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Obama & The N-Word (Huff Post Live) (June 22, 2015)

In Video on August 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm
"...it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say 'n*****' in public..." - - President Barack Obama

Was President Obama’s comments concerning racism in America too strong and “unbecoming of an American president” or well-timed and appropriate for today’s tensions?

NEW YORK CITY (June 22, 2015) – (Courtesy Huffington Post / HuffPost Live) In a recent interview, President Obama used the N-word when making a point about racism following the Charleston shootings. Does the attention and criticism he’s getting over the use of this word prove his point about race in America?

Host: Alyona Minkovski

Guests for this Segment:

Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Pittsburgh, PA)Former Republican Congressional Candidate; TV Host, ‘NightTalk: Get To The Point’; Radio Host, ‘The Lenny McAllister Show’

Jody Armour @NiggaTheory (Los Angeles, CA)Law Professor, University of Southern California

Mychal Denzel Smith @mychalsmith (Brooklyn, NY)Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. @cnicolemason (New York, NY)Executive Director, Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI)

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McAllister Statement on Twitter Blackout

In Speeches on July 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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CHICAGO (July 13, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon participating in the “black out” in social media, issued the following statement:

“I have decided, although I am just one of many vocal Black conservatives throughout the United States, that it is important for me as one within that number to participate in the ‘black out’ that is occurring on Twitter and social media during the George Zimmerman deliberations.

“My black Twitter avatar and Facebook profile are part of an overall effort to bring awareness, action, and advancement to issues that are pulling this nation away from its promise of greatness for all of its citizens.

“Many are taking part in the ‘black out’ as a sign of solidarity in hopes of a guilty verdict in this case. I am taking part of this symbol as an expression of the deeper meaning interwoven in this case and the overlooked troubles we face as a diverse nation.

“Until more conservatives – conservative thought leaders, conservative commentators, conservative activists, conservative candidates, and conservative legislators – take to heart the malevolent realities of racially-charged social practices such as racial profiling (that prompts an inversion of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ as afforded by the Constitution), ‘stop-and-frisk’ ‘police measures, incidents of ‘driving while Black’, and other divisive procedures and customs that weaken our nation fabric, we will continue to be a nation that is ripping apart at the seams socially, economically, and morally.

“Race is a real issue in modern-day America. We have seen it in the double-unemployment rate for years now. We see it in education. We see it with the evolution of the ‘new Jim Crow’ with the prison industrial complex. We have seen it through tragedies such as the Jonny Gammage killing in my native Pittsburgh. We have seen it with Black men dying unnecessarily – through urban plight conditions and its aftermath as well as high-profile situations that make us question where we are as a nation regarding race in the 21st century – over recent years. The Trayvon Martin tragedy has merely served as another example that shines our shameful reflection back at us through a series of comments, sentiments, and similar tragedies that highlight the pain felt on all sides due to our common cancer.

“True statesmen and leaders – be them conservatives or otherwise – should not run away from this reality. If we are called to lead, we must also be called to heal and resolve rudimentary issues that necessitate a healing. We cannot heal anything if we refuse to meet the bar of acknowledging, investigating, analyzing, and addressing any dysfunctional condition hindering us with a sense of social responsibility, intellectual honesty, and historical accountability. Sadly, too many of us conservatives over recent years – and most notably concerning the viewpoints and statements expressed over the past year concerning the tragedy of February 26, 2012 – have failed to meet this standard. My small action seeks to remind us as a teammate within the conservative faction that we are collectively better than what we have collectively exhibited to date. Further, we are called by God and country to do better for the sake of God’s Will and our country’s future. I believe that, in time, we can and will. Thus, I ask more conservatives to accept the call of history and the challenge to be great in healing our divisiveness in a manner we have not seen for some time now in urban America and throughout our nation’s powerful diversity.”

TCNGB (Take Care N God Bless)

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

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LISTEN: “The McAllister Minute” (January 23 – January 29, 2013)

In Audio, The McAllister Minute on January 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm
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“If we continue down this path – one where Inaugural Addresses now sound more like they were written to swing voters in October instead of to a nation in need of healing at the beginning of a new year – we can only expect to hear more excuses and complaints from both the White House and Capitol Hill as we continue to get less done for the sake of you and me.”

“If the Inauguration of President Barack Obama this past Monday was any indication of the direction of the second term of the Obama Administration, then we are looking at more of the same, leaving the days of hope and change long behind us.

 

“The president was supposed to give a speech that gave the views of a visionary statesman, not the talking points of a victorious politician.

 

“Aren’t we finally tired of the back-and-forth of politicians using their multiple bully pulpits to beat their political opponents over the head, all while the American people continue to deal with reports of languishing employment numbers and depressing outlooks for the future? The appearance of political power in America – from both sides of the aisle at times – has been hallow and devoid of any inspirational ability to move decision-makers from gamesmanship to statesmanship.

 

“Someone has to change that toxic reality – and do so starting in 2013. This has to change, America, and it changes starting with voicing our demands for better results for our elected leaders. It is time to demand accountability for action and results, not rhetoric.”

 

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