Nubian Message 11.8.12
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THE SENTINEL OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AT NC STATE UNIVERSITY NUBIAN MESSAGE RALEIGH, NC n VOL. XI, ISSUE 8 n THENUBIANMESSAGE.COM n NOVEMBER 8th, 2012 We in there ’doe P Kierra Leggett Editor-in- Chief resident Barack hometown of Chicago. He America the best has yet to Obama may have was accompanied by his wife come.” a lot of problems and two daughters. he has to deal with, but as of Tuesday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is no longer one of them. With 303 electoral votes, Obama won re-election and secured his place in the White House for another four years. At about 1:30 a.m. “We are an American Romney won 206 the people’s work.” With the Republican Party gaining control in the electoral votes and 48 House of Representatives and family, and we rise or fall percent of the popular vote. Democrats strengthening together as one nation and In his brief concession its control in the Senate, the as one people,” Obama said. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, Wednesday, Obama we have fought our way back, addressed the American and we know in our hearts public from a stage in his that for the United States of speech, which he gave at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Romney urged Americans to unite. “The nation, as you know, is at a critical point,” Romney said. “At a time like willingness of Congress to set aside party ties will be crucial to the effectiveness of the legislative branch during Obama’s second term. In keeping with his this, we can’t risk partisan slogan throughout the 2012 bickering and political campaign, Obama told the posturing. Our leaders have crowd Wednesday of the to reach across the aisle to do challenges that will likely Obama continued page 3 My Sticker Collection Letter from the Editor A s a little girl, one of responsibility, it wasn’t until (a girl can never have too my favorite hobbies after I had cast my ballot and many). However, after voting on was collecting received my “ I voted,” sticker Tuesday, I decided that I would stickers. There was little that I that the impact of what I had begin collecting stickers again. enjoyed more than filling one just done really hit me. Not necessarily the Lisa Frank sticker book up, so that I could get another. Fully aware of this, my mother would always give Women were not granted the right to vote until 1920 ones from my past, but instead “I voted,” stickers. and for many years African- Though I’ll never be able to Americans had to endure great collect enough for all of the difficulty to cast their ballot. I individuals who fought hard voted at 20-years-old, with great for the right to vote, but were than a decade since I last ease, and one of the people on never fortunate enough to do cracked the spine on a sticker the ballot for President of the so, it’s the thought and that vote book, or for that matter since United States of America was a counts. I have been rewarded with a black man. them to me as a small treat for doing something good. Though it has been more sticker for doing something good, on Tuesday I got to relive on my favorite childhood My sticker, I decided, was not just a symbol of the fact that I had voted in the presidential experiences. election, but also of all the blood Like so many of my peers, I lost and tears shed by persons voted in a presidential election before me so that me and other for the very first time. Though people like me could have the I knew walking into my voting right to vote. location on Election Day that I was doing the right thing by upholding to my civic Now , about the only thing I consciously collect, are shoes Nubian Message Sentinel of the African-American Community at North Carolina State University KIERRA LEGGETT | EDITOR - IN - CHIEF DEERRICKA GREEN | MANAGING EDITOR STAFF WRITERS: CHELSEA GARNDER JASMYN MORERE RYAN BARNES AUSTIN GREEN ALEXIS TEASDELL CHRISTOPHER LYNN DESTINY MCNEIL ROBERT MARSHALL JESSICA JOHNSON MATTHEW JOHNSON D’ANDRA TROY DEERRICKA GREEN TORISHA DOZIER Only with the permission of our elders do we proudly produce each edition of the Nubian Message. Dr. Yosef ben-Yochannan: Dr. John Henrik Clark: Dr. Leonard Jeffries: The Black Panther Party: Mumia A. Jamal: Geronimo Pratt: Tony Williamson: Dr. Lawrence Clark: Dr. Augustus McIver Witherspoon: Dr. Wandra P. Hill: Mr. Kyran Anderson: Dr. Lathan Turner: Dr. M. Iyailu Moses: Dokta Toni Thorpe and all those who accompany us as we are STILL on the journey to true consciousness. COPYRIGHT 2011 BY NORTH CAROLINA STATE STUDENT MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Locations Avent Ferry Complex Brooks Hall Caldwell Hall Harrelson Hall DH HILL LIBRARY Witherspoon Student Center Wolf Village Apartments 325 Witherspoon Student Center Box 7138 NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695-371 PHONE NUMBER: 919.515.1468 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: email@example.com TWITTER: @NUBIANMESSAGE Facebook.com/NubianMessage Obama continued from page 1 on him winning in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire. In the end, he won every one of them except North Carolina. Fox News reported that an overwhelming number of young and minority voters were the driving force in this year’s election. These are votes the Obama team campaigned hard for in the months leading up to Election Day. Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and the President himself all made trips to N.C. State and other campuses in North Carolina and the U.S. N.C. State student Khalia Braswell, who saw Obama speak during his visit to campus in 2011, supported the President in this year’s election because of his policies that help students. “His policies have made my financial aid increase, and some of my healthcare needs are now free,” Braswell said. Braswell, a computer science major, was also happy to give Obama her vote because of his focus on science and technology. “[Obama] has an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, which is also important to me as a graduating senior in computer science. He understands the importance of STEM in taking this country forward,” Braswell said. In the hours leading up to the announcement of Obama’s reelection, N.C. State students gathered in various places around campus for election viewing parties. The brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. hosted one of these parties in D.H. Hill library. Students on other campuses across North Carolina Drawing by Travis Gatling arise in his efforts to move the country forward. “Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely … as it has for American youth and the perfect example of a real more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a smooth path.” Colton Palmer, an alumnus of N.C. State, was not only proud that Obama was re-elected, but also that the younger generation played such a pivotal role in it. “I was happy to see our generation push hard for a second term,” Palmer said. “I believe a lot of people thought we weren’t going to show up this go round, but we did. I’m proud to be an American and even more proud to be a young African-American. President Obama is a great example for African- man, a strong black man.” Like Palmer, junior communication major Nija Toshumba was also excited to learn that the President would have a second term to continue moving the U.S. forward. “ I personally thought it was amazing [that Obama won],” Toshumba said. “I had my doubts congregated to watch the results of the election as well. When students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro learned of President Obama’s re-election, they took to their campus reflection pool, splashing around in the water in celebration. Celebrations for President Obama’s re-election will because of all the negative things I heard and saw, but likely carry on well into January for Obama’s second I never truly gave up hope. I can’t wait to see what he inauguration Monday, Jan. 21. has in store for the next four years.” While Obama won early in Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut, his re-election was heavily contingent Left: Students at N.C. A&T celebrating Barack Obama’s re-election in their reflection pool. Right: Members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. at the Election Viewing party they hosted on Tuesday. Obama will make history once again, now, as the first African-American man to serve two terms as President of the United States of America. The Good and The Ugly: Social Media Users and the Fear of a Black President DeErricka Green Managing Editor T he 2012 Election became the is in my throat,” tweeted Dani Beysolow, your praises, there are 100 haters trying exists, these things exist. As long as highest-trending topic on a junior studying psychology. to bring you down. people think “n*ggerf*g” is amusing to Twitter Tuesday night, with more than 20 million tweets. In some states, “n*gger” was close behind it. “Nevertheless our President is back, and for another four years, our President is black.” Tensions remained high for media played a vital role. Voters tweeted comments about long lines, Instagrammed their ballots and, in one crazy case, uploaded a video of a voting machine in Pennsylvania gone haywire. Social media users all over the world stayed glued to CNN and other news networks well into the night as the results of a close race unfolded, taking breaks only to communicate their feelings of aspiration and anxiety. “Why did I turn on CNN? My heart tag on a college campus, racism and hate speech exist. supporters of the president as Mitt as just some general rabble-rousers Romney took an early lead in the took to the Internet to express their Electoral College count. But as the displeasure. Some of the most negative not an aspect of our society that can be night went on, the President caught up comments made heavy use of racial slurs changed overnight- or even over four and Americans continued to hold their and hate speech. years. breath. As soon as it was announced that President Obama had secured Ohio’s votes, supporters knew it was all over. Throughout Election Day social Proponents of Gov. Romney as well “I guess Nate Silver isn’t so crazy, huh?” wrote former NFL star Warren Sapp. First-time voters, especially, had cause for celebration. “Today my voice was heard!” wrote ECU freshman Tyana Spellman. “I get to tell my grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I was a part of history. I was there when the first black president was elected, and I helped put him back in office!” Though the majority of citizens agree with that sentiment, there are always going to be haters in the mix. You know what they say: For every person singing There are some of you who may have As citizens, we have to realize this is The natural instinct for some of us is been hopeful that the re-election of to strike back against these comments, President Obama would be an indication often in anger. People’s fear of a black that racism no longer exists in this president, however, is not worth words. country. Their views may never change. The Unfortunately, as shown in Tuesday night’s display of negative comments, in which social media users referred to the President as “monkey,” “n*gger” unforgettable moment that occurred on Nov. 7 will also never change, despite their ignorance on social media. Haters are entitled to their opinion, and everything in between, as well as however