For Colored Boys, the EVIDENCE of things NOT Seen
The EVIDENCE of Things NOT Seen
This groundbreaking web series and feature length documentary film explore the criminalization, demonization and targeting of black men in America.
Told through real life stories, the docu-drama web series, highlights the lives of black men from all walks of life, following the experiences of four male characters.
The film, looks at the ways in which the lives of black men have been affected in eight areas, (the effects of racism, integration, trauma, (post traumatic slavery syndrome), homicide, suicide and depression, as well as the Assassination of the Black Male Image through Media and the unprecedented number of black men targeted by the Prison Industrial Complex.
Written & Directed by: Stacey Muhammad
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Americans are finally angry and speaking out against the corrupt political and economic system!! From the Occupy Wall Street website:
On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months.
Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolenceto achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.
Who is Occupy Wall Street?
Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.
The original call for this occupation was published byAdbusters in July; since then, many individuals across the country have stepped up to organize this event, such as the people of the NYC General Assembly andUS Day of Rage. There’ll also be similar occupations in the near future such as October2011 in Freedom Plaza, Washington D.C.
Question of the Day: What are your thoughts on the “Occupy Wall Street” protests? Will they result in real change? Do you think the movement will spread across the USA?
This is something that almost certainly doesn’t mean much, but imagine two hypothetical politicians: one, a Democrat who was appealing in every single way the party’s presidential candidates over the past five elections have been appealing, but with none of the drawbacks. The other is a Republicans who has all the appeal of that party’s presidential candidates over the past five elections, and none of the drawbacks.
Now imagine two hypothetical 2012 elections. In one, our Magical Democrat wins every state that any Democrat has won at any time over the past five presidential elections. The other, our Magical Republican wins every state that any Republican has won at any time over the past five presidential elections.
Race One: Magical Democrat — 437 electoral college voters, Generic Republican — 101.
Race Two: Magical Republican — 296 electoral college voters, Generic Democrat — 242.
This result derives partly from my parameters. In choosing the past five presidential elections, I’ve selected three in which a Democrat won. Our Magical Republican, meanwhile, is basically the sum efforts of George W. Bush — who hardly deserves the sobriquet “magical.” Still, I chose 1992 as my start point not to game the system but because it seems the first reasonable date at which the political system began to settle into the now familiar red/blue split. If I included 1988, the Magic Republican — some sort of Super Bush — would win more states, but it requires an even greater suspension of disbelief than we’ve been operating under thus far. In ‘88, Bush Sr. won California, Maine, and Connecticut. These days, in which the moderate Republican lies toe-tagged in the morgue, it’s hard to imagine any kind of candidate the party could put forward that would accomplish that feat. But even if you gave our Magical Republican theoretically winnable states that none of the party’s candidates have won over the past five elections — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota — the resulting electoral college vote would still not amount to President Obama’s in 2008.
And, yes, there are some implausible victories for our Magical Democrat as well. If anything these show how much American politics has changed over the past 19 years. In 1992, Bill Clinton won Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arizona, and Georgia. I have heard vaguely plausible suggestions that Obama could have won Georgia had he properly campaigned there, but Louisiana? Is there really some kind of Democrat that could win Louisiana today? Could Bill Clinton win Louisiana today?
Like I said, I don’t think any of this means anything. Certainly, none of it is relevant to next year’s real life presidential election. (Well, maybe the Magic Republican map.) I guess, though, that if I were to draw a conclusion, it would be perhaps that the Democrats’ ceiling is much higher than the Republicans’, and hence so too is their room for error. Even a highly successful Republican candidate has to thread the needle pretty expertly to pull off a victory. For instance, if our Magical Republican failed to win in Florida, he or she would still lose the election.
(Remember my lame hobby of driving around random cities on Streetview? Another completely dorky thing I enjoy is making fanciful electoral college maps on 270towin.com. Hard to believe, but I’m actually single.)
The American insanity is, in short, a conviction that it has the ability to pursue extraordinary ideas from which a more moderate people might shy away. Sometimes those ideas are great, like republican democracy, and other times they’re horrendous, like slavery. (Sometimes, they’re both, like “Jersey Shore.”) But for all America’s ever-present residual insanity, there is a time when the crazy really comes out in the country and while these episodes last, the nation puts all claims to good sense in a shoebox on a high shelf, not to be brought down until an adult returns to the room.
We have a name for these occasions. That name is “August.”
The top 20 percent of Americans now holds 84 percent of U.S. wealth, as Paul Solman found out as part of a Making Sen$e series on economic inequality.
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