pain, instead of rings upon my hands I wore swollen, bursting veins.

My ornaments were the wip-lash's scar my diamond, perhaps, a tear.

Instead of paint and powder on my face I wore a solid mask of fear to see my blood so spilled.

And you, women seeing spoke no protest but cuddled down in your pink slavery and thought  somehow my wasted blood confirmed your superiority.

 

Because your necklace was of gold you did not notice that it throttled speech.

Because diamond rings bedecked your hands you did not regret their dictated idleness.

Nor could you see that the platinum bracelets which graced your wrists were chains binding you fast to economic slavery.

And though you claimed your husband's name still could not command his fidelity.

 

You bore him sons.

I bore him sons.

No, not willingly.

He purchased you.

He raped me, I fought!

But you fought neither for yourselves nor me.

Sat trapped in your superiority and spoke no reproach.

Consoled your outrage with an added diamond brooch.

Oh, God, how great is a woman's fear who for a stone, a cold, cold stone would not defend honor, love or dignity!

 

You bore the damning mockery of your marriage and heaped your hate on me, a woman too,

a slave more so.

And when your husband disowned his seed that was my son and sold him apart from me you felt avenged.

Understand:

I was not your enemy in this, I was not the source of your distress.

I was your friend, I fought.

But you would not help me fight thinking you helped only me.

Your deceived eyes seeing only my slavery aided your own decay.

Yes, they condemned me to death and they condemned you to decay.

Your heart whisked away, consumed in hate, used up in idleness playing yet the lady's part

estranged to vanity.

It is justice to you to say your fear equalled your tyranny.

 

You were afraid to nurse your young lest fallen breast offend your master's sight and he should flee to firmer loveliness.

And so you passed them, your children, on to me.

Flesh that was your flesh and blood that was your blood drank the sustenance of life from me.

And as I gave suckle I knew I nursed my own child's enemy.

I could have lied, told you your child was fed till it was dead of hunger.

But I could not find the heart to kill orphaned innocence.

For as it fed, it smiled and burped and gurgled with content and as for color knew no difference.

Yes, in that first while I kept your sons and daughters alive.

 

But when they grew strong in blood and bone that was of my milk you

taught them to hate me.

Put your decay in their hearts and upon their lips so that strength that was of myself turned and spat upon me, despoiled my daughters, and killed my sons.

You know I speak true.

Though this is not true for all of you.

 

When I bestirred myself for freedom and brave Harriet led the way some of you found heart and played a part in aiding my escape.

And when I made my big push for freedom your sons fought at my sons' side,

Your husbands and brothers too fell in that battle when Crispus Attucks died.

It's unfortunate that you acted not in the way of justice but to preserve the Union and for dear sweet pity's sake;

Else how came it to be with me as it is today?

You abhorred slavery yet loathed equality.

 

I would that the poor among you could have seen through the scheme and joined hands with me.

Then, we being the majority, could long ago have rescued our wasted lives.

But no.

The rich, becoming richer, could be content while yet the poor had only the pretense of superiority

and sought through murderous brutality to convince themselves that what was false was true.

 

So with KKK and fiery cross and bloodied appetites set about to prove that "white is right"

forgetting their poverty.

Thus the white supremacist used your skins to perpetuate slavery.

And woe to me.

Woe to Willie McGee.

Woe to the seven men of Martinsville.

And woe to you.

It was no mistake that your naked body on an Esquire calendar announced the date, May Eighth.

This is your fate if you do not wake to fight.

They will use your naked bodies to sell their wares though it be hate, Coca Cola or rape.

 

When a white mother disdained to teach her children this doctrine of hate, but taught them instead of peace and respect for all men's dignity the courts of law did legislate that they be taken from her

and sent to another state.

To make a Troy Hawkins of the little girl and a killer of the little boy!

 

No, it was not for the womanhood of this mother that Willie McGee died but for a depraved, enslaved, adulterous woman whose lustful demands denied, lied and killed what she could not possess.

Only three months before another such woman lied and seven black men shuddered and gave up their lives.

These women were upheld in these bloody deeds by the president of this nation, thus putting the official seal on the fate of white womanhood within these United States.

This is what they plan for you.

This is the depravity they would reduce you to.

Death for me and worse than death for you.

 

What will you do?

Will you fight with me?

White supremacy is your enemy and mine.

So be careful when you talk with me.

Remind me not of my slavery, I know it well but rather tell me of your own.

Remember, you have never known me.

You've been busy seeing me as white supremacist would have me be, and I will be myself.

Free!

My aim is full equality.

I would usurp their plan!

Justice peace and plenty for every man, woman and child who walks the earth.

This is my fight!

 

If you will fight with me then take my hand and the hand of Rosa Ingram, and Rosalee McGee,

and as we set about our plan let our wholehearted fight be:

PEACE IN A WORLD WHERE THERE IS EQUALITY.

 

—Beulah Richardson

1951

July 23, 2008
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Black in America, what about ALL the races in america?  I do not feel this is racially correct to focus on just the blacks in america.  Each race is going through and has gone through there own set of problems and hardships, and each race has had success no matter how big or small. If we had an Asian running for president would we have "Asians in America"?  Are we being spoonfed what the media whats us to see and hear just because we have a black man running for president?

July 23, 2008
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What does Black in America mean?  Black in America these days, not in all cases but in most, means conceiving numerous illegitimate children, being proud of being uneducated, being proud of being border line illiterate, being proud of living off the sweat of honest working people, blaming everyone else for your problems, killing each other and then complaining about how badly you are treated by other races, being ignorant enough to worship and fall for the garbage that is dished out by leeches like Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, supporting a political candidate because he or she is black instead of supporting one because he or she is what's best for the jor and country, not being able to spell the name of your favorite candidate. Being black in America today means rioting to be treated equal and then rioting when you are treated equal.  In short, in most but not all cases, being Black in America today means striving to being a wart on the nose of society.

July 23, 2008
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My Final Poem:

 

Mother to Son

 

Well, son, I'll tell you:

Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

It's had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor-

Bare.

But all the time

I'se been a-climbin' on,

And reachin' landin's,

And tumin' corners,

And sometimes goin' in the dark

Where there ain't been no light.

So boy, don't you turn back.

Don't you set down on the steps

'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.

Don't you fall now-

For I'se still goin', honey,

I'se still climbin',

And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

 

Langston Hughes

July 23, 2008
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Black in America??????

 

the problems are not adressed on this show

 

slavery, prison , murder , rasism ,

 

poor ,jobless ,police profiling,depression, drug filled

 

neiborhoods

 

thats a little bit of the problems in Black American

 

 

dont fear the truth cnn

July 23, 2008
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If you want to know how it is to be black in america

 

if you dare?

 

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2004

 

will put some light on the issue

July 23, 2008
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were are all the black men to rase there familys

 

most are in jail caught in the bias Crimial justice

 

system

July 23, 2008
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4america,

 

As I traveled across the globe I have not seen volume of negative behavior directed to a group like that of black people.

 

True other ethnic groups experienced hatred and have social & culture problems, but not at the global level and the volume.

July 23, 2008
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I have 2 kids, one who sailed through school and the other who struggles every inch of the way, and aquired all the labels possible.  Even with all the access to all resources affored by an upper middle class school district, to a child with labels and private tutoring, the only effective motivater has been monetary reward.  Against all educators advice we established $30 for an A, $20 for a B and $10 for a C on the report card - amazing how my son turned on a dime to acheive these rewards.  Go figure, would we expect to work for years receiving nothing but the promise of a paycheck at the end of our 12 / 16 year journey?  So while our children are learning academically, why not also teach them the monetary connection to striving for the best that they can be - that's generally how the workforce increases their paycheck, isn't it??

July 23, 2008
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That man who pays kids to learn should be ashamed of himself. He is such an ignorant, educated person that I am not sure why he is allowed to be on CNN as a part of this report.

July 23, 2008
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Black Truth,

 

How did they get in the position of facing criminal justice system.

 

Yes, some are stopped just because they're black and most rise above the situation.  Yes, some are mistaken as criminal (we all look alike syndrome).  But others are criminal and actual choose to be.

 

But, why did they choose that?

July 23, 2008
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Ceyda,

 

One can choose be to either a traditionalist or a transitionalist.  You sound like a traditionalist.

July 23, 2008
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I am beyond upset at the information presented on CNN.  Black people are trying to live above a perception.  Generalization is a horrible reference to the statistics that alot of African Americans are a part of, but not all.  I am a black student in an all white high school.  I am in the top 2% of my class, and have scored in the top 5% of the country on ACT and SAT tests.  I am in all AP and Honors courses.  Not all African-Americans are as dumb as you think.  Roland Fryer, You should rethink and re-analyze the research that you think you have finished.  Talk to black people from all backgrounds, because your generalizations are angering.

July 23, 2008
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I would love to say that this was a very enlightening and educational show but unfortunately, having DISH Network, it started raining and my tv went out, I am sure that others probably had this same thing happen and I hope that CNN will do the right thing and rebroadcast this episode hopefully before school starts again in August. Children need to see this, my son was disappointed and wanted to hear more. How else will we be able to get this tape just in case your station decides it is not worth repeating. Hopefully the 2nd one will be aired without a storm to stop the play. This is something that should have been on regular television anyway, considering that not everyone has cable or a computer

July 23, 2008
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It is absolutely offensive that the economist in tonights feature is putting a piece of money in those kids hands to pass a test when they are looking at being homeless. Why isn't he sowing into that Father's life who seems like he is doing the best he can? Does that man need a better education, better training? As an educator I can assure you that he is making the wrong impact on those children. Who paid him to go to school at the age he is paying those children? There is more than enough research that says schools in 100% poverty and 100% free and reduced lunch can be 100% high achievers. Instilling pride in achievement, enabling kids to see that they can think and create on higher levels will do more in the long run. HELP THAT FATHER GET A BETTER JOB AND EDUCATION!!!

July 23, 2008
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how do i reach family in piece shown weds july 23rd on cnn "black in america"

July 23, 2008
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why doesnt rev c just help-- preaching is overated

July 23, 2008
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Overit3 I am with you. He is working a fallicy before he even gets started. That slave trader is NOT checking for saltiness, he is checking to see if that slave is SICK. If sick, he would not accept the slave because the slave would not make the voyage sick. I think CNN found someone black who could make a little controversy. Glad that professor was there to counter his argument though.

July 23, 2008
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Just help what Nick? Whats your point? I am a public school teacher in a high poverty school. Have been for almost 10 years. I have two Masters degrees and have done my research and presentations on the African diaspora. What do you have to offer the dialogue?

July 23, 2008
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where are the real men in this country black and white....real men help with their mouths closed.  little boys mouth off and show fear in their hearts. plain to see many of many colors are to busy pointing.

July 23, 2008
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action my friend is worth a thousand times more then childlike speech...i get involed with action.  no need to point at all that is wrong....too easy...too useless

July 23, 2008
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I,like all humans, am biracial. it is mathematically impossible for any of us to prove that we are one pure race. To that premise i have dedicated my life and work to promoting the Truth...there is no such thing as race. We agree to make it true, but it is it is not true. No pure race remains in the world as all nations have mixed bloods and cultures.

 

I wrote a book titled One Drop: to be the Color Black to hopefully begin and support a movement for communications between different nations, cultures and colors. The book contains feelings of black and white skin people in the United States for two centuries.

 

This television show is excellent, as is our election process this year with a viable black skin nominee, for bringing the race issue to the forefront of our nations conciousness. Silence is not making the subject of racism in America go away.

 

i remain a female soldier for the cause of freedom and justice in the United States of America.

 

http://www.onedropblack.citymaker.com/page/page/839099.htm

July 23, 2008
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What are your ideas Nick? What is your program?

July 23, 2008
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Instead "Black in America", the show should be called "Lost in America".  It is obvious that a large sement of the Black Community is looking for some great salvation be it political or the benevolence of a diety.  The fact is that this salvation must come from within.  Black men and women have lost the values.  Black men should not father children they can not take care of.  Black women should not have children they are not capable of providing for. I have total disdain for the so called "Black Church".  From Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton, a complete embarrassment.  As a black person it is hard for me to understand this need for the shepard/sheep mentality.

July 23, 2008
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how funny it is to sit around and thump our chests with pride....while the poor are right down the street still needing your actions

July 23, 2008
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my program is to find a person a day and work with them...i raise money...and give my time.  very simple. to be angry is to easy, a copout. takes up time while that time should be used in actions that do something....imagine if mother teresa sat around and bitched...lol

July 23, 2008
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good luck ...i can only hope that one day the anger turns into actions. it is your destiny to finally be a man.

July 23, 2008
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Indeed the traditional black church has lost much of its impact, in many instances because of so called pastors who do nothing more than let people serve them instead of serving the people. You are correct that the moral compass of the Black Community has been in a spin for a long time. We cannot continue to blame outsiders for how we treat each other, how we spend or invest our money or anything else. As far as the need for the Church, well, I preach the need for Jesus Christ. If the problem is from within, how can salvation come from within? You can't get fresh water from a poisoned well.

July 23, 2008
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I volunteer almost everyday of my life.  I give my time and effort to make my community a better place.  I have a right to be upset with those who actually sit and bitch about the results they aren't seeing when they don't even try to help the situation.  My solution to the black community:  close your legs and try to make your own community a better place.  Be part of the solution.  Rise above the statistics, instead of falling into them.

July 23, 2008
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I commend you for your personal approach. We all work within the gifts we have. I happen to be an educator as well as a minister and I continue to equip myself for both tasks. I teach History and Social Science. If I can open my student's eyes to how America became America and help them navigate the terrain of our unique society, so much the better.

July 23, 2008
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hate and anger shows you do not have the will to move to the next level of spiritual growth.  do not be afraid - god is bigger then all that is wrong. there is a calling to all to be at peace- you are being tested to have more faith. black and white all need to get over it....and get with it

July 23, 2008
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Can people only improve through handouts?  I understand that people need help, but isn't it possible for people to do some things on their own.  Not all wells are poisoned, but maybe there is a misuse of resources. They water should be used to quench ones thirst rather than wash their car.  And if people wanted to change, wouldn't they try AT LEAST TRY to find a way out of their situation?  I find in so many of these instances, people have grown accustomed to the status quo.

July 23, 2008
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I just watched the segment on marrying your baby daddy and although I understand the importance of the father in the home, the question why they didn't get married in the first place without being part of a program was not answered. That would have given a better perspective besides just celebrating them getting married.

July 23, 2008
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CAJ

As a product of a poor, single parent family, I was baffled by the fact that the mother was struggling by herself. There was no mention of the teenage kids working (e.g., babysitting, raking, cutting grass). This is something I took the initiative to do to help my family and me get thru bad times. Not only did it help with the bills but it also helped with my self-esteem and knowledge about real-world. After all, it's about family helping family.

July 23, 2008
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Be black or white????  Why can't you just be you???  That is the problem in this country...we see color and not people.

July 23, 2008
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CAJ

I wish tomorrow's follow-up would not only be with famous black Americans but also with lesser known black Americans.

July 23, 2008
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CAJ

Unfortunately, people will always see color in this country Overit3!  Try spelling America without the R-A-C-E.

July 23, 2008
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"Black in America" is a commercial sellout and does not do justice to the black experience. These stories could happen to any race living in America and they are incredibly shallow. And any story that needs a goofy narrator dressed like a '70's throwback to Sanford & Son to introduce each "Act" is not a story worth telling.

July 23, 2008
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Very true CAJ, I just wish people would overcome that shortcoming.

July 23, 2008
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Young Black women today are full of ??????. I have three sons, all graduated in the top 10, not 10%, of their high school classes. All three went to HBCU's, a family requirement, and graduated with over a 3.0 average. Neither had a committed relationship coming out of college. They are all real men!!! One is now married, and the other two are involved in serious relationships with young ladies they met after college. No children for the two unmarried sons; NOT ALLOWED IN THIS HOUSEHOLD!! ALL of them are church-going young men; even when they were in college. Where were the young ladies when they were in college? One of my sons categorized his college female school-mates as "chicken-heads." They all currently have good jobs and "stable" lives. Neither has been near a jailhouse, and their only involvement with law enforcement has been a speeding or parking ticket.

 

So, please don't tell me that "GOOD BLACK MEN" are hard to find. Many Black women only get what they are looking for; THUGS!!!!!

July 23, 2008
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Knowing that what airs in the documentary is only miniscule to the hours of interview, I have this question regarding the segment with Ira Johnson -- why did she continue to have children out of wedlock after the first one?  Ms. Johnson stated that while her 4 teenage children were all fathered by the same man, she became a single mother with the very first child.  Soledad may have asked that question in her interview but it was not included in the episode.  I suspect many viewers were asking that same question. Ms. Johnson admitted herself that she had unprotected sex and asked herself if (paraphrased)'she was ready for this.' Why didn't that click with children 2,3,and 4? She attributes it now to depression. I would imagine so with 4 children in stairstep ages (all teenagers.)  Now, she's struggling to raise 5 teenagers (including a niece) alone when it should have been apparent with her first child that she couldn't rely on the man who got her pregnant to do his part in the parenthood. Please help us to understand this 'keep getting pregnant' mindset.

July 23, 2008
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I am very disappointed in this special. It should be titled Blacks Struggling in America, because if the title acurately displayed being black in america in would show the pittfalls of black americans in the inner city as well as the suburbs. It was a focus on uneducated african americans living below the poverty line...that is not the definition of being black in america.

July 23, 2008
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Once I again, I am dissatistfied that some of the major questions are not being asked in during this program! We talk about the fact that the Black community doesn't talk about the AIDS crisis in our community, but when we have the chance to expose this to the nation through the show, we still fail to discussed it.

 

Why was it not discussed why black women age 24-34 are the largest number of women dying from AIDS. Trust isn't because they don't know about AIDS. What about the "down-low" situations that we are facing on a daily basis. Getting infect by Black men that are too scared to acknowledge their bi-sexuality. Why was that not discussed. We have got to stop worrying about what others think about us as a people are starting talking about the things that plague us in real dialogue. It isn't about targeting a certain "type" of people but acknowledging the issues that are causing the problems.

July 23, 2008
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I grew up overseas because my dad was in the military and before our family returned to the states, he sat me and my sisters (6th grade, 7th grade and 9th grade) down to explain to us that we are going to experience what is called racism and discrimination.  We actually didn't understand the concept.  We learned quickly in American schools. 

 

It started with my black friends telling me about it.  I still had not experienced it.  I thought they were lying or bitter.  THEN came the topic of SLAVERY in our history class.  After feeling so embarrassed and my self esteem dying after the teacher and my classmates turned to look at me throughout the discussion, I felt the insidious feeling of hating white people until I later learned that it was the same race of people who helped us fight slavery. 

 

So, the bottom line folks is for us to prevent the teaching of slavery in grade school and only for it to be taught in high school after the minds of young adults have a chance to be exposed to all races without preconceptions of superiority and inferiority.

 

If that cannot happen, then we need to have the topic of slavery be taught with shame and disgust of the perpetrators and how it was the lowest point a human race can stoop to and teach it with remorse to the black people for the institution and the subsequent ramifications.  The white students need to feel bad about their race for sactioning slavery and the black students need to feel proud about surviving and for fighting to abolish this terrible American holocaust.

 

Then attitudes will change.

 

Who else understands this?

July 23, 2008
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I am a 36 year old female. Married for almost 1 year to a Latino.

I trully hope that this study, Black in America, will open the eyes of America. I have experience a lot of the things that the study touched on, homeless, poor, single past the age of 30 (but with no kids). My questions are, what can we do? Will this continue to be a domino effect? How can we change? How can we change the continous struggle of being Black in America?

July 23, 2008
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I don't get it. Who is the intended audience of Soledad O'Brien's "Black in America?" What qualifies her to be the one to reveal the black man to the world? She's not even black. Her husband and children are white. What does she know about the black experience? This "show" is anti black male and caters to white curiosity. This is not an in depth documentary on the black experience. Where is the slavery, the racism, the murders and killings perpetrated against blacks by whites? What about Harlem and gentrification? What about segregation and the everyday degradation of the blacks in the work place? What does she know? What about the blacks in prison? What are the causes for the black man's problems - the white man and his racist policies. Unemployment, Poor quality education, Jim Crow. etc...

She is a well to do half Latin woman who is catering to her white constituents to achieve a pat on the back or some kind of award for enlightening the white people to our struggles. Give me a break! This is a perpetuation of vague misinformation sprinkled with her fantasy's. They even have a steppin fetch it doing the stereotypical dance and rap at the beginning of each segment. Don't believe the hype people. This is all negative. It is playing to the fears of the non black. Ask yourself why now? Why the DRAMA? Do you feel me. Don't be fooled.

This woman is no friend of your's. Sit, watch and listen. Where is the beauty in the black culture? The art, inventors, music and musicians, renowned doctors, lawyers, sports figures, educators, CEO's, beautiful black women and men who are doing positive things with there lives?

Don't believe the lies. Gay white men still make up the majority of HIV and AIDS infected people in America.

I could go on and on folks but I would be sitting at my computer all night. Open up your minds!

Don't take what S.O'Brien has portrayed as what and who we are as a people. If you think this is something, wait until you see what she has to say about the black man on tomorrow.

Why didn't she do a documentary on the white man or her half Latin background? Wake up black people. They are no friend of your's. She spits out statistics as if they were real. Challenge them. Look it up yourself. What does she know about being black. All she sees is negativity. Black people are not myopic as she tries to portray. She should be ashamed of herself. I am black and proud of it.

Grace and Peace

July 23, 2008
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I am teaching a course called Conversations in Diversity to high school students, and one of the units of study is race/racism in America. Question #1:  Will this program be available for purchase?

Question #2:  From different perspectives, white/black/other, what are some key concepts and questions that should be focused on from the real-person point of view, as opposed to a text book?

July 23, 2008
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Being Black in America is tricky. The history for most black people, unlike any other people who immigrated to this country, is that we didn't ask to come here during the founding of this country.  We were traded. The white man didn't just come to Africa and take what he wanted - the way he did in the Americas - he made a trade because he needed strong people to HELP build this country.  That he treated these people horribly and dispicably is shameful. Scars and wounds don't just heal overnight (meaning hardly ever really heal). Hence black people have wounds emotionally that shape who they are and how they perceive the world.  Black people have done a lot for this country that has treated them so badly.  Some black people get and have gotten over it the best they can; some haven't and/or can't.  Some white people are sorry that it all happened; some aren't; some don't care; some resent the fact that we're here. And a lot are in denial shamefully. But here's the thing, this country wouldn't be what it is today without the contributions of the black people. And sure, other cultures who've immigrated here in search of a better life have contributed, but they haven't paid with their lives. It is a unique thing. White people (not all) are so ungrateful, not to mention insensitive to the situation - especially when they say things like get over it etc.. I say walk a mile in a black person's shoes being beat and dehumanized and denied and all that over time and time and time again. The emotional scars and wounds just get passed down without the healing process.  That's why things are the way they are. And to the black people who have so much grief about it, who are so afrocentric, they are stuck.  And to anyone who is so unhappy with anything in this country, I say you have a choice.  You can actually go back to Africa (or if you're white or any other culure or race,to which ever European country or wherever) and try living there. What you will find is you are less acceptable there than here. You couldn't adapt. Most anyway.  Basically, people need therapy to help with the psychological disorder that is in evidence. Some people are getting that therapy. That therapy should be free to those who are unable to pay. And discounted greatly for those who can pay. Most are happy to wear the chip on the shoulder like a badge of honor on their sleeve just like the people who proudly wave the confederate flag without really realizing that the confederates lost the war and that that means that what they believe is unacceptable (ie that blacks are less than they are and should continue to be slaves etc.) They claim that that flag represents the soldiers who fought in that war etc.  When you fight for something that is wrong, how can you be proud of that?  That's what I want to know.  I don't get it.  Bottom line:  we are all the same.  We should celebrate our differences and share them and say 'ok, it's cool. you be you and I'll be me and we can celebrate the things we do have in common because we all like to eat, party, play, have fun.  We are basically all related and we should really focus on the positive things because it's been bad and it could be worse. September 11 wasn't about the black people.  It was about the people running the government - who are white.  Like Jesus (for those of you who believe in him), those people who died, died for us, for the sins of our government.  We celebrate J.Edgar Hoover but he was not only corrupt but a cross dressing homosexual! and yet he has a building named after him, him a lying cheat! Go figure.  There will always be hell to pay.  As a country we will never stop paying for all the ugliness.  White people who wore/wear hoods? Are the the people who are also in government and are afraid. Why because of their ugly misdeeds that have beenn passed down from generation to generation. No misdeed goes unpaid.  I mean, what kind of parents raise children like those little twins - skaty 8s or whatever they are called who would go out and say we want to help, but this stuff is only for the white people who need it not the blacks.  Racism starts at home. Children hear their parents making disparaging remarks and immulate that.  Shameful.  But I do believe there is hope in spite of that. Fortunately everyone is not like that. And I'm sorry that I've been so verbose here.  Apparently I have a lot to say....

July 23, 2008
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I was very disappointed with the "documentary" and expected more from CNN.  Anyone that's slightly informed pretty much knew all the statistics that were presented and I sometimes felt like I was watching "Good Times 2008".  The reality is "Black in America" can be described with one word: complex.  There are so many Black experiences that go far beyond the lives of the mostly struggling and uneducated perspectives of the highlighted families and some focus on the institutional factors that lead to underachievement would have been nice/comprehensive. 

 

CNN is becoming so unimpressive.

July 23, 2008
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I am a Black woman who has been living in Harlem for the past 30 years and I took exception to the part of the program showing the Black woman being treated at Harlem hospital.  After her discharge, Soledad showed up at the woman's home to check on her progress.  The woman said there were no supermarkets in Harlem to buy a tomato.  That is grossly incorrect. There are many, many supermarkets in Harlem - 2 Pathmarks, Associated, Met, Bravo, C- Town and the list goes on.

 

I don't know if this piece was staged but it is a gross misconception. I am disheartened to see that Harlem is being portrayed as a community with little services.  That is simply not true. This gives the impression that Harlem is in dire straights and it is NOT!!

 

Our supermarkets are clean, safe, well stocked and the employees are very helpful.

 

Please get your/her story straight.

July 23, 2008
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Personally, I hated, just hated, this documentary just as I knew I would. As usual, it defined Black is America as The Worst that America has to Offer.

 

There was NOTHING inspiring about this what so ever.

 

Why is it that every time you, television and media, talk about the black race, you paint us extremely negative as if everything about our existence is so depressing? Even many blacks have accepted it as normal to do so. Many blacks probably never thought twice about how this documentary, as usual, degraded us instead of lifted us up and celebrated our contributions to America.

 

Blacks have been so brainwashed by the media and broader culture to focus on what is most depressing about their own community that they get defensive and argumentative if people do not talk about the negatives. It is as if some how to talk about the positives automatically means we have forgotten the negatives.

 

I think the word "poor" was used so often in this documentary that it seemed as if poor and black are the exact same words. There are a large number of poor white people but their community would never define their population as a whole by only one segment of it, as Soledad did to us.

 

Why did Soledad start off highlighing what is most negative about us? My God, there are some good things about the black race. Why could you not start off with the good and mix the negative in. But no. We are always portrayed as the the worst that America has to offer,i.e. the news media calling Lousianna residents "refugees" during Katrina.

 

I am sure that there are other races watching this and as usual they left with a bad image of blacks. Why would they want to associate with us, hire us, fellowship with us, partner with us, support us, or even promote us when we are constantly portrayed as the most undesirable people to be around.

 

I am not saying that we do not have problems. We definitley do. Personally, I experience what seems like racism almost daily. But when you, the media, talks about the white community you do not characterize their whole population by those who use meth, their women who kill their babies, their extremely high numbers of divorces, their sexual predators, their pornography, their husbands who murder their wives, their company executives who steal employess money, their homosexuality and aids, and all the other major negative facts that definitely exist in the white community.

