James T Harris
Radio talk show host, conservative commentator, Beautiful Man. James T. Harris is the Ring Master of The Conservative Circus heard on 104.1 FM KQTH
I have become my father. My sons are becoming my father's son. That is the way it is supposed to be...
But we don't live in an ideal world. We live in my old neighborhood, Sherman Park. You know – the one in Milwaukee that was on fire last weekend. It was set on fire after a black cop shot a black criminal.
That is what we are told.
What we are not told is our communities have been on fire long before the first match was struck in Ferguson. Across the country, our communities have been smoldering since the first father was sent away from the home by the brain trust behind the Great Society.
The Great Society started to slowly stoke the flames by turning the working poor into the idle poor – in order to receive government assistance. A family could only receive government assistance if there was a single mother. So "welfare" actually incentivized fathers to say, "well, see ya," so mom and kids could have a better life. Goodbye daddy, your family is better off without you. At least financially. Come around every once in a while, but make sure no one knows you're here.
And they left...by the generations...dutifully.
Is it really that mysterious what has happened to entire generations of young men of African descent? No, it isn't.
What can a boy become when he has no father to emulate? Lost. What can a boy become when he has only criminals to admire? Drug dealers and scammers. What does a boy become when he can only watch a struggling single mother navigate poverty? Angry and rightly so.
Yes, it's true that there were fathers who stuck around and provided for their families – often with smaller paychecks than the government was handing out. I know, because my father was one of those hardworking fathers who refused to believe the broken promises of the not-so-great society.
I've always admired my father for the example he set for me and my sister. But his example was too often the exception to the rule.
Without fathers at home, so many of our inner-city neighborhoods began to crumble. For the many years I lived in Sherman Park, it was on the precipice. It did not crumble, but the foundations were wearing away, and there were visible cracks in a once-solid structure.
For generations before, Sherman Park was known as a true community – and in some pockets it still is – but as the number of aimless, hopeless and misguided young men increased, even the once-strong Sherman Park is having trouble standing.
I prefer for the federal government to stay out of family business. But if it has to intercede, it should do so in ways that keep families together. Instead it has served as an agent of destruction.
What would my father say if he were alive today? I look at my sons, and I thank God that I had his example to follow.
Read original article here: https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2016/08/17/fathers-sons-and-sherman-park/
He ran up to us and asked, "are you Jackson's daddy?"
I hesitantly responded, "yes son, I'm Jackson's daddy." I then looked at my wife as the excited child ran back toward the middle of the street yelling, "see, I told you Jackson had a father!"
Turning away from my wife to look at the group of little boys who were then looking at Jackson as if he were a shiny novelty item, I said, "'we have to move." To my surprise, she agreed without hesitation.
Not long after that, we moved into a neighborhood in which Jackson's parental arrangement was the norm. There were lots of fathers. Some families even had two daddies!
Now, don't get me wrong: no one has more respect for moms than I. No one has more admiration for those single moms out there who are sacrificing to make sure their kids can thrive.
But I am talking about dads. So was Orlando Patterson when he wrote in the New York Times on May 9, 2015 about all of the things that President Obama and the federal government could and must do in the wake of the Baltimore riots. After talking about the "chemical detoxification of ghetto neighborhoods" and the value of Head Start, he then concluded:
"And finally, there is one long-term fundamental change that can only come from within the black community: a reduction in the number of kids born to single, usually poor, women, which now stands at 72 percent. Its consequences are grim: greatly increased risk of prolonged poverty, child abuse, educational failure and youth delinquency and violence, especially among boys, whose main reason for joining gangs is to find a family and male roles models."
So wait a gosh darn minute! When I talk about dads, I am an Uncle Tom, I am self-loathing n-word to some. Orlando has been accused of being conservative – as if that is a crime. He is not of course a conservative or a criminal. The marginalization by hyperbolic accusation keeps too many Americans of African descent silent.
Aside from not being silenced, what do liberal Harvard Professor Orlando Patterson and the Beautiful Man (me) have in common? The color of our skin and, more importantly: common damn sense!
Common sense is not a color-based characteristic. It is in relying on our common sense that we – the left and the right – can find common ground. In a 2015 interview, Patterson pointed to a Bush administration program for strengthening inner-city black families that was a failure. "I'd rather leave it to the wisdom of the African American crowd if you like, ah, as to what solution is going to emerge," he said.
Patterson admitted, "I don't know what the solution is. In the same way that one didn't know what the Civil Rights solution was going to be until Martin Luther King and the southern Christian group and other groups developed it."
And they did – in their infinite wisdom – develop it. Are we black men incapable of doing the same? No. Will we allow those who do not want solutions... those who make money and achieve fame on the dysfunction... keep us silent?
Recently I posted a rant on Facebook that went viral. It went viral because people; both black and white, desperately want to discuss the apparent break down of our collective culture. Americans – both black and white and brown – solve problems. We don't sweep them under the rug. That is not our style.
Orlando recognized that "African Americans in the inner cities and out are among the most law abiding group of people in America. They're also the most God fearing and church going group of people in America." He goes on to say that 80 percent of African Americans "are the ones calling for police protection."
When the Dallas police were massacred by a crazed militant Black Panther, the black police chief invited youth from the inner-city to sign-up to be cops. Hmmm... isn't that is a solution from within?
The snippets of solutions are swirling around the ether almost as fast as young men are being murdered by each other on our inner-city streets. Dr. Patterson says, "Kids need a bedrock of stability of at least a couple of adults whoever they may be." Until a time when we can put our ideologies aside and meet on the common ground of common sense, daddies and the bedrock of stability they provide will a rarity.
