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Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology “Notes From The Edge.” Now, listen to Darryl live on every Monday from 8-10pm, PST. View previous installments of this column at Reach James at .

The Bridge: I Stand Accused

If two cars are speeding on the freeway, it is almost a cinch that my car will be followed. I am a born suspect and typically will be racially profiled.

It's more than apparent when I walk into any room.

All eyes turn to me, watching my every move.

In a store, I may be invisible to the sales person when I need assistance. But I am highly visible to the security who follows me around, looking stupid trying to pretend that I'm not under suspicion. The assumption is made that I won't make a purchase, but also that I may be a thief.

I hear oblivious people proclaiming that racism has evaporated. "It's the new millennium," they say, as if the passage of time automatically erodes ignorance and stereotypes.

But after the passage of time, only some of the more overt evidence of racism becomes less conspicuous. There is still the prejudging that is tainted with negative racial bias.

My mood is often misinterpreted, or subject to projection based on preconceived notions. People assign moods to me largely based on what they were already thinking I should be feeling......... click here to continue article

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a noted author of nine books about the African American experience in America and political analyst. His numerous published articles appear in newspapers and magazines across the country as well as some of the most popular web sites on the Internet. He hosts a nationally broadcast political affairs radio talk show on Pacifica and KTYM Radio Los Angeles. You can follow him on or on Twitter:

Bishop Eddie Long: Victim, Hypocrite or Both in Sex Scandal?

There mega-church black minister Bishop Eddie Long was in January 2004 with the Rev. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in tow, leading a spirited march of thousands to the Atlanta gravesite of Dr. King. Long and the demonstrators marched to denounce gay marriage. The choice of King’s site to make the hell fire and damnation point that gay marriage was sinful, degenerate, and against every Biblical precept was painful and insulting to see. The not so subtle implication was that King might well have stood with her and them in their gay bashing protest. Given King’s relentless and uncompromising battle against discrimination during his life, this was beyond pure poppycock; it was well, insulting and painful to see.

But even though Long sullied King's name and legacy to torpedo gay rights, the Bishop seemingly was not a hypocrite when it came to denouncing gays. He was one of the biggest, best known, and virulent black evangelical attackers of gay marriage. Long had prominently touted then President George W. Bush's federal amendment banning gay marriage on his church Web site. here to continue article


Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad is an author, scholar and co-founder, Managing Director and Host of the Urban Issues Forum. Dr. Samad has written four books, including his upcoming book entitled, REAL EYEZ: Race, Reality and Politics in 21st Century Popular Culture.His national column can be read in newspapers and cyber-sites nationwide. His weekly writings can be read at For more information about Dr. Samad, go to

President Barack Obama’s First 100 Days:
Is The President’s “Probation” Period Over?

The benchmarks in which we in America seek to establish “acceptance” in the labor force generally comes without much fanfare. New hires commonly have 90 day, sometimes-six month, probation periods that affirm ones competency and synergetic fit in the workplace. Now, we’ve seen probation periods before. We generally see them come and go. But never has there been such a pronounced announcement of a new President’s first 100 days as that of President Barack Obama. The funny thing about America, is that anything that we know is racial, if we were to state it, would be met with adamant denial. But this first 100 day thing is one of those things. It started at day two. Never has 100 days meant so much.

But I swear, I ain’t never seen a President on probation before—but Obama definitely was. It was like some people (like maybe some disillusioned party that controls most of the airwaves) expected to wake up and find the country gone, or something. For previous Presidents, it was like a simple benchmark. For President Obama, it’s an evaluation—a report card, a formal grade on not just how he’s done but if he’s won (over the American public). Like the first time he won was a fluke or something. Surely, after 100 days on the job—once the American people found out he was all talk—Obama-mania would certainly be over, we could let Joe Biden take over and government could get back to duping the public. There was almost this expectation that President Obama wouldn’t be up to the task of leading the nation and the world. He’s exceeded their expectations, if fairly judged. The 100 days was an artificial benchmark to wage early criticism.. here to continue article

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