Gang violence is a huge problem in the Roanke Valley as we continually lose children and young people to jail, prison or the graveyard, In an effort to further fight this problem this section of jeffartis.com will serve as a community reference to individuals and organizations who are fighting to solve the problem of gang violence in the Roanoke Valley. Please feel free to contact these individuals and organizations if you ever need hilp in fighting the problem of gangs and gang violence in the Valley. Please ge involved. We must save our children.
Jeff Artis, Publisher, www.jeffartis.com
ORGANIZATIONS & INDIVIDUALS WHO COMBAT GANG VIOLENCE
There are many reasons Mac McCadden is running against Onzlee Ware. The division within the Roanoke, Va. Democratic Party is the least of those reasons. Those of us who have been paying attention to what is going on in the General Assembly and what's going on in the community know that Ware has been a big disappointment.
Look at Ware's legislative record. It is weak. Look at how Ware has tried cut the knees out from under Roanoke City Democratic Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Word and Roanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea. Look at Ware's flip-flop on the Hershberger Road methadone clinic. Look at how Ware failed to vote for the removal of an incompetent, some say racist, judge in this past General Assembly session; a story covered in "THE ARTIS BLOG," but, ignored by the Roanoke, Va. media. Look at Ware saying, "Gang members don't need to be put in jail since they come out worse than when they went in," in June, 2006. Look at Ware's denigration the Roanoke NAACP, the Roanoke SCLC, and the Harrison Museum of African-American Culture. Look at Ware's ties to the Republican Party and his support of Republican racism in political campaigns. Look at Ware's campaign contribution list. Look at Ware's voting record on eminent domain. I could go on. If you take a good look at Onzlee Ware and his record, it is clear to see the man has to go.
Now, I understand Ware's appeal. People who don't know Ware's record just love him. The money people in the Democratic Party and Republican Party just love him. The Roanoke media and liberals love him. Ware's their type of politician. However, those of us in the know, those of us who have been following Ware's career, those of us who know the real deal, know that Ware is Roanoke, Va.'s version of former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry: good talk, high profile, no action. In the past, I've supported Ware. I've voted for the man twice. Not anymore.
Some in the Roanoke Valley media have tried to imply that Mac McCadden is a fly by night candidate who is running against Ware out of spite. Some say McCadden is running against Ware because of some kind of personal vendetta. Some say McCadden is a political opportunist. Nothing could be further from the truth. McCadden is running against Ware because McCadden actually cares about what's going on in our community and in our schools. McCadden is running because a number of us who don't have a big bank account, who don't support Republican policies, and who have a genuine concern about what's going on in our schools and our neighborhoods know that Onzlee Ware is an empty suit.
* I'm not telling you who to vote for on June 12. Just remember this. Regardless of who you vote for, go to the polls and vote. If you don't vote, don't complain.
* Ellis Henry has just resigned from the Roanoke, Va. Housing Authority. Well, I'm not surprised. But, I'll say this. Something doesn't smell right. More on this later.
COMING FRIDAY: THE ARTIS BLOG APRIL FOOLS EDITION.
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PRESS CONFERENCE: Mac McCadden, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from Roanoke, Va., will be holding two press conferences this week. The first will be on Tuesday, 11:00 A.M. on the front sidewalk of the Hershberger Road Methadone Clinic on the corner of Hershberger Road and Cove Road. The second press conference will be held on Thursday, 11:00 A.M. in front of William Ruffner Middle School on Ferncliff Ave. For more information on these two events please call, (540)397-2119.
McCadden is running against current Virginia House of Delegate Onzlee Ware for the Democratic nomination. The primary election for this seat is June 12. You owe it to yourself to attend one or both of these events.
* Boo, Hoo, Hoo. I hit a nerve with the 3/23/07 issue of THE ARTIS BLOG, posted below. I've gotten a number of E-mails and comments from "baby makers" who resent my take on Black men who don't take care of their children. All I've got to say is, "Get over it." And listen up, here's more. The following is to all of the "baby makers" out there regardless of race.
* I far as I'm concerned, any man who doesn't take care for his children, any man who doesn't provide for his children is a bum, a loser, someone who is just a sorry individual.
* Spare me all of the, "I Don't Know How To Be A Father," talk. I will admit it's hard to be a good father. However, it isn't hard to be a decent father. We are not talking rocket science here. So much of being a decent father is simple common sense.