I for one do not want my sons to be approached one day by a young child like the one who approached me those many years ago. I want for them to be standing with other parents of color in that same wonderful place; Milwaukee. I want their kids to play on those same streets that were on fire in Sherman Park last week, knowing that they are safe because daddies – lots of them – are there.
Read the Original Story: http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/19/common-sense-is-not-a-color-based-characteristic/#ixzz4HnolT3kn
I have become my father. My sons are becoming my father's son. That's the way it's supposed to be. Ideally. But we don't live in an ideal world. We live in my old neighborhood. The one that was on fire this weekend.
My parking lot video has over six million views, spread over multiple sites. That's amazing! Unfortunately, AAA's (Angry African American black folk) have begun to attack me and my family.
This too shall pass...
In the mean time, I've decided to go with re-imagined antiquated terms. Let's start with this one:
Coon (n). term used to personally attack black people who express ideas which dissent from those held by black people who espouse white liberal beliefs; non-objective epithet employed by blacks as a substitute for a cogent and substantive counterargument.
It never ceases to amaze me how toxic dissatisfied black folk can be. If Black Lives REALLY Matter, why do my life and my family's lives not matter? AAA's can't answer that question. The cup of sorrows they drink from is too deep, thier hate too irrational. They can't simply disagree... They feel compelled to personally attack the messenger (and his family) to justify thier own deep insecurities.
They talk of hate when they are the ones consumed by it. They argue that when they say Black Lives Matter they are not saying that other lives don't. But truth be told, lives that hold opinions different from theirs don't matter to them. I always say, "Don't be afraid to be who you is." I mean it. Be honest about who you are – a bitter group that needs to point the finger at others rather than take responsibility for the state of their communities. If black lives really matter, why is the focus not on the high black incarceration rate, the high black abortion rate, the low black graduation rate or the young men who are dying in the streets at the hands of other black men. Much easier to blame cops than yourselves. You run from the inner cities and then blame the cops who live in them 8, 10, 12 hours a day?
GET THE %$#@ OUT OF MY FACE AND LOOK AT YOUR OWN IN THE MIRROR! Like Michael Jackson said, "...and make that change." YOU CAN'T!
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This is how bad things have become. Now even Christians are having difficulty discerning right form wrong.
This is what happens when we value the color of ones skin over content of their character.
Listen in as respond to the very conflicted former Miss Alabama.
In the very same parking lot where Gabby Giffords was shot and six people were killed by a deranged gunman, a woman of 'privilege' walked up to me to apologize for how "my people" have been mistreated.
By "my people" she didn't mean the upper middle-class... she meant African Americans... killed by the police.
It has always amused me how the very people who claim to value the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, often miss the spirit of his message. This nice lady did not see the fine character of my vehicle, or contents of my grocery bags, she only saw the color of my skin. She assumed.... (and you know what happens when you assume) that I would accept her apology on behalf of black people for the wrongs that the police have perpetuated on "my people."
That didn't happen. After I explained to her just how wrong she was – in the most polite terms and manner – she further complicated things by saying that I was articulate! As if, after eight years of Obama, it is still a surprise to find another articulate American of African descent!
I guess Obama has been so articulate, so masterful in his delivery of cups of sorrow disguised as Kool-Aid, that liberal Americans of European descent now feel the need to apologize to "African Americans."
Things didn't go as planned. It led to an epic video rant that has since gone viral. You can watch the rant here. If you like it, please share it.
So, yeah I will take an apology. I will take an apology from anyone who judges me on the color of my skin and not the content of my character. But DO NOT apologize to me for the deaths of thugs with whom I share nothing in common EXCEPT the color of my skin.
If my rant has brought you to this site...
WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS!
A Tucson 18 year old, Mahin Khan, who was arrested last week by the FBI for conspiring with ISIS, was allegedly terrorizing other children in as early as the second grade. According to a former classmate, Khan threatened to shoot up the school in second grade.
The classmate known as "Mark the intern" on the James T. Harris show, said that the school had a "pacifist" philosophy, and as a result only engaged in "long talks" with Mahin. After being forced to call the Tucson Police on Mahin for assault, Mark's parents removed him from the school because school officials would take no action.
On Monday, Jose Orlando Campuzano-Miranda was sentenced to a mere 10.5 years after he was found guilty on 27 different charges for his involvement in the invasion of three Tucson homes back in May. Six people, including a minor beneath the age of twelve, had their lives changed forever when they were held up at gun point and threatened in Spanish as the contents of their homes were taken three illegal aliens.
This is scary stuff you can finish the article here.
Our Millennial Man On The Street, David Ahumada was in the courtroom. Listen here to his first hand account of the proceedings.
Jessica is the best spokespersons on any aspect of immigration...brilliant but able to parlay complex information down to a level that makes it real, relevant and compelling.
Jessica M. Vaughan is director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based research institute that examines the impact of immigration on American society. She has been with the Center since 1992.
Jessica's most noteworthy recent work includes documenting the collapse of immigration enforcement under the Obama administration; the release of tens of thousands of criminal aliens; and the issuance of 7.4 million extralegal work permits since 2009. In addition, she writes frequently on the public safety problems created by the government's failure to control immigration.
Prior to joining the Center, Mrs. Vaughan was a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department.
This interview provided the "AH HA!" moment to the whole illegal issue. As Ms. Vaughan spoke, things became crystal clear. The administration is doing it to us on purpose! You've always felt it, Jessica Vaughn flawlessly connects the dots in a way that will help you explain it.