Oldest black college on verge of closing – will LeBron James wear a t-shirt about that?

For some of you this story will mean nothing — but to me it means a lot. I believe in honoring history, traditions and legacies. And I do believe in and support the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States.

My mother graduated from Ft. Valley State College in Georgia. My Aunt Brendalyn graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta. My Uncle Samuel Jerome graduated from Tennessee State University – I’ll never forget when Ed “Too Tall” Jones came to visit. My niece Chiquetta graduated from Florida A&M University.

As for me, well, I actually had a scholarship to Southern University in Louisiana but that sage and wise ol’ man, my dad, Buck West, decided that if I was to be an officer in the U.S. Army — I needed to attend school in an environment where I was in the minority so I would never be intimidated. And at the time, the University of Tennessee had one of the nation’s best Army ROTC programs – like I said, he was a wise man.

Yes, I have donated to the United Negro College Fund and will continue to do so — after all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. And I believe it’s my responsibility to give back to my black community and create better opportunities for the next generation.

So this story from Reuters disturbs me greatly, “The nation’s oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run universities, is on the verge of a financial meltdown that threatens its ability to continue operating, a state official said on Wednesday. Cheyney’s student body has shrunk by two-thirds, to about 1,000, since its 1983 peak, and its four-year graduation rate is just 9 percent.”

“A quarter of students never receive a degree, and student loan defaults are high. “Cheyney is in dire, dire, dire straits,” the state’s auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, said. The university has had a deficit for four of the last five years, growing to a cumulative $12.3 million shortfall as of June 30, 2013.”

“Cheyney’s fiscal problems – students who are unable to repay debt and increasing pension costs – were exacerbated by cutbacks in state higher education funding.”

What is disturbing to me is I don’t hear about Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson addressing this issue. There are no marches and grandstanding speeches addressing this travesty. Instead of Samuel L. Jackson making videos featuring an incendiary song, why not commit some of his millions to enable Cheyney University to keep its doors open?

Heck, instead of these black pro football players walking around with hands up and LeBron James and others wearing t-shirts quoting the words of a man with some 34 priors who was resisting arrest, why don’t they donate some of their millions and sponsor a scholarship for a deserving inner city child to get a quality education?

Where are the white liberal progressives who talk the talk about black social injustice? Of course those are the same voices who speak out against school vouchers, school choice, charter schools, and home schooling — basically any means by which black children can attain a better education instead of being relegated to a failing public school system, as promoted by the progressives best friends — the teachers unions.

As Reuters reports, “Cheyney, located in the Philadelphia suburb of the same name, was founded in 1837 after Quaker philanthropist Richard Humphreys bequeathed part of his estate to build a school to educate descendents of the African race, according to the university’s website. Its alumni include journalist Ed Bradley, state and U.S. elected officials, several National Football League players, a U.S. ambassador to South Africa, and Robert Bogle, chief executive of The Philadelphia Tribune. Cheyney “has done many good things since 1837,” interim university president Frank Pogue said in a statement. “We are doing many good things today, and we will do many good things in the coming years.”

I was just in Philadelphia this past week, and if there’s one thing the greater Philly-Camden NJ-Wilmington Delaware area needs, it’s a premier HBCU.

The not so well known truth is that many of the HBCUs were began by white abolitionists — yep, those mean pesky Republicans, you know, that party that was begun for one purpose, the eradication of slavery. We reported here on a scholarship provided by the infamous and oft-demonized Koch Brothers to the UNCF — and guess what happened? The UNCF was attacked by unions for accepting the monetary gift from the Koch Brothers Foundation — and who exactly are the mean uncaring folks?

Nothing would please me more than to have a group of conservatives take up the cause of Cheyney University, make it financially viable and develop a strategic program that offers scholarships to deserving kids in the inner city along the I-95 northern corridor. I’d love to see someone do something absolutely amazing and recreate Cheyney University as the first black free market constitutional conservative university.