* How simple is it to be a decent father? Make sure your child is provided for. Teach your child the difference between right and wrong. Show up for Christmas, Easter, birthdays and other events. Give your child a phone number where they can reach you when they need you. Take the time to put your child first. Quit trippin' and do.
* Spare me the, "I'm A Criminal So I Can Provide For My Children," talk, as well. So many young "baby makers" have told me they deal drugs and do other illegal things so they can provide for their children. Bull. These folks deal drugs and commit illegal acts so they can provide for themselves, so they can be the big man in their neighborhoods. The fact is, if you love your children more than yourself, you won't be a drug dealer, you won't be a criminal. The fact is, how is anyone going to take care of their children when they end up in jail? And these folks will end up in jail.
* Spare me the, "It's Not My Fault She Got Pregnant," talk. Let's keep it real here. In this day and age, with all of the available forms of birth control out there, if a woman became pregnant although the man didn't want her to, in most cases, that man is an idiot. Birth control goes both ways. And if a man chooses not to use a condom, that man is willingly shooting himself in the foot.
* Young guys like to say, "But dog, I don't like to use birth control, that's her job." My answer to this always is, "Well, young blood, get ready to be a Baby Daddy."
* Let's keep it real some more. If a man is having sex and he is not using a condom, he is an even bigger idiot. HIV and AIDS ain't no joke.
* What's the bottom line here? If you make a child, take care of it. A child doesn't ask to come into this world. If you don't want to take care of a child, then don't make one. It's that simple. We're not talking about rocket science here.
* So to the "baby makers" out there, I'm not trippin', you are. To the fathers out there, keep up the good work.
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JUST A REMINDER: THE ROANOKE, VA SCLC WILL BE HAVING A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ON APRIL 4, 2007 AT 12 NOON AT THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BRIDGE IN DOWNTOWN ROANOKE, VA. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THIS GREAT MAN. WE CAN NEVER FORGET THAT DR. KING GAVE HIS LIFE SO WE CAN LIVE FREE.
ANOTHER REMINDER: JUNETEENTH, BABY, JUNETEENTH. Check out the "JUNETEENTH" link at the top of this page. I hope to see you there.
* To Shanna Flowers, you go girl! Check out her column concerning Black fathers in the 3/29/07 edition of "The Roanoke Times" newspaper. To read her column, please click on the following link. If you get upset over what Shanna has to say, get over it.
* In her column, Shanna keeps it real with this fact from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kid's Count: 65% of Black families are being raised in single parent families. This is 2 times the national average and 3 times the number of White children in single parent homes.
* There are many reasons for this startling statistics. However, the Number One reason for this sad fact is this. When it comes to being fathers, too many Black men are dropping the ball. Too many Black men are so into self or feeling sorry for themselves that they aren't taking care of the business of raising their children. Go ahead and get mad if you want too.
* History tells us that Black, single parent households are nothing new in America. History tells us that the Black family unit has been disrupted ever since Blacks were kidnapped from Africa and brought to America in chains as slaves. As slaves, Black fatherhood was considered to be virtually nonexistent by America's institutions. First, America's institutions considered the Black male slave to be only a laborer and a baby making machine, not a man. Second, America's institutions tried to remove Black manhood/fatherhood out of the Black slave family through the use of the "Slave Codes" as the Black slave family was considered matriarchal in nature. Even for free Blacks, Black men were often kidnapped, taken down South and sold into slavery.
Black manhood, fatherhood included, was further controlled and disrupted through: 1) the buying and selling of Black men, women and children, 2) the plantation's whip, 3) the rape of Black women both salve and free, and 4) the hangman's noose. Even after slavery, terrorism and Jim Crow were used to keep Black men in check. The same holds true for Black women.
* However, against these odds, Black men of past generations did what they needed to do to take care of their business. Black men of past generations did what they needed to do to take care of their children.
* And in cases like mine, when a blood-father wasn't around or just wasn't any doggone good, Black men stepped up to the plate to willingly take care of those children who weren't theirs.
I grew up in a single-parent household. I met my blood-father when I was 5. Until my blood-father died in 1996, I only saw him a few more times. Whenever I'm asked about my blood-father, I always say, "Nice guy, lousy father." No, don't feel sorry for me. I still had a father. The man I consider to be my father is not a blood relative. He is simply a good man who saw a need and filled it. I'm grateful for everything he has done.
