Blacks and Iraq

Jill at Jack and Jill politics recently posted another one of her challenging post.

Yes, I said challenging post, because she challenges all of us.

This challenge is about America's war on Iraq and the lack of conversation on black blogs about the disguised hypocrisy of America on this critical issue. Jill recently wrote that she is frustrated like most African Americans on the continuing failure to set a timetable on Iraq. She feels that members of Congress and the political blogs are ignoring African-Americans, in part I think because we have not blogged as much about Iraq as other issues.

I agree we Jill. Black bloggers should get more vocal about the war. We need to do what Malcolm and Martin taught us, become more international in our conversation. We need to comment of the Iraq war as they did about the War in Vietnam and the war against our people. I just finished taking another look at my blog(s). At African American Opinion we have posted on issue of the war many times see below:

   * War (41)
    * War and Peace (30)
    * War on Iraq (15)

I'm reminded of what Martin Luther King said during his Christmas Sermon back in December of 1967, which reminds me of 2007, just change the name President Johnson to Bush, Just change the country North Vietnam to Iraq:

"And the leaders of the world today talk eloquently about peace. Every time we drop our bombs in North Vietnam, President Johnson talks eloquently about peace. What is the problem? They are talking about peace as a distant goal, as an end we seek, but one day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. All of this is saying that, in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends."

--Martin Luther King, Jr., "A CHRISTMAS SERMON" 24 December 1967

Read more of Jill's thoughts below:

African-Americans on the Iraq War -- The Military and Electoral Impact

What's interesting is that you don't see a lot of discussion about the Iraq War among black bloggers. That's because we all agree on it and solutions seem obvious. If other bloggers are like me, I am just so sick of talking about it. The difference among black folks is that we were largely against the war before it started and have quietly been protesting it ever since.

Most African-Americans can point to someone they know personally who has been impacted in some way -- negatively -- by this war. Could be a neighbor, relative, classmate, co-worker, relative of a relative. You nah mean. Me -- I've had 2 cousins go over to Iraq. And my cousin's half-sister's husband. This colors our view of those who believe in a wait-and-see or worse yet, a "surge" approach.

Discussions in the black community tend to focus on Osama bin Laden -- isn't he still at large? -- and on the Money -- it sure seems like a lot of money is being spent over there in Iraq. How is it that none of that money was seen fit to spend on helping the victims of Katrina or re-building New Orleans? Or on better healthcare, education, poverty, our cities, the environment for folks living right here in the United States?

Still it's critical to talk about it because Democratic candidates looking for black votes will need to speak to us on those terms to be heard. And it also impacts the current national security. Quietly, the military has been dependent for generations on regular enlistment by young black soldiers. Why do you think that the educational and career opportunities are always touted. That's been the lure for young men and women eager to join (or stay in) the middle class.

Read More on her post Here: 2007/05/african-americans-on-iraq-war-mi litary.html

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Free Gary Tyler

"Strike while the iron is hot," my grandmother used to say. Gary Tyler, in prison 30 years based on manufactured evidence and racism, won't be in the spotlight for long. Now is the time to act! Sign the petition at

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February is Black History Month

But you wouldn't know that if you looked at the campaign websites of the major Democratic and Republican candidates for the presidency.  At least that's what I've noticed after a quick look.  Oh, there's an exception with this very short press release on Mitt Romney's site: eases/African-American_History_Month

Black History Month was started for a reason.  Because, to be blunt, outside of the Civil War and the civil rights struggles of the 1950's and 1960's, we as a nation have often overlooked how blacks have contributed to and been affected by our nation's history.

While I realize that many candidates have just put up sites within the past 30 days, I view the lack of any mention of Black History month itself as a missed opportunity.  Sure, Iowa and New Hampshire have relatively few blacks, but the candidates and their campaigns are spending a heckuva lot of time looking to raise money all over the place.

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Here again, they're not talking about the general election. About 90% of African Americans voted for the Democrat in 2004, and barring some cataclysmic event, that's not changing in 2008. Instead, the pundits are asking how Obama will perform with African Americans in the Democratic primaries.

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We've been beating the drum here pretty loudly on the issue of children's health care--and today will be no different. The Campaign for Children's Health Care (of which we're a partner) released today a new report that paints a grim picture of the state of children's health insurance in America. You can check out the report here.

Bottom line: there are too many uninsured kids in America. By our numbers, there are currently more than 9 million uninsured kids in this country; in other words, one out of every nine kids has no health insurance. Moreover, for the first time since 1998, the number of uninsured kids has gone up, from 10.8% to 11.2%.

If you just can't wait to take action, click here. Otherwise, make the jump.

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