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>Is Art Gallagher one of the confused people we should embrace?

>”Nevertheless, here’s what I’m clear on: Many people struggle to understand why some blacks still call each other the n-word when the word’s history and inherent ugliness make it offensive. Those are confused people we should embrace…”

So starts the final paragraph of Derrick K. Baker’s opinion piece “Those who use the n-word must be accountable, regardless of race” which was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer last week.

Mr. Baker explains very well how the use of the N word makes him feel and how he perceives those who use it, whether it is Jesse Jackson, some Rap artist, or just some  plain white folks that are confused.
Click on the headline to read Baker’s opinion

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A word about last nights meeting in Middletown

I was reading Art Gallagher’s  impressions of what transpired last night at the Middletown Township Committee meeting last night and I generally agree with his assessment.

The meeting was very good and it was to seen the six new members of the police department sworn in with there families in attendance. While it was interesting to hear the presentation from the Middletown Health Department and all that they do, I found it a little long.  After all, I was there to see a show and I was getting a bit antsy waiting.
When Art did get up to speak sometime after 10 pm, the Mayor seemed to be waiting for him because he immediately announce that there was going to be a 5 minute time limit on comments. The township clerk then  literally set a time clock that went off after the 5 minutes.  Art then had to rush through his comments to finish.
Art, as he mentioned did not get the great debate that he wanted, largely because no one showed up argue the point with him and because the debate did get sidetracked  over who called for the Middletown Human Rights Commission to meet.
On this point, I have to take exception with  Art Gallagher’s perception on events. While Committeeman Short my have been trying to score political points by blaming Mayor Scharfenberger for the “unnoticed special meeting”, it was Scharfenberger’s denials and the seemingly apparent cover up by the Clerk, Township Administer and Attorney, about asking the commission to meet that lead to that confrontation.
One of the main issues that Committeeman Short takes exception to is “open and transparent government” and Mayor Scharfenberger knows that, so to try and cover up the fact was not the right course of action for him to take.
I was at the hastily called meeting of the MHRC Thursday night, I received the message off my answering machine late that day it.  I am not sure how the person leaving the message found out about the meeting. I arrived late and left after the Commission decided to draft a resolution
against Art Gallagher’s methods.
Now, why have I brought that up? because several times during the special session the Cindy Hoffman of the Human Rights Commission mentioned that the mayor asked her to look into the allegations and to convene a special meeting. When asked if Mayor Scharfenberger knew about the meeting taking place, she said that he was aware of it but she did not know if he would be attending. 
So the only real fireworks that we got last night was the confrontation between Short and Scharfenberger. 
And I really think that the issue for the Township is over, I just don’t see the Human Rights Commission reconvening just to discuss this their resolution against Art and his blog. The meeting was called for after all, as a political ploy by the mayor against the Courier and not because he had concerns over what Art Gallagher wrote on his blog.
You can hear audio clips from the meeting on Melissa Gaffney’s SableMinded blog

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>A word about last nights meeting in Middletown

>I was reading Art Gallagher’s  impressions of what transpired last night at the Middletown Township Committee meeting last night and I generally agree with his assessment.

The meeting was very good and it was to seen the six new members of the police department sworn in with there families in attendance. While it was interesting to hear the presentation from the Middletown Health Department and all that they do, I found it a little long.  After all, I was there to see a show and I was getting a bit antsy waiting.
When Art did get up to speak sometime after 10 pm, the Mayor seemed to be waiting for him because he immediately announce that there was going to be a 5 minute time limit on comments. The township clerk then  literally set a time clock that went off after the 5 minutes.  Art then had to rush through his comments to finish.
Art, as he mentioned did not get the great debate that he wanted, largely because no one showed up argue the point with him and because the debate did get sidetracked  over who called for the Middletown Human Rights Commission to meet.
On this point, I have to take exception with  Art Gallagher’s perception on events. While Committeeman Short my have been trying to score political points by blaming Mayor Scharfenberger for the “unnoticed special meeting”, it was Scharfenberger’s denials and the seemingly apparent cover up by the Clerk, Township Administer and Attorney, about asking the commission to meet that lead to that confrontation.
One of the main issues that Committeeman Short takes exception to is “open and transparent government” and Mayor Scharfenberger knows that, so to try and cover up the fact was not the right course of action for him to take.
I was at the hastily called meeting of the MHRC Thursday night, I received the message off my answering machine late that day it.  I am not sure how the person leaving the message found out about the meeting. I arrived late and left after the Commission decided to draft a resolution
against Art Gallagher’s methods.
Now, why have I brought that up? because several times during the special session the Cindy Hoffman of the Human Rights Commission mentioned that the mayor asked her to look into the allegations and to convene a special meeting. When asked if Mayor Scharfenberger knew about the meeting taking place, she said that he was aware of it but she did not know if he would be attending. 
So the only real fireworks that we got last night was the confrontation between Short and Scharfenberger. 
And I really think that the issue for the Township is over, I just don’t see the Human Rights Commission reconvening just to discuss this their resolution against Art and his blog. The meeting was called for after all, as a political ploy by the mayor against the Courier and not because he had concerns over what Art Gallagher wrote on his blog.
You can hear audio clips from the meeting on Melissa Gaffney’s SableMinded blog