* Unfortunately, in today's America, Black manhood is too often determined by three things; 1) the ability to carry a gun that you don't know how to use, 2) the ability to be "hard", to be able to kick butt and take names, and 3) the ability to have babies by as many different women as possible. In far too many instances, the term "father" has been replaced by "baby making machine."
* We are all to blame for this problem as we've allowed personal responsibility and accountability to take a long, long vacation. It's time to stop the madness. It's time to make people responsible and accountable. It's time for the Black community to say,
"Look here. Anyone can make a baby. It takes a man to be a father. If you make it, take care of it. If you don't want to take care of it, don't make it. A baby isn't an ego trip or a Barbie doll. A baby isn't a play thing. A baby is a lifetime commitment. Cut the crap and be a father. Real men take care of their children."
* As a community, we need to say one other thing. Brothers, quit whining. Stop falling for this, "IT'S HARD OUT THERE FOR A BLACK MAN SO I CAN'T TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN," b.s. If older generations of Black men could take care of their children under far more severe circumstances than today, so can you. The fact of the matter is, while many Black men are whining about how hard it is to be a Black man in today's America, we are losing our children to gangs, prison and the grave yard.
* And to the Brothers out there, if you need help being a Father, just give me a call. I am more than happy to help. I am a Father of three wonderful children. There's no better j.o.b. in the world. Real men take care of their children.
I'LL SEE YOU MONDAY. HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.
KEEP THE FAITH, BABY.
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IT'S HERE, IT'S SPRING
* DATE: June 16, 2007. WHERE: Roanoke, Va. WHAT: The Juneteenth Unity Day Parade and Celebration. TIME: The parade starts at 10:30 A.M. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge. The Celebration will begin at 12:00 noon at Washington Park. ADMISSION FOR ALL ACTIVITIES: FREE. For more on this event, please click on the "JUNETEENTH" link at the top of this page. Come On Out. Get Your Grub On.
* I told you President Bush wouldn't fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. Look, what Gonzo did in the firing of those United States Attorneys wasn't illegal. Unethical, yes. Illegal no. Now, if you want to talk about Gonzo supporting wiretaps without a warrant, torture, the suspension of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution, among other things, then you've got something. I mean, the United States Supreme Court has been knocking Gonzo around like a human punching bag over the past year.
* Can we stop these stupid arguments about colleges letting "unqualified" students who happen to be athletes into their institutions of higher learning? No one complains when a college accepts an "unqualified" donor's or alumni kid into their schools. The same holds true for an "unqualified" politician's kid. These kids can be as dumb as a sack of hair and still get accepted into the best colleges and universities in America. After all, how do you think current President George Bush got into Yale? It sure wasn't because of W's high school transcripts or his SAT scores.
* The same goes for those stupid arguments that we need to get rid of affirmative action.
* If a kid wants to leave college early to play professional sports, what's the big deal?
* And spare me the "academic integrity" argument. First, that argument is usually put forth by people who have the athletic ability of a rock. Second, we never say it's wrong for a talented non-athlete to leave college early for an outstanding job opportunity.
* Case in point, Bill Gates. Yes, that Bill Gates, who, by the way, left college early and became a billionaire. If Bill Gates would have stayed in college, instead of leaving college to start Microsoft with his boys, we'd be calling Bill Gates an idiot today.
* This item is from the, "IF YOU WANT QUALITY, YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT," files. On Monday, Roanoke, Va. policemen picketed in front of City Hall for higher pay and better benefits. Of course, the Roanoke, Va. City Government politely told the policemen, "No."
Funny. Roanoke, Va. City Government wants to spend $54 million to build a water park in a flood zone. And it has invested untold millions of dollars into a fru-fru art museum that the working men and working women of the Roanoke Valley will never go to. But, when it comes to public safety, Roanoke, Va. can't seem to find the money to pay for good cops or to keep good cops. Go figure. The same goes for the teachers of Roanoke, Va.; overworked and underpaid.
* The building of Phase Two of the new Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Va. is now under way.
* Let's hope the contractors who are building Phase Two of the new Patrick Henry High School complete this task before Phase One of the new Patrick Henry High School crumbles to the ground. What? You think I'm joking?
SEE YOU FRIDAY.
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* No, I'm not making this up. From the "Anyone Will Do Anything For Money" file comes this item. Freelance "artist," Aye Jay, is selling "The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book." The coloring book can be purchased from Urban Outfitters the wonderful people who brought us the game, "Ghettopoly" and other interesting anti-Black products. For more on this story, please click on the following link.
