- Posted December 24, 2012 by
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Being black in 2012
- I have a clean record. As a 30 year employee of the DWP, I’m not receiving the DWP retirement benefits I have earned, yet a convicted felon Samuel In, is receiving all of his City Pension Retirement benefits!
- If You are of Good Character, Sound Mind, Ambitious, and True to Your Fellow Man or Woman as Well as Self You Will Succeed no Matter Your Ethnicity, or Your Plight!
- Good Character, Telling the Truth Must be Meaningless. President Barack Obama is giving Praise to Danny Bakewell, Sr. and the LA Sentinel "Yellow Journal" Newspaper. Typically an inept Black community make heroes of this scum and keep them in business!
- Great Start to Immigration Reform: Convicted felonious illegal immigrants will work picking crops while incarcerated to defray taxpayer expense, very much like the "Chain Gang of the South". Deportation will begin at the end of the sentence served!
- Indeed Eddie Glaude. Also, it is refreshing to know that President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Colin Powell, Magic Johnson, and/or other prominent Blacks have not duped all US born Descendants of Slavery!
"Each holiday season, an ex-foster child searches for her siblings", adds credence to my foster care experience, where no good black social workers and black foster parents played musical chairs with all of my brothers, sisters, and I, for profit!"
"Each holiday season, an ex-foster child searches for her siblings"by Garrett Therolf, LA Times, December 24, 2012,adds credence to my foster care experience, where no good black social workers, black foster parents, and/or other unethical public servants/government employees, played musical chairs with all of my brothers, sisters, and I, for profit, to conceal our location from my parents, and to keep anyone of us from locating our parents.
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The difference, between Meredith Kensington's experience and the Lofton family's breaking up U.S. born descendant of slavery black families for profit foster care experience, in Los Angeles County, is that both of my parents are university educated, and neither my Father or Mother, lost any parental rights. My Father now deceased, Leon E. Lofton, Jr., is an honorably discharged disabled combat infantry soldier "purple heart recipient" of WWII, earned and paid for his university education before being "drafted". Furthermore, neither my parents, other siblings (brothers or sisters) have ever been found to be criminal, insane, or unfit in any court jurisdiction.
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It would not be surprising to me to learn that the initial break-up of Meredith Kensington's immediate family started in a jurisdiction where past or present elected black leaders (Congresswoman Maxine "Kerosene" Waters, Congresswoman Karen Bass, former CongresswomanDiane Watson, former Congressman Merv "illegal immigrant" Dymally, former Congressman Julian Dixon, 2nd District LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, former 2nd District LA County Supervisor Yvonne "Brentwood" Burke, 10th District LA City Councilman Herb Wesson, 9th District LA City Councilwoman Jan Perry, 8th District LA City Councilman and former LA City Police Chief Bernard Parks, etc., etc.) affiliated with the Democratic Party, are large and in charge.
"According to court records reviewed by The Times, social workers suspected her foster family was committing fraud. The parents had 10 foster children and successfully sought for each of them to be qualified for the highest payment rates, saying they all had difficult special needs. "The foster mother is estimated to be receiving about $130,000 per year in foster payments" tax free, social workers told the court. Kensington said, "The foster parents told me they would give me Jordans [basketball shoes] if I acted crazy with the doctor, and I'm ashamed to say I did it."
Breaking up black families for profit which occurred during slavery, and was supposed to have ended after slavery was abolished, has been kept alive by the greed and sleaze of the black middleclass and/or other individuals who choose to be unethical and criminal in breaking up U.S. born descendant of slavery families for profit.........
Why The Black Caucus Looks The Other Way On Immigration-By Joe Guzzardi on May 9, 2003.
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.......all while President Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus, and/or other elected black leaders promote the Dream Act/Amnesty, and gainful employment opportunities for criminal illegal aliens to help illegal alien adult parents and his or her anchor baby siblings, to keep illegal alien families together.
"Each holiday season, an ex-foster child searches for her siblings, Trying to find Marilyn and Aubrey Langston and Eddie Sanchez, their older sister files court petitions and makes plaintive calls to social workers. She's had no luck so far." by Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2012
Stepping across grass-tufted sidewalks on her way to the bus, Meredith Kensington passes sparkling lights and Christmas cheer. But she can't feel the holiday warmth.
She wants to spend the holidays with three siblings she cannot find. She lost contact with her sister and brother 15 years ago when they entered the byzantine bureaucracy of the Los Angeles County foster care system. She never had a chance to meet one of her half brothers before he followed them into the system, soon after his birth eight years ago.
Each holiday season, Kensington renews her effort to find Marilyn and Aubrey Langston and Eddie Sanchez. It means a holiday season filled with court petitions and plaintive calls to social workers. There are moments of hope when she imagines being reunited with them — what they'd say, what they'd do — followed by disappointment and despair.
Once again this year, she has failed to find a phone number or address that can connect her to the siblings and create her long-sought holiday family reunion.