offensive. That’s the nature of comments expressing fear of the future our society. Nevertheless our President destruction of the United States, it’s clear is back, and for another four years, our racism is still alive and well. President is black. As long as our First Amendment right allows us to express whatever it is we desire, racism and hate speech exist. As long as the need to be rebellious Follow the Nubian Message on Twitter @nubianmessage Ammendment 64 and Initiative 502, Pass it Around Shawn Murray Staff Writer As the dusts settles in the aftermath of to yesterday’s election results, both a federal offense. Those who are opposed Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 Election Night, many Americans are still states openly accepted the legalization of to these laws bring up this, and countless as a step into the future of legalizing talking, not only about the re-election of marijuana for medical use. Individuals in other reasons, as to why the amendments marijuana nationwide. President Barack Obama, but also a few these states could obtain the drug with should not be in affect. smaller key victories that spawned from the use of a state-issued card. California the Democratic victory. has a similar system in place. With the passing of these amendments, it is now “... it is now legal for citizens to roll up in the privacy of their own home...” legal for citizens to roll up in the privacy of their own home, partake in bong-rips, and have a smoke-session at the end of a long stressful day. There are however, some stipulations of the new amendment. Smokers 21 and Not only were the first disabled and above may have no more than an ounce Asian, pansexual, and lesbian senators of the substance in their possession. voted into office, but new laws were Citizens can also legally grow six plants passed as well. Maryland and Maine in any privately locked space, as well joined six other states in the legalization as gift up to one ounce to other users. of gay marriage, with a similar measure Consumption is permitted in a manner in Washington pending. Minnesota similar to alcohol, with comparable became the first state in the country to penalties when driving. Taxes are reject a statewide constitutional ban on also enforced on marijuana products, same sex marriage. reportedly up to 15 percent on the price Many eyes were also on Colorado and Washington on Tuesday. Amendment of any byproducts. Complications arise when taking 64 and Initiative 502 in were approved into account that Amendment 64 and (respectively) in these states, legalizing Initiative 502 are state laws, whereas the recreational use of marijuana. Prior holding or distributing marijuana is still Those who are opposed say the Colorado and Washington, in my opinion, serve as “pet projects.” The legalization of recreational marijuana illegal transporting of weed is a multi- contradicts the anti-drug campaigns million, if not, billion dollar industry. that are spread throughout public school Legalizing Mary Jane will not only systems. Also, many critics believe that boost the economy and help eliminate this action will lead to a boost in crime the nation’s debt, but also help lessen rates and drug addiction, as well as take the power of illegal traffickers. Also, away the coveted title of healthiest state approving the use of recreational held by Colorado. marijuana nationwide would allow for Supporters have a different outlook, the imprisonment of harsher offenders. saying that the grass is greener on the Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 are other side. Counter arguments suggest prototypes of what nationwide marijuana that the taxation of marijuana would laws should be- a strict distribution boost the state’s profit by a large margin, policy with a legal age limit, as well as as well as open and create new jobs in taxation to help each state earn profit, the state. the same as alcohol use. With the legal pot smoking age Could Colorado and Washington help marked at 21, pro-marijuana activists say change America’s negative connotations that this will help keep the drug out the of marijuana and bring the plant into a hands of underage smokers. At the same more positive light? Only time will tell time, they predict that legal distribution, as officials observe both states and weigh similar to that of alcohol, will help cut the outcome. down on teen addiction levels. Many celebrate the passing of The Power to Change International Students Weigh in on Presidential Election Sehdia Mansary Staff Writer In this year’s election the United States’ some students, the hype surrounding to elections in their native countries, in felt apathetic toward the voting process, election was a hot topic to Americans and televised debates, rallies, and political regards to voter apathy among American she said, “there is no [effective] right to foreigners alike. advertisements this fall was unusual students, several foreign students vote [in China]. Keep that in mind.” as compared to the calmer political felt quite strongly. Lydia Hughes is atmosphere at home. familiar with a parliamentary system of The US’s image in the international community is steadily becoming more defined. This caught the attention of While many international students on Voter apathy statistically only applies government, due to her upbringing in to a small percent of the American England. She believes that if the right population. While some individuals feel international students at NC State, and campus found the hassle to vote irritating, to vote is not exercised, then there as though their vote plays a small role although their own home countries have they no doubt watched the American is no right to complain about the in the electoral decision, the numbers