 

When television talks about the white community you work hard to highlight their success and achievements and then mix in their failures. (For example: Whites are wealthy, Asisans are smart, Indians are high tech savvy, etc.) Why can't this be the normal procedure for when you talk about the black community? There is no positive stigma that is culturally tied to the black race. Now that truly is racism.

 

Soledad mentioned that there are a million black owned businesses. Why couldn't she start her docmentary with that information?

 

This is why there is stil racial separation in America. Point Blank: White people who never get to socialize with blacks only learn about them form how they are portrayed in the media. Since we are always portrayed as the worst America has to offer, why would they or any other race of people want to be identified with, work with or socialize with blacks?

 

There are more than enough depressing portrayals of blacks in America. Why can't we get just one that affirms us?

 

Why do blacks always play the race card. The answer is simple. If the table was turned and we had the power to alwasy portray whites as the worst that America had to offer, they too would play the race card.

July 23, 2008
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carolena:  THANK YOU!! I watched that segment in utter disbelief that there are NO decent markets in Harlem. I just couldn't imagine having to travel 45 minutes to an hour one way for fresh produce! She should find Bill Clinton's Harlem address and ask him where HE buys his groceries. If not in Harlem, could she catch a ride!?! Again, thank you for pointing out that glaring error to the rest of the nation.

July 23, 2008
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Soledad O Brian is going to report on the black man. Give me a break. I suspect that the closest she got to a real black male is when she was "with" Spike Lee. But then again, maybe not.

Since when did she become the spokes man for the black male? What could this white woman possibly know about us and our struggles? Understand, she is white while hiding behide a little color in her skin. Listen to the way she talks to the folks. She is a fish out of water. I am incensed about this this fraud. It is blatant racism. CNN has even found blacks to come against blacks. Even against Obama. Divide and conquer. Willie Lynch is alive and well.

If you own the means of production, indoctrination of the masses is easy.

Keep you friends close but keep your enemies closer. Watch the "show". learn the tactics. My people perish for a lack of knowledge. Open your mind. Don't believe the hype. Please my beautiful black people, don't believe the hype.

Grace and Peace

July 23, 2008
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This has been a extremely eye-opening series that I started watching since Saturday and will continue to watch!!!Soledad and her panel have been doing an excellent job!!!It was so nice to see solutions that I feel will take place..

July 23, 2008
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Soledad is Afro-Cuban/Irish-Australian.  She address her Afro-American hertiage side.  Like most biracials who are light skinned do reap from the ability to pass or from people assumes she's pure white.

July 23, 2008
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I think the series is good for everyone. However, although they haven't shown the entire program I believe that the fact that African American's constantly have difficulty getting decent paying jobs is a big problem.  I, for instance, am a divorced female, with a Master's degree in education and a Bachelor's in business, lots of skills and experience and can't get a full-time job. I've recently relocated to a metropolitan area and have been applying and interviewing for 10 months. All I have received is various part-time positions. I can't tell you how many times I have been greeted by the Interviewer and seen the look pass over their face, "Oh, she's black." I have applied for 20 jobs with the city and have only gotten interviewed twice, for the same position, with 6 months between interviews. I don't have to play the race card, it is played for me. 

 

My ex-spouse also has a degree and our son is in church and college, but despite the positive examples we have set for our son, we still have had to prepare him to learn what it means to be a Black Man in America.  If you're black in America, educated, carry yourself as and dress as a professional, you still work harder and take a back seat.  The series is good but I don't think it will change the attitudes of enough people to make a difference in the lives of Black America.

July 23, 2008
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Pogostix

 

Yes, you will find black people oppose Obama.  Welcome to the human condition.  That's freedom of speech.

 

Just because one is black and live in the heart of the black community means that all think alike.

 

Hell, I'm just recovering from getting people to stop thinking that all black people look alike.

July 23, 2008
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Although the female segment aired tonight provided a "high" level overview of what it is like to be a single black mother of more than one child in the great U.S. of A, who is NOT on welfare and struggling, there was much more that could have been commented on, which includes the following: Not only do you live from paycheck to paycheck, your stress levels are out the roof. Not only do you contend with daily bills and what to pay next, you have boys growing into men and you as the only "Man" in the family to guide them in a lot of cases. Not only do you make everything happen, good and bad (hopefully good) for the family, you also are reluctant to indulge a small cold, the flu or any other illness that might require a day off from work because it needs to be kept for the children and when they will need your days off of PTO days allotted to you.

 

I think the thing that I would like to see touched on, or if anyone has spot lighted this fact. Single Mothers dont have the best of credit for a variety of reasons. Maybe some late pays on bills, due to timing, or medicine that had to be purchased with a credit card payment one month, etc. In any event, when that Mother tries to get a better job that might be available she may pass a criminal background check and a drug screen test, however she may not pass a "credit report" review and not be eligible for an interview due to some Great White Man's idea that now (or at least in the past few years), reviewing a person's credit history is cause enough to disqualify him/her for employment!

 

 

Personally, I think this is another "ding" against blacks overall in America. Their credit histories are the worse for the very cascade of reasons sighted on the show, proverty, living conditions, educational opportunities, etc. Now even if you qualify for a job, you can't get it if your credit is bad! I know individuals who work like true workaholics do and still manage to be late with a bill once in a while, does it really effect their quality of work? NO, but to the really smart, white guy who thought this was a good idea to factor into employment screening requirements, it was not overt discrimination, however a conscious method of discrimination none the less.

 

 

Once more I must applaude the lengths they will go to go keep a group of people down and out!

 

 

For those of you who don't believe it, check it out and see. If your credit is not stellar, chances are, you will not get the job you really want, unless they waive this criteria for you and your color is right. So let's see what happens with all these foreclosures and people lossing jobs when they get out on the job market? I wonder if the powers that be, will reconsider their hurdles? Or will they once again, applaud their genius?

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Single Mother, layed off after 20 years of employment, and in possession of a couple of credit dings to boot...

July 23, 2008
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I am tired of all this glamourizing being black in America. I am Irish and there is nothing special, according to the media about being Irish descent in America. Even though my grandfather experienced bigotry and hatred because of it.  The media is so trite and run of the mill. An original or contoversial agends is something the media is not interested in.  You are so pathetic, it is disgusting.  I am stuck in a hotel and looking for something interesting to listen to and CNN is not it as usual.  You are ho-hum.  Black in America, gee, is that because Barack Hussein Obama is being shoved down America's throat. I am not going to vote for him sinmply because I am tired of the Media coverage.

July 23, 2008
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I'm tired of Black in America.  There are poor whites as well as black.  This is the 21st. Century guys.  There is no excuse for black or white women whom can't close their legs & multiply children on welfare.  There is plenty of education out there.  There is also no excuse for Aids except if your black?  They're not living in Africa?  I could understand this program in the 60's but not 2008.  I'm tired of this poor me stuff.  They have every advantage that a white, Asian or other group has had.  Why are the blacks still the ones whom are featured?  This makes me soooo angry I wonder about the legitimate journalism of CNN....kiss ass as usual?

July 23, 2008
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They have sent her into the breach to learn of the foreigner and report back to them of their plight. She reports that we are like grasshoppers when we really appear as giants. She is intimidated but won't reveal our real strength. She downplays our tenacity, our persistence and our determination. She pokes fun at us while her cohorts drink champagne from crystal glasses. They salute her for helping to perpetuate the myths.

Religion is the opiate of the people. They rely on the infection of pacification "religion "plays in our communities. They should pray that we remain pacified.

Grace and peace

July 23, 2008
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I have friends that are black. I do not hear them whining about how the world is against them because of their color.  To them, they are another human being living their life, just like the rest of us.  Just because someone is not white does not mean they are at risk for higher stress, poor health care or anything else.  We are all at risk for those things.  We all fight the same fights.  Actually, I am geting tired of being told as I try to apply for scholarships and grants for college that because I am not black or hispanic, I dont qualify.  Never mind that even though I have a good job and work hard, we live paycheck to paycheck and I want to further my degree so I can make better money to take care of my family.  If I were black, I could get those scholarships.  It does not matter what color you are.  We are all americans.  We all had families that came from other countries.  That does not make any one of us any better, any worse or at any greater risk...I am sick of shows like this.  Your life is what you make it.  Some of us just have to work harder, it has nothing to do with anything except our situation.  There are plenty of white kids in the ghetto's, in trouble with drugs and the law and in jail.

July 23, 2008
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sunmist22msp,

 

Very good point.  But that situation is true to any black person male/female, married single.  The impact of the economy hits us all.  If one has a major illness, accident, lost of job, or handling college loans (your own or your children) will find themselves in that situation.

 

Unless you have someone who will advocating your selection, you're fall by the wayside.

July 24, 2008
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My family was very excited about this program, thinking that it would be eye-opening to the rest of America.  After it ended, I felt as if Black America was not even part of the target audience. Nothing said in the documentary was new information.  By the end there was no celebration of what Black America is. What is worse is that there was no depth or analysis as to why the problems of the black community exist.  There were a few snippets of positivity at the beginning of the show. By the end all the audience is left with is a string of statistics with faces pasted to them.  The documentary was ambitious but very cursory. I worry now about the new stereotypes that will be borne through this documentary.  Now I will have to sit through the regurgitation of these facts anytime I turn to CNN.  The documentary held much promise but was disappointing.

July 24, 2008
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hate and anger shows you do not have the will to move to the next level of spiritual growth. do not be afraid - god is bigger then all that is wrong. there is a calling to all to be at peace- you are being tested to have more faith. black and white all need to get over it....and get with it

July 24, 2008
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cali70

 

Go back and try to have a open heart tot heart talk with your black friends.

 

Reasons for you not hearing them "whine":

 

Your black friends may have never experience those situations.

 

Your black friends don't trust you enough to be that open.  I don't tell just anyone about the dark things of life or thought--fearing embarassment or you not able to hnadle.

 

Your black friends may think you are not mature enough to handle or understand a conversation like that.

 

How do I know? I just to live in a large midwest city with a population of 180,000 and a black population % of .03%.

 

I was careful to talk about my blackness with white people for the reason above.

July 24, 2008
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As I watched this program, I felt like I was at a smorgasbord with several tempting topics. It would have been nice to take 2-3 of the topics and expand them.

July 24, 2008
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White folks...newsflash, just because you "have black friends" who don't tell you about their realities of being black in America doesn't mean they don't have those concerns.  They just aren't telling you!

July 24, 2008
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oh, and to my white friend who posed the "if I were black..." comment, please stop doing that.  If I had wheels I'd be a bicycle...both comments have absolutely no value and you should probably focus on being an informed and sensitive white person who does continual self reflection and accepts her white priviledge.

July 24, 2008
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Please, please, please! How in the world can we all just get along when this kind of misinformation permeates our air waves. You want blacks to get over it? Tell Jews to forget about the holocaust. Tell whites to stop racist tactics and policies.

Unemployment in the black community is at 35% if not more. We want to work. Feed our families with dignity. Take your foot off our necks, then we'll get over it.

Grace and Peace

July 24, 2008
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I watched the show tonight and it brought tears to my eyes.  Hearing the statistics about HIV amongst black women, the death rate of african americans and the drop out rate of young black men.  I am a black woman and I was fortunate to have a few teachers in my life who helped me to know that life had something else for me.  Although I was not brought up around drugs and violence, I was raised in severe poverty and a single parent household.  I found refuge in books because I was smart and it was an area that I excelled.  I chose to join the work force and at the age of 38 have decided to go into teaching.  I hope I can make a difference in the lives of some of these young children...as it was done for me. I want to scream at the top of my lungs that these issues do not have to continue.  Free education, free healthcare and a social service system that assures children healthy food readily available would turn this country around.

July 24, 2008
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I hope the viewersip tomorrow is so low that CNN won't rerun it ever again

July 24, 2008
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I agree Mr. Ahkamd

July 24, 2008
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The program tonight was hyped as Black in America, THE BLACK WOMAN and Family.  I'm forty minutes into the program and so far there is NOTHING about Black women.  What gives? And what's been on so far -- a Black and White family that have common ancestors (what's new about that?) and paying kids to do well in school.  This is what CNN and Soledad O'Brian think constitutes being Black in America??? As a single, successful, professional Black woman, I naively thought this would be a program that just might provide some insight into what life is like for someone like me in America. Not!

July 24, 2008
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It is sad that so many can't see the point in focusing on Blacks in America. True, there are many other races here, however, there would be no America without Blacks. So often this idea of what it is to be Black is defined only by stereotypes and that is what makes it necessary to expose lies and look at reality.

 

It is not my opinion that this series depicts all of Black America, however it is a very good attempt.

 

Additionally, I would like to comment on the guy who said that "white women knew their roles". The reason is because historically, the role of Black women has been to head a household. Even during slavery, a Black woman was at the mercy of the white man, she nursed his white babies, oftentimes without being able to mother her own children. She would be raped in front of her "mate" at will and he was not able to protect her. Her children and family would be stripped from her. She has never had the opportunity to define her "role" as a white woman might, rather she had to take whatvever she was given and make do.

July 24, 2008
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ltholmes:

Question--how much more free education (public schools), free healthcare (public health centers/department and indigent care provided at public hospitals) and a social service system that assures healthy food (EBT, WIC, etc.) does this country need to pay for?  I've seen more valuable EBT and WIC cards used on sugar laden Juicy Juice and chips than on vitamin-rich vegetables and proteins. A home cooked meal is healthier and would last a bit longer than those sodium filled Ramen bowls and TV dinners. For many, not all, but for many people government subsidies have become a permanent way of life that's passed down to other generations and not a temporary supplement toward getting OUT of the system. Kudos for you for 'choosing' to join the workforce instead of choosing to perpetuate a lifestyle of "waiting for the 1st of the month."

July 24, 2008
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I took the time to watch this program and just like the rest of people that expressed their comments. I was very disappointed in some of the stereotypes that still linger over our head as Blacks in America. Not one time that anyone really discuss how some young blacks are actually going school got talent and not getting an opportunity to attend college or find a career that mirrors their education.  For too long the American cliché attend college, get married, a job, and then have a family is an old norm. What we have to understand are two key elements infrastructure and behavior of people in charge of the infrastructure. One main element is the jobs and careers that some black men have are controlled by some Caucasian institutions depicting the plantation environment. Always remember that every sector in the community may have a domino effect. “Separate but not Equal” was the way in 1895, apparently many of us forgotten that a lot of inventions and common goods used today were invented by Blacks. Also not to mention that Black infrastructure maintained communities and up held many businesses as well. Once we were desegregated your hard earned money was spent outside your community giving the impressions of disenfranchisement. Keep in mind people we are living a predominantly white infrastructure so Black people are evolving everyday as a race so the changes we face denotes the trends of our time.

To my sisters I have the utmost respect for all, and I cannot speak badly because whether we brothers don’t want to admit these women bring forth life and maintain the heritage of our identity. Dating outside our race as black people is nothing new but many of our ancestral bloodlines have White, Native American, Asian, and Hispanic.  The problems in our society are due to the great influx of higher expectations stimulated by the media sisters taking these visual perceptions seriously and forgetting that they are the future of their race. It has left certain gaps not only in finding a black man but reversal roles of meeting men who make an earnest living. How many women will date a brother making fewer than 25k? Some women would just like to have a man period or just actually a genuine brother. However, why it is when we try to make ourselves available we are not good enough for any of these sophisticated sisters. It is sad that in our day and time we have created all these different types of scenarios which did not even exist 40 years ago. It just only goes to show that we have strayed from our focal point of being black people and slowly turning into white people.

July 24, 2008
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I've been hearing the commercials over & over again about the upcoming "Black in America" show and finally it's on the air.

 

I'm disgusted.  I've never seen such ridiculous propaganda based on nothing but color.  This program seems to take one race of people and show how hard life can be-- life can be hard for ANYONE!! 

 

When is CNN going to have a program entitled "Hispanic in America" or "Pakistani in America" or-- God forbid-- "Everyday Joe in America" ????  

 

We all have problems.  Life ain't easy, and it is going to get tougher with the way our neglected, greed-based economy is headed.  But devoting so much airtime to the hardships of ONE race is ridiculous.  Your network is pathetic. 

 

Why can't there be a truly neutral way to get our news in this country.  You guys are just as ignorant as Fox... somebody please help us.

July 24, 2008
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Brownlove, you are contradicting yourself.  You mention something about stereotypical presentations of Blacks but the CNN documentary was as stereotypical as it gets.

 

suthncmft, stop using the same old rhetoric and start coming up with the data and research to back your outlandish claims.  Are you seriously going to throw the old culture of poverty argument around while out government participates in the largest corporate welfare program in the nation's history? 

 

AND FOLKS, doesn't anyone have an issue of blacks being statistically compared to whites?  Party People, we've got to stop doing the analysis at black and white and start noticing that there are other groups out there: Latina/o, Asian, disabled, poor, working poor, etc. Who need to be part of any and all discussions.  We don't live in a vacuum.

July 24, 2008
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This was way to hyped up in my opinion. I was hoping that with all the hype it would have had more substance but nope. The focus was to broad and not enough detail as to how, what, when and why the people highlighted were in the situations they were in. Not enough real dialogue and depth. And she seemed to be coaching her guest through the interviews.

July 24, 2008
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Black people come from a past of not being able to eat in the same restaurants with Whites; not being able to drink from the same public water fountains as Whites; being hosed down with water hoses by people who were hired to serve and protect White people from Black People.  Let’s not forget we were not able to VOTE. 

 

Our children were not allowed to go to school with White children; I could go on and on but I am sure you get the picture.  Basically, being black in America is being afraid for your African American son to be stopped by a police officer; it is knowing you were more qualified for the job or promotion that was given to a white person.  It is coming to work on a daily basis knowing that you are equally qualified for the job but also knowing that the White person next to you is paid significantly more.  It is having the same FICA score and debt as your neighbor but receiving a higher interest rate on your purchases.  It is being followed in a store because the assumption is that you do not have the funds to make the purchase.  It is watching three White boys break in vacant house; calling the police and later being told that they broke in the house because they were doing a project for school.  Explain that one.  Before you try, neither the realtor nor the homeowner was informed that the White children would be breaking in that day.

 

It is fighting for your Black child's school system to make sure that schools in the inner city have books, qualified teachers and in some cases air.  We are so insignificant in this country that our history is not taught in the public school system; most of our children will never hear about the inventions made by Blacks.  

 

I must say that I am amazed at how many young White girls are falling in Love with young Black Men.  I know I will turn a lot of stones over on this one, but soon everyone will be Brown.  It is no longer the poor white girl in the trailer but it is the General Manager's or the President’s daughter that is falling for the young Black Man.  I am also amazed that we continue to say Rap music causes Black children to disrespect women and kill one another; however, there are more young White Men listening and purchasing rap music than Blacks.  If music is causing this among young Black men then please tell me what the music is doing to young White boys. 

 

Black men are stressed and feel like they can not provide what is needed to a family even when they try because they have been beaten down so much until they feel like there is nothing that they can do.  I don’t support this action but I understand.  Black women are so stressed out trying to hold it down for everyone and be everything to everyone.  

 

So far, I don't think this special has addressed the true issues of being Black in America.  The Black race has worked harder than any race but have less than any race. 

 

My people, all we can do is do what is right by our people and for our people.  We have to learn to help one another.  Pass the knowledge along to the next person.  This society has positioned us to feel like we have to compete against one another because we know that only so many will be allowed to play the American Game.  No matter your circumstance, start today with your household.  Teach your children what you wish some one had taught you.  Tell them what you wish some one had told you.

 

There are many Black families that are doing well and many Black males that are taking care of their children; show our kids things like this so they feel like maybe they do have a chance in White America.      

America is not prepared to know what it means to be Black In America; but wait maybe they already know.

July 24, 2008
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I just read the story of the 3 black women being arrested for shoplifting from Old Navy and would like to make a comment. I did Loss Prevention (Undercover security) for a few retailers for 8 years. In that 8 years I caught approximately 500 people stealing. In that business, the companies teach you to look for certain behaviors, customers not paying attention to size or price of merchandise, large empty bags, etc... They never teach profiling. However, it is human nature to do so. I have known people to watch people because of the color of their skin, but they rarely caught them. I was successful because I watched for those behaviors. I cought every color of people under the sun as every type of person steals. An LP person learns what to look for in their particular format. You will catch the type of people that shop in your store. If mostly white people shop in your store, than that will be the majority of shoplifters you will catch. If mostly black people shop in your store, again that is what you will catch. My guess is that the particular Old Navy didn't have LP and a store manager made a few very bad choices in detaining these ladies. It very well could be racism.

July 24, 2008
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To the last poster:  yep, I heard about that bullsh1t.  It happened before I was born.  It sounds ridiculous to me.  I don't agree with it and would never hope it to be that way again!!!

 

But it almost seems as CNN's executives miss it-- they seem to WANT to be different, to WANT special treatment and SEPARATE institutions and facilities, and to have special BLACK-ONLY television productions. 

 

WTF is going on here?  I'm no racist-- I don't walk around looking at people of ANY color or ANY race as any different or any less than myself...  But it seems a few Jesse-Americans can't just BE like the rest of us.

 

This TV special is stupid.  It's meant to divide us just when we were so close to getting it together... Shame on you CNN.

July 24, 2008
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MzC

I am a black women, born poor, father barely there.....yet I have survived. I am college educated, with a good job, a good man (black, if you must know) and a home with a mortgage that is not in the mortgage crisis (at least not currently).  I have - at times -worked two jobs, but I learned to live within my means, and all the while, I strived to learn from my choices - good and bad. One really bad choice was to watch this bigoted slice of trash that you, CNN is passing off as a documentary: Blacks in America.

 

I hated everything about this propaganda piece especially, the announcer character that closely resembled Stepin’ Fetchit.  He mixed Ebonics, rapping and poetry with all the eloquence that only a 6th generation high school dropout and welfare recipient could muster. I had to take a second look to make sure that he wasn’t one of those white blackface performers from the 1930’s. Bless his heart…. that fool was REALLY BLACK, just like I was REALLY INSULTED.

 

Believe it or not,  I was encouraged by my white friend to watch your show, but I could only take about 1 1/2 hours of your degrading and demoralizing vignettes aimed at belittling black people; while cleverly educating everybody - worldwide - on how lazy, unmotivated, and irresponsible black Americans are. 

 

What truly chapped my hide about “Black in America” is that NONE, absolutely none of these stories are unique to the black American – MAN, WOMAN NOR CHILD. Many single people, single parents, as well as two parent households of ALL races are losing their homes and jobs, are looked at funny if they are a mixed race couple with a mixed race baby.  Believe it or not CNN – half the kids in private schools would not be graduating from high school if they had to follow all the rules that stymie most public school teacher’s ability to teach.  Could the failed policies of "No Child Left Behind" coupled by our government's long standing strategy to dumb down ALL Americans be a major factor?  Ooops, my bad, let's not take the focus off those shiftless Blacks and bring the government into this equation.

Programming like this explains why an immigrant will crawl out of a pig’s sty in a third world country, come to America -  illegal of course - HATING BLACK PEOPLE, sight unseen. Then, in 3-5 years they will own their own business, with a BANK loan. Could it be that banks would rather support the Osama Bin Laden Retirement Fund, than give a loan to a black person? Sorry Africans, Jamaicans, and those of you that look black, you get to ride our coattails into this American Tragedy, I mean Tradition. There I go again, taking the focus off the BAHLACKS.

 

Don’t get it twisted! I’m not complaining, I’m just explaining. And to further explain my position, I see the black church standing right behind the our government and financial institutions, waving the “Me Too” flag, when it comes to pimping black people.  I don’t like the system, but it is what it is. More importantly, there is no excuse for not paying your bills, not finishing high school, whining about being a single parent and/or blaming anyone because you’re old, overweight and can’t get vegetables in Harlem. Look, I’m fat, not obese – overweight, so when you showed that old lady at the hospital, was I supposed to cry? Choices people, we all make CHOICES! Everybody has time, money and energy for the things we put first!

 

Before this program I liked Soledad O'Brien and Anderson Cooper, but now I have put them in the same RACE-PIMPING BASKET that I have reserved for Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and KKK members.  Jessie, Al and the Klan pimps the black race for their personal and often financial gain, you (CNN. Soledad, and Anderson) Panderers just pimped the black race for RATINGS. (Oh yeah, ratings equal money. My bad.)

 

Thanks CNN for sowing more seeds of fear and negative images of Blacks in the minds of voting Americans; giving them another reason not to elect a Black man for president. You know, Obama does not sound that Presidential when he is talking about race, and besides he might try to save those idiots, you know he’s BAAAAAHLACK too.

 

Here's a suggestion, gather a group of people with similar circumstances of ALL races and rename this show "Tired, Complaining-Arse MoFo's In America."

July 24, 2008

I am so tired of hearing about the so called sleeping giant the black people-its been 200years get over it already all other ethnic groups have and are proud to be Americans! maybe they ought to go back to africa more that half of blacks in America would have died; yet now the blacks have an opportunity that many only dream about the great American Dream and yet they still feel they have a sense of entitlement!!! I am disappointed in Solidad and Cooper and above all CNN for allowing it!.

July 24, 2008

BLACKTRUTH; all ethnic groups are on drugs, prison,

 

murder,poor ,jobless ,police profiling,depression, drug

 

filled neiborhoods

 

"thats a little bit of the problems in Black American

dont fear the truth cnn" boho Iam tired of black blamining America for thier lack of integrity, honor and good characher! no we dont fear your perception of truth were just tired of you blacks blaiming America for your lack and the odasity or you sense of entitlement!

July 24, 2008

Oh and Jaso01; no he is definately is not the messiah the antichrist maybe- if he is shot in the head and lives through it we will know how he really is!

July 24, 2008
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I thought we were getting past playing victim.  After watching "Black in America", it looks like I was mistaken.

 

Really, Whoopi?  They need jobs they can do AND some extra dough?  Whose fault is it if they can't do a job that pays enough to do what they need to do in life?

 

Black women are forced to look at dating other races in order to find an educated, working man?  Why was dating other races not a consideration before now?  Is it really that disgusting to date white men?

 

I doubt I'll be watching the second part about black men.  I got a belly full of liberal excuses tonight.  Take some responsibility for your own lives, people!

July 24, 2008
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Maybe they should play Roots on cnn

 

so we can remember some history

 

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

 

The Peculiar Institution

 

Slavery and the rise of capitalism

 

The American Civil War

July 24, 2008
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The discussion "Black In America" is very interesting. The documentary was good/okay, but it could and should have been GREAT! First and Foremost, I appreciate the research,time and dedication that helped to create the project. Secondly, I would like to point out the fact that many Americans (especially Black Americans) across the country were extremely excited about the documentary. My expectations were extremely high, but ultimately, I was let down. The stories from the film were very touching and heart-felt, but I feel like the documentary did not truly open the eyes of white America...I feel as if it simply re-stated statics that people were already aware of. There were so many gaps that should have been filled...so much information that was left out...What about the effects that American Genocide has left on Black America? Yes, I said AMERICAN GENOCIDE...WHAT ABOUT THE AMERICAN TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THE BLACK COMMUNITY? CNN failed to capture the true essence of such disparities in Black America! I bet that most White Americans believe that African-Americans are slowly but surely progressing...Yes, In some instances we are progressing but in most areas we are degressing i.e. health,education, life expectancy, economic stability etc.

July 24, 2008
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vian

lack of integrity, honor and good characher not to

 

acknowledge racism is a shame.

July 24, 2008
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I have a saying that I often use " Everybody want to be black, but nobody want to be black". I've been black all my life...born in a Chicago Ghetto and lived there for 18 years, Joined the U.S. Marines -6 year tour. I left Chicago and vowed never to let my kids grow up in a major city. I'm a big time professional now (still black) with six kids, none born in the city, all were born in small towns around the country.

