Month: October 2012

Black Youth, Untold Bloodshed,toil and Sweat Came Before the Freedoms We Enjoy in the 21st Century

Two women hulling rice, Sapelo Island, Georgia
(Photographer unknown, ca. 1900)

“By the Sweat of Our Brows”



Shuckin’ and jivin’ (or shucking and jiving) is a slang term for the behavior of joking and acting facetiously. More generally, the term can also refer to the speech and behavioral mechanisms adopted in the presence of an authoritative figure.[1] Shuckin’ and jivin’ usually involves clever lies and impromptu storytelling, used to one-up an opponent or avoid punishment. Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans (ISBN 0-253-20265-5) is the name of a book written by Daryl Cumber Dance in 1981. In 1972, the Johnny Lewis Quartet record a soul jazz LP called Shuckin’ ‘N Jivin’ .[2] “Shuckin and Jivin” is also the title of a song by the Osmonds 1971[3]

The term is also used in the Southern United States referring to deceit or mischief involving lies.[citation needed]

Some claim that the origins of the phrase may be traced to when “black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted toward white people”. [4]

According to the 1994 book by Clarence Major, ‘Juba to Jive, a Dictionary of African-American Slang,’ ‘shuck and jive’ dates back to the 1870s and was an ‘originally southern ‘Negro’ expression for clowning, lying, pretense.[5]  [Wikipedia]


Dedicated to Sununu, Trump, Palin and All the Racists in the Republican Party

(Photographer unknown, ca. 1895)


Racists are a serious problem
So what can we do to try to stop them?
For all those people
Who slag another culture
To see their face starting to sculpture
Into a face of rage and madness
It fills me up with a horrible sadness.

If we let this go any more
The feelings of those slagged
Will feel very sore.
I don’t know why they just won’t stop,
What do they want, a lollipop?

They have nothing better
to do with their time,
But be racist which is like a crime!
Little do they know, they are just plain dumb,
Slagging people and chewing their gum.

If you are one of those
Slagged by the insane,
Dont be afraid to tell teacher
and complain!
those bullies don’t care how you feel,
Because they just want you to squeal.

By Alan


NoToRacism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No Other Love – Jo Stafford


Do you sell things on Ebay, etc.? Are you a reseller?

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether you have the right to sell your stuff on eBay. Do you really own the smartphone or computer you’re using to read this? If you sold your books, would you be breaking the law? A federal court in New York says you would be, even if you legally paid for and bought them.

It’s unbelievable, but trademark and copyright holders are trying to use a legal loophole to take away your right to sell things that you own. The mainstream media is starting to catch on, with the Wall Street Journal just running an article headlined, “YOUR RIGHT TO RESELL YOUR OWN STUFF IS IN PERIL”. Please add your name at right to fight back.

Public interest advocates are taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and Demand Progress is joining up with a coalition of groups — including many of those that came together to kill SOPA — to support the rights of ordinary Internet users and everyday consumers.

Once again, big entertainment company lobbyists are fighting us in the courts to ensure their profits are given higher priority than consumer rights. But this time the MPAA and RIAA have the Obama administration on their side — they’ve all filed legal briefs asking the Supreme Court to restrict our right to resell the things we own..












“Sununu, Palin, Trump race baiting to rev up ‘the Archie Bunker crowd’ “


7:58 pm on 10/26/2012

The right-wing hate machine seems to be revving up its engines.

MNSBC’s political analysts Joy-Ann Reid of and David Corn of Mother Jonesappeared on Hardball on Friday night, arguing the presidential race was has taken an ugly turn for the worse.

Host Chris Matthews pointed to John Sununu arguing Colin Powell endorsed Obama because they were both black, Sarah Palin using the phrase “shuck and jive” about the commander-in-chief, and Donald Trump demanding Obama release more documents and calling the jobs numbers “a lot of monkey business.”

“If the Romney campaign is really winning you have to ask, then you wouldn’t think they’d be acting like this,” said host Chris Matthews.

Reid argued the brouhahas were all strategic. “This is about over and over again tweaking the Archie Bunker crowd,” said Reid, referring to the 1970s television sitcom blue-collar character criticized for being racist.


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