Friday, December 19, 2008
think Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls
"I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath,"
"I am dying to show you how innocent I am"
"I have on my side the most powerful ally there is the truth"
"I have the personal knowledge that I have not done anything wrong"
I ain't mad at Rod for reciting Rudyard Kipling's "If". That's one of the first poems I ever recited word for word (as a rebellious preteen). Chris Parnell has got to be foaming at the mouth waiting for Saturday Night.
From Peoria County News:
Peoria County is seeking information from voters: would you support a sales tax increase to help fund the Peoria Riverfront Museum? Earlier this fall a bill was passed into law that allows Illinois counties - with voter approval - to increase the sales tax rate to fund construction of public facilities. The Peoria County Board must decide by January 31 whether to pose the question of a ¼ of 1% sales tax increase to voters on the April ballot. The increase translates to 25 cents for every $100 of retail purchases.
Before making its decision, the board wants input from the public and has contracted with Communication Express to conduct a telephone survey that asks voters the following questions:
· Would you support a sales tax increase to help fund the museum project?
· Would you be more likely to support an increase if proceeds could also be used to fund other public facilities such as schools and fire houses?
· Would you be more likely to support an increase if the increase were temporary?
Communication Express will poll approximately 660 voters residing in the City of Peoria and 340 voters living outside city limits. These numbers more accurately reflect voter turnout at an April election than a straight 50/50 poll.
People who did not have an opportunity to participate in the random telephone survey (administered Thursday evening and throughout today) may answer the same questions posed to survey respondents by clicking here. Survey results will be made public upon completion.
For more information, please call Jennifer Zinkel, Director of Strategic Communications, at (309) 672-6918.
This project will have a huge impact on the inner city. Here is an opportunity to put in your two cents (or four), I know I did.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
A CNN exit poll shows that 70% of all blacks said that they voted for Prop 8, while 75% of black women in particular did. Speculation has run amok as to who is responsible for the passing of Prop 8. Some say it was prejudice on behalf of blacks; some speculate that Mormons are to blame (as illustrated in the paragraph above); while others speculate that black women in particular are at fault.
"...comparing ... interracial marriage with ... gay marriage... Many black women do not seem to be big fans of interracial marriage either. They’re the least likely of all groups to intermarry, and many don’t look kindly on the black men who intermarry at nearly three times the rate that they do..."
It's true, a good man is hard to find. As Haki Madhubuti says above, the ratio is about 3 to 1. Let me draw a picture of what this ratio looks like to a black woman/the black family:
This 3 to 1 ratio is part of the reality of what is happening to the black family. Will embracing homosexuality in the black community make this situation any better? Probably just about as much as denying it hurts (i.e. down low brothers and AIDS). Black women voted for Barack Obama. You best believe, the look of that beautiful little family was a part of his over all attraction. Maybe to think that on the other hand, black women would turn around and vote for Prop 8 was just too much to ask at this time. Is it prejudice or is it a fight for the traditional black family?