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  1. The American Greetings card in question shows a black couple kissing with the phrase "Baby Daddy" in the forefront. Inside, the card reads: "You're a wonderful husband and father -- and I'm so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father's Day." After coming across the card at a Target store last month, an angry Takeisha Saunders took to social media: "You CANNOT be serious Target!!!! Really!!!?!!!!? This was the only Father's Day card that featured a black couple!!!!!!" noted the Dallas resident. The post led to images of the card being circulated online, prompting a stream of commentary on social media. In response to the complaints, the card is being pulled from about 900 Target stores. CBS American Greetings insists that the "baby daddy" reference was taken out of context. NO IT WASN'T !! See, this is what happens when White people think they know what's best for Black people. The "proof of the pudding" is that NO Fathers Day Cards depicting White fathers or couples featured any "baby daddy" references.
  2. You don't have to use your real name on Facebook. Who's gonna know? I use a fake name, a throwaway email alias, a VPN to hide my location, and an ad blocker so that I see absolutely no bells, whistles, or shiny objects.
  3. I will miss most of you. When I was a kid, I remember asking my wise mother why everybody didn't think the same way. She suggested that if everyone thought the same way, there would be no progress. Years later, I read "Johnathan Livingston Seagull", and then realized what she meant. Years after that I read philosophy exclusively for over a year. Some advocated the position that the world progresses by synthesizing opposing viewpoints into a new paradigm. So I developed a toleration of others' viewpoints...most times, but not always. I still remember my first post here. I was applauding Robert Mugabe for confiscating White farms from settlers' descendants and re-appropriating it back to Zimbabwe and its people. This was before Mugabe became corrupt. Most of the "White-ish" posters here excoriated me. But I stood my ground. I only posted on Locals and Open Mike for a while after that though. I still remember Jeb and SCV, who would start annual Civil War threads like clockwork. And ybnormal, who complained about Baltimore City almost as much as Guido, but I liked that poster. And there was a poster who absolutely fascinated me with his vocabulary. He wasn't posing. Nearly all of his words were seven letters or longer! And I enjoyed Kandace's comments, which bought a much-needed Afrocentric perspective to the Conversation. We all don't think alike. The year I decided I would attend Spotfest and meet some of you, I suffered a catastrophic stroke - a brain hemorrhage in 2006. By the grace of God, I remained mentally functional, in spite of some of my posts to the contrary. Many of you were more than generous - with both thoughts and money, and I will never forget your collective goodwill. In fact I did my share of crying upon experiencing those Good Vibrations, and I am certain that they aided my recovery. There is no doubt in my mind that we are a "family". And just like family there are arguments and insults over the course of 20 years. I derived more from this message board than just discussing and debating issues. Sunspot has also had therapeutic value in keeping my mind "sharp" since 2006. I have maintained a level of consciousness and articulation that is, in part, due to the mental mechanics of posting here. When I first started posting here in 2001, not only was I typing in all caps, but I was pecking slowly at the keyboard. Eventually, from regular posting here - and also with help from Mavis Beacon (in the dark; my idea) - I progressed to a peak of 35 wpm typing by touch. That resulted in me getting an easier work assignment that involved occasional to frequent typing. Never wouldda happened if it hadn't been for Sunspot. Bon Voyage`!
  4. Well then what was up with the "reactionary" reply to me?
  5. J. Edgar Hoover stands out in my mind...
  6. You may be right. I haven't handled it for years. My fading photographic memory could be mistaking the DVD for a book. I don't have a lot of DVD's...maybe around 6 or 7.
  7. When will Republicans & Tramp stop stonewalling against a comprehensive immigration plan for Congress to consider? And Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was just smiling, grinning, and bouncing up and down as he quoted scripture in a sorry attempt at justifying this mess.
  8. I did some online checking, and school lunch menus seem to have improved somewhat with more real food items included now.
  9. I used to watch Eyewitness News in the morning before work, and I sadly noted the differences in the Baltimore City School Lunch Menu and those of predominantly White county schools. The City schools more often than not had tater tots, fries, pizza, and other ready-made heat & serve items while select county schools would have baked potatoes or some other starch, a vegetable or tossed salad, and a meat item, and maybe fruit and milk. There were exceptions, but the disparity in menu selection was readily apparent. This was in the 90's. I don't know about now.
