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  •  ah you must be my babies age then (8+ / 0-)

    Let me expand a bit on the Sistah Souljah reference and what kind of betrayal that was.  These people run around talking about how this President hurts them, let's talk about what President Clinton did.

    See Clinton was the first politician I think I had real heart for, and it all started on the freaking Arsenio Hall show.  People forget Fox used to be counter culture and the place where Black talent was and Arsenio was going against Johnny and Dave and doing the damn thing.  Homeboy shows up and plays the sax and we get introduced to his soul, hell he went on the show and I was ready to roll.

    You know I was willing to forgive him his crack about the looters because he was right.  I was there I saw it it was a mercantile exchange, after about the first 3 hours it was an economic thing screw that it was flat stealing.

    No, he was cool with me by cool with me, this was the first time I'd ever heard politics like this you can hear it the Big Dog has SKILLS.

    The term originates in the 1992 presidential candidacy of Bill Clinton. In a Washington Post interview published on May 13, 1992, the hip-hop MC, author, and political activist Sister Souljah was quoted as saying, "If Black people kill Black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?"[1] The remark was part of a longer response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The quotation resulted in criticism.
    In June 1992, Clinton responded both to that quotation and to something she had said in the music video of her song “The Final Solution: Slavery’s back in Effect” ("If there are any good white people, I haven't met them")[2] while giving a speech to Jesse Jackson Sr.'s Rainbow Coalition, saying, “If you took the words ‘white’ and ‘black,’ and you reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.”
    Prior to his appearance, Clinton's campaign staff had conducted an intense debate about how far he should go in distancing himself from Jackson, who was unpopular with white and moderate voters. When Souljah was invited to speak at the conference, Clinton's advisors saw their chance. However, despite the meme-like nature of the term in the mainstream media, there is little evidence that the act by Clinton had any effect on voters' mindsets.
    Clinton's response was harshly criticized by Jackson, who said, “Sister Souljah represents the feelings and hopes of a whole generation of people,” and he claimed that she had been misquoted.[3] Clinton was also criticized by some of the Democratic Party's other African American supporters. Clinton was accused by Sister Souljah of being a racist and a hypocrite because he had golfed at a country club that refused to admit Black members.

    You know what?  Even then I understood what Bill had to do, and even when it was was Move on and censor I had his back.  I still do.

    "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

    by Adept2u on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 02:27:17 PM PDT

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    •  Wow... (7+ / 0-)

      If it was me, I wouldn't have been so sanguine about that comment or the Sistah Souljah moment. Pandering to the worst impulses in our society should never be OK, and it should certainly not be a province of Democratic politics.

      Having said that, I appreciate where you're coming from, and I wish more people could be aware of this perspective, even if it's not one I necessarily share.

      Thanks again for this diary!

      If the people one day wish to live / destiny cannot but respond / And the night cannot but disappear / and the bonds cannot but break. -- Abu'l-Qasim al-Shabbi

      by unspeakable on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 03:18:54 PM PDT

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