Tuesday, 01 May 2012

A TIMELY QUOTE ABOUT THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE

Ken Berwitz

Here's a very slightly edited quote from a famous person.  Please read it and decide for yourself if it has any relevance to some of the more visible spokespeople associated with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case:

"There is another class of (Black) people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the (Black) race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the (Black) to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

So?  What do you think?

Does it sound like the author of that quote was talking about al sharpton?  Jessie Jackson?  louis farrakhan? 

Well, he was.  He just did not know it at the time.

The author of that quote was Booker T. Washington, a great Black historian, educator, and President of the Tuskegee Institute for 35 years.  Mr. Washington wrote those words in his book "My Larger Education, Being Chapters From My Experience".  It was published in 1911.

Here, in the language of a century ago, is the exact quote:

"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

That's worth remembering the next time you hear one of the three "spokespeople" mentioned above, or some of their kindred pals, bloviating about Trayvon Martin.


DISMAYDAY FOR THE "OCCUPY" REMNANTS

Ken Berwitz

Just a very quick blog to point out that what is left of the so-called "Occupy" movement has vowed to protest around the globe today, with a special emphasis on shutting New York City down....

...but despite the hopeful reporting of some media venues, it is almost certain to be a bust. 

So watch the news closely tonight to see how much importance today's protests are given (gauge it by where it is placed - the earlier, the more important - and how much time it is given) -- and watch the videos very closely to see if they show a lot of people, or just some well-placed camera shots to create an illusion of a lot of people.

We'll talk more about this tonight or tomorrow.


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