* "Tell me why are we, So blind to see, That the one's we hurt, Are you and me." Coolio, "Gangsta's Paradise."
* As much as I'm disgusted with Aye Jay for producing this coloring book, and as much as I am angry for the junk that Urban Outfitters sells, I'm much more outraged at the ignorant parents who bought this coloring book for their children. This is another case of "Parents Gone Stupid," a new disease that seems to be sweeping the country.
* Congratulations to the original Tuskegee Airmen. On March 29, the Tuskegee Airmen will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. However, these brave men must also pay for their own transportation to and from Washington and must pay for their lodging while in Washington to receive their awards. This is a disgrace. Given what these brave men have been through, the United States Government should be more than happy to pick up the tab for presenting this honor. These brave men should also be allowed to stay in the White House during their time in Washington to receive their awards. America owes these brave men this honor.
One quick note, Roanoke, Va. is the current home of honorary Tuskegee Airman, Brother Lewis Ross. For more on this story, please click on the following link.
* Democrats are saying they are boycotting FOX News. Sounds good, anyway.
* Rachel Holt, a Claymont Elementary School teacher in Wilmington, Del. was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old boy. Holt was also accused of giving the boy booze and allowing the boy to drive her car. Ten years is about right for this lady. Holt violated the public trust.
* Look for major changes in "No Child Left Behind," President Bush's education program.
* If the Bush troop surge is working, and it appears to be, let's not forget one thing. Military experts told Bush and former Sec. of Defense Don Rumsfeld to fortify Iraq with ground troops 4 years ago at the beginning of the Iraq War. Of course, neither man listened.
* There's a huge gulf in the civil rights community over age and class. And I've got to tell you. If I were young and poor, I'd think civil rights organizations were full of it, too.
* There's an interesting commentary written by "The Roanoke Times" editorial staff about Roanoke, Va. Public School Superintendent, Marvin Thompson. To read this commentary, please click on the following link.
* Please say a prayer for the family of Christopher Barrios. Christopher Barrios was the missing 6-year-old child in Georgia whose body was found on Thursday. I have lost a child. It was the worst feeling in the world. I can only imagine that losing a child under the circumstances the Barrios family lost Christopher just has to be unbearable.
* The Pentagon says parts of Iraq are in a civil war. You think?
* Should Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resign over the U.S. Attorneys firing controversy? Yup. Better yet, he should be fired by President Bush. No wait, that will never happen.
* President Bush says mistakes were made in the firing of these U.S. Attorneys. What President Bush meant to say was the White House didn't mean to get caught firing these U.S. Attorneys. Getting caught was the mistake.
* You would think you could trust a banana company. Chiquita Brands International, yes that Chiquita, paid Columbian terrorists $1.7 from 1997-2004 to leave its farms in Columbia alone. For their actions, Chiquita was fined $2.5 million by a U.S. federal court for paying these terrorists. It's a good thing Chiquita doesn't have any banana farms in Iraq or Afghanistan.
* Peace in Palestine? Humas and Fatah have reached an agreement to form a unity government. Final approval of the agreement is scheduled for this weekend. No word yet on if Humas and Fatah have agreed to destroy Israel together or as single entities.
* If celebrities can adopt foreign kids without breaking the law or by getting special privileges, I don't have a problem with it.
* I've just finished listening to the new Ludacris CD. I want my money back. The CD's very overrated. The CD's more hype than good music. But, that's rap these days. Luda really needs to spend more time concentrating on his music than he spends banging on Oprah. You know, I'm gonna become a rapper. I'll call myself Ol' Man MC. I'll rap about how hard it is to be a blogger. Gangsta blogging, now there's a concept.
* You've just gotta love HUD. Get funny with the money, get fined, get your fine reduced, never have to worry about jail time. I'm in the wrong business.
Earlier this year, the Roanoke, Va. Redevelopment and Housing Authority was told to repay the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development $1.9 million, some say $2.5 million, for a number of inappropriate (some say crooked, others say criminal) problems with contracts awarded by the RRHA to local businesses for services. Now, this isn't the first time the RRHA has been in trouble with HUD. This is only the latest time the RRHA has been in trouble with HUD.
Well, earlier this week, HUD decided to knock off $600,00 of the money the RRHA owed HUD. And HUD is thinking about reducing the repayment owed to them by the RRHA even more. Man, I'm in the wrong business. But, then again, I have to look at myself in the mirror in the morning.
