Kenny Burns (R) with former Attorney General Joe Curran
(LAUREL - October 17, 2008) - If you have heard me on Doni’s show on WOLB (1010AM) over the past couple of weeks, I have made no bones about who my pick for president is (Sen. John McCain.) However, to be quite honest, I am disappointed in both sides when it comes to the supporters.
This election in all honesty has shown how ugly white people and black people can be. On the McCain (R-AZ) side of the aisle, you have supporters calling Sen. Barack Obama a terrorist and a Muslim. For the record, I definitely do not think Obama (D-IL) is a terrorist, nor do I believe him to be a Muslim. However, I do not think he is a Christian either. Those accusations are on top of the usual racist rhetoric associated with a black person in general breaking the glass ceiling.
On the Obama side, supporters have been just as bad in their expressions in labeling people who do not support Obama as racist or an Uncle Tom. The term ‘racist’ has been thrown around too carelessly already to the point that an actual victim of racism has to go above and beyond to prove their case. It is also in the same dangerous territory of hard right wing conservatives who label people that disagree with President Bush as unpatriotic, even a traitor to the country. Uncle Tom is dangerous ground as well. It ranks right up there with calling someone “the N Word.” Oh yes, that word which was buried earlier this year, but still can be heard in some way, shape or form on the streets. I guess the news has not traveled far yet.
We expect people like Sean Hannity to be ignorant about the real world. Hannity is the same guy who has expressed unequivocal support for the New York City Police Department when it’s painfully obvious that officers involved in some instances were in the wrong. I am a supporter of law enforcement, but when Ronnie White, the 19-year-old Laurel teen who was accused of killing a Prince George’s County Police Officer via hit and run, was found dead in his cell, I took a pause. I waited for the Maryland State Police and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey to do their investigative work before I spoke one way or the other. While doing so, I acknowledged that it did not look good for the officers who were responsible for looking over him.
The support tactics of advocates on both sides have reached a point where we have become the very people that we did not want to be. Issues are not honestly being discussed and racial rhetoric is disappointingly red hot. A sizable chunk of Obama supporters do not care about what Obama stands for, they just know that he is black and they want him to win. An equally sizable chunk of McCain supporters are not any better. They know that Obama is black and they don’t want a black guy as President. Even though this black guy, Obama, has an Ivy League degree or two. The question for you in evaluating these two factions is which one is more racist. I think they are both equally racist, but I digress.
This is an exciting election year, and emotions are running high because no matter who wins the election, history will be made. But let’s keep our emotions and our rhetoric in check. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a peaceful man and he accomplished a lot. What do you think we are accomplishing when we scream at each other?
The Glover Report: Sharon Baptist Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary: Lt. Gov. Rutherford and Congressman Cummings, former Chief Judge Robert Bell on the Scene as Baltimore City Heads for April 2016 Primary Election
I, for one, cannot stomach that. I insist on seeing black people get educated and employed and open increasingly more businesses and I don’t care if the politician is Democrat or Republican, I just want to know that they are doing their best to represent the needs of the community moreso than their own political career. Actually, the more you serve the people, the more people want to push you higher. So, push your career by pushing black progress. When black politicians fail the people, a Freddie Gray Uprising occurs.
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The Glover Report: HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW: Vestiges of Slavery Evoke Disdain of Cheatham, Amin: Wyman Park Statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson
Cheatham said that since Baltimore City and Baltimore County are discussing the topic of remaining vestiges of slavery, let’s put this one on the table as well.
Cheatham and Amin wonder the message this sends to a majority black city – right in plain sight of thousands of passersby daily, including Johns Hopkins University students.
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Black Wall Street HARBOR BANK ft Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards :: Thurs., June 25, 2015 at 6 pm, 25 W. Fayette Street, BALTIMORE (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
: Tonight's Joe Manns Black Wall Street Honorees:
Joanna Sullivan (Editor, Baltimore Business Journal)
Brandi Hunter (Executive member of Because We Care, Inc. an organization that supplies food, clothes and care to those in need (including the elderly) in Maryland, DC & Virginia)
Debra Keller-Greene (CEO of Keller Professional Services)
Nikiea Redmond (Graphic Artist, Entrepreneur)
April Divah Styles, (Stylist, Salon Owner, Entreprenuer)
Akio Evans (Film Maker)
Kathleen Setzer (Edible Arrangements, *Brenbrook & *Govans) Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Vanguard Justice Society Welcomes Commissioner’s Challenge to Stand Up for Reforms & Stand Against Police Misconduct to Rebuild Community Trust
Although Commissioner Batts claims credit for reforms in “ethics, training, discipline, equipment, efficiencies, and policies,” we anticipate that the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the force’s practices and procedures—which Vanguard has repeatedly welcomed--will show that the department still has a very long way to go. In addition, we anxiously await the results of the pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) that may reveal a clearer picture of the deployment of public safety resources prior to, during, and immediately after the civil disturbance on April 27—actions that we fear may have, and continue to put both police officers and the public at risk. Read in Full >>
The Glover Report: Baltimore’s Mayor’s Race in 2016: We Want Sheila Back!
Instead of investing something meaningful in Baltimore’s black community, Mayor Rawlings cut money for recs while putting ten million on a hoax plan to turn Baltimore into the Grand Prix destination of the world.
For the record, it didn’t work. If anything, it showed a lack of understanding of Baltimore.
Today, Rawlings finds herself trying to rebound from the worst public relations scenario any mayor can face – one resulting from her own neglect of places … like Sandtown. Read in Full >>