Conversations Of A Sistah, Mid-term Election, Politics, Uncategorized

Mid-term Ads and Election – Plus all the Drama – this weeks Conversation!

Like most of you, I know you’ll be glad when this mid-term election is over!! The tight race in Georgia and all the other states that will determine a house take over is all the talk in the media. Let’s not even start with the Hershel Rawls abortion scandal, as he’s up against incumbent Raphael Warnock. Then we have Stacey Abrams trailing behind Georgia’s incumbent Republican Governor, Brian Kempt.

The ads are nasty, ruthless and annoying! To top that off, you have Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attacked with a hammer in their San Francisco mansion. So in a country so widely divided what side will survive?

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Politics, Racial tension, Racism in America

“7” nooses found in Mississippi Capital just one day before Senate runoff between black Democrat and GOP incumbent who joked about lynchings

Nooses are showing up more in hate incidents throughout the United States. Nooses were discovered in the past week at two museums in the nation’s capital, including the new African-American history museum. Nooses were found hanging from trees at the state Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi on Monday. They are “hate signs,” but the content appears to be that of political nature.

The hangman’s noose has come to be one of the most powerful visual symbols directed against African American people and evokes racial history, hatred and bigotry. Its origins are connected to the history of lynching in America, particularly in the South after the Civil War, when violence or threats of violence replaced slavery as one of the main forms of social control that white people used against African American people. The surge in recent incidents is disturbing and reflects a general increase of hate symbols.

The noose is used as a form of intimidation and It is illegal to display a noose in a threatening manner in Virginia, New York and Connecticut. But what about Mississippi?

Currently, Mississippi is in the middle of a runoff in the midterm elections for the Senate race and Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith thought she would win by a landslide.

So today in the state of Mississippi voters will decide between Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, who, if elected, would be the state’s first black senator since Reconstruction.

President Donald Trump, anxious to finish out the 2018 campaign season with a Republican victory, urged voters to turn out for Hyde-Smith in a tweet Tuesday. However, when video emerged online of Hyde-Smith telling supporters earlier this month that she’d be “on the front row” if one of her supporters there “invited me to a public hanging.” brought memories of Mississippi’s history of lynchings to the forefront and put the contest under the national microscope.

Hyde-Smith later called the comments an “exaggerated expression of regard,” but her use of the phrase “public hanging” is the same ignited rhetoric invoking hate crimes and incidents throughout this country.

The state is polarized along racial lines, with most white voters backing Republicans and nearly all black voters supporting Democrats. Democrats hope Hyde-Smith’s comments will lead to a surge in black turnout and propel them to victory.

Outraged Democrats Are looking For Obama

Tensions are still escalating at the border, and former President Barack Obama is noticeably missing from the political circus. The Democrats are quietly complaining that Obama hasn’t done anything for them lately.

In an in-depth article by NY magazine, the writer details the hand-wringing and increasing anxiety among Democratic Party members who are desperate for leadership going into the 2018 midterm elections.

As one leading Democratic operative put it: “If [Obama] were willing to go way over the line and get arrested, or something way out there, that would be a galvanizing event.”

According to NY mag, Obama is modeling his post-presidential life after former President George W. Bush, by staying out of sight.

These days, Obama is focused on three things: saving his legacy, writing his memoirs, and raising cash for his Obama Foundation and his presidential center and museum in Chicago. All three of those things involve himself.

The Dems are looking for Obama to lead them into the midterms elections however Obama is obviously laying low and focused on his own agenda.

Politics, Prejudice, President Obama

Senator Blames Obama for ‘Exacerbated Racism’ That Helped Elect Trump

What will Former President Barack Obama be blamed for next?

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) blames former President Barack Obama for the racial divide in America that helped sway voters to elect Donald Trump by a landslide. Santorum said Obama could have brought the country together but instead he increased racism in part by his response to police shootings.

Santorum made the accusations during a heated State of the Union panel discussion about racism on CNN Sunday.

The panel discussed a new book written by a former Obama adviser who quoted Obama as saying “What if we were wrong” about what the American people wanted from a president. “Maybe we pushed too far,” Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”

Karine Jean-Pierre, a senior adviser and national spokeswoman for, said it was “pretty horrific” to see voters rally behind Trump during the 2016 election.

There was an uproar. You saw the Tea Party. You saw obstruction by Republicans time and time again,” Jean-Pierre said. “It is kind of problematic. It says a lot about this country, and Donald Trump tapped into it.”

Santorum added that Obama played a part in increasing racism that helped elect Trump to office.

What’s being ignored here is the role that Barack Obama played in all this,” Santorum said. “You can’t just go from ‘well, we elected our first black president’ and ‘all of a sudden we get Donald Trump.’ There was something in between those two things.”

According to Santorum, “many, many, many people” saw Obama being racist himself, particularly after police shootings involving white cops killing unarmed black men.

Every time there was a controversy with someone of color involved, he took the side, many times, against the police,” Santorum said. “He did it over and over and over again.”

Santorum added that Obama was “someone who could’ve brought this country together” but failed to do so.

Jean-Pierre, who sat beside Santorum on the panel, defended Obama, saying the few instances when Obama did speak up after police shootings he was standing up for people who had been unjustifiably treated.

She asked Santorum if he was referring to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012, but time was running out and the panel discussion ended.

Santorum got the last word in, saying, “This president could’ve [brought us] together. He didn’t. He divided us.”


Hate, Politics

‘I’m happy the witch is dead’: Fresno State professor sparks outrage as she celebrates the death of Barbara Bush

She called her a “racist who raised a war criminal” and now she’s under fire for her tweet about the former first lady.

Randa Jarrar, who teaches in the English department at Fresno State, took to her twitter page last night and wrote a series of tweets condemning Bush, who died at the age of 92 after a battle with lung disease and congestive heart failure.

‘Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. Fuck outta here with your nice words’.

The tweets generated controversy online, with many saying that her words against Bush were inappropriate.

Randa Jarrar is a hate-spewing psychopath, yet she remains gainfully employed at Fresno State.

Another user added: ‘If you’re a student in one of Randa Jarrar’s classes please do the right thing and boycott her until she is forced to resign. Who would want to learn English when she spews this vile crap?’

But that only fueled Jarrar’s rhetoric, and she continued to voice her opinion in several more tweets before eventually setting her account to private.

In one tweet, she said she couldn’t be fired because she has tenure, going so far as to tag the school’s president in the post.

The school has tried to distance itself from Jarrar, saying that her tweets were written as a ‘private citizen’ and they don’t reflect the university.

‘Professor Jarrar’s expressed personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress,” he added.

‘On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush’.

Jarrar, a Muslim, was born in Chicago but grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, before returning to the U.S. after the first Gulf War.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine,, The Rumpus, the Utne Reader, The Oxford American.

She is the author of two books, the coming of age novel ‘A Map of Home’ and a story collection – ‘Him, Me, Muhammad Ali’.