And why couldn’t that happen at the nation’s oldest black college? I’d love to see Cheyney University grow to rival Hillsdale College or Northwood University, both in Michigan.

Let’s find a way to create a black university that focuses on developing and creating the next generation of black businessmen and women, economists, and marketing executives — truly a premier institution. A place of higher learning where black students are taught based on the three principles of Booker T. Washington — education, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance. There’s only one way we break the chains of the welfare nanny-state — an education based on constitutional conservative values.

Heck, I’d be honored one day to go there and be the Head of a Department of Political Science and Public Policy. And you can bet my former business professor wife Angela would love to head up a College of Business. Yep, here’s a great challenge conservatives can champion — progressive socialists of the left certainly won’t because they’re too busy out protesting, marching and attacking the police.

This is not a matter of self-imposed segregation — this is about taking a legacy, a tradition, and remaking it into something better in the 21st century. And just so you know, there are white students who attend HBCUs. It’s not about segregation, it’s about prioritization.

So let’s see if someone of vital means will find a way to make this idea that could change America come to fruition. And you know I must be serious if I’d offer myself and my wife to be on the faculty there, because I don’t like the cold!

Regardless, I hope someone from Cheyney University gets contact with me. Yep, it’s just that important, and it’s what Buck and Snooks would expect of their son.

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davedextradeur
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A waist is a terrible thing to mind!!!

Brendan
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waaah… stop focusing on issues I don’t like.
Typical diversionary reaction.
Who cares about this when we could be talking about that?

Rafael X
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Uhhh? What racism? Look over there.

Andy Martin
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Yep. Look at you and other ape lovers.

Andy Martin
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The shut the phukk up Brenda and go elsewhere. These NBA thugs do the hoodie crap or the stupid T-shirt crap yet they probably don’t even know about this story. Once a thug azz ape, ALWAYS a thug azz ape no matter how much money you have.

Rafael X
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Once a pig lover always a pig lover

Andy Martin
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I have no love for your mother.

Rafael X
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You already have a mouthful sucking all that pork sausage.

Andy Martin
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Talk nice about yer ho mammy, boy.

Brendan
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hahaha… I love the irony when you post racist comments on Allen West’s site.
Don’t worry.. .West won’t ban you.
He knows who his supporters are

Uncle Ruckus
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I said the exact same thing….he calls black people APES in every post and doesn’t have to worry about being banned….he is the type that allen west wants to attract!

Andy Martin
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Where’s the racism Brenda? If you support thug activity, you’re an ape luvin’ POS. And he won’t ban me because I am right. I call it like it is while YOU suck these animals off.

Brendan
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All your countless posts where you refer to black people as monkeys and apes.
Oh… and please stop sexually fantasizing about me.
It’s kind of weird

Andy Martin
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Wrong Brenda! The criminal thug azz blacks I call apes and animals. You like criminals Brenda? Keep sukkin ’em then punk. Invite them over to your house for the holidays.

Brendan
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Liar.
every black person you don’t like.. not just criminals… you call apes or monkeys… celebrities, politicians… not just street thugs.

Of course that you can’t tell the difference between an athlete in the NBA and a street thug… so they’re all apes, right?
You have called the First Family apes as well

Andy Martin
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Prove that Brenda……………….after you wipe the ape goo off your face.

If you take up for a phukkin thug then you are the same APE THUG HE was.

You’re damn right I call the Obama’s apes! [email protected] Barack with his race baiting crap and now piglet Mooshelle with her Target story. ANYONE who cries and whimpers for these thugs and APES are the same damn animal. You stupid POS bought the initial Brown lie and it went from there. You suffer from white guilt? Then keep it the phuk to yourself.

