TSD Memphis



Anti-Obama hate soars on social media

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
New America Media

The legion of web sites, bloggers, talk show jocks, and the occasional GOP official that has teed off on President Obama and at times Michelle Obama with assorted borderline racist digs, taunts, and depictions have been relentless. The offensive remarks quickly evoke a storm of outrage, and the offender gets rebuked. This happens because they are public figures, and their comments are publicly aired. They fly high on the public's radar scope.


Where’s the outrage about Chicago’s kids?

by Raynard Jackson
Special to the Tri-State Defender

From July 20 to July 24, I refused to watch TV or listen to the radio. The 20th was the day the media frenzy began in the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Though my heart goes out to any family that lost a loved one, it's very difficult to justify the around-the-clock media saturation that followed those horrendous shootings. We should value all life, not just when mass murder occurs in the suburbs or some white blond female turns up missing on a sunny island.


Political activists converge on Memphis seeking a different shade of ‘red’

by Jeshua Schuster

Television on-air commentary pundits like sports commentators often simplify politics into two opposing teams, like the LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, or in the political sense Red states vs. Blue states. While few would argue that by most accounts Tennessee is a "Red state," others who want a different type of red state here in the Mid-South are making it known that the volunteer state and the south has a rich radical tradition of its own.

The National Organizing Conference of the Socialist Party U.S.A. will take place in Memphis on Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29)


Compassion must trump profit if cancer patients are to survive

A young man with tears in his eyes could not believe the words that came from his doctor's mouth: "You have cancer."

Those three words felt like a dagger driven deep into the young man's chest and twisted from side to side each time he thought about the doctor's diagnosis and the predicament he now found himself in. He'd lived a fruitful life; now death was inevitable – a fate he didn't expect.

The young man, who decided to remain anonymous, tried to remain strong for his family. They in turn tried to assure him that he was going to be all right. But they couldn't feel his pain.


The end of AIDS – is it reality or myth?

There was a refrain that was heard in almost every speech this week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington: We are on the verge of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

That wasn't a statement that could be made 30 years ago when the pandemic was first identified. It wasn't a statement that would be uttered at the last International AIDS Conference I attended two years ago in Vienna.


Mitt Romney and Affirmative Action

by Stephanie Jones

Much was made of what Mitt Romney said and didn't say during his recent speech to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston. His boo-evoking swipe at "Obamacare" got most of the coverage, while his failure to address voter ID laws was also widely noted.

But another omission got little play, even though it is a topic of great importance to that audience in particular and the nation as a whole: Affirmative Action. Romney's avoidance of the topic in his NAACP speech is not surprising because he has rarely mentioned it during his public life.


It’s time to reform SCLC – for good

by Dexter Wimbish
NNPA News Service

I was born a year after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assignation in Memphis but grew up in an era where as the walls of Jim Crow fell, the dreams of African-Americans soared. Americans both black and white were proud of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization he co-founded on Feb. 14, 1957 with Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Josephy Lowery, and other great religious leaders of our time.


President Obama is done, if….

obama-2WASHINGTON – If the African-American voter turnout reverts to the level it was before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States in 2008, the nation's first African American elected president will have a difficult time winning a second term in the White House, concludes a National Urban League report.

The report, "The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African-Americans in 2012," was written by Madura Wijewarden and Valerie Wilson of the National Urban League Policy Institute based in Washington.


It’s poppycock to think you can get protein only from eating meat

If you're a vegan like I am and rely solely on a plant-based diet for good health, you may have been approached with this question: "Where do you get your protein if you're not eating meat?"

We are a nation of animal lovers. We raise them as pets, and others we eat as food. If you think about it for a moment, it sounds gross for someone to eat a carcass. Can a pig or hog be someone's pet?


Romney and the NAACP: A missed opportunity

by Raynard Jackson
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

As anyone who has followed me knows, I have been extremely critical of President Obama's non-engagement with the black community. Obama has deliberately ignored the plight of the black community while giving preferential treatment to the homosexual and Hispanic communities.

But I can't in good conscious criticize Obama and then give the Republicans a pass when they display similar behavior towards the black community. I can't excoriate black Democrats for following Obama blindly and then remain silent when black Republicans do the same towards Romney.


Mayor’s gambit right on time

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and City of Memphis Attorney Herman Morris pulled a proverbial rabbit out of the hat this week with a legal opinion that the newly established city of Memphis photo library cards would meet the standard for the new voter identification law established by the Tennessee General Assembly.

The luster and magic of the act had short-term appeal as State Election Coordinator Mark Goins quickly issued a statement of clarification, stating that the library cards were NOT acceptable as identification for Memphis, Shelby County or State of Tennessee voters.


The FBI, Co-Intel-Pro and the Invaders

invadersby John Burl Smith

Since the death of Ernest C. Withers, famed civil rights photographer from Memphis, there have been troubling admissions by the FBI in the media (The Commercial Appeal, 7/4/12) that he was one of their informants. For some, the admissions have seriously tarnished an otherwise exemplary legacy. However, the FBI still refused to admit that Withers was one of their Co-Intel-Pro operatives against the Invaders.


Erectile dysfunction treatable with lifestyle change and diet

Erectile dysfunction is difficult to talk about, especially if you're the one with the problem. But let's talk about it for a moment.

Terry (not his real name) is your typical 39-year-old male in good shape and, in his opinion, eating a balanced diet. He's getting his proper rest as well, but for some reason his sexual performance hasn't been stellar. In fact, he has become somewhat depressed because he feels less than a man. The mention of sex just makes matters worst. And his wife, realizing the thrill is gone, has ceded she might be the problem.