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Chief Judge References President Obama’s Father as a Dog

March 3, 2012

Racist joke: Richard Cebull says the joke he forwarded to six friends was inappropriate, but it was a reflection of his dislike of President Obama.

Now, we must admit, whether you like his policies or not, President Obama has been disrespected by actual public officials more than any other president in history, according to “his-story”. It’s true! Let’s start with Congressman Joe Wilson, who blurted out “You Lie!” during a televised healthcare speech in 2009. What about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who greeted the president with a finger pointed in his face, what appeared to be a moment of chastisement. Now, this??? Montana Chief Judge Richard Cebull references the black side of President Obama as an animal. According to the Daily Mail, Montana’s chief federal judge has admitted to sending a racist chain e-mail about President Obama’s dead mother and his interracial heritage from a computer in his chambers. The e-mail contained a joke that compares interracial relationships to bestiality, but U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull says he not racist — only anti-Obama. Cebull, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, recommended his own conduct be reviewed by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal… (Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108997/Federal-judge-Richard-Cebull-admits-sending-racist-anti-Obama-e-mail.html)

Kanye West’s statement that former president George Bush doesn’t care about black people in 2005 has nothing on these three. In fact, Kanye West apologized to the former president for making the televised comments, and he is not even a public official, so why? (Read his apology here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/nov/11/kanye-west-apologises-george-bush). It is simple. I said it before and will continue to say it. Blacks must rebuild an infrastructure that leads to us being respected. If the president can be disrespected, (AND HALF OF HIM IS WHITE) what do we expect the treatment to be of a full breed Jason Johnson walking the streets in Oakland, Chicago or Philly?

We are overlooked because people know we have little leverage. We would sell ourselves short for a dollar and be loyal to those who gives us a place to “stay”. I am sure we can all agree on both sides of the coin that a judge, who sentences black, yellow and white offenders everyday, should not be making these types of slanted “jokes.” It leads to his rulings being questionable.

Here’s the real question. What do we do??? When do we stand? When do we build? What will be the situation for us that will allow us to see that we MUST adjust our lives accordingly to become a more respected group? Hurricane Katrina didn’t do it, Jena 6 didn’t do it, Sean Bell didn’t do it, Kathryn Johnston didn’t do it, Tasha Hill didn’t do it, what will??? Will slavery do it? Are we simply just quiet until an issue hits directly at us? Do we simply don’t care if it is happening to someone else? We don’t have time, we can’t get off work, it’s too hot/cold outside??? Racist people laugh at us when we whine and complain while they cook up their next moment of disrespect. They know we react, not proact. Whatever “our” issue that keeps us from standing up and making ourselves stronger will be the same excuse our children use when they get older quietly looking at us with shame and disgust because we dropped the ball!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2012 3:45 am

    Yes, we all should stand together as black people to create a rational and proactive solution that will be more productive than it be in vain, allowing other races to start respecting us of who we are as human being, and not look at our skin color with disgrace.

    President Obama of course is not handling this situation the way I would or what others expect. No I am not saying he should act like an out of control salvage, ( which is what they want him to do) but use his power, yes I said it, use his power to start the process on taking control of this indecent act that other races have on blacks. I mean, Professor Robinson mentioned in his article that maybe we should be proactive even when it doesn’t effect us as individuals directly. I, for one had stood up for others and don’t mind it at all. What I can’t see is how would we look, not holding any political office position, fighting for respect for our President where he himself, let it happens and does nothing about it.

    The fight starts with ourselves. Our self wanting things to be different not just for us but for our future leaders, our children. First we have to learn to respect each other within our own race. We are our own worse enemy. Then we can start in our homes, in our workforce, business we cater to and communities we live in that has other races . From that point, we can become together to form groups that has establish strong presence of what we stand for and others know we mean business. What really will get them is we will be proactive about it and not deal with it the way other races expect us to. As for the President, if they don’t listen and respect him well and he does nothing, then defending him in his honor will be just another political circus that gives the media enough hype to raise their ratings.

    Yes we need to do something but it needs to be prioritize where we would start and where it will be most affective. Thank You Professor Robinson for a need to be talked about discussion.

  2. Diva permalink
    March 4, 2012 12:55 pm

    He should be removed from his position! This will only happen when Blacks request it AND his OWN Race has secretly harbored a desire to get rid of him; Which seems to be the case since his actions are publicly known.

    No disrespect to those we considered icons of today’s civil rights but at this moment, all they produce is a knee jerk reaction and like a vapor they are out, the opposition doesn’t respect them and their presence is dismissed as typical in playing the ‘race card’, a term that dismisses any valid concerns about oppression as it pertains to racism.