 

My wife was born in Chicago, poor, but not in the ghetto. She's black too.  My kids are doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs...if you can relate.  My kids are not like me because they are not from my world.  They have been elevated by upward mobility and living in white neighborhoods around the country, but I keep them black. 

 

" Everybody want to be black, but nobody want to be black" is when being black is fashionable, strong, cool, smooth, tough, but not when the police shoot first and then yell stop, DWB, being unemployed, being followed in a store by the security guard, pointed at old white ladies when traveling in a white community, being the only black at a strategy meeting and knowing that no other brothers nor sisters are at that level in a company to attend.

 

I love being a black man in America, and I'm glad I got no choice because of my dark skin is dark...no changing that fact.

 

I left a lot of friends back in Chicago as well as family, but I always hire black men and woman in every company I start, or work for.  I got my first real job because a young beautiful black girl liked the way I looked. I will always love my black sisters.

 

I tell my kids all the time where they're from " kings of Africa, slaves in Mississippi, and Chicago's Westside ghetto, and now upper middle class U.S. citizens. I tell them I never knew my father and that I will die one day. And that I won't be here to guide them forever so that they need to learn to be wise, strong, and forward thinking so that they can tell their children our story of being black in America and how to survive the winds of change.

 

I have had the American dream that most whites have not reached yet, but don't get it twisted...I would be much further if I was white.  Being a black man in this country is hard as hell and takes all the wisdom that my Mother taught me in my youth and today.

 

To all my  Bothers and Sisters out there who helped me and  those I helped, be comforted in knowing that I will always be black as well as mine.  Even when you don't see me, know that real black men are not just on TV, we're driving old Volvo cars, catching trains, flying first class, shopping for groceries, teaching our kids how to ride bikes, and living in better communities with plans to send these children out into the world to change it.

 

" Everybody want to be black, but nobody want to be black".

 

To America I offer this poem, to those of you who do not know how much black people love this country:

 

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,  

Enwrought with golden and silver light,  

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths  

Of night and light and the half light,  

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;  

I have spread my dreams under your feet;  

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

 

by W. B. Yeats

July 24, 2008
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It's really strange to me that I was born in 1973 a white guy( which has not changed to world any) that we still can not stop crying about race in america. It discussed me that I watch a US Army commercial dicussing a Diverse army is a strong army. Have we all completely lost focus on just making america better. Follow me here we all sit here and see the mexican,asians and cubans all jump on board bashing the white people and black people. If people on boths sides white and black would pull there head out of there ass and realize race is race. Who really gives a shit about what color someone is. Some of my greatest friends are black and not once did I ever thing there lower than or exclude them. If CNN and many other networks and people would just put this whole race issue to rest we could all live normal lives.

 

   And then come slavery! You know what i'm sick as hell about that shit to. My gereration did not have a damn thing to do with that. During that time we had simple minded dumbasses thinking that was the way to go. And now because of colors we have to pay for something we did not do. You know America grow up and smell the goddamn coffee and stop bitching about shit that should be put to rest. Still following again I don't give a shit about color at all if your an idiot then your an idiot no matter who you are.

July 24, 2008
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i believe that many people are just fighting fire with fire.  people talk about racism and and all the injustices of the past and present, but they use terms such as we,our people, the black community. things that further separate themselves. Americans have been brainwashed into thinking that our skin color really matters. newsflash to cnn it doesnt matter.

 

These terms for ethnic groups were developed into what we cant get out of our minds by government officials during the immigration boom of the late 1800s and early 1900s. they had to put everyone into a category to determine who was caucasian and who was something else.

 

before the transatlantic slave trade the terms black and white to describe people didnt even exist. eurpeans werent running around europe calling themselves white. but once they met   some africans (which they actually called savages just like native americans) they realized they had to separate themselves from the merchandise, hence the racial divisiveness of today. saaaaddddd. i mean how can you sell something thats the same type as you. that doesn't go to well with the people.

so when they sent news back to europe on how they would begin to buy and sell these people, they didn't really call them people, savage would work to stir a little fear in the people, possibly negro, or negroid, and the most famous term of all. "BLACK"

 

i know plenty of "darker skinned" people in america with enslaved ancestors who work, make money, drive around spending money, go to college, are on welfare, are married, are in interracial relationships, are gay, don't have aids, have kids by more than one woman, have kids with more than one man, and i also know a few that are in and have been in jail.These all seem synonymous with being human not black.

 

but bullshit shows like this, keep on pushing the agenda that the descendants of slavery are the ones that are different from everything american. pushing the agenda that since our ancestors were property and merchandise we cant be the same as people of european descent. and now even descendants of slaves believe this as well.  and are fighting fire with fire.  even though the racism of the 18th,19th, and 20th century was perpetuated mainly by eurpeans and their descendants, we as descendants of the opressed shouldn't further separate ourselves from our human brethren. we as  humans need to build the bridge (metaphorically speaking) that can take us back to the african ancestry that connects us all. if not the african ancestry. lets talk about pangea when the earth only had one land mass. our ancestors were all connected. as we are today, and just dont know it.

 

Edward Justin Banks..

July 24, 2008
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CNN's Black in America was informative however it targeted easy issues to tackle.  I would have like to have heard something on how school is not appealing to some black youth because in history books there is nothing reflective of postive African americans except Martin Luther King and the rest is of us being slaves.  How Black history month is the only month we hear of our ancestry in America in the classroom and how we are made to digest White Americas accounts of the past but they are not privy to our history in large doses.  These are some subjects that need tending to.  Would you want to be in a educational system that you never hear anything about your culture and everything about someone elses?  Where the account of your history is your people were held in bondage and thats the only thing of historical content that is of value.  Blacks were some of the great inventors of the 21St century and beyond but none of these things are in the books selected as study material in our public schools.  So CNN this is progress but lets not skate on the surface.

July 24, 2008
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A good book on the theme "Black in America" is Walter Moseley's "Workin' on the Chain Gang". He discusses what white people and people around the world may learn from Black people in America -- how we are able to fight the good fight in spite of hundreds of years of oppression.

 

There was nothing in the show on (7/23/2008) to give perspective to the miracle of the Black Americans who are over comers or for those still mired in the aftermath of pervasive, systemic bigotry and low expectations inherent in a dual standard.

 

When I tuned in Black and white descendants of a slave holder (rapist) met together and fell into each others arms (can't we all just get along?) It seemed a bit contrived, a message to put white people at ease. In my experience Black families are open and welcoming to white individuals whom they find themselves related to by blood or marriage. I would have liked to see the reverse scenario. Can you imagine a white family having the same reunion with their long lost Black cousins?

 

Alas, I did not have high expectations for clarity or context and so the show did not disappoint me. My assessment: good conversation starter. -- Marzo

July 24, 2008
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Soledad O’Brien is currently doing a CNN Special Report entitled “Black In America”. In it, she presents the documented results of a year-long investigation into the subject. Her results are to be broadcast in a three-part series, beginning with “Reclaiming the Dream: 40 Years Since the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King”, followed by “the Black Woman ”, concluding with “The Black Man”.

     To be sure, the intense focus upon the modern Afro-American experience is a direct result of the stellar performance of Barack O’Bama in his historic presidential campaign, which has given America and the rest of the world a real and substantial opportunity to truly grapple with the idea of us electing the first Black President of The United States.

     On his follow-up show, Anderson Cooper did a segment on Black successful females who choose to be single, apparently because there are no “good” Black men with which to mate.

     Okay, here we go.

     This scenario, where there aren’t enough eligible or upstanding black men in the population to satisfy the female group, incenses me. Not because it isn’t a fact, but because it is not the truth.

     How I make distinctions between the two, the facts and the truth, is by recognizing that the basis of a fact is it’s veracity. How logical people determine what is to be stated as fact is through objectively critical scientific process. We observe, classify, quantify, hypothesize, experiment, and evaluate data all in an effort to separate and to acquire that which can be verified and proven to be fact.

     The basis of Truth is the accumulation of a preponderance of facts. My contention is that to obtain Truth in any of it’s myriad forms requires a painstaking and analytical evaluation of the facts. So therefore obtaining facts puts one on a path that leads to the revelation of Truth. Facts are used to draw a clear picture of that which we can know to be true. Following this line of thought, a statement of fact doesn’t in and of itself constitute a statement of truth.

     So, to state that there aren’t enough desirable black men in our communities is a fact, but isn’t the truth because the statement of that fact only leads one to another question: why? Why is the black American family minus the male role-model so wrought with dysfunction? Why are there exponentially more black men incarcerated or on drugs than there are in college or in the workforce? How is it that as a social group, the Black male population in America finds himself ostracized, marginalized, villainized and commoditized, often even by his own women and children? Why is it not seen odd that a female could utter the words “I don’t need a man to have a family”? An investigation into the underlying causes of the Black man’s low social value would I think do much to illuminate the truth.

July 24, 2008
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people need to get over this junk.we all struggle and have it hard white ,black, mexican it dobnt matter.what about stories of whites or mexicanor any other ethnic group.why is it always about blacks.

July 24, 2008
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My first reaction is why Soledad O'Brian?  I had to google her to discover she had any Black in her.  Being Black in America at CNN means you can't really be Black to be Black.  Why were the causes not explored?  Nothing about the racist court system or who controls our schools.  Jobs moving out of the cities.  Just another opportunity to say see it's all your fault.  Racism and bigotry have nothing to do with conditions.

July 24, 2008
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What I would like to see the media focus on is the future of race in America - this black in america does this partially.  Barack Obama is multi-racial and is proud and aware of both of his racial backgrounds as he should be.  I have always tried to be aware of my very diverse ethnic and racial background eventhough this has caused considerable indirect problems.  I hope one day America can truly be a place where while we acknowledge that someone is a certain skin color, we look at the character and thoughts of that person and don't put anythought into skin color then just that of outward apperence.  I think the point of any view of race needs to get people to move on beyond outward appearences.  We should not be ashamed of what our race or ethnicity is and I think this program is trying to address what it means to be black today and to really understand history, sociology, and the issues of poverty surrounding racial issues.  When we can address the issues of equal education and promote strong role models for everyone such as Bill Cosby, Ceasar Chavez, etc and move away from deviant role models such as rapers and rock stars like Marilyn Manson, America will be a better place.  Some prevous posts mentioned about the racist court system - I am not convienced the court system is racist, but I do think that the court system is corrupt and only sees money.  A poor white person from a rural area has no better chance to get a fair or equal trial then a poor inner city minority - money I think is the big issue, though race may sometimes play a part in it. 

  The future of America is in the melting pot - more and more people have mixed racial backgrounds, mixed ethnicities, and mixed religious/social-economic backgrounds.  Until we look at that, America will still be catagorizing and still be labeling and dealing with race.

July 24, 2008
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I was very disappointed with CNN's documentary on Black Women and the Family for several reasons.  My first issue is one of naming.  To place black women and the family on one day and black men alone on another implies that black men should not be considered in relation to the family and that black men's issues and accomplishments are more serious than black women's and therefore need an entire day dedicated to them.  Second, while the title implies a disconnect between black men and black families, the documentary actually does a great deal of considering black men in relation to families, as activists, and as students.  But what happened to black women?  I was watching for almost an hour before a black woman's story was discussed in depth.  Finally, because insufficient attention was given to black women, our diversity was not accurately represented.  I am glad that important issues like HIV/AIDS and health care were discussed.  However when there is discussion of Sen. Obama and none of Michele on a segment about black women, you have to wonder was this really about black women?  Issues of marriage and interracial dating are okay to discuss.  But what happened to the segment on black women having a hard time finding employment like two of the black men featured?  What happened to the celebration of black women as teachers and community activists?  Where were the black women's colleges and students?  Where was the story on black girls and self image?  Why wasn't the issue of depression discussed in depth given that a woman mentioned how depression impacted her life and it is such a significant problem among black women?  Where were the black women independent filmmakers, musicians, writers, and politicians?  What happened to the black Muslim, Bahai, and simply spiritual women?  All black people are not Christian!!!!!  Why not have a black woman doing the poetry for each segment in a documentary on black women?  I know that one documentary cannot cover the breath and depth of black women's experiences in America, however if they had split issues of black families in general between the two nights so that some time was taken away from both the black women's and black men's segments, perhaps they would have been able to do a more accurate job of reflecting black women.  It is about time that we stop concentrating so much on marriage as a solution to black women's and families' problems.  While everyone knows that two parents (not necessarily a man and woman) in addition to a strong community are ideal for raising children, we must move toward a place where a single parent at least has the financial means to support a child.  When being a single parent, more often than not, equals being poor we have a serious problem.  Therefore, issues of childcare, and support networks for single black parents should have been a significant aspect of the story.  Finally, I was disappointed that the black woman who was a single parent with five children was not reported on in the same way as the Rand family.  Why not interview her children like the middle class family's children?  Why not show her family doing things together as a family (they did show the small segment in church, but that was not enough)?  All in all, it seems that more thought should have been put into the show!!!

July 24, 2008
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I was really disappointed by the 'Black in America' piece aired last night (Wednesday 9:00am-11:00pm). I was waiting for the real textures of Black America to be revealed. Instead, once again, the focus was AIDS, jail, and a special report on emergency room near death experiences. Yes, these are realities but where is the depth to our collective experience. I am waiting for the many 'colors' of the black experience in America to be explored. This was another depressing look at Blacks in America.

 

Tonight, a woman, will once again explore Black Males in America. When do they get a voice from their point of view? That is the real issue.

 

 

I am not bashing Ms. O'Brien but I believe

she missed the mark. I think the black experience is just so complex. I was discouraged by the outcomes. I waited two hours for something new.

 

 

Hopefully, tonight will give viewers hope, inspiration, etc. Instead of discussing the bolar opposites- the Baracks, Oprah and the doctors and lawyers noted- we need the views of the middle class, working class, to be better represented ...or else what is the point ?

 

Most people walk away with the idea that "black america" needs to take responsibility for themselves and they should but we need to explore the middle ground-the causes, the pressures, the realities, and the idea that everyone is not looking for hand out. Where is the real report on Blacks in America?

July 24, 2008
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Throughout humanity's troubled history there have been several instances of slavery and suppression of selected races. In recent times we can count the jews, indians, chinese and blacks as having suffered this type of oppression. Following independence movements, those involved generations acted quickly to establish a future for their children that they would have wanted for themselves. One can generalize that this has been the case with all the aforementioned races except for those of african origins. The only reason I can see for this is lack of emphasis on education. Knowledge is power and the oppressors of then and now keep it for themselves. If any race is to lift itself from poverty, crime and self destruction then THEY must realise this and educate themselves.

July 24, 2008
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Soledad:

 

I felt like you were telling more than a Black in America story, you were telling MY story too, I didnt feel it was exclusively black in America Story.  I am latina female, raised 3 kids alone in East Harlem. 

 

Another thing is I am what is considered a white latina, my daughter is brown skinned, half latina/half black, she calls herself black also (just like you).  In Cuba and in Puerto Rico there is a HUGE class distinction between lighter skinned and darker skinned peoples as well.  "Cubiches" take it to the extreme in Cuba (I have Cuban relatives)

 

I hope your next report is LATINO IN AMERICA!!!!

July 24, 2008
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Black in America interesting approach and good information. However, please, please lose the rapping guy to introduce segments after commercials.  It was distracting, annnoying, and seemed ill-conceived.

July 24, 2008
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I actually did not watch the program and just had a very emotional discussion with a co-worker over it.  She was singing the praises of the show.  I agree that this should have been a good thing and to some probably was. I know there were positive things discussed and good people given a chance to tell their stories and struggles. However, when I saw they were putting the women and family together I was offended as a woman. Women have enough issues to take on both nights.  Probably because I am a single grandmother and I just knew that even though some womens issues would be covered others would be left out. The comment from (aam) above was right on point.  As a black woman I wanted to see black women role models as well as all aspects of Black Womanhood from adolescence to maturity.  I know from reading the web site info, looking at the things  covered in the show, and from the discussion with my co-worker, most of these aspects were not covered. I'm not saying that the things covered weren't positive or gave a small perspective of the black woman, however, there is so much more to the spectrum of black women that could have been covered.  Now I have to ask myself after last nights show...what do people really think of being a "Black Woman in America"????

July 24, 2008
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I was disappointed that Caribbean nationals, who comprise a big portion of Black America as well, were not included in this report.

July 24, 2008
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The observation was made on the program that 49% of those murdered were Africam Americans while they only represent 13% of the population. I would like to know  the percentage of these murders that are committed by African Americans . In other words what is the % of African Americans committing violence against other African Americans and also in general?

July 24, 2008
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Black in America - good program, good reporting by Soledad O'Brien.  WAAAY too many commercials.  Also on weekend program and MLK investigation.  You're killing your audience.  I won't be watching tonight.  The constant, lengthy interruptions are unbearable.  I feel taken advantage of.  Build hype, build interest.  Assault audience.  Never mind.

July 24, 2008
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No one can say what it is to be black in america but a black person. If you have not lived it you can not understand it.  The same holds true for poor whites and hispanic and all other races.  Why must it always be focused on blacks.  When have you ever seen a show that tells of the good that blacks are doing.  All blacks do not live in proverty all blacks are not killing each other all blacks are not just having babies.  When will we be looked on as just PEOPLE.  We have contributed more to this country then the people who are now IN CHARGE.  Just be fair and treat every one as equals and this country would be a much better place. As for the show. WASTE OF TV TIME  NOTHING NEW

July 24, 2008
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Personally, as a professional Black woman, I was disappointed in the Black in America episode last night. Perhaps if it was called "Crisis in Black America" I would have been more prepared for the emphasis on the unfortunate pathologies that exist in the "Black community". I, like so many of my peers, was so looking forward to an objective attempt at a comprehensive commentary on what it means to be Black in America, regardless of socioeconomic status. There are commonalities: Our cultural impact, the pressure to "represent", the impact on our journey from a segregated life to an integrated life, how we feel about our portrayals in media (to which we can now regrettably add "Black in America"). There are so many ways to discuss what it means to be Black in America, including our struggles. But to make struggle, sadness and sickness synonymous with Black does both a disservice to Blacks and other groups who share the same struggles. Poverty is not a black thing. Single motherhood is not a black thing. Poor access to healthcare is not a Black thing. But there are plenty of "Black things" that I wish Soledad would have had the foresight to delve into.

Having said all that, I appreciate her effort to shed some light on us poor, struggling underclassmen.

July 24, 2008
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Absolutely nothing new reported. No groundbreaking or eye opening information given. Yes, the numbers reported may be mind staggering, and that's because still nothing has really been done. But after 53 years of being Black in America, this program offered nothing more than another exercise in futility.

The interesting item was having Soledad report the story.

Cleary a bit of a spin in itself. Where are the dark skinned female reporters. Big media companies like CNN are good at what they do, get reaction. But there is nothing profound in this program - it's a rehashed story with 'bright' talented reporter.

July 24, 2008
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As to America's 4th World (i.e., America's inner-cities), where are our churches?

FYI, Check out Christian Community Development Association (www.CCDA.org) started by Rev. John Perkins from Jackson, Miss... Mary Nelson from Chacago.... Glenn Kehrein in Chicago..Jimmy Dorrel in Waco...Wayne Gordon in Chicago...Robert Lupton in Atlanta..etc...etc...True inner-city pioneers that many of us stand on the shoulders of today..... This is a quiet and courageous revolution that is taking place across America where Christians move in and live in our inner-cities ...Not doing "for" as this creates dependency, but doing "with" which empowers and thus gives hope for a better tomorrow... Thus, as we live in these under-resourced neighborhoods the problems in the inner-city become our problems too which from our roots of faith and love justice begins to flourish... and this done from w/in us all.... In this poem is a glimspe of the CCDA mission:

Go to the People,

Live among Them,

Learn from Them,

Love Them.

Start with what They Know,

Build with what They Have,

But with the Best of Leaders,

When Their Task is done,

The People will remark:

“We Have Done It Ourselves!”

 

But, where are our resourced churches in the inner-cities of America?

 

MT 25:44 "They (i.e., churches) also will answer, `Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

 

    MT 25:45 "He will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

 

And doesn't Jesus's command for us to go to "all the world" include our inner-cities of America(i.e., 4th World)?:

MK 16:15 (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world ...."

 

 

Politicians, educators, economist, scientist and corporations have all unsuccessfully tried to bridge these economic, social, cultural, educational, health gaps....and most often in their good-will have left the situation worse than they originally found it..

Only God can build these bridges...yet it will take His Church (capital "C")... His Body, to get the job done.... Our churches and our nation must 'go down' to become great (Mark 10:36-45 ....43 whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant....)

 

Awareness is great...so keep up your work CNN...For America to ultimate come to the point where we as a nation become aware that we do-not-know is where we are then open to true learning and wisdom...Learning that America's true poverty is not so much economic poverty, but our own spiritual poverty of not caring for others not like us....It is a lack of love (for our neighbors) that is America's greatest poverty as Mother Teresa has said...

Shalom,

nelson warner

lafayette, louisiana

July 24, 2008
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I have not watched the program. I think we should stop whining and try to work harder. There always going to be prejudice on different levels. Instead of saying Blacks don't have opportunities, work harder and look for opportunities. There are opportunities for everyone hard working person to excel in this country.

July 24, 2008
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I'm glad that your documentary is shedding light on issues that face the black community. However, I'm tired of hearing people discuss how black people are dying from HIV and have the highest % of single mothers, highest % of males incarcerated without giving a simple solution to end these things. No one says how to stop this vicious cycle with one simple word....ABSTINENCE!! Stop having sex with men when you are unmarried and don't have the means to support your child. If children grow up in stable married families (no matter what race) with 2 parents they are more likely to succeed and not end up in prison, get pregnant etc.. I wish you would have asked that woman who had 5 kids out of wedlock.....why did you have sex? Well the answer would be, her dad wasn't around and she liked the male attention and just wanted to be loved bla bla bla. I think her response was "I wasn't thinking. I was depressed." So the welfare system has to pay for females that get pregnant without having the means to support their child because they just weren't thinking straight? I'm tired of paying for other people's poor decisions. Bottom line is the family is the foundation of our society. A family should be based around a loving marriage with God at the center of it.  Don't start a family if you don't have a good foundation!!!!!

July 24, 2008
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I was extremely disappointed in the depth of reporting and quality of the presentation.  I found it sophomoric and shallow...more like a "people magazine" version of the subject matter rather than a serious analysis. 

 

I am a black man with an mba/jd, married with one son.

 

It's tragic that so much airtime was wasted.

July 24, 2008
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I was trying to watch CNN this morning, as I do every morning, but they are really shoving this Black In America down your throat!  What about being WHITE in America and constantly having to hear how the white man is keeping the black man down?  I'd really like to know how that happens, because I've never seen, nor heard of, a real instance of it.  The VP of my bank is a black man and my children just love him to death, he's like family to us.  If he can make something of himself, doesn't that mean black people aren't really being "held back"?  Maybe they just aren't applying themselves!  Blacks have every opportunity that whites do... and maybe more opportunities because they are the "minority".

And Obama... yeah, he has sooo many people holding him back, poor guy.  I'm tired of the excuses.  I saw on CNN.com about the iReporter who thought that marriage was for white people... are black just looking for ways to separate themselves??  Nowadays I think more blacks are racist than whites, and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson do a good job of keeping that divide between whites and blacks.

 

The Daughters of Heritage that CNN has been talking about... what about daughters of white men who have done great things?  If they ran a Daughters of White Heritage it would be looked down upon, yet it's okay to have one for black daughters.  Miss Black America pageant... yet we can't have a Miss White America pageant.  Race tensions may actually be able to see the end when there is no longer a double standard in this country.

July 24, 2008
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The first episode of the series was extraordinary. It was clearly the most comprehensive examination of the condition of African Americans in America I’ve seen in my 62 years on the planet. It is also a scathing indictment of the America of “means and prosperity” and the America, that fails to rally and make a substantive dent in the quality of life of other Americans.

Perhaps the inspiration and the hope brought to America from an Obama presidency will provide the impetus for all Americans to embrace all Americans.

July 24, 2008
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Soledad,

 

   I've never been prouder to be A BLACK AMERICAN, my husband and I enjoyed the documentary last night and look forward to next.  This story is for all AMERICANS, all races have the same struggles, stories such as this allow other cultures understand how we(Black Americans) deal with life struggles and challenges.

 

I must add I was concerned about the expressions that I saw on the faces children belonging to the women profiled in Houston, they appeared to be sad and lifeless.... are they part of any big brother/big sister/mentoring programs??? It's so important that young people living in disadvantage neighborhoods see and experience the opportunites that are available to them......please someone in Houston step up and KEEP HOPE ALIVE for the young people in that documentary.

 

Carolyn-

July 24, 2008
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OK ENOUGH WITH THE BLACK AND WHITE THING.... OBAMA IS MIXED !!!!!! SO QUIT PLAYING THE BLACK CARD.... I'M SO TIRED OF IT I AM CONSIDERING NOT EVEN VOTING....IT HAS TURNED INTO SUCH A RACIAL THING

July 24, 2008
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When will the people, the media and society realize?? there is no such thing as race. we are all brainwashed into believing in this ideology that our skin color makes us different. These terms that describe us are man made, created only to divide and you continue to use them to describe yourselves. white, black, latino.. cmon people just be people and move on with your  lives. everyone can't be rich and everyone will not succeed in what society deems as success.. get over it.

July 24, 2008
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I love Black in America. So far, the reporting in Black in America seems to be very well-rounded and full of information. I must admit that I must be living a life of naivety; I had no idea that there are neighbors in a metropolitan city that had stores which did not sell basic fruits and vegetables. This may seem trivial, but good health begins with a good diet. But, this was not the only topic that blew me away. The statistics on AIDS and education I found troubling and I reminded of a remark made by Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Primary, "If white women were being affected as adversely as black women are, there would be a state of emergency". Mrs. O'Brian has done an excellent job. I look forward to tonight's episode on Black Men

July 24, 2008
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im wondering if any body has read:

 

 

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2004

 

what do you think the report is like now better or worse

July 24, 2008
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OK OK WE GET IT.;POOR ME IM BLACK;  Ok already turn the page. Im not racist but tired of the whinning. When will this stop. As for spike lee hes the biggest racist in Hollywood if not the planet.He hates white people so why dont you praise him some more... You should be happy your in every culture on the planet.Black french,black spanish,black germans,Black muslims even black britain.My gosh mission accomplished.I had nothing to do with slavery and thought it was awful but someone please kick the juke box its skipping,broken record,cry me a river.Equality would be nice but i dont see it happening because some cant let go of the past.All those people are dead and gone . Some need to wake up Whites etc are minorities where have you been? Its getting worse for them. They didnt pick me because im black..Oh gosh turn the page. The african american is uniting with the brown people such as ,well all of them.Hispanics etc. Or trying.. CNN talks about race ALL THE TIME and we know whats up in that news room. PEACE...

July 24, 2008
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Here is my question/comment.  I want to know why don't you do a segment on being white, Hispanic or Asian  in America?  As a white person I have had African Americans assume I am handed everything I have, that I could not possibly work hard for it.  I have had African Americans assume I got my job because of my mom, dad, friends or just because I am white, not because I worked hard.  I feel that we don't always look at both sides of an issue and racism can go both ways. I feel that white people are all looked as racist no matter what you do. 

 

As a society we need to get past assuming a young African American with a nice car is a athlete or a drug dealer and a white person is always racist and handed everything.  We need to look at people as people no matter what color or religion they are.  I believe we are all in this together as Americans and our world status is slipping, so until we can all treat each other with respect we will never be on top of the world as Americans.