"You feel you are in the gray," said Kensington, a 29-year-old aesthetician who lives in Los Angeles' Westlake neighborhood. "You are in the shadows."
Kensington has joined an untold number of foster children with few family roots who try in vain to make contact with long-separated brothers and sisters.
State law gives foster children the right to connect with siblings unless there is a court order specifically preventing it.
But the reality is not so straightforward. Experts say that many foster families don't want these reunions, fearful it could cause disruptions within their households.
"If the county has a person who seems to be a good caregiver and they say, 'I'm sorry, my life is complicated enough,' then sometimes that's what happens," said Leslie Heimov, chief of the court-appointed law firm for foster children in L.A. County. "Unfortunately the county does not have the ability to pick and choose. There are not 50 people lined up to take care of every child."
In a system focused on providing homes for children in need, reuniting siblings has never been enough of a priority, Heimov said. "It's certainly an issue that everyone in the system — judges, lawyers, policymakers — knows is an issue, and there is a constant effort to prevent it."
Kensington, who has a steady job and no criminal record, has never been told why she hasn't been granted access to her siblings.
"I feel like I'm in a dream. Every time I ask, it doesn't matter to anyone."
Kensington said her mother and father struggled with drugs and alcohol. Between both parents, she has 14 half siblings, including Eddie, and two full siblings, Marilyn and Aubrey. Courts eventually took away her mother and father's parental rights to many of their children.
Although the family was scattered across numerous foster homes, Kensington tried to keep tabs on all her siblings and serves as a mother figure for many of them — but the three youngest escaped her reach.
In the beginning, a grandmother took in Marilyn, born in 1993, and Aubrey, who followed a year later. The two children lived with her until her death in 1996.
"Her last words to me were to look after them and not to let them fall into foster care," Kensington said.
But it was too much to ask from a seventh-grader who was already in foster care herself. The two babies went to live with strangers.
Kensington managed sporadic contact until Marilyn and Aubrey failed to appear at a Valentine's Day party in 1997. Kensington still carries the cards she wrote them that year in crayon.
Two years later, when Marilyn was 5, Kensington learned of a phone number for the group home where she was living. She dialed the number and a little girl came on the line.
This is your sister, Kensington recalled saying to Marilyn.
Marilyn replied, I have a sister?
Then a woman at the home grabbed the phone and hung up, Kensington said, and subsequent calls were blocked without explanation.
"This is a deep wound for me — to be ripped away and not know why," Kensington said.
In 2000, Kensington said, she received a picture of Marilyn and Aubrey from her social worker, but no contact information and no information about their living situation. Her siblings appeared sad to her — with downcast faces and ill-fitting clothing.
Kensington worried they were in a foster home as bad as hers had been. According to court records reviewed by The Times, social workers suspected her foster family was committing fraud. The parents had 10 foster children and successfully sought for each of them to be qualified for the highest payment rates, saying they all had difficult special needs. "The foster mother is estimated to be receiving about $130,000 per year in foster payments" tax free, social workers told the court.
Kensington said, "The foster parents told me they would give me Jordans [basketball shoes] if I acted crazy with the doctor, and I'm ashamed to say I did it."
Her stay there ended in 2001 when witnesses believed they saw the foster parents' adult son pull a gun on her during an argument, according to statements in court records.
"I ran away. I didn't trust anyone," Kensington said.
Four of her half brothers stayed behind in the foster home. Two are now in prison, one is homeless and one was shot and paralyzed at age 15.
Kensington worried that Marilyn and Aubrey were somewhere living in similar circumstances.
By chance, she caught a glimpse of them on television in late 2001.
A "Wednesday's Child" report on KTTV-TV Channel 11 spotlighted the two siblings, Marilyn and Aubrey, noting they were available for adoption. The newscaster said they were orphans with no family.
Kensington said she called the newscaster but she was unable to put her in touch with her siblings.
Kensington continued to see Marilyn's face for months in advertisements for children available for adoption.
"I am truly hurting inside," Kensington wrote in a letter about the TV report to her co-workers at the Social Security Administration, where she was a clerk at the time. "All of our lives have had so much loss."
Almost every year since, she says, she has prepared for the holidays by filing petitions with the court asking for contact information for Marilyn, Aubrey and Eddie.
During her years of appeals, the Department of Children and Family Services replied with a letter just once, she said.
In 2003, a social worker responded with a letter that confused Kensington with her mother. As a result, she was told she was ineligible for sibling contact information. Kensington, who shared her mother's first and last names but a different middle name, had included her date of birth on the petition, making her 19 at the time. Marilyn and Aubrey were 9 and 8.
Kensington became a mother the next year. Since then, she has entertained her daughter by making up fairy tales about a special princess and prince who lived a royal life and went on adventures. Their names were Marilyn and Aubrey.
On Wednesday, she rode the bus for more than an hour to return to Edelman Children's Court in Monterey Park. She strode once again to the counter marked "Adoptions and Abandonment," refusing to ponder the improbability of her desired outcome.
