Friday, September 16, 2005

Freedom Center Firing Workers


We've all heard that the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a great success! Like so many stories run by the lazy, local, propaganda papers, though, the truth is much differnt than the reports.

Freedom Center trims $2 million, cuts jobs

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center said Friday it would reduce expenses by $2 million, freeze hiring, and cut 15 positions.

"All non-profits --- and the Freedom Center is no exception --- face increasing competition for financial support in Cincinnati and across the nation," said Freedom Center CEO Spencer Crew.

"In such an environment, efficient operations are critical. We are addressing that challenge by reducing expenses and expanding our fundraising and program development efforts as part of our strategic plan for 2006 and beyond."

The year-old museum will still have 83 employees, he said.

The museum had more than 280,000 visitors in its first year, exceeding its goals.

"Members are renewing at a strong rate, and advanced bookings for school and tour groups in the fall look very good," Crew said.
(source)

Like many of the numbers we've seen from the Slave Center, I think the attendence numbers presented here are misleading. How many of those 280,000 people actually paid to visit the Center? It might be time for the deceptive downtown cheerleaders to tell us all again just how fantastic and full of life downtown is. Be positive. Be positive. Be positive!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

What moron would want to see a damn slave pen?

I bet the school tours are about as popular as a trip to the dentist, or taking the state mandated acheivment tests.

Close the ugly dump down and make the buildng into a parking garage.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anon. It has nothing to do with Downtown in and of itself. It has everything to do with spending millions of dollars on a bullshit project to placate a bunch of thieving blacks who rioted in Downtown for lack of anything better to do that day. Once again, the unemployed, crack dealing, loud mouthed african americans call the shots and get the weak kneed white people to build them a monument. What a phenomenal waste of money.

whitey norwood redneck said...

i think the freedom center is something to be proud of, not just for cincinnati, but for the counties surrounding it. the underground railroad is one of the most noble things greater cincinnati did (if not the most noble), in american history. you cannot relate current history to it. the escaped slaves knew they had to come to cincinnati, or a few other cities to get their freedom. once they arrived here, they were hidden, until lincoln changed the laws about helping escaped slaves. do you think the slaves that came to cincinnati to be saved from slavery asked for restitution? no, they didn't, they were thankful and went on to be productive citizens. today, in cincinnati, people want restitution for slavery, what a joke, many of these people are not productive citizens, they live out of my wallet (welfair, government housing, foodstamps) because they think i owe it to them. i know why they want restitution, because they are greedy. that isn't the american spirit. i am an irish- american, my ancestors were treated like garbage in new york during the tameny hall days, yet, i don't ask for restitution. i was always told as a kid to forgive and forget, you can never forget slavery, but you have no choice to forgive. no american alive today owned a slave, i am not going to pay today, for slavery in the past either. my family was in poverty during the slave day's in america, they couldn't afford a slave. i worked hard for everything i have, to blame me for all of your problems are wrong. yet, every time i hear a black leader on television, they want me to pay more money in taxes to black people. after so many irish-americans died in 9/11 attacks, why didn't i ask for government money? because, i am an american that wants our country to succeed. the civil war is what made our country united, now it seems like we are fighting a bloodless battle to do the opposite.

zuleika dobson said...

What is UP with the "Underground Railroad Freedom Center" having *83* employees?? I highly doubt that even the new Contemporary Arts Center at 6th & Walnut has THAT many employees--and IT has a supposedly world-acclaimed BUILDING and programming!

It seems to me that the emphasis on "freedom" around the world was added as an after-thought to the URFC rather than being an original part of its focus or mission.

As I recall, after reading Spencer Crews' editorial in the Enquirer promoting the organization a couple of years ago, all I was struck by was what seemed to be the complete and total lack of preparation on the part of the planners.

Having visited the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. several years ago, I was indelibly impressed by the the sensitivity which was expressed in the exhibition of the most graphic examples of man's inhumanity to man, particularly in the concentration camps. The name of the museum completely and totally exemplified the focus of its exhibits.

Somehow, now, possibly by osmosis?? - the "Underground Railroad Freedom Center" is supposed to include "freedom" movments around the world, i.e. Solidarity in Poland, etc...

I am left to believe that there is no real vision and no real mission here.

