Picture of first sit-in August 13, 1960 and closed lunch counter. “It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!” More »

Civil Rights Marker in downtown Jacksonville-Hemming Park/Plaza. More »

With Stetson Kennedy and Wayne Greenhaw. More »

Members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP TODAY---with Marjorie Meeks Brown, Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau, Iona Godfrey King, Rometa Graham Porter, Isaac Carnes, Alton Yates. More »

With NAACP National Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins in 1960 when he spoke in Jacksonville at one of the NAACP Mass Meetings. More »

Receiving Bronze Medal as a Florida Book Awards Winner--with Wayne Wiegand. More »

With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson-Speaker at the 2009 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. More »

Speaker-City of Jacksonville Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast More »

With Dr. Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice...and the Speaker at the 2008 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Dr. Ogletree taught both Michelle Obama and President Obama at Harvard Law School. More »

Ruby Hurley and Ella Baker, two of 12 Civil Rights Icons immortalized in the 2009 USPS Stamp Issue-Civil Rights Pioneers. More »

Mrs. Ruby Hurley, Southeastern Regional Director NAACP and our 1960 NAACP Youth Council Surrogate Mother. More »

With Civil Rights Icon and Congressman John Lewis More »

With Morris Dees, Speaker at the 2011 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. More »

50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday with members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. From left...Issac Carnes, Marjorie Meeks Brown, Mary Chisholm Underwood, Iona Godfrey King, and Ann Albertie Hurst (yep my wife). In the rear of the Pulpit area at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church...from left...Ms. Adora Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference of Branches NAACP; Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy; Isaiah Rumlin, President of the Jacksonville Branch; and Bethel Senior Co-Pastor, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. More »

Jacksonville Branch NAACP 2012 Freedom Fund Dinner More »

With Dr. Jelani Cobb at the 98th ASALH Annual Convention in Jacksonville October 2-6, 2013. More »

Banquet Emcee at the 98th Convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Jacksonville, Florida October 5, 2013. Outstanding convention! More »

Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Speaker at the 2013 ASALH National Convention Banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. More »

My mother and President Jimmy Carter. More »

Dr. Robert Hayling, Me, and Charlie Cobb at the 2014 Florida Heritage Book Festival for our presentation on the Civil Rights/Freedom Summer Movement. More »

 

And You Sir Are A Racist.

This is a question and a comment from one of my White Facebook Friends…

—FBF Name— Mr. Hurst do you see everything thought (sic) black and white lenses?
***Rodney Lawrence Hurst Sr— Expand your question—FBF Name—. I think I know what you are saying. I would like to be sure before I respond.
—FBF Name—You sound like a bitter black man with and (sic) inferiority complex and fixated on black and white verses (sic) right and wrong.

My response…You are apparently another White expert on being me. I am glad you can ascertain I have an inferiority complex by my posts on Facebook. In this country many times Black and White is the instance of right and wrong. You are wrong, mistaken, wide of the mark and erroneous again. You are probably the typical White male used to talking with handerchief head niggers who cower when you ask them something or when you take a position. You have probably been that way all of your life, yet there are things your White Privilege will not let you see, and certainly will not let you acknowledge. First of all, I am not the one. Yet I have seen cowardly Whites like you all of my life.

I can tell you this…I KNOW you think you have Superiority Complex only because you are White and that is what you have been led to believe all of your life. You have been taught to dislike me based on the color of my skin no matter your station in life. That is White privilege coupled with your so-called superiority complex, and most Whites like you wear it well. But if you are so much superior to me, why did you have to past Jim Crow Laws and Segregate the races and create the American Institution of Racism? Does that show how superior you are? They are actions of a coward being shielded by a bullying crowd.You sir are a racist and a coward, and you don't even know it nor do you understand you do not even know. And for that I feel a little sorry for you…not much but some. And I got all of this from your comments.

Let me take YOU to school.
Racism is not simply personal prejudice/bigotry manifesting itself in the form of being unkind to someone on the basis of their skin color or calling them a derogatory name or even making one of your "cute" White Privilege comments. Racism is a system of oppression, one that creates a society of first- and second-class citizens by denying rights and access to resources to non-white people. Racism is a system of power created by and maintained through public policy. Racist rhetoric or action is anything that reinforces/upholds that system. So until the day comes when you no longer develop a deep seated hatred about me purely based on the color of my skin, don't tell me about being bitter. You assume many of us are bitter which is probably why YOUR police choose to shoot us rather than act as the law enforcement professionals they are hired to be. That is yet another instance of a racist with a badge asserting his White Privilege and life and death control over Blacks because he can. There is no more “race relations” or “conversations about race” or “racial issues/discrimination.” There is racism. We have to name it before we face it. And you my dear sir are a racist. You sound like one —ergo—you are. On yeah it is about Black and White. Many issues in America are about Black and White. I know them well.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

From juba to jitterbug to jookin: Black dance in America

Jitterbugs (V), by William H. Johnson

Jitterbugs (V) by William H. Johnson

This Excellent piece is by one of my favorite writers, Denise Oliver Velez for the Daily Kos web site Sunday Octoer 5, 2014.  I do not need to add a thing.


"Black Americans have made enormous contributions to what is known worldwide as "American culture"—in the arts, music, literature, sciences, cuisine, and style. One of those social arts is black dance:  

Africans brought their dances to North and South America, and the Caribbean Islands as slave labor starting in the 1500s. The dance styles of hundreds of African ethnic groups merged with European dances, forming the extension of the African aesthetic in the Americas. Dance has always been an integral part of daily life in Africa. In the Americas, it helped enslaved Africans connect with their homeland keeping their cultural traditions alive.

As before enslavement, Africans danced for special occasions, such as a birth or a marriage, or as a part of their daily activities and dance affirmed life and the outlook of a better future. African-Americans sang and danced while working as slaves, and as they converted to the religions of the Americas, they incorporated these traditions into these religions. Blacks who worked in the colonies of Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, and South America were given more freedom to dance than enslaved Blacks in North America. Many North American slave owners barred Africans from most forms of dancing. Africans found ways of getting around these prohibitions. For example, since lifting the feet was considered dancing, many dances included foot shuffling and hip and torso movement. Dances dominant through the 18th century included the ring shout or ring dance, the calenda, the chica, and the juba.

The dances of the plantation moved onto the stage through Minstrel shows, which introduced black dance to large audiences during the 1800s. As popular entertainment, both Blacks and whites performed them. Initially, Blacks appeared as caricatures that were often ridiculed, but they drew from their cultural traditions even as they made fun of themselves. In 1891, The Creole Show, a revue staged on Broadway introduced The Cakewalk, the first dance created by Blacks to become popular with the white population. Other black-influenced dance trends that followed were the Charleston, the Lindy Hop, the Jitterbug, and the Twist. The 1920s and 1930s were an especially fruitful time for black dance in the United States. During the Harlem Renaissance, similar innovations in theater, music, literature, and other arts accompanied African-American developments in dance. Black musical theater, derived from minstrel shows, continued to popularize and legitimize black dance traditions and black performers, as it had in the 19th century.


Black dance is as American as apple pie, and has become a global export in conjunction with black music.

Woodcut of Juba from The Illustrated London News, August 5, 1848

Master Juba


One of the earliest black dances in the new world was the juba. Though the name has not been traced exactly, Mo'juba in Yoruba is a series of prayers, and means "I give reverence to." The word mojo is also considered by some etymologists to be derived from this phrase. In West African traditions, prayer and dance were linked.  

The Juba dance:


The Juba dance was originally from West Africa. It became an African-American plantation dance that was performed by slaves during their gatherings when no rhythm instruments were allowed due to fear of secret codes hidden in the drumming. The sounds were also used just as Yoruba and Haitian talking drums were used to communicate. The dance was performed in Dutch Guiana, the Caribbean, and the southern United States.

Later in the mid-19th century, music and lyrics were added, and there were public performances of the dance. Its popularization may have indirectly influenced the development of modern Tap dance. The most famous Juba dancer was William Henry Lane, or Master Juba, one of the first black performers in the United States. It was often danced in minstrel shows, and is mentioned in songs such as "Christy's New Song" and "Juba", the latter by Nathaniel Dett.


The McIntosh County Shouters have preserved and passed down the traditional Gullah-Geechie Ring Shout dance:

The ring shout developed out of the collision of West African spiritual practice with the Protestantism of the British colonies, essentially as a cultural response of slaves to the dry, movement-less worship practices of the slave owners. But the songs of the ring shout are in a style distinct from the more familiar American “spirituals.” Historians and musicologists presumed that the ring shout had died out completely until it was “rediscovered” in 1980 as being alive and well in McIntosh County.

Here is a short clip from a Library of Congress concert:



Efforts to repress slaves from dancing and drumming in America were harsh from the beginning:


When first brought to North America during the 1600s and 1700s, slaves from the West coast of Africa used drums to communicate with each other in much the same way as they did at home, sending coded rhythmic messages over long distances, which the Europeans could not understand.  In this way slaves held in different encampments could stay in contact, and rebellion could be planned.  But after some time the masters realized that the drums could talk:  

"…it is absolutely necessary to the safety of this Province, that all due care be taken to restrain Negroes from using or keeping of drums, which may call together or give sign or notice to one another of their wicked designs and purposes."  - Slave Code of South Carolina, Article 36 (1740)

Starting on the plantations of the Carolinas and Georgia, this ban soon spread nearly everywhere.  Without drums, slaves used whatever was around to make beats: spoons, washboards, furniture, and their own bodies with hand-clapping, drumming on various surfaces of the body (Patting Juba), and foot-stomping and shuffling (Ring Shout).  "It always rouses my imagination," wrote Lydia Parrish of the Georgia Sea Islands in 1942, "to see the way in which the McIntosh County 'shouters' tap their heels on the resonant floor to imitate the beat of the drum their forebears were not allowed to have." These earlier practices are also the origin of modern forms such as tap dancing.

Whites, in spite of the bans, quickly appropriated black dance and music—getting rich in the process—while at the same time denigrating the source. Racist stereotypes were the norm. Consider the minstrel show:

"Oliver Scott's Refined Negro Minstrels a happy lot of funny coons in myriad acts entrancing, new jokes and gags by black buffoons, the best of songs and dancing."

Racist Minstrel Show poster

Minstrel shows developed in the 1840s and continued to gain in popularity throughout the nineteenth century. These stage shows often featured white men, who blackened their faces with burnt cork and other compounds, lampooning African Americans. The shows were popular with both white and African American audiences. Despite the stereotypical nature of these shows, in many cases it was the first opportunity for African Americans to perform professionally. The African Americans who were a part of such shows often also appeared in blackface, to ensure that all actors were “black” enough…

Minstrel shows, through plays, jokes, and musical numbers including songs and dances, relied on the exploitation of African American stereotypes and presented racist images of black people as unintelligent, as well as displaying a sentimental view of the world of plantation slavery. This poster for Oliver Scott's Refined Negro Minstrels depicts many of the stereotypes that were standards for the minstrel shows, including Toms, Mammies, Coons, and Pickaninnies, all of which portrayed African Americans as comic sources of amusement. For generations these remained the standard stereotypes of African Americans in film, radio, and television.

While minstrel shows, and then vaudeville, were entertainment for the masses, the newly developing "modern dance" art form, sparked by white dancer Ruth St. Denis, was being adopted and changed by black dancers and choreographers. First and foremost was Edna Guy, who launched Katherine Dunham. During the same period, Asadata Dafora arrived in the U.S. from Sierra Leone, and black American modern dance would have a fresh injection of African movement. At the link, you can see one of the most famous dances he choreographed, the Ostrich.

One the best known contemporary modern dance pieces is Alvin Ailey's Revelations ("Revelations tells the story of African-American faith and tenacity from slavery to freedom through a suite of dances set to spirituals and blues music.").


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performs legendary Alvin Ailey's Revelations in Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performs Revelations


Black dance as a performing art on dance-stage venues took many decades to garner national and international acceptance. The most in-depth television documentary to date on black modern dance was the series produced by PBS, Free To Dance:

"Without the African contribution, we would not have had American dance as we know it," says author Katrina Hazzard Donald.

In three one-hour programs, FREE TO DANCE chronicles the crucial role that African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Through first-person accounts by dancers and witnesses, the series documents how African-derived movement and other forms of dance were fused to make modern dance so distinctively American. Landmark dance masterpieces by African-American choreographers were filmed expressly for the series and woven throughout the historical narrative. They include the work of Katherine Dunham ("Barrelhouse Blues"), Pearl Primus ("Strange Fruit"), Donald McKayle ("Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder"), Talley Beatty ("Mourner's Bench"), Bill T. Jones ("D-Man in the Water"), Alvin Ailey ("Revelations"), and many others.


A description of each episode is available on PBS' website. The entire series has been posted to YouTube.

Most audiences, black and white, were not attending art dance performances. On the popular stage, and in film, out of juba came tap.

1900-1920: The Birth of Tap:

The term "tap" came into popular use as late as 1902. In the 1800s, the dance had been referred to as "buck-and-wing," "buck dancing," or "flat-footed dancing." Metal taps attached to shoe bottoms weren't commonly used until after 1910. Before then, most shoes were made of leather uppers and wooden soles, while others had hobnails or pennies pounded into the toe and heel.

With the rise of vaudeville, traveling black road shows and Broadway revues, more and more opportunities for tap dancers opened up. Still, racism was prevalent, and black and white performers usually danced on different theatrical circuits and for segregated audiences.

The most famous black tap dancer was Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, whose career spanned decades. Some of the other supreme tappers can be seen in this tribute at the Kennedy Center to Sammy Davis Jr:

Tap dancers performing in tribute to Sammy are 1 & 2) The Nicholas Brothers (Harold & Fayard), 3) Chuck Green, 4) Jimmy Slyde, and 5) 'Sandman' Sims.