July 24, 2008
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Please stop, it is so despairing to me that we can never here or see anything positive about the Black family.  I’m an educated black female who was married at 22.  I am now 37 and still married to the same black professional man.  I have 2 beautiful kids a Mercedes a Home, Range Rover and plenty of money saved.  So why is the story of Black America never my story?  Soledad, I was very displeased by your encapsulation of who we are as people.  All Blacks aren’t the same just as no other race should constantly be judged by the character failures of a select group, who chooses to make wrong decisions and bad choices.  In 2 hours you robbed us of the accomplishments and progressiveness that we strive for daily.

 

I am a 3rd generation college graduate and my birth canal was open to education, family values and progressiveness.  The African Americans that I know are just like me normal tax paying citizens.  So where is our story?  Why does Black in America portray such a struggle for Black families such as gang activity, drug dealers and broken homes?  I have never mirrored your depiction of us as a group of people.  Could the answer be there is no sensationalism in showing progressive forward thinking family oriented African Americans, who share and have attained the same dream as White America?  Why aren’t we discussing the white woman and her divorce rate? Or white men and their taste for pedophilia behavior? Why aren’t we discussing the domination of white America on welfare and the white girl and her high abortion rate?  Why is it that we do not discuss the White Trash Community?  I am sick and tired of being associated with nothing as if I’m a descendant of nothing!

July 24, 2008
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P.S. Soledad and spike lee should hook up ,shes racist big time and its obvious...

July 24, 2008
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was this show for white america? because as a black human, i didn.t see anything in the documentary that i wasn.t already WELL aware of...

c'mon soledad, give me something a black human can REALLY consider awe inspiring!!!

July 24, 2008
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February 13, 2008

 

Australia apologises to Aboriginals in historic day of reconciliation

 

Australia apologised today for the historic mistreatment of Aborigines, heralding a new era in race relations and moving indigenous people to tears as huge crowds cheered across the nation.

 

Its about time for the USA to apologise with reperation from the corporational old money slave owners. The money that runs the nation

July 24, 2008
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One of the Delaney sisters made an interesting point, n she said,  In order for a black man to succeed he would have to be brilliant and that if some of the politicians in Washington were born black, they would be washing dishes.

 

Case in point-  If Barrack Obama was 100% white, given the issues with the economy-foreclosures/high gas prices, health care-that is non existent for some citizens, the war (that we cannot afford) ....The polls would not be hanging at 47% for a month. We Americans have to get past this--divide if we are going to survive the Bush administrations 8 years of unchecked-plundering, squandering and undermining of the American citizens.

July 24, 2008
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In response to Convictions comment above (Source:http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-hendershott013103.asp)

 

"The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that while 56 percent of all women who obtained legal abortions were white, the abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 per year) for black women was 2.9 times that of white women. For every thousand black women, 32 have abortions, as compared with 11 for every thousand white women. Likewise with numbers of abortions per 1,000 births: The abortions/births ratio for white women was 184 abortions per 1,000 live births; for black women, it was 543 abortions per 1,000 births. This means that abortion ratios for black women were 2.8 times greater than those for white women. Sadly, black women were also more likely to obtain riskier abortions late in their pregnancies, while white women were significantly more likely than black women to obtain abortions before 16 weeks."

July 24, 2008
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I grew up as a white child in a predominantly black neighborhood on Long Island, NY during the 60's.  It was not an easy upbringing. It did however remove barriers to my understanding of black culture.  I had a black history class in Jr.High school when my white counerparts in other areas of Long Island were never exposed to that information. I was fortunate enough to carry my cultural experiences with me through life.

 

As a hiring manager in a local hotel here in Santa Barbara, I was of course pleased to have the opportunity to hire a black African (immigrant) as a night security guard. Unfortunately, I left that job soon after I made this decision and I had found out that my General Manager did not hire him after all. 

 

At my next hotel I was please to see that they hired a black man for night audit, and I had the opportunity to train him.  We got along quite well, but since I have left that job also and have found that within a month he was no longer working there either.

 

The message really seems to be this: Yes, you are correct that racial fear, the lack of acceptance, or social biases are indeed real. As real as when Dr. King was alive, and as real as when W.E.B. Duboise wrote "The Souls Of Black Folk".  His writing was not only pertinent 100 years later with the turmoil of the 60's but as recent as the L.A. riots and even up to today.  I encourage everyone to read that book and apply its lessons to today's world. 

 

Thank you for this wonderful and educational series!

 

Dfleury01@hotmail.com

July 24, 2008
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July 24, 2008
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When do you plan to do an episode titled "White in America"?  I am so tired of the fact that there is black history month, black colleges, black scholarships etc. and that it is acceptable.  Were there to be these things but for "whites only" that would be considered racist.  Imus says a racial slur it is blasted all over the media and he is fired, Jesse Jackson says something that I feel was worse and it was forgotten about in one day.  As a White American I am so tired of the double standards.

July 24, 2008
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While I enjoyed the show and eagerly await tonight's show, I am left with the question. Are Nubian (black) gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgendered persons not a part of the "black in America landscape"?  We are working, successful singles, couples, married and successful on our jobs and in our communities. Were these categories of blacks ingored because of the uncomfortableness of so many "christian, church-going, folk". If you are religous, God made us as we are, knowing us before we were in the womb. If anyone feels that God made a mistake in creating me, I suggest you start getting your excuse for saying so before you stand before Him. It is regretable that proud, sucessful, and happy gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgendereds were left out of this series...and, I am a proud retired service member.

July 24, 2008
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I'm so glad to see that so many felt the same way about the show as I did.

The posts above by: aam, edu101, cliffhouse,convictions and myself are the ones that reflect the sentiments of the Black people who likely anticipated this show the most..and ultimately were the most underrepresented and disappointed. We can't help but wonder who the target audience was for this show and what was the real agenda??? The target was certainly not cable-paying, documentary-watching black folks in Middle America, and the agenda was certainly not to take a rare opportunity to analyze the complex reality of the diverse, yet common group of people living as Blacks in America. I had much respect for Soledad before this, and expected this brave undertaking to only elevate my respect, but I'm afraid that is not the case.

Whew! Okay, I feel better...

July 24, 2008
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I marched with Dr. King and isn't it ashamed that in 2008 we are still struggling against social injustices regarding race?  When will ever get past color and look at successes and accomplishment of individual?

July 24, 2008
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What happened to the many that stood proudly proclaiming, MLK Jr's ideals of the "the content of their mind, not the color of their skin"?  We have fought for recognition a equal human beings, created by God,from the time the slave vessels landed and brought from the land our Ancestors lived and thrived in, yet, in America today, it is still a fight for the most precious jewel we hae, Our Black Man, our legacy, just to be able to stand before his Family to provide guidance and his love, because our Black men are continually frustrated with the lack of jobs that they fight to get and with the stigma of being less than their counterparts in education, intellect and skills. There is only one possible true race in America, that of the Native American Tribal Communities of old, Everyone else and all else are a broad makeup of every walk of life, from every nation, worldwide, but only the Black Man is continually belittled, looked down and slammed for not being the Father, Others have determined they should be. What a tragedy to their children and their Families to see them still so frustrated in 2008.

July 24, 2008
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To Convictions: you are not an African American.  That would be someone who was born in Africa and moved to America.  If you were born in America, then you are just a plain ol' American, like the rest of us, whether you are black,  white, or pink with yellow polka-dots.

 

My husband has a friend that is Vietnamese American.  He and his wife moved here from Vietnam many years ago.  Their children were born here, and thus are Americans, not Vietnamese Americans, although they were born to Vietnamese parents.

 

Do you see your error?  Many Americans who are black make this same mistake, yet there are some that use the terminology the correct way.

July 24, 2008
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I am very much looking forward to your future documentaries on what's it's like to be "Hispanic in America", "Asian in America", and "White in America".  They should also be very enlightening and educational.

July 24, 2008
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I am a 30 year old soon to be divorced African American woman. I didn't actually see the Black in America documentary on television, but was prompted to watch it on-line by a very close friend. After watching all three segments I was profoundly in a mental state of shock. I have two children that I had pre-marriage by two other men. I just recently in the past five years went back to school after dropping out when I was only 16. Now that I have not only acquired my high school diploma, but also my Bachelors Degree in Marketing & Advertising, I feel comfortable considering myself educated. Unfortunately I met my husband at a time in my life when I had already endured so many trials and tribulations, heartaches and losses and my independency was like no other. I had already built a shield of armor made of un-penetrable iron. I was already a single mother of a son and daughter....neither by choice of the men (death). So you see I was already playing the role of both mother and father. My husband always felt that there was no need for him in our family. He felt that I was able to handle everything and left no room for him to be the man. His attitude about our situation reverted him into an actual submissive position.....allowing me to play the role of the lead of our family. Needless to say that this was very frustrating to us both. Cheating began to play a part in our demise and it was no time at all until our marriage seemed like the biggest mistake of our lives.

 

The problems that arose were unable to be rectified. I did not know how to play the role of a supporting and submissive wife. I didn't trust that if I left certain things in his hands (like the children and I lives) that everything would be okay. I was raised by a woman who was on drugs most of her life and showed me no example of a functioning family unit. He too was crippled in his own ability to know what the role or intentions of a husband or a father should be. As I watched the different segments of "Black in America" it dawned on me that we were doomed before we even began.

 

 

I refuse to accept this as my fate though. I love my husband and wish that we were able to fight harder for our family, but I now know the responsibility that I have played in the process. I no longer want society battles to force me to battle my black men. I am on a mission to learn to accept that no matter how much I have accomplished on my own, I will never accomplish as much alone. If God's will is to present me with another opportunity at love, life and family.......then I will be better prepared for it the next time. Seeing these issues brought to light in front of my eyes by others has really done something profound to the personal views I entail. I hope that everyone much like myself will be able to seek personal solitude to examine their own self and help bring marriages back into the African American communities.

July 24, 2008
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What?  Are your serious?

 

You just wasted this sista's precious time. I was extremely disappointed in the episode on the Black woman and family. I thought it was shallow and one sided. You spent a great deal of time revisiting the problems that plague the Black community and very little, if any, discussing the SYSTEMIC causes and how they affect the Black community.  Furthermore, you didn't uncover any NEW information.  After all, ins't that the goal of an investigation?  I didn't feel as though the host was emotionally connected on any of the issues. Was this just another line item for her resume? 

 

Signed,

 

Dup'd in Atlanta

July 24, 2008
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Someone like BET or TV One would have done a better and maybe more comprehensive production. However, because of who they are it would not have been promoted as well. Nor viewed by the desired audience. Ms Obrien, carried great intentions and actually did well but this program missed it's mark.

July 24, 2008
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I recently quit my job, yes quit. My doctor prescribed blood pressure medicine for the 1st time,I knew i had to do something now not later. I stepped out on "faith".

I worked as a Debt Collector, I witnessed white co-workers talking to Black debtors like they were trash, and made sure they did not get the same options as White debtors/ daily discrimination..daily...daily!!!

 

I witnessed White women go after an 18 year old Black man,he was there daily punching bag, it did not matter that he was working and trying to survive, right out of High School, not selling drugs, they were angry at his very existence, they wanted him dead, this broke my heart, and these woman are mothers.

 

I am a single Black woman, raised 3 children, own my home, 2 went to college 1 did not, 5 grandchildren.

 

I have not dated since 1994, afraid of AIDS.

 

The stress of being Black in America is a daily job.

 

I moved into a house that was owned by a White family, there relatives were still in neighborhood for 12 years these people tortured me and my children, any improvements I tried to make to our home they destroyed it, threw old car oil on my porch, took out brickes between homes/ duplex home..they killed my plants, chased my children with knives 25 years later their house is abandoned causing damage to my home, the mom died, the children think its funny that the abandoned property is causing me harm, so much energy directed towards hate.

 

I worked in AC at casinos for nearly 20 years, in 1990 I witnessed the begining of illegals taking the jobs from Blacks.

 

For 25 years I opened my home to any single Black mom who needed a hand and leg up, who need help. WE NEED TO HELP EACH OTHER MORE.

 

It takes a community to raise a generation.Hate is a disease. Stress kills..PLEASE TELL ME WHY ARE WE SO HATED BY WHITES? SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION..

July 24, 2008
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Thank you Tuesday.  You said it all.  Ours is a psychological problem that must be dealt with.  The legacy of slavery has been passed down through generations of Black people and many aren't aware of it. 

 

Recalling the segment with the woman in harlem who had to travel nearly 45 minutes to a market for fresh vegetables and fruits, here's an idea:  If someone has a backyard maybe they could donate a little space from their yard to grow a community garden.  Maybe someone could organize a group of volunteers to care for the garden.  During harvest time, the community volunteers could organize a farmer's market to sell some of the items inexpensively to the residents, particularly the elderly and affirmed.  This solution would save time, money and build an economic base, albeit small, in the community.  Let's get resourceful again.  We all know the story...  It's time to get involved in real solutions.  Many of our problems don't require brain surgery.  We just need to make the decision to do something positive and do it.

July 24, 2008
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The Real Black In America

 

The primary issue I have with this program is the same issue I have with many so called social programs - they treat middle class black men like we don’t exist.  Yes I know that a large number of young black men are in jail.  I know a large number of young black men did not go to college.  I know a large number of black men are not raising the children they have fathered.  But, and this is BIG but, that is not all of black men or black America.

 

For some unknown reason society likes to pretend that black men fall into 2 categories:  the thugs or the entertainers.  There is no in between when it comes to the media.  Regardless of the fact that the middle class is established and growing, no one seems to want to acknowledge us.

 

I work for a high tech firm that does billions of dollars every year in business.  I have worked for other companies that do the same kind of work and generate the same kind of revenue.  I have traveled extensively and worked in areas that have strong black communities and small black communities.  Guess what?  There are plenty of educated middle class black men working in these companies.  From the mail room to the board room, we are well represented.  I cannot walk down the halls of my firm without running into these invisible middle class black men.

 

After watching the program last night a coworker, a white coworker asked me a very interesting question:  why don’t the media show you guys, the regular middle class people?  I could only shake me head and smile.  I too want to know why the black middle class, and particularly, the black middle class male.

 

Until we acknowledge the truth about black Americans (we occupy every social and economic level in society) we as a nation will not be able to truly move forward.  More importantly, we as black people must demand that our images are honest and truthful.  We are not all in jail.

July 24, 2008
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I have to agree with voixraison and japan__ above> these experiences could happen to any race.  The opening scene of the guy "getting ready for an interview" then later saying-- oh, actually, they said to visit the store and introduce himself-- that's not a promise of an interview!  As a former retail hiring manager, there are tons of applications that are never called-- and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with race.  It was more likely due to volume of applicants and/or the hiring manager's schedule or lack of organization.  If he put out 25 resume's and applications and got a call back-- that's a great ratio!  Again- could happen to any race.

 

My opinion is that very  little time was spent on the successful black american and those that chose a better life.  Personally, the people I've mostly ever come in contact with that were racist or propagated stereotypes were black.  And to the same point as the lady with the 3 successful black sons> I wish the black community would embrace their possible success instead of GLAMOURIZING illiteracy and trying to be "gangsters".  That's what can easily be seen in America today (they even have some white people trying to be all slang and gangster)!  Which goes back to how all these things are really just our American culture and not exclusive to any singular race.  GROW UP!  Learn to spell; learn to use the ENGLISH language correctly; form a complete sentence for gosh sakes! (hopefully I've made very few typos now that I said that) And if you wonder why the children struggle in school or aren't reading on the same level of some other races PARENTS: What do you say when you speak to your children? "pu dat bak-- cu o'er her".  I'm completely disheartened in grocery stores all the time when people of all races can't use proper English with their children.  How will they learn if we aren't setting the example?!  Again-- this is Americans in general and what our society values-- all races should do these things. 

 

I think the very act of creating a documentary singling out one race-- is a bit racist and propagating separation.  No? (sorry for the rant)

 

I was a straight A student growing up-- with little to no pressure from my family.  I did it for personal pride; I did it because I was embarrassed if I made a bad grade.  I did it for the praise and verbal rewards and priviledges that were associated with "pleasing".  My older sister struggled to make C's. So what? Would she have achieved more if she'd been motivated differently?  The only con I see with "paying students to learn" (b/c frankly, this is  not a new idea-- parents have been using this technique for ages in different scenarios to try to motivate performance) is that you're reinforcing only the paycheck benefit of work.  Will anyone in the next generation go into a field they love and naturally excel at?  Will we have any school teachers if the sole focus is the paycheck? Are we turning students on to knowledge and learning or just to work for the minimum requirement? Maybe we'll pay teachers more to fix that problem :)

July 24, 2008
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Thank you Soledad, Essence, and CNN for this riveting presentation.

 

I am honored by the intention of this program, but I am still partly disappointed to see that it become one-dimensional.

 

Many of the profiles and content delivered on what it is to be Black in America didn't challenge, I believe, the status quo answers addressing these issues.

 

Not every Black/African-American is socially conservative. We all aren't politically liberal. Not all of us belong to Judeo-Christian or Islamic traditions. We all aren't minorities in a majority environment.

 

Lastly, many of us have traveled and lived globally, thus, we have a global worldview on the Black experience in what is termed as the African Diaspora.

 

Individuals like Barack Obama introduced a new narrative to the Black experience and the American ethos. Many African Americans are racially or ethnically mixed, so that doesn't make Sen. Obama unique. His upbringing, exposure, education, and the decisions he has made make him a significant representative of the American vision.

 

There's so much more diversity in Black America than the people you've profiled, and the leaders you've invited to your forum. They are the same people we've always seen, so there is little argument and debate amongst those who belong to the same club. I was looking forward to seeing figures much more concerned with challenging the statistics and conventional answers than just presenting sound bytes that draw applauses or the website or book they've launched.

 

From bell hooks to Manning Marable, and from Nikki Giovanni to Nas, there are a lot more figures in the Black community who've further captured the progress and obstacle to being Black in America than the same ole Black intelligentsia and their extreme counterparts - gangster Hip hop artists and Neo-soul artists.

 

We are much more diverse a people. In the future, please recognize the diversity of our communities.

July 24, 2008
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I am so over this Black in America story that CNN is doing.  What is the issue with being black in America?  We have been here for years and we are not going anywhere!  Why study us?  Maybe it is because some American did not think that African Americans would be in the powerful positions they are in. 

 

Does the African American pose threat, because we are homeowners, business owners, politicians, CEOs, CFOs, educated and making positive and striving move in society?

 

Would this segment have been done if Senator Obama was not the 2008 Democratic Presumptive Nominee?  Or if he classified himself as white and looked white?

 

I know what it is like to be African American in America. I'm a single female, working and have raised an African American male, who has graduated from a Historically Black College with a degree and is doing quite well in Atlanta. All his friends are college grads church going young men and women who are doing positive things.  I agree with you "Uhuruman."

 

Soldedad you need to be ashamed of yourself.  You know what its like to be a minority in this country.  I remember you on WRC-4 here in DC.  You have come along way.  Will you do a segment on being Hispanic, Mexican....in America.  Will you do a segment on being White in America?  I don't think so.

 

If you are going to look at African American, look at the positive side.  Attend an graduation at a black college and/or university and see the number of young people receiving degrees. 

 

CNN you always try to portray us in a negative image.  No one will no what it is like to be African American in America unless they are an African American.

July 24, 2008
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Yes, I agree with a lot of what everyone has said, however, I had to literally

stop watching it last night after 30 minutes of viewing. It was too

depressing for me. A lot of it was stuff I've heard and seen before in

documentaries, nothing fresh and new. It made being black in America

very depressing. As a black person it didn't make me too proud. This

morning, I resumed my viewing of the show after a good night sleep.

Still I was a little depressed and started taking notes of the show and

realized I didn't see the focus much about the black woman until almost

an hour into the show. When they did speak about black women it was

mostly negative. We're dying of aids, we're promiscuous, and we don't

have men in our lives to care for our children or husbands for us to

head our family. Are we the damsels in distress? Should people feel

sorry for us? This documentary mostly represented the lower

socioeconomic group of blacks in our community which do not represent

the majority yet the picture is painted in such a way that WE are living

low. Don't get me wrong, yes, these issues needs to be addressed and the

lower socioeconomic group need help, but let us at least have balance

when telling OUR story. There are many black women who are living as

well as they can, getting degrees, raising children alone who function

great in our society, have good jobs and serve in their communities.

 

 

Also, why are we making such an issue for us to go outside of our race

to find a man? If you fall in love with someone outside your race that's

COOL. Should it be monumental? I'm all for dating outside of your race

if that's what you choose but to do it simply because of the lack of men

in our race? Sorry, not good enough. Allow yourself to be open minded

and follow your heart, you may find you have more in common with someone

outside your race, but to date because you will settle since you can' t

find someone in your race to date (to me) a poor excuse. Sure, that

should make any man want to date that woman.

 

 

 

Concerning, the Smith family (from the show last night), I was most

inspired by them and they only talked about them a few minutes. That is

the epitome of a great black family and I would have loved to hear more

about how they got their kids to stay grounded, go to college, stay out

of trouble and go on to be productive citizens. I would have loved to

hear some good successful stories (as there are many in the Black

America) than to focus so much on the negative in our community. There

are many men in the house and outside of the house who are there and

take care of their children so why must we always dwell on the "baby

daddy" that's not around. I am just so tired of us knocking our brothas

down. Don't get me wrong, I know there are some who are not doing their

part and you know what, if he wasn't a good boyfriend to you it is quite

possible he isn't going to be a good daddy to your child. I'm just

sayin'. There are some good brothas out there. Can we focus on them for

a minute? PLEASE.

 

 

Concerning, the HIV issue, I didn't like how that was handled.

Statistics also show a great portion of HIV cases amongst black women

are from sharing needles when using drugs and that wasn't really

discussed. 

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July 24, 2008
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Oh, and I completely agree that everything covered was nothing new-- and I really saw very few, if any, suggestions for courses of action to improve or fix the issues.  As I was watching, I frequently thought, "Okay- so what do we do about it?  How do we improve this."  And none of those answers came. 

 

I think this pattern plagues our society: we have a "this is wrong, this is wrong, you messed up, that's not right" attitude of pointing the finger and comiserating-- but no one gets up and works to improve anything (example: politics). Talk will never get you as far as the first steps.

July 24, 2008
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July 24, 2008

 

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   HJD » When do you plan to do an episode titled "White in America"? I am so tired of the fact that there is black history month, black colleges, black scholarships etc. and that it is acceptable. Were there to be these things but for "whites only" that would be considered racist. Imus says a racial slur it is blasted all over the media and he is fired, Jesse Jackson says something that I feel was worse and it was forgotten about in one day. As a White American I am so tired of the double standards. 

 

 

 

You had that already, it was call Jim Crow!

July 24, 2008
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I personally have had enough.. Black in America??? Can we say Mexican in America, Russsian in America, or anything else in America. I have had it with magazines with the title or description below the title saying Black this or Black that. Enough is enough. If I was to put a magazine together and even thought the idea of White this or White that in the title or discription I would be the biggest racist in the country. We give the blacks a free pass on being racist, we don't cry foul, we don't even complain, or at least the media hides it if we do. Jews were inslaved long before for a longer period of time and in a harsher time of history and we don't talk about that. They don't ask for restitution or a Jewish History month or even a Jewish in America series on CNN. Give us all break. There are thousands if not millions of blacks that are doing great in this country and for this country. Then there are the ones that do nothing but find a reason to keep stirring the pot and wonder why people can't get along and why they are struggling. Here is a hint white people struggle, asian people struggle, and hispanics struggle. Some more than others and that is just how life is. Ask a white couple living in a trailer park in north BFE what it's like and thier story would not be much different then the story of a black couple living in SE Washington, DC. Life is tough and the strong make it and the weak complain about it. Stand up for what you know is the right thing to do and do it. You know that, we all know that, we just have to make a decision to do it.

July 24, 2008
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The one issue that I had with the Black in America segment from last night was actually the Campbell brown lead-up to th documentary. They discussed the light vs dark skin issue within the African-American community and the panel quickly dismissed Rev Dyson's belief that it has bearing in terms of how African American men are perceived.

 

A couple of things about the point he was trying to make: 1 - He immediately stated that there are  a number of dark skinned brothers who are doing well for themselves just as there are light skinned brothers who have failed. He was not making an all or nothing comparison but rather stating it was part of a larger issue in our culture.

 

2 - It would have been more balanced to have dark skinned perspective on the issue. As a dark skinned man myself, I do not count myself amongst those who have "failed" but I can also say that I have seen first hand the  "paper bag test" on a professional and personal level. This issue is very much alive and should not be so quickly dismissed.

July 24, 2008
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As a young african american, i praise cnn for making this documentary. As a 2008 high school graduate about to attend a historically black college in the fall, I am the example of what african americans can do. I was raised in a typical black family; single mother, with a middle school education, raised on food stamps and section 8 my entire life, rasied around a step father that was violent, an alcoholic, and a drug abuser. However out of all of that i was able rise and be succesful at everything i did, not becuase i had support and a loving family, but because i vowed to never repeat thier mistakes.

July 24, 2008
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ok cnn..time to do a white in America...omg like that will happen

July 24, 2008
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A black man's life in America is a parallel to the movie "The Last Samurai". For a black man to enter the business world he has to undress himself and put on the accepted facade or image of himself in the new world. Who said the business look of a black man had to be a shaved head that looks like sub-human in a suit? Why is that as a black man i have people (including blacks) look at me weird if i wear my preferred hairstyle or look on the job? Why is that black mothers teach their sons to adopt the look that is accepted by the men who control the food chain believing it's the only way the sons can achieve greatness or survive? Why is my very looks, the hair on top of my head, my backyard expressions is viewed as negativity or plain funny?

 

Children want to follow leaders who look like them or leaders they want to look like, leaders who feel like them. If few lawyers, or doctors kept their ancestral and neighborhood looks, I believe more black children of the streets would feel "hey that's one of us we can be him/her someday too!" What's the point of achieving greatness if I have to lose who i am or be disconnected with my family/customs just so i can eat or have a better career? Why is that within black America we make fun of African accents in movies, we make fun of our foreign brothers when they are our very roots? Why is that African customs/religons aren't highly respected like Christianity or other religions in the media or America?

 

We (blacks) do not like to be compared to other races when it comes to achievement. They are just other humans who share the same earth with us, with different complexions, cultures, languages, and customs. They have their troubles we(blacks) have our own. If we keep comparing ourselves to others, we'll never make it to the horizon. Let's fix our troubles at home then we'll be noticed for our success...if the success of the black man is when he is parallel to that of a white's, isn't that a limit or limitation?... Meaning, we're training black minds to feel that they made it and never try to go beyond that comparison.

 

Remember when the men who control the food chain entered the New World or now USA, he entered with another man... That man was "The Black Man". While the men who control the food chain were conquering worlds and making inventions, and other things, the black man was being taken away from his home and put in the fields for hand labor all those years. So how can he(the black man) catch up? It's like somebody graduated college and moved on and someone in grade school is hopeful to get ahead of that person. The only way is not to try to get ahead or be compared to others but to reach within  and go one step at a time...

 

The worst genocide a man could commit is (psychological genocide) killing,retrain or erasing the brain(s) of millions...and that's what happen to blacks. Sadly, who's going to be tried in criminal court for that? It's not like blacks are corpse laying around--(maybe walking around?)...It's why people don't get the sense of this genocide that was maybe accidental or masterminded...

 

It is genocide (psychological genocide is worst than the killing of millions). People  still feel sorry for Hiroshima but not for us poor blacks! It's like it never happened...Nowadays blacks are viewed as racists for hinting slavery or their enslavement...

 

-Joseph

July 24, 2008
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I dont believe that a white in america is necessary, we see what its like in the media, magazines, and every other source, everyday.

July 24, 2008
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A black man's life in America is a parallel to the movie "The Last Samurai". For a black man to enter the business world he has to undress himself and put on the accepted facade or image of himself in the new world. Who said the business look of a black man had to be a shaved head that looks like sub-human in a suit? Why is that as a black man i have people (including blacks) look at me weird if i wear my preferred hairstyle or look on the job? Why is that black mothers teach their sons to adopt the look that is accepted by the men who control the food chain believing it's the only way the sons can achieve greatness or survive? Why is my very looks, the hair on top of my head, my backyard expressions is viewed as negativity or plain funny?

