WASHINGTON â€“ The Democratsâ€™ family feud went local Thursday when Rev. Al Sharpton accused Rep. Anthony Weiner of ignoring the needs of working people. The fiery activist reverend promised â€œpushbackâ€ if the Democratic lawmaker keeps attacking President Obama over the tax cut deal with Republicans. â€œIâ€™m against tax cuts for the rich tooâ€¦but this is absolutely over the top to blame this on President Obama,â€ Sharpton told the Daily News. â€œThe goal is to take care of working class people, not to attack the President.â€ Read more at NYDailyNews RELATED: Al Sharpton says the FCC should take on Limbaugh http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnewsone.com%2Fobama%2Fnewsonestaff2%2Fobama-to-sign-911-zadroga-health-bill-into-law%2F&rct=j&q=ZADROGA%20SITE%3A%20NEWSONE&ei=7x0BTbDLI9HAngeRm9nlDQ&usg=AFQjCNEcnuuahxc_r09-Pb2M0042FmQVdQ&cad=rja
New York â€” Theyâ€™re unlikely partners for a good cause. Frequent adversaries Rev. Al Sharpton and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly teamed up Friday to announce a new gun buyback program that aims to take deadly weapons off the city streets. The duo announced that a Harlem church would host a NYPD Gun Stop event next month in which people can turn in a handgun for a reward â€“ no questions asked. â€œWe need to get beyond our differences in politics to preserve our lives,â€ said Sharpton as he stood next to Kelly at One Police Plaza. Read more at NYDailyNews Share this post on Facebook! CLICK HERE: Jay-Zâ€™s â€œDecodedâ€ Lands On NY Times Best Seller List [from TheUrbanDaily.com] Kanye Gets Booed During Thanksgiving Day Parade [VIDEO] [from TheUrbanDaily.com] 2010 Soul Train Music Awards [PERFORMANCES] [from HelloBeautiful.com] Whitney Houstonâ€™s Daughter Bobbi Kristina Gets Drunk, Makes Out With Girl [from HelloBeautiful.com]
Letâ€™s begin with the premise that no people, culture, religious, racial or ethnic group is by definition immoral. Not acknowledging this, at the core, is the problem with Juan Williamsâ€™ gross generalization about Muslims that recently got him fired from National Public Radio (NPR). But if NPRâ€™s â€œFresh Airâ€ interview last week with the rapper Jay-Z about his new book Decoded is any indication, itâ€™s a message still lost on Terry Gross. To be sure, Juan Williams revealed his bias by openly expressing his personal opinion. Terry Gross didnâ€™t do that. Instead the bias is more subtle and insidious and lurks in the line of questioning. While not as shocking as the obvious blanket condemnation Juan Williams advanced, the Terry Gross/ Jay-Z interview is even more problematic because it illuminates a tendency pervasive in todayâ€™s news media. This is a moment in which Blacks can be embraced and promoted at the same time that their humanity is dismantledâ€”all in a 30-second sound bite. Throughout her interview with Jay-Z, Gross kept returning the discussion to those places that reinforce the idea of Black culture as immoral and Black people as corrupt and/or corruptible. Such anti-Black arguments that once lived primarily in conservative public policy debates have now worked their way into national culture (especially in film, television, news media and politics) to the degree that these views are now widely accepted as the norm. In short, racial disparities in education, unemployment, criminal justice, wealth-building, and more are rooted in Black cultural failing alone. As this logic prevails, itâ€™s impossible to gain traction on any targeted policy solutions regarding the problems disproportionately facing Blacks. President Obama realizes this. Hence his colorblind politics, a policy approach that anti-racist activist Tim Wise documents in detail in his new book, Colorblind. However, one wonders to what extent even liberal journalists like Terry Gross realize they are collaborators. To grasp the full extent to which Gross emboldens conservative ideas about race, one should listen to the entire 45-minute interview. For now, let this brief exchange illustrate the point, GROSS: Your father left when you were very young. And you say that most of your friendsâ€™ fathers had left. You say, â€œOur fathers were gone, usually because they just bounced. But we took their old records and used them to build something fresh.â€ Thatâ€™s really interesting that one of your things that your father leaves behind that you can use is his records. JAY-Z: Yeah, I guess thereâ€™s a bright side to everything right? GROSS: Yeah, well, thatâ€™s one way of looking at it. Any great interviewerâ€”and Gross is at the top of her gameâ€”knows the role he or she plays in the outcome. Part of the science is in framing the questions. The advancing of conservative rhetoric about Blacks persists, whether Gross is bluntly asking Jay about crimes he committed 15 years ago (crack sales and assault), or inquiring about his motherâ€™s parental decisions: â€œYou ended up selling crack and helping your mother, as a single mother, support the family. Did she know thatâ€™s how you were making the money?â€ Whatâ€™s the takeaway message? That Jayâ€™s mom was a single parent that made poor choices, let her teenage son sell drugs and is unprincipled because she knows the money heâ€™s using to support the family comes from drug sales. Itâ€™s a narrative weâ€™ve heard from the Republican Revolution of 1994 to the recent well-financed media blitz that resulted in the mid-term shellacking of the Democrats. And Terry Gross never goes off message. In a nearly hour long interview with a self-made record executive mogul and entrepreneur worth at least half a billion, on the occasion of the publication of a book he deems a coming of age story for his generation, the most pressing questions on the table range from insight into drug dealing to why rappers grab their crotches? Donâ€™t get me wrong. Iâ€™m not saying that folks should boycott NPR or even â€œFresh Air.â€ And Iâ€™m not saying Gross should be fired. What Iâ€™m after is something much largerâ€”a radical shift away from the growing tendency to allow conservative race analysis to dominate the ways Americans think and talk about race. Ironically, Jay-Z points us to the territory in at least one of his responses to Gross: â€œI know all sorts of people saw their lives destroyedâ€”but in America, we process that sort of thing as a tragedy,â€ he tells Gross when she asks him about Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West and George Bush. â€œWhen it happens to black people, it feels like something else, like history rerunning its favorite loop.â€ Given how pervasive this narrative have become, itâ€™s going take much more than firing journalists like Gross and Williams to purge that â€œfavorite loopâ€ from our national culture. Bakari Kitwana is senior media fellow at the Harvard Law-based think tank, The Jamestown Project and the author of the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era (Third World Press, 2011). RELATED: How Blacks are faring in todayâ€™s economy?