Tap evolved out of cross-cultural contact between African Americans and Irish indentured immigrants, who had their own dance form—step dancing and clog. One of my favorite dance performances is this contemporary piece in River Dance:

While black dance may now be accepted worldwide as an art form or as stage entertainment, it is still—first and foremost—a social formation. My parents danced the lindy hop and went out jitterbugging in segregated ballrooms. My dad spent time on the West Coast and wore a zoot suit, as did young Mexican-Americans he met there, who were immortalized in Luis Valdez' Broadway play, Zoot Suit, starring Edward James Olmos detailing the lives of the "pachucos" and the time of the Zoot Suit Riots.


Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint, Saturday evening, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi, Marion Post Wolcott photographer Library of Congress U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs

Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint,
Saturday evening, outside Clarksdale, Mississippi,



Book Cover: Jookin' The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture, by Katrina Hazzard-Gordon

Jookin':The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture by Katrina Hazzard-Gordon:

Katrina Hazzard-Gordon offers the first analysis of the development of the jook—an underground cultural institution created by the black working class—together with other dance arenas in African-American culture. Beginning with the effects of African slaves’ middle passage experience on their traditional dances, she traces the unique and virtually autonomous dance culture that developed in the rural South. Like the blues, these secular dance forms and institutions were brought north and urbanized by migrating blacks. In northern cities, some aspects of black dance became integrated into white culture and commercialized. Focusing on ten African-American dance arenas from the period of enslavement to the mid-twentieth century, this book explores the jooks, honky-tonks, rent parties, and after-hours joints as well as the licensed membership clubs, dance halls, cabarets, and the dances of the black elite.

Jook houses emerged during the Reconstruction era and can be viewed as a cultural response to freedom. In the jook, Hazzard-Gordon explains, an immeasurable amount of core black culture including food, language, community fellowship, mate selection, music, and dance found a sanctuary of expression when no other secular institution flourished among the folk. The jook and its various derivative forms have provided both entertainment and an economic alternative (such as illegal lotteries and numbers) to people excluded from the dominant economy. Dances like the Charleston, shimmy, snake hips, funky butt, twist, and slow drag originated in the jooks; some can be traced back to Africa.


Today jookin, Memphis Jookin, or Gangsta' Walking is associated with the meteoric rise to fame of Lil Buck Clayton. His improv dance performance with Yo Yo Ma has well over 2 million views on YouTube:

The New York Times featured him in A Man in Constant Motion: Lil Buck Expands Jookin’s World:

The audience, well-heeled local arts patrons, had probably come for Yo-Yo Ma, also on the evening’s program, not the lithe young man with the mien and facial hair of a teenager, in high-tops and baseball cap. They gasped when Lil Buck accomplished a signature move, gliding smoothly across the floor as if levitating. He moved so that the notes seemed to vibrate up his body, his sneakers squeaking as he pirouetted.
“I think he’s a genius,” Mr. Ma said after the show. A video of their duet to Camille Saint-Saëns’s “The Swan” went viral in 2011; they have since performed it around the world — “one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Mr. Ma said.

He has been featured in Vogue, performed in China, and recently did a special TedTalk Teen performance:

From the East Coast, similar elements from jookin are found in flex, shown in the video below:

Students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have also made major contributions to the black dance tradition, explored by Jacqui Malone in Steppin' on the Blues:

Book cover.  Steppin' on the Blues, by Jacqui Malone


It's impossible to think of the heritage of music and dance in the United States without the invaluable contributions of African Americans. Those art forms have been touched by the genius of African American culture and have helped this nation take its important and unique place in the pantheon of world art.

Steppin' on the Blues explores not only the meaning of dance in African American life but also the ways in which music, song, and dance are interrelated in African American culture. Dance as it has emanated from the black community is a pervasive, vital, and distinctive form of expression–its movements speak eloquently of African American values and aesthetics. Beyond that it has been, finally, one of the most important means of cultural survival.

Former dancer Jacqui Malone throws a fresh spotlight on the cultural history of black dance, the Africanisms that have influenced it, and the significant role that vocal harmony groups, black college and university marching bands, and black sorority and fraternity stepping teams have played in the evolution of dance in African American life. From the cakewalk to the development of jazz dance and jazz music, all Americans can take pride in the vitality, dynamism, drama, joy, and uncommon singularity with which African American dance has gifted the world.

Though baseball is still considered to be the all-American sport, football has eclipsed it in popularity. African-American dance rhythms, grafted onto marching band precision, have become a popular part of half-time performances across the U.S. Some historians trace their history back to colonial times, documented in A Brief History of African American Marching Bands.

As a kid, living on the campus of Southern University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1957, I was a baby majorette, and couldn't wait until our school played schools like Florida A&M or Grambling. I had no interest in the football game. I couldn't wait to see the bands!

HBCU marching bands were featured at both Bill Clinton's and Barack Obama's inaugurations.

Another feature of HBCU's is black fraternity and sorority Stepping:

Stepping has often been compared to the South African Gumboot Dance.

During my growing-up years, in the '50s and '60s, I listened to R&B and "soul" music on the radio, and though Dick Clark's American Bandstand was on the television, broadcast out of Philly, it was a pale reflection of the dances being generated in black urban centers across the nation. The showcased dancers on American Bandstand were white. The few black teens who were on the show danced off in a corner of the studio.

During that era there was an explosion of dances, like the Twist, the Bop, the Shing-a-Ling, the Watusi, the Monkey, the Mashed Potato, the Jerk … hundreds of dances created in response to popular R&B tunes. Every summer I headed to Philly to learn the latest and bring them back to friends in New York.  

By the 1970s, televised social dance was no longer the sole purview of Dick Clark, when Soul Train hit the airwaves:

Soul Train is an American musical variety television program, which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer. A weekly feature was the line dance.

Soul Train Line: Give It To Me Baby Rick James:

The powerhouse of R&B was Motown, and Motown groups were known not only for their music, but the fancy footwork that was part of the show. The house choreographer for Motown was Cholly Atkins, who you can see here rehearsing the Temptations. The youthful Jackson 5 captured the imagination of listeners and viewers around the world, propelling Michael Jackson to international fame, and the moonwalk became part of dance history.

Jackson credited Jeffrey Daniel, a former Soul Train dancer, with teaching him to moonwalk. Other super soul stars were known for their dance moves, among them Jackie Wilson and, of course, James Brown.  

Also in the '70s, with the rise of disco dancing, the intersections between the Puerto Rican and African-American community in New York City created a new fusion,The Latin Hustle.

This was an extension of the development of salsa, Afro-Cuban music that migrated to New York, and was transformed by Puerto Ricans and danced by Latinos, blacks and whites, in parks, at block parties, and in nightclubs.

From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale:

From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale is an hour-long documentary that tells a story about the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York salsa sound; continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood but not the creative spirit of its people; chronicling the rise of hip hop from the ashes; and ending with reflections on the power of the neighborhood's music to ensure the survival of several generations of its residents, and, in the process, take the world's pop culture by storm.

Segueing into hip-hop and breaking, one of the many documentaries about the genesis of b-boys is The Freshest Kids.

(Full documentary can be found here.)

Of course, not all black dancers seek entry into the world of black dance. Like young dancers the world over, many aspire to ballet. Yet, despite the fact that a few black dancers have been allowed into elite companies—most notably male dancers like Arthur Mitchell, who moved on from the New York Ballet to form the Dance Theatre of Harlem with Karel Shook, and more recently, Misty Copeland—the barriers of racism are still there.

BLACK BALLERINA, a feature length documentary-in-progress, is a story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. In 2014, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas. Do they find that the color of ballet has changed? If so, how? If not, why?

BLACK BALLERINA uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers in a subject that reaches far outside the art world. Through broadcast and a comprehensive educational and community outreach initiative, BLACK BALLERINA compels viewers to think about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.

Langston Hughes wrote:

Dream Variations

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me-
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening…
A tall, slim tree…
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.

And Alvin Ailey once said, "Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people."

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

VICTORY? I THINK NOT.

I am loathe to consider the guilty verdict in the Jordan Davis case a victory. Victory implies someone won something, and no one won a thing. The guilty verdict today is justice served although it is also justice delayed since it took a do-over to get the verdict right. I understand we have a need to celebrate what we might consider a victory because, whether we want to admit it or not, the Racist Justice system is stacked against Blacks. Always has been and always will be. Yet we should not have to celebrate the justice system finally recognizing a racist murder whether they call it racist or not, and delivering the appropriate comeuppance. The Appropriate First Degree Murder verdict only gives some closure…not much… to Jordan Davis' Parents.

The verdict today for all intents and purposes is a political verdict. Political verdict because 1) the community et al demanded the second trial after the White Jury in the First Trial would not get the First Degree Murder verdict right; 2) It gave the State Attorney's office "a second bite of the apple" after "blowing it the first time"; 3) Dunn was already looking at 60 years and more years on his sentence did not make a difference in his ever getting out of jail; 4) It was another instance of an adult killing an unarmed child; 5) it was a social media identified and recognized obvious racist murder.

This was a senseless murder but not because of loud music. This was a senseless murder because of Core Racist Attitudes. A murder which allowed a racist with malice aforethought simply get his gun and kill a Black unarmed youngster. A murder which cost us a doctor or lawyer or a college president. A murder which cost us a future good father and a future good husband and a good son. Unfortunately there are other Trayvon Martin/Jordan Davis/Michael Brown Racist murders in the future, as there were Emmett Till/Johnnie Mae Chappell/Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins Racist murders in the past, all who lost their lives simply because they were Black. We just have to understand justice served for a racist murder is not a victory.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Disgusting!

What is disgusting about the Jordan Davis Murder Trial is that Michael Dunn is yet another White Male….just like in the Trayvon Martin Murder Trial with Zimmerman, The Murderer, and other instances…who knows all he has to do is simply LIE and misrepresent what was said and what happened. It is his word against a dead Black victim. Where did we see that before? He knows at the very least a White Jury will ALWAYS have second and third thoughts before convicting a White male of killing a Black male irrespective of the circumstances. He also knows since his victim is Black and dead, he can say anything he wants to say. He can also even shed a few fake tears. He also knows at least one of the White jurors will believe him. And he knows he can use the Age Old Excuse …"He was Black. He threatened me. I was in fear of my life."

In the Jordan Davis Murder Trial, I would love to see justice really served with a guilty verdict but I am not holding my breath. But I guess we can hope. But remember and more importantly, this is a second trial…a second time … to get it right. The first White Jury could not get it right. Yet no matter what verdict this jury brings, it will not give me any assurances about Justice in an American Court for anyone Black. The media and especially the local media is such a joke covering these "publicity events". They treat the seriousness of murder and the taking of a Black life like a wedding gala in Hollywood with "experts" talking about who wore what…how they looked..and what both sides had to say. It is a TV ratings boost to see who had the "best coverage."

If Jordan and his friends were White, we would not have this conversation. We would not have this TV spectacle. Since the State Attorney did not say it in the Trayvon Martin Murder …and has not said it in the Jordan Davis Murder Trial …and apparently will not say it, let me say it. Michael Dunn killed Jordan Davis for only one reason…because he was Black. Finally, this is a racist murder and a hate crime. It is called Racism.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Sunday Morning Garbage

I wonder who are on Sunday Morning Talk Shows this morning (September 28, 2014) and what are they talking about? I asked myself even though I do not usually watch these septic tanks.

I tuned in and was not disappointed. Same Old S%^$…Racist White People talking about Black people. This time instead of President Obama, they were collectively giving THEIR opinion Eric Holder was not a good Attorney General; in fact one of the irritating Blabbers even said he was terrible. Of course, these same empty talking heads probably hope the South will rise again…Slavery is good…and the Ku Klux Klan is simply a social organization.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Eliminate Racism

At a Question and Answer and Comments Session (after a presentation) recently at a TWI (Traditional White Institution)…

College Student who is Black: Mr. Hurst, me and some of my friends (both Black and White in the room) are a bit of uncomfortable with your references to Racism.

Me: Good. I think by your comments you know nothing I said is made up. Are you uncomfortable with what I said or the fact that Racism exists? Racism IS, and will not cease to exist until YOU and some of your friends decide to do something about it, no matter how long it takes. Eliminate Racism and no more uncomfortable feelings.

Next question or comment?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

BLACK VOTES MATTER

Referencing an article from LAST YEAR…link below….
"The increase in Black turnout was driven in significant part by more votes from Black women. The increase in black turnout seemed to stem from both energized voters and a successful voter-mobilization effort by the Obama campaign and civil rights groups. Many black voters were motivated not only to protect the president, political organizers said, but also to demonstrate their own right to vote."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/us/politics/rate-of-black-voters-surpassed-that-for-whites-in-2012.html?_r=0

My Words….
Guess what? We are still protecting the President!
*No matter how much the Lamestream media and polls try to orchestrate the midterms this year, BLACK VOTES MATTER!
*No matter how much the Lamestream media and polls try to tell you which Republicant seat is safe, BLACK VOTES MATTER!
*No matter how much the Lamestream media and polls try to tell you we could have a Republicant Senate, BLACK VOTES MATTER!
*No matter how much the Lamestream media try to tell you with a Republicant Senate President Obama WILL BE IMPEACHED, BLACK VOTES MATTER!
*Just remember there is one Basic reason why White Republicant Elected Officials pass Voter Suppression laws throughout this country…why White Racist Wealthy Republicants contribute Big Time Money to elect Racist Republicants to public office…why those same White Racist Wealthy Republicant contribute money to organization including the Racist NRA to keep Blacks from voting…why suits are filed by state officials and White Racist organizations to maintain the pre-Civil Rights bill status quo… why White Racists work overtime to intimidate Blacks AT the polling place…Because they ALL know …. BLACK VOTES MATTER. Tell Somebody!!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

LET’S CUT THE BULL!!!