Brendan
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HAHAHA This is going to be fun. I Wrote that you don’t just call black thugs apes…. you call all blacks apes, including NBA players and the First Family. You angrily wrote back, demanding in one sentence that I prove it. And then just two sentences later you admitted that you called NBA players apes and the First Family apes too. So.. ummm… thanks for proving it for me genius. Oh and as usual you make wrong assumptions… I don’t support Michael Brown and I don’t think the police acted inappropriately with Michael Brown. Michael Brown was a thug whose… Read more »
Ethel Fattorusso
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I for one have to say that the grand jury in the Eric Garner case got it wrong 100% Not only should have that cop been indicted but the sergeant who was female and black did nothing to stop him from putting that hold on him-She was just as responsible so how come she wasn’t brought up on charges? Brendan u are right about Michael Brown it was only tragic because of his age but what he did was wrong and he paid for it with his life-I am from New York and am disgusted with this whole racist, racism… Read more »
Andy Martin
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[[ You angrily wrote back, demanding in one sentence that I prove it.

And then just two sentences later you admitted that you called NBA players apes and the First Family apes too.

So.. ummm… thanks for proving it for me genius. ]]

I missed the part where you allege that I called ALL BLACKS apes…………………..anuz.

Andy Martin
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[[ I Wrote that you don’t just call black thugs apes…. you call all blacks apes, ]]

And I asked you to prove that. My posts are searchable. Now prove your claim or keep talkin’ out of your azz. Your call ape lover.

Brendan
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All blacks you don’t like. I guess you think Allen West is one of the good ones. Your words speak for themselves and you’ve already proven it for me. But for fun… here’s a post of yours from just two days ago… “Sit the phuk down inbred. I post the way I do SPECIFICALLY for thugs/ape lovers and white guilters who don’t have the SAC to call these POS for what they are. Typical coward who all of a sudden wants to talk about my posting style as a diversion from his ape luvin’ hypocrisy. So what are YOU overcompensating… Read more »
Andy Martin
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Yes! All blacks I HATE are the scum I have already defined! And the post you cited proves my point. AND????????????

Brendan
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Yep… considering that you seem to hate most blacks, that doesn’t narrow it down.
for you, they are all apes, unless they share your politics… you know, the good ones, right?

Don’t worry though… someone who is genuinely racist has no idea they are.

Andy Martin
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[[ Yep… considering that you seem to hate most blacks, that doesn’t narrow it down. ]]

So you’re saying that most blacks are criminals? LOL you racist POS! YER BUSTED YOU LIBERAL PHUK! Thanks for fessing up libtard.

Brendan
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hahaha… nice try douchebag.
Unfortunately for you, most people that read this site actually have basic reading skills and are going to know exactly what I meant and see you for a liar.
You think all Democrats who are black are apes.
You, yourself, have made it clear that you think they all are

Andy Martin
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Give it a rest libscum. Your words speak for themself. You’re like any other librul. When push comes to shove, you inevitably ch!t all over blacks when pushed into a corner.

Uncle Ruckus
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GAME, SET and MATCH on this post!!! Great job Brendan

Andy Martin
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Good punk. Give him [?] a blow job.

Uncle Ruckus
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I ignore racist!!

Andy Martin
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You are a racist and suk the other ones off.

Brendan
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Still sexually fantasizing about me Andy?
I’m not interested in you so go troll someone elese

Andy Martin
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Whatsamatta Brenda? You a little sensitive this time of the month? I wasn’t posting to you.

Rex Suluwo
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So what do you call criminal whites? Swine??

Rafael X
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Bacon.

Andy Martin
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I call them any vile name in the book you like. They can die too. Anything else?

Uncle Ruckus
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Sorry but you are lying again…you do not call criminal whites ANYTHING! You are a racist

Andy Martin
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Wrong again Uncle Suckazz! Every time one of you ape lovers ask me what I call them, I tell you. Too bad you can’t muster up the nads to call apes for what they are though.

Able Sheppard
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So was the initial thug azz ape comment you made referencing
the thug NBA players wearing hoodies or criminals? And are you drawing a correlation
between the Blacks in the NBA and criminals? If so why? Does the hoodie do it?
What makes them criminal and worthy of the title thug azz apes?