also been experiencing governmental presidential race as closely as its citizens. representatives. that depicted a close race on Tuesday elections, many foreigners have been The consensus for the international glued to ours. students was that Barack Obama would Throughout the past few months of night do not lie. As shown through these Qian Yu also communicated little students, the power of the free vote has be their pick for re-election. They agree interest in the election of her home, an authority that crosses international observation, many international students that Obama’s platform represents not just citing the fact that the President of China waters. Every vote counts and every vote living on campus have found the electoral American ideals, but global ideals. is ultimately chosen by delegates in the has the power to make a difference. Every National People’s Congress, despite the vote has the power to change. process in the United States to be vastly different than that of their homes. For While many expressed nonchalance electoral process. To those students that The Haute Seat: First Lady Style Not even the First Lady of the United States can escape The Haute Seat. Christopher Lynn Staff Writer W ith the Presidential Election Members of the Church of Jesus Christ finally coming to an end, I of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), or Mormons, think it’s about time I address one of the wear temple garments, which end just most important issues of this year’s presi- above the knee on women’s clothing and dential campaign— the fashion sense of have cap-sleeves with either a rounded or Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. sweetheart neckline. For the past year, their style has had Romney manages to not only incorpo- to remain secondary to the political plat- rate the principles of her religion in her forms of their husbands, however now style, but also keep her outfits both mod- that the election is behind us, it is time est and interesting. She does this with her that it come to the forefront. color palette, which holds a wide array of While of course a presidential candidates stance on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and healthcare help deter- colors from bright fuchsia to a deep teal. A good example of how she uses color to spice up her wardrobe is the mine for whom a citizen will vote, for the dress she wore at the second presidential style savvy the image of a candidates wife debate. While both she and Obama wore can sway their vote just as much as the the same shade of bright pink, Romney “real” issues. clearly wore hers with a more flawless As if this election wasn’t close enough, effort. both Ann Romney and Michelle Obama Donning a short-sleeved sheath dress, showcased relatively good taste in cloth- with a swooped crew neck, her simplistic ing and style throughout the race for the look was paired well with a wonderful presidency. statement piece - a jade necklace. Often “Though as a whole these two ladies exude high fashion and class, a Haute Seat just wouldn’t be a Haute Seat without a little of my “constructive criticism.”’ Over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency, Mrs. Obama proved to the vative style however, Ann Romney gave Obama a run for her money. The fact that Ann Romney dresses conservatively should not be a surprise than ever. It has been speculated that Anna Wintour has blacklisted Ann Romney, causing fashion secret that Wintour loves and supports to my next point... Michelle Obama is no stranger to de- ites. Though these designers have many Republican and the mother of five. Some that mesh well with her personal style. because she always seems to wear long sleeves, cardigans and skirts that hang below the knee however, this works for Romney. their mother borrow their shoes. Oh, and Though as a whole these two ladies exude high fashion and class, a Haute Seat said “Bury those kittens somewhere deep in the ground.” Regardless of the nation’s decision last night, I am electing both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney to the Haute Seat. Romney, who are not strangers to high fashion, have been known to wear double prints, which is one of my pet -peeves. In a photo seen in Time Magazine, signer labels, Michael Kors, Jason Wu and Romney is seen wearing a navy and Tracey Reese are just some of her favor- white-checkered jacket, paired with edgy pieces, Obama often chooses those wife, or someone stuck in the 1950s 13 at the White House. just wouldn’t be a Haute Seat without a designers to stay as far away from little of my “constructive criticism.” her as possible. In related news, it is no Both Michelle Obama and Ann considering that she is 63, Mormon, may say that she resembles a Stepford she fuses both of these styles into one flawless execution. An example of this is if you haven’t heard, back in July, some staying true to designer Oscar de when Obama wore an elegant Michael Mormons buried a live cat in cement. I’m la Renta, Romney has made the Kors, black georgette, pleated, one-shoul- not certain, but I have a hunch that they sheath dress more fashionable der dress with a golden Dior belt on June may have misheard the order when Mitt nation that she knew a thing or two about the Obamas 100 percent, which leads me how to dress. Despite her more conser- grams, so effortlessly. My favorite is when no idea why Malia and Sasha keep letting Many view her as the most fashionable First Lady since Jackie Onassis. Her a navy skirt with white floral prints. Though she was going to church, her outfit was blasphemous. Obama, as she cheered on Team USA during a tennis match, wore a black ensembles are usually classic with a slight and white gingham and polka dot dress, flair of her own. Obama