Andrew Young Says Barack Obama Would be Good for America

I thought I heard the wrong thing, but apparently I was not mistaken. Former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young said Sunday that the world is angry with America, and if Senator Barack Obama is elected president, that image can change. At the same time, many Georgia GOP leaders said they think Senator McCain has made bold moves in the right direction.

Video: Andrew Young: Obama Would be Good for America’s Image FOX 5’s Aungelique Proctor Reports

Let’s see, the reason for my surprise was because Young was so adamant that Barack Obama was not “ready” to become the President of the United States. He was a loyal Clinton supporter when the primary season started, but he was also pulling for Obama, just couldn’t make up his mind. Now, Young plans to campaign for the Illinois senator on the campaign trail. The former Atlanta mayor said his original support for Clinton, whom he’s known since she was in her 20’s, was based on their personal relationship. Like many other Clinton supporters, Young has made the switch and shifted his support to Obama.”I gave Obama more money than I gave Hillary in the beginning because I wanted him to be able to run a campaign,” said Young. “I didn’t know he was capable of running a campaign that could capture the imagination of the country. He’s proved to me he can.”

Young said America’s image is tarnished around the world and that problem has played out in everything from international relations to gas prices.”Barack Obama’s elected and the stock market right now would jump 500 points. People are mad with America around the world and that’s hurting American business,” Young said. Did Young suddenly realize that people were mad recently or was he just playing it safe by backing Hillary Clinton in the beginning? Like the early supporters of Hillary Clinton who had to flip-flop later in the primary season, this is a big lesson. You cannot be beholden to a candidate before the process starts, you have to see what the opponent is worthy of and see how your constituents are voting. Don’t get me wrong folks, Andrew Young is a civil rights legend in his own rights and he has been a trailblazer in U.S. history, but like civil rights stalwart John Lewis, he got it wrong when he came out and vocally backed Hillary Clinton in the early stages, only to reverse course later on.

Adrienne LaFlemme, 60, Science Teacher Arrested for Having Sex with a Male Student


Adrienne LaFlamme, 60, and a Florida science teacher has been arrested after allegedly having sex with her 17-year-old student. This is just plain sick and nasty.

Investigators arrested Palm Bay resident Adrienne LaFlamme after being contacted by the boy’s mother. They believe that LaFlamme and the boy had sex at least 15 times over a four-week period.

LaFlamme is also being charged with filing a false police report. Police say she had lent her car to the boy, but reported it stolen after learning that she was being investigated.

These teachers that prey upon their students need to be imprisoned for a long time and not just given a slap on the wrist. There have been so many instances in which the female teachers were given minimum jail sentences and even just straight probation. A message needs to be sent by the legal system that there will be zero-tolerance for this behavior. If this were a male teacher, he would be called a rapist and thrown in prison for a long time. This woman could have been this young man’s grandmother. Excuse me while I throw up. This is just plain sick.

On a personal level, as a parent of two boys, I would be totally irrational in dealing with something of this magnitude and a beat-down would be in order for me. This latest incident is just plain sick and really disgusting. Just my thoughts, you be the judge.

Barack Obama Supporters Informally Taking ‘Hussein’ as Their Middle Names in Solidarity’

Some supporters of Barack Obama are taking Hussein as their middle name, not legally of course. A growing number of these supporters are expressing solidarity with Obama and what is amazing is the fact that this group of unlikely-sounding Husseins include Jewish, Catholic, Hispanic, Asian and Italian-Americans. The reality is that these supporters are tired of so-called political pundits such as Ann Coulter and others who continue to use Barack Obama’s middle name as though it were a scourge and ties him, somehow, to being a Muslim. It does not matter, to these pundits, how many times Obama has said that he is a Christian and that his middle name was inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. The name seems to have become a political liability for Obama, which is just not right. Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it, while others, on blogs or in e-mail messages, use it to falsely assert that Mr. Obama is a Muslim or, more fantastically, a terrorist.

The movement has taken place mostly online, the digital equivalent of wearing a button with a clever, attention-getting message. A search revealed hundreds of participants across the country, along with a YouTube video and bumper stickers promoting the idea. Legally changing names is too much hassle, participants say, so they use “Hussein” on Facebook and in blog posts and comments on sites like nytimes.com, dailykos.com and mybarackobama.com, the campaign’s networking site.