Andy Martin
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If you defend thugs, you’re a thug. Now YOU tell me why the Heat players came out one night wearing hoodies in Trayvon’s memory.

Able Sheppard
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Because Trayvon was shot and killed by a man who claimed he
was standing his ground; the same ground Trayvon had the right to stand on as
well.

Russell Neefe
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Able . . . You are wrong about the ‘Stand Your Ground’ claim, that was the Media that claimed that. Zimmerman claim self defense and nothing more. He claimed Trayvon came back and jumped him, and the evidence supported that claim. Did Trayvon live at the Gated Community? NO. He was visiting someone that lived there. There were signs posted at the entrance of the ‘Gated Community’ stating there was a ‘Neighborhood Watch Program’. Trayvon did not have the ‘Right’ to circle back and jump a member of the ‘Neighborhood Watch Patrol’. If you have proof that Trayvon did not… Read more »
Able Sheppard
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A sign on a gate doesn’t absolve Zimmerman from the responsibility of identifying himself in that capacity.

Able Sheppard
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Zimmerman did not have the ‘Right’ to do more than watch. like the 911 operator, Zimmerman was not a member of the Police Department either. He was a wannabe.

Tom Greer
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Able, my old partner actually facilitated his ride along and he had some words about his perceptions about the job. He was constantly asking about what he could do and couldn’t do. Questions about concealed carry and brandishing the firearm. He told him concealed carry is just that. Showing your gun makes you the threat so don’t do it. His statements never made it to the jury. Like he told me, a not guilty verdict doesn’t mean you didn’t f up.

Russell Neefe
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Able Sheppard . . . Zimmerman was only trying to watch a person walking around the complex that had several breaking, and lost site of that person, and was checking to see where they had gone. Zimmerman was well within his duty to watch suspicious people in the complex. Martin is the one that violated the law by circling back and attacking ‘that cracker’ (Zimmerman). If you have proof that is not the way it happened, other than an edited tape by NBC. Why did you not provide it to the prosecutor during the trial? Zimmerman was a resident of… Read more »
Andy Martin
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Take it up with the courts thug punker. Your hatred of the court system is noted.

Rex Suluwo
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Noted… by a internet gangsta. lmao

Andy Martin
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Says the ape fister.

linjegu
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Trayvon was shot by a man on the ground getting his head bashed in by Trayvon. Have your own opinion, but don’t discount the facts

Able Sheppard
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Zimmerman, a man with a gun in his waist band who Trayvon did not know, who was following Trayvon, and who failed to id himself during the initial confrontation with Trayvon. All established during the trial as well.

Rafael X
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Trayvon should have banged harder.

Andy Martin
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Oh well. Guns beats ape.

Rex Suluwo
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APE beats swine.

Andy Martin
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Ape always loses.

Rex Suluwo
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Swine always gets eaten.

Andy Martin
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Apes always get shot.

Rex Suluwo
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See, and that’s why swine should never be kept as pets. Always oinking when they should just shut up and put that apple in the mouth. Mr. West your pet is oinking again. Great breed out 2050!

Andy Martin
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Dead apes punk. Ask the Brown family.

Andy Martin
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Keep killin’ apes if you want to fix this nation.

Russell Neefe
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Rafael X . . . You are a “RACIST”!!!!

Rafael X
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Dead people can’t go to school.

Andy Martin
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And often, people make themselves DEAD by their actions.

Andy Martin
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As you excuse your pet apes who deserve to die.

Uncle Ruckus
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You are truly a racist and do not understand why ALLEN WEST keeps you around…well…actually you are the type of person allen west wants around!

Andy Martin
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LOL! And he lets YOU RACE PIMPS hang around.