  10. Thanks! I didn't know that.
  11. Both of them are flawed. My point was that White sociologists like Myrdal & Moynihan have no "first-hand" knowledge of Black people, and that their conclusions were just as flawed or irrelevant as many of the studies hst2 brings up. Another book - "The Death of White Sociology: Essays On Race And Culture" by Joyce A. Ladner, Ph.D. (a fellow of the Brookings Institution, a nationally recognized sociologist, and former President of Howard University) is a group of essays centering on the limits and deformities of "white" social science, and the possibilities of making the disciplines more meaningful and practical to the Black condition. Some of the essays examine the faults in Myrdal's & Moynihan's perceptions of Black families & communities based upon first-hand accounts. "The Death of White Sociology" offers brilliant descriptions of Black identity with excellent essays from writers like Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, who take aim at the "social science fiction" of Euro-American sociological analysis, as well as political scientist Ron Walters's "Toward a Definition of Black Social Science" and E. Franklin Frazier's unsentimental critique, "The Failure of the Negro Intellectual." The writers' essays examine and refute Eurocentric distortions of what and who Black people are.
  12. Your ignorance is on full display. IP addresses don't resemble e-mail address. Educate yourself instead of trying to sound "slick".
  13. Yep. Just like Gunnar Myrdal's "American Dilemma" and Daniel Patrick Moynihan's "The Moynihan Report" claimed "expertise" regarding Black families.
  14. Reminds me of a book & movie called Putney Swope (1969). I have both. Swope was the "token Negro" on an ad company's board of directors. When the CEO died suddenly, the board scheduled a vote to replace him. The board members are so self-absorbed and soulless that when their chairman falls dead in front of them, their only concern is who will become chairman next. Without even removing the body from the boardroom, they begin a paper ballot to elect the next chairman. Prevented by the company by-laws to vote for themselves, in a secret ballot, most board members voted for the one person they thought could not win: Putney Swope . Their plans backfired. Swope promptly fired all of the White board members except for one "token White", and began producing various ads exclusively targeting Black consumers. In a case of hysterical role reversal, Whites got a taste of their own medicine. There is a scene where the now very wealthy Putney and his wife have a white maid. She is an inept and hopeless, and they treat her like many whites treated Blacks in the good old bad days----with complete contempt. And That was That. ~ Written and directed by Robert Downey Sr. in 1969...his breakthrough film... In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
  15. John Hope Franklin's "From Slavery to Freedom" was a thick hardback! So was "Neo-Colonialism - The Last Stage Of Imperialism" by Kwame Nkrumah. An unknown binding is selling for over $850 on Amazon! I owned both books in hardback when they were first published.
  16. It was the quality of those who switched, not the quantity. Stop subscribing to his story. Or are you history?
  17. My parents were frugal and taught us to minimize wasting food. My mother used to always buy whatever fresh fruits & vegetables were on sale that week. So as the supermarket rotated their sales items, that determined what fresh fruits & vegetables we ate that week. Eventually, my siblings and I grew to love all fruits & vegetables, including peas, broccoli, okra, turnips, rutabaga, and mushrooms. Plus my parents did not tolerate throwing good food in the trash. If we put it on our plate, we had to eat it. Tossing it on the floor was not an option. If we took too long, my mom or dad would wrap our plate and put it in the fridge. The next time we wanted to eat, we had to eat our unfinished plate first - no snacks or dessert until we did. An issue many inner-city kids have is that there is no supermarket within a reasonable walking distance, and for parents who don't drive, carrying 4 or 5 shopping bags of groceries onto a crowded bus is not an option. And the corner store usually only sells supermarket leftovers at a higher price or only canned fruits and vegetables. The result is that a lot of these inner-city kids are not exposed to a wide variety of fresh produce - just over-cooked canned items, so they have few opportunities to appreciate whole fruits and vegetables in prime condition. I'm sure that situation is a factor in many them rejecting fruits & veggies when they are served.
  18. I can still hear my aunt chastising us kids, "...and don't make a meal out of those potato chips!"
  19. Cheese in general has a high saturated fat content, and certain ones have high sodium content (like blue cheese). And "cheese food" or "cheese product" border on junk food. So eating "a lot" of cheese may do more harm than good. There are however some health benefits from eating cheese 5 Worst Cheeses For Your Health 11 Best Brand Name Cheeses for Weight Loss Eat This, Not That! website has a lot of easy-to-understand information about nutrition.
  20. Does that apply to gift cards too?