Hurricanes Are Also Black

Brian J. once again brings an important topic to my attention.

He contends sheds light on the question of whether racism is being used since blacks are not getting hurricanes named after them (I thought this ended in the sixties when people protested in the streets for the right to have hurricanes named after them).

The congressional newspaper the Hill reported this week that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, feels that the current names are too “lily white,” and is seeking to have better representation for names reflecting African-Americans and other ethnic groups.

“All racial groups should be represented,” Lee said, according to the Hill. She hoped federal weather officials “would try to be inclusive of African-American names.”

Click here to read full story.

I have a dream one day we will live in an America where black storms are allowed to exist.

Now I can’t help but think what would happen if we started naming storms after blacks we would all be racists for doing so. Which goes to prove affirmative action is bullshit especially when used to name hurricanes. Read Article 1, Section 8 and show me where Congress derives the power to name storms.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Woops, I was trying to clean up a couple of Jake’s grammar errors in the post and accidentally ended up changing the context. Sorry Brian J, didn’t mean to misrepresent you.

13 Comments
  1. No wonder racism never heals… these morons keep pickin’ at the scabs.

    Oh, no. I said “pickin'”. That’ll probably be seen as racist, as in “COTTON-pickin'”. I’d better get my lawyer on the phone.

  2. The siteowner and I were both editing what I wrote at the same time. That causes some problems, I was trying to delete and the text was changing on me I thought something was wrong with my computer. I will e-mail him and ask him to change it the way he wishes.

  3. Uh… so tax-payers are paying this woman to wax on about bullsh!t? What a joke, this is much like that freedom fries bullsh!t back in 2002!

    It’s a science thing…. not a racism thing…. next thing you know someone in LA county will want to change the computer hard disk terms Master/Slave… ;-)

  4. I was just reading some of the posts on this blog concerning affirmative action. The purpose of this letter is show you some things that affirmative action opponents have not been showing the public and to expose the lies, rumors, and half truths that have been spouted by affirmative action opponents since approx. 1995.

    The strongest threat to affirmative action right now is the deceptively named “Michigan Civil Rights Iniative” in MI and it’s leaders Ward Connerly, Jennifer Gratz, and Chetly Zarko. Please visit my website http://www.affirmative-action.us or at http://www.freewebs.com/affirmative-action and see why the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative must be stopped.

    Who am I? I am a 35 y.o. black male and licensed attorney in North Carolina. You can read more about who I am and how I got into this battle over affirmative action in the “About us” section on that website.

    Since the attacks on affirmative action started in 1995, the conservatives running the anti-affirmative action campaign have been putting out rumors, lies, and half truths to influence the public. The way I see it – it’s not really the public’s fault. The public has been deliberately misled by affirmative action opponents including Jennifer Gratz, Chetly Zarko, and Ward Connerly of MCRI.

    If the public had been allowed to see the entire picture, I believe that the public backlash against affirmative action would never have occurred. You are a part of the public, of course. From your article – it naturally appears that you are against affirmative action.

    After you read the material on my website you might learn a little something or even change your mind. My website is at http://www.affirmative-action.us or at http://www.freewebs.com/affirmative-action

    The sources that prove that racism against black people in the US is a CURRENT problem come right off of national news sources like CNN, Reuters, Associated Press, etc. If the sources came from Black Entertainment Television or from Jet Magazine, then people might say that the sources are ethnically biased. But these sources are right off of the national news. Blacks are still being killed, beaten, and discriminated against in many venues due to racism. This is what affirmative action opponents are not showing the public.

    Additionally, affirmative action opponents are not telling the public about specific details of the anti-affirmative action cases that make the suits basically “frivolous.” The issues that make the cases “frivolous” involve problems with “causation” and the fact that all of the anti-affirmative plaintiffs have no measurable damages or nominal damages (if any). The articles that I present on the website (from the national and local news across America show that blacks are still being killed, beaten, and discriminated against in many venues (like the professional program that I was discriminated out of in AL in the mid-1990s and in which I lost $55,700 which I’ve been paying back since 1996.). Now getting killed, getting beaten, and losing $55,700.00 – those are some real damages. Affirmative Action opponents are not showing the public the racism that blacks continue to face and the damages that arise from that racism in some instances.