Philanthropussy
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West, why is it you look at others to do for you could be doing? Where’s the protest, marches, T shirts? How about, “if they’re not, how about me?” You complain about blacks and personal responsibility. How about taking responsibility yourself. YOU are the one who meets celebrities like Trump and Friends of Abe rich Hollywood types, speaks to political groups, appears on FOX. You are wasting an important platform.
As for the college, maybe it’s time to close, cut loses, get students at other places and not dump money into a situation that may not be worthwhile.

Uncle Ruckus
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I totally agree….its like the man goes out of his way to show how NON BLACK he actually is. It seems that he goes out of his way to show how BAD the black community is and how is is not willing to lift one finger to help the black community.
The man is asking what will Lebron do….how about what will HE do!! Such a DISGRACE!!!

JANUS
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How many NBA and NFL players support a HBC? About the same amount that live in the hood. Lebron and Kobe make $20mil a year, and all they do is ignore the plight HBCs and the thousands of blacks that aren’t lucky enough to get killed by a non-black.

Uncle Ruckus
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How about all those Black conservatives…mainly Allen West….how much has he donated?

Philanthropussy
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he tries hard not to offend and be a nonconfrontational black man.

Uncle Ruckus
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Nah….he tries to offend…BLACK PEOPLE that is!!

Andy Martin
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How about millionaires like Lebron throwing a few bucks at the school in trouble? Lemme guess, no ace pimping upside to it? But he’ll don a hoodie for TM while other ape lovers like Kobe put on the ‘can’t breathe’ t-shirt. Tell these pae lovers to put up some $$$.

Philanthropussy
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I bet there were plenty of white students there on minority scholarships,

Andy Martin
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Really moron? What planet do you live on?

Andy Martin
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And op-ed? Really?

Clifton
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You have no idea what your talking about. You know nothing about HBCUs. Andy from your posts you have a problem with black people yet you sniff West butt constantly, I guess he is the exception because he gives you more fuel for the fire with his twisted vision and ideas? Two sad people.

Andy Martin
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Listen real closely sperm burper. I have a HUGE problem with black criminals. I’m fed up with the crap excuses from white POS and blacks who alibi for their azz with the lie that they do it because they’re poor and therefore we have to ‘understand them’. Phuk that and phuk you. And I’m fed up with the ‘hands up, don;’t shoot’ cap as well as the ‘I can’t breathe’ bull. And while we’re at it, phuk the dumbphux who hacve nooooooooooo problem with the rioting, looting and burning. and definitely screw the double and triple standards where white on… Read more »
Uncle Ruckus
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Oh so you have a problem with black people expressing themselves?

Andy Martin
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Black criminals? Kill them.

Uncle Ruckus
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I’m sorry Andy….you are a LIAR!! But…typical keyboard commando….willing to say this behind a keyboard but wouldn’t dare to walk up to the first black man he see and call him a APE!

Andy Martin
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You still sukkin off apes? I’ve posted my home addy ape fellator. Come on up to my door with you favorite animal and lets see what happens.

Uncle Ruckus
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Sure u did! You know u can only say these things behind they keyboard. I bet you were beat up over and over again by black girls when u were in elementary school!

Andy Martin
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Well? Bring your ape azz over to my house and see what happens.

Uncle Ruckus
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I refuse to go to your moms house….once you grow up and move out…then we can talk

Andy Martin
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Mom passed in 1997. C’mon over and deal with it.

Uncle Ruckus
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Well DADS house

Andy Martin
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He’s dead too. Murdered in 1987.

Uncle Ruckus
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And you is what they created….sad little man u are! You should have been a brown stain that ran down your moms leg and left a stain on the sheets!

Andy Martin
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Too bad you haven’t had your head blown off yet. And I’ve got that pig mom of yours sukkin white pipe.

Clifton
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And your you ARE the weakest link!!!! IDIOT! You used a lot of words to say nothing.

Andy Martin
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Ya got a little Jesse on your chin.

Rafael X
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Lebron James supports 5 foundations, that’s 5 more than Allen West. How about the Col. puts his money where his mouth his?

