Alveda King: Different Year, Same Lies on MLK’s Stance on Abortion

Can you say angry? If not, read Alveda King’s press release entitled, “Different Year, Same Lies from Planned Parenthood about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” In the press release, Dr. Alveda King, full-time Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, objects to Planned Parenthood’s latest statements that imply that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would support the organization’s agenda. “Sometimes I wonder if Planned Parenthood will ever get tired of lying about my Uncle Martin,” said King, “and then I remind myself that a business built on the lie that a baby isn’t a baby is a stranger to the truth.  Just to be clear one more time, there’s no way Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were he alive today, would support an organization that has helped destroy one-quarter of the African American population.” Alveda King helped contribute to that number since she has admitted to having two abortions herself, which would make her a hypocrite.

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Nikki McPhatter Found Dead

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Nikki McPhatter was found dead this past weekend. Authorities found a body that was shot in the head and burned beyond recognition in a vehicle matching the description of her car in Richland County, SC, 100 miles outside of Charlotte.

Authorities arrested Theodore Roosevelt Manning, IV (Teddy) in connection with her death. Apparently McPhatter had met Manning online and had begun dating him. She allegedly went to SC to break off the relationship because she found him to be too controlling. Manning was arrested at his home and charged in connection with the murder.

While locating McPhatter’s body brings closure to her friends and family who fought valiantly to get her story into the press, it speaks volumes about the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and the double standard in the amount of coverage that missing Black women receive in the media.

When Bonnie Sweeten called the police and told them that she and her daughter had been abducted by a Black man following a traffic incident, the police and media were all over it. Before even investigating the claim, it was all over the news and media outlets. The Today Show interviewed Sweeten’s distressed ex-husband, and the national media ran the story repeatedly.

It turns out that Sweeten lied and had actually taken her daughter on a trip to Disney World. Never mind that she blamed a Black man, or that she tied up local, state and federal police officers, but the fact that this White woman could get this type of attention, while Nikki McPhatter’s case — a real missing person case I might add — is ridiculous.

It is truly shameful. People have already started making excuses for Sweeten’s behavior but there is no excuse for the lack of national media coverage for McPhatter’s case.

Perhaps authorities may have found her before she was killed? Before her body was burned beyond recognition? Before nearly a month passed with barely any coverage.

It is indeed a sad day on many fronts.

What’s Really Going On? Jesse, John and now Dick Parsons Self-Destruct

What’s really going on? Is there something in the water that is making extremely powerful men engage in extremely self-destructive behavior? First Jesse, then John (allegedly) and now Richard Parsons. Making babies with the jump-off? I know many of you are thinking that this sort of thing has been happening forever. Yes, it has.  But, in contemporary times, “Baby Daddy” has been a category reserved for the poor, uneducated or irresponsible —  men who weren’t quite capable of committing to anything or anyone other than frivolous sex.

Now, we are ushering in Baby Daddy 2.0, where CEOs and politicians are joining the ranks of professional athletes and celebrities. Unprotected sex with the chick-on-the-side. What? At least they used to have the decency to have a “real” mid-life crisis and dump their wives first. Now, they just do whatever, with whomever, whenever. Maxwell said it best, “Whenever, wherever, whatever, baaabyyyyy.”

The “Dick Parsons” of the world are supposed to be “above” that type of risky behavior, building successful careers, marrying dynamic women and having families of their own. In addition, they are admired and able to lead because of their ability to make good and sound decisions in a myriad of spaces, which is why Parsons can head Time-Warner and then Citigroup. They are often held up as the “model” husband and father that men should emulate. Why in the world is there a steady stream of men that have “made it,” not only having mistresses, but impregnating them, particularly at this life stage and stage of the game, respectively?

Perhaps I am naive? I actually expect people who have “made it” and who are role models to conduct themselves as such. What makes them any different from Pookie and Ray Ray who have made children “out-of-wedlock?” I know. These men are actually married, which actually makes it worse. They have not only publicly humiliated themselves, but also their families. They are so smart, but not smart enough to wrap it up when cheating on their wives with a person much younger than they?

The Reverend,  US Presidential candidate and possible Presidential Cabinet member are out raw dogging it with the “mistress?” All of these men were old enough to have had vasectomies if indeed they wanted to minimize the risk of pregnancy, amongst other things (HIV, AIDS, Syphillis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, insert STD here). I thought about mentioning Mel Gibson, but since he’s certifiably crazy and hell-bent on self-destruction, we’ll leave him alone for now. Why do the others risk it all and at this age?

Yes, people are human and make mistakes, but the idea is that you get wiser as you get older.  I guess that’s not true either.  The saddest part of it all is that these men already have families with multiple children and they are the ones who will suffer the most.  I keep hearing that “a man is going to be a man.” If that is the case, get a vasectomy and spare your family the embarrassment. Perhaps it is this kind of thinking that allows us to set and maintain low standards in our relationships, such that men (and women) will continue publicly humiliating themselves and others in perpetuity.

*contributed to by Cindy Barnes-Thomas.