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The spinning at MoreMonmouthMusings has made me dizzy


I haven’t commented on the spin job being performed by Art Gallagher over at his bog MoreMonmouthMusings lately, other than to comment on the meeting of the Middletown Human Rights Commission last week and what the outcome of that meeting was in relationship to Art’s blog and his controversial use of the “N” word, because quite frankly it has made me dizzy.

The many posts and comments to his blog over the past 2 weeks have done nothing, in my opinion, to foster a better understanding of race. All that it has succeeded in doing so far is to feed Art’s own self important and grandiose impressions of his own self worth and has caused others unnecessary distress. In his attempt to discredit Jesse Jackson for saying he wanted to cut off Barack Obama’s N***** Nuts, he brought the scorn and condemnation of others onto himself.

When critics spoke out against his clumsy attempts at discussing race he has lashed out at them by calling them names or by trying to downplay their concerns because after all, he did his research, as his many postings of on the history of slavery has shown.

It is interesting to note that of Art Gallagher’s supporters the only ones to come forward and show their support are two 20 something year old conservative republicans, James Hogan and Eric Sedler, Hogan being a failed candidate for Frank Pallone’s seat in the 6th congressional district and Sedler who is the Chairman of the Monmouth County Young Republicans (whose only knowledge of race relations is what they learned in the history books), and an anonymous right wing blogger, who doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude, guts or courage to write under his real name. He uses the moniker of Barry Goldwater and is responsible for the trash that is posted on the Voice of Reason. Why hasn’t anyone else come out to lend their voice to Art’s crusade? Probably because they know that no possible good can come of it.

One other of Art’s alleged supporters, a mysterious person called Dwayne, left a very level headed and intelligent comment on the MoreMonmouthMusings blog in response to the post “What does the N-Word mean?” I will admit it was thought provoking.

As it turns out, this Dwayne seems to be none other than Dwayne Harris, the Atlantic Highlands Township Clerk, who has made it quite clear with a letter to the Editor of the Courier, in the printed edition of this week’s paper, that he is no supporter of Art Gallagher or his blog MoreMonmouthMusings.

I also do not see the point or relevance in trying to bring into the conversation controversial Rap or Hip-Hop lyrics other than an attempt to inflame the situation. To make light of or to dismiss Barack Obama’s condemnation of these lyrics as simply a ploy because he is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is disingenuous, others including the NAACP have spoken out against these types of lyrics.

I also can not believe that Art, until a few days ago never read the full text of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech before even starting this conversation. How can anyone talk about race and not ever have read King’s landmark speech? 

As we all know by now, the MHRC has denounce Art’s method of introducing a discussion on race by printing controversial statements that included the “N” word, which has lead Mr. Gallagher to now seek out the Middletown Township Committee and Mayor Scharfenberger at tonight’s workshop meeting.

If anyone is truly upset with either, Art Gallagher, the Middletown Human Rights Commission or Middletown’s Mayor Scharfenberger, then I suggest you show up at Town Hall tonight and make your voices heard on this subject. I am sure that it will be one hell of a show and well worth the price of admission.

Tune in tomorrow for the outcome because I am sure that the spin will make everyone nauseous.

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The spinning at MoreMonmouthMusings has made me dizzy


I haven’t commented on the spin job being performed by Art Gallagher over at his bog MoreMonmouthMusings lately, other than to comment on the meeting of the Middletown Human Rights Commission last week and what the outcome of that meeting was in relationship to Art’s blog and his controversial use of the “N” word, because quite frankly it has made me dizzy.