 

Children want to follow leaders who look like them or leaders they want to look like, leaders who feel like them. If few lawyers, or doctors kept their ancestral and neighborhood looks, I believe more black children of the streets would feel "hey that's one of us we can be him/her someday too!" What's the point of achieving greatness if I have to lose who i am or be disconnected with my family/customs just so i can eat or have a better career? Why is that within black America we make fun of African accents in movies, we make fun of our foreign brothers when they are our very roots? Why is that African customs/religons aren't highly respected like Christianity or other religions in the media or America?

 

We (blacks) do not like to be compared to other races when it comes to achievement. They are just other humans who share the same earth with us, with different complexions, cultures, languages, and customs. They have their troubles we(blacks) have our own. If we keep comparing ourselves to others, we'll never make it to the horizon. Let's fix our troubles at home then we'll be noticed for our success...if the success of the black man is when he is parallel to that of a white's, isn't that a limit or limitation?... Meaning, we're training black minds to feel that they made it and never try to go beyond that comparison.

 

Remember when the men who control the food chain entered the New World or now USA, he entered with another man... That man was "The Black Man". While the men who control the food chain were conquering worlds and making inventions, and other things, the black man was being taken away from his home and put in the fields for hand labor all those years. So how can he(the black man) catch up? It's like somebody graduated college and moved on and someone in grade school is hopeful to get ahead of that person. The only way is not to try to get ahead or be compared to others but to reach within  and go one step at a time...

 

The worst genocide a man could commit is (psychological genocide) killing,retrain or erasing the brain(s) of millions...and that's what happen to blacks. Sadly, who's going to be tried in criminal court for that? It's not like blacks are corpse laying around--(maybe walking around?)...It's why people don't get the sense of this genocide that was maybe accidental or masterminded...

 

It is genocide (psychological genocide is worst than the killing of millions). People  still feel sorry for Hiroshima but not for us poor blacks! It's like it never happened...Nowadays blacks are viewed as racists for hinting slavery or their enslavement...

 

-Joseph

July 24, 2008
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CIA

((Educated black woman with mixed kids caring for an aging parent)) I was appreciative of the series and look forward to tonights episode. I have emphatically pressed my friends and family members to watch also. I was glad to see a reflection of those of us that are under represented (the growing black middle class). Educated, stable, and successful is the future of blacks in America.

 

EDUCATION IS KEY and as a community this ideal is not drilled into our heads from birth. This is the most important issue facing blacks in America. The fact that "WE CAN" isnt taught to our black children.

 

The series Black in America is an attempt to shed some light on the trends that are shaping the black community TODAY and to educate people. How can we change it if we dont know? This is a step in the right direction.

July 24, 2008
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I truely agree, that education is the key

i grew up in a household with a mother who never even made it to high school. As a child i couldnt go home and ask for help, i adapted and began to teach myself. I cherished education, and every opportunity to better myself. I just graduated from high school, and was a awarded a rotc scholarship to a historically black college. My mother could not have been more proud of me.

July 24, 2008
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I agree with CIA education is key. With knowledge come power and with power comes responsibility. Its a known fact that the high rate of dropouts and teen preganacy are usually youths who have no parents or a single parents who either works two jobs are is a uneducated parent.I grew up in the housing projects and when I ride by some of the people I played with still stay there. Lack of education and family support plays a big role because in the "HOOD" drug dealers are the role models. Its amazing to me that mayors and people running for office will come to the hood for a week and two during election time and then they disappear. Its hard to tell a kid who wants the fast cars and the girls that education is more important and thats because the mentality of some black people is to live for today not and not the future and I thought like that to why wait for 4 years of college? why go to school i cant get paid by going to school? It is the ideal that living for today and tomorrow is whatever happens. And that type of thinking causes all these diffrent type of problems for in the black community

July 24, 2008
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This is a very important documentary. It needed to be done.  I commend those who are involved, but you missed one very important issue, which takes away from the credibility of the piece.

 

In Wednesday's show, you had a single Mom with 5 kids being evicted and having to move constantly.  She had been in this situation from the time she was 17, I believe.  The "Father" is older than her and was never in the picture.  Why did you not ask her the very important cultural question, "Why did you keep getting pregnant?".  Did she believe she had responsibility for her situation?

 

To understand her complete situation, we needed to see her decission making process.  By missing this opportunity, you shortchanged your audience and missed an opportunity to understand the situation better.  This was very poor journalism and makes it look like incompetence or "slanted" journalism.

 

It is important to give all the information in order to provide a clear picture of the situation.  Then, once we have clear accurate information, we can improve the situation.  You failed in providing the complete picture.

July 24, 2008
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FORGET THE PAST?! ARE YOU CRAZY?!

 

Why do people keep saying, "Forget the past" or "Let it go already" as if to say by doing that the issues that plague Blacks in America will just go away.  Also, it implies that by looking into the past to see what has happened, that Black people will become so enraged as to run out and attack Whites.

 

That is ridiculous and flies in the face of the purpose of history in most major areas of life!.  When you go to the Doctor with a medical problem, one of the first things he/she wants to look at (aside from you) is your medical HISTORY.  By looking into your history the Doctor can see what may be the CAUSE of the SYMPTOMS you are displaying. The Doctor is looking to the past to understand and prescribe a cure for the present!

 

Blacks are displaying the symptoms low self esteem, alcoholism, divorce, aids, cancer, poverty, high school drop out, etc.  and ARE LEADING EVERY OTHER RACE IN THE ABOVE! So when certain Blacks decide to look to the past to see what could possibly be the origin of our PROBLEM, it is unwise and borderline criminal to say DON'T LOOK AT THE PAST!

 

Whites enslaved Blacks, thats a fact but what most don't want to discuss is WHAT WAS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AFFECT OF 400 YEARS OF SLAVERY?  What was the economic affect for White America having 400 years of FREE SERVICE AND LABOR? What was the affect on Blacks not being allowed to have a stable family environement for over 400 years?

 

Also as Dr. Carter G. Woodson put it, what was the negative affect of "Mis-Educating the Negro" in the American School System AFTER SLAVERY up until this very day?

 

"Let it go already" is a quick response in the face of quilt. A criminal being prosecuted for murdering someone 10 years ago I'm sure would like the State to just "Let it go already" but that's not going to happen. So I say shut up with that extremely ignorant and for some, flat out stupid statement that Blacks should let the past go.  Because in the past lay the very answers we need!

 

Anthony Stewart

www.themiseducationofthenegro.com

July 24, 2008
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I think one thing that blacks forget (since many have mentioned slavery and what affect it had on them on this blog) is that if their forefathers were NOT brought here as slaves, they would STILL BE IN AFRICA.  Okay, think about that for a minute!  Would you rather be living in a country with rampant disease, starving children, AIDS running wild... or here in AMERICA where you can get a great education and free welfare!

 

It seems to me that you should be thanking God that your ancestors were brought here as slaves.  Think of it as them going through all that just so that you could have a better life!

July 24, 2008
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(Dehumanization of black culture while blacks want to enter the business world as themselves)

 

A black man's life in America is a parallel to the movie "The Last Samurai". For a black man to enter the business world he has to undress himself and put on the accepted facade or image of himself in the new world. Who said the business look of a black man had to be a shaved head that looks like sub-human in a suit? Why is that as a black man i have people (including blacks) look at me weird if i wear my preferred hairstyle or look on the job? Why is that black mothers teach their sons to adopt the look that is accepted by the men who control the food chain believing it's the only way the sons can achieve greatness or survive? Why is my very looks, the hair on top of my head, my backyard expressions is viewed as negativity or plain funny?

 

Children want to follow leaders who look like them or leaders they want to look like, leaders who feel like them. If few lawyers, or doctors kept their ancestral and neighborhood looks, I believe more black children of the streets would feel "hey that's one of us we can be him/her someday too!" What's the point of achieving greatness if I have to lose who i am or be disconnected with my family/customs just so i can eat or have a better career? Why is that within black America we make fun of African accents in movies, we make fun of our foreign brothers when they are our very roots? Why is that African customs/religons aren't highly respected like Christianity or other religions in the media or America?

 

We (blacks) do not like to be compared to other races when it comes to achievement. They are just other humans who share the same earth with us, with different complexions, cultures, languages, and customs. They have their troubles we(blacks) have our own. If we keep comparing ourselves to others, we'll never make it to the horizon. Let's fix our troubles at home then we'll be noticed for our success...if the success of the black man is when he is parallel to that of a white's, isn't that a limit or limitation?... Meaning, we're training black minds to feel that they made it and never try to go beyond that comparison.

 

Remember when the men who control the food chain entered the New World or now USA, he entered with another man... That man was "The Black Man". While the men who control the food chain were conquering worlds and making inventions, and other things, the black man was being taken away from his home and put in the fields for hand labor all those years. So how can he(the black man) catch up? It's like somebody graduated college and moved on and someone in grade school is hopeful to get ahead of that person. The only way is not to try to get ahead or be compared to others but to reach within  and go one step at a time...

 

The worst genocide a man could commit is (psychological genocide) killing,retrain or erasing the brain(s) of millions...and that's what happen to blacks. Sadly, who's going to be tried in criminal court for that? It's not like blacks are corpse laying around--(maybe walking around?)...It's why people don't get the sense of this genocide that was maybe accidental or masterminded...

 

It is genocide (psychological genocide is worst than the killing of millions). People  still feel sorry for Hiroshima but not for us poor blacks! It's like it never happened...Nowadays blacks are viewed as racists for hinting slavery or their enslavement...

 

-Joseph

July 24, 2008
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Some of these responses are so upsetting, ignorant, and racist. Here's what a Black woman from Compton, CA thinks:

 

Being Black in America is not only a race thing, it's socioeconomic and historical. All CNN did was perpetuate stereotypes of poor, (mainly) uneducated black people, complainging about their everyday problems.  Yes, I agree with many of you who say that education is the key to success, but we failed to realize that many of the teachers who work in the inner city work for programs like "teach for america" just to receive a deduction in student loans and don't care anything about the students and/or the community.

 

I believe that the problem in our community is that we are extremely individualistic and the collective unity has ceased to exist. We stopped caring about each other as people and only care about ourselves. Think about it...We live in a culture of "I got mine and will either take yours or step all over you to GET WHAT I WANT"

 

How did desegregation really help the Black community, education, and us overall as a people? Please, don't get me wrong people, I am glad that we don't live in those times anymore, but when you look at our educational systems, healthcare, and all the issues and comparisons to whites that O'Brien raised last night, does that or doesn that not sound like many blacks are still living in segregation????

July 24, 2008
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(Dehumanization of black culture while blacks want to enter the business world as themselves)

 

A black man's life in America is a parallel to the movie "The Last Samurai". For a black man to enter the business world he has to undress himself and put on the accepted facade or image of himself in the new world. Who said the business look of a black man had to be a shaved head that looks like sub-human in a suit? Why is that as a black man i have people (including blacks) look at me weird if i wear my preferred hairstyle or look on the job? Why is that black mothers teach their sons to adopt the look that is accepted by the men who control the food chain believing it's the only way the sons can achieve greatness or survive? Why is my very looks, the hair on top of my head, my backyard expressions is viewed as negativity or plain funny?

 

Children want to follow leaders who look like them or leaders they want to look like, leaders who feel like they feel. If few lawyers, or doctors kept their ancestral and neighborhood looks, I believe more black children of the streets would feel "hey that's one of us we can be him/her someday too!" What's the point of achieving greatness if I have to lose who i am or be disconnected with my family/customs just so i can eat or have a better career? Why is that within black America we make fun of African accents in movies, we make fun of our foreign brothers when they are our very roots? Why is that African customs/religons aren't highly respected like Christianity or other religions in the media or America?

 

We (blacks) do not like to be compared to other races when it comes to achievement. They are just other humans who share the same earth with us, with different complexions, cultures, languages, and customs. They have their troubles we(blacks) have our own. If we keep comparing ourselves to others, we'll never make it to the horizon. Let's fix our troubles at home then we'll be noticed for our success...if the success of the black man is when he is parallel to that of a white's, isn't that a limit or limitation?... Meaning, we're training black minds to feel that they made it and never try to go beyond that comparison.

 

Remember when the men who control the food chain entered the New World or now USA, he entered with another man... That man was "The Black Man". While the men who control the food chain were conquering worlds and making inventions, and other things, the black man was being taken away from his home and put in the fields for hand labor all those years. So how can he(the black man) catch up? It's like somebody graduated college and moved on and someone in grade school is hopeful to get ahead of that person. The only way is not to try to get ahead or be compared to others but to reach within  and go one step at a time...

 

The worst genocide a man could commit is (psychological genocide) killing,retrain or erasing the brain(s) of millions...and that's what happen to blacks. Sadly, who's going to be tried in criminal court for that? It's not like blacks are corpse laying around--(maybe walking around?)...It's why people don't get the sense of this genocide that was maybe accidental or masterminded...

 

It is genocide (psychological genocide is worst than the killing of millions). People  still feel sorry for Hiroshima but not for us poor blacks! It's like it never happened...Nowadays blacks are viewed as racists for hinting slavery or their enslavement...

 

-Joseph

July 24, 2008
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As grateful as I am to Sloedad and CNN for this series, I am a little disappointed.  So far, it has focused too much on the negative, and has missed an opportunity to showcase the positive.  We all know the sob stories, I would have liked to have seen more stories of success.  Where were the doctors, lawyers, corporate titans and entrepreneurs???  These are the stories our children and America in general need to hear/see.  I want to hear about people who have beat the odds to MAKE IT!!  There is much to be learned from these stories.  Why were they not included??? I don't have a degree but I made $120,000 a year in the corporated world.  I am now a business owner and a volunteer.  Where are stories like mine!!??

July 24, 2008
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I am so sorry for misspelling your name in my earlier post SOLEDAD.

July 24, 2008
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White in America, I have already informed you that you had your opportunity to be White in America.  When we were your slaves and we called you master.  When you bought and sold our black men as slaves.  When you instituted Jim Crow and had separate bathrooms and water fountains.  It was white in America when we had to use the back door when you walked through the front door.  You were white in America when Black men were shot, hanged and beat to death for looking at a white woman.  You are still white in America when your plight is never played in the media.  White in America is the result of Black men being shot over 40 times by White police officers for reaching for a cell phone.  White in America is when a White woman stated a black man car jacked her and killed her kids and every black man fit her bogus description, only to find out 2 days later she killed her own damned kids.

 

Please don't talk to me about being White in America, this is your America.  You just seem a little concerned that perhaps it’s not all about you anymore.  Soledad highlighted the struggle and negative connotation of a select few, while negating the triumph of many in the Black community.

July 24, 2008
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I'm tired of hearing about the black struggle, even on this blog.  We have to struggle to buy groceries, averaging $120 per week and medical bills of over $300 per month, while most blacks just get foodstamps, medicaid, section 8 housing, and so on.  So don't talk to me about your struggle!!!!!!

July 24, 2008
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MrsRose, the issues you raise are economic not racial. Those of us Blacks who work hard and have to payout of pocket for groceries and medical coverage/expenses feel the same pain as you. If I was a non-black I think I would have felt frustrated about the pitiful portrayal of blacks too. Just trust that the story is much more complex than it appears and remember that we are called to see what we have in common as humans. The fact is that much of the suffering of poor blacks is the result of intentional discrimination, but shows like Black in America failed to expose them and they are difficult to discuss.

July 24, 2008
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Did one of the feedbacks say that CNN should show a documentary about what it means to be white in America? Why, when we see that every single day of our lives?

 

When I turn on the tv, the leading chracters in the majority of tv shows are white men and women telling their stories. I wish leading characters on televisions programs did represent 20% black, 20% white, 20% Latino, 20% Asian, and so forth.

 

For years you would never hear the news media cover stories about black kids who have gone missing.

 

When I go to car dealerships the men in the high ranking positions that make the final decisions are white. Those who do the grunt work and are paid commission are mixed.

 

When I visit college campuses, most of the professors they hire are white and international (Asian and Indian). It is not that blacks are not qualified because they are at the community colleges, thus they are degreed and experienced.

 

If all people have equal access in America, why do I not see Latino and African American women as presidents of major corporations? I don't even see that many white women in those positions.

 

I agree there should be discussions about all people in America but to say that you are tired of hearing about being Black in America because we all now have equal access and opportunity to all things is just not true.

 

Its o.k. for your white children to date and marry Asians and successful Latinos but when they date and marry blacks the hairs on the back of your necks raise up. When the hairs stop raising up for interracial dating then maybe it means we all now have equal access to everything.

July 24, 2008
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My brothers and my sisters,

Until the philosophy that holds one race superior over another is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned...everywhere is war.

CNN should be ashamed of themselves for allowing a non black to even attempt to tell the "story" of blacks in "America. We are not a myopic people. We are black from all over the world!!! Proud, resilient, determined, ambitious, loving, spiritual and long suffering. None of which I saw in Soledad's "sitcom."

I liked Soledad before she engaged in this debacle. Now I see her as being a part of the machine that seeks to demoralize a race of people by denying there contribution in a magnificent American society. She depicts blacks as being a burden to America. A sad people who can't help themselves.

The commercials state that "Soledad O'Brien reports on the black man." Just think about that for a minute. Unless she speaks about the attempted genocide of the black man, anything else would be a diversion, a distraction and a lie. She reports her limited experience as being truth buttressed with meaningless statistics. The sad truth about it is, there are those who will come away believing what she reports. When it's all said and done with, she will retreat to the sanctuary of her world with her family and friends. What's wrong with this picture? What can she possibly say that we don't already know? She perpetuates the myths. She distorts the truth. She disseminates more lies. She is deluded. She thinks that she is doing something special. She is being encouraged by those who would exploit and deprive. Sadly, she is hammering more nails of despair into the coffin of dehumanization and humiliation.

Don't allow your children to watch this program. There is no hope in it. There are no examples of the black excellence that we know overflows in our communities. Our glass is half full, not half empty.

Grace and Peace

July 24, 2008
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While I am an African-American woman who is a political liberal, and most likely has polar opposite positions to that of my brother Joseph C. Phillips who just spoke on the lead up to Thursday's "Black in America" segment, I say a big "AMEN" to Joseph's comments about black men in the family.  Let's stop going back to slavery to explain why black men don't live with their families.  I am 47 years old, I grew up in the lower middle class, black section of a suburban town in NJ and ALMOST EVERY family in my neighborhood had a father in the home.  These fathers were mostly blue collar - so no one had a lot of money but the families were intact.  Our situation was not always as bad as it is now and I believe it has more to do with the lack of decent job opportunities, failing educational institutions and lack of vision on our part than with the legacy of slavery.  There SHOULD be some shame is having children out of wedlock and in being a non-participating father or mother for that matter.  My goodness, there is so much work to be done and even though we all know that racism still exists and always will exist, we're going to have to take ourselves to the next level. We can't count on help from outside of own communities.

July 24, 2008
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I'm Black and all i can say is "Whats with this". You guys think just because you do a show that last 3 hours or even a couple of days that your going to know everything about black people in todays society, than you've got another thing coming. CNN doesn't even show that many good things thats happening in the black community. I mean if you can do a show about tons of negative things in the black community. Why not have "White in America". Attempt to ask questions like why some white police officers abuse some black men, try asking why many of white kids bring guns to school.  How about just do a segment pointing out as many bad things in the white community as you do in the black.  But of course your not. Blacks always have been shown in a bad light before in a good one, so why should this be any different.  This entire show just makes me mad. I mean if you really want to to know about black people its going to take way more than a couple hours or days to figure things out.  Each person is different in their own way including blacks, we all have different backgrounds.  To me this is like a big Cirus Show for Black people.  Find out as many things you can know about blacks in America, to me thats all CNN is trying to do.  If im the only black person that thinks this, than somethings wrong. I Mean Really!!!

July 24, 2008
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The show was much better tonight and seemed to address more of the real issues. 

 

Much love to everyone.

July 24, 2008
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I don't know about everyone else in America, but i am sick and tired of hearing about being Black in America and that cops treat black people different.  Black people have just as many rights as white people have.  Cops don't treat black people differently, they treat "thugs" differently.  These people can be black or white.  Black people get equal or better jobs than some white.  This country is not one sided anymore like it used to be.  Black people are not looked down on.  I just think that some people can't stop thinking in that way and cannot get over the past which is long forgotten by a lot of people in America.  How far is this going to go? How much does "black" people feel they have to achieve before they feel that they are equal to white?

July 24, 2008
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What da hell happened to the last half hour of tonight's show? Was it just here in New Orleans that the ish glitched through out the entire program before blacking totally out? I was highly upset. Every other channel on my tv was working properly except for cnn, the only channel that usually works (even when i don't want it to). I have 326 channels. Was it my cable or was it the network? Or was it that the story of a black man in america was becoming a bit too uncomfortable for some....i wonder y?

July 24, 2008
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all i see is opportunties that black america is not taking advantage of, hurddles that they have put in front of them come on black america we can do so much better we can be role models to those that have limmited resources like africa. stop making excuses for abortions and gang bang on long gong excuses like slavary

July 24, 2008
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Some people's thoughts today.  It is sad!

July 24, 2008
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Thank you so much for the wonderful documentary that was aired!  It is long overdue and God is answering my prayers.

 

I didn't have the opportunity to watch Wednesday night; however it was an awesome experience to watch the program on Thursday.  My emotions ran from wanting to shout for joy to wanting to cry. 

 

Soleda O'Brien and LaNiece Collins, I salute you both.  Thank you so much for taking on the very sensitive, but important endeavor. 

 

The documentary hit me and my family from all angles.  I was a single mother of two sons who went in totally two different directions.  One which is a high school drop out, long records of criminal activities, and father of eight children - and one that I have written a book about, A Mother's Cry-He's Still My Child.

 

Like your purpose, I was led to write this book not to give answers, but to expose, educate, and empower.  The writing of A Mother's Cry-He's Still My Child was therapy for me in dealing with life's  trails and tribulations of being "Black In America."

 

In my perception, there is a systematic crack and more people of color are falling in that crack - some never to return. A questions was asked "Where have the father's gone?"  I thought of how at one point and time, families could not receive aide for families or AFDC unless the father was not present in the home.  Absence of fathers was put in motion over 40 years ago by the same systematic crack. 

 

I could go on and on, but I'll stop.  Please allow me to encourage you to read the book, A Mother's Cry-He's Still My Child so that you may walk the journey and feel the frustration, pain, anger, and hurt that this black woman in America felt in dealing with her challenging child in a mean cold, cruel world.

 

I pray that this program, my book, and any other actions will be the change agents that turn some things around.

July 24, 2008
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I'm just saying, I would have liked to have seen the ending.

July 24, 2008
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Well, it will be on again.  Don't blame the channel going out because of the contents.  It played just fine when I watched it.

July 24, 2008
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is black america not getting the same opportunities, as everybody else?

July 24, 2008
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They are getting the same opportunities as everone else and more than some people in America.

July 24, 2008
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To MrsRose and others who think like her: Most black people do not receive foodstamps, medicaid, section 8, and so on. There are many black people who attend college and work as hard if not harder than white people. How can you say that we should be thankful for our ancestors being sold into slavery instead of living in Africa? Slavery wasn't a good environment to be in. Blacks were raped by the owners and hung with these nooses that are occasionally found in the workplace today. Racism will exist in this country until you die or the end of the world, whichever comes first.

July 24, 2008
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I am curious about how many black folks are as angered

as I am of Lou Dobbs' well-shaded anti-Obama comments.

How does he get away with it? Claiming to be an independent.

Why does he get away with spreading intolerance to minorities, immigrants and non-white races? It is time

to reform CNN so it does not lace intolerance into

everything and give it the rubber stamp of mainstream

commentary. America is ready to challenge the Lou

Dobbs' shade of race laced media blitzing.

CNN should correct Lou.

July 24, 2008
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Most people that are living today did not rape the black slaves in the past.  History is history. People in today's society can not move on and work as one.  America will never be able to be "United" because people cannot be in today's world because they continue to live in the past.

July 25, 2008
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are there not white pple struggling, its not about color its about parents that take the time to educate and disicpline  their kids even a single parent.this world is not ment to be perfect but you pray to GOD and with his help, struggle thru the wars of life. it dose not matter what color you are you just have to own up for you self

July 25, 2008
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I am black, married, and mother of six who has earned a BS degree in Accounting and three MS degrees (Business Admin., Accounting and Public Admin.). I am appreciative for where I am today -- in America and having the freedom of choice. I do not appreciate the fact that my race and/or gender can be used against me. In fact, I'm still struggling to get a job. That's just the way it is. We have our own war that may never be won for some of us struggle more than our counterparts. My husband keeps telling me that someone of good character will give me a chance - I just pray that day will soon come.

July 25, 2008
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Honestly who the hell put Soledad in charge of the black race.  She's not even really black just because she's got a little brown on her skin.  I thought this every single segment on this show was a disgrace to the Black community.  She never started off with anything good to say about black people.  This just shows how racist society still is and how Willie Lynch is still alive.  I mean you even had black people on the show to go against their own how f'ing sickening.  I was absolutley disgusted by this show.  Hopefully other blacks didn't buy in into all this bull.  We know what we've been through and thats all that matters.  We don't need this half sided bias bull to show the real black people in America were all different in our own way. SOLEDAD made the black race ashame. But why should she care she is like white isn't she!!!!

 

To all you people complaining about Black in America

such as Whites, Latinos, and anyother race.  Go ahead and complain. But I'm sure you whites wouldn't mind having a show like this, so it could underline your Glory in the world and Highlight your accomplishments. Because as always they put the negative stuff on the back wheel when it comes down to white people.  And Latinos there is nothing to mad about, because if you had your own show Latino in America you would be in the same predictiment as we are in and that SHAME all they would do is show the negativess like immigration or the poorness of your community.  The only people that would have a fair shot on CNN would be the WHITES. This show is nonsense."Remember what Lynch said" "divide and conquer". They are simply trying to divide us even more as community with this Soledad bull.

July 25, 2008
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Very Clever on the wording that 80% of blacks are in jail for crack offenses yet 70% of crack users are white or hispanic. How bout this question..Of those 80% of mistreated, harrassed black folks,How many were DEALING the drug and what is the % of white DEALERS to black DEALERS? Maybe you could do a show about poor and White in America..We don't have a card to play when we get pulled over or don't get the dream job that we want or simply have a bad day. And as for the cops harrassing black people..LET'S SEE..when you wear your close past your butt, pantyhose on your head with a ball cap turned to the side and try to play the part of GANGSTA,( even though your a good kid) you'll be treated as a GANGSTA. The Cops don't know you! What's more threatening, three black guys in a boxed out monte carlo or three white guys in a NORMAL vehicle.Officers have every right to expect trouble when you roll around looking the part. I'm sorry, I'm far from being a racist, but alot of black people put themselves in the position there in then blame the system or complain to the most racist orginization in the world (NAACP) when they get in trouble. It's all the white man's fault...Please..get a life, quite blaming everything on white people and do something constructive already.

July 25, 2008
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While I think this special was needed.  I do think that CNN's "Black In America" was lacking in so many ways. Being Black in America is so much more than what was portrayed over the last two nights.

When it came to discusssing education of Blacks in America, Soledad left out the story of HBCUs.  Where was the coverage of such institutions as Chaney, UMES, Fisk, Bennett, Spelman, Alabama State, etc?  HBCUs prduce more Black collegians than any other colleges/universities.  These schools are intergral prts of the Black community.  They are underfunded and largely ignored by mainstream America.

