Since The Peoples News (TPN) went live March 2, our stories have received hundreds of comments. We appreciate all of them—even the ones that call us racist—so keep writing! A lot of the comments have common themes, so we figured they deserved some sort of response. Our man Xavier Muhammad takes up the task this week:
We’ll start with Schu: I really don’t get “The Peoples News” what people are you talking about???? This is the biggest waste of energy I’ve seen since Bush’s last speech
Xavier Muhammad: Schu, there are many ways to say ‘I love you,’ but I think you just invented a new one. Sure, Bush’s last speech was a pretty great waste of time but did you write the White House afterward? No, but you wrote to us. Why? Because our site is much more fun. Plus, it’s owned and operated by black people, so thanks for supporting the community!
TARA favored Judge Cabrera’s ruling to take away the naming rights of African American women: I am so happy with this decision. I have a hard time remembering the names of my children friends. My children’s names are Tyhir, Terell, Tyrese, and Tytianna. Some of the names of my oldest son’s classmates are just plan horrible.
Muhammad: Umm…OK, Tara. Have ever heard the phrase ‘pot meet kettle’? It’s a good thing you named your kids before the judge rendered his verdict.
Our friend Zion had this question for Judge Cabrera: What about Biblical names….will he rule against these names as well?
Muhammad: Would we really want that? I don’t think the Bible would be nearly as good without wacky names like Methuselah, Melchizedek and Jesus.
t90 is not a fan of Judge Cabrera’s ruling in the ‘Naming’ story. She said it’s bad enough already that “they know your race with the fifth number in your social security number. African Americans fifth number is always an odd number.”
Muhammad: [uncomfortable pause]…I’m African American, t90. The fifth number in my social security is 4, which, last I checked, is an even number. But thanks for the, uh, information.
Mike got on his soapbox about Cabrera: i think the jodge is raises, because how are u going to have three whites agree before u name your kid.
Muhammad: I think the real problem, Mike, is that people who can’t spell get to name their kids too.
Niki Williams asked about the ‘Naming’ story: Is this for real or is this someone writing some satire article? This is my first time at you site because someone sent me this story and this is so hard to believe although they probably would like to do something like this, especially in Detroit, MI.
Muhammad: Niki, the writer, Bill Matthews, is from Detroit and swears he thought it was true when he was making it up.
Pat Fields asked an important question: This site is a hoot. Please tell me you are not a group of caucasions poking fun at us.
Muhammad: I promise, Pat….everyone involved with the creation, writing, editing and moderation of this site is African American, except for Craig. He’s half black, half Jewish. He calls himself ‘Blewish.” Oh, and the white man who forces us to write this stuff is also not black. [Just kidding. He is black].
Quincy Ryan wonders: Is there a reason that the initials for the alleged “Carlton Banks Society” are the same for the Columbia Broadcasting System, aka, CBS? It was alluded to in the article. The reason I ask is have you looked at CBS’ lineup lately? Eddie Murphy (I think) once joked that NBC stood for “No Blacks or Coloreds.” Just wondering…
Muhammad: Q, we were initially going to call it the Bryant Gumbel and Robin Givens Society for White Speaking Black Students, but figured the acronym BGRGSWSBS wouldn’t generate as many conspiracy theories as CBS.
Anaya looked into the ‘Condi’ story: I googled this and got no reliable hits that substantiate what is claimed in this article. Surely, if the Secretary of State got involved it would be on CNN or NBC. Are we spreading ignorance? Or are we truly able going to publish information that true and accurate as most people won’t take the time to see if it’s accurate, they’ll just forward the foolish/ignorance on.
Muhammad: Oh my god, Anaya, please tell this to my cousin Carla. She sends out everything without vetting it. How many times can I get that story about a missing black girl whose parents say the police aren’t looking for her? Or the one with about the Voting Rights Act being repealed? Or Oprah asking Tommy Hilfiger to leave her show? We at TPN in no way condone spreading stories like this, unless they were written by us.
And finally, we have Michelle Scott, who thought the ‘Naming’ story was offensive: My brain was actually p*ssed off that I took time out of my day to read this pathetic “wake-up call” attempt.
Muhammad: It must be asked, Michelle: How did the rest of your body feel?
Thanks again for writing. We read all the comments and will respond when we can!
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