The many posts and comments to his blog over the past 2 weeks have done nothing, in my opinion, to foster a better understanding of race. All that it has succeeded in doing so far is to feed Art’s own self important and grandiose impressions of his own self worth and has caused others unnecessary distress. In his attempt to discredit Jesse Jackson for saying he wanted to cut off Barack Obama’s N***** Nuts, he brought the scorn and condemnation of others onto himself.

When critics spoke out against his clumsy attempts at discussing race he has lashed out at them by calling them names or by trying to downplay their concerns because after all, he did his research, as his many postings of on the history of slavery has shown.

It is interesting to note that of Art Gallagher’s supporters the only ones to come forward and show their support are two 20 something year old conservative republicans, James Hogan and Eric Sedler, Hogan being a failed candidate for Frank Pallone’s seat in the 6th congressional district and Sedler who is the Chairman of the Monmouth County Young Republicans (whose only knowledge of race relations is what they learned in the history books), and an anonymous right wing blogger, who doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude, guts or courage to write under his real name. He uses the moniker of Barry Goldwater and is responsible for the trash that is posted on the Voice of Reason. Why hasn’t anyone else come out to lend their voice to Art’s crusade? Probably because they know that no possible good can come of it.

One other of Art’s alleged supporters, a mysterious person called Dwayne, left a very level headed and intelligent comment on the MoreMonmouthMusings blog in response to the post “What does the N-Word mean?” I will admit it was thought provoking.

As it turns out, this Dwayne seems to be none other than Dwayne Harris, the Atlantic Highlands Township Clerk, who has made it quite clear with a letter to the Editor of the Courier, in the printed edition of this week’s paper, that he is no supporter of Art Gallagher or his blog MoreMonmouthMusings.

I also do not see the point or relevance in trying to bring into the conversation controversial Rap or Hip-Hop lyrics other than an attempt to inflame the situation. To make light of or to dismiss Barack Obama’s condemnation of these lyrics as simply a ploy because he is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is disingenuous, others including the NAACP have spoken out against these types of lyrics.

I also can not believe that Art, until a few days ago never read the full text of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech before even starting this conversation. How can anyone talk about race and not ever have read King’s landmark speech? 

As we all know by now, the MHRC has denounce Art’s method of introducing a discussion on race by printing controversial statements that included the “N” word, which has lead Mr. Gallagher to now seek out the Middletown Township Committee and Mayor Scharfenberger at tonight’s workshop meeting.

If anyone is truly upset with either, Art Gallagher, the Middletown Human Rights Commission or Middletown’s Mayor Scharfenberger, then I suggest you show up at Town Hall tonight and make your voices heard on this subject. I am sure that it will be one hell of a show and well worth the price of admission.

Tune in tomorrow for the outcome because I am sure that the spin will make everyone nauseous.

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Some thoughts on race and illegal immigrants

A friend of mine and fellow Middletown Democrat, Bill Stevenson, was in attendance last week for the special session of the Middletown Human Rights Commission, which was called for by Mayor Scharfenberger, to discuss the racial impact or fallout over what he thought was the Courier’s acceptance and agreement with the views of columnist and fellow blogger Art Gallagher’s use of the “N” word.

While the Commission was convened for the purpose of addressing Gallagher’s MoreMonmouthMusings diatribes over race it was not limited to just a discussion over the “N” word. 
Residents in attendance that night were also concerned about how persons of Hispanic decent that reside in or happen to pass through Middletown  are percieved to be illegal immigrants and not welcomed in the community. 
The following thoughts on the subject were passed along to me by Mr. Stevenson and I thought that they were true and right on target:
“There have been and continue to be, many letters to the editors on the subject. One frequent argument was that “my ancestors came here legally”.Well for much of our history there was really no such thing as illegal immigration because we let anybody in and when we did put on any restriction, it was to bar disease carriers & those who would be a burden because of not being physically able to work. I believe that it was in the 1920’s that we established quotas that favored northern & western Europeans and barred Chinese. I remember being taught in school back in the ’30s that we didn’t want Chinese because they would work for very little which would lower our standard of living.

One of the frequent arguments is that these people don’t speak English – that they must learn English & English should be our national language. This reinforces a very embarrassing fact about the U.S. The fact is that most of us do not speak or understand any foreign language. Most Europeans are at least bi-lingual or greater and the second language is most frequently English. And contrary to what they would have you believe, many of their ancestors did not learn much English – they lived in ghettos & worked in sweatshops where English was not a necessity.