Many people, Blacks especially, who are now so upset because Adrian Peterson spanked his child with a switch, have short memories. I have heard and read the so-called academic experts and child psychologists and medical professionals talk about what a horrific thing it is to spank a child. Maybe and maybe not. Spankings were a part of the culture in the Black community. Note I said it was a part of our culture.

In fact, our parents would use the switch on the “meaty” portions of your legs or arms to make sure you felt it. Some parents even made you take off your clothes when you got “your whipping”. And some of you are also aghast at the welts on the child’s skin. Glory be!!

As the welts healed, you remembered whatever you did to get those welts. I got spankings too, not many but I got them. Now I do not expect Whites to understand Black culture. I do not understand White culture, yet culture is still culture.

I am sure there are professionals who look at this “whipping” cultural phenomenon in the Black community and with 20/20 vision analyze the whats, the whys, and the wherefores. Bottom line, Black did not consider it child abuse, and it was not considered child abuse. Bill Cosby has a perpetual funny line in his routines when he reacted to his son or daughter saying something he did not think his son or daughter should say to him and his response was…”I brought you in this world. I can take you out of this world.” Now no one feels Bill Cosby would kill his child but his point was… “Do Not Get Too Grown. It will come in due time.”

I saw this headline on a website…”Adrian Peterson's "Switch" Worse Than Ray Rice's Fist For NFL's Public Image”. Really? Says who? Child abuse is serious. But the question remains, is spanking your child abuse? Maybe when we cross cultural lines it is. But in years past, it was not considered child abuse in the Black Community.

Isn't it interesting how the conversation has changed from the NFL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball doing the right thing and not showing their racist tendencies "in public"? So instead of White Wealthy Owners et al shown as the poster boys for racism, Blacks are now shown as the poster boys for abuse. Amazing!

BTW—Speaking of the NFL and Ray Rice and understanding culture and doing the right thing, all of the females hired by the NFL to deal with “social responsibility”— remember those words—Lisa Friel, a former prosecutor; Jane Randel, who founded NO MORE, an organization combating domestic violence; Rita Smith, the former head of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Anna Isaacson, the current NFL community affairs vice president, named the new vice president of social responsibility …..are White Females.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Race is Always an Issue.

Why ask the rhetorical question, Is race an issue? Race is always an issue. When you read this article, the only difference is a video. Yet as much America would like to, you cannot heap the entirety of spousal/domestic abuse on Ray Rice. He was wrong many times over. Period end of story. But he should not be the scapegoat for domestic violence in America. He is guilty but this article is a clear example of why skin color matters. And please, let us not forget about Marissa Alexander, and she was defending herself.

When Blacks are wrong, we are held up as White Society's example of egregious behavior.

When Whites are wrong, there are always extenuating circumstances. Once again White America only points a finger at Black America when it is convenient. In fact, like I have posted previously, White America points to Black America to shield themselves from a societal problem, and grievous guilt. Black America becomes the perpetrator and the victim all at once.

Slavery was not America's fault, it was Africa's fault.

Whites are discriminated against today —Reverse discrimination— because of Affirmative Action.

Whites are discriminated today more than Blacks (because Whites say they are).

Trayvon Martin would still be alive today, if he had not worn the hoodie. Jordan Davis would be alive, if he had not played the music, Michael Brown would be alive if he were not Black and looking menacing. Dr. Martin Luther King would be alive today had he not "meddled" in issues outside of civil rights, and even that was too much. The 3 civil rights workers would still be alive today had they not gone to Mississippi.

White America is never at fault. And most of White America go along with this charade…especially the Racist-A$$ Media… 1) Because they do not know any better, 2) Because they do not want to know any better, 3) Because they do not give a damn if you know they do not give a damn, 4) Because it takes the explanatory burden off of them, 5) Because it works for them, 6) All Of The Above.

So when you read this article below, don't ask why. You Know Why!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/09/10/judge-arrested-in-wifes-beating-gets-slap-on-the-wrist-in-plea-deal/

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

FREEDOM IS FREEDOM

Today is a day many will stop and pause and contemplate Freedom.

If a person was killed fighting for or defending this country, you would consider them a Hero. Of course those killed on September 11, 2001  represented Freedom in a country ostensibly founded on Freedom. While we commemorate the deaths of those –Heroes All– who were killed on 9/11 as Americans, let us also remember those who were killed during the Civil Rights Movement and the Freedom Movement — by Americans. They were also Heroes as they fought for Freedom.

On the Civil Rights Memorial are inscribed the names of individuals who lost their lives in the struggle for Freedom during the modern Civil Rights Movement – 1954 to 1968. However, many of us take the modern Civil Rights Movement back to a time prior to 1954. The martyrs include activists who were targeted for death because of their civil rights work; random victims of vigilantes determined to halt the movement; and individuals who, in the sacrifice of their own lives, brought new awareness to the struggle. To this list you can add the names of Harriette and Harry T. Moore killed in 1951. They are the only husband and wife killed in the Civil Rights movement as they also fought for Freedom.

Freedom is not in the eye of the Beholder. Freedom is Freedom.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

http://www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial/civil-rights-martyrs

So Now You Are Outraged?

We are upset about Ray Rice's violent Spousal abuse, and rightfully so.
We are upset with the video, yet we knew what the video would show based on what was already shown.
We are upset about violent and hateful spousal abuse period, and rightfully so.
We are upset about violent child abuse, and rightfully so.
We are upset about Donald Sterling's Racism, and rightfully so.
We are upset about Bruce Levenson's (majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks) Racism, and rightfully so.
We are upset about Racism period, and rightfully so.
We are upset about the incessant violence and vile inhumanity of Racism, and rightfully so.
We are upset about police brutality, and rightfully so.
We are upset about the needless deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride (and this list goes on ad infinitum), and rightfully so.
But spare me the Hypocritical Platitudes, and the Macho Macho Man-ISM.
None of these issues are new…none of the spousal abuse, none of the child abuse, none of the Racism coupled with the indifference of the wealthy, none of the Racism coupled with the indifference of the not so wealthy, none of the violence, none of the police brutality, none of the deaths, none of the Racism, PERIOD. But you are upset NOW because you saw the video? Do you have to see a video EVERYTIME before you believe something and respond?
So since you saw a video, does that make you more indignant since perhaps you did not have a choice but to react when you saw the violence? If you did not see it, it still happened.
And spare me your indignant Bull Sh*t NFL, since basically all you are doing is protecting your brand, and the toys of Wealthy White Boys.
Get indignant and raise hell and ask for heads when there is any kind of domestic and spousal abuse!
Get indignant and raise hell and ask for heads when you hear a Black man has been brutalized by police with no provocation just because they can!
Get indignant and raise hell and ask for heads when you hear a Black man has been gunned down by police with no provocation!
Get indignant and raise hell and ask for heads when you see Racism as thick today as it ever was!
Get indignant when this country takes away a person’s birthright by suppressing their vote!
So unless you are willing to deal with these issues, keep your self-serving comments to yourself.
Or do you have to wait on the video?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

WHITE RAGE AND RACISM.

On Aug. 17, police in Ferguson, Mo., wait to advance after using tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

“When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.

Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute Black voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of Black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because White rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.

White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.

The North’s victory in the Civil War did not bring peace. Instead, emancipation brought white resentment that the good ol’ days of black subjugation were over. Legislatures throughout the South scrambled to reinscribe White supremacy and restore the aura of legitimacy that the anti-slavery campaign had tarnished. Lawmakers in several states created the Black Codes, which effectively criminalized blackness, sanctioned forced labor and undermined every tenet of democracy. Even the federal authorities’ promise of 40 acres — land seized from traitors who had tried to destroy the United States of America — crumbled like dust.

Influential White legislators such as Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-Pa.) and Sen. Charles Sumner (R-Mass.) tried to make this nation live its creed, but they were no match for the swelling resentment that neutralized the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, and welcomed the Supreme Court’s 1876 United States vs. Cruikshank decision, which undercut a law aimed at stopping the terror of the Ku Klux Klan.

Nearly 80 years later, Brown v. Board of Education seemed like another moment of triumph — with the ruling on the unconstitutionality of separate public schools for Black and White students affirming African Americans’ rights as citizens. But black children, hungry for quality education, ran headlong into more white rage. Bricks and mobs at school doors were only the most obvious signs. In March 1956, 101 members of Congress issued the Southern Manifesto, declaring war on the Brown decision. Governors in Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere then launched “massive resistance.” They created a legal doctrine, interposition, that supposedly nullified any federal law or court decision with which a state disagreed. They passed legislation to withhold public funding from any school that abided by Brown. They shut down public school systems and used tax dollars to ensure that whites could continue their education at racially exclusive private academies. Black children were left to rot with no viable option.

A little more than half a century after Brown, the election of Obama gave hope to the country and the world that a new racial climate had emerged in America, or that it would. But such audacious hopes would be short-lived. A rash of voter-suppression legislation, a series of unfathomable Supreme Court decisions, the rise of stand-your-ground laws and continuing police brutality make clear that Obama’s election and reelection have unleashed yet another wave of fear and anger.

It’s more subtle — less overtly racist — than in 1865 or even 1954. It’s a remake of the Southern Strategy, crafted in the wake of the civil rights movement to exploit white resentment against African Americans, and deployed with precision by Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. As Reagan’s key political strategist, Lee Atwater, explained in a 1981 interview: “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘NIGGER, NIGGER, NIGGER.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘NIGGER’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like ‘forced busing,’ ‘states’ rights’ and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that.” (The interview was originally published anonymously, and only years later did it emerge that Atwater was the subject.)

Now, under the guise of protecting the sanctity of the ballot box, conservatives have devised measures — such as photo ID requirements — to block African Americans’ access to the polls. A joint report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the NAACP emphasized that the ID requirements would adversely affect more than 6 million African American voters. (Twenty-five percent of Black Americans lack a government-issued photo ID, the report noted, compared with only 8 percent of white Americans). The Supreme Court sanctioned this discrimination in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the door to 21st-century versions of 19th-century literacy tests and poll taxes.

The economic devastation of the Great Recession also shows African Americans under siege. The foreclosure crisis hit black Americans harder than any other group in the United States. A 2013 report by researchers at Brandeis University calculated that “half the collective wealth of African-American families was stripped away during the Great Recession,” in large part because of the impact on home equity. In the process, the wealth gap between blacks and whites grew: Right before the recession, white Americans had four times more wealth than Black Americans, on average; by 2010, the gap had increased to six times. This was a targeted hit. Communities of color were far more likely to have riskier, higher-interest-rate loans than white communities, with good credit scores often making no difference.

Add to this the tea party movement’s assault on so-called Big Government, which despite the sanitized language of fiscal responsibility constitutes an attack on African American jobs. Public-sector employment, where there is less discrimination in hiring and pay, has traditionally been an important venue for creating a Black middle class.

So when you think of Ferguson, don’t just think of black resentment at a criminal justice system that allows a white police officer to put six bullets into an unarmed black teen. Consider the economic dislocation of black America. Remember a Florida judge instructing a jury to focus only on the moment when George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin interacted, thus transforming a 17-year-old, unarmed kid into a big, scary Black guy, while the grown man who stalked him through the neighborhood with a loaded gun becomes a victim. Remember the assault on the Voting Rights Act. Look at Connick v. Thompson, a partisan 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2011 that ruled it was legal for a city prosecutor’s staff to hide evidence that exonerated a Black man who was rotting on death row for 14 years. And think of a recent study by Stanford University psychology researchers concluding that, when white people were told that black Americans are incarcerated in numbers far beyond their proportion of the population, “they reported being more afraid of crime and more likely to support the kinds of punitive policies that exacerbate the racial disparities,” such as three-strikes or stop-and-frisk laws.”

Only then does Ferguson make sense. It’s about white rage.”

By Dr. Carol Anderson, an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. She is the author of “Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”

My Comments…Great Words, Dr. Anderson. The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

 

 

SUPPOSED INSTEAD OF WHITE PRIVILEGE, IT WAS BLACK PRIVILEGE.

• I will kidnap you as a White inferior person, from your European homeland of birth where you will work for centuries for me and other Black slave owners.
• I will separate you as a White inferior male from your White family during your enslavement.
• As a White inferior person, I will make sure you realize I am your Black slave owner and Black Plantation master and I am in total charge.
• I will make sure you do not know how to read and write as a White inferior person. I will severely punish those who teach you to read and write, and I will cut out your tongue and/or put you to death if I find you have been taught to read and write.
• I will rape your White females as a means of continuous breeding White slaves from birth.
• I will withdraw from this country and fight as a terrorist government and army to maintain White slavery.
• I will never apologize for keeping you in bondage as a White inferior person, even if White slavery ends.
• I will exact my will on you as a White inferior person, even after the so-called end of slavery by having my Black riders and my Black warriors lynch and use other means of violence to keep you in your place.
• My Black Knights will ride in your neighborhoods constantly so as a White inferior person you know I am still in charge.
• I will pass Willie Eagle laws so as a White inferior person you will know what Whites cannot do. I will let you know what you can do.
• I will allow you to vote as a White inferior person, only if your White grandfather voted. Since your White grandfather was a slave, he could not vote, and therefore you cannot vote. Correspondingly you cannot hold elective office.
• I will make sure your White descendants as White inferior persons, have to pass an impassable literacy test to vote.
• I will allow you to serve in the military as a White inferior person, but only in separate units. Even after you serve in the military and return home, I will not allow you to enter any establishment that caters to Superior Blacks.
• I will continuously pass laws to let you know as a White inferior person that Blacks are in charge and there is no equal place for Whites no matter your station in life. Segregation Today! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever
• As a White inferior person, School segregation is the Law of the land. Your White children cannot attend (the better) schools with Black children.
• I will make sure as a White inferior person; you cannot play professional baseball with Black baseball players.
• I will make sure as a White inferior person; you cannot play professional basketball with Black basketball players.
• I will make sure as a White inferior person; you cannot play professional football with Black football players.
• As a White inferior person; you cannot serve in the military as equals with Black servicemen. I will however allow you to do the menial jobs such as cooks and custodians.
• I will assassinate your White leaders in your so-called quest for equality and will allow the murderers to run free and never be apprehended because I do not give damn.
• I will use Black law enforcement officers to murder you and other White inferior persons and use the courts to exonerate them because I can.
• I will never allow a Black person to go to jail for murdering a White inferior person. One Black life is far superior to one White life.
• I will make sure the South rises again and will do everything in my power to return things to the way they used to be with Blacks in charge. Segregation Today! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever
AS A WHITE PERSON, YOU DON’T LIKE BLACK PRIVILEGE DO YOU?
AS A BLACK PERSON, I DON'T LIKE WHITE PRIVILEGE EITHER!

