Friday, July 30, 2010

Dear President Obama

We have three months before the mid-term elections and Fox News (not the media) but Fox News personalities are engaging in the divisive politics of race. As a nation we must not let Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh delegitimize your presidency by reducing you to the President of African-Americans or use race as a wedge issue to defeat the Democrats in November 2010.

With deep respect, support, and love Mr. President you need to address race relations in America. You can’t afford to wait any longer. I believe that you must be pro-active and lead on discussion on race.

You are the President of the United States of America. You have faithful represented all of us with great wisdom and poise. Therefore, I believe that you must once again look discrimination and racism in the face and not blink.

After leading us in an informed and honest discussion of race we can get back to the business of making history during the mid-term elections. We can make history by gaining more seats in both the House and the Senate. A feat that hasn’t happened in forty-three years.

Vera Richardson

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Productive but Challeging Week for President Obama

President Obama signing bill to grant unemployment American additition an extension of long-term unemployment benefits

July 23, 2010

Despite the Shirley Sherrod’s controversy started by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart and the Fox News Network with a manufactured reverse discrimination case our President had a very productive week. President Obama actions anddetermination to deliver on his campaign promises are making this country a more perfect nation for more Americans.

President Obama and the Democratic Party values everyone and all are welcome to our tent. Our Party and our President knows that all Americans regardless or race, color, or national origin are entitled to the pursuit of health, happiness, wealth, love, and spirituality. Additionally we believe that despite of our horrible racial past and the mistakes made by some during Shirley Sherrod’s unjust incident we must use the power of the ballot box to elected people in November 2010 that shares our beliefs.

 On behalf of the American people I would like to say Thank you Mr. President for your
leadership and for achieving your goal signing the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Thanks for fighting tireless to overcome the Republicans blockage of extending unemployment benefits to Americans who through no fault of their own find themselves without a paycheck.

 Vera Richardson

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Employment Discrimination and Retaliation Experience Still Hurts

On July 22, 2010, Shirley Sherrod recounted an incident of racism that occurred to her family in 1965. One definition of racism is that it usually denotes race-base violence, prejudice, discrimination, or oppression. Racism and discrimination are emotionally, financially, and spiritual very painful.

According to Sherrod her father was murdered by a white man who may or may not been associate with the Ku Klux Klan. In the 50’s and 60’s the KKK opposed the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation. In 1965 after her fathers murder members of the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross in front of her family home. Inside of home at the time of the Ku Klux Klan “visit” were her mother, three month old brother, and her sisters.

I cried and praise God after hearing Mrs. Sherrod’s painful history of racism is its ugliest form. I cried because it pained me relive my own racism experience with New York State Department of Correctional Services.  Lastly, I cried for Shirley Sherrod because she endured and survived so much pain caused by racism.
Video of my emotional reaction to Shirley Sherrod's unjust racial experience

I praise God because this woman has shown so much grace and forgiveness. I also praise God because I could see him using Sherrod to witness to this nation about our shameful racial past. A past that based on the actions of some people who are dangerously flirting with “taking our country back” to that era of pain, violence, hatred, and death for political gain.

Vera Richardson

Shirley Sherrod and Vera Richardson Two Black Females Unjustly Sacrificed by the Democratic Party

view my video on this topic

Shirley Sherrod and Vera Richardson are two middle aged African-American women who were unjust sacrificed by President Obama’s Administration and the Democratic Party for political gains.

An article on alleges that Shirley Sherrod a USDA federal employee was forced to resign by the President Obama’s White House staff. She resigned on Monday July 19, 2010.

In an interview today on Rick Sanchez’s program on CNN Ms. Sherrod alleges that her superior called her on the phone three times and informed her that she had to resign immediately. She was told that she had to resigns because Pres Obama staff didn’t want Glenn Beck to exploit the recent exposed tapes of her alleged reversed racial action. She is now having second thoughts and is speaking out about her perceived unjust resignation.

I know that our President who I admire greatly wants and needs to dismissed any appearances that he is treating any race especially African- Americans more favorable than any other race. I also know one of his political goals is for New York State to remain in the hands of the Democrats. Andrew Cuomo is seeking the office of governor of NYS in the 2010 election. He is the only Democratic candidate seeking the position. I don't think that Cuomo is fit to be the next governor of NYS.