Where was the coverage of Black Greek Letter Organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Zeta Phi Beta or Iota Phi Theta?  Again these are critical parts of the African American community, that are overlooked.   The men and women that comprise these 9 noble organizations have been prominent in the African American community.  Such men and women as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Rosa Parks, & Debbie Allen have been apart of these organizations and have contributed mightily to our community selflessly.  Most White Americans believe that all these organizations do is have stepshows.

In the segment dealing with Black Males you failed to really show me a college-aged African American male trying to attain his degree.  Show America a young, positive African American male striving to get that higher education.  You showed the biproduct; the results.  Show someone going through the strugle.

When you talked about hip hop you could have interviewed another rapper besides Lupe Fiasco.  Hearing Lupe was cool, but what about getting a "gangsta rapper" such as Bun B, 50 Cent or Young Jeezy?  Any of these three gentlemen could have discussed the problems with rap and the African American community.

The Rand family was a great opening to the show. It was nice seeing how Americans are so interconnected. However in my opinion you failed to get the church leader from Houston to discuss the problems of teen pregnancy or HIV openly.

In a time when you could have shown so much more Soledad you did not.  I applaud your efforts.  This was a tremendous undertaking.  However I was somewhat saddened by the lack of true depth to the show.  I understand that you had time and money constraints, but you still could have given a better look.  "You on ya 15th minute of fame and the 16th beginning to get lame..."  Lupe Fiasco "Superstar"  Final grade C+

July 25, 2008
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I have a problem with the fact that no one actually went into the "hood" or "ghetto" and got the children that are their to tell how they feel. Why aren't we seeing people from there? Why are the majority of people that were interviewed lightskined blacks? Why aren't we talking about the fact that crack cocaine wasn't brought here by black people, but we are the majority group of people that are being incarcerated for drug crimes? Only 13% of the US population are blacks, how are we responsible for the whole US drug problems? No one interviewed rappers or singers that have had to go through the ordeal of growing up less fortunate and with no role model. Phillips along with some of the other people that were interviewed are either brainwashed or simply forgetting the struggle because they are successful. There are blacks that struggle, go to college, graduate with large debt, and then end up working minimum wage jobs. What did these people people do wrong? We as a society are taught to go to school, get a degree and then get a good job. Sometimes that's not enough when a white person can walk into the same interview without a dedree and get the job.

July 25, 2008
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Why on Earth is the iReport "Black in America" story the main cover story for cnn.com???  I go to cnn.com to get the news, not to read personal commentaries from random people.  There is more important news we should be focusing on instead of what it means to be "Black in America"...  For instance, the shooting at a community college in Phoenix.  I guess school shootings aren't as important as opinions from one demographic of American society that is only a part of a larger group of people.  Why is CNN spending so much time focusing on what is means to be "Black in America" when so many other relevant and important news stories are occurring constantly?  I am perfectly fine with the "Black in America" story being covered ONCE as a story, but why must CNN repeatedly report and expand and re-report the same issue  After seeing the main cover story on CNN's website be the same story over and over, I have stopped going to cnn.com as often because I already know what the headline will be:  "Black in America."  Enough already.

July 25, 2008
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Dear CNN,

 

I think you missed a big opportunity.

 

FIRST, WHO CARES?

So why should the other non-black, 88 percent of the population care?  You've missed an opportunity to point out why this is an AMERICAN problem; relevant to all citizens, not just for blacks. Poverty, failing public education, and pandemics certainly won't make any of us more competitive in this flattening world. If these problems are framed as racial, they won't get solved. (i.e. breast cancer is a public health issue, not simply a women’s issue for the gender to solve on its own).

 

NOTHING NEW

Why rehash what has been spewed for years? It's ironic that this program charges the "media" with negative reporting of blacks; meanwhile the more of the same is disproportionately presented here. "Success" stories were the sprinkled, incidental exceptions that were simply set up as contrasting points to cliché doom and gloom problems.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE NIGERIANS?

...and the Jamaicans, Panamanians, Brazilians, and any other blacks who would identify more with struggles of other immigrants (Indian, Chinese, Russian), than with those of African Americans. Disappointing that your broadest stroke didn't differentiate between "black" race and "African American" culture.

 

"GET OVER IT"?

Sorry folks, believe it or not, history does matter.

Will power, feel-good platitudes and "tough love" alone can't navigate a human spirit through a toxic environment of mis-education (cultural and academic) and non-existent infrastructure.

 

No matter I say.

 

WHAT'S AHEAD?

The last 40 years has been a blink of an eye compared to 400+ years of slavery; and to a nation of 232 years old (China has 3700 years on us).  Problems exist, true. But looking at our progress, I am highly optimistic despite these alarming problems.

 

Overall, I would be pleased if this program starts more conversations and action, even if it's just an acknowledgment that are fates are tied and we need to solve this together. Problems exist for us ALL in varying degrees (white males included). Let dissolve mis-perception through our repeated, principled efforts. 

 

For anyone who cares, I am an African American...here....in the US.  Ironically, it was my time abroad that was treated as American first and African American second.

 

P.S. Why the "rap/poetry intro" leading into the segments?  It was cute and I'm sure it was meant to provide some entertainment but took away from the gravity of issues at hand.

July 25, 2008
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GPW

I appreciated the program, and speakers raised a lot of valid points. I was, however disturbed by two things.

 

First, very few people made any suggestions about possible solutions or ways in which people (those of us not in positions of power and influence) can help to change the situation. Maybe they're saving that part for a sequel.

 

Second, several people said that black people who succeed in business or at school are sometimes labeled as "acting white". The comment gave me useful insight into some of my students, but it seems to me a form of self-inflicted racism. If success is defined as "white", what's left for anyone "non-white"? Non-success, i.e. failure.

 

All of us need to stop defining ourselves and our potential by our appearance (color, height, weight or whatever)and retire the whole idea of race, which was an artificial concept dreamed up to justify slavery in the first place (as in 'different and therefore inferior').

The only race that matters is the human race.

July 25, 2008
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CNN First and foremost thank thank thank you all for this. 

 

No really from the bottom of my heart thank you for going above and beyond, to give some a face to put with the voice.  I was really looking forward to this because I know you all do excellent reporting and tell wonderful colorful stories.  Trust me, I know I will never see anything like this on Fox News or BET. 

 

But... Is this how you chose to represent the "Black Man" in America?  Where is the balance?  We are more than drug dealers, convicts, confused identifiers, and fatherless men (that don't want to be fathers), or District Attorneys that think we're white, (besides no one cares if people think you act white, what do you think about yourself? And more importantly, how do you REPRESENT yourself?) 

 

What about the real black men that have achieved a great number of things and made contributions to this world?  Yes there are some dead-beat shiftless men out there but what about us-the educated, employed, fathers who have made our own way  and put slavery behind us.  Where were the young up-standing college students, those men between the ages of 21 and 35 that are doing well, making a difference and a name for themselves, THOSE MEN IN THE MIDDLE.  You all highlighted what you thought was the best and the worst, however, you missed the mark. 

 

I have a Bachelors Degree, work hard, volunteer my time, give to strangers on the street, appreciate all kinds of music (not just Hip-Hop), LOVE GOD AND JESUS, and symbolize the norm.  And what of the thousands of Black Soldiers fighting for this country? (You know the ones fighting for the  racist in this country, the ones that sit on their soap boxes spewing hate).  I don't feel like I nor these men were represented on this program...and that's what it really feels like to be BLACK IN AMERICA!  Always under or over represented.

 

And for those 88% non-black that "dont care"...well you should.  Why, because as slaves we helped build this country and continue to make a great deal of contributions to America, that's why you should care.  And these problems are the heaviest in the Black Community, Breast Cancer .vs. AIDS-do the math.  There is a cure for breast cancer (And I have two relatives fighting cancer as we speak so...)  Yes it's an America issue, but you all are so busy seperating everyone in this country, and making us look bad at every turn you get.  Every time I turn on the news it's about Barack Obama this and that, putting his every word and action under a fine microscope.  Hanging on every word to critique and discredit him: The Situation Room the O'Really heap and other programs alike.  

 

Every person in this country has ancestors from somewhere else.  The Native Americans are the real owners of this land!  Yes we can go back to Africa, just as you can go back to Ireland, Russia, England, Germany etc...this country was stolen away from it's original owners through trickery and force, ("The WM's/American Way", Tuskegee Experiments/screw Bill O'Really? NO OFFENSE...)Don't get me wrong I'm glad you all put this together and there is no place I would rather be but...I guess you all did the best you could. 

 

Next time hire some real producers and writers that are still "In Touch".  Lastly I think you all could have picked a better host/commentator who is less condescending and more understanding, towards the needs and the sensitivities of  "her own people".  I found her to be judgemental and arrogant at times. 

 

And the poet?  Why?  Maybe you could have bumped-in and out with excerpts from Obam's speech on racism, or Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" masterpiece, or statistics on the amount of black owned business' flourishing in this country.  So on and so forth.

 

Once again thank you for your programming and an outlet to talk

July 25, 2008
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The question is will racist hispanics vote for obama?

July 25, 2008
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they have no problem killing african americans but will they vote or can they vote?

July 25, 2008
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even though it was a good attempt to broadcast problems in black america, they didn't show the positive side or what the rest of the world is doing. i mean they said 49 percent of people killed or shot at were black... ok what about the other 51 percent? what about how the other people who are black and are doing something with their life. there are bad apples in all of america that aren't just black but they are every other race. i understand all of the problems but still... you don't just have to talk about all the negative stuff.

July 25, 2008
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listen, stop crying about what you do not have and take control of your life! we have all had struggles and its up to the person on what he/she does in their life.

July 25, 2008
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I was raised by a single parent and with Gods help she did a wonderful job and today I am a husband and a dad it was hard growing up but it was all worth it the hard times prepared me for life, because life is not always a bed a roses I got into some trouble as a youth nothing big but what made me get my life together was I was raised with morals and principles I am truly blessed!!!

July 25, 2008
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what you think is crying , is a true out cry of

 

Miscarriages of Justice

 

if your not black you may never know

 

if your are black you have diffrent perspecive  on things

 

you think its crying

 

but THE MAN calls it lying

 

and we keep on dieing

 

and they keep on Flying

July 25, 2008
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speaktruth95 » Very Clever on the wording that 80% of blacks are in jail for crack offenses yet 70% of crack users are white or hispanic. How bout this question..Of those 80% of mistreated, harrassed black folks,How many were DEALING the drug and what is the % of white DEALERS to black DEALERS? Maybe you could do a show about poor and White in America..We don't have a card to play when we get pulled over or don't get the dream job that we want or simply have a bad day. And as for the cops harrassing black people..LET'S SEE..when you wear your close past your butt, pantyhose on your head with a ball cap turned to the side and try to play the part of GANGSTA,( even though your a good kid) you'll be treated as a GANGSTA. The Cops don't know you! What's more threatening, three black guys in a boxed out monte carlo or three white guys in a NORMAL vehicle.Officers have every right to expect trouble when you roll around looking the part. I'm sorry, I'm far from being a racist, but alot of black people put themselves in the position there in then blame the system or complain to the most racist orginization in the world (NAACP) when they get in trouble. It's all the white man's fault...Please..get a life, quite blaming everything on white people and do something constructive already.

July 25, 2008
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I could totally relate to the interracial dating of the black lawyer in part two. I am a black male with a white girl friend. And I get those same stereotypes about not knowing my roots and being a trader. But what most ignorant people that say these things don't know is that I have dated black women all my life it just so happens that I am attracted to  white women as well and see my girlfriend beyond her color. Please check out richeyoung.blogspot.com and post your comments

July 25, 2008
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speaktruth95

 

you are speaking the truth but one thing were is the  contraband coming from ? How did it get in the city? How come you cant roll monte carlo down the street? When the three white guys in a NORMAL vehicle are transporting the contraband. But were did they get from?

 

answer me that

 

speaktruth-95db

July 25, 2008
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It seems to me that there is not only bias there also jealousy toward african americans even if we get a chance to express your selfves on cnn even on the blog

 

how could that be explained

 

I know black man can have Nothing

 

no freedom

no acre

no mule

no credit

no family

no home

no repatriation

no cooperation 

no consolidation

July 25, 2008
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I thought the documentary was good but lacking in the full range. Where is the story of the young black middle class family trying to make it in society? There should have been more emphasis on the black church and how instrumental it is in the black community. What about the voice of the barbershop talk and the no holds barred conversations that take part within? Show the first generation black college student trying to take the family legacy to the next level. What about the successful 20-40 year old entrepreneur? We need the full range not just the rural or southern blacks who live in poverty.  The light skinned vs. dark skinned battle that Spike Lee's School Dazed addressed.

July 25, 2008
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As a person that have travel around this great Country,I have a problem with Charles the Basketball player who use trash words on the other station and how  CNN have a person even speak about our black young race, also the ones that says in our inn city which they no long lives there

July 26, 2008

Soledad did a BRILLIANT job.

THANK YOU

July 26, 2008
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Soledad, as great as your report was, you missed one of the most important consequences of the school drop out problem. Dropouts do not vote. The system is only too aware of this and therefor pays little attention to the problem, in fact fosters it. Poverty can only, and only be solved through the political system. There is an old axiom "The squeaky wheel gets the grease". How true. The vote is the grease to stopping poverty. No vote, poverty continues. Blacks already have a very poor record of exercising the franchise. This is made even worse by the dropout problem. Blacks will always live in poverty and be underrepresented unless they vote in far larger numbers then they do now. All minority groups, except Blacks, have availed themselves of the vote in numbers proportinate to the population. Perhaps Barka Obama's candidacy will help somewhat in this direction. If not I continue to see more of the same. Get out of the pool halls and into the voting booth.

July 26, 2008
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Unfortunately, this is another play into victim mentality.  I wish the leadership would have the courage to stop blaming and encourage personal development.  That's why I love Obama.  He unashamedly challenges the victim mentality by encouraging personal responsibility for our own future.

 

Racism exists, plain and simple.  However,the folks who fought and died in the civil rights struggle were victims.  It is difficult to continue that argument today.  Is it harder for a person of color to achieve the American dream today?  Yes, it is more challenging than if I were caucasian.  However, it is not, I repeat, not impossible.  Just as it is difficult, it is certainly achievable.  Way moreso then it was for those who fought in the past for our current rights.

 

Folks, we of color will always encounter the unsaid, unseen racism.  The "look" and at times the exclusion are real.  But a victim mentality is more debilitating than underlying racism.  We must have the confidence and the belief that we can, we will. 

 

This confidence starts at the home.  The home is where it all begins.  Parents instill belief in a child and that strength of character, or lack of, determines the course of everyone's life.  Of course, it's an oversimplification to say this is all one needs, but to get through life's challenges - the overt and covert one's - you have to believe in yourself and your own character to get what you want.

 

And then there is perserverance.  There is no stronger trait than perserverance.  You can never give up.  Ever.

 

And lastly, moral fortitude.  Doing things the right way because it's right.  Good things will come.  They may not come instantly, but they will come.

 

Please CNN, stop perpetuating the victim mentality.  Honestly, I see that and it does not anger me, it saddens me.  If I had felt like a victim, I too would have felt defeated and angry.  I never gave up my culture for success.  I just never gave up. 

 

Again, it was never perfect for me.  I did get angry at the stupidity of racism, but it never beat me down.  I saw it as ignorant and tried, as my parents had taught me, to rise above it, be the better person.

 

It is not easy.  No way. And there is no "magic" bullet to find the cure.  But I think to start solving the problem it is important to recognize that we all play a part in racism.  Those that are racist might always be there.  But choosing to not be a victim is my choice.

July 26, 2008
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I am another black person unhappy with the content of the show.  I was hopeful that a balanced point of view would have been shown, instead a lot of the same out of unwed parents not being responsible for their actions was shown.  I have seen plenty of black people (with 2 parents or single parent) able to move ahead to raise a family without welfare, crime and drugs.  Why not include a couple of these families so that others can see that individual responsibility can make a difference in how you end your life story.

July 26, 2008
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Well the whole thing being put on national tv is absurd.  White, Black, Asian, Hispanic; it doesn't matter we are all the same united as one, here in the United States of America and for a National TV Network to publish a show that is called "Black in America" is CRAZY!!  Could you imagine what the black race would do if there was a special report on the way that white people live in America!?!  HAHA, that would be funny, actually it would be an outright riot!

 

And if the black race is doing so great then why did I have 2 cars stolen from my house in the last two weeks by young black kids.

 

And I am not a racial person, I just think that it is crazy to post such material on the news time and time again, "BLACK IN AMERICA", when there is so many other things going on that people of this country are worried about other than racial issues!!!

 

Oh well that is enough, I guess I will change the channel now.

July 26, 2008

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July 26, 2008
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Why is that if a "black" person is living in a poor community and cant get a job its because of racism?... but if a black person is in a nicer community and has a good job then they are acting white?

 

I have not one drop of racism in me but im sick of stuff like this. it is actually the only time I even notice people by there color.

 

We should focus on the forgoten neighbor hoods and helping the poor period not focusing on the fact that they are black and how its been so hard we can whine and whine for years but it doesnt matter.

July 26, 2008
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Now that the shows have aired, where are the SOLUTIONS?? We as a country must unite as ONE or we will not have to worry about terrorist from other countries. It's time for all of America to recognize, otherwise it will be at your front door steps before you know it and who will you blame.....  Gas prices, food prices, the Economy is what is important today and it's effecting us all in one way or another.   So we're not just Black in America, we're stuck in America, with little or no solutions.  Wake up America, it's time to come together!  It's time for a CHANGE.  Change is the inevitable, like it or not...........

July 26, 2008
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Thursday during the day I was exposed to Black Profiling on the New Jersey Parkway bye a New Jersey State Trooper. Timing is everything and I was exposed to something really wrong on Thursday in NJ. I was so glad this show was on Thursday night, because it was just hours before that I watched a New Jersey State Trooper pull over a car on the New Jersey parkway at road sign 81.2 at appox. 11.00am that was driving normal and at the posted speed limit along with three other cars mine being one of them ! This New Jersey State policeman car passes all of us by , went about five car lenghts ahead of the front car, and than slows down and goes behind the front car to pull it over. I was like "what did this car do?" we were all driving safely down the road not speeding. As I pasted the car I saw that the driver was Black, and I new that guy was pulled over because of that. I was so mad I wanted to call 911, and complain but I didn’t because I did not want to get myself targeted so I just drove on.

I swear that that car was profiled and pulled over because the driver was black. I am a white american and I am so pissed that this guy was treated this way.

If there was a way to contact the person and the state police and file a complaint I would, on behalf of this person.

July 26, 2008
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As a white woman married to a black man I have become more aware of the rasism that exists both between the races and even within the races. I have watched this series with much interrest.

I have watched as people in stores have followed my husband as if he were a thief based on nothing but the color of his skin. I have seen the nasty looks and heard the nasty comments made by other whites and other blacks when they see my husband and I together.

Watching these programs and listening to the discussions has been facinating.

I would like to pose a question and look forward to any one who would like to answer it. As a white person I often encounter blacks who assume that simply because I am white that I am racist and refuse to even allow themslves to know me before they make the assumption. So I guess my question is is how can we get past the assumptions? How does this prevent us from growing more and more separate? I feel unfairly judged as being a racist without having opened my mouth. I don't see how this can be overcome as long as we all assume anything about anyone based on the color of their skin. True intergration of all Americans can only happen if we all put aside assumptions and preconcieved notions and look at one antoher with open eyes and open hearts.

Great job keeping the conversation going, Soledad. I do believe that the more we get to know one another the more we find that our priorities are the same. Our families, our community and our country.

July 26, 2008
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I am from Somalia I saw the cnn program black in America I read all the comments and everyone is missing message. cnn just told white America that you are about have BLACK president and this is their way of life. This program is meant to bring Brack Obama dawn and cnn will run this program an tell everyone in America see it.  Please help to remove this cnn program black in America just look at their pole question   “Do you think America is ready for a black president?”

July 26, 2008
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Society creates a sterotype of the black man and therefore needs to deal with the lies that they have imposed on society as true or facts. The black community that I live in the black man is feared as if they are terrorist to america. You have black men accused of being pediphiles because girls are lying about there age, or mom wants a quick divorce has the child lie and dads in jail, or maybe there alibi wasn't good enough for the jury, I guess a person just can't be home alone sleep after working a graveyard shift or just alone at home in general.

July 26, 2008
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Black In America brought to light for all who wanted to see what exactly is going on in America!! For Black people, this is nothing new. I would like to now see CNN offer Solutions!!! It opened the door for more dialogue, we must get to the solution.....Racial profiling happens everyday in this country. Until all people are willing to step up and say enough is enough, it will continue to happen.  Corporate America is now trying to load level  by preaching diversity and moving minorities into positions that we were capable of filling many, many, years ago, yet no one was willing to give us a chance. I refuse to be a victim in my own country.  Instead, I remain an advocate for all people. When you do wrong, somehow sooner or later, it comes back to you. God says vengence is mine, so I choose to let go and let God handle it!!!  Just like he has changed the minds of corporate America, even if it was for their own selfish reasons (all mighty $),he will change the hearts and the minds of the foe.  It's happening, like no other times before.  Change is truly the Inevitable!!!!

July 26, 2008
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I didn't even bother to finish watching "Black In America" after ten minutes. Because I found it to be another fail attempt to reiterate what's wrong with the African American(NOT BLACK) community. But also it had all these grown people and Celebes on there saying the same thing. Over and over and over again. We are more than a tv special and the problem is much bigger than two or three hours of an aspect of an African American. It's deeper than "my father wasn't there" and more profound than "I graduated from college too.' We are a community, a people and the answer to each of our problems are within ourselves. I wish they would get "REAL" people on CNN and tell the truth. "REAL" as in how they're reality is the reality of us a community. I hear alot of debate and speculations on this taboo subject as if all are cries for help. Indeed they are, but the help is not telling the story its making our own story; to each its own. I do appreciate CNN's attempt to convey different sides and struggles of the African American community. WE NEED MORE THAN A SPECIAL! It's millions of African Americans in the U.S.A. and millions of different experiences, but what we do know we need to try and address. It's like some how we need to prove to others, (and ourselves) that we are and can be like who?????

 

Next time, CNN, you do a SPECIAL, you should have helped and contribute to the causes that is turning the tables in our African American community. I have SO much to say, but I know saying it will never measure up to doing it. My name is Harvey Williams and I'm a 23 year old AFRICAN AMERICAN(OH YEAH DID YOU NOTICE Mc Donald's commercials)

July 26, 2008
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This story needed to be told. Thanks to Soledad and the team that worked on this piece. As a black single mother, it brought out a lot of emotions in me...laughter,tears,pride but most of all.... OPTIMISM. As a people, we are a strong motivating force (both black men and women). My heart ached to see so many brothers in jail but we have to RISE UP!!! We cannot allow pressure and negative influence steer our lives.

 

Make our off-springs proud and prove to ourselves (not another race) that we are a phenomenal race. We can do anything we put our minds to and change the stereotype. Love ourselves more and NEVER allow anything or anyone to change that upward path to SUCCESS.

July 26, 2008
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"....cnn program black in America just look at their pole question "Do you think America is ready for a black president?""......YUP..ready has nothing to do with it....man we got work to do!

July 26, 2008
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Thanks for your program, Black in Ameroca, and for this chance to vent.

 

Let's be realistic. May I speak frankly? We all know there is prejudice out there in many forms and varieties and that it is woefully wrong and harmful. I have fought against this reality for years and will continue to do so. I will also vote for Senator Obama, not becasus he is Black but because he makes good sense and represents most of my perspectives. All persons should be treated with kindness and respect unless they prove otherwise.

 

That said, let''s be realistic. Little will change image wise until black behavior changes. They have to stay in school and get an education, stop killing each other, and robbing homes and stores. This is not prejudice but a statistical fact. and a moral crisis Only Blacks can make this change, and until it happens little if anyhting will change. in the image of Blacks. Seeing oneself primarily as victim will not do it. And it can not be written off simply as "Whitie's prejudice." That is too easy and politically correct. It is hard to have an open conversation or discuss differences with someone who can only see you as a racist. or liberal bigot. Reverse discrimination is rampant and pervasive. It, too ,is wrong. and unjust

 

Policemen put their lives on the line every day, and most of the crime comes from aggressive, confrontive Blacks. Teachers and school administrators - both Balck and Whjite -- know this in their schools, but do they feel free to speak the truth openly?. No. They would lose their jobs. Yet even many in the Black community know this and continue to pubically blame and denounce policemen and prejudice persons for the problems. The reality is that there is a crisis in our nation greater than gas or the economy, and it is coming mostly from Black young men and teenage pregnant young ladies! Who will stand and say ,Enough! "The Emperor has no clothes?" Few have the courage or will..

 

 

I realize this issue s more complex than stated here, but this reality needs to be acknowledged and addressed clearly. Unless we as individuals and as a nation can honestly acknowledge and address this obvious problem effectively nothing will change related to the image and fear of Blacks in general. --not all the successes and image breakers out there.. God bless them all. And unless your program has the courage to confront this reality squarely, it will just be just another entertainment piece based on ratings. Surprise me... "Tell it like it is."

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

jon in Atlanta

July 26, 2008
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Why is everyone looking at the black community like we started the violence in this country. Blacks in america play with the cards that life dealt. Drug trade was introduced to the black community as a way for young black men to help feed there families considering there fathers were incarcerated fighting for the rights that we as black americans are supposed to have but don't. The drugs that are now illegal, were once legal and used by physicians. The war on drugs has been societies way of destroying the black family now the way that lynching had in the early years. The black community has always been discriminated against in education and it continues to this day. Black children are targeted for abuse when being disciplined by their parents. This leads to fostering which is worst cause most foster parents are there for the check not the stability. The kids don't understand they just want there family, and the teens don't learn there lesson and begin to hide these feelings by hanging out with friends who possibly hustle because there family needs money which give society the gang name. The violence comes from territory to make more money (were american value lyes), which is what they see as normal. The black man has always been hunted as the bad person, this generation has inherited the bad man persona.

July 26, 2008
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Ms Suki -- There is some truth in your statement. I realize that. And we must relate to all people according to their character and not their racial or ethnic background. But few are willing or able to do that. It will not change until the image and behaviors of people change. I say "people" because it is a two-way street.  Blacks must change and non-blacks must change. We all must continue changing becasse their is no other choice.  The problem is that non-whites will not change their attitudes and images until the violent behavior of blacks changes, and BLacks will not change as long as they feel discrimated against and can continue to blame others. Why change when you see the problme as belonging to someone else?

How do we move beyond blaming and address the real problems we face daily?

July 26, 2008
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To once be viewed as less then human, to be treated by most human races with a lack of compassion. To deceive, and distort your history, to take away from your self identity, have your history stored with your livestock, to erase your history of your Indian heritage with those who suffered most of the same fate in suffrage at the time an then forth.

To never understand why the world viewed your race as a whole as less then human burying heritage with the cattle of the land because of the view of being in humane till this day justifying  harsh and degrading treatment, reflecting stereotypical views that cause mass environmental schizophrenia views with and toward blacks in America.

Without proper knowledge of God a man is capable of doing and believing anything, knowing you can only give what’s been given to you as well as share unless you choose to learn something that agree or disagree with the common view.

When I get angry now about mass injustice that would be lacking in end time that I must endure to the end, I turn to the word of God that told me so in order that the works of God made be made manifest in behalf of those who suffer the lawlessness of man.

July 26, 2008
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RESPONSE AND DISCOVERY

 

Thanks for bringing the issue, problems and challenges confronting Blacks in America. What I see is a race like any other surviving political and social challenges but have learned to survive good or bad.  I think a lot more education about all races their worth, contributions and challenges should be taking up at all institutional levels.

 

Some changes are needed urgently in the following areas: Change in perception and knowledge about Blacks,Black potentials and contributions to the races of mankind.  Acknowledging Black self worth in terms of knowing that  many Black royals were living and still living in America untouched by slavery in 17th century. That black history in America and the world do not start from slavery.

