Thursday, November 06, 2014
Blacks are their own worst enemy
On an interview Thursday with Philadelphia radio host Anthony Garano, ex-NBA all star Charles Barkley responded to the rumors over Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s receiving criticism over not being “black enough” from some of his teammates. He then addressed a larger issue within the black community, one Barkley described as a “dirty, dark secret.”
His comments are not politically correct, in any way, and therefore deserve reprinting in full:
As I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a—It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out. It comes out every few years. I wrote a big chapter in my book about it, to be honest with you.
I said, you know, when young black kids, you know, when they do well in school, the loser kids tell them, ‘Oh, you’re acting white.’ The kids who speak intelligently—
They tell them, ‘You’re acting white.’ So it’s a dirty, dark secret in the black community.
One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret, Anthony.
Most, I—I heard Stephen A. [Smith] talkin about it, and it, listen, I hate to bring white people into our crap, but as a black person, we all go through it when you’re successful. Uh, you know it’s like one of the reasons, you know, one of the reasons a lot of black players go broke is because when you’re successful your friends say to you, ‘Oh, you ain’t cool. You ain’t down with us anymore.’
And you end up giving up all your money to these damn losers, and you end up broke again.
But it’s a dirty, dark secret in the black community. There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have, uh, success. It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. And they don’t..if you think about it—
Anthony Gargano: Well it’s crabs in a barrel, right?
It’s crabs in a barrel. The thing that’s hap—we’re the only race that tell people if you don’t have street cred, with like, that means you been arrested—
Like, like that’s a compliment. We’re the only ethnic group who say, ‘Hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man. But don’t waste a lot of time on it please.
Nurses 'will have to be able to speak English to work in UK'
Nurses will have to be able to speak English to work in Britain, under new rules allowing language tests on those who come here from elsewhere in the EU.
The clampdown follows concerns by ministers that patients have suffered poor care from staff who were unable to communicate with them.
The new proposals, launched for public consultation, mean that for the first time, regulators will be allowed to insist on language tests for any nurse applying to work in this country.
Until now, such checks have only been administered to those from countries outside the EU.
The loophole existed because Britain interpreted laws on freedom of labour in Europe as meaning such tests would be illegal.
But the new guidance, clarifying EU laws, says any healthcare professional who wishes to work in the UK will in future have to have “the necessary knowledge of English” to communicate with patients.
Tests will not be automatically administered to all nurses, but regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council will be able to carry out tests on any applicant who does not supply evidence that they can speak good English.
Last week new figures showed the number of nurses arriving to work in the UK from overseas has leapt by nearly 45 per cent in just a year.
The new statistics show that, for the first time in almost a decade, Britain is now importing more nurses than it exports.
The figures, obtained by the Royal College of Nursing show that in 2013/14 there were 6,228 nursing registrations from abroad. In the same year 4,379 nurses left the UK to work overseas.
Language checks for doctors from Europe have already been introduced earlier this year.
The changes followed a 2008 scandal when Daniel Ubani, a locum doctor who flew here from Germany, administered a massive overdose to a pensioner during his first shift.
Dr Dan Poulter, Health Minister said the tragic case had made it clear that tougher checks were required for all EU healthcare professionals wanting to work in the UK.
He said: “These new powers will make it easier for regulatory bodies to carry out checks to ensure healthcare professionals have the necessary knowledge of English to properly communicate with and treat patients.”
British Jewish actress abandons the Labour Party over Israel
Mrs Lipman, a self-described socialist, said she supported Neil Kinnock, Tony Benn and Tony Blair, and is the “number one fan” of Alan Johnson.
Labour imposed a three-line whip on a backbench vote to recognise the state of Palestine. The vote left a number of shadow ministers deeply uncomfortable, because they regarded the move as lacking nuance and tantamount to taking sides in the conflict.
Israel said the “premature” move undermined the peace process.
Mrs Lipman, writing in Standpoint Magazine, said: “I'm an actress, Ed, and I am often commended for my timing," she wrote of the Commons vote. "Frankly, my dear, yours sucks.
"The world is exploding around us. Isis is beheading our civilians while raping and pillaging across Syria and Iraq. Presidents (Vladimir) Putin and (Bashar) Assad are playing such heavy-handed games that we don't know which rebel group to support.