    Blacks are in need of leadership and at this point, we are so disgusted with what has claimed to be leaders that we all walk to the beat of our own drum and that is simply self-satisfying, no real collective effort at all. We as a people are divided in our homes, our churches, our businesses and our community; and when folks like the judge strike they are speaking to the masses that think and feel the same as they do and you best believe they will agree and affect the lives of blacks negatively everywhere.

    • March 4, 2012 2:51 pm

      Love your response Diva. It’s like some of our black leaders (no disrespect) are playing more for the “how many whites can I make happy without crossing that line” game, than standing for what is right and doing something about it. Doing more than just getting their name in the media to boost their popularity scores.
      We are indeed in need of new kind of leadership. One that is not scare to become unpopular with some whites to do what is right. Most of our black leaders that speak for us today is not being conducive in making change for the good of our black people. The change that some, and I do use that word ‘some” loosely are only in the good for themselves.

  3. March 5, 2012 2:44 pm

    You said it already Devin ” It is simple. I said it before and will continue to say it. Blacks must rebuild an infrastructure that leads to us being respected.” and you wrote ” We are overlooked because people know we have little leverage. We would sell ourselves short for a dollar and be loyal to those who gives us a place to “stay”…I think enough of us already know what needs to be done the real question is Who? How? and When?. What type of sacrifices need to be made and who’s willing to make it? Who’s able to organize an action committee to put this infrastructure in execution mode. It’s already known that our Urban Leagues and NAACP’s have dropped the ball, they are dependent on Federal Dollars for their existences so they won’t bite the hand that feeds them. The Black Congressional Caucus no longer have Vision and moxy and won’t give up their “prestigious” position to those who do. A new school of black visionaries will need to go under the radar for a bit and organize. Develop short term and long term strategies. Determine workers from talkers and build allies with benefactors. I firmly believe something can be done and I believe the time is ripe for it.

  4. clarence hodges, jr. permalink
    March 6, 2012 1:48 pm

    I’m glad that others realize that we Blacks are often labeled as reactionary. I have been teaching in East Asia for 14 years and am often concerned about the stereotypes and perception regarding African-Americans. More often Blacks of other countries know a little more of how to behave in other cultures than Black Americans. We have tolerated racial abuse for so long that it seems to have shattered our self-esteem, making us more apt to be violent. But I’ve learned that people of other ethnicities also have reason to be resentful, but they don’t let it hinder their steps to progress. Fortunately there have been Black Americans who have desplayed reasonable success in their endeavors. As one Chinese lady told me, anyone will be respected who has something to offer…not necessarily looking for what you think someone owes you. Stop jumping to conclusions. Learn to analyze. These are issues that many don’t stop to think consider.

    • March 6, 2012 2:32 pm

      Absolutely correct. We have learned to be reactionary’s I guess because we have allowed our selves to be in the position of trying to defend who we are. Why, should we have to be so defensive? But we recognize something needs to change. The question is, where do we begin? I believe we are far beyond of knowing that change needs to happen and what needs to be done. But what is the next step and who will be the ones to implement the next step?

  5. Gary Greene permalink
    March 6, 2012 3:37 pm

    What does everyone expect? At the end of the day we’re still black and their white as far as they’re concerned, and they feel we should know our place. But I’m a proponent of an eye for an eye. If they’re going to be racist, then we must too. We got to show them we’re not afraid. Turning the other cheek will only allow them to maintain their power. So if they want to call us monkeys or animals, lets call them cave men or white trash. Lets see how they like that.

    • March 9, 2012 2:07 pm

      I believe we need to be more tactical than that, only because it’s what they want and expect. Never go the route of predictability. They don’t believe we are strong enough and smart enough to strategize so you come at them at a point where they never see you coming. You never lower yourself into trash because other people are there. Besides if everyone is shouting then we are too busy shouting and not developing any strategies. I believe in an eye for an eye too, but if you kill me with words I’m gonna kill you with strategy. We are so divided as a people right now and we all know that a house divided against itself can not stand. We have to learn how to trust and communicate together first. Clean up our own house and weed out these sell outs. Create some financial backing (money talks and BS walks), it takes money to buy tools/weapons. One of the reason why Africa is so desolate now is because some never came to understand the need to develop the same tools as others (ie fighting with spears and sticks and knives when everyone else has guns and cannons).

  6. Shirley Williams permalink
    March 10, 2012 3:33 am

    That so call judge need to be ask to leave his position. I am so tried of the so call white man
    referring to African Americans as some kind of animal until it is getting very frustrating. Most of the whites think they are above any other race in this so called United States just because your skin is white do not make you smarter than anyone else, truely it appears to me that this judge is unlearned act like he has never been educated. President Obama is the President of the United States of American’s of every race and creed and he is to be respected as such no matter how you like or dislike him. Just like a judge is to be respected. Now STOP your IGNORANCE and give President Obama respect.

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