    Check out http://www.affirmative-action.us and you might learn something about the way the affirmative action opponents have been misleading the public with half truths, rumors, and lies since the attacks on affirmative action started around 1995.

    very truly,

    Harold Hunter Jr, Esq.
    Hunter Law Office, PLLC
    464 Eastway Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28205
    Phone: 704-369-0080 ext 206
    Fax: 704-369-0084
    Cell: 704-674-4069
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: http://www.hunterlawoffice.us

  5. Harold, while I agree with you that many affirmative action activists may have ulterior motives, I think you may be too quick to lump libertarians into the racist category.

    I have taken the time to read through your website and hope you will take the time to hear the libertarian argument on the matter. John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation wrote an exhaustive article on affirmative action that examines not only preferential placement for blacks, but other minorities in the US in his article, Racial Blind Spots.

    My own personal belief is that government’s role is (to steal a line from MLK) to move society in the direction where people are not “judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” and their ability. In essence making us blind to color when measuring qualifications, yet not discarding it’s cultural realities (after all, we endorse individuality, not forced hegemony or diversity through regulation).

  6. I briefly read the piece called Racial Blind Spots in America. There were so many authors mentioned that it’s kind of hard to tell who’s “libertarian” and who is not “libertarian” from a quick glance. But is the libertarian argument that you were citing before summed up in the paragraph from Racial Blind Spots below?

    “Government institutions are purportedly “owned” by all of us and at least can be said formally to represent all citizens. Thus they have no business adopting policies that discriminate—regardless of whether they are designed to advance or to redress bigotry—unless those policies are narrowly tailored to the needs of specific jobs, slots, or contracts. Private actors, on the other hand, should enjoy the latitude to associate or disassociate with others in a free society, even if they do so for reasons most of us would find repugnant”

    It that is the argument, then I disagree with it for the following reason. Without government intervention, government taking the lead, federal court cases, civil rights marches etc, some private individuals or private employers would have never integrated their work force, social events, etc. If we had left it up to individual employers or private actors to have their own “affirmative action” programs maybe some would have done so, but some would have continued with the “all white” tradition. Before AA, there were even those people and companies who did alot of talking about equality and diversity, but when you looked at their classes or payrolls – everyone there was “white.” Affirmative Action forced action from those who were only giving lip service to the notion of racial equality. Simply put, some private actors, individuals, and/or employers would have never integrated had the government not stepped in.

    To me, the government’s participation in affirmative action signals the fact that the govt is going to take the “lead” in affirmative action, show others how it’s done properly, and force compliance with Affirmative Action by the education/occupational institutions that the government can force to comply.

    Many people, even Ward Connerly himself, admit that they believe that Affirmative Action was once needed. Well, I don’t see the United States society as being “so advanced” in race relations as to not need Affirmative Action anymore. We have made tremendous progress in race relations, but we have a long way to go to get to true racial equality.

    I also wanted to address the comments in that article on
    “Race Blind Spots” that discuss how blacks were supposedly better off economically before the Civil Rights Movement than after the Civil Rights Movement and Affirmative Action. I don’t necessarily agree with that statement, but let’s just assume that these statements about financial progress of the black community are true.

    Financial progress is a definite current goal of Black America, but by itself, is still not sufficient to provide a meaningful life. What about the right to vote? What about the right to eat in establishments that very readily take your money for merchandise but will not let you sit down at a table to eat food?

    What about the right to ride public transportation in the seat that you want to be in and not have to sit in the back of the bus? What about the right to live where you want to live? What about the right to receive a quality education and receive the same amount of money/resources for education as white schools? What about the right to be treated fairly and justly as a Citizen of the United States and as a human being? Even if one had so called “financial progress – you could “buy” many things in life – but there’s still the issue of being treated with the respect that every human being deserves to be treated with.

    I think that Martin Luther King, Jr, said it best in one the speeches that I saw on the “Eyes on the Prize” – videos. MLK said something similar to this “The Civil Rights movement was a time when the black man (and woman) learned to straighten up his back. A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. This was the time when we stood up for what we knew was right and we straightened out our backs.”

    The Civil Rights Movement and affirmative action were not only about “financial” progress – these issues were also about making social, political, and economic progress.

  7. Harold,

    Trouble is, racism will never heal if we keep dwelling on it. Sure, there are racist idiots… of all colors… alive and well, walking the streets like they were ordinary, decent human beings. But, we’re a loooooong way from “Jim Crow” and slavery, and those things will never happen again.