According to Bill Thomas, who leads the Department of Children and Family Services unit that will respond if the court approves the petition, the county does its best to facilitate reunifications by scouring databases and records for contact information.
If Marilyn, Aubrey and Eddie are found, they will be contacted and asked whether they want to hear from Kensington, he said.
At home, Kensington keeps a wood box of items she is waiting to give them. Inside is a growing stack of undelivered greeting cards and funeral programs for all the holidays and family passings the brothers and sisters have been unable to experience together.
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times
"The Los Angeles county employees at DCFS just DONT CARE. The children are nothing more than numbers that need to be moved through the system. Foster parents are looking for an easy paycheck. These are the cold hard facts. I wish this woman luck. I get sad at the realization that our civil servants have lost their humanity. I fear the coming day when our healthcare system is run with the same compassion that the clerks at DCFS and the DMV show on a daily basis." by TruthTeller3
Indeed, and in Los Angeles County and other jurisdictions across the U.S., the very individuals who should care the most (elected black leaders, university educated U.S. born black social workers and probation officers, black foster parents, and psuedo reverends, etc.), care the least, have remained silent, and/or have been co-conspirators in the unlawful and unethical break-up of U.S. born descendant of slavery black families for profit.
Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.
Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
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"Slavery ended 100+ years ago with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. What ended slavery physically obviously didn't have the power to end it mentally. Growing up I've always been lighter than most of my friends and family members. I was born to two awesome African American families; however, genetics and destiny made me a little lighter than everyone else. All my life I have been referred to as "high yellow", stuck up, white girl and even a house slave. Imagine that. Every time I log online or turn on the tv I am hearing the constant battle of lightskinned vs. darkskinned and I have even began hearing that lightskinned women get more praise that darkskinned women. Sounds like slavery to me. Not slavery in a literal sense but slavery in a mental capacity which has kept us as African Americans not only divided as individuals but divided as a people. I personally, don't feel being light skinned makes me more privileged if anything I feel less accepted because my skin isn't as dark as everyone else so excuse me for being lightskinned, God made me this way." by by Sralsto1
comment by TheTruth53
I know that this is easier said, than done, but I would ignore the individuals from within the black community who claim that you receive a better opportunity than darker complexioned blacks. Back in the day, that was true, but today opportunity is based upon your skill set, your expertise, your talent, and not your skin color.
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Far too many U.S. born blacks from every shade of blackness, and illegal alien blacks who have had a chance, even think that they are better than the disenfranchised from within the black community, namely "inner-city" U.S. born blacks who have not had the opportunity to succeed like they have.
"Yvette Carnell: 5 Reasons Why the African-American Community is (Still) Failing" by Yvette Carnell, December 25, 2012, YourBlackWorld.com
1. We don’t like each other.
2. We’re too d@mn sensitive
3. We can’t handle the truth
4. We Don’t Dream Big
5. We’re Christians
....there are reasons that are more serious than any of the reasons you have mentioned....
6. Our own elected black leaders and other so-called university educated professionals are truly inept, and do not competently serve U.S. born blacks.
President Barack Obama, multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, other elected black leaders at the State and Local branches of government, U.S Supreme Court Clarence Thomas, etc., etc., have contempt for the sworn oath of office, the Constitution, the rule of law, and the United States of America.
There are truly possible and legal ways to acquire assets from the affluent, a business owner, other individuals, private and public entities who or that violate the Constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants, that could be used for the benefit of the disenfranchised, but this requires respect for the Constitution, the “oath of office”, the rule of law, and “tort practice expertise”
.....qualities that the Harvard Graduate President Obama, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, other elected black leaders at the State, County, and City jurisdictions of government, fail to uphold as mandated by law and sworn under oath as elected officials or public servants.
7. “Taxation without Competent Representation”, competent representation being a necessity for survival in the United States of America.
With all the criminal acts perpetrated against the law abiding U.S. born blacks by the criminal actions of police officers, other public servants, it just makes no sense that the black community continues to remain in poverty.
Oath of Office: “I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, County Board of Supervisor’s Member, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief’s rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”
“There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts to court, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”.
Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.
(The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for any elected office holder, and/or U.S. Citizen.)
8. Treasonous acts perpetrated by our own elected black leaders, lawyers, social workers, probation officers, foster care providers, reverends, other university educated individuals which has contributed to the demise of law abiding U.S. born blacks who are descendants of slavery.
Lies Don't Keep Us Safe. Keeping Us Safe Requires Respect for the Rule of Law and the Constitution. The government's argument is untenable. “The government cannot, under any circumstance, affirmatively mislead the court” by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney
“ …….Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. 'An employee who is asked about possible wrongdoing has only two legal choices: Tell the truth or say nothing”. (LA Times, January 22, 1998.)
........"Tell the Truth or Say Nothing" also applies to any U.S. President, Congressional office holder, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Attorney General, court official, court clerk, Deputy City Attorney, Judge, elected official, lawyer, journalist, etc.