New Husseins began to crop up online as far back as last fall. But more joined up in February after a conservative radio host, Bill Cunningham, used Mr. Obama’s middle name three times and disparaged him while introducing Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, at a campaign rally. (Mr. McCain repudiated Mr. Cunningham’s comments).

The practice has been proliferating ever since. In interviews, several Obama supporters said they dreamed up the idea on their own, with no input from the campaign and little knowledge that others shared their thought. According to the New York Times, some supporters said they were inspired by movies, including “Spartacus,” the 1960 epic about a Roman slave whose peers protect him by calling out “I am Spartacus!” to Roman soldiers, and “In and Out,” a 1997 comedy about a gay high school teacher whose students protest his firing by proclaiming that they are all gay as well.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe Inaugurated After Stealing Presidency in Plain View

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration is a grave injustice and the world should not sit by and let this despot claim the presidency without sanctions. What he has done is a great travesty and he should not be allowed to come out of this unscathed. When he is sworn in later today, he will extend his nearly three decades in power after a discredited election overshadowed by violence against the opposition–literally quieting the voice of the people. World leaders condemned the election, in which Mugabe was the only candidate, but what do they intend to do?

Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition candidate, pulled out of the runoff because of the attacks, which left more than 80 dead and forced about 200,000 people to flee their homes. On Sunday, Tsvangirai rejected an invitation to the inauguration, calling it meaningless after an illegitimate poll and saying he would ask the African Union not to recognize Mugabe’s re-election. Is this the democracy that Robert Mugabe expects his fellow countrymen and women to bask in?

Human Rights Watch said Sunday in a statement that Mugabe supporters beat people who could not prove they had voted. On Sunday, state radio quoted Mugabe, 84, who has been president since Zimbabwe won independence from Britain in 1980, as saying that he was confident of winning and thanking voters for their support.

Morgan Tsvangirai won the most votes in the first round of presidential voting in March, but it was not enough for an outright victory, according to a government count. African mediators have been pushing in recent days for Mugabe and Tsvangirai to negotiate a power-sharing agreement.

Mugabe said on the eve of the vote that he was open to talks but pressed ahead with the election, apparently hoping a victory would give him leverage at the negotiating table. But it appears he will be able to draw little legitimacy from the runoff.

I was pleased when President George W. Bush entered the fray with a move towards sanctions against the country. President Bush called for an international arms embargo against Zimbabwe in the wake of last week’s “sham election,” and announced that the United States is drafting new economic sanctions that, for the first time, would take aim at the entire government of President Robert Mugabe.

“The international community has condemned the Mugabe regime’s ruthless campaign of politically motivated violence and intimidation,” Bush said in a statement from the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, adding that he had directed his secretaries of treasury and state to develop sanctions “against this illegitimate government of Zimbabwe and those who support it.” For once I can say with a straight face that I agree with President Bush’s position. Let’s be realistic, however, an international embargo will almost certainly run into opposition at the United Nations from South Africa, Russia and China. South Africa has long said that the Zimbabwe election is an internal affair.

The United States’ own sanctions, by contrast, can be carried out unilaterally. American officials and outside experts said they hope the sanctions would put pressure on Zimbabwe’s mining industry, a crucial source of foreign exchange for a government that is very short of it. The sanctions are expected to restrict the government’s ability to do business with American companies, although it is unclear which agencies or state-controlled businesses would be affected.

Final thoughts…..

Robert Mugabe cannot be allowed to get away with this injustice, but the people of his country must get up and fight against this travesty. No-one from the outside can fix this problem for them. They have to want change and fight for change, no matter what the consequences. I am reminded of the civil rights struggles that occurred in the United States and there were many people who gave their lives for the right to be a citizen and to be treated with dignity. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did not run from anyone, but stood steadfast in his beliefs, along with millions of blacks and whites who felt that it was time for change.

Robert Mugabe has plundered Zimbabwe and he has literally raped this country of its dignity and its resources. About five million Zimbabweans have fled the country since 2000, as the country has suffered from the highest inflation rate in history in the world. There is a decreasing job market, lack of steady food supply and an oppressive government. This is the same country in which white farmers were exacted from their lands, on the order of Robert Mugabe.”In 1980, the average annual income in Zimbabwe was US$950, and a Zimbabwean dollar was worth more than an American one. By 2003, the average income was less than US$400, and the Zimbabwean economy was in freefall.” Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for three decades and has led it, in that time, from impressive success to the most dramatic peacetime collapse of any country since Weimar Germany“.