 

Also, Knowing that Poverty is not Black problem. Blacks are the richest race on the face of the earth with raw materials for industrial and commercial development far exceeding any continents or areas of the world. But blacks have not learned to convert these materials in to goods and services to improve the economy prosperity of the world. Instead Blacks have been dependent on others to convert these materials into goods and services while they prefer to sell them raw and buy the end product later.

 

Sad to say that the media may have contributed to promote and diminished Black identity by showing negative images and pictures about Black poverty in Africa and America. But know one is documenting about the wealth of Africa and Blacks around the world.

 

It is about time for blacks to start thinking that they are strategically placed to make enormous industrial and commericial contributions in the world. Black male globally have abundance resources to an extent he does not have to rely on street drugs,unlawfull means or behaviors to survive or occupy another for survival.

 

However,Black males have not been educated about their vast potentials.  Educating black leadership in this respect is urgently needed. Also, I see sprituality as strength of the black family. Right now spritual emphasies does not go far. Majority of seminaries that train black leadres are focus on God, death, dying, judgment, and future world.  This has to change.

 

We should focus theology from God to the heaven and earth (See Genesis 1:1)The earth holds the resources of the world and the heaven space exploration.  Imaging if black leaders train to focus on God,Heaven and resources on the Earth what difference it will make in black contribution and development.  I have listened to your documentary on black men making babies and taking off.

 

You should know that the behavior of making babies falls under creative responsibility to be fruitfull and multiply. Knowledge of when, abstainance and how is critical to black male and black female reproductive responsibilities to society. It is shame that the whole issue of reproduction or be fuitfull and multiply have been limited to abortion.   

 

Therefore, the documentrary should now lead the way to the next step of developing interventions to diminish the symptoms of black problems. Problems generally created by lack of knowledge. The best place to start is looking at black strategic strengths within and without including black attitude responsibilities towards God, heaven and earth. Not untill we focus theological and circular education on God, Heaven and Earth and Black creartive responsibilities in the world the problem we now have will continue to increase. 

 

Finally, why do we continue to have universities that are not leading in inventions or taking lead in creative responsibilites towards the heaven (astrony)and earth(biolgy, cheministry, physic, medicine, manufacturing and commerce? Black children education should be rooted in three dimensions God, Heaven and Earth. This will make a big change in society. I hope this response will find a place in your program.

 

I am confident that the strategic potentials, morals and welcoming sprits of blacks in the world gives me hope that if Blacks are educated about their potentials,creative responsibilites and contributions in the world they will improve and rise to the challenge.

 

Awareness is key and your program have taking the lead.  There is urgent need to bring togeather thinkers of differnt disciplines to work on propose solutions or interventions for your next segment. I discovered that majority of folks that I have worked with in jail did not complete school and have no knowledge of the law that they were accused of breaking and sent to jail or prison for.  A vigorous education in this area is urgently needed. I teach my children about crime against person and property so that they are aware and not fall in to trouble with the law. I will stop here and entertain questions.

July 26, 2008
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Black in America is a good special that CNN has put together.  But I do have to ask this--when is White in America going to premiere?  There's two sides to every story, so lets hear them.  I understand there is racism everywhere in this world, from all races.  I see it at work and in my neighborhood.  It is a sad truth, but many choose to not see it.  I work in what most would consider the projects, and I see first hand what goes on there.  All races have bad appples, but it seems the hardest thing to do, is to not focus on them.  Blacks see whites as racist because they haven't had the exposure to decent whites.  Some whites see blacks as less simply because there is a stereotype that goes along with a black man/black woman with sagging pants, big rims, and the hip-hop look.  Not all blacks are ghetto.  Not all whites are racists.  Once we, as a people, can grasp this, we can move on.  Unfortunately, the Presidential election has brought out a tremendous divide in the races.  In my working environment, almost every door I see has an Obama '08 sticker on it.  Obama may be the better choice for president, but at the same time, McCain could possibly be just as good.  It seems blacks don't want to give McCain a chance, just because blacks, as a race, see the opportunity to vote in a black man.  There are going to be people who vote for Obama because he is black.  There will be people who vote for McCain because he is white.  I fear there will be an even greater divide once the election is over.  No other race celebrates its own month like blacks do, and no other race has a special on CNN focused directly on them.  Why can't there be a month set aside for whites, asians, latinos, etc.?  I think that simple point is driving the racism in this country.  There is a tinge of spite with whites, because they are not celebrated, or able to celebrate their heritage without seeming racist.  Minorities try to keep the majority in line, and by doing so, drive a wedge deep into this country's soul.  See each other for who the other man can be, not for what has happened in the past.

July 26, 2008
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1987 gta>>  this is a joke,every day is white history!!

July 26, 2008
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I am offended by this segment are you serious. Can someone please tell me why after decades of this single mother syndrome CNN decides to focus on it now and why black single mothers.On top of it where did CNN find some of these people. I dont know if this was ment to be empowering or a slap in the face. Its odd that once "OBAMA" became a canidate for the White house the world has been on this race issue.Is the White house ready for a man of african decent? What kind of poll is that? Why not all the other presidents have been white and we've havent seen any spectacular turn of events. Lets all agree it time for change! To any person that is a racist GROW UP AMERICA IS A MELTING POT, AND THE ECONOMY IS SINKING US ALL... 

TO: My sistas

My sistas so strong and couragous I applaud you if noone else does! The revolution is now it begins in our homes we must not allow america to think that we all are what they have depicted on this segment. I knOw the daily struggles I am a single black mother and have been for 15yrs. I have two stong young men who will be stong black men! Not because they need to be but because they have to be. My son has been invited to the presidential inaguration in January both my sons are honor roll student. I teach my sons responsibility,the importance of education,to be respectful,to be strong men, and I continously take my children out of their element they are well traveled. I am self sufficient, stong ,and gorgeous might I add *lol. I am not what i've saw on CNN, I am all of you single mothers that stand on your own two feet and refuse to be defeated. Never be ashamed of your situation stand tall let the world see that beautiful thing can grow in any enviorment."Prime example OBAMA" My sistas please don't feel sorry for yourselves stand up be a father & a mother if thats the position your in. We have to stand up and break this cycle by raising better men and women. Where there a will there is a way. If history has taught us nothing else it has taught us that we always overcome. Sure this single mother syndrome has been raining on us or decades, but let our children be the sunshine. Like they say let the past be the past.... keep it moving our children are the future.

MY SISTAS LIVE,LOVE,LAUGH, AND STAY STONG

July 26, 2008
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I always hear black people talking about what all they've been through. My question is, what have they been through? Are they just creating a sob story so someone will help them? Why not just say, "I need help. Can you help me?" I'm related to many black people and as far as I can tell they haven't been through anything. A few suffer through alcoholism but I think all races have people with similar problems. Unless you've lost most of your family because of homicide, I argue you probably haven't been through that much.

July 26, 2008
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Question: Many black folk are already making it. We all know it. What is the difference between these successful men and women and the others who never finish school, cannot spell or write a coherent sentence, and end up either in prison or on welfare?  I would like to hear your views as well as what you believe can be done to intervene and break this continuing cycle?  I will read and listen. Seriously...

July 26, 2008
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how about being left in a hospital by your drug addicted  mother, raised by a abusive stepmother that only delt with you because of your father,being resented by your sister, having your brother the only person that truly loved you shot and die in your arms, or myself maybe being shot 2 times befor age 18,or raising two boys on my own. is that enough emotional distress for you or must i go on this is no sob story this is my life and trust theres alot more. Do I feel sorry for myself NO all i've been through has made me who I am and I'm proud of me i don't look for validation. It is not always that easy to ask for help sometimes only you can help you......Struggles are real and they do exsist maybe that sob story is a cry for help!

July 27, 2008
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I am aware that there are many black americas that daily are being productive. We must first understand if their situation is related to circumstance or choice because there is a diffence. The ones that are in true dispare and  truly need services to empower them to need to take action there are so many of us that are not self motivated in all races as far as welfare there has to be a system similar to the welfare to work program or cal-works that forces individuals to find employment these programs allow welfare parents to get education, daycare vouchers, and job hunting skills they get up like a 9-5 go to the welfare building and attend classes work shops and so on. this doesnt allow them to just sit 2 home and collect a check. It is up to the individual to take advantage of these opportunities. As far as jail sweetheart that goes into the home, schools,and society. There has to be more programs implemented for our youths summer jobs and after shool programs are not plentyful. Washington,dc is in the works of closing closing to 10 schools. When theres nothing to do children find thing to get into. How can we stress education when education is last on the agenda. The judicial system was not implemented for reform if it was they would make it mandtory for inmates to take education training @ least when your @ your 2 year mark to be released "you go to jail with no ged you leave the same way" tell me how can this person get out of jail and be a productive citizen. they give them $200 at release and expect them to go out and find employment its hard enough for educated people to gain employment let alone a unemployed criminal so what happens they end up going back. To this day there nothing to learn in jail except survival. I have had family that were incarcerated some still are I dont send care packages haved helped several by paying for corresponence course for them several of them are out and doing well. Ive even been paid back *lol

July 27, 2008
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A Prayer After watching Black in America on CNN: My praise for all the souls of black men and women in this country who are somehow making it in this world and against all the odds. My concerns and prayers are for those poor blacks who are caught in the viscious cycle of crime and violence, killing and robbing, unable to spell or form a complete written sentence, and who drop out of school and end up pregnant, in prison, and/or on perpetual welfare. It is a crisis in our country more serious than gas or the economy. May God help us all to understand why some souls are able to break free and succeed while others remain caught, seemingly forever, at the bottom of the social and moral pit! Move us beyond our pious, liberal pity O God, and grant us vision and wisdom to aid and not hinder. God help us all! Amen

July 27, 2008
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I'm Black in America and I would rather have watched a documentary called "White in America". I would love to understand how "White" people were born believing that they set the standard for living. Notice how almost every comparison made was White/Black. America is more than just White and Black people. Most people know about Black people, so this was no newsflash. I'm sure Soledad will probably receive numerous awards for this piece, but where is "Indian", "Arab", or "Asian" in America? Just Black people as usual allowing people to lay out our dirty laundry for the whole world to smell and see and usually use against us. As if people don't already know all the crap that Black people have been through and still live with everyday in America. In my 35 years I have never seen a story about White people and all the negative crap they have experienced or put others through, past or current, including stealing land, killing people, enslaving people, and reaping the benefits of free labor in one documentary. Now that would be something to see!

July 27, 2008
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We are ALL corrupt and guilty, but we are all in this crazy world together. We must either sink or swim together.

Thank all of you unknowdn folk who are daily contributing to the solutions in our sociey and in your own quiet personal lives. We praise you all in the name of God and our common humanity.  The solutions seem to be both personal AND social. Let's keep all our hands on the plow!

July 27, 2008
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hello everyone and anyone who might read this. the cnn airing of black in america is somewhat ironic in it's timing.my name is elbert s. milburn,"wimpy" to those who knew me as the one that had to drop out of p.s. dupont in 1971.i say this because i left wilm,de. in 1974 to be in the air force,only stayed in for 1yr. 7 months and 29 days at brooks afb san antonio,tx. I met a woman from Hou.Tx.while I was in San Antonio,and when I was discharged in '75 I went straight to Hou. to be with my new girlfriend.Remember,those that know me know that I am BLACK and choosing to try and make a life in a brand new place,no contacts,no friends,no relatives,just the belief that being from the East Coast is an advantage in itself. I eventually found out how hard starting your life can be without your h.s.diploma,especially when you are 1500 mi. from the people that care about you.From 1976 to 1977, 2 sons were born.I was in a hospital kitchen,and as a warehouseman next but in 1979 I was blessed with the inspiration to be better.I was blessed with the birth of my 1st-born daughter.That is what inspired me to take what I got from the Air Force,get my G.E.D. and then go to college.I was a med.serv.spec. in the AirForce so upon getting my GED in '79 I chose the medical profession as my field of study.Of those fields I chose applied sciences because radiology was my field of interest.I knew a career in radiology would take care of my family,but I'm the kind of Black Man that won't let anyone raise my daughter but me.I always wanted her to be proud of her father,not because I'm the high school drop-out that could, but like I said,want my daughter to be proud of her father.My children were babies when I was in college in 1980,I worked,watched the kids,and went to college to become the 1st MALE student of the yr.upon graduation in '82.After 25yrs. as a registered radiographer I retired after suffering a stroke in 2006 and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As I was saying,cnn is a little bit late on this one.I am Black,I was a high school drop-out,I even had a new home built in Hou.Tx. in 1995(13702 Misty Bluff Dr.),Staff Radiographer for hospitals in Houston.CNN,where were YOU? There's even more that THIS high school drop-out can tell you just about life.

July 27, 2008
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Soledad,

 

The issues covered were basically a recap of information that is already known. I firmly believe that "bad decisions" plays a major role in an individual's life as well as "choices" that are made. Racism is very much alive for people of color; slave mentality still exists for many individuals as we approach 2009.

 

The job of the media is to reach/inform the audience of news, currents events, entertainment, etc.  In my opinion, the mainstream media has taken a turn for the worst in some arenas with the delivery of such.  As far as race is concerned, incidents that involve blacks, especially of a negative nature, is delivered in the most derogatory form and over sensationalized to the fullest extent.

 

When you have black individuals who constantly use the excuse that the white man won’t let them get ahead, it’s just that, “an excuse.”  While this is the common excuse for many, our race needs to think outside the box in this day and age; they will continue to suppress themselves because they don’t come together as a race.

 

There are many successful African Americans that we are aware of Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Tyra Banks, etc.  These individuals are popular because of the media; however, what about African Americans who are not talk show hosts, athletes, and models?

 

The media seems to have a guideline of delivering the worst or the best (and the best always includes movie stars, athletes, models, etc). I cannot catch every news program, bio, profile, etc, but in my years of watching, I have come across very few stories of success for people of color. It is often displayed in print, but it's hardly displayed via the television. The coverage of such is minimal, why? Maybe because mainstream media overlooks that category, which will shed positive light on Black Americans.

 

Black in America was a two-part special show for two nights, would CNN be willing to do the same for "Black in America - Successful Blacks" (no celebrities included)? There are many blacks that are not on drugs, there are many father's who are in their children's live, there are many families who instill morals, values, and religion in their households. For once let's dedicate a series in a positive light for Black Americans. Every race in the US today has problems, yet there is so much negative press on the black race.

 

Being black in America is an issue for other races and it will continue to be. We deal with racism from day to day; however, as blacks, we need to move ahead and stop suppressing each other within our own race.

 

Regards,

 

Angel

July 27, 2008
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I just watched the Cnn special report Black in America. I am a black man. It didn't workout with my daughter's mother. But I try very hard to be a good father. On the special, there was alot of needed attention placed on black men to take responsiblity for the children they father. As a black man this is paramont. It takes both parents to raise a child. However, the special never looked at the females! Now before anyone gets upset. it takes two. In the special. There was a woman how was upset that her daughter's father showed up late to her birthday party. Then later we find out she is pregnant again with twins. I don't understand why she would have a child out of wedlock or outside of a committed relationship. Condoms and birth control, these are important for both men and women. Take responsiblity from start to finish. We have to do better.

July 27, 2008
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Well, it is happening again.  The employees that have had nooses tied are afraid to go before the local news and discuss the racial inequality that takes place on the job. It is so sad.  But, so true Black in America means you can't trust the courts.  Believe me I know.  I just heard about the law that they want to stop affirmative action.  Well, I know  you won't have any fathers taking care of their children and the women will not be doing very well either.  We wre at least 2 for one.  But, when it is no longer necessary then blacks won't get jobs at all!! At least not a job that will pay more that minimum wage.   I wonder who told the government that we are now hiring based on skills and ablilities.  When I go to our mall only the stores that have the global stores and are following major guide lines have blacks or any person of color.  In job I work only housekeepe.

America hasn't made it!!

The schools.  What a joke. Our children would be better off being taught by adults that want to see them be successful. Often our children will be treated as if they are too aggressive at 4-7.  ANd if they get to be teens then it is major problem for they.  THey aren't encouraged and groomed to be successful. No they are treated as if they don't have a chance and aren't given the same teaching as the white student.? Sitting in the  classromm but not encouraged to learn

 

Tired of the life of black in America.  I will continue to stive to raise my young black males to not have children before marriage.  Be wise and get their education.  And believe in themselves! AND don't trust the system.  THe courts aren't for them so set high standards so hopefully they can avoid contact with the legal system.  

 

The banks are corrupt they prey on blacks with predatory leading practices.

 

It just makes me tired.  and when I watch specials like yours it make me want to just scream.

July 27, 2008
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youve touched the surface barely and in a very sterile way. too sterile to be real but one topic thinking black americans will ask is does our government make it easier to get a degree in prison on the taxpayers dime than to get one without prison while being in prison keeps a person from employment when he gets out. the system is rigged for everyone but since we're talking black in america....

July 28, 2008
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Blacks in America

I think CNN should do a documentary on racism, not just one race but all races. all races get discriminated against. all races should be proud of who they are.

we need to put more thought in how to better mankind than how to help there own race. it is selfish... race will always be an issue if we keep dividing each other.

I think people should stop using race has a tool to hate and as a excuse.

July 28, 2008
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I will never watch a show that represents just one race and judges another race and makes the other race look like they are all nasty rude people.

There is racisim in all races.  There is hatred in all races.  It is not one-sided.  There is black racist, white racist, hispanic racist, etc.....Not everyone is a racist, not everyone hates the other race, and it is not fair or right to judge other people that way.

We don't owe anyone anything in this Country, if the blacks feel they are owed because of slavery against their ancestors, then the white people that fought against slavery (which would be our ancestors) and died fighting for the blacks freedom, then that means that we are owed something too>  We want our payment, our Thanks and we want our ancestors not to have died in vain for the blacks freedom.

This show that CNN decided to air, is nothing more than a racist, biased, rude, one-sided show.  When are they going to do a show on how blacks affect whites and white history???  Probably never. 

You live how you want to live, no matter what race you are it is a hard life.  Whites get screwed over just like blacks do, whites go to jail just like blacks do, some black cops hate white people just like some white cops hate blacks, some stores discriminate against whites just like some stores discriminate against blacks, there are white fathers that don't take care of their children, just like there are some black fathers that don't take care of their children.....do you see the pattern here????

The white communities are tired of hearing the "pity party" from the blacks, we are tired of hearing about the race card, we are tired of hearing that it is our fault that the blacks are where they are today because of something that happened over 200 years ago.  We had no control and still don't have control over what happened to your ancestors, and if you haven't got over it yet after all these years, then that is your problem, not ours.  If you haven't made your life better after all those years (of course I really don't think any of the blacks are over 200 years old...LOL) then don't go crying to the whites or the Government.

Get over it, get on with your life, grow a backbone and overcome your so-called anguish.  Quit blaming everyone else for you down-falls, your way of life, your life in general, we owe you NOTHING and you will never get nothing from me or my family who faught for your ancestors freedom, because some of my ancestors died for your ancestors freedom, so do you owe me????  No, because I would never take anything from anybody, becasue what happened in the past, is in the past and nothing I say or nothing you do will bring back the family that I lost.  And I hold no grudges against any blacks for that.

July 28, 2008
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CNN's recent presentation of Black in America raised several issues confronting the African American population. The documentary examined issues varying from single parent families, education, and interracial dating. The statics presented in the documentary did manage to detail some of the continued struggles faced by people of African decent in the United States. Soledad O’Brian relied primarily on Michael Eric Dyson and Roland Fryer to explore topics dealing with African Americans. O’Brian’s reliance on these two individuals as the ultimate authority on issues facing black America, depreciates the value of the documentary. O’Brian could have ascertained a more varied viewpoint by interviewing a broader spectrum of individuals. It seemed as if both the opinions of Dyson and Fryer were the driving force behind the documentary.

 

The documentary focused too heavily on the victimization of the African American individual. The story has been told for decades of the ill that has plagued the black community. While racism no doubt contributes to an extent to the issues facing African Americans, there comes a time where the focus on these struggles need to be directed inwards. Black America should begin to examine with urgency their own actions as it relates to their current state of affairs in this country. America has come a far way in paving a better path for African American compared to the 1960’s. I admit that there is still a long way to go. But perhaps we need to focus less on the issue of race relations and more on the plight of the poor. The struggles facing African Americans, such as increased school drop out rates, poor living conditions, high prison incarcerations, and low college enrollment, is descriptive not only of the African American, but of poor individuals nation wide. In many developing countries we see the same situation facing the extremely poor population.

 

It may be argued without a doubt that African Americans form a larger pool of the economically deprived, and therefore we may be led back to the discussion of race. However, in the documentary one important statistic detailed the high rate of absentee fathers in African American families. These single parent families almost always reveal declining conditions for the children involved. Children raised in single parent families are more likely to underperform in schools, and get involved in criminal activity. There is an absence of good male role models available to young men for them to emulate. I do believe that this situation contributes significantly to the plight of the African American population in America.

 

To continually play the role of victimization ignores the issues of which only African Americans have control. In the American collegiate environment we see annually the success rate of international students from around the world, many of which are of African decent. These individuals tend not to carry the baggage of racism, and a victimized mentality. Instead they conclude that they are just as capable as anyone else, and deserve the best. Until young African Americans realize that their destiny is in their hands, they will always continue to face adversity. Playing the race card all the time, and being a victim does not yield success. Success comes from the realization of self worth, and the determination and focus toward specific goals. Maybe if more people focused on the importance of building strong and solid nuclear families then the condition of the African American will improve more greatly. Less emphasis needs to be placed on the degrees of victimization, and more on self determination.

July 28, 2008
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I did not like this "documentary".  In our everyday lives

what do we see. If you look around and see a person of any

race in the same store, neighborhood, etc. maybe they are

doing as well as everyone else, or maybe you aren't doing as well as they are.  I hate documentarys that try and

define one group or another, usually done for self serving

interests instead of real education, especially if done in negative context as CNN portrayed.  That's why instead

of watching a negative documentary,  I step outside of

my door, and see the real world,  successful people of

all races.  What happens when one underestimates a group

of people?  When you step into the real world, you look

silly when the stereptypes don't match.  Let's all move

beyond this.  I expected CNN to take the lead.

July 28, 2008
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I believe Shopmom said it well put. We tell our children all the time to grow up and get over it. Everything happen in the past, why are we dwelling on it. Its done and over. I am tired of hearing that our prison system is made out to be the slavery of Blacks. If you wouldn't do the crime, then you wouldn't be doing the time.

July 28, 2008
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Well folks, here I go again:

As I see it, Soledad O'Brien and her cohorts have intentionally damaged Barak Obama's candidacy by airing this misrepresentation of Blacks in America. She has allowed non blacks to view their idea of who they think the black man is and how we should be portrayed and understood. She has fueled the fear in non blacks in the same way Willie Horton was presented to the public. Remember him? Uninformed non blacks (yes there are a lot of them) will now feel that Obama will be a sympathizer to those blacks  and allow them to profit off the backs of the "hard working" non blacks. If Obama even hints at affirmative action, he can forget about the presidency. McCain opposes it. Obviously so does Soledad O'Brien and CNN.

IF YOU CONTROL THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION, YOU CAN CONTROL THE MASSES. Some people believe what they see and hear in the news. Some news  programs will outright lie in order to obtain the results they are looking for. The news is shaped in such a way as to convince the viewer to adopt the presenters point of view. With this tactic in mind, Soledad did a superb job in indoctrinating the people, particularly non blacks, into the false perceptions of who Blacks in America are. Just read some of these blogs to get an idea of what I'm talking about.

It becomes important to know Soledad's background and her feeling's toward black men. It should be noted that she is married to a white man. Not that that in itself is bad, but it becomes an issue when she chose to do an expose on black men. We know that CNN is not balanced neutral news program in their politics or opinions ex. Campbell Brown, Lou Dobbs, etc. You are what you eat. So on and so on.

I am just so incensed about this matter because I am a hard working black man who has accomplished so much in life only to see it all undermined, overlooked, degraded and stepped on by someone who knows nothing about being Black in America. Blacks in America are from all over the world and as a whole have risen above what she portrays us to be. We have moved on. We are CEO's, educators, ministers, scientists, musicians, dancers, politicians, actors,producers, head of state, inventors, law enforcement agents, mothers, doctors, fathers who care for our families, wealthy, middle class, hardworking and so on and so on. It appears that Soledad is stuck in the past. She needs to get a grip and keep it moving!

Grace and Peace

July 28, 2008
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i did not like or appreciate this program. It did not show the black america that the majority of blacks know and are a part of. If 1 in 6 black men are in prison...really?    Can we please talk about the 5 that aren't?  The show was very negative and it's premise, Soledad O'Brien, the content, and the overall format are themselves examples of being black in America. Stereo typed, extremely misunderstood as a community, and yet again unjustly portrayed by the media. I found it offensive, I was disgusted at some of her questions/comments and i actually found myself becoming very angry . I hope other races and cultures realize that this is an incorrect portrayal of an entire race. Realize that entire races, cultures and people can not be lumped summed into 4 hours.  Spewing statistics and horrific statistics, images and items that are not generic "black people" concerns.  All blacks are not from the projects, oppressed, convicts, drug addicts or single mothers with no fathers.  Many issues projected as Black issues are socio-economic issues that affect financial class brackets regardless of race or nationality and not only the black race. Why was the show not hosted and presented by a black reporter? I feel had this happened it may have been a more realistic, more positive image of a people. I do not respect this documentary at all and the only reason I will allow my children to watch it is to show them how ignorance views them and prejudges them and to remind them that ignorance is but a small stepping stone in them reaching their goals. That's what is black in America. I chose to deny this program as any representation of my community and Soledad O'Brien will definetly not have any support from me in any credit she may receive from this insulting piece of journalistic mess. She and CNN next need to create "White in America", "Latin in America", "Asian in America" Etc.  Perhaps if she did "Cuban/Australian in America" she and CNN may get it right.

July 29, 2008
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Soledad didn't ask our permission to air her misguided fakeumentary. We are not asking for handouts. We are not holding onto the past. Most black folk are working hard everyday trying to eke out an appreciable way of life for themselves and their families. I live in a middle class black neighborhood. You should see all these fine black women, yes, the fine women and men going to work in the morning. They don't appear to be on drugs or running from the police. Whose crying? As a black man, I am probably doing better then a lot of non blacks and God knows, I work hard.. 

The agenda is to get the non black upset and from what I have been reading, they are successful at doing it. I wonder how many non blacks have changed their vote from Obama to McCain after the airing of this sitcom. Did you see the rapping guy introducing each segment? Wasn't he funny? He set the tone for the remainder of the series. It was all contrived.

Shopmom, black people are not crying, Soledad and CNN are! They are afraid of our strength, our resilience, our determination and our tenacity. We are moving on. Soledad and CNN have an agenda and it isn't good. They want to bring out your rage so that you will turn against the black man - secure your non vote for Obama. Trickery in the making.

Soledad and CNN are lying on us. We don't believe it and you shouldn't either.

Grace and Peace

July 29, 2008
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I love many aspects of the little I know of African-American culture.  Other than my friends at work, I haven't had much exposure to it.  I've found most of the black people that I have really gotten to know to be wonderful, intelligent, self-effacing, creative people.

I find the African-American sense of belonging enviable as well.  I've certainly never felt a bond to other white people I'm not acquainted with the way that black people obviously care for one another.

In contrast to what some earlier whites have posted here, I can't really relate to the plight of blacks as I have certainly never felt at a disadvantage as a white male.  I know what I know, and I know who I know. 

There seems to be a cycle that I certainly don't know how to break.  As I white man, I don't consciously try to hold black people back, but I think sometimes I inadvertently do. For instance, if I find out about a job opportunity, I refer a white person usually.  Why?  Not because I don't like black people, but because most of the people I know are white.  And as I stated earlier, since all of my black friends are work friends, ALL of the people I know that are looking for work are white.