It Did Not Sound or Appear Racist to Us!

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"We did not think this cartoon was racist".

This is the problem, and why you cannot allow people, organizations, entities etc. no matter how much they pretend to be professional to say/write/print/and use racist jokes/comments/articles/cartoons without calling them out. This is not a high school newspaper or a college newspaper. They would probably know better. When you know better, you do better. Apparently this newspaper does not understand. The paper's managing editor Jim Robertson said the cartoon was only criticizing the presence of looters amid peaceful protests against the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

"Provocative yes," he said. "Racist? Certainly not in intent." Yeah. Uh huh.

It reminds me of the contemporary joke where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in a boat with reporters, and the hat of one of the reporters was blown into the water. Dr King got out of the boat, walked on water, retrieved the hat, and returned it to the reporter. The headline the next day in the reporter's paper was "DR. KING CANNOT SWIM!" When you know better, you do better. And newspapers want you to subscribe to their home delivery and online.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Hello Uncle Ben…Let’s Talk Again.

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Dr. Ben Carson says he has "a fire" inside him to rescue the United States from ruin – and he's building a political network to lay the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential run. "There certainly is a fire lit in me to save our country. I don't know what my role will be in that. Only God knows that, but I'm certainly listening to the people," Carson said.

Uncle Ben …You have that "fire" inside you because got too close to the burning cross at the Klan Rally while serving sweet tea. Better find a water hose. BTW…I am told you need to work on your Doo-Dah.

Uncle Ben, do you really think your newly found White Racist "friends" will even entertain your remotely getting to the White House before them? They are still pissed about President Obama, a real Black Male occupying the White House, and destroying their Political American Dream.  They certainly have no time for the House Nigger's delusions of grandeur.

Can I clue you in on something Unk? Your racist friends really do not respect you. You are just another convenient Nigger!

The Struggle Continues.RLHSR

Abject Racism! It Was Then…It Still Is!

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From orangeburgmassacre.com.

"An act of racism in a small Southern town led to a peaceful protest by frustrated black college students who were denied use of the community’s only bowling alley.

A conservative Southern governor, wanting to appear tough to his white constituents, overreacted to the civil rights protest ordering a massive show of armed force. As emotions frayed and the situation veered out of control, nine white highway patrolmen opened gunfire onto a college campus—killing three black students and wounding 27 others.

All the students were unarmed and in retreat from the highway patrolmen at the time of the shooting. Yet, without warning, they were shot in their backs with deadly buckshot.

The killings occurred on February 8, 1968—46 years ago—on the campus of South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Until the shooting, South Carolina was a southern state that had proudly celebrated a record of nonviolence during the turbulent civil rights years.

Nonviolence was equated with racial harmony in a white community with a paternalistic attitude toward its poorer black citizens. Equal rights were another thing.

To help protect its “progressive” self-image on racial issues, a web of official deceptions was created by South Carolina’s young governor—Robert McNair—and his administration to distort the facts and conceal the truth about what happened in Orangeburg.

The state claimed the deaths were the result of a two-way gun battle between students and lawmen at the college. The highway patrolmen insisted their shooting was done in self-defense in order to protect themselves from a attacking mob of students.

To bolster that claim and deflect responsibility from its own actions, the state hastily devised a media campaign to blame the riot on Cleveland Sellers, a young black activist working to organize area college students.

Time would prove none of it was true.

At first, the state’s cover-up worked. Later, upon scrutiny, it began to unravel. Then, with his legacy threatened, McNair broke nearly forty years of silence in 2006 in an attempt to put the pieces back together.

Ignoring facts proven over the years in court cases and through the first person accounts of eyewitnesses, McNair used local media and friendly historians as a tool to help members of his community lie to themselves about their own history. For the last year of his life, he deliberately fogged and distorted the story of the Orangeburg Massacre.

One man who knows the truth minced no words about what happened in 1968.

“They committed murder. Murder…that’s a harsh thing to say, but they did it,” said Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General in 1968. “The police lost their self control. They just started shooting. It was a slaughter. Double ought buckshot is what you use for deer. It’s meant to kill. One guy emptied his service revolver. That takes a lot of shooting. The (students) are running away. Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow!  My God, there’s a murderous intent there. We are lucky more weren’t killed.”

Clark said the student deaths were caused by police criminal acts. “The provocation for the incident was an absurd, provocative display of force,” he said.

Gov. McNair responded to Orangeburg with excessive police power because that was the politically expedient thing to do in 1968, the former attorney general said. 

“Fear, anger, a sense of self-righteousness to justify hating began to be seen as successful politics.” When the tactic backfired, Clark added, state officials fabricated stories that many South Carolinians believe to this day.

After 46 years, the story of the Orangeburg Massacre still simmers, unresolved. It is the chilling saga of the horrors of law enforcement motivated by racism and hatred—and the inability of a Southern state to admit the truth.

The central theme is “mendacity,” the web of lies a community spins in a desperate attempt to maintain it’s self-image and dignity when confronted by its own prejudice. It’s a culture where words are constantly being redefined in order that a people can more comfortably deceive themselves.

“The Orangeburg Massacre has become the litmus test for race relations in South Carolina,” said State Rep. Bakari Sellers, son of South Carolina’s scapegoat during the shooting. “We celebrate it every year and no one seems to care or no one seems to want to understand what really happened. It’s a veil of secrecy that the state has placed over that and kept it that way for as long as possible.” 

That secrecy, Bakari said, must end."

My comments…Many young people today are seeing racist violence for the first time. And they are seeing it because of the ability and the capacity of the electronic age to allow you to photo and copy and video everything. Recording videos and taking photos of various situations as they occurred were not always possible during the Civil Rights Movement. Correspondingly, acts of wanton and virulent racist violence base on core racist attitudes were not captured. But even without the pictures, you cannot deny the stories of America's racism and the violence exacted on Blacks purely based on the color of their skin. This is another case of Southern violence that many have never heard of or maybe just plain forgot. This is just one instance of what happened to Black college students protesting for human dignity and respect.

We Can Never Forget…NEVER!

The Struggle Continues.RLHSR

Racism comes in principally one form…Stupidity.

Excellent post  by Ed Kilgore writing for www.washingtonmonthly.com–August 4, 2014.

"You have to hand it to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). One of the drivers of the House GOP’s lurch into nativism on immigration, Brooks very nicely crystalized the recent conservative attitude towards race in an interview with another ultra, Laura Ingraham (per a report from HuffPost’s Sam Levine):

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn’t think that the hardline stance Republicans have taken on immigration could hurt the party’s standing with Hispanic voters. Instead, he thinks Democrats are hurting their prospects with white voters.

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true….”

Ingraham didn’t seem to be on board with Brooks’ “war on whites” remark, telling him it was “a little out there.”

I dunno: it strikes me as entirely consistent with the twisted logic we hear all the time about the only racists being race-card-playing liberals that demonize conservative white folks who are “color-blind” in their hostility to anything black and brown folks deem highly objectionable. I mean, can’t we all just get along in the paradise that is a conservative-governed nation, where’s there’s no “racist” affirmative action or voting rights or government safety net for “looters” and “the Welfare?” Under this assault, Republicans are naturally honor-bound to defend those white folks explicitly. If that makes them the White Man’s Party, so be it.

As a southerner, I recognize Brooks’ rationalization as precisely the one many conservative white southerners used in taking up arms against the “tyranny” of Reconstruction. They were being persecuted by a corrupt alliance of ignorant benefit-seeking former slaves and cynical vote-buying Carpetbaggers, so what choice did they have but to put on the white hoods and defend their honor?

To be very clear, I am not, repeat not, saying Brooks is a covert Klansman. But the attitude of phony victimization and the effort to pull off a psychological role reversal is identical—as is the political goal of creating a White Identity Politics to offset the consequences of policies and positions that alienate people of color. And if the Republican Party writ large, in an ironic reversal of its pre-Civil Rights position, continues to tolerate and even encourage this way of thinking, it will richly deserve its self-isolation in a honkified political ghetto.

UPDATE: Jonathan Chait had pretty much the same reaction to Brooks’ outburst as I did. His best line: “The war on whites has raged continuously in the right-wing mind for more than two centuries.”

My Comments…I AM saying Brooks acts as if he is a covert Klansman and a Racist to boot.In fact, his philosophy fits the mold. Racists always LIE and blame those THEY have victimized over the years as the ones who are responsible for a new kind of racism. The Racist game has not changed.  Racists use Racism as often as it serves their purpose and then feign being hurt and victimized themselves when they are recognized for who and what they are. From slavery to today, the "rules" of the games i.e….The American Institution of Racism, Separate But Equal, Jim Crow Laws, De Jure Segregation, De Facto Segregation, Black Codes have not changed. Continue to exercise White privilege accordingly.  Continue to choose victims purely based on their skin color. In other words, continue to impose core racist attitudes because they can. No one seriously takes a Racist faking being a victim.  We all know it is how Cowardly Racists play their  own game. 

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR. 

Impeachment? Really? Be Careful What You Ask For.

These elected Racist Republicant yokels/conservatives/ninnyhammers in Congress are throwing Impeachment Talk around without any regard to law or the Constitution. Racist Republicants and their Racist Minions might think they want the impeachment of President Obama but beware of what you ask for. Racist talk will ultimately have its Racist consequences.

Everyone understands this is a Racist Country wanting to impeach its First Black President simply because he is Black. Then you have members of the local and national press who are complicit in this racist rhetoric who could not explain impeachment and Article of Impeachment if their lives depended on it. They cannot report on what they do not understand. They never challenge the talk or ask intelligent questions on the basis of such talk. They only know that talk makes entertainment news(?) and maybe will mean an increase in their puny ratings. Couple that with the kind of rhetoric that criminally invites some psychopaths to take a pot shot at President Obama whether he is impeached or not. Then they exclaim, "We are not responsible".

So RACIST REPUBLICANTS and your PR Machine, continue to throw around the loose Impeachment talk. Understand, no one is cowering because of your stupidity. If you pray as you profess to do as so-called Christians ….and Racist Christians at that…Just Pray Real Hard Nothing Happens.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Shut up Nigger! We See You. We Do Not Want To Hear Your Opinion!

The All of Me Tour

John Legend

John Podhoretz

John Podhoretz, a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan with a regular column in the New York Post, told musician John Legend to “shut up and play the piano” in a tweet sent on Wednesday afternoon (July 30, 2014). Podhoretz was prompted by a tweet that Legend sent criticizing Israel’s treatment of Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Podhoretz’s tweet was widely criticized for playing into racist stereotypes of African American entertainers.

Rather than apologize or address the controversy, Podhoretz apparently deleted his Twitter account. He was an extremely active user of the Twitter, sending almost 70,000 tweets and attracting over 34,000 followers.

Podhoretz is also the editor of Commentary, a conservative magazine, and a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard.

Update…As of Thursday morning, Podhoretz’s Twitter has returned.

 

My comments…Black Celebrities, Black Sports Icons, Black Millionaires, Black Whom-evers—- no matter your station in life, if you have an opinion, White Right Wingers, White Conservatives (whatever they are), and White Racists do not want to hear it. They want you to be seen and not heard. Just sing, dance, hit the ball, throw the ball, catch the ball, run the ball, entertain White Folks, and then just Shut up!
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

 

Nothing Surprising About Racism and Racist Intent!