* You've just gotta love this political dispute in the small town of Boones Mill, Va. Talk about loving one's husband more than the rule of law. Boones Mill Police Chief Lynn Frith was directed to arrest more speeders by the Boones Mill town government. Frith did what he was told to do and arrested more speeders. Guess what. Under this new town directive, one of the speeders Frith arrested was Robert Hogan, husband of Boones Mill Mayor Patricia Hogan. Oh my gosh, Batman!!!
Trying to be the "good wife," Mayor Hogan tried to protect her husband by trying to get rid of, you guessed it, Police Chief Frith. Good wife, bad mayor. When Mayor Hogan didn't get her way, she resigned her position as mayor, along with another member of the Boones Mill Town Council, Sarah Eames. No word yet on when ex-Mayor Hogan will toilet paper Frith's house.
* Have you checked out "WHAT UP?" Check it out by clicking on the "WHAT UP?" link at the top of this page.
SEE YOU MONDAY, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
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* I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record. But, hey, we're talking about President George Bush here. The Bush White House is the most corrupt White House since Richard Nixon's Watergate days. The Attorney General firing United States Attorneys because they don't prosecute more Democratic office holders? What a crock. Doesn't anyone in the Bush White House understand the United States Constitution? Or does everyone in the Bush White House figure the United States Constitution is just a document that can be followed willy-nilly? This is America. Now that's something President Bush doesn't seem to understand.
* You've got to hand it to Hillary Clinton. The woman will try to put political spin on anything. At the 42'nd Anniversary of Bloody Sunday on March 4'th in Selma, Alabama, Hillary bragged about going to see Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in Chicago in 1963 and how Dr. King's words influenced her.
Funny thing. Hillary became a Goldwater Republican in 1964. For those of you who don't know or remember Barry Goldwater, here's the lowdown. Goldwater ran for President in 1964. Goldwater also voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and voted against the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a United States Senator. I guess Hillary forgot about all that.
* So you think welfare reform is working? If you think it is, then you're just not paying attention. Yes, the welfare rolls are smaller today. However, other social welfare programs are exploding. And with government cuts to social welfare programs, many of these programs are going broke while the people these programs were designed to help end up suffering.
* When I ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1995, I said, "If the federal government's welfare reform package is ever passed, America will have declared war on the poor. And if the economy goes into any kind of economic downturn, America's war on the poor will turn into a genocide on the poor."
* Who is the daddy of America's welfare reform? President Bill "I Feel Your Pain" Clinton.
* For the record, one in 6 Americans rely on some form of welfare. Today, more people are on some type of social welfare program than at any time since the federal government started keeping data on the number of people on social welfare programs 20 years ago.
* This just in. According to 2005 census figures, the percentage of poor Americans who are living in severe poverty has reached a 32-year high; 16 million people, the majority of which are children.
* Yo' Bill. Do you feel their pain? After all, you helped create their pain.
* It's time to raise the minimum wage.
* It's also time to end the, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy concerning gays in the military. It is a stupid policy. If you don't think gays should serve in the military, get over it.
SEE YOU FRIDAY.
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* Here is a warning to the people living along Grayson Ave. in Northwest Roanoke, Va. Be careful. Thug criminals are posing as lost strangers, going to houses along Grayson Ave. and knocking on doors. When someone living in the house answers the door, these thug criminals ask the people living there for directions to a house in the neighborhood. Then, these thugs push the person answering the door aside, invade the house and rob it. Again, to the folks along Grayson Ave., be careful.
* Another warning goes out to the young folks in Southeast Roanoke and Southwest Roanoke, Va. If you live in or are visiting certain parts of Southeast Roanoke, do not wear blue clothing. Southeast Roanoke is Bloods territory. If you live in or are visiting certain parts of Southwest Roanoke, do not wear red clothing. Southwest Roanoke is Crips territory. Young people who are gang and non-gang members have been attacked in these areas for wearing the wrong colors.
* I'd love to spend 15 minutes in a locked room with the so-called "man" who mugged a 101-year-old woman on her way to church and then an 85-year-old woman later that day in New York. As James Brown would say, "Please, Please Please."
* Is President Bush using the Justice Dept. as a political hit squad? Sure looks like it. It appears that Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez fired several U.S. Attorneys for doing their jobs and not following the Bush political script. Apparently, Karl Rove had a hand in this. If this is true, Gonzalez should resign.
* James Brown was buried last weekend. Finally.
* I'm passionate about three things; my family, politics/civil/human rights and sports.
