Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A couple items on Tuesday

Say it isn't so Carol Moseley Braun

America's first black female senator & failed presidential candidate had a brother who inquired with his union (The Fraternal Order of Police) about endorsements. Then question comes up if Sen. Braun is running for mayor of Chicago. In 2004 she was running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Having been elected in 1992 she lost her re-election bid in 1998 for her senate seat to Peter Fitzgerald who has since didn't stand for re-election and his seat is now held by Barack Obama.

During her tenure in the Senate she was dogged by certain ethic questions. In addition to that she was dating a man who had some ties to a Nigerian dictator.

Unable to learn its lesson, PETA goes off the deep end

Mary Mitchell writes a column with regards to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Three years ago they had a campaing called "Holocaust on Your Plate". This drew some protests from the Jewish community because of its portrayal of slaughterhouses and factory farms with Nazi death camps. Only 90 days ago did PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk apologized for this campaign.

Now PETA is attempting to make the connection between black slavery and the treatment of animals. The latest campaign "Animal Liberation" has come under fire from the NAACP. This latest campaign includes pictures of a black slave in chains and a shackled elephant.

A PETA spokeman claimed that civil rights groups were consulted about this exhibit. In addition to that Coretta Scott King (Dr. Martin Luther King's widow) sent a note to wish them well. In addition to that activist/comedian Dick Gregory called upon PETA to be the "abolitionists for the animals."

According to Mitchell...

Newkirk and her group totally missed the point about slavery. Under slavery, black people were treated worse than animals. A slaveowner wouldn't beat his horse to death for running away, but slaves were maimed and killed for wanting freedom.
So Mitchell claims in her column that some black leaders are out of touch with everyday blacks with their support of this new campaign. Al Sharpton even took part in a campaign against KFC.

One last quote from Mitchell...

Black leaders gave PETA an inch, and Newkirk took a mile.

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