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 come.” Romney won 206 electoral votes and 48 percent of the popular vote. In his brief concession 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 this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do resident Barack Obama may have a lot of problems hometown of Chicago. He was accompanied by his wife and two daughters. “We are an American family, and we rise or fall together as one nation and 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, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best has yet to the people’s work.” With the Republican Party gaining control in the House of Representatives and Democrats strengthening its control in the Senate, the 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 slogan throughout the 2012 campaign, Obama told the crowd Wednesday of the challenges that will likely 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. Wednesday, Obama addressed the American public from a stage in his Obama continued page 3 My Sticker Collection Letter from the Editor (a girl can never have too many). However, after voting on Tuesday, I decided that I would begin collecting stickers again. Not necessarily the Lisa Frank ones from my past, but instead “I voted,” stickers. Though I’ll never be able to collect enough for all of the individuals who fought hard for the right to vote, but were never fortunate enough to do so, it’s the thought and that vote counts. A s a little girl, one of my favorite hobbies was collecting responsibility, it wasn’t until after I had cast my ballot and received my “ I voted,” sticker that the impact of what I had just done really hit me. Women were not granted the right to vote until 1920 and for many years AfricanAmericans had to endure great difficulty to cast their ballot. I voted at 20-years-old, with great ease, and one of the people on the ballot for President of the United States of America was a black man. My sticker, I decided, was not just a symbol of the fact that I had voted in the presidential election, but also of all the blood lost and tears shed by persons before me so that me and other people like me could have the right to vote. Now , about the only thing I consciously collect, are shoes stickers. There was little that I enjoyed more than filling one sticker book up, so that I could get another. Fully aware of this, my mother would always give them to me as a small treat for doing something good. Though it has been more than a decade since I last cracked the spine on a sticker book, or for that matter since I have been rewarded with a sticker for doing something good, on Tuesday I got to relive on my favorite childhood experiences. Like so many of my peers, I voted in a presidential election for the very first time. Though I knew walking into my voting location on Election Day that I was doing the right thing by upholding to my civic 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 Nubian Message 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 arise in his efforts to move the country forward. “Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely … as it has for 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 Drawing by Travis Gatling 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 likely carry on well into January for Obama’s second inauguration Monday, Jan. 21. 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. American youth and the perfect example of a real 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 because of all the negative things I heard and saw, but I never truly gave up hope. I can’t wait to see what he 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. Social Media Users and the Fear of a Black President The Good and The Ugly: DeErricka Green Managing Editor T he 2012 Election became the highest-trending topic on Twitter Tuesday night, with is in my throat,” tweeted Dani Beysolow, a junior studying psychology. Tensions remained high for supporters of the president as Mitt Romney took an early lead in the Electoral College count. But as the night went on, the President caught up and Americans continued to hold their breath. As soon as it was announced that President Obama had secured Ohio’s votes, supporters knew it was all over. “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 your praises, there are 100 haters trying to bring you down. Proponents of Gov. Romney as well as just some general rabble-rousers took to the Internet to express their displeasure. Some of the most negative comments made heavy use of racial slurs and hate speech. There are some of you who may have been hopeful that the re-election of President Obama would be an indication that racism no longer exists in this country. Unfortunately, as shown in Tuesday night’s display of negative comments, in which social media users referred to the President as “monkey,” “n*gger” and everything in between, as well as comments expressing fear of the future destruction of the United States, it’s clear racism is still alive and well. 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 exists, these things exist. As long as people think “n*ggerf*g” is amusing to tag on a college campus, racism and hate speech exist. As citizens, we have to realize this is not an aspect of our society that can be changed overnight - or even over four years. The natural instinct for some of us is to strike back against these comments, often in anger. People’s fear of a black president, however, is not worth words. Their views may never change. The unforgettable moment that occurred on Nov. 7 will also never change, despite their ignorance on social media. Haters are entitled to their opinion, however offensive. That’s the nature of our society. Nevertheless our President is back, and for another four years, our President is black. 