The clear answer to breaking the cycle is accepting each other and growing together, but I don't know how to do that either.  I want black children to have the same opportunities that my children have, but I find that I'm not willing to sacrifice much to make that happen.  I watch shows like Black in America, and I see the troubles with bad public schools and high crime, and I think that it would be great if those kids could go somewhere like the schools my kids go to, but how did I select the schools my kids go to?.....I went to a real estate agent and asked for the schools with the highest test scores in the state, and the areas with the lowest crime rates.  Where did that put me?....  A long long way from any of those problems.

So I'll raise my two white kids in an 95% white school where they'll get great educations, and they'll hopefully move on in life happily the same way that I have...bright..."well-adjusted"...knowing the right people.  And when they grow up and the time comes that they learn of a great job opening that needs to be filled, who will they refer?  More white people because thanks to me, that's all they know too.  In the end, I've just continued the cycle.

I feel guilt.  Not for the actions of my ancestors.  I feel no responsibility for the actions of dead people I did not know, and not because I think black people need white people to help them succeed.  I just think that EVERYONE needs help to succeed, and at just 13% of the population black people could use the help of some others, but I'm apparently too selfish to lend much of a hand.

July 29, 2008
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Why everything black got to be soooooo! depressing or  negative,that just go to show us that no matter how hard we try we can never be seeing as equals...the real KING OF KINGS HAILE SELLASSIE said it best in his speech to the league of nation UNTIL THE COLOR OF A HUMAN SKIN IS OF NO MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN THE COLOR OF HIS/UNTIL BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT JUST FOR SOME BUT FOR ALL.an in my opinion civil-rights movement was a BIG J.O.K.E.and for that matter MARTIN LUTHER king jr was a puppet for those white boys.P.S..YAWEH!! is the only way

August 1, 2008
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August 16, 2008
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Black in America

 

This is what it’s like to be black in America.  Black in America means not having any rights when a racist police department and judicial system cover the crimes committed by whites against blacks.  Black in America means having a racist media participate in covering crimes committed by whites against blacks.  In some cases, the media’s own family members commit or are involved in crimes against blacks.

This is for Michael Ogbuozobe.  On Friday night of April 29, 2005, Michael, a Brainerd High School student and an 18-year-old AA male from an indigent family, was struck down while crossing the street after he got off from working at a restaurant on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The white male driver that hit him was twenty years old. There were five other white teens in the vehicle whose ages ranged from fifteen to nineteen years old.  Michael’s family maintains that faulty evidence and lying witnesses from the driver’s community of about six thousand in population, and all of whom know each other, the driver, and the passengers in the vehicle kept this white male out of jail.

Other claims by Michael’s family:

•     The police tampered with evidence to keep the driver and the passengers out of jail.

•     The police report is full of inconsistencies about the driver’s record and other events.

•     The driver, in a slip of the tongue, said he participated in a wedding of one of the police officers that worked on the scene of the incident.  It is the police officer who took pictures of the incident but did not take any pictures of Michael as he lay fatally wounded on the street.  This officer lives in the same community as the driver.

•     The spill of “whatever” was on the street in pictures that the above officer took did not look like human blood at all and it didn’t have the red color of the blood on the window where Michael’s head hit the window.

•     Michael did not dart out into traffic and he didn’t get hit where the driver claims he hit him.

•     Their attorney refused to get any film from businesses on Gunbarrel Road because the film would have shown that these individuals lied about where Michael was struck down.

•     The driver’s license was expired when he hit Michael.  Their attorney knew this and withheld this and other information from them.

•     The driver hit Michael as he crossed Gunbarrel Road inside the crosswalk.

•     The security agency covering the perimeter where this incident occurred said they didn’t have any film.  Yet a few years before this incident, they had film of another Black male running across this same intersection on Gunbarrel Road after he stole from a store.

•     The driver’s and passengers’ parents, some of whom work at local hospitals, violated HIPAA policy by spreading rumors that Michael had drugs and alcohol in his system when the driver hit him.

•     In 2007 the family found out, from the driver’s father in a slip of the tongue, that the driver’s mother worked at the hospital where Michael died.  They made a complaint at the local hospital to the health information management officer.

•     Whenever they tried to contact the HIM officer after they made their complaint, they were always told this person was out of the office or out for the day.

•     The more they try to prove the driver was at fault when he hit Michael, the more certain whites in Chattanooga in positions of power keep covering for this white male driver and the white passengers from Ooltewah, Tennessee.

•     It is now 2008 and they still receive harassment phone calls from the driver, passengers, their parents, and their cohorts whenever they try to pursue the truth about Michael’s death.

Facts:

•     According to police protocol, a sobriety test and a drug test are given when a vehicular incident involves a fatality.  The police report shows that this was not done.

•     There are other inconsistencies in the police report.

•     Local news stations did not film the scene of the incident.  The parents of one of the passengers in the vehicle have ties to the media and are employed at a well-known university.  Another relative of the same passenger worked at the courthouse in Chattanooga.

•     Businesses on Gunbarrel Road had cameras aimed at the intersection where the family claims the driver hit Michael.  Other businesses on Gunbarrel Road had cameras aimed at the place where the driver claims he hit Michael.  Either way, the incident was caught on film by security cameras on Gunbarrel Road.

•     The family took pictures of the skid marks going through the crosswalk at the intersection on Gunbarrel Road where they say the driver hit Michael.

•     The driver was given another license two months after he killed Michael.

•     While on active duty in Kuwait, one of the relatives wrote their congressman and all the other Tennessee legislators regarding Michael’s death at the hands of this white male.  Only one Tennessee legislator took this matter seriously and wrote the Chattanooga mayor about this matter.  However, it fell on deaf ears again when the mayor referred the matter to the chief of police.

•     The attorney that the family used claims to be an activist who fights against police corruption and has run for senator several times.

•     The passengers’ statements on the police report are inconsistent as to where they were coming from when the driver hit Michael.

•     One of the passengers wrote in his statement, “We were driving through the intersection….”

•     The investigating officer that signed the police report did not sign his full name.

•     The attorney for Michael’s family dropped this case and it never went to court.

Why weren’t these individuals given a sobriety test and a drug test?  Why weren’t there pictures from the police department to prove where Michael really was hit?  Where is the film from the businesses?  Who is it that the white driver, white passengers and their families in Ooltewah, Tennessee have ties to and/or are related to that they have been able to pull this cover-up off on such a grand scale?

Michael was slaughtered three weeks before his high school graduation and the white male driver and white passengers get off the hook because of their status in society and their ties to the police department, judicial system, media, and just about everything else in Chattanooga and Ooltewah, Tennessee.  Again, a  police report that proves that the police did not follow protocol, no film coverage of this vehicular incident involving a fatality on any local news stations and no photographs or names of any of the whites in the vehicle mentioned on television or in the newspaper.

This racist system in Chattanooga was not about to let these upper-crust, high society white youths do time for killing an indigent black high school student who had plans to go on to college.  Where is the “justice for all” for Michael and his family?  It doesn’t exist!!  Any logical person who researches this incident will see the flaws in the police report and other areas too.

For those whites who complained about blacks whining and crying, INJUSTICES LIKE THE ABOVE ARE WHY WE WHINE AND CRY!!!  You say we are angry and violent.  INJUSTICES LIKE THE ABOVE ARE WHY WE ARE ANGRY AND WHY SOME OF US ARE VIOLENT!!! If statistics show that blacks commit more crimes it is because many of the crimes committed by whites like these are covered up and/or excused!!!!  Every white person involved in this cover-up should be behind bars along with the driver and the passengers.  Yet none of them are and so they continue on in their cruel, evil, and merciless ways. 

This is 2008 and Chattanooga is just as backwards now with its racist mentality as it was before and during the Civil Rights Movement.  Covert racism, discrimination, and nepotism will keep this corrupt system in Chattanooga in place for a long, long time.  This is what it’s like to be black in America.

OBAMA IN 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 18, 2008
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I have read most of all the comments that was posted on this site.It is true that the state of Black American is not only alarming but shocking.I tell you that there is hope out there, but as black we have to first learn how to deal with reality.

 

Most black males that are in prison is there by choce and not design. They made bad chocies in life and that what landed them behind bars. That not to say that race did not play apart in it. Electing Obama as the first black president is not going to solve black american problems. I know must of blacks watch him lecture black males on being adcentee in the black family in a black church.

 

Kids grewing up in a home with a father is not a exclusive black problem. It is a american problems that is grewing by leaps and bound. The camera and focus is just on black being born out of wedlock. If you think that I am make all this up. Correct me if I am wrong. How many white churches has Obama went to and lectured white males on not being absentee fathers ?

 

Believe it or not I can understand why Revern Jessie Jackson made the off the wall comment that.Obama talks down to black people. If it is wrong for black males to father kids. Then it wrong for white and hispanic males to father kids and not taker care of them also.

 

Obama offend me as black because he aimed all his political ambition and hope at the black male and their short coming. the reason that black america has lagged so far behind. When the topic comes up about blacks in amercia. The media alway talk to the quote famous blacks in america.

 

It is if the common black in american can not make a choice or have a voice in his or her own affairs

August 28, 2008
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IT'S BEEN A HUGE AMOUNT OF TIME NOW FROM SLAVERY.  aMERICA HAS ALOT OF OPPURTUNITIES AND FROM WHERE I AM IN NJ BLACK PEOPLE ARE TREATED EQUAL IF NOT BETTER BECAUSE OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.   IF YOU WANT TO GET A PEICE OF REAL LIFE COME TO NEWARK NEW JERSEY, CAMDEN OR HOW ABOUT BROOKLYN OR HARLEM NEW YORK.. IT'S TIME TO GET OVER THAT AND I FEEL THAT THERE ARE MORE UNDERLYING ISSUES IN WHY BLACK PEOPLE ARE STILL HELD DOWN.  LISTEN TO A FAMOUS BLACK PERSON SPEAK ABOUT WHAT HIS OWN PEOPLE NEED TO DO.   I SEE EVERYDAY ON MY BLOCK DRIVING BY ESCALADES WITH RIMS THAT SPIN, BMS, MERCEDES BENZ, HUMMERS... ONE BY ONE YOU PEOPLE ARE INSANE!  WHATS NEXT DO YOU WANT TO BE CARRIED WITH A CROWN ON YOUR HEADS. MY ANCESETORS WERE SLAVES ALSO AND I'M WHITE..THEY CAME TO AMERICA AND DID'T SLAVE NOBODY SO THE PART WHERE BLACK PEOPLE WANT REPARATIONS IS NOT HAPPENING. I WILL MOVE BEFORE I HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT..I CAN BARELY GET BY AS ATRUE TAX PAYER WHO DOESN'T CHEAT THE SYSTEM.  I INVITE ALL OF YOU ESPECIALLY THE WHITE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THERE OWN WORLD TO SPEND A DAY ON OUR STREETS AND SEE HOW FAST YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND... ASK A FOREINER ABOUT THIS COUNTRY AND ALOT WILL SAY PEOPLE HERE COMPLAIN TOO MUCH AND AREN'T GRATEFULL FOR THE OPPURTUNITIES WE HAVE..THIS IS BS!!!AND BY THE WAY IM NOT A RACIST I'M ACTUALLY VOTING FOR BARRACK OBAMA AND HOPEFULLY THIS RESENTMENT OVER WHITE PEOPLE IS DIMINISHED..IM SURE IF ALL WHITE PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE WE WOULDN'T SEE OBAMA WHERE HE IS!  I RESPECT WHAT THEY WENT FOR..WE HAVE TOO MOVE ON NOONE NOT NOONE IS HOLDING US BACK AMEN

August 28, 2008
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AND FOR YOU GUYS IN CNN IF YOU CANT LET ME BE HEARD FOR WHATEVER YOUR REASONS,,LIBERALS WHO KNOWS AND POST MY SAY AND OTHERS LIKE ME THEN DON'T HAVE A TOPIC..BEING ONESIDED IS CRAP.  THATS THE PROBLEM PEOPLE ARE AFFRAID OF THE TRUTH

August 28, 2008
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I WILL TRY NOT TO BE MEAN BUT IF THEY NEVER WERE SLAVED BLACK PEOPLE WOULD BE IN AFRICA LIVING IN HUTS.  BE THANKFULL

September 3, 2008
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same thing with my people. Im am not always right in what i say. I get angry because i have love for all people. and don't want color issues to clash. sometimes i get defensive and speak crap.  there are great people from all cultures. i feel that being racist just on someones skin color is bs but we must look deeper and that love for one another can go in the wrong direction. like a love hate relationship. this is bs though.

September 6, 2008
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Lemonade any one? I thought this was the sunshine state where are the friendly compassionate people of Florida Is this the Racist capitol of the world, since Detroit was once referred to as the murder capitol. I don't  feel so warm fuzzy & welcome it's about as cold as a harsh northern Winter. I just settled in to this country living nice peaceful then about 3weeks ago all hell broke loose. Where's the love & respect one nation under god so on and so forth, love your brothers & sisters etc. etc. hmmn. plz see the hate filled responses to blog posted as 2008 not 1808 not 1968 it's scary the attitudes of the local community, more than that it's even scarier the lack of positive responses. I've been told to go back from where I came classic racist remark. ignore the obvious, travel a different route, oh I'm a racist that's another classic, to avoid the obvious project you've attempted to  mirror your image back to me. Good psychology move didn't work though.To all the negative bloggers when you wake upon sunday before church, before work, before your daily trips to Wal-mart  look @ your self in that mirror in your home look long & hard are you proud of who you are & what you represent. When you sit down to enjoy your sunday family dinner look @ one another confront the racism in your families make & stand for change if not for yourself or you children for the common good of mankind & future generations. It's a sad state of affairs we live in I would not be bloging on this site if it were not for the events that transpired recently the raising of one of the most controversial symbols in American history. I'm not sure the current percentile of minorities in this area but you have offended absolutely all of us thx for the southern hospitality. Hey got an idea how about putting up those ridiculous flags atop that stupid wall along the border you want to build to keep illegals out. Yall do hate the foreigners as well! And for those who say it's the race card, it's the race card again! Idiots I don't own a deck I only play with uno cards! Peace & Love

 

visit www.foxtampabay.com to view controversey  in Tampa, FL.  under new blogs   title:2008 not 1808 not1968

September 9, 2008
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I think sooner or later we black people should have a least one free college building somewhere in the US if we were catch-up with the white man.

 

I pitty my people's ignorance. Why do we call oursleves African Americans in this day and age. Is Rome still our master?

September 23, 2008
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What hypocrisy on the part of CNN! Here’s a fair and balanced question. “What percentages of blacks will only vote for Obama because he’s black, 80, 90%? Oh, please don’t tell me about white racism!

October 9, 2008
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ilntegrity:

Let me explain something to you since you find it in your heart and mind to wonder why people do the things they do! How people vote is their God and country given right!!! How and what they do is no concern of yours. We can ask why does the justice system convict far more blacks than whites for the same crime? Why has government policies since day one have done more harm than good for the Black Community? Why does the media more often than not show Blacks in a negative way? Why are White people not voting for Sen. Obama simply because he's Black?

 

So, just because you think CNN is being racist towards Whites that does not help the Black community what so ever!!! Now take you're silly question to Dr. Phil I sure he can help you with that. We have more important issues to fix!!!

October 13, 2008
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Black racism is alive and well in the USA!  What a shame. Dr King must be rolling over in his grave!  John Lewis' comments were outrageous.  He  should resign immediately.  In 2008 there is no place this kind of black racist comments.  John Lewis it is time for you to go!

October 19, 2008
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How come people don't remember that Barack Obama is also

white.... by way of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.  She

was in our 1960 graduating class from Mercer Island High

School, Mercer Island, WA - a suburb of Seattle.  We were

lucky to be students at one of the highest rated high

schools in the nation.....then, and as I understand, now.

We had outstanding, challenging teachers and a education

system that was tough and included advanced classes for

Seniors that were based on classes in the Freshman year

at the Univ. of Wash.  Stanley Ann (she preferred this

for her name, as I remember - her father wanted a boy)was

an independent woman with a hunger for knowledge of cultures around the world.  Our school fostered that type

of thinking and many of the graduates went on to Harvard,

Yale, MIT, etc.  It has been fun reading Obama's book

about his youth as I've also been able to find out what

happened to Stanley Ann.  I feel he is a great candidate

for President.  I was a little disappointed about Hillary's loss of the nomination, but when Barack chose

Biden for his running mate, I knew he had good judgement.

I encourage people to this of him as both black and white

a blend of wonderful people with high intelligence from both sides and a truly caring heart.

October 19, 2008
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I DON'T KNOW WHEN WE ARE GOING TO LET THE RACISM GO.. LOOKING AT THE NEWS TONIGHT AND SEE ALL THE HATE IN THIS COUNTRY WE JUST NEED TO FIND ALL OF THEM ON TV TONIGHT SHOUTING RACIAL COMMENTS PUT THEM ON A PLANE AND SEND THEM OVER TO IRAQ AND LET LIVE WITH THE PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE ANY CARES IN THE WORLD.  WE HAVE LIVED CENTURIES WITH A WHITE PRESIDENT AND US AS AFRICAN AMERICAN HAS HAD TO LIVE WITH GOOD AND THE BAD IN THE GOVERNMENT AND WE HAVE HAD SOME PRETTY RUFF TIMES.  BARRACK OBAMA IS NOT ASKING FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HIM HE JUST WANT THE SAME RESPECT THAT WE HAVE GIVEN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT.  THAT IS A CHANCE TO SHOW THAT WE ARE JUST AS INTELLGENT AND TREATED EQUAL AS A WHITE PRESIDENT NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN BUT CONTENTS OF OUR CHARACTER.  IT MAKES ME REALLY ANGRY TO SEE AFRICAN AMERICANS GET ON NATIONAL TV AND TALK ABOUT SENTAOR OBAMA IN A NEGATIVE WAY.  THEY MUST HAVE FORGOT ABOUT THEIR GRANDPARENTS IN THE 30'S AND BEYOND THE STRUGGLES THAT THEY FACED JUST SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE A RIGHT TO FREEDOM.  PEOPLE JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ELECTION IS JUST NOT POLITICS IT SPRITIUAL.  GOD HAS HIS HANDS ON SENATOR OBAMA PEOPLE NEED TO MIND HOW THEY TALK AND GO AGAINST HIM LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD TODAY.  YOU MAY BE LOOKING A GOD AND DON'T KNOW IT.  NO ONE HAS SEEN HIM WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE ALL WE KNOW IS AN IMAGINE.  I PRAY FOR THE COUNTRY EVERYDAY THAT WE CAN GET PASS THIS NEGATIVENESS BUT I KNOW I WON'T SEE IT HAPPEN.  I HAVE TWO GRANDCHILDREN AND I HOPE FOR THEIR SAKE THAT THE COUNTRY CAN MOVE FORWARD.  GOD BLESS AMERICAN AND GOD BLESS SENATOR (PRESIDENT)OBAMA &FAMILY AND (VP) JOE BIDEN &FAMILY

October 20, 2008
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So even if there was money for these programs that both candidates are hawking(and there clearly is not), anything these greedmongers touch is tainted; bigger gov't is NOT the answer! The bottom line is this: BOTH parties have taken turns running this country into the ground and they're BOTH responsible for the carnage. America's adopted a more liberal(Godless)belief system since the 60's and we've seen a steady moral decline in the USA. Satan's PR firm(Hollywood)and Madison Ave have engineered a brilliant campaign to suck the brains out of mainstream America. We're a world leader in violent crime, divorce, adultery, abortion, drug and alcohol abuse, pornography, and pedophilia. Our education system is a joke. THERE IS NO "SALVATION" BY GOVERNMENT OR MAN! Remember what Reagan said: "Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure," and "We are never defeated unless we give up on God." One nation under God indivisible?; we have never been more divided as a country. Only repentance and revival can save America from itself before God's judgement is rained down on us. Jesus is the ONLY hope; Trust in HIM alone. Please pray for your country.

October 20, 2008
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Encore: Lesser of two evils-Election 2008; here we go again. Are people really so ignorant to fall for the same pre-election hype and empty rhetoric(lies) after what we've seen unfold in Washington for most of the 30 last years? McCain, is a clone of Bush and what can we say about W's eight years except it was a DISASTER. Obama represents a party(Democrats)that controls Congress and has the lowest rating in history. Now he promises "change." He hasn't mentioned a word about people like Frank, Dodd, Schumer, Raines or Garellic who already brought us "change." He clearly wants to increase gov't with his social issues. Sure some of what he promises makes sense on the surface, but he's merely a front man for his party and the US President is no longer the most influencial entity even in his OWN country yet around the globe. Consortiums of worldwide power brokers(bankers, execs, etc.)now call the shots and America will be forced to morph into the metastasis of globalization or be undermined. The same "public servants" who have given us economic cancer now say if we'll just trust them, they have the cure. We clearly need a 3rd opinion!!!

November 5, 2008
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Although this day would have been historical no matter the outcome, I am thankful that I am alive to have particpated in the process.  I am a 36 year old mother of two boys and I took them to the polls with me today just so they could witness and be a part of history.  As Black Americans let us recognize that while Obama was elected President of the NEW-nited States of America, he did not get there strictly on the black vote.  Yes, I am proud that we did exercise a right that so many have fought for; But he also go there by the hispanic vote, the young vote, the gay vote and yes, THE WHITE VOTE.  This is the first time in my lifetime that I have been in awe of all cultures, religions, genders, etc., being instrumental in contributing to the history of our country.  This victory is not soley for African Americans, we did not do it by ourselves.  This is a testament to the American people.  We could have just as well ended up with a FEMALE VP - Amazing!!!  It is also our duty to reach out to those who voted for John McCain.  It's there country too. This day can be the spark that sets off the fire to a UNITED country that is inclusive of all the many different threads that compose the RED WHITE and BLUE Quilt we call AMERICA.  Pick up your needle people, it's time to sew.  I for one am ready to do my part.

November 8, 2008
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what you say is true but since the election is over I'm tired of hearing about Palin I trully feel she not McCain tried to divide this country

December 28, 2008
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PARTNERSHIP IN CHRIST JESUS

What does partnership mean? When I looked up partnership on Dictionary.com this is what it says:

 

Partnership

 

A relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, as for the achievement of a specified goal:

 

A good example is joining in partnership with Bishop James Winfree Ministries and Team. When you join you enter into a relationship with us and we are all about teamwork; we are a give-and-take ministry; where each partner gives what they have and Bishop James Winfree Ministries and Team gives what we have.

 

No one party is giving all the time to anyone who is just taking. Partnership is not just any one person taking all the time that is not teamwork. Teamwork is a cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal

 

That, is what we here looking for here at Bishop James Winfree Ministries and Team, people who are willing to work with us in cooperative effort as a team to achieve to a common goal.

 

When you join you enter into Partnership with us and you are saying that I am willing to be in cooperation with this ministry. You are saying I am willing to give what I have just like the early Church did after the Holy Spirit fell upon the people.

 

They shared everything and no one was in lack of anything:

 

Acts 2:41-47

 

41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

 

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

 

Acts 4:29-37

 

29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."

 

31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

 

32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

 

36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, 37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

 

Now this was teamwork and God added to the Church daily.

 

What is Bishop James Winfree Ministries and Teams goal? To bring Unity and Equality to the Church, the Body of Christ, and we would like you to join us in partnership to achieve this goal.

 

2 Corinthians 8:11-15 (NKJV)

 

11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. 12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."

 

Luke 6:38

 

38 If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving – large or small – it will be used to measure what is given back to you.

 

Whatever you have to offer this ministry and you are willing to give your talents, time, money and hard work, etc., we are willing give back to you our talents, time, money and hard work, etc., and we will see God increase the Church as He did for the Early Church.

 

Written with the Authority of Jesus Christ

And

With the Authority of Apostle James R. Winfree

February 20, 2009
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Being Black In America!

no one know's what its like to

be black in America. Except for black people.

Do you think any of the "others" care? Why should they

when all we are to them are Inhumane slaves. Look we cant even talk about race relations in this country.

It's sickening to my stomach to know that we as blacks

who've made this place called America!!!! Still arent free!!!!!! still arent free!!!!!!!.

February 27, 2009
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This is going to far for god sakes "BLACK IN AMERICA" do you really think whites get secret benefits that you don't. I been looking for a job for months with no success.  And then I see this program Im so outraged Im so tired of Blacks sayign there not free get real and grow up just because your having a hard time doesnt mean there is a secret organization trying to keep you down what a load of BS.  Be a man represent your self like a man funny how your the only race thats in this boat perhaps its your apathey for American life And CNN im done with your one sided media how dare you put this slop on TV shame on you.

March 21, 2009
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Im a 36 year old African American that resides in the city of Detroit. While race is the visible issue in America the main cause of this is due to the systems (economic, judicial etc...) put in place by those very people who used race to divide American people that are middle class/poor. While we fight against each others very small differences (race), we ignore all the things we have in common (jobs, family, safety, community,schools,health care etc....)

March 22, 2009
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I am a legal alien, and if I had a history to fall back on, I could claim that I needed special treatment.

I was judged, not because I was of a different color, but judged because I was different.

I have been walking down the street in my neighborhood, the first couple of years that I lived in the US, and kids would shout at me that I was a whore. Why? They didn't know me, I have a different culture, I speak different and I dress different. What was going on in my life was a unfaithful husband, who was conveniently out of town 90% of the year. so I was always alone and raised my 3 kids by myself. I was very unhappy. I took my life in my own hands and went back to a community college so I would be able to go to work in the US.

I felt like an outcast and a looser for a long time.

One day there was a group of 10 kids, sitting in my front yard shouting, whore... you're a whore....

I went to the shouting kids' parents and talked to them about what was shouted.

I am not a racist, was not raised as a racist, and the group of kids was mixed where the color was concerned.

My conclusion has always been, what is not understood gets singled out.

My point being, there should be humanity, leave the race out of it. Teach your kids to learn about differences, teach them about accepting, teach them not to cherrish a "poor me" attitude, teach them that each person has it's life in their own hands and that it starts with the parents. Teach them first. Dispite the fact that I was treated so bad, my kids went to the same school as the shouters and did not do the same as they did.

Now one is a lawyer, one is a counselar and one is in a financial institution.

Nobody will winn a fight about race, you can winn a fight about humanity.

Have and teach the right attitude, start with the parents, follow in school. But then we are all humans, aren't we?

June 20, 2009
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So, there's a Black in America 2 airing in a few weeks in July.

 

Go back and read the story I posted on August 16, 2008.  Still, nothing has been done to right the wrongs of this African American family as the Chattanooga Police Department and the judicial system abetted a white citizen who killed Michael T. Ogbuozobe on an expired driver's license.  Michael's murderer is still walking around free today.

 

A lack of response to this story only seems to prove that crimes committed by whites in Chattanooga go unpunished.  Some whites in positions of authority in Chattanooga have abused their authority in abetting a murderer and keeping the truth about how Michael was murdered out of the media and thus away from the public.

 

They just shut up and hope no one else brings up the evil things they've done to the Ogbuozobe family in Chattanooga.  This matter continues today as Michael's mother has received several letters, the last one received in May 2009, in which her son's murderer and his attorneys are trying to make her pay their court fees when the case never went to court because her attorney sold her out.

 

Michael Ogbuozobe’s relatives have served and continue to serve in this country’s military.  Yet, this is the outcome of Michael’s wrongful death and how his family is being treated because they seek justice.  Obviously, African American patriotism means nothing.

 

Again, there is no justice for African American people in this country and there is no post-racial America.  That will never be the case as long as a white person can, by whatever means, wrongfully kill a black person and remain unpunished because whites in positions of authority abuse their authority to keep him or her from such punishment.

 

This is still what it’s like to be black in America and this is why I will continue to blog about this issue.

 

 

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