In the The Daily Telegraph of London, Mugabe was criticized for comparing himself to Hitler. Mugabe was quoted as saying “This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold”.

On 9 March 2003, President George Bush approved measures for economic sanctions to be leveled against Mugabe and other high-ranking Zimbabwe politicians, freezing their assets and barring Americans from engaging in any transactions or dealings with them. Justifying the move, Bush’s spokesman stated that the President and Congress believe that “the situation in Zimbabwe endangers the southern African region and threatens to undermine efforts to foster good governance and respect for the rule of law throughout the continent.” The world cannot sit idly back and watch Mugabe continue to pillage his country and subdue Zimbabweans into accepting this. Robert Mugabe’s inauguration is indeed a sad day for democracy as we know it. Just my thoughts, you be the judge……

John & Cindy McCain Defaulted on Home Taxes for Condo for the Last Four Years: Newsweek Reports

Newsweek has published a very embarrassing story, which is now online, about Sen. John McCain, that has revealed the McCains have failed to pay taxes on their beach-front condo in La Jolla, California, for the last four years and are currently in default, Black Political Thought has learned.

Under California law, once a residential property is in default for five years, it can be sold at a tax sale to recover the unpaid taxes for the taxpayers. The McCains own at least seven homes through a variety of trusts and corporations controlled by Cindy McCain.

The report notes that the McCains paid the bulk of their back taxes yesterday, but continue to owe additional taxes: When you’re poor, it can be hard to pay the bills. When you’re rich, it’s hard to keep track of all the bills that need paying. It’s a lesson Cindy McCain learned the hard way when NEWSWEEK raised questions about an overdue property-tax bill on a La Jolla, Calif., property owned by a trust that she oversees. Mrs. McCain is a beer heiress with an estimated $100 million fortune and, along with her husband, she owns at least seven properties, including condos in California and Arizona.

According to the Huffington Post, shortly after NEWSWEEK inquired about the matter, the McCain aide e-mailed a receipt dated Friday, June 27, confirming payment by the trust to San Diego County in the amount of $6,744.42. County officials say the trust still owes an additional $1,742 for this year, an amount that is overdue and will go into default July 1. Told of the outstanding $1,742, the aide said: “The trust has paid all bills shown owing as of today and will pay all other bills due.”

I know they are very wealthy people, but you have to wonder what else does John McCain and his wife have lurking in the background, considering how they have been very vocal about Barack and Michelle Obama. This has to be very embarrassing to the McCains and once again, shows that John McCain does not have a grasp of what is going on. Who is the accountant for this couple? I suspect it is a firm and they need to be fired! Every fool knows, you don’t play around with property taxes or you run the very real risk of your property being sold. I am pretty sure they were sent multiple past-due notices and possibly threatening letters too. Who’s the idiot that ignored this? John McCain seems more and more to be like President Bush–out of touch with reality and a bumbling idiot. I think the McCains were a little too arrogant to think that this matter would escape the prying hands of the mainstream media. I am just surprised it took this long to come out. Just my thoughts, you be the judge…..

Vandals Tag 60 Cars with Anti-Obama Messages

Here we go again. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, vandals have spray-painted 60 city vehicles in Orlando, Fla., some with messages against Sen. Barack Obama. This has become really ridiculous that people are so uncomfortable with the fact that a black man could actually dare to run for the presidency.

One of the 60 city vehicles spray-painted by vandals while they were parked across from Orlando city hall late Saturday night June 28, 2008. Investigators have said that the culprits spray-painted notes such as ‘Obama smokes crack’ and a racial epithet. They even left cards on each vehicle disparaging both Obama and Sen. John McCain but have messages of support for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Police also found that many of the vehicles had open gas tanks.

Witness Mike Lowe first told police about the damage. He saw three cars with anti-Obama messages, while the others were just heavily painted. People have way too much free time on their hands and need to stop trying to siphon off other people’s gas.