has also been paired with a polka dot sweater—talk known to show off her toned “guns” in sleeveless dresses. What really stands As a fashion-forward person, her con- out about Obama however, is her ability servative style is not necessarily my cup to wear first lady attire during diplo- of tea, but as a person with morals and matic events, then turn on her Sasha religious beliefs, I understand her choices. Fierce-like persona in less formal pro- about a triple fault. Along with double print, both of these women love sporting kitten heels. Anyone between the age of 13-65 should not be wearing a kitten heel. Frankly, I have The First Lady @MichelleObama tweeted this following the announcement of President Obama’s Reelection: “More than anything, I want to thank you all for everything. I am so grateful to every one of you for your support and your prayers.” –mo A Nicki Minaj Type Can’t be Tamed into First Lady Destiny and Austin have a conversation about the type of woman men really want. Destiny McNeil and Austin Green Staff Writers Austin (A): I’m tired of getting on Twitter and seeing girls tweet about how they want a “real man” or “Barack” in their her lives, but in reality they carry themselves liquor like they want a Lil Wayne or something. and wants her butt to hang out for attention. Destiny (D): What do you mean? Guys do the same thing. They say they want a Michelle Obama but then thirst over girls like Nicki Minaj. A: I mean in the club or at parties the Nicki types have half their butt hanging out, are half-naked and drunk. What dude “...until we are presented with a good girl, a guy will just keep doing what he is doing. If a school is full of nothing but grimy guys, it’s only a reflection of the girls.” wants to put up with all that on a regular basis? A: You can flaunt what you have without wearing see-through leggings. I’m all D: First and foremost, that is not every about flaunting, but you can do it without girl. As it relates to club and party attire, looking like you are about to work at the who doesn’t want to get dressed up and pyramid tonight. flaunt what they have? There’s nothing wrong with going out, looking cute and D: So, you want to put restrictions on feeling good. What you described sounds what a girl should wear if she wants to to me like a sloppy girl, one who can’t hold attract a good man? Ha! We all know guys are idolizing and fantasizing over the Nicki Minaj type. You guys always claim must be hiding out. you want a good girl, the wifey type, but do not act like it. D: If you guys want a Michelle so bad, why not look beyond those leggings you A: True, we do. But, I guarantee when dissed earlier and open up your ears. guys are thinking about Nicki, its not for Listen to what a girl has to say. Journey the reason of making her a wife. A lot of through her thoughts and see what she’s females are portraying themselves as a about. Guys are so concerned about how side chick, not a main. fat the booty is, that they don’t get to know a girl for what matters. That’s why you D: Ok fine. I’ll give you that, but you’re think the good girls are hidden, because not looking at the majority of the female you guys are so blinded by the superficial population at N.C. State. The majority of that you cant see the real. us aren’t as trashy or as “slutacious “as the girls guys are feigning over. I know plenty A: All right, stop with the Oprah talk. The of good, classy, wifey-types and they are biggest man whore in the world would single. Michelle’s are out there but I don’t give up his ways if he found the right one. see guys paying them attention or going However, until we are presented with a out of their way to peruse them, the same good girl, a guy will just keep doing what way I see them pursuing the ratchets. he doing. If a school is full of nothing but grimy guys, it’s only a reflection of the A: We go after what we are presented with. If all we see are the Nicki types, we have no other choice. The Michelle types girls. The End of the Elect ion Road For months now Americans have been bombarded with politics. Now that the 2012 presidential election has finally come to an end, we have comprised a list of all the reasons we are glad to see it go. Staff Report No more accusations from Donald Trump- hopefully. The Donald was very active during the past election season. Not only did he nominate himself for president, but he also started an investigation into the citizenship No more insensitive coments about rape. Rape is always a topic of discussion in any presidential election, but this year even more so. U.S. Repersenative Todd Akin offended many with his comments about “legitimate rape,” and Richard Murdock did as well when he said that rape was a “Gift from God.” No more being harrassed in the brickyard. Since August, students have been bombarded with the question, “Are you registered to vote?” Now that the election is over they will no longer have to be asked this question multiple times a day. No more Instagram memes. The lastest social media site to gain popularity, Instagram has been filled with political memes during the presidential election. No one and nothing has been off limits. No more wacky celebrity endorsements. From a bikini clad Stacey Dash publicly announcing her support for Mitt Romney with a photo shoot, to Katy Perry rocking a skin tight blue leather dress, complete with the Obama logo, almost all of Hollywood has jumped on the campaign trail. Now that the election is over maybe they can all get back to making movies and perhaps Clint Eastwood can No more of Herman Cain’s mistresses. Hermain Cain ended his run for the presidency after four women made accusations of sexual misconduct against him. Cain denied all accusations. No more stupid lists like this.