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AFRICAN, it’s not just for blacks anymore!

afro4I’m sorry if I am about to offend anyone.  That is never my intention.  I found this article on ABC.com and had to share it with you.  For those who don’t know me, I’m not one to mince words.  I believe in truth, justice and the American way.  I believe that political correctness is the enemy of truth.  Here is an example. 

Paulo Serodio ( not pictured above ) says he was born and raised in Mozambique and now is a naturalized U.S. citizen.  Serodio has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey medical school, claiming he was harassed and ultimately suspended for identifying himself during a class cultural exercise as a “white African-American.”

“I wouldn’t wish this to my worst enemy,” he said. “I’m not exaggerating. This has destroyed my life, my career.” The lawsuit, which asks for Serodio’s reinstatement at the school and monetary damages, named the Newark-based University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and several doctors and university employees as defendants. Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the lawsuit traces a series of events that Serodio maintains led to his 2007 suspension, starting with a March 2006 cultural exercise in a clinical skills course taught by Dr. Kathy Ann Duncan, where each student was asked to define themselves for a discussion on culture and medicine.

After Serodio labeled himself as a white African-American, another student was offended by his comments and that, because of his white skin, was not an African-American.

According to the lawsuit, Serodio was summoned to Duncan’s office where he was instructed “never to dscribe himself as an African-American again”… because it was offensive to others and to people of color for him to do so.”

“It’s crazy,” Serodio’s attorney Gregg Zeff told ABCNews.com. “Because that’s what he is.”

Serodio, who lives in Newark, said he never meant to offend anyone and calling himself African-American doesn’t detract from another person’s heritage.

Neither the American Civil Liberties Union nor the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People responded to messages seeking comment on the meaning of African-American.

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines African-American as “an American of African and especially of black African descent.”

“There are people of all races who are African,” Serodio said, adding that he’s never had a problem identifying himself as an African-American until that day in Duncan’s class.

Zeff pointed out that Serodio only labeled himself after his instructors asked him to do so and was then penalized for it.

This sort of reminds me of the Carrie Prejean fiasco. Maybe they need to meet! 

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May 16, 2009 Posted by | Political | | 4 Comments

New “Buy Black Experiment” May Become a Nationwide Movement

Buying BlackI usually do not write about subjects that may have the possibility of becoming racially charged, but this time, I must make an exception.  As reported on Fox News.com this morning, a Chicago family has begun what they are quoted as calling an “Empowerment Experiment”.  Maggie and John Anderson of Chicago vowed four months ago that for one year, they would try to patronize only black-owned businesses.  This “Empowerment Experiment” is why John had to suffer for hours with a stomach ache, Maggie no longer gets that brand-name shampoo to wash her hair  and a grocery trip is a 14-mile excursion. 

Mrs. Anderson was quoted as saying  “It’s like, my people have been here 400 years and we don’t even have a Walgreens to show for it.”  The Andersons are following up with 4,000 people who signed up to join the experiment on their Web site to gauge their commitment and set up online accounts to track their spending. Hundreds have also joined the experiment’s Facebook page. 

Dallas Smith, who owns a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta, said “We’ve still got that ‘the white man’s water is colder’ mentality,” he said. “We can’t take us for granted. When we go to our establishments, it’s almost like we’re doing a favor. That ought to be a given for us.”

Maggie Anderson says ” The response has been so huge. “We think so much can come out of this. We’re in movement-making mode now.”

I have to agree with Maggie Anderson.  They are in a making mode now.  Making the United States even more racial and making it  a worse place to live.  I’m sorry, but I thought the whole point of being in American was to help each other and do away with things that make us different.  This couple and the people who follow their example seem to revel in the things that make them stand apart.  They make the argument that their is not enough black businesses.  I took this as meaning that there are not an equal amount of black businesses as there is white owned businesses.  According to what I have read, however, blacks only make up 12 to 13% of the current U.S. population, so how could is it possable to have equal representation? 

I personally frequent my favorite market that is owned by a very nice, professional Iranian gentleman who has gotten to be friends with my whole family.  His patrons are an equal mix of whites and blacks.  We go to our favorite Chinese restaurant probably once a week.  Their customers seem to be mostly white and Hispanic.  I get my nails done at a shop that is owned by Vietnamese.  Most of her customers are an equally white and black.   And I purchase beauty supplies from Sally’s which is black owned and most of her customers an equal mix of black and white.

That being said, what if white people were to start an “Empowerment Experiment” and only made  purchases from white owned business?  Wouldn’t that just hurt the people that are of  Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern decent that came to America to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families?  Wouldn’t this also hurt the black community?  After reading this article and noticing all of the references to “the white mans water” and “white stores” I do not believe that the intentions of this “experiment”  is about black empowerment at all.  I think its more about hurting businesses that are not black. 

Read it for yourself:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519965,00.html

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , , | Leave a comment