A friend of mine, a Caucasian lady of German extraction, recently said to me: "I think it would be a wonderful thing if the accomplishments of African-Americans were included at the "Freedom Center", too--to show that there were important accomplishments, as well, and that they are respected by all of us today."

Anonymous said...

I wanted to see the museum, several times, but couldn't find where to park.

There are no signs to lead people to parking areas, at least I couldn't find any.

How hard is it for lazy Cincinnati to put up directional signs??????

Anonymous said...

How many of those 280,000 visitors were school chaildren?

the delegate said...

Just like ''whitey norwood redneck'', I think America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, is something to be proud of, not just for America, but for the nations surrounding it, especially Africa! Cincinnati, Ohio has done so far the greatest noble thing in America's history, by exposing the truth about America's early presidents like Jefferson.

No slavery can match or exceed that of America's. Slave girls like Betty (Sally Hemings' mother) was raped repeatedly day and night by the captain of the slaveship and his crew. As a matter of fact, it was the slaveship captain that raped and impregnated Betty.

An escaped slave by the name of Nat Turner knew that he had to murder white people who were a threat to his ''homeland security'' of freedom, from city to city. He would have even murdered president Lincoln (R.I.P.-Rest In Piss Lincoln) who didn't free the slaves with the ''Emancipation Proclamation''.

Lincoln just didn't want slavery everywhere. He didn't mind slavery in the north or south, just not everywhere. He, like Cincinnati councilmember John Cranley and others, wanted white people to have some areas free of ''n**gers''-a place that they could call home, but the south wanted slavery the way they wanted it, and not be dictated to by some northener! And this heated the fight!

When the jews (Poland)came to Cincinnati, Ohio, they oppressed, discriminated, and brutalized black people, raped little black girls and impregnated them, just like their fathers did the slaves here in America, Africa, Europe, and down in Australia. The jews told Cincinnatians that the people here in America owe them restitution for their hard labor around the world. And ever since then, America every year has given Israel Billions of dollars of black taxpayers money! Yes, Israel is living on welfare! Israel doesn't export, but they receive plenty of welfare, directional cards, vouchers, and gas tokens! No wonder blacks can't get reparation for the hard labor of their ancestors of slavery and the jim crow years, that's still going on now!

How dumb are the Irish? This is how dumb, the catholic priest, St. Patrick, tryed to explain to them the trinity of god. So the priest showed them a three leaf clover. The priest told them that even though the clover has three leaves, the three are joined as one. But, the dumb a** irish people took it to mean that the priest was saying that the three leaf green clover has mystical powers like a god. That's why the St. Patrick's day is symbolized by the green color and clover. Right now, in Ireland, there are irish people with ''n**ger'' blood and here in America there are ''n**gers'' with irish blood. Talk about the ''luck of the irish!''

When America and the jews learn to forgive and forget what happened to the jews in Germany, then America will be on its way to paying restitution to blacks.

Slavery still exist here in America today. Remember Dred Scott, the slave in was taken to a ''free'' state by his master, and according to Dred's knowledge that he is not a slave in a state that declared ''freedom'', but through tradition, he was declared a slave still even in an area during ''freedom''. Well, America is an area that declared ''freedom'', and the slaves were still slaves. Remember Ms Jane Pittman, a black woman, who was still treated as a slave, in the since that she could not have the same rights that white americans enjoyed. Oh sure, she was finally able to sip the water from the ''white only'' fountain, but that didn't mean that America was finish treating blacks as if they were slaves!

Look at it this way, ''redneck'', the big businesses, the so called ''justice'' system, the educational system, the housing programs, even H.U.D., still use racism against blacks!

So, who are blacks going to believe even today. America? George W. Bush? Or Martin Luther King the Third, who came to Cincinnati in August of 2003 and said at a gathering in Eden park (Mt. Adams) that 40 years later after the death of his father (Martin Luther King the Second) America continues to oppress, discriminate, and use brutality against black people? Martin Luther King the Third is the best,true, and right choice!

You know, redneck, blacks feel that they had nothing to do with what the Germans did to the jews, and so blacks, even to today and the future, should not be paying tax-money for the jews problems.