A Tribute to Freedom Fighter the Honorable and Esteemed Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela released from prison February 11, 1990

I am always completely speechless when I see the visionary and powerful Nelson Mandela on television. I am always reminded what the word sacrifice truly means when I see him. He is to me, of the same ilk as Mother Teresa, Gandhi and all the visionaries we have been blessed to have had in our lives at different times. He is the closest thing to a saint in our lives. I was equally amazed at the fact that Mandela was on the U.S. terror list as recent as this week. This man was no more of a threat to the U.S. than a little child. We are in the presence of greatness and a man that has shown unselfish love and devotion to his people and ending the scourge of apartheid in his country. Nelson Mandela’s fame eclipses that of presidents, but the hero of the South African apartheid struggle also has a moral authority unmatched by any religious or political leader. Mandela can arrive in the chambers of any head of state with the absolute certainty he will be the most famous person in that room and the most RESPECTED. He is, by far, one of the rarest and most precious person we have ever had in our midst.

Nelson Mandela in his cell at Robben Island

Mandela, who turns 90 on July 18, is eternally cloaked in a cloud of adulation which refuses to evaporate. He has made remarkable achievements through his life and he is one of the first political figures to truly understand the power of celebrity–a tool he turned into a weapon in the fight against apartheid. He succeeded in reaching a global audience with his vision of a post-apartheid South Africa before his 27-year imprisonment commenced. He transformed his trial into a stark demonstration of an oppressive state seeking to stifle a dream of justice – not just a confrontation between prosecutors and the leader of a sabotage campaign. Mandela famously declared at this time: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination…It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” South Africa’s white elite failed to label him as a communist terrorist and the propaganda victories of the ANC led to sanctions which threatened to cripple the state.

Mandela, not only helped break down the walls of apartheid, but he spearheaded one of the greatest transformations of the past 100 years–the emergence of scores of nation states which were once European colonies. Mandela has played down his brilliance as a tactician with charming modesty, saying: “I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. Mandela is an “intellectual giant” who proved that a systematic process of “truth and reconciliation” can bring healing to a shattered country.

Mandela is seen as a global grandfather, devoted to fighting Aids and poverty across his home continent. No leader of a liberation movement has enjoyed such a happy ending. He was imprisoned for 27 years and I don’t think that God would have taken him away from us so quickly after his release from prison. He had more work for him to do.

In recent times critics of Mandela wish he had done more to stop Robert Mugabe’s regime in Zimbabwe slipping into outright tyranny. But it is not true that in his retirement he has avoided political controversy. He was alarmed by the US’s rush to war in Iraq, saying: “It is clearly a decision that is motivated by George W. Bush’s desire to please the arms and oil industries in the United States of America.” A sentiment many people here in the U.S. share fervently. It is a testament to the strength of his legacy that he is criticized for moments of inaction, rather than any decision taken in a moment of fear or fury.

So, naturally I was very surprised to learn a few months ago that Mandela was still on the U.S. terror list and I was angered by that discovery. On Friday, lawmakers quietly erased references to him as a terrorist from national databases. The legislation was unanimously passed in both the House and the Senate. I could not believe that Mandela was faced with travel restrictions to the United States because he fought to free his people from apartheid. It is ironic that America prides itself on racial inclusion and sensitivity, though it has had its own apartheid and its government has been guilty of some of the very same activities that occurred in South Africa towards blacks and American Indians. It is ironic that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and so many other civil rights leaders were subjected to similar treatment as the leaders in apartheid South Africa and this government had to nerve to have this man on a terror list.

Nelson Mandela, when he leaves the public stage for the last time, will indeed remain an icon of hope and freedom for the whole world. This was my tribute to a man who continues to evoke such feelings of awe, profound gratitude and deep respect through every fiber of my being. This is who, though I am sure he has faults as we all do, we should strive to emulate, though we can never duplicate. I wish Zimbabwe’s despot Robert Mugabe and cronies would take a page from Mandela’s book and do the right thing instead of stealing an election in plain view. Just my thoughts, you be the judge…..

Japanese Advertisement With Monkey Resembling Barack Obama Pulled

Not sure what to make of this, but I consider it important for my readers none the less. Here is the article in its entirety from U.K.-based Guardian’s website.

