Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mickey Freeland Openly Discusses Race in Front of a Live Audience

Naomi Campbell is Not a Chocolate Bar


Our friend Nicky L. brought this to our attention, from this site:

posted by Claudine Zap, Yahoo! Buzz Log - Tue May 31 2011, 12:34 PM PDT

Model Naomi Campbell says she's considering legal action in response to an ad that compares her to a Dairy Milk Bliss bar. Dave M. Benett/Getty Images A new ad for Cadbury chocolate is leaving a bitter taste with Naomi Campbell. The supermodel is looking at "every option available," including legal action, in response to a promotion that compares the celebrity to a Dairy Milk Bliss bar.

The ad reads, "Move over Naomi, there's a new diva in town," and shows the candy bar nestled in diamonds. The campaign ran in supermarkets and newspapers in the U.K.

Campbell told the U.K. newspaper the Independent, "I am shocked. It's upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. I do not find any humor in this. It is insulting and hurtful."

The star, who has been the center of controversies in the past (forced community service for hurling a cellphone at her maid comes to mind), is this time being backed by the British organization Operation Black Vote. The group called on the U.S. company Kraft, which owns Cadbury, to apologize and is considering a boycott of the company's products. Worse, Naomi's mom is mad.
Here's the ad in question. The campaign ran in supermarkets and newspapers in the U.K.
Valerie Morris told the Independent, "I'm deeply upset by this racist advert. Do these people think they can insult black people and we just take it? This is the 21st century, not the 1950s. Shame on Cadbury."

Cadbury said in a statement that it had pulled the billboards with no plans to repeat the ad, and added, "It was certainly never our intention to cause any offense, and the campaign itself is a light-hearted take on the social pretensions of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss." 


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Donald Trump: 'Great relationship with the blacks'

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

Donald Trump said today he is troubled by President Obama's high standing among African Americans, suggesting he probably wouldn't get support from black voters that he believes he deserves.

"I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks," Trump said on Talk 1300 AM radio in Albany, N.Y.

Trump is considering running for president in 2012. He was responding to host Fred Dicker's reference to a recent Quinnipiac Poll showing Obama enjoys strong support from African Americans in New York state. That survey showed 95% of blacks in New York backing Obama. The real estate mogul said the numbers were "frightening."

More than eight out of 10 blacks nationally support Obama, according to a recent Gallup Poll.

This piece in the New York Observer goes into more detail about Trump's interview.

Trump has said he will decide by June whether to seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. He has made Obama's birth certificate an issue in recent weeks and told USA TODAY's Jackie Kucinich in an interview this week that he believes the president is "getting a free pass."

Singer John Legend said this week he believes Trump's criticism of Obama and his birthplace is "racist b-------."

About Trump's political aspirations: Spokesman Michael Cohen said in a statement that Trump may announce the time and place of a press conference on the May 22 season finale of Celebrity Apprentice. At that news conference, Trump will make a statement "whether or not he will run for president."

Friday, March 25, 2011

"How Do You Spell Nigger? OBAMA."

University of Kentucky officials are investigating two incidents in which someone hung signs that called President Barack Obama a racial epithet.

On March 15, a professor noticed one such sign hanging on a door to the UK School of Law on South Limestone. He turned it in to campus police, who are investigating, said spokesman Jay Blanton.

Early Thursday morning, third year law student Ches Clark said he found a sign affixed to a bus shelter on South Lime near Maxwelton Court. The sign said "How Do You Spell Nigger? OBAMA."

The letters looked to be cut out of a menu, glued to another piece of paper and photocopied, Clark said.

UK police could charge whoever posted the signs with third degree criminal mischief, Blanton said. It's not clear whether anyone from UK was involved, but police are investigating because the first sign was on UK property, he said.

Clark took the sign to his law-school class on racism and criminal law and posted a copy of it on his Facebook page.

His law professor, Roberta Harding, said the sign looked juvenile, yet someone had gone to a lot of trouble to make it.

The general sentiment in class was that whoever posted the sign should "get over" Obama being president, Harding said.

"I think people were upset in a positive way," she said.

In 2008, two college-age men were arrested after hanging an effigy of Obama from a tree on the UK campus with a noose around its neck.

The grand jury dismissed charges of second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct against Hunter Bush and Joe Fischer, who had graduated from UK.

Fischer and Bush expressed remorse but said they were reacting to news about a Sarah Palin effigy in California.


Lovin' My Man

This isn't racist, it's just baffling.