And I can see that you are a testimony to how dumb irish people are, when you didn't ask America's government to pay the irish-americans for reparations of the 9/11 attack caused by America's democratic party and republican party, who staged the whole event. But as usual, like down in New Orleans, America lied about its responsibility, just as they about murdering all those children on the Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Hold up. That's the same state that the black man named James Byrd Jr, was dragged to his death, its the same state that Bush raised his girls, Jenna and Barbara, to be alcoholics, drug addicts, and the sluttiest sluts that ever slut this America! I wonder how many black drug dealers did Bush kids ''do the damn thing'' with for drugs, ''redneck''? After all, you said that you're a hard working American and you want this country to succeed. Don't you know that this country can't succeed with Jenna and Barbara buying dope, keeping the medical costs high because of their very sexual active behaviors at parties? You should be outrage and call the prez on the hotline, and tell him, you shouldn't be held accountable for his kids sex and drug problems! So, stop being a dumb a** irish-american.

the delegate said...

By the way, Thomas Jefferson raped that little slave girl named, Sally Hemings, everyday, even though he was married to a white woman, who was dumber than dumb to let that go on, even after she knew about it. He even took her to France and raped her repeatedly and got her pregnant about 6 times. And his kids children are alive today!

Anonymous said...

Now I get it! 83 employees? What could they all do? Do they have a little theatre going on in there? Maybe they have a bunch of people play "slaves" where they cower in the slave pen in fear, so that visitors can get an idea of how it was back in the day.

They had good reason to cower in fear.

Most of the slaves coming to America from the Ivory Coast were the few suvivors of the cannibalistic tribal wars where murderous blacks killed, ate, or sold them into slavery to Dutch slave traders. (Today, murderous blacks from Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, just kill each other and float the bodies down the nearest river to the ocean like a bloody sewer while the UN stands by and lets it all happen)

Anonymous said...

Anton says:

Responding to the Delegate, Did you say "black tax money?"

That's a laugh! If it weren't for the NBA, there wouldn't be any black tax money at all. Or are you referring to the fact that aid to Isreal decreases the billions otherwise available for aid to dependant children, USDA Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI and Section 8?

Anonymous said...

Building this thing was nothing but an appeasement to rioting black idiots, much like Chamberlain giving away Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1928.

It was a stupid idea. The business model is bad. How many people will go in the first place? Even if you believe it is a lot, how many people will make a return visit? Not many.

Whats wrong with black America? Its welfare. How can you ever lift yourself up if you're used to getting everything you want for free (either throughh the goverment or through stealing).

This is not an indictment of all blacks. There are millions of hard-working blacks in America that I'm proud to have in my country. Its the lazy, welfare-taking, baby-producting parasites that disgust me.

Anonymous said...

It's unfair to blame blacks for the high illegitimacy and welfare rates. Before the "Great Society" blacks were only slightly above the national averages. But white liberals emasculated the black male by making him irrelevant to the black family through ADC. Black women with a lot of fatherless children made more on ADC than the fathers. So much for black males.

Anonymous said...

Delegate,

That was possibly the most racist anti jewish diatribe i have ever heard. Thanks for letting me know how you and others of your ilk feel. As a Jew who has employed black people over the years when no one else would. Kept open a business in the West End when most everyone else closed or moved after the riots. Heard racial taugnts and numerous petty crimes. I would just like to say go screw yourself.

the delegate said...

For Anton. Yor're such an idiot! History proves that before there was basketball teams here in America under the European rule, blacks had to pay taxes too, fool! Your own bible proves that. Haven't you read that Ceasar made everyone pay taxes, rich or poor, black or white.

And you can't deny that, numerically speaking, there are a huge number of white teenage pregnant girls on the welfare than there is black. If you had any sense to search before you speak, then you would have known that books like, ''The World Almanac'' is an excellent source of data.

Please, spare me your silliness! America has done and will do whatever for the jews to have billions of dollars, even if it means that America got to play the ''ho'' while Israel plays her big time pimp! Welfare to Israel doesn't decrease welfare for people in America who needs it.

What decreases welfare for people here in America is racism, greed for fame and power by political influence, and the great destruction of economy.