Is it a coincidence Racist Republicant members of the United States of Representatives are suing a Black President? Of course not. After all, this is the United States of America where your White skin color is your "Include Card", and your Black skin color is your "Exclude Card". For you Black folks who do not know any better—and you ARE out there—it does not matter how many White behinds you kiss, and it also does not make any difference how well you sing Doo Dah, YOU are still a Nigger. Racism is now…Racism was then…and Racism will remain, Racism.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don’t “See Color”) by Erin Cossetta, thoughtcatalog.com

 

Cameron Russell

 

…if the first words out of your mouth are to cry “political correctness!”, that chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem. Angela Highland
 
White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being. Other demographic groups set themselves apart, to pursue their distinctive identities and interests and agendas. Whiteness, to white people, is the American default. Tom Scocca

Never trust anyone who says  they do not see color, this means to them, you are invisible. Nayyirah Waheed

People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you. Samuel L. Jackson

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything. Scott Woods

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate. Toni Morrison

People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse. Teju Cole

Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over. Junot Díaz

Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal. Benjamin Spock

We cannot educate white women and take them by the hand. Most of us are willing to help but we can’t do the white woman’s homework for her. That’s an energy drain. More times than she cares to remember, Nellie Wong, Asian American feminist writer, has been called by white women wanting a list of Asian American women who can give readings or workshops. We are in danger of being reduced to purvey­ors of resource lists. Gloria Anzaldúa

We have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad. Where we seem to have dropped the ball… is in teaching people what racism actually IS. Jon Stewart

Richard exhaled. It was like somebody sprinkling pepper on his wound: Thousands of Biafrans were dead, and this man wanted to know if there was anything new about one dead white man. Richard would write about this, the rule of Western journalism: One hundred dead black people equal to one dead white person. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

…being Latino means being from everywhere, and that is exactly what America is supposed to be about. Raquel Cepeda

You and I both know, deep in your heart, you agree with me. And I will prove it with one hypothetical scenario: you are alone in a closet of your home. There`s a bright red button. You can push that button and presto all Negroes and Jews and all other colored people are instantly removed from the North American continent and returned to their native countries. You`d push it, wouldn`t you whitey? See? See? See? in the final analysis, you agree with me. But of course, you wouldn`t do antything to bring that scenario about, or any other scenario favorable to your Race. Frazier Glenn Miller

Things like racism are institutionalized. You might not know any bigots. You feel like “well I don’t hate black people so I’m not a racist,” but you benefit from racism. Just by the merit, the color of your skin. The opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change. Dave Chappelle

Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future. Audre Lorde

The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine. Noam Chomsky

Often white people hear blame whenever the issue of racism is brought up, whether or not blame has been placed on whites. As beneficiaries of racism and white privilege, you sometimes take a defensive posture even when you are not being individually blamed. You may personalize the remarks, not directed personally at you. It is the arrogance of your privilege that drags the focus back to whites. When whites are being blamed or personally accused of racist behavior, this defensiveness and denial further alienate you and may preclude you from examining your possible racist behavior. Debra Leigh

The new racism: Racism without ‘racists.’ Today, racial segregation and division often result from habits, policies, and institutions that are not explicitly designed to discriminate. Contrary to popular belief, discrimination or segregation do not require animus. They thrive even in the absence of prejudice or ill will. It’s common to have racism without racists. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

There are a lot of readers who pride themselves on not paying attention to the identities of their favorite writers. Some of them think this means they’re not prejudiced. I don’t know anyone who isn’t, myself included. But let’s say for argument’s sake that those particular readers in fact are not prejudiced. How many books by writers of color do you think you’ll find on their bookshelves? I’d lay odds that if there are any at all, they will be far outnumbered by the books by white authors. Not necessarily because those readers are deliberately choosing mostly white/male authors. They don’t have to. The status quo does it for them. So those readers’ self-satisfied “I don’t know” is really an “I don’t care enough to look beyond my nose.” And that’s cool. So many causes, so little time. But don’t pretend that indifference and an unwillingness to make positive change constitute enlightenment. Nalo Hopkinson

I get how it can be news to some of you that people are victimized by systems legitimated by your nation, countrymen, and god. But I’m black and female and southern. I call that Tuesday. Tressie McMillan Cottom

More than 2 million people found themselves behind bars at the turn of the twenty-first century, and millions more were relegated to the margins of mainstream society, banished to a political and social space not unlike Jim Crow, where discrimination in employment, housing, and access to education was perfectly legal, and where they could be denied the right to vote. The system functioned relatively automatically, and the prevailing system of racial meanings, identities, and ideologies already seemed natural. Ninety percent of those admitted to prison for drug offenses in many states were black or Latino, yet the mass incarceration of communities of color was explained in race-neutral terms, an adaptation to the needs and demands of the current political climate. Michelle Alexander

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. Desmond Tutu
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

You Hate President Obama …and You Hate Me Too!

Excellent commentary by the MinistryofTruth from the Dailykos.com web site.

HATE 1

"I meet you all the time. You hate Obama. You hate gay people. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all. You hate being called racist. You hate being called a bigot. Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn't call you bigots. Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn't call you racist. You hate socialism and social justice. You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You hate.

     You like war. You like torture. You like Jesus. I don't know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency. You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate. You hate everything else.

Now, I know you profess to love our country and the founding fathers (unless you are reminded that they believed in the separation of church and state), but I need to remind you that America is NOT what Fox News says it is. America is a melting pot, it always has been. We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual Christian male or his submissive and obedient wife.

You hate liberals, moderates, hell, anyone who disagrees with Conservative dogma as espoused by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. You hate’em.

Well, here are the facts, Jack. If you hate the Government then you are unqualified to manage it. If you hate gay people more than you love America than you should take your own advice and get the hell out. There are several countries that are openly hostile to gay people, but they are full of brown people and you don't like them much either from what I understand. It looks like you are screwed, but that's not what I am here to tell you.

Now that you have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at President Obama and it still hasn't worked you are panicking. Obama's approval ratings are still near 50% despite your best efforts to undermine the economy and America's recovery at every step you can. You tried to hold the American economy hostage to force America into default on its' debts, debts that YOU rang up under Bush, so you could blame it on Obama and it failed. You've used the filibuster more than any other Congress ever, going so far as to vote against providing health care access to 9/11 first responders. You remember 9/11, don't you, it's that thing you used to lie us into a war in Iraq, and then when Obama killed Bin Laden and ended the war in Iraq you told people that he hates America and wants the troops to fail. You monsters. You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who undermines civil rights and delivers corporate friendly watered down reforms that benefit special interests just like a Republican. You call him a Kenyan. You call him a socialist. You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950's musical.

Frankly, you disgust me. Your hatred nauseates me. Your bigotry offends me. Your racism revolts me.

Dear haters, I am openly questioning your patriotism. I think you hate gays, Obama, black people, poor people, all of us, women, atheists and agnostics, Latinos, Muslims, Liberals, all of us, I think you hate every one who isn't exactly like you, and I think you hate us more than you love your country.

I think you hate gay soldiers more than you want America to win its wars. I don't even think you want America to win wars, you just want America to have wars, never ending wars and the war profiteering it generates. You love that kind of spending, you love spending on faith based initiatives and abstinence based sex education (George Carlin would have loved that one), you love spending on subsidies for profitable oil corporations, you spend like drunken sailors when you are in the White House, but if it is a Democrat then suddenly you cheer when America doesn't get the Olympics because it might make the black President look bad. But oooh you love your country, you say, and you want it back. Well listen here skippy, it isn't your country, you don't own it, it is our country, and America is NOT the religiously extremist Foxbots who hate science, elitist professors and having a vibrant and meaningful sex life with someone we love if Rick Santorum doesn't approve of it. Rick Santorum isn't running for America's fucking high school dance chaperone, he should probably just shut the hell up about sex, but he can't because he has nothing else to run on.

Republicans can NOT win on the issues. They've got NOTHING. All they have is a divide and conquer class war that pits ignorant racist and bigoted people against the rest of us in a meaningless battle of wedge issues and the already proven to fail George W. Bush agenda again of tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, privatization and war profiteering and nothing else, so all they can do is blame black people, gays the government, anybody and everyone else for their own failings. The party of personal responsibility, my ass. But they love multi-national corporations, just ask a gay hating and racist religious extremist if they think Corporations are people and they will gladly agree, but if you ask them if gay people are people they aren't so sure.

Dear haters, you are the cruel, heartless misinformed assholes who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat, you would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care, you cheer when we discuss denying health care to young people with preventable diseases, and you boo when we discuss the First Ladies plan to cut back on childhood obesity. You are a cross to carry and a flag to wrap yourself in away from being the people who Sinclair Lewis warned us about, but I guarantee that if Fox News told you to dress that way you would, because you are the same blind, ignorant and closed minded dunces who drove this country into a civil war years ago because you are bound to the notion that some men are more equal than others. In short, the reason I proudly wear my union army hat is because of seditious sell outs like you who constantly fuck over working class Americans so a foreign entrepreneur like Rupert Murdoch can get a bigger tax break. If corporations are people, they are neither American patriots nor capable of love. Just like you.

So stop wearing your hate with pride. Stop celebrating your anti-science, anti-math ignorance. Stop using code words to mask your bigotry like "family values", especially when you hate my family and when you stand on the same stage as a guy who has had three marriages or if you share a seat in the Senate with a guy who cheated on his wife with hookers while wearing diapers. You should be ashamed. I know that you are just doing this to motivate your misinformed hate cult base because if they actually knew that your ideas will make them poorer than they are now, they would never vote for you. You are doing your best to impoverish your countrymen so rich people can get bigger tax breaks and you can keep on delivering corporate welfare to the special interests who have bribed you, and I am disgusted by the way you gleefully parade your hatred with aplomb. I don't think you do love America. At least, not as much as you hate everyone in America who isn't exactly like you.

You should think about that, and maybe get some help. And for the record, I do not hate you. I am embarrassed by you and nauseated by your cruel and thoughtless behavior and your all consuming greed, but I do not hate you. I forgive you and I hope you can change someday, but I don't hate you. You have enough hate in you for the rest of us as it is." Great words.

My words…Hatred and racism in this country are now interchangeable words. Racists and haters can say what they will, their hatred is racial and their racism is obvious. When you call them out for their obvious core racist attitudes, they blame you for using the race card.  Guess what?  I am using the race card. Many of you are racists and haters and one word/term/description is just like the other. Suffice it to say, We Know!!!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

He was simply the lesser of Two Evils!

http://vimeo.com/83539844

Watch the trailer above.

For those who missed Freedom Summer try and catch it on PBS repeat schedule. Several points. First, you have to be impressed with the courage and bravery of those who waded into that Den of Racism called Mississippi. The American Institution of Racism and its committed followers.

How Ironic on this day as hundreds of Freedom Summer Veterans (and other Civil Rights Movement veterans) are gathering in Mississippi for the next few days to commemorate the 50 year Anniversary of Freedom Summer, voter registration is again front an center but this time for a different reason.

  

How ironic Republicants had to 'count' on registered Black voters voting for a Republicant to save Thad Cochran's "hide" and also save the state from the possible election of a very vile racist tea party candidate. Cochran was strictly the lesser evil… which is how Blacks have been grading and voting for Racist White Candidates for decades in the South.

Cochran now moves on to face former Democratic Congressman Travis Childers in the general election, a race Cochran enters as the prohibitive favorite in this reddest of red-state Mississippi. Although Childers has a chance, this is still Mississippi. But who knows?

  

Hats off to my good friend Charles Cobb and other Freedom Summer Veterans as they meet in Mississippi. Freedom Summer was organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, which recruited 700 college students — mostly white students from the North — to travel to Mississippi and help African-Americans register to vote. The organizers, the students and Blacks trying to register were all risking their lives, a measure of how sinister and violently virulent racism was at the time.Historians will talk about the deaths of some of these students and well they should, but they should also talk about their bravely fighting against racism and for human dignity and respect. This is another historical teachable moment for our young people and a reminder America has never done the right thing for ALL of its citizens because it was the right thing to do.
 
The fight is not over. The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Racism by any other word is still Racism!

http://www.thenation.com/blog/180214/surprise-study-finds-people-dont-understand-how-racism-works

Michael Denzel Smith is an exceptional writer who writes for thenation.com. He absolutely gets it. Although this study is another the "discovery" of racism, it is an example of the created fabric of vile bias/bigotry against someone based on the color of their skin. Most Whites believe racism is a thing of the past…at least that is what they would like to believe. Everyday the American Institution of Racism created by White America rears its ugly virulent head and tries to win. It has an impressive track record, yet those who fight racism know it is a long journey and a long struggle.

Smith's words…"I read and write about issues of racism on a near daily basis, so I probably didn’t need a study to tell me that people don’t understand how racism works. But it helps.

University of California, Berkeley, professor Clayton R. Critcher and University of Chicago professor Jane L. Risen have published a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that shows when “non-African-Americans—whites, Asians and Hispanics—who had seen images of successful black Americans were less likely to believe that systemic racism persists,” according to The Hufffington Post. The study’s abstract reads: “After incidental exposure to Blacks who succeeded in counterstereotypical domains (e.g., Brown University President Ruth Simmons, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison), participants drew an automatic inference that race was not a success-inhibiting factor in modern society.”

Seeing images of successful black people makes others think racism doesn’t exist. That’s hardly surprising. Not much is when it comes to racism. But it underscores what’s so frustrating about our “national conversation on race.” People come to the table not understanding what racism is.

It’s not entirely their fault. Race Forward’s “Moving the Race Conversation Forward” report from January showed that “two-thirds of race-focused media coverage fails to consider how systemic racism factors into the story, instead typically focusing upon racial slurs and other types of personal prejudice and individual-level racism.” The result is the understanding of racism as a personal obstacle to be overcome, rather than a system of oppression rooted in white supremacy.

We aren’t closer to correcting that narrative when we celebrate the individuals who manage to “succeed” despite racism’s entrenchment. The impulse is understandable. Those individuals can serve as reminders of what is possible in the face of hopelessness. But individual symbols of progress seduce us into believing the system is fundamentally fair.

LeRoi Jones (later to be known as Amiri Baraka) addressed this in his 1962 essay “Tokenism: 300 Years for Five Cents”:

There are almost 20,000,000 Negroes in the United States. One of these 20 million has been given a two-dollar raise and promoted to a clerical job that my two-year-old daughter could probably work out without too much trouble. And we are told that this act is symbolic of the ‘gigantic strides the Negro has taken since slavery….

Somehow, and most especially in the United States, the fact that more Negroes can buy new Fords this year than they could in 1931 is supposed to represent some great stride forward. To where? How many new Fords will Negroes have to own before police in Mississippi stop using police dogs on them. How many television sets and refrigerators will these same Negroes have to own before they are allowed to vote without being made to live in tents, or their children allowed decent educations?