A Japanese mobile phone firm said today it had pulled a TV advert depicting a monkey as a political candidate amid accusations that it was a racist reference to Barack Obama, who is seeking to become the first black US president.
The ad, for eMobile, shows a monkey in a suit addressing an election rally, surrounded by supporters carrying placards with the word “Change”. The apparent intention is to persuade subscribers to other mobile phone carriers to transfer to eMobile.
But the combination of the monkey, and the resemblance of his message to the theme of Obama’s campaign – “Change we can believe in” – prompted bloggers to accuse the company of making a racist slur against the Democratic hopeful.
The company, which stressed it had used the macaque mascot in several other adverts, said it had never intended to insult Obama but had decided to pull the “Change” ad in response to criticism in the blogosphere.
“We had no bad intentions, but this is a cross-cultural gap issue and we have to accept it,” eMobile’s chief executive, Sachio Semmoto, told Reuters. “There are African-Americans in Japan, so we decided to take prompt action and shut down the ad.”
Semmoto went further, describing the senator from Illinois as the kind of leader who could benefit not only the US but also Japan. “For two years I’ve been saying Obama has the capacity to change America, the kind of capacity that Japan needs,” he said. Monkeys are revered in Japan, and their image can be found at numerous Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, but eMobile’s choice of animal for this ad did not impress the foreign blogging community.
Zurui, in a message to the Black Tokyo site, wrote: “Well it seems like the ugly head of racism has reared its big head again on Japanese television.
“Am I crazy to think the monkey is supposed to represent Barack Obama? Given the track record for companies in Japan that use monkeys and blacks or monkeys as blacks in advertisements … maybe not!”
Writing on Japan Probe, James disagreed: “Is this ‘the ugly head of racism’ in Japan, as sites like Black Tokyo have written? I don’t think so. “The commercial clearly is a parody of Barack Obama’s campaign, which has received a lot of positive media coverage in Japan, but I don’t feel that it reflects racist ideas about black people and monkeys.
“I doubt that most Japanese people would even understand how a pink-faced grey monkey native to Japan could be equated with African people.”It isn’t the first time a Japanese firm has found itself accused of racist depictions of black people.

Three years ago a TV commercial by Mandom, which makes men’s grooming products, drew condemnation because it showed a Rastafarian accompanied by a chimpanzee that had been made up to resemble him.

Obama is hugely popular in Japan, not least among the residents of a fishing town on the Japan Sea coast that shares his name. The residents of Obama – “little shore” in Japanese – formed a supporters’ group to follow his progress through the Democratic primaries. His Japanese supporters made sweetbean buns bearing Obama’s face and “I love Obama” T-shirts, as well as similarly themed chopsticks, which the town’s mayor sent to the candidate along with a message of support.
I guess you can look at this situation from two perspectives and I really cannot accuse these people of being racist, knowing a little about their culture.

Inglewood Mayor, Roosevelt Dorn Faces Four Criminal Charges Over Misappropriation of Funds

UPDATE: Roosevelt Dorn has resigned as mayor Sunday evening, hours before he pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor. His public corruption trial was set to begin. He was fined $1,000 and placed on two years probation as part of the plea agreement reached with prosecutors. He is banned from from holding public office.

Another black mayor has bitten the dust. Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn was charged Thursday with conflict of interest and misappropriation of $500,000 in public funds stemming from a city low-interest loan program originally intended to help Inglewood administrators afford to live in town. Mayor Roosevelt Dorn is an ordained clergyman and once was a sheriff’s deputy, an assistant Los Angeles city attorney and a Municipal and Superior Court judge known for his no-nonsense attitude toward crime.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the three-term mayor often recounted how he arrived in Los Angeles from the cotton fields of Oklahoma with $1.50 in his pocket. Dorn borrowed the $500,000 in November 2004, five months after he voted with the 3-2 council majority to extend the program to elected officials. He received a 30-year loan with a variable interest rate of 2.39%, far less than the market rate. Dorn, 72, is expected to be arraigned July 3. If convicted of all four felony counts, he faces a maximum of four years and eight months in prison. Most convictions also bar politicians from holding office.

The criminal complaint charges that Dorn used his office “to influence a governmental decision in which the defendant knew and had reason to know he had a financial interest.”Dorn used the money to pay off the mortgage on a house that he and his wife had bought in 1966. He allegedly put the remaining amount, about $265,000, in the bank. The mayor, who earns about $95,000 annually, repaid the loan in October 2006.