Let's not forget that even the U.S. military families are on welfare at this very moment. So you know what this says about the armed forces taking care of their own. THEY DON'T!!!

whitey norwood redneck said...

hi delegate, i am back. i think most of the people on this blog are not racist, like you are. i know what you think about the irish and the polish, what do you think about the people in cincinnati that kill, and steal from good law abiding citizens? i have not heard anything about this from you. my background is in repossession of items from a rental business. i have seen english woods, winton terrace, and the clark street/lynn street projects up close and personal. i have had my life threatened many times, by the people you try rise up against me. don't try to tell me that irish people are stupid. you are a racist piece of idiot trash. if you think the irish are stupid, maybe you ought to look at the people in the projects. they sit on their butts, collect my money, and believe what idiots like you spew out. the proof of how stupid you are is in the remark "americas democratic and republican party" staged 9/11. you are a freaking idiot. why would they do it? i guess a few of the people were black, and that is why it's their fault. you say irish-americans are so stupid, why don't you hear about irish-americans robbing, and killing their own kind. who's stupid, you are an idiot. i hope you are not offended, you piece of garbage.

whitey norwood redneck said...

i am sorry delegate, i didn't mean to put you down, it's not your fault you're stupid, you were just born that way. i will try to use smaller words for you, like racist, bigot, and terrorist. will this help you?

cincygrrl70 said...

I can't believe such moronic conversation! While the two of you are fighting with each other, the middle class is fading and the rich are getting even richer. One of the largest employers and institutions in this city (UC) is buying up and homogenizing the neighborhood it sits in (say goodbye to all the shops that made UC a college area) while people are over-analyzing the mayoral primary. "Proctor and God" is gobbling up companies and becoming an even larger global behemoth and two idiots posting on this board are both spewing racist rhetoric.
Wake up and educate yourselves! Read Studs Terkel's "Race" and read the interview with the former klansman. He hits the nail on the head. The powers that be who control the money in this world want the masses divided, fighting and frightened of one another. That way, the masses won't pay attention to what the powerful are up to and to what is really going on...

the delegate said...

To ''whitey redneck norwood'': I accept your apology. I hear about murders, rapes, robbery-especially of banks, beatings-like the ''good'' white boy, who beat the brains out of his brother in Hyde Park, and mass illegal drugs productions and dealings, that goes on all the time in white neighborhoods, especially poor white neighborhoods on the eastside. I hear it from people who were just born to gossip! And most of them are white! Can you believe that? Hell yeah!!

And why can't the irish catholics and irish protestants live together as civilized people, instead of like a group of wild blood-thirsty animals fighting against one another over beliefs? You see, that's how dumb irish people are. They let a little belief that differs from one another, and they ''believe'' that violent, murderous, physical conduct solves all problems. Please ''redneck'', telegram your people to unite and just live like their in ''Mr. Rogers'' neighborhood, since they for centuries have proven they can't handle beer drinking! I told you irish are dumb a** people!!

Cincinnati Change said...

2005 is the 40th year from 1965, when America recognized that since 1565 African Americans needed to have past wrongs addressed - slavery.

In 1565 the colony of Saint Augustine in Florida became the first permanent settlement in North America and included a number of African slaves.

What most people don't realize about their African American neighbors is that we are the result of a 400 year breeding experiment, that worked. For those who don’t know -slavery in America started in Florida in 1565

In this experiment the first 300 years the US government, when it was formed, had laws that keep blacks as uneducated as possible, except for those who built the infrastructure that whites used.

The custom was codified in many ways but a speech that was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712 says it best, in our minds at least. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach his methods to slave owners there. The term "lynching" is derived from his last name. The speech in whole is quoted here:

"Gentlemen. I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies, where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome's would envy us if my program is implemented.

As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we Cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasions. I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, You suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed.

Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I HAVE A FULL PROOF METHOD FOR CONTROLLING YOUR BLACK SLAVES. I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly IT WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 HUNDREDS YEARS[1792+300=2092].

My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I HAVE OUTLINED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES AMONG THE SLAVES; AND I TAKE THESE DIFFERENCES AND MAKE THEM BIGGER. I USE FEAR, DISTRUST AND ENVY FOR CONTROL PURPOSES. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them.

On top of my list is "AGE" but it's there only because it starts with an "A." The second is "COLOR" or shade, there is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZES OF PLANTATIONS, STATUS on plantations, ATTITUDE of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short.

Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you a outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST IS STRONGER THAN TRUST AND ENVY STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION. The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self refueling and self generating for HUNDREDS of years, maybe THOUSANDS.

