Number 18 - November 28, 2002
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is the journalist's responsibility to bring bad news, and the political
analyst's job to explore the meaning of events. The Bush Administration,
acting as a kind of clearinghouse for thieves, threatens to overload
the nation's dwindling chroniclers of political crime. Writer Cheryl
Seal's kind words for our November 21 essay, "War for Private Profit,"
did a world of good for our morale.
proves the old adage, "'tis an ill wind that blows no good."
Though there has never been a fouler, more withering wind than that
belched out by the Bush administration, it has obviously fueled a
passion in your writers that has driven them to fantastic heights
of the craft. The Essay on Bush's War for Profit is absolutely brilliant.
It combines a powerful, solid statement with a literary passion that
shines - Tom Paine himself would have been filled with admiration.
It is this kind of writing that just may ignite a spark in the public's
apparently dead-ash consciousness.
You are an inspiration
to all of us. Congratulations on your wonderful work.
We hoped to contribute
something of value to an understanding of African American internal
political structures through our analysis of the Joint Center for Political
and Economic Studies survey of Black opinion, also in our last issue.
In evaluating the JCPES data, we confirmed a number of beliefs we already
held, and discovered some new and important trends in our people's evolving
political life. Dr. Paul Beckett wrote to say he also found the piece
of opinion data in today's
-- thank you!!!
(P.S.: I'm a
polisci Ph.D. with some experience with survey data.)
Needless to say,
accepted Dr. Beckett's evaluation as a scholarly benediction - with
all due humility, of course. (See "Poll Shows Black Political Consensus
Strong," November 21.)
Youth is wasted
Not through our
efforts, but his own, Black Memphis Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. has
been sucking up a lot of news time, lately. We have not enjoyed the
experience, which is much like having to review a performance by an
actor who embarrasses himself and the rest of the theater company with
every mangled line. Thus, it is good to know that Eddgra Fallin, of
Huntsville, Alabama, shares our reluctant assessment of the man, and
is already looking sideways at the Democrats' new House Leader.
Thank you for
your commentary on Harold Ford, Jr. He is a tool for the right wing.
He is only thinking about himself, not the masses of people.
Nancy Pelosi had
best check herself. She was on Tim Russert's show Sunday saying "we
stand shoulder to shoulder" with the President. I don't want
to stand shoulder to shoulder with Bush on anything and I don't want
my so-called leaders doing that either.
It's the Media, Stupid! Why doesn't BET stop playing those worthless
music videos and become a full time public affairs program? They should
be using all that precious airtime to enlighten and empower the people.
Ms. Fallin and the rest of us, BET owner Bob Johnson is busy helping
to further empower George Bush. For details on his efforts on behalf
of the White House, see "BET's Black Billionaire Trojan Horse,"
October 3, and "Bob Johnson's
Message Invades Black Radio," October
But, back to Harold
Ford. D. Adrian Bryan doesn't want to hear it.
Enough about Harold
Ford! I'm convinced. He's an opportunist and a self-promoter, but
let's not forget that when presented with an opportunity in the primary
to vote for a 26 year old wet-behind-the-ears Michigan law grad. vs.
a state representative, the people of Ford's district overwhelming
chose wet-behind-the-ears. They got what they deserved. But please,
no more Ford.
We believe that
what the Black people of Memphis and the rest of the nation deserve
is as thorough a discussion as we can provide on the merits of those
who make a claim to Black leadership. Having said that, we also wish
Ford would stand down, since he does not stand up for us. And
as long as Ford continues to pump out his simple sayings for the corporate
media to regurgitate, we at
will keep our little light on him! (See the "Harold 'Wrong Way'
Ford, Jr." section of the November
14 Briefs column.)
Bum rush the
This seems like
a good time to point out that far too many of the subjects and personalities
on the Black political menu are placed there by the corporate media
to work mischief among us. We, too, wish the manufactured "leaders"
and bogus "movements" would expire for lack of interest. But
corporate media turns on the spotlights, and we have no choice but to
expose the performance as a scam on the audience and hope the crowd
will get incensed enough to shut the minstrel show down.
Which brings us
to the next act in the Hard Right's bought-and-paid-for Trojan Horse
Review: the heavily-financed, professionally-staffed, made from whole
clothe by Milwaukee's Bradley Foundation, private school vouchers "movement."
Alan Miller, writing
from Tennessee State University, became agitated over our November
14 piece, "Bush Funds Black Voucher Front Group: Your tax dollars
pay for propaganda blitz." He still wonders what our complaint
Why in the world
would you oppose money spent to educate folks about the benefits of
school vouchers? It couldn't be for racial reasons since a large majority
of blacks are sick and tired of the failure of their NEA-influenced
schools and favor school vouchers. I can only conclude that it is
for political reasons and that you are blindly beholden to the democratic
party (small "d" for obvious reasons) which is run by far
left liberals who make all kinds of nice sounding promises but never
follow through. Who's the fool?
Please keep me
on your mailing list. I would like to see what other tomfoolery you
are up to.
does not Tom, and we are not foolin'. However, Mr. Miller has come to
the right place to begin his education on school vouchers. We suggest
he start with our April
5 inaugural issue lead story, "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree."
This investigative piece figured prominently in the 2002 State of Black
America report of the National Urban League, which is available in our
August 8 issue. If Mr. Miller
is still unconvinced that evil men are behind vouchers - including the
people who funded "The Bell Curve," Charles Murray's assault
on Black intellectual capabilities - he can visit our July
11 article, "Voucher Tricksters." We also exposed the
corporate media's role in inventing a phony Black constituency for vouchers,
in our November 21 analysis
of the JCPES national Black opinion poll.
That should keep
Mr. Miller busy until our next issue.