"Hong Kong may be about to see a replay of Tiananmen. Islamist terrorism in every spot on the globe and if one Jew had been responsible for any of those bombings, there would, I am afraid to say, have been another Kristallnacht.
"At this point in our history you choose to back these footling backbenchers in this ludicrous piece of propaganda?"
She went on: "May I remind you that no one is tunnelling into Dover or sending rockets into Coventry, yet we seem to have every right to bomb the living daylights out of Iraq. "Again. Conclusion: one law for the Israelis, another law for the rest of the world. Plus ca change."
She also attacked Mr Miliband, a secular Jew, for eating a bacon sandwich in public, days after saying he wanted to join a Shabbat dinner at her house.
Separately, it emerged on Wednesday that Luciana Berger, the Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, has been bombarded with “violent” anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter in the days since an internet troll was jailed for abusing the MP.
Garron Helm, from Litherland, north of Liverpool, was handed a four-week custodial sentence at Merseyside Magistrates' Court last week for sending an offensive message to Miss Berger.
Since then the torrent has increased, and Miss Berger has been sent a series of anti-Semitic cartoons of herself wearing a concentration camp uniform and yellow star. She is understood to be angered by Twitter’s failure to halt the abuse.
Police have instructed her not to travel home alone due to a potential threat to her safety.
John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, told the Commons that MPs should “hold Twitter to account for its failure to act to stop its platform being used for this abuse”.
John Bercow, the Speaker, said the abuse was “despicable” and “beneath contempt”.
So long bad guys! Women have finally twigged that a humble man is best for a relationship
"Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth"</>
Cocky, bad guys may usually get the girl in the movies but the same isn't true in real life, according to new research.
It showed that being humble is the key to marking yourself out as a good romantic partner while arrogance and egotism are turn-offs, it found.
Humility in men was just as important to attracting women, as humility in women was to attracting men.
The findings will give hope to men who feel more like Hugh Grant's bumbling character in Four Weddings and a Funeral than they do Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf Of Wall Street.
Psychologists who carried out the research said that being humble means people can 'overcome desires for power and superiority' in a relationship and instead put the relationship itself first.
This means it not only makes you an attractive bet, it also protects against 'wear and tear' within long-term relationships.
'These results support the idea that humility is important for both the formation and repair of romantic relationships,' said lead author Dr Daryl Van Tongeren, of Hope College in Michigan.
'Humility appears to be a personality trait that is desirable in romantic partners and useful for maintaining romantic relationships under strain.'
The authors said humble people see their strengths and weaknesses accurately, accept criticism as easily as compliments and are likely to be helpful and generous.
Previous evidence suggests people may judge humility to understand how they could expect to be treated by a potential partner or in a group, they added.
The research, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, involved three studies carried out by Dr Van Tongeren and colleagues.
In the first study, 41 students created dating profiles and answered personality questions in the belief that others would see their results and they would look at other students' profiles.
But instead, all participants were shown the same mock profile and personality scores for a fictional potential date who was agreeable, extraverted, conscientious, not neurotic, and open.
The only difference was that in some cases, the person was scored as highly humble and in others as not humble.
Both male and female participants gave significantly higher ratings to the humble person and were more likely to want them to see their own profile, give them their phone number and meet them.
The second study, involving 133 students, was similar but varied the language used to describe a potential date in the profile, rather than using numbers to rate humility.
For example, the humble profile stated 'other people say I'm smart, but I don't like the attention', while the other read 'I'm a really good student and pretty smart...I guess it just comes naturally.'
Again, both men and women preferred the humble profile as a potential date to the profile that suggested arrogance.
The final study involved questioning 416 participants in real life relationships, half of them long-distance relationships that are likely to be more stressful.
Questionnaires asked about their tendency to forgive, their feelings about a recent time when their romantic partner offended them and their partners' level of humility.
Researchers found, as expected, that people were less forgiving if their partner lived far away.
They also found that people who thought of their partner as humble were more likely to forgive them than people who thought their partner lacked humility.
Participants who believed their partners to be very humble were equally likely to forgive them regardless of whether they lived close together or far apart.
But people lacking humility were less likely to be forgiven by long-distance partners.
The authors suggest humble people may 'quickly see their partner's point of view, express remorse and attempt to rebuild the relationship, whereas arrogant partners may stonewall, act defensively, deny wrongdoing, or blame the victim.'
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
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