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.” Throughout Election Day social 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 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 Election Night, many Americans are still talking, not only about the re-election of President Barack Obama, but also a few smaller key victories that spawned from the Democratic victory. to yesterday’s election results, both states openly accepted the legalization of marijuana for medical use. Individuals in these states could obtain the drug with the use of a state-issued card. California has a similar system in place. With the passing of these amendments, it is now 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 Asian, pansexual, and lesbian senators voted into office, but new laws were passed as well. Maryland and Maine joined six other states in the legalization of gay marriage, with a similar measure in Washington pending. Minnesota became the first state in the country to reject a statewide constitutional ban on same sex marriage. Many eyes were also on Colorado and Washington on Tuesday. Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 in were approved (respectively) in these states, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Prior above may have no more than an ounce of the substance in their possession. Citizens can also legally grow six plants in any privately locked space, as well as gift up to one ounce to other users. Consumption is permitted in a manner similar to alcohol, with comparable penalties when driving. Taxes are also enforced on marijuana products, reportedly up to 15 percent on the price of any byproducts. Complications arise when taking into account that Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 are state laws, whereas holding or distributing marijuana is still a federal offense. Those who are opposed to these laws bring up this, and countless other reasons, as to why the amendments should not be in affect. Those who are opposed say the legalization of recreational marijuana contradicts the anti-drug campaigns that are spread throughout public school systems. Also, many critics believe that this action will lead to a boost in crime rates and drug addiction, as well as take away the coveted title of healthiest state held by Colorado. Supporters have a different outlook, saying that the grass is greener on the other side. Counter arguments suggest that the taxation of marijuana would boost the state’s profit by a large margin, as well as open and create new jobs in the state. With the legal pot smoking age marked at 21, pro-marijuana activists say that this will help keep the drug out the hands of underage smokers. At the same time, they predict that legal distribution, similar to that of alcohol, will help cut down on teen addiction levels. Many celebrate the passing of Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 as a step into the future of legalizing marijuana nationwide. Colorado and Washington, in my opinion, serve as “pet projects.” The illegal transporting of weed is a multimillion, if not, billion dollar industry. Legalizing Mary Jane will not only boost the economy and help eliminate the nation’s debt, but also help lessen the power of illegal traffickers. Also, approving the use of recreational marijuana nationwide would allow for the imprisonment of harsher offenders. Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 are prototypes of what nationwide marijuana laws should be- a strict distribution policy with a legal age limit, as well as taxation to help each state earn profit, the same as alcohol use. Could Colorado and Washington help change America’s negative connotations of marijuana and bring the plant into a more positive light? Only time will tell as officials observe both states and weigh the outcome. “... it is now legal for citizens to roll up in the privacy of their own home...” International Students Weigh in on Presidential Election Sehdia Mansary Staff Writer In this year’s election the United States’ election was a hot topic to Americans and foreigners alike. The US’s image in the international community is steadily becoming more defined. This caught the attention of international students at NC State, and although their own home countries have also been experiencing governmental elections, many foreigners have been glued to ours. Throughout the past few months of observation, many international students living on campus have found the electoral process in the United States to be vastly different than that of their homes. For While many expressed nonchalance While many international students on campus found the hassle to vote irritating, they no doubt watched the American presidential race as closely as its citizens. The consensus for the international students was that Barack Obama would be their pick for re-election. They agree that Obama’s platform represents not just American ideals, but global ideals. Qian Yu also communicated little interest in the election of her home, citing the fact that the President of China is ultimately chosen by delegates in the National People’s Congress, despite the electoral process. To those students that some students, the hype surrounding televised debates, rallies, and political advertisements this fall was unusual as compared to the calmer political atmosphere at home. to elections in their native countries, in regards to voter apathy among American students, several foreign students felt quite strongly. Lydia Hughes is familiar with a parliamentary system of government, due to her upbringing in England. She believes that if the right to vote is not exercised, then there is no right to complain about the representatives. Voter apathy statistically only applies to a small percent of the American population. While some individuals feel as though their vote plays a small role in the electoral decision, the numbers that depicted a close race on Tuesday night do not lie. As shown through these students, the power of the free vote has an authority that crosses international waters. Every vote counts and every vote has the power to make a difference. Every vote has the power to change. felt apathetic toward the voting process, she said, “there is no [effective] right to vote [in China]. Keep that in mind.” The Power to Change The Haute Seat: First Lady Style Not even