Dorn was elected to his third term in January 2007, overcoming controversy already generated by reports that the district attorney was investigating him and city Treasurer Wanda Brown, who received a city loan of $235,000. Inglewood created its loan program in 1992, allowing city executive employees to take a loan “for the purpose of purchasing a residence” in the city.Twelve years later, the council extended the program to include the mayor, council members, city clerk, treasurer and others. The program’s purpose also was changed from “purchasing a residence” to include “maintaining residency.”Councilman Eloy Morales Jr. and former Councilman Curren Price joined Dorn in voting for the amendment. Councilman Ralph Franklin did not vote. Councilwoman Judy Dunlap was absent.

The council repealed the changes in 2006, after residents complained and officials said they realized that the modifications conflicted with the City Charter, which prohibits city officials from being part of any financial transaction in which the official takes action. It is not unusual for cities to offer home loans in order to attract and retain employees, such as firefighters and police officers, who may not be able to afford to live in cities where they work.

According to the LA Times, Dorn was considered one of the most controversial judges in the Los Angeles Juvenile Court system. He believed in dealing sternly with the youngest offenders before they got older and graduated to more serious crimes, and he often boasted of his success. He was known for keeping youths on probation longer and for penalizing them for disobeying their parents or receiving poor grades. Although some people credited him with turning around troubled children, others criticized him for being dictatorial and high-handed. In 1989, he was transferred out of Inglewood Juvenile Court after the public defender’s office pressed the presiding judge to remove him. The public defender’s office alleged that Dorn chose court-appointed defense attorneys who agreed with his get-tough philosophy and would not object to his harsh treatment of offenders.

So, here Dorn is faced with serious time behind bars for doing the very thing he discouraged youths from doing. It is a shame that at 72 years old, this man is faced with such an outcome. The bottom line is that many of our public officials are no better than the criminal walking on the street and they deserve the same treatment. If he is found guilty, the state needs to send a real harsh lesson and not send him to a “country club” to serve his time. The sad reality is that Dorn will not be remembered for the good his has done, but will instead go down in state history for the crimes he committed. Just my thoughts, you be the judge….

Jaiden Haber, 8, Allowed by her Mother Karen Haber, to Wear T-Shirt Saying "N the ‘N’ Word" and "It’s time!"

According to the New York Newsday newspaper, second-grader Jaiden Haber was sent to the principal’s office — not for bad behavior, but for her T-shirt’s slogan. Last week, the principal told Jaiden, 8, to change her shirt, which read, “N the ‘N’ Word” and “It’s time.” Jaiden’s mother, Karen, 45, said teachers at Northwest Elementary in Amityville should have “seized the moment” to discuss the shirt because it aimed to encourage tolerance. But district superintendent John Williams said the word’s inflammatory effect outweighed the shirt’s potential educational value. He said Amityville schools strive to regularly instill cultural lessons.

Did the school overreact? You be the judge. “To send a little white girl wearing this shirt into a very diverse district that is almost 90 percent nonwhite was not the way to address this word,” Mr. Williams said yesterday. “It’s a lightning rod.”A gym teacher noticed Jaiden’s shirt and sent her to the principal, who asked her to change into a school shirt because hers was a “distraction,” Williams said.

Karen Haber said she received some of the shirts from Intrigue Concepts Inc., of Roosevelt, as payment for work done. She distributed 17 of them during Jaiden’s birthday party in school a month ago.”I never expected it to be blown up like this,” Haber said. “But innocently enough, Jaiden’s made an impact on society — maybe even history.”Jaiden said she didn’t understand the statement she was making with her shirt. “My mom picked it out,” she said. “She thought it would look nice on me. I don’t know why they made me take it off.”Karen Haber said she should have explained the shirt to her daughter, but wanted to “keep her innocent.

“Some parents criticize me for putting it on her since she’s so young,” Haber said. “But when I hear a 5-year-old tossing around that word, I know I would stick it on Jaiden, even if she were a newborn baby.”One parent said cultural awareness should begin early.

So, do you think this mother did the right thing to push her daughter, an eight-year old into the spotlight? I am interesting to hear my readers thoughts. Personally, you can learn a lot from children. For example, my oldest son, an 11 year-old, taught me that soccer is thought to have originated in China and the Italians used to play the sport with small stones. Go figure, I would not have known that. So, while racial discrimination may be a touchy subject for many, I don’t think it is too early for children to learn about being tolerant and caring of all people of all races. I am not sure, however, that I would let my child wear the shirt, but that’s just me. Maybe the mother should have explained the meaning behind the slogan on the shirt to the child before she left the house for school that day. Your thoughts?