Symbols aren’t meaningless, but they are never strong enough to dismantle systems of oppression on their own. And as this recent study shows, they have the ability to convince people that those systems don’t even exist. If we’re having trouble getting to the first step acknowledging racism as a system of oppression, the prospects of actually undoing and replacing that system appear bleak."

Don't think this study is only for Whites. Blacks also need to know how racism works. Some Blacks forget they are Black and somehow are under the misapprehension the face looking back at them in the mirror is not Black. Maybe one day.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The Excellent Case for Reparations

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

"Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."

In this day of electronic writing, blogging and journalism you occasionally read a commentary which is not only brilliant but literally blows you "out of the water".  'The Case for Reparations' by Ta-Nehisi Coates in one of those "pieces".

When you talk about reparations for Blacks in this country, the immediate reaction is incredulous laughter. Yet after they were kidnapped from Africa, Africans were immersed in a system of racism this Christian country had never seen but was willing to accept and endorse based on skin color. Thus the American Institution of Racism and its major (at the time) by-product of slavery was ushered into existence. When slavery ended, slaves were simply told you are free.  Freedom is always good, no one should wallow in the ego-driven and racist driven process of living in chains. But no property..no money…no clothes nothing and newly freed slaves  were expected to go out and have a good day?

Excerpt…."The early American economy was built on slave labor. The Capitol and the White House were built by slaves. President James K. Polk traded slaves from the Oval Office. The laments about ‘black pathology,’ the criticism of black family structures by pundits and intellectuals, ring hollow in a country whose existence was predicated on the torture of black fathers, on the rape of black mothers, on the sale of black children. An honest assessment of America’s relationship to the black family reveals the country to be not its nurturer but its destroyer."

In January of 1989, Congressman John Conyers introduced the bill H.R. 40, Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. Conyers re-introduced HR 40 every Congress since 1989, and will continue to do so until it's passed into law.

"One of the biggest challenges in discussing the issue of reparations in a political context is deciding how to have a national discussion without allowing the issue to polarize our party or our nation. The approach that I have advocated for over a decade has been for the federal government to undertake an official study of the impact of slavery on the social, political and economic life of our nation.

Over 4 million Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the United States and its colonies from 1619 to 1865, and as a result, the United States was able to begin its grand place as the most prosperous country in the free world. It is un-controverted that African slaves were not compensated for their labor. More unclear however, is what the effects and remnants of this relationship have had on African-Americans and our nation from the time of emancipation through today."

Conyers' bill does four things:
  1. It acknowledges the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery
  2. It establishes a commission to study slavery, its subsequent racial and economic discrimination against freed slaves;
  3. It studies the impact of those forces on today's living African Americans; and
  4. The commission would then make recommendations to Congress on appropriate remedies to redress the harm inflicted on living African Americans.

Coates article is brilliantly researched and written and takes the reparations conversation many steps beyond casual comments.

In the 20th century, the cause of reparations was taken up by a diverse cast that included the Confederate veteran Walter R. Vaughan, who believed that reparations would be a stimulus for the South; the black activist Callie House; black-nationalist leaders like “Queen Mother” Audley Moore; and the civil-rights activist James Forman. The movement coalesced in 1987 under an umbrella organization called the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA). The NAACP endorsed reparations in 1993. Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a professor at Harvard Law School, has pursued reparations claims in court.

But while the people advocating reparations have changed over time, the response from the country has remained virtually the same. “They have been taught to labor,” the Chicago Tribune editorialized in 1891. “They have been taught Christian civilization, and to speak the noble English language instead of some African gibberish. The account is square with the ex‑slaves.”

Not exactly. Having been enslaved for 250 years, black people were not left to their own devices. They were terrorized. In the Deep South, a second slavery ruled. In the North, legislatures, mayors, civic associations, banks, and citizens all colluded to pin black people into ghettos, where they were overcrowded, overcharged, and undereducated. Businesses discriminated against them, awarding them the worst jobs and the worst wages. Police brutalized them in the streets. And the notion that black lives, black bodies, and black wealth were rightful targets remained deeply rooted in the broader society. Now we have half-stepped away from our long centuries of despoilment, promising, “Never again.” But still we are haunted. It is as though we have run up a credit-card bill and, having pledged to charge no more, remain befuddled that the balance does not disappear. The effects of that balance, interest accruing daily, are all around us.

In 2001, the Associated Press published a three-part investigation into the theft of black-owned land stretching back to the antebellum period. The series documented some 406 victims and 24,000 acres of land valued at tens of millions of dollars. The land was taken through means ranging from legal chicanery to terrorism. “Some of the land taken from black families has become a country club in Virginia,” the AP reported, as well as “oil fields in Mississippi” and “a baseball spring training facility in Florida.”

Again "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates (theatlantic.com) is a truly outstanding and epic article. It is well worth the investment of time.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

 

We Are Not Leaving!

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/05/19/to-right-wing-media-talking-about-race-makes-yo/199379

RUBY BRIDGES AAA

To the Right Wing Media Racists ….and other Media Racists masquerading as moderates/liberal/whatevers … who have Heartburn when Blacks talk about racism and call racists out for their racism. 

This is a racist country, but Black folks are not going anywhere.  We have earned the right to  stay and fight for who we are and that is exactly what we will do. We will only make the trip back to Africa, when you return to the country of your ancestors. In fact, some of us were here before you, even as slaves. You remember slavery don't you?  The Christian American Institution that made a Black race of people work for a White Race of people for free because they could. Now, for core racist attitudes throughout the media. Most in the Media do not have a clue about racism because most in the media are not Black, and most Blacks…not all…but most will not talk about racism if it slapped them between the eyes.  They are not isolated.  Blacks in…let's say positions of some privilege and even Black elected officials …have decided, to ignore racism and go along to get along. So racists in the media continue because they know some Blacks and Whites will look the other way. Remember silence in the face of wrong shows complicity.

Sobering thought for Right Wing Racist and Traditional and Local Media….Some of us, not all, but some of us will talk about racism and point fingers at you for following the racist playbook and continue to fight for our birthright. Blacks have lived through the racism of this country going back to slavery…and we are still here. We will fight and continue to fight against those who use skin color as a disqualification for equality and fair treatment. We have fought racism for years…we are fighting racism now…we will continue to fight racism…some of us anyway. Those who will not fight, do not know or realize they are Black.

So get angry with the Black Attorney General of the United States and the Black First Lady of the United States for speaking the truth in their hearts and minds.  Get angry and stay angry if you must.  Your anger does not  change one thing.  Remember they, like many of us, have seen you at your racist worst!

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.


Racism continues when Blacks and Whites say and do Nothing!

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/19/eric-holder-calls-rampant-subtle-racism-american-culture.html

Eric Holder

These are not my words. This passage comes from RMUSE writing on the Politicususa.com website (one of my favorites). It is an excerpt from his article entitled "Eric Holder Calls Out the Rampant Subtle Racism in American Culture" and captures where we are in this country today.

"No American in their right mind can claim with a straight face this nation is not rampantly racist whether it is manifest in Republican opposition to President Obama, George Zimmerman stalking and murdering Trayvon Martin, education leaders closing poor schools in minority neighborhoods, or law enforcement racially profiling and the criminal justice system disproportionally incarcerating African American males. It is worth noting America’s racism has been encouraged and tolerated as white supremacy permeated the population. Even after a Civil War, the 14th Amendment, the now-dead Voting Rights Act, desegregation and the Civil Rights movement, the time for intolerance of racism in any form is at hand. Anything less is supporting racial bigotry/hatred that came back in vogue in January 2009 and remains popular because those who oppose it are silent."

The Struggle Continues.RLHSR.

Brown versus the Board of Education…60 years later

BROWN DECISION

This Saturday, May 17, marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that formally outlawed racial segregation in public schools. The case was heralded then, as it is now, as a watershed moment in American history. The culmination of a NAACP strategy masterminded by unsung heroes such as Charles Hamilton Houston and Constance Baker Motley, Brown reversed the white supremacist legal reasoning behind Plessy v. Ferguson, the infamous 1896 SCOTUS ruling that “separate but equal” was legally just and constitutional.

Blacks rejoiced in Brown’s aftermath, while hopeful segregation was seeing its racist education policy death knell in the South. But this was not to be. School segregation and southern racism had no intent on dying a resolute death.  Cities closed down public schools and set up all-white segregation academies. Southern states resurrected their racist companion, the old Confederate battle flag, as a reminder the South continued was still fighting the Civil War. Many White parents who could afford to, sent their children to private school or the moved to other states.

Despite the Supreme Court’s clarification, a year later, public schools should be integrated with “all deliberate speed,” it would take more than two decades for America to witness and experience actual school desegregation. Most of this took place, supported by federal court orders, in local communities far away from the spotlight of racial shame, violence and infamy that shone on Little Rock Central High School in 1957 or Boston in 1974. By the 1970s, some of America’s most racially segregated school districts had achieved a level of racial integration that was previously unimagined.

But since then, a curious element of our national civil rights history has gripped our progressive narrative of racial integration. As we have witnessed with recent Supreme Court voting-rights decisions, we are, at our core, a nation of backsliders. As Pro Publica reports, the resegregation of American public schools started in earnest in the 1980s as Justice Department officials started to let local districts handle their own affairs regarding racial balance in public schools.           

Over the past two decades, the number of black and Latino children attending racially segregated schools has increased by more than 600,000. This stark contrast with racial integration’s empirical heyday of the 1970s has forced many to question Brown’s legacy. Fair enough.

If the point of school integration was to have racially balanced schools that would equitably distribute resources—and thus opportunities—to poor black children in the United States, then Brown’s legacy is indeed in jeopardy. One underdiscussed aspect of racial integration, both in public schools and society at large, was the impact on black educators, businesses and neighborhoods. Racial integration came, in many black communities, at the cost of jobs, dignity and respect for once-proud all-black institutions that had thrived during the earlier era of Jim Crow.

Resegregation has left many blacks between a rock and a hard place, with little or no access to predominantly white educational institutions, and facing the decline of historically black colleges, universities and other institutions that once offered solace during times when segregation went unchallenged.

In many respects, the most important aspect of Brown is the idea behind the decision itself. The admission that racial apartheid not only flourished in America but was also illegal and unconstitutional represented a political and moral victory that helped shape modern race relations. This acknowledgment of racial injustice by courts, however, cuts both ways.

For some, racism is real only if legal or political entities are compelled to recognize its existence. Although this acknowledgment came about quite often during the civil rights movement’s heyday, contemporary political and legal institutions have comfortably adopted a theoretically “colorblind” racism strategy that requires a Donald Sterling-like smoking gun as evidence of racial animus, or else all claims of bias and discrimination are willfully denied.

Ultimately, Brown’s most important legacy is one of grassroots political resistance. Long after the legal battles were fought, black parents, children and teachers bravely faced mobs, violence and death threats to ensure better opportunities for themselves and future generations. That struggle—which is ongoing in the 21st century and more vital now than ever—is the one that must be honored during this year of commemoration and long after. (Some material excerpted from the Grio.com)

Private schools set up to avoid Integration back in the day were called segregation academies. Today, some private schools, some church schools, and some charter schools have more sophisticated names, but they still quack like segregation academies.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Thanks for the Reminder, Senator Racist.

PRESIDENT 1

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/02/sen-lindsey-graham-disrespects-president-obama-calling-scumbag.html

From the article …“Despite repeated statements that he served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was actually living out of harm’s way at home in South Carolina, where he was processing wills and other paperwork for the Air Force during the entire course of the conflict.

On his official web site, Graham describes himself as “an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran.” Other biographies he has written read similarly. According to numerous military experts The Hill contacted, Graham has no legitimate claim to being called a veteran of the conflict.

Lindsey Graham will lie about anything in order to keep his seat. He lied about his military service, just like he is lying about Benghazi. Sen. Graham had it right the first time. He is a lying, disrespectful, scumbag who doesn’t belong in the United States Senate.”

My Comments…White Racists Will Never Respect a Black President. Lindsey Graham and his Asshole minions have never respected President Obama and never will. They are Southern White Racists still fighting the Civil War and are licking their “We lost the War” wounds. To have a Black Male in the White House before some of them even made the “White House queue” has ripped some of their soulless hearts out, and they cannot stand it.

Why comment on it? Because racism is real, racists are real, and you never allow racists to get away with cowardly throwing a rock and hiding their hands. Many Blacks do not understand the need to call out racists and some Blacks even play footsies with racists as if their racism does not matter. Teachable Alert!!! House Niggers…White Racists still think of you as a nigger no matter your station in life…where you live…where you work…and how much you think you have arrived. Your playing the role of a Wannabee means nothing to them. You showing them how loyal you are means nothing to them. So you might as well recognize there is a Black face looking back at you in the mirror before you forget how you really look. Black elected officials, this applies to you too!

Last word Racists, we know you are racists and some of us…not all…but some of us will call you racists everyday…along with a few other well-placed adjectives. Why? Because you deserve the recognition.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.


Racism Is As American As Apple Pie.

RACISM a

The Saga of Donald Sterling is really not a conundrum and it certainly is not surprising.  It is not confusing nor is it difficult. It is Racism. I am always amused with so-called White liberals and Black handkerchief-head Niggers showing their shock at racism and core racist attitudes.  Why is anyone surprised at the racism among the 1% and the Slave/Slavery  Mentality which continually exists in this country? Racism in upscale “closed clubs” and exclusive “clubs” has been in existence for years. You do not get more exclusive than the fraternity of 1 per centers who own sport teams… the NFL…the NBA…MLB…and the like.