JANUS
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Akron crime rate is sky high, Lebron doesn’t speak out about that does he.

Rafael X
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Lebron plays ball and shoots commercials.

JANUS
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His political expedient t-shirts are exactly it, a commercial about Lebron. Its all about building his brand.

Andy Martin
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LBJ stole our money in the name of uplifting blacks yet still called them niqquas. You’re point?

Rafael X
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Get out of the sixties.

Andy Martin
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Own up to you pappy’s legacy pimp.

majorwiblit
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happy holidays to all,, I see things haven’t changed much here,,,
“you know who” is acting dull and ignorant again,, as always
it must truly suc to be him…..

Andy Martin
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Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Clifton
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You said ” And I believe it’s my responsibility to give back to my black community and create better opportunities for the next generation.” If you truly believe this then you should shut up! do you ever read any of the comments, I would be ashamed that most of your followers are your followers. Every time you post something you give ammo to folks that don’t seem to care about anyone that does not look like them, if you think your the exception your mistaken. The best thing you could do is just stop talking you are doing way more… Read more »
bco67
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You make no sense! Stop talking because haters/trolls make comments? Have you visited any blog – trolls are everywhere. Allen West has the courage to stand up for his beliefs, that should be commended. People need to hear the truth even if they don’t agree with it. The difference between a conservative and a liberal, is that conservatives believe black people have the capability to succeed on their own, while liberals believe that they cannot without government assistance.

Clifton
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You need help. Allen West needs help. He will and has said any and everything negative about black people and all of it is negative. He does not speak any truth but I am sure you want to believe it is the truth. The only color this idiot is concerned with is the green he makes from suckers like you.

bco67
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Unlike you, Mr. West and I believe that African Americans are capable of making something of themselves. The democratic party believes that they cannot do anything without the Governments intervention.

Clifton
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That is a stupid comment, west does not give a frack about Africa Americans and you don’t either! The only time he or any of the people that support him have anything to say is when they can blame and have something negative to say. What kills me is that you think somehow that supporting a black person that hates other black people somehow makes you a good person. You follow an idiot like this because he is black and says the things you like to hear, “a black guys said it about other black people so it must be… Read more »
Uncle Ruckus
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I can’t agree with you more! You have Andy Martin here calling black people APES every chance he gets! These are the people that ALLEN wants to follow him. So we he said that its his responsibility to give back to the black community….don’t believe him! You never see him in the black community or speaking WELL of the black community.

Andy Martin
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Dumbphuk. You white guilting thug lovers have a real hard time with the truth.

Uncle Ruckus
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case in point!

Andy Martin
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Have you blown your local thug today?

ARETHEYNUTS
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Who are you talking to Krist Rozzelle-Grier? We love Allen West here. Nobody here mentions his race because WE DONT SEE IT. This is a conservitives site where everyone is welcome. Allen West is. Stand up, intelligent man, who worked hard to become the man he is today. We applause him for his conservitives, straight forward ideas. He would make a great sec of defense

Uncle Ruckus
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Everyone is welcomed here? You have a person here that calls people the N word and refer to black people as APES! Allen welcomes these types of people! Sorry but if this is a representation of conservatives….conservationism is surely LOST

JANUS
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The reason why NBA and NFL players of any caliber don’t do this is because they live in a media drivin’ world that only seeks to get attention on themself. Lebron hasn’t live in a black neighborhood since he went to the NBA..

PI by Nature
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It’s been a while since I have visited this site, but following the situation closely, Cheyney should have been closed 20 years ago. It is a shell of its former self and its academic standards have really gone down the drain. I can’t mourn the loss of a substandard college. On October 31, the Daily Caller ran this article about Cheyney: http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/31/affirmative-action-sought-for-historically-black-pa-college/ Another good college in the area could consider buying the intellectual property of Cheyney to continue the tradition, but this Cheyney needed to go. A nine percent graduation rate (the national average is close to 57 percent) is… Read more »