Don't forget you must pitch the OLD black Male vs. the YOUNG black Male, and the YOUNG black Male against the OLD black male. You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE. And the MALE vs. the FEMALE.

You must also have you white servants and over- seers distrust all Blacks. But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. IF USED INTENSELY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL



This was the mostly white manner of the Spanish, British and American slavery in the Americas. It was a plan that has succeeded. Now we must address the results of the breakdown.


In this city we have the resources:


We, the residents of the city of Cincinnati, own a rails road that pays us $16M a year;

we own a water works system that is worth over $400M dollars;

we own the Blue Ash Airport and its 200 developable acres;

we are designated a Empowerment Zone with over $100M locked up in it;

our city has the ability to issue up to $300M in revenue bonds to create employment for its residents;

our city has the only fully vested pension fund for city workers in the state of Ohio, in a major city, some 2 billion dollars, that is not invested in real estate here rather 50% or more is in stock on the New York Stock Exchange, and;

we have a plan in development for using these and the other resources at our disposal including creating a new police force that would be accountable directly to the residents of the communities it serves and ending the boycott based on the five point agenda set forth in Dr. Daniels report Executive Summary and Recommendations http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/education/cincinnati/pdf/Cincinnati%20handouts.pdf and his Executive Summary and Recommendations both are adobe PDF files.



Lets use it and Change Cincinnati NOW.

the delegate said...

To anon who said that I spoke racist things. Are you an idiot? I don't care what America say.

It's impossible for black people in America to be racist, because they do not, as a whole, as white America does, have their own education system that they use to undereducate whites. They do not, as a whole, as white America does, have their own justice system in which after due process, they sentenced whites harsher. They do not, as a whole, as white America does, have their own housing programs or banks, which they can use to discriminate against whites from buying property. They do not, as a whole, like white America does, have a defense department to use to oppress and brutalize whites who ''step out of line''. These are examples of what racism is! You can not prove that I have encourage, promoted, supported, or even designed a system that has excluded whites from owning property, let alone other systems that whites used to oppress, discriminate, and brutalize blacks. So, cut your idiotic ''racist'' crappy talk!

By the way, just like I am black, and I speak against black, does that makes me racist and anti-black? No! If I speak out against a black man who killed a cop, and I call him a cop killer, does that makes me a racist? No! If I speak out against drug dealers, does that makes me racist? No! If I speak out against blacks who prostitute, does that make me a racist? No! So then, by the same token, I am a jew, and just because I speak out against jews, does that make me anti-jew? You can't tell me what does a jew look like from the sons of Jacob of the bible? Oh, you can tell me what a Polish person looks like! Just as the chimpanzee is a closer specie to humans than the orangutan, so am I closer to being one of Jacob's sons' child than the Polish person!

And for your info, the word ''jew'' came into existence around the 1600's, about the same time that the word ''negro'' came into existence. Think about that. The word ''jew'' around the same time of the word ''negro''. Is this telling us something. Yes! The Polish people took the place of the ''negro'' (the real people of Jacob's sons). And the polish people are the people who the media keeps portraying scandalously as, ''the people of God.'' I haven't got time to get real deep, cause it's a black thing that you thought I would never understand!

Kent said...

If the Freedon Center were having employees play slaves, they would have to do it in Black face. Most of the employees down there are White, which is particulary upsetting when you go down there for a Black event. I went to a Deltas' function down there this past February, and that's all I saw.

Anonymous said...

First...an excellent blog. My comment about the museum, besides it being a way to assuage the population when the stadia were built, is that it is the most glaring example of architectural irony--the path to freedom lies between two sports stadiums???

Anonymous said...

Delegate

Just a few comments:

1. The three leaf clover you refer to is in fact 'shamrock', our national symbol. A good resource can be found here..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamrock

2. St Patrick was not a catholic priest, he was in existance long before the catholic church existed. He came to Ireland in the 5th century AD, at that time Ireland was a pagan country.

3. Delegate, you have difficulty expressing yourself. You should go learn about Irish history, as you do not seem to be well educated. In fact, I'm not sure if you could find Ireland on a map. I am glad you are behind a PC wherever you are, you could be a danger to normal people. You should seek some help.

Slán agus beannacht go léir