The original “Marriage Vow,” signed by Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum implies that family life was potentially better for enslaved African children during the slavery era. In addition to being anti-Black, the pledge also singles out gays and Muslims.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to so sign the document. "Mitt Romney strongly supports traditional marriage but he felt this pledge contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign," said Romney’s campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul.
In Washington, the Woolly Mammoth Theater brought back the provocative Clybourne Park. The hilarious satire takes a look at a neighborhood as it turns from Black to White in 1959 to White again in 2009.
The wonderfully woven story has characters in the second half (during the comeback of Whites to urban America) conversationally referring to characters in the earlier (1950s) era. During the first half, Blacks moving into Clybourne Park sets up discussion on race, war, the physically challenged and the mentally challenged. An offensive joke sets off laughter on sexism, racism, homophobia, and sexual violence in the second.
In Texas, the state executed Mark Anthony Stroman (left) for a murder he once said was fueled by "patriotism," but which the state argued was motivated by pure hatred. After the 911 attacks, the admitted White supremacist killed an Indian man. His target were people whom he perceived were of Middle Eastern background in revenge and retaliation for the worst domestic terror incident in U.S. history. He also killed a Pakistani man and seriously wounded a Bangladeshi man.
Meanwhile, in Ghana, The Western Region Minister Paul Evans Aidoo has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the region.
And on the midst of budget battles, U.S. Congressman Rep. King (R-NY) held his third hearing July 27 on what he calls the radicalization of Muslims in America while in Norway the local authorities has described mass killer Anders Behring Breivik as a Christian extremist who belonged to an anti-immigration party and opposed multi-culturalism, Islam and the "cultural Marxists" of the establishment.
Like a typical Tyler Perry movie, Clybourne Park was comical, but with substance. However, while Port of Harlem Book Reviewer Ida Jones found the play insightful, she wanted an authentic Black voices.
Coretta Scott King
The Jewish Post | January 22, 2004
"We can also help by increasing support for educational programs that teach respect for different races, religions and cultures to young people. We must develop new and more creative ways to better educate all children and inoculate them against the toxic viruses of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism, xenophobia and all forms of bigotry."