the First Lady of the United States can escape The Haute Seat. Christopher Lynn Staff Writer think it’s about time I address one of the dential campaign— the fashion sense of Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. For the past year, their style has had to remain secondary to the political platforms of their husbands, however now that the election is behind us, it is time that it come to the forefront. While of course a presidential candidates stance on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and healthcare help deter- W ith the Presidential Election finally coming to an end, I Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), or Mormons, wear temple garments, which end just have cap-sleeves with either a rounded or sweetheart neckline. Romney manages to not only incorporate the principles of her religion in her style, but also keep her outfits both modest and interesting. She does this with her color palette, which holds a wide array of colors from bright fuchsia to a deep teal. A good example of how she uses color to spice up her wardrobe is the most important issues of this year’s presi- above the knee on women’s clothing and 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 “real” issues. both Ann Romney and Michelle Obama showcased relatively good taste in clothing and style throughout the race for the presidency. the same shade of bright pink, Romney clearly wore hers with a more flawless Donning a short-sleeved sheath dress, with a swooped crew neck, her simplistic look was paired well with a wonderful statement piece - a jade necklace. Often grams, so effortlessly. My favorite is when no idea why Malia and Sasha keep letting she fuses both of these styles into one their mother borrow their shoes. Oh, and As if this election wasn’t close enough, effort. “ 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 how to dress. Despite her more conservative style however, Ann Romney gave Obama a run for her money. The fact that Ann Romney dresses conservatively should not be a surprise considering that she is 63, Mormon, Republican and the mother of five. Some may say that she resembles a Stepford wife, or someone stuck in the 1950s because she always seems to wear long sleeves, cardigans and skirts that hang below the knee however, this works for Romney. servative style is not necessarily my cup of tea, but as a person with morals and 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 than ever. It has been speculated that Anna Wintour has blacklisted Ann Romney, causing fashion 13 at the White House. 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. 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 secret that Wintour loves and supports to my next point... Michelle Obama is no stranger to deRomney, who are not strangers to high fashion, have been known to wear double prints, which is one of my pet -peeves. nation that she knew a thing or two about the Obamas 100 percent, which leads me 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 ites. Though these designers have many that mesh well with her personal style. Many view her as the most fashionable First Lady since Jackie Onassis. Her edgy pieces, Obama often chooses those 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 to wear first lady attire during diplomatic events, then turn on her Sasha 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 As a fashion-forward person, her con- out about Obama however, is her ability religious beliefs, I understand her choices. Fierce-like persona in less formal pro- 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 lives, but in reality they carry themselves like they want a Lil Wayne or something. her liquor and wants her butt to hang out for attention. Nicki Minaj type. You guys always claim you want a good girl, the wifey type, but do not act like it. must be hiding out. 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. D: If you guys want a Michelle so bad, why not look beyond those leggings you dissed earlier and open up your ears. Listen to what a girl has to say. Journey through her thoughts and see what she’s about. Guys are so concerned about how fat the booty is, that they don’t get to know a girl for what matters. That’s why you think the good girls are hidden, because you guys are so blinded by the superficial that you cant see the real. 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 wants to put up with all that on a regular basis? “... 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.” A: You can flaunt what you have without wearing see-through leggings. I’m all about flaunting, but you can do it without looking like you are about to work at the pyramid tonight. A: True, we do. But, I guarantee when guys are thinking about Nicki, its not for the reason of making her a wife. A lot of females are portraying themselves as a side chick, not a main. D: Ok fine. I’ll give you that, but you’re not looking at the majority of the female population at N.C. State. The majority of us aren’t as trashy or as “slutacious “as the girls guys are feigning over. I know plenty of good, classy, wifey-types and they are single. Michelle’s are out there but I don’t see guys paying them attention or going out of their way to peruse them, the same way I see them pursuing the ratchets. D: First and foremost, that is not every girl. As it relates to club and party attire, who doesn’t want to get dressed up and flaunt what they have? There’s nothing wrong with going out, looking cute and feeling good. What you described sounds to me like a sloppy girl, one who can’t hold A: All right, stop with the Oprah talk. The biggest man whore in the world would give up his ways if he found the right one. However, until we are presented with a good girl, a guy will just keep doing what he doing. If a school is full of nothing but grimy guys, it’s only a reflection of the girls. D: So, you want to put restrictions on what a girl should wear if she wants to attract a good man? Ha! We all know guys are idolizing and fantasizing over 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.