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  1. JESSE JACKSON'S tears as he watched Barack Obama's victory speech said it all. The face of the aging civil rights leader - a man who witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and twice ran for president himself - conveyed pride and amazement in Obama's accomplishment. It was also a reminder that Obama's victory closes the curtain on the old civil rights movement. A new era began with the election of America's first black president. The feeling of being witness to a very special moment in American politics permeated election night. "This is an historic election, and I recognize the significance it has for African-Americans," declared Republican candidate John McCain in his concession speech. ". . . We both realize that we have come a long way from the injustices that once stained our nation's reputation." Obama campaigned as an African-American candidate without a race-based agenda. Yet exactly what it means for the country to be led by a so-called "post-racial" president is still unclear. While Obama's victory is bound to alter the conversation about race between black and white Americans, it doesn't immediately solve the problems that long motivated civil rights leaders. How might Obama's remarkable achievement affect policy? During a debate in Philadelphia with Hillary Clinton, Obama said in response to a question that his own daughters do not deserve affirmative action because of their economic privilege. As president, will he lead the way from race-based to class-based policies? Some black leaders say Obama's political success means it's time to shift away from the dialogue of victimhood. "Racism is no longer the primary obstacle to black progress. With the election of a black man whose middle name is Hussein, the rhetoric of white racism is off the table," declared the Rev. Eugene Rivers, a Boston-based minister with a national agenda and a history of taking controversial stands. "Black people don't want to hear it. White people don't want to hear it. . . . The old school is over." By "old school," Rivers is referring to what he calls the "professional protest leadership" represented by civil rights activists like Jackson. That worldview, said Rivers, calls for "decrying inequality" and blaming white racism for all the problems of African-Americans. Kevin Peterson, a Boston community activist who runs the Ella J. Baker House in Dorchester, also calls for a new brand of black leadership. "Obama's success this political cycle represents a new style," Peterson said. "The notion that black people need to employ racially polarizing stances is now extinct. There are more effective ways to get things done for our communities than being accusatory." At the same time, major disparities in income and education continue to separate black and white America; gang violence takes the lives of black teenagers in cities across America; and a generation of black men call prison their home. Community leaders want these problems solved somehow. Said the Rev. Mark Scott, another Boston-based minister, "You can't say it's because of racism. You can't just say, 'Pull your pants up.' You have to ask, 'What work are we going to do to close the gaps?' " During the campaign, Obama was forced to break with the racially polarizing rhetoric of his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In his speech on race, Obama faulted Wright for failing to recognize the country's racial progress. However, he did not cut Wright loose until the minister reignited the controversy with more polarizing remarks. Obama did not escape criticism for some of his own remarks, including a reference to his grandmother as "a typical white person." But he stayed away from the inflammatory rhetoric of the past. Last summer, Jackson was caught on videotape making crude remarks about Obama and accusing the presidential candidate of "talking down to black people." He was scolded by his son, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who served as co-chairman of Obama's presidential campaign and is now being mentioned as a contender for Obama's US Senate seat. With Obama's victory, the torch is passing to a new generation of black leaders. But they still face some of the same old challenges. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/11/06/closing_the_door_on_victimhood
  2. I have never said i dislike him, i admitted to a feeling of unease that i am unable to pinpoint, and also said that if it was because of his colour it would be easy for me to say that was the reason, but that is not the reason. If he was able to bring increased stability to the world, as leader of the most powerful nation on earth, i would be the first to admit my gut instinct was wrong, but i just have a gnawing feeling that he is not going to be the great politician that the mass hysteria felt by many americans believe him to be. He is up on a pedestal now, and the higher the expectation, the harder the fall.
  3. Or perhaps it is simply because he is black.
  4. I dare say that if they slit the throat of a live vegetable objections would be raised, but considering vegetarians and non vegetarians can eat the produce, regardless of where it is processed, your argument is pointless.
  5. What would you class as significant numbers? a minority or majority, because they introduced it in a school in Oxford without informing the parents, and that at a school that did not have a majority of muslim pupils, and surely if economics are the main concern than non-halal meat would be the cheaper option, rather than having to purchase two meat options.
  6. Nothing to do with colour, that would have been easy for me to say, but in this case no, its just something about him, his campaign and his attitude, plus the adoration he seems to recieve from americans, i watched Oprah Winfrey cheering at his victory, yet she is one who will be hit hardest by his taxation plans, strange reaction from some.
  7. No doubt, but it is more than likely to be sabre rattling rather than direct action, countries such as China and Russia know the consequences of direct action, whereas al qaeda dont care.
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  9. Personally i feel an unease about obama, cant put my finger on it, but something just doesnt feel right, perhaps it is my belief that with him in power, alqaeda will feel that now is the time to increase their terrorist activities, to test out the new president.
  10. Senior police chiefs admitted the problems affected all 43 forces in England and Wales. In the latest quarterly figures published yesterday the category of ‘most serious violence against the person’ had leapt by 22 percent year on year. It rose from 4,500 in the second quarter last year to 5,500 in the same period this year, equivalent to around 60 a day. Figures for serious stabbings rose 29 percent, from 1,253 in the second quarter of 2007 to 1,616 in 2008 — equivalent to an extra 1,500 stabbings each year. Use of knives in sexual offences was counted separately for the first time, revealing there were 8,610 incidents in the three months to June — equivalent to 34,440 per year, or almost 100 offences per day. Recorded gun crime was down 6 percent, from 9,862 in the year to June 2007 to 9,306 the following year. Between 2007 and 2008 recorded drug crimes were up 8 percent, with 59,000 cases logged by police in the second quarter of this year, up from 55,600.
  11. Considering the reduction iin crime was the cornerstone in arguments on previous threads, i feel fully vindicated.
  12. After being castigated on numerous occasions for suggesting that there had been an in crease in serious crime in this country or for suggesting that there was any link in the rise in crime and the mass immigration we have had, figures out seem to show that many Police forces had been misreporting the number of serious crimes in this country over the last decade, and that, contrary to the belief of one particular poster, serious crime HAS risen by 22% over the last year, now considering that poster tried to link the (alleged) fall in crime to the high immigration numbers, would he now be prepared to admit his mistake? if not, then he must believe that the rise in serious crime MUST be, in some way, linked to immigration.
  13. Too little too late from the unions who spent too long in promoting the rights of foreign labour, whilst ignoring the British worker, now the recession is here it seems hypocritical of them to protest at foreign labour. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/7685894.stm
  14. I seem to remember a certain poster mentioning a job he had applied for, went for the interview, never got the job, but admitted going for the job in a tracksuit, or some other unsuitable apparel.
  15. I dont believe i have ever stated that all immigrants should go home, i have replied in context with your assumption that if all immigrants went home there would be a shortfall in the number of workers, and clearly shown that is not the case, and as the thread is regarding a curb on immigration to all intents and purposes our argument is slightly off topic, but whilst we are on this subject, what would your opinion on immigrant workers be if the estimates of 3 million unemployed by the end of next year, of which a great many would be claiming JSA, and the figures for those seeking work outnumbers immigrant workers?
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