Racism has existed in this country's professional sport teams for years. Remember Jackie Robinson did not integrate baseball until 1947… Charles Henry "Chuck" Cooper, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, and Earl Lloyd integrated professional basketball in 1950…and the Washington Redskins(?) did not get its first Black team player until 1962 when they drafted their first Black  player, RB Ernie Davis who was subsequently traded to the Cleveland Browns for future Hall of Famer, Bobby Mitchell. They were the last NFL team to have had an all-white roster due to owner George Marshall's racist views who once said, "We'll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites." And then there is golf and the golf country clubs. Another Story …Another Day.

Let us not forget another American Institution of Racism…the political arena. Can you say the United States Senate and the various As Yet United States of America who export their racist senators to Washington DC? Another Story…Another Day. Of course, racism is never uncomfortable until it is exposed and until it gets expensive, and even then there is a high degree of toleration among other wealthy racists.

Note this from the Washington Post…

“The Donald Sterling who is dominating headlines and drawing widespread condemnation for allegedly saying a metric ton of racist things is the same Donald Sterling who has a long, long, long history of being accused of saying or doing offensive things. So why is this time — and why are these particular remarks — different? Why has the world suddenly discovered Donald Sterling?

It’s useful to step back for a moment and remember that this is not a sudden, heretofore unknown side of Sterling being unearthed. Rather, this is just the first time Sterling’s behavior has been the subject of quite so much scrutiny, shining for the first time the brightest possible light on his extensive and unbelievable history.

Consider that Bomani Jones wrote a story headlined “Sterling’s racism should be news” in 2006. Again: 2006. Eight years and 351 losses by the Clippers ago. Jones wrote this after Sterling was sued for housing discrimination. In the lawsuit, Sterling was accused of refusing to rent apartments to black people. (This followed a different lawsuit filed in 2003 alleging that Sterling tried to drive out black and Hispanic tenants, a suit that was settled with an undisclosed financial settlement that was believed to be quite sizable.) As Jones pointed out, the story didn’t really draw much attention at the time.

Sterling was ordered in 2009 to pay a $2.725 million settlement, the largest ever obtained by the Justice Department for such a housing discrimination case. (Sterling and his wife denied any wrongdoing.) That same year, former Clippers executive and NBA Hall of Fame member Elgin Baylor filed a lawsuit alleging decades of racist behavior by Sterling. Among other things, the suit claimed that Sterling said things like “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid,” and said he wanted the team to be made up of “poor black boys from the South” with a white coach. (The racial claims were dropped before the trial; a jury rejected the lawsuit in 2011.)

The other stories are plentiful. Sterling allegedly using a racial slur when talking with a head coaching candidate during the early 1980s. Sterling testifying about paying a woman for sex. Here’s someone who worked at a building Sterling owned saying in sworn testimony that he heard Sterling say the following: “I don’t like Mexican men because they smoke, drink and just hang around the house.” (Peater Keating’s story for ESPN The Magazine in 2009 outlined a lengthy array of things Sterling was accused of saying; in the story, Keating noted that Sterling’s behavior was largely not being covered by the media.)”

Then there are those who pay lip service to racism, study racism and then massage it to death. Racism is an American institution set in motion with the Good Old Racist American Institution of Slavery.  You remember slavery?  When America kidnapped Africans from Africa to work for free.  The Slavery which America has never apologized. And of course every year we all get excited about the Emancipation Proclamation.  You remember the Emancipation Proclamation? When America decided to take off the physical chains and bonds of slavery and then said in passing, “Slaves are free”. Free?  With no money…no housing…no horse and buddy … and no 40 acres and a mule which, by the way, racist President Andrew Johnson rescinded when he became president. Reparations?  You remember reparations don’t you? Payment for the centuries of slavery and working for free that America laughs about.

So now we wait for the NBA Commissioner to decide how he will speak for other racists in the NBA Racism Club and how they intend to “punish” a racist member.  HUH? Mark Cuban say it is a slippery slope and NBA owners need to proceed carefully while making a decision purely based on the words of one of the members of their Racist Clubs.  Mark apparently has not read the extensive Sterling dossier. Well Mark, guess what?  Racism is a slippery slope and has been for some time.

What happens in the Sterling case short term and long term is anyone’s guess.  As Black people, we know the NBA will not do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.  There has to be an embarrassment of a financial toll. On racial issues, America has never done the right thing because it is the right thing to do. When you understand the civil rights movement, you understand the constant pressure of demonstrating against segregation and racism and making them financially and politically expensive which eventually led to some changes.  Of course with some of those changes Blacks slinked into a comfort mode feeling the fight against racism and for equality is all over and done. White liberals point to the election of President Obama as ample proof racism is over and done. Yet every day we see hard evidence racism is NOT over and done. I have always said going back to the streets is still very much on the “things to return to” horizon. By the way, stop spending our money with those entities that support and protect racism is also on the “things to return to”.  It will take that because some of us are much too comfortable when it comes to racism.

The Struggle still continues.RLHSR.

Wealthy Racist NBA Owner Donald Sterling

Sterling

Donald Sterling and Lady friend V. Stiviano.

Donald Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling acquired the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, and as of 2014, the team is valued at $575 million by Forbes magazine.  Donald Sterling is a racist…a pure and simple wealthy racist at that. He has caused quite a firestorm in the world of Profession Basketball. This is the recent story as caught on a recorded telephone call.

Sterling tells V. Stiviano, his Black girlfriend—although she is Black and Mexican, the “One Drop of Black Blood” Rule applies here—he does not want her bringing Blacks to Los Angeles Clippers basketball games. A few comments from a 9 minute or so telephone conversation …

“You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in; you can do whatever you want.  The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”

“I’m just saying, in your lousy f—ing Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” “…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me.  And don’t bring him to my games.”

Don’t bring them to watch the team he owns, mainly made up of 12 (of 14) Black players, and a Black coach? Black Clipper fans, the owner would prefer it if you not attend in person, and in particular, not with his girlfriend. Seemingly, he was upset with her taking  a picture with NBA legend Magic Johnson at a Clippers basketball game no less. As repulsive and revealing as this story is, it is not complete because there is more to Sterling’s earlier racist history.

It is the history of a man who paid a record $2.75 million to settle a federal housing discrimination lawsuit that included accusations that Sterling and his wife made statements "indicating that African-Americans and Hispanics were not desirable tenants and that they preferred Korean tenants." After he settled the housing discrimination lawsuit, he later bragged to the Los Angeles Times that "I didn't pay a penny — the insurance company did … We absolutely denied doing anything wrong, and rather than it going on and on, the insurance company said it would settle."

It is the history of a man who was unsuccessfully sued for wrongful termination by former general manager Elgin Baylor, who claimed, among other things, that Sterling once said, "I would like to have a white Southern coach coaching poor black players," and that Sterling would bring women into the locker room to gaze at his players' "beautiful black bodies."

These are but two of the many incidents associated with Racist Donald Sterling. And the league did nothing. No fines, no suspensions, not even a slap on the wrist came Sterling's way. The NBA harbored a racist owner for years and hoped that no one would notice or care, and now it has blown up in the league's face.

President Obama said the statements were "incredibly offensive" and "racist".  “I don't think I have to interpret those statements for you. They kind of speak for themselves," said Obama. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you

Now it is up to new commissioner Adam Silver to do what should have been done so long ago — send the clear message to Wealthy Racist Donald Sterling that his brand of racism is no longer tolerated. Of course, it does not say much for the other NBA owners who had to have an inkling about Sterling’s proclivities and peccadilloes. It was a cynical game the NBA was playing, hoping that Sterling's racist ugliness would remain on the periphery, nothing more than fodder for the occasional news story that would quickly fade away. It was like a company that chooses not to recall a dangerous product, thinking it's more cost-effective to deal with the periodic accidents than to take the product off the assembly line altogether. The NBA gambled and finally lost. Sterling has caused a big, messy pileup, and the debris won't easily be cleaned up. A record-setting fine should be a given, a suspension a must. And the NBA must find a way to force Racist Donald Sterling to sell the franchise. Period.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Repeat after me: President. Obama. Is. Black.

PRESIDENT OBAMA A

Jacob Philadelphia touches President Obama's hair.

(Another article written by one of my favorite writers, Denise Oliver Velez. I am re-posting her entire column with nothing other than my usual ending comment.  Nothing else is necessary.)

"I happened to run across this item in the Washington Post this week, Is Barack Obama ‘black’? A majority of Americans say no, penned by Chris Cillizza (Jon Perr has described him as a "conventional wisdom regurgitator"). Cillizza links to data in his article from PEW Research (which gets it wrong) and natters on and on about a topic that should be case closed. We discussed it in Black Kos, and we all had the same reaction.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and young, black Jacob Philadelphia touching Barack Obama's close-cropped black hair said it for me. As Jonathan Capeheart wrote in Photo speaks volumes about Obama and race:

A black man allowing his head to be touched by a stranger. But not just any stranger. A child seeking a familiar link between himself and the black man, who also happens to be the leader of the free world.

I'm already worn out from the relentless racial obduracy of Jonathan Chait, last seen defending himself again on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC after his back-and-forth with Ta-Nehisi Coates—who scored point, game match against Chait.  

The rabid racist right-wing in this country already knows that "their" White House has been violated by blackness. The birthers and their ilk still spew venom (see Rand Paul's new pollster). Klan-fueled, white supremacist haters murdered people at a Jewish Center, slayed Sikhs and plot to kill the president. This is familiar news.

That's why the timing of Cillizza's piece is curious.

Could it have anything to do with the recent activities of President Obama and upcoming elections?

Follow me below the fold for more.

Frankly, it's no coincidence that just after he speaks at the LBJ Civil Rights Summit, followed by his address to the National Action Network we get his not-blackness dragged up again. Markos just wrote African Americans hold key to Senate, and he's right. The black community is and has been for a long time a key part of the base of the Democratic Party. I'll be damned if I'm gonna sit here and go through the "we don't really have a black man in the White House" meme, again, and stay silent.

This crap made news in 2010: Asked to Declare His Race, Obama Checks ‘Black’, with the expected response from the right. The New York Times piece opened with,"It is official: Barack Obama is the nation’s first black president."

Well, duh.

We already know that the right-wing racists (which includes a very large chunk of those who call themselves Republicans these days) have been unloading truck-loads of racist crap against his "blackness." Michelle Obama—you know, that black woman who is now First Lady of the United States—and daughters Sasha and Malia have come in for their share of racial smears and slime as well.

Before anyone comments "But..but…but…his momma was white…" and starts talking about biracial—and yes, I know race is a social construct (as an anthropologist I write about it often, and teach it)—let me say this:  

The howls of outrage when Barack Obama spoke about Trayvon Martin could be his son had nothing to do with Obama's mother being white. He was very clear about his blackness:

"You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago," he said somberly.

The president knows that if he were just a guy walking down the street, in a hoodie and sneaks, he certainly wouldn't get stopped and frisked, or murdered for bein' "half-white," as some folks put it. In his remarks about Trayvon, he was explicit:

"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me," he said.

He said he sometimes heard the clicks of car doors locking when he walked across the street in his younger days.

"There are very few African-Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often," he said.

Having a white parent does not stop you from being black. Ask me about my dad. Ask Ben Jealous, who just stepped down from his post as head of the NAACP.  Ask Melissa Harris-Perry.

Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University, was raised in a racially charged South. Her mother was white and her father was black.

"I was born fewer than 10 years after the 1965 Voting Rights Act," she said. "My mother was from the West and when she first came, she said, 'Why are there two pools?' My father said, 'Jim Crow, Diana, Jim Crow.'"

The term biracial was unheard of then. Today, Americans come in all colors and ethnicities. But the word "biracial" is "meaningless because race and culture and language and identity are all a social construct," said Harris-Perry.

The "most contested" biracial construct is being black and white," she said. "This sounds nuts, but it's impossible to achieve whiteness."

"When people passed at the turn of century, it was because there were real and violent and political consequences to being a person of color," she said. "They passed with great danger and fear and cost. You risked everything—marriage, job and economic security. You can't just tick off white as an identity that has been protected and policed and legislated for hundreds of years. It carries with it a package of privileges and opportunities."

As Jenée Desmond-Harris put it over at The Root, in response to the Pew poll mentioned above:

In fact, for as long as black people have been around, "mixed race" people have called themselves—and have been called—black. Whether you love or hate the legacy of racism and the "one-drop rule" that likely perpetuated this way of thinking, and whether you wish we could all stop talking about color altogether, this is the world we live in. And it's not new at all.

Cue the racial auditors: How can black parent + white parent = mixed-race child = black child? The numbers don't check out.

Because race is a concept created by humans that is not mathematical and not scientific. As a result, the slippery, nonsensical and totally-up-to-the-individual-interpretation nature of it will continue to drive people crazy. But we'll continue to talk about it—in our personal lives, in politics and, apparently, in Pew polls—because the messy categories we use continue to have social significance.

So, although some people with President Obama's same background might adamantly choose "biracial" or "mixed race" or "just human," for many others (this writer included), being mixed race is simply the specific way in which they're black. That's not inside information, and examples from history and popular culture are abundant. If you want to know more, Google "biracial African Americans" or "mixed-race African Americans" and have at it.

I don't take issue with anyone who decides to identify themselves as biracial or mixed race. But frankly, if they look at all phenotypically black—even if light-skinned—they are going to find out that racists ain't gonna embrace their white half.

Flip it this way: What would your response be if Barack Obama had decided to check the box on the census for white? What if I tell you I'm Norwegian? (I have some in my family tree.) Y'all would holla "get the therapist! Chile is in de-nial."

No way can Obama even "pass for white." He knows he is black, he self-identifies as black, and if 500 years from now we have eliminated the concept of race with its accompanying systemic racism, he will still be listed in the history books as our first black president.  