  8. Slavery may not happen again, but I wouldn’t be so sure about “Jim Crow” not happening.

    In fact, the schools are already resegregating and have been every since many of these lawsuits to stopped “busing” and promote the IT’S TIME (to end Affirmative Action) campaign hit. The result of many of those rulings was that the schools have stopped enforcing desegregation orders and that the schools are now resegregating. A lot of this has to do with a phenomena known as “white flight” where white parents begin to take their children out of the public schools and put the kids into private schools that minorities cannot afford. White flight also encompasses the phenomena of where whites move to the suburbs leaving the minorities trapped inside of urban areas and urban schools. Eventually all of the resources, money, and jobs leave the city and go to the suburbs.

    Rolling back civil rights and creating a Jim Crow period – That’s exactly what many affirmative action opponents are trying to do through a campaign of rumors, lies, and half truths (see http://www.affimative-action.us) I don’t know if the new “Jim Crow” period would be as severe as the last one, but I don’t want to find out.

    Right after the US Civil War – we had a very progressive time period for blacks called “Reconstruction.” Blacks made great social, political, and economic gains during reconstruction. Blacks and whites were riding transportation together, were involved in interracial relationships, etc.

    Then you had a series of events that lead to the end of Reconstruction, the withdrawal of federal troops from the south, the proliferation of the KKK, and the onset of Jim Crow laws.

    This whole scenario of “rolling back” civil rights is what many conservatives have set out to do. The Jim Crow era set race relations back by 100 plus years.

    Many conservatives have set out to repeat this part of US history (going from progressive period for minorities to Jim Crow) through a campaign of rumors, lies, and half truths.

    We have made strides in race relations, but I wanted to point out that the effects of modern racism can be quite extremely. The articles right of the national and local news that I display links to on http://www.affirmative-action.us clearly show that blacks are still being beaten and killed due to racism.

    I lost about $55,700.00 when I was discriminated out of a graduate health science program at the Univ. of Alabama in the mid 1990s (I’ve already been before the full NC Bar back in 2001 to discuss this). I’ve been paying on that student loan debt from the Univ. of Alabama since 1996. Believe me, it’s not “monopoly” money that we’re dealing with. These student loan people demand that they receive real money and that they don’t really care why it didn’t work out.

    Luckily, I was able to spin off and go to law school. But I’m still paying for the AL experience monetarily and will be for quite some time. If you had to pay for it with real money, then it might not be so easy for you to just “forget it.”

  9. Mr. Hunter writes:

    “The strongest threat to affirmative action right now is the deceptively named “Michigan Civil Rights Iniative” in MI and it’s leaders Ward Connerly, Jennifer Gratz, and Chetly Zarko.”

    As a target of Mr. Hunter’s venom in this forum, I’d like to point people to my personal website, notably my position in favor of socio-economic alternatives to race preferences (Michigan Bar Journal, linked). There will always be those who’d label individuals rather than engage in serious discussion and use evidence to support their labels.

    In early 2005, Mr. Hunter had conversations with myself, and was even afforded the opportunity to have a roughly 15 minute phone conversation with Ward Connerly, which was cut short when he called Ward a quite ugly name related to his race. We treated him with respect despite our disagreement, trying to explain our principled objections to race preference. Unsatsified with disagreement, he wages this crusade, including excessive phone calls, etc

  10. Would’ve responded earlier to Mr. Zarko’s comment.

    on the phone conversation with Mr. Connerly, I was very cordial. What Mr. Zarko says about that phone conversation is simply “not true.” (like much of the rhetorhic put out by Mr. Zarko and his crew).

    Now I have called Mr. Connerly a “sell out” – yes that’s true – but not on that call.

    The reasons that I am on this crusade include (1) trying to help my people by showing the public the truth and showing the public things that affirmative action opponents have purposely not been showing the public and (2) the rumors associated with the campaign against affirmative action have adversely affected me in my quest to live life. There are tons of rumors floating around with that campaign and I intend to put a stop to it. The best way to put a stop to the rumors is to attack the source of the rumors.

    That’s all for now.

    – Harold Hunter Jr, Esq.

  11. In reply to Mr. Hunter’s comment which comes three months after his initial outburst, I would note that:

    Mr. Hunter called Mr. Connerly something else in the call that was terminated. It’s not a term I repeat, but its worse than “sell-out”. Mr. Hunter is one of the rare individuals that would receive 15 minutes with a man as busy as Ward Connerly.

    Mr. Hunter is intentionally vague about the “rumors” “floating”
    around “with that campaign,” because he has continuously been unable to cite a single one in our conversations or his attacks that would be a legitimate concern. It’s simply baseless. He, like “By Any Means Necessary”, would like everyone to believe there is some nebulous form of deception going on, but when it comes to proving a specific case no one is able to come up with facts. Until Mr. Hunter makes specific charges, I wouldn’t take it seriously.