Frat boys just can’t quit blackface

Another Halloween, another blackface controversy. This time, it’s at the University of Florida, where members of a fraternity dressed up as rappers for a “Rock Stars and Rappers”-themed party.  Those involved have since apologized, claiming ignorance of history. Here’s some of the history. Blackface was used in 19th and early 20th century “minstrel shows.”  These popular offerings featured white performers…

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Surprise! Racial prejudice abides

From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not. Those views could cost President Barack Obama votes as he tries for…

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Anti-Obama billboard lights up Georgia 400 in Forsyth County

Once upon a time, signs at the Forsyth County line let black folks know they weren’t wanted there—and not very politely, either. Those signs are gone, but a series of anti-Obama messages on an electronic billboard on Georgia 400 near Exit 13 in Cumming has raised some eyebrows. The most incendiary message compares the president to Hitler and calls him “Comrade” (talk about…

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“An excellent book club book”

This amazon.com review comes from Julio A. Campos, who gives Brambleman 4 1/2 stars.  Unfortunately, this translated to 4 stars on Amazon.com. Round up peopple, round up! I like a review to say it how it is….This is a good book ! You should get it! Read the other reviews to see what it is about. I won’t waste your…

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Will there be fisticuffs at Forsyth Commission meetings?

Two Forsyth County officials, Commissioner Patrick Bell and Commission Chairman and Jim Boff,  cannot get along, thus requiring a deputy sheriff at meetings until Bell leaves office in December. Their latest argument involved trading insults and a low-grade threat by Bell.  You can read more here. By the way, Bell won’t let it go. Half the comments on the Atlanta…

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Brambleman: “Best book I’ve read this year”

Special prince: Kindle version onow only 99 cents! This 5-star review comes from the Forsyth County Library website. Until Monday, when I met with the Ashebrooke Book Club, I hadn’t realized that the local library carried the book, but now I see that they have a couple of copies, and there’s a waiting list for Brambleman. “Koord” writes: “Brambleman has…

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