I hope and pray that President Obama and/or his administration will not have double standard and request and accept the resignation of an African-American female for her alleged action(s) or lack of actions twenty-four years ago and not hold Democrats Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo, and Governor Paterson accountable for their staff and NYSDOCS and NYS Dept of Civil Service employees actions in my employment discrimination case 97-cv-818(E) filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Several months ago I mailed President Obama a copy of my book “A Case of Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Real or Imagined. (See uploaded picture of me at US post office). I mailed him a copy of my book because it contains proof that a State of New York agency that has a Civil Rights Bureau filed perjured declarations in a Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended case. I believe that by filing the perjured declarations that my constitutional rights were violated by Eliot Spitzer the former governor and attorney general of New York and Mike Russo, Assistant NYS Attorney General.

Upon information and belief Mike Russo is still employed in the Buffalo office of the Attorney General’s Office.

In my opinion Andrew Cuomo New York State’s current Attorney General is also guilty of fostering the acceptance of employment discrimination. My opinion is based on the fact that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that an employee investigate complaints allegation violation of the Act and that corrective action is taken to end the violation.

Although I have made Cuomo, NYS Governor Paterson, and Attorney General Eric Holder aware of Russo’s abuse of power and possible violation of my equal protection and due process right no one has taken any action to investigate my factual claims.

President Obama’s justice department and the EEOC need to aggressively enforce the current laws against discrimination and retaliation.

As the head of the Democratic Party President Obama needs to inform Governor Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that the filing of perjury declarations in an employment discrimination case is not acceptable behavior. Additionally, the Supreme Court in Albermale identified two distinct congressional purposes of Title VII. One of those purposes was “to make persons whole for injustices suffered on account of unlawful employment discrimination.” Albermale Paper Co. v Moody, 422 U.S. 418 (1975). In 2001 the United States Supreme Court refused to review my appeal. President Obama today is May 7, 2010, and I am still waiting for someone to make me whole.

New York State government (Gov Paterson, Andrew Cuomo, NYSDOCS and/or NYS Department of Civil Services) can make me whole by reversing the unjust denial of my disability retirement application, pay me back salary for the retaliatory failure of Albion CF staff to interview and/or reinstate me to the July 19, 1996, position of Supervisor of Inmate Grievance Program at Albion CF, and/or pay me the money that I demanded in my Title VII lawsuit.

Vera Richardson

Saturday, July 17, 2010

President Obama’s Vacation Haters Get Over It

Many who oppose the fact that an African-American is the President of the United States of America are complaining that Pres Obama and his beautiful family took a week-end vacation to Maine. They argue that he shouldn’t go on vacation during a crisis.

I believe that President Obama is entitled to this much needed vacation because he is one of the hardest working President in modern history. I question the motive(s) of those who would deny our president a few days of vacation time. What defines a crisis? Who will define a crisis?

Will Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and the minority leaders of both the Senate and House define what is a crisis and determine if the President of the United States of America can leave Washington DC to take a vacation? Did anyone question the number of vacation days former Pres Bush took off?

When the rules of the game change when a minority is in power or in a position of authority and the only thing different is the fact that the new person is a minority then race more than not is the reason for the change of the rules. If it was left up to the Right, racist, and some Republicans President Obama would never take the necessary time off that all Presidents before him enjoyed.

Get over it, he is the President of the US and he and his wonderful family need and will take vacations during his term(s) in office.

Vera Richardson

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Reject Glenn Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, and the Republican Party Use of Racial Divisive Election Tactics

Just like they did with Rev Wright Fox News appears to have started their racial tense programming for the 2010 election cycle. On July 7, 2010, Glenn Beck presented a personal and political attack based on race against the United State Justice Department during his show. On the same night Hannity continue the same theme on his one hour show.

It looks like Rush Limbaugh got the memo that included this racial political play book too. In an article published online on July 8, 2010, Limbaugh is quoted as saying “If Obama weren’t black, he’d be a tour guide in Honolulu or he’d be teaching Saul Alinsky constitutional law.”

AS a nation we must stand up and Reject Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and the Republican Party Use of Race Divisive Election Tactics. The American voters rejected the Republicans in 2006 and 2008. As registered voters were must again REJECT the Republicans candidates during the 2010 midterm elections.

Vera Richardson
Author of A Case of Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Real or Imagined