Another sad fact is that most of our ancestors came from Europe or Africa or Asia, while most of these illegals’ ancestors came from right here in North America. And as far as English is concerned, please note that Puerto Ricans speak Spanish; a high percentage also speak English and last time I checked, Puerto Rican citizens were all U.S. citizens.

Also – 4 of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. have Spanish names – Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego and San Jose. And there are 5 states with Spanish names – Florida (flowery), Nevada (snow clad), Colorado (red), Montana (mountainous), & California (after an imaginary paradise in a Spanish novel).

Of course, the reason for the large number of Spanish names in the southwest is the fact that this area was once part of Mexico, which we stole from them by one means or another. Many of the Mexicans in this area did not immigrate to the U.S. They are descendants of people who were already here.

The real opposition to Mexicans is not that they are illegal. The real reason is that they are not white and they are numerous. Most of the other arguments are phony. We shouldn’t be spending one cent on a wall. What we need is a system that gives them a passport/ID that allows easy passage & tracking (similar to EZ-Pass). Then all we need is to set up, with the Mexican government, a background check, a database & a set of rules that they must follow. Obey all U.S., State & local laws. Pay all taxes. Register with local authorities where they rent. Have limited job security (citizen preference).

Comply with this & they will not be harassed. Break the rules & risk jail time & deportment). Of course, protection should be given against undue penalties for minor infractions.”

 
I would like to know your comments on the subject, pass them along and I will post them 

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>Some thoughts on race and illegal immigrants

>A friend of mine and fellow Middletown Democrat, Bill Stevenson, was in attendance last week for the special session of the Middletown Human Rights Commission, which was called for by Mayor Scharfenberger, to discuss the racial impact or fallout over what he thought was the Courier’s acceptance and agreement with the views of columnist and fellow blogger Art Gallagher’s use of the “N” word.

While the Commission was convened for the purpose of addressing Gallagher’s MoreMonmouthMusings diatribes over race it was not limited to just a discussion over the “N” word. 
Residents in attendance that night were also concerned about how persons of Hispanic decent that reside in or happen to pass through Middletown  are percieved to be illegal immigrants and not welcomed in the community. 
The following thoughts on the subject were passed along to me by Mr. Stevenson and I thought that they were true and right on target:
“There have been and continue to be, many letters to the editors on the subject. One frequent argument was that “my ancestors came here legally”.Well for much of our history there was really no such thing as illegal immigration because we let anybody in and when we did put on any restriction, it was to bar disease carriers & those who would be a burden because of not being physically able to work. I believe that it was in the 1920’s that we established quotas that favored northern & western Europeans and barred Chinese. I remember being taught in school back in the ’30s that we didn’t want Chinese because they would work for very little which would lower our standard of living.

One of the frequent arguments is that these people don’t speak English – that they must learn English & English should be our national language. This reinforces a very embarrassing fact about the U.S. The fact is that most of us do not speak or understand any foreign language. Most Europeans are at least bi-lingual or greater and the second language is most frequently English. And contrary to what they would have you believe, many of their ancestors did not learn much English – they lived in ghettos & worked in sweatshops where English was not a necessity.

Another sad fact is that most of our ancestors came from Europe or Africa or Asia, while most of these illegals’ ancestors came from right here in North America. And as far as English is concerned, please note that Puerto Ricans speak Spanish; a high percentage also speak English and last time I checked, Puerto Rican citizens were all U.S. citizens.

Also – 4 of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. have Spanish names – Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego and San Jose. And there are 5 states with Spanish names – Florida (flowery), Nevada (snow clad), Colorado (red), Montana (mountainous), & California (after an imaginary paradise in a Spanish novel).

Of course, the reason for the large number of Spanish names in the southwest is the fact that this area was once part of Mexico, which we stole from them by one means or another. Many of the Mexicans in this area did not immigrate to the U.S. They are descendants of people who were already here.

The real opposition to Mexicans is not that they are illegal. The real reason is that they are not white and they are numerous. Most of the other arguments are phony. We shouldn’t be spending one cent on a wall. What we need is a system that gives them a passport/ID that allows easy passage & tracking (similar to EZ-Pass). Then all we need is to set up, with the Mexican government, a background check, a database & a set of rules that they must follow. Obey all U.S., State & local laws. Pay all taxes. Register with local authorities where they rent. Have limited job security (citizen preference).

Comply with this & they will not be harassed. Break the rules & risk jail time & deportment). Of course, protection should be given against undue penalties for minor infractions.”

 
I would like to know your comments on the subject, pass them along and I will post them 

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