* Congrats to the William Fleming High School boy's basketball team and Hidden Valley High School girl's basketball team for winning state championships this past weekend. Great job.
* March Madness is here. My Final Four is Florida, Kansas, Georgetown and Ohio State.
* Syracuse, West Virginia, and Drexel got robbed.
* I'd like to see a couple of things happen in the sport's world in the coming year. I'd like to see: 1) Jeff Gordon or Junior win the Nextel Cup Championship. Gordon because he is my driver, Junior because I'm tired of hearing his fans whine about what a great driver he is. 2) The O's of Baltimore make the playoffs, beating the Yankees to do so. 3) Notre Dame beat Va. Tech to win the National Championship in college football. 4) Tiger Woods win golf's Grand Slam. 5) The Redskins get to the Super Bowl by beating the Cowboys in Dallas in the NFC Championship Game and then beat the Colts in the Super Bowl. 6) The Cowboys lose in the playoffs. Watching Cowboy fans after the Cowboys lose is my idea of having fun. Cowboy fans whine more than Junior fans and Va. Tech fans combined. 7) A-Rod win the MVP of the World Series and then jump to the Cubs. Yeah, I hate the Yankees. But, A-Rod is a decent guy who needs some love. 8) Kobe miss the winning shot in the 7'th game of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. And Shaq win the MVP of the series. Everyone knows I'm not a Kobe fan. 9) Red Sox fans quit whining and got off of Manny's back. Mostly, I want to see Red Sox fans shut up and enjoy baseball for a change, if that's possible. 10) T.O. either shut up and play football or retire.
Yeah, if these 10 things happen, it will be a great sports year.
KEEP THE FAITH, BABY.
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* Don't you just love March Madness?
* I've been working overnights at my job this week. I have a new appreciation for those people who work from 11 P.M. until 7 A.M. or who work from 12 A.M. until 8 A.M. I also have a new dislike for the telemarketers who have been calling me all week while I was trying to sleep during the day. There should be a law against it. That's right, there is a law against it. I'm on the "No Call" list. So much for that list.
* Walgreens is in trouble with the EEOC. The EEOC says Walgreens illegally assigns Black employees to low performing stores and to stores in Black neighborhoods. The EEOC also says Walgreens denies managers and professionals promotions because of their race. Of course, Walgreens says they have done nothing wrong.
* Apologies for slavery seem to be the norm these days. I have two things to say about slavery apologies. First, many government officials support these apologies as a political ploy more so than anything else. Second, I'd rather see a debate in government on how to better enforce the existing anti-discrimination laws that are designed to protect me and people like me from racism and discrimination, which is the direct result of American slavery. After all, what good is an apology for slavery when I can still be denied a job, a bank loan, the right to buy a house where I want to buy one, and denied other things simply because of the color of my skin?
* Here's something new. The Scotts Valley, California School District is billing parents $36.13 a day when their children miss school. The purpose of the fine is to improve school attendance in a school district where parents often take their children out of school for trips, vacations and other things. Parents don't have to pay the fine. But, the school is trying to send a clear message to parents that their kids need to be in school.
* Violent crime is on the rise. Why should we be surprised?
* Black people don't just have to worry about those folks in the white sheets. According to California law enforcement, Latino gangs are targeting innocent Black men, women and children in California for hate crimes. Blacks who are being targeted have no gang affiliation. The goal of these hate crimes is to drive Black people out of Black neighborhoods so the Latino gangs can take these neighborhoods over. The latest victim of this madness was a 14-year-old Black girl. What's more, Gov. Arnold Movie Star doesn't seem to feel this is a big deal.
* No, I'm not surprised by the poor care veterans get at Veteran's Administration hospitals across the country. The Roanoke, Va. SCLC has been raising Cain over this issue for over a decade. We've gotten some results through our activism. But, maybe now there will be a national effort to improve veteran's care.
* While visiting Brazil, President Bush was greeted by protesters carrying posters with pictures comparing Bush to Hitler. Readers of THE ARTIS BLOG, know I'm no fan of President Bush. But, comparing Bush to Hitler? Give me a break.
* Now, I will compare President Bush to Richard Nixon. The Bush White House is the most corrupt White House since the days of Watergate. Did you hear that "Scooter" Libby and Vice-President Chaney? Gotta go. Someone is trying to kick my door in. Oh, don't worry. It's just Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and a couple of Right Wing religious preachers.
SEE YOU MONDAY.
KEEP THE FAITH, BABY.
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