I realize that there are critics of President Obama, of all colors and from both ends of the political spectrum, who have carped about the fact that he doesn't talk about race enough and he hasn't been paying attention to black folks. Of course, wingnuts think that that is all he does.  

As I said earlier, I think that this recent flurry of articles attempting to remove him from blackness is a direct result of the two speeches mentioned above—especially the one in which he was talking to a crowd of majority black folks.

In Barack Obama's Challenge to American Morality, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about this speech:

His address on voter-suppression efforts is one of the most significant and morally grounded speeches of his presidency….

I think we will eventually regard this current effort to suppress the vote through voter-ID laws, ending early voting, restricting voting hours, etc., in the same way we regard literacy tests and poll taxes. (It's worth recalling this piece for the magazine by Mariah Blake which helps historicize voter suppression.)

I believe in judging Barack Obama's rhetoric and policies not as though he were the president of black America, but of the United States of America. On that count his speech soared. There aren't many topics more important than the security of our democracy. The president did not attack that topic gingerly, but forcefully, directly and without hedge.

It's an important speech.

As an aside, I'll add that I still can't get over seeing a black dude, who is the president, standing in front of Garvey's red, black, and green. Strange days, I tell you. Strange days, indeed. No one knows where this is going.

Yeah. A black dude.

The same black man who understands where we've been as a people, where we are today and where we need to go.

Just read this transcript of President Obama's remarks at the LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit:

Now, if some of this sounds familiar, it’s because today we remain locked in this same great debate about equality and opportunity, and the role of government in ensuring each.  As was true 50 years ago, there are those who dismiss the Great Society as a failed experiment and an encroachment on liberty; who argue that government has become the true source of all that ails us, and that poverty is due to the moral failings of those who suffer from it.  There are also those who argue, John, that nothing has changed; that racism is so embedded in our DNA that there is no use trying politics — the game is rigged.

But such theories ignore history. Yes, it’s true that, despite laws like the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act and Medicare, our society is still racked with division and poverty. Yes, race still colors our political debates, and there have been government programs that have fallen short. In a time when cynicism is too often passed off as wisdom, it’s perhaps easy to conclude that there are limits to change; that we are trapped by our own history; and politics is a fool’s errand, and we’d be better off if we roll back big chunks of LBJ’s legacy, or at least if we don’t put too much of our hope, invest too much of our hope in our government.

I reject such thinking. (Applause.) Not just because Medicare and Medicaid have lifted millions from suffering; not just because the poverty rate in this nation would be far worse without food stamps and Head Start and all the Great Society programs that survive to this day. I reject such cynicism because I have lived out the promise of LBJ’s efforts. Because Michelle has lived out the legacy of those efforts. Because my daughters have lived out the legacy of those efforts. Because I and millions of my generation were in a position to take the baton that he handed to us.  (Applause.)

Because of the Civil Rights movement, because of the laws President Johnson signed, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody — not all at once, but they swung open. Not just blacks and whites, but also women and Latinos; and Asians and Native Americans; and gay Americans and Americans with a disability. They swung open for you, and they swung open for me. And that’s why I’m standing here today — because of those efforts, because of that legacy. (Applause.)

This man does not forget that he is black. Yes, he knows he is the President of the United States, and wasn't elected to be a president for black folks only. Yes, it ain't easy trying to talk about race in this country. Just look at what happened to Hank Aaron, for having the bravery to step up to the race plate, again.

Read. My. Black. Lips.

Barack Hussein Obama is a black man. Elected POTUS twice.  

Deal with it." by Denise Oliver Velez for Daily Kos on Sun Apr 20, 2014.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.


Racist America Stoops Low…Again!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hank-aaron-atlanta-braves-racist-hate-mail

Hank Aaron

Hey Racists…Just like cream, you prove everyday slime can rise to the surface.  You called Baseball Great Hank Aaron every racial epithet imaginable when he was about to break Babe Ruth’s record.  One racist wrote, “How dare you Nigger break the record of one of the greatest white men who ever lived?” So on the 40th anniversary of his breaking “The Babe’s” record Aaron talked about the racism then…the racism now…and the racism heaped on President Obama today for which he has an obvious feel.

April 9, 2014
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Aaron goes on to describe the racist letters he has kept for decades as he was chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record. “To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” Aaron explained to USA Today Sports. “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.” Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

According to USA Today, the Braves organization has received hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron made his comments a week ago. "Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)'' read an email from a man named Edward, according to USA Today. Edward evidently used the racist epithet five times. "My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur)," he wrote in closing.

One man called Aaron a "racist scumbag," while another vowed to never attend another Braves game until Aaron is fired from the team's front office. A man named David said he plans to burn Aaron's autobiography.

Way to go Racist America! Anything less would be downright UnAmerican.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

If It Walks Like A Racist and Talks Like A Racist…It Is A Racist.

http://http://www.thenation.com/blog/179304/real-racists-have-always-worn-suits

racists 2 racists

From time to time, I re-post someone's article without any additional commentary, and I also of course, attribute proper credit. This is one of those articles by Mychal Denzel Smith.

"This week we’ve commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the monumental piece of legislation aimed at outlawing discrimination based on race. A three-day-long “civil rights summit” was organized at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, where many past and present activists and politicians spoke on the legacy of the Civil Rights Act.

With the commemoration has come further discussion about the contemporary face of American racism (Chris Hayes hosted a great segment on the topic last night with Salon’s Brittney Cooper and New York’s Jonathan Chait). Over at BET, Keith Boykin wrote:

Despite the progress of the past half century, the struggle continues. “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” So said baseball hall of famer Hank Aaron in an interview with USA Today this week, in which he seemed to compare the racist klansmen of the 1960s with the supposedly post-racial cynics of our current generation.

You see, today’s racists don’t wear white hoods and scream the N-word. They wear dark suits and scream about government handouts. They don’t set up racist poll taxes to deter Blacks from voting. They set up voter ID laws to do the same thing. And they certainly don’t defend lynch mobs, which legitimize vigilante justice. Instead, they defend Stand Your Ground laws, which achieve the same purpose.

But I have trouble with this framing. It’s neat and easily digestible for anyone with only a cursory understanding of American history and racism, and therefore popular as a means of telling that history. It has broad appeal, but it’s not accurate. It flattens history and does the work of placing the onus for past bad deeds on a select few. It reinforces the image of “the real racist” as one who expressed their hatred in demonstrably violent ways. It suggests that racists have simply become more sophisticated, changing the tactics of their hatred from burning crosses to writing legislation, from white hoods to business suits, as that Hank Aaron quote contends.

Here’s the problem with that narrative: the architects and gatekeepers of American racism have always worn neckties. They have always been a part of the American political system.

I understand the impulse in wanting to find some way to convey that what we’re dealing with currently is a system of racism that is less overt than it once was. Saying things like “we’ve gone from white hoods to business suits” is one way to seem to speak to contemporary racism’s less vocal, yet still insidious nature. But it does a disservice to the public understanding of racism, and in the process undercuts the mission of drawing attention to contemporary racism’s severity.It wasn’t the KKK that wrote the slave codes. It wasn’t the armed vigilantes who conceived of convict leasing, postemancipation. It wasn’t hooded men who purposefully left black people out of New Deal legislation. Redlining wasn’t conceived at a Klan meeting in rural Georgia. It wasn’t “the real racists” who bulldozed black communities in order to build America’s highway system. The Grand Wizard didn’t run COINTELPRO in order to dismantle the Black Panthers. The men who raped black women hired to clean their homes and care for their children didn’t hide their faces.

The ones in the hoods did commit violent acts of racist terrorism that shouldn’t be overlooked, but they weren’t alone. Everyday citizens participated in and attended lynchings as if they were state fairs, bringing their children and leaving with souvenirs. These spectacles, if not outright endorsed, were silently sanctioned by elected officials and respected members of the community.

It’s easy to focus on the most vicious and dramatic forms of racist violence faced by past generations as the site of “real” racism. If we do, we can also point out the perpetrators of that violence and rightly condemn them for their actions. But we can’t lose sight of the fact that those individuals alone didn’t write America’s racial codes. It’s much harder to talk about how that violence was only reinforcing the system of political, economic and cultural racism that made America possible. That history indicts far more people, both past and present."

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

A Racist Defends a Racist.

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/10/joe-scarborough-defends-louie-gohmert-tells-eric-holder-stop-playing-race-card.html

Eric Holder

A Racist defends a Racist because the Black Attorney General dares call out those who would disrespect the Office of the Attorney General and The President of the United States of America.

From the article with some of my modifications for emphasis…Get this picture– A panel of  White Middle-aged Morning Joe-ites on the Morning Joe Show (which I do not watch) discussing the issue of whether or not a Black man has experienced bigotry and prejudice while doing his job. Worse, Joe Scarborough brushes this issue aside with snide remarks (as usual) and arrogantly points out that he, and his other white colleagues on the panel, have been in Washington a long time and they know best. In other words, Massa knows what is best for you Blacks."

My comments…Why are Whites so eager to tell Blacks WE are always playing the race card? WE did not invent racism…Jim Crow Laws…the Black Codes…or Slavery. I never hear anyone saying to persons who are Jewish, “There y’all go again. Always talking about the Holocaust”. Or telling Jews, “Let the Holocaust stay in the past and let’s move on.” First, Jews do not intend to let anyone forget how they were so vilely treated and killed during World War II while the world just watched. We should see and hear constant reminders about the Holocaust …and though it ended… the Institution of American Racism continues. Blacks cannot sponsor TV series…or underwrite movies and documentaries which could remind America about its Home-Grown Racism. And even when we write about racism, many Whites dismiss the notion they are responsible for racism and slavery.

Then you have your general assortment of Blacks who think they have arrived and are quick to opine that some Blacks talk TOO much about racism. In other words, if we just stop talking about racism, it would somehow disappear. And anyway, too much talk about racism makes their White friends nervous. Of course, they do not want anything to interfere with their neat Black/White social and civic circles. Speaking of circles, whatever to those cute little Local Study Circles designed to “do away” with racism?

The Struggle will always continue because before we can get to fighting the enemy and the evils of racism, we have to fight Wannabee Blacks who do not have a clue about anything including the color of their skin…and Liberal Whites (not Progressives) who know what is best for “You People”.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Racists Are Limited and Have A Limited Vocabulary.

Republican Senate Candidate Says Obama’s Blackness Is Shielding Him From Impeachment by Jason Easley for PoliticusUSA

PRESIDENT OBAMA

"In an interview with the Daily Times Herald, Iowa Republican senate candidate Sam Clovis claimed that President Obama’s race is saving him from impeachment.

Clovis said, “I don’t think so, and I’ll tell you why. It’s not that what he has done would not rise to the level where it might be impeachable. I don’t think it’s a practical, pragmatic issue. And simply because I don’t think the nation is ready for it. You know, within this generation, we went through the impeachment of a president, and it didn’t end well, and now we have a situation where race is thrown into the cards as well. Whether we like it or not, race is an issue.”

Clovis was asked if Obama was white would he be impeached. He answered, “I wouldn’t say that I think people would.”

He was asked if he thought the only reason why Congress isn’t going after impeachment is the color of the president’s skin. Clovis answered,”I would say there are people in the House of Representatives right now that would very much like to take the opportunity to start the process. And I think the reason that they’re not is because they’re concerned about the media.”

This is an example of Republicans trying to have it both ways. On one hand, they are claiming that the president has committed impeachable offenses, but, on the other hand, they can’t impeach the president because he is black.

Republicans always claim that President Obama has committed a high crime, but they can’t name anything that Obama has done that is grounds for impeachment. The Republican Party is so deep into their blind hatred of the president that they aren’t making any sense.

It isn’t the media reaction that Republicans need to worry about if they were to try to impeach Obama. The majority of the country would be outraged, and the impeachment crazed Republicans would certainly be thrown out of office.

Cowardly racists like Sam Clovis don’t belong in the U.S. Senate, and his dog whistle impeachment cries will get him the deserved scorn of a nation."

Republican Senate Candidate Says Obama’s Blackness Is Shielding Him From Impeachment was written by Jason Easley for PoliticusUSA.

My Comments…Jason Easley is on point!

White Racists are such Cowards. Unless they have on a robe with a mask and riding a horse or in a car at night, they are either apologizing for things THEY say… or THEY are trying to come up with convenient excuses to keep from saying things they want to say and things they want to do. If you are going to be a racist, BE a racist.

Racists will remain racists until and unless we …Black Folks and White Folks…call them out. Have you called out a racist recently?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

AMERICA HAS ALREADY TURNED ITS BACK ON CIVIL RIGHTS.

 

 

Will America once more turn its back on civil rights?

 

"As the United States marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the civil rights revolution he helped spur is in peril. The progress African Americans forged has stalled. Will the United States once more turn its back on civil rights?

It has happened before. The first Reconstruction began with the Civil War and ended with the passage of the civil rights amendments ending slavery and guaranteeing equal protection under the law. Newly freed slaves pushed to exercise their rights. They won local elections and served on juries. They helped create what were the first public school systems in the South.

The reaction was brutal. The Ku Klux Klan terrorized African Americans across the South. Democrats became the party of the Confederacy. Barely 15 years later, Reconstruction was abandoned. In the Compromise of 1877, Republicans got Democratic support for ratifying the election of Rutherford B. Hayes to the presidency in exchange for removing federal troops from the South, betraying the newly freed African Americans. As W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun; and then moved back again towards slavery.”

It took a new civil rights and legal movement to end the decades of enforced segregation that followed. In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court threw out the lie of “separate but equal” and ordered desegregation in public education. In Baker v. Carr, it outlawed discriminatory apportionment schemes. The moral force of King on the outside and President Lyndon Johnson on the inside succeeded in passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, banning discrimination in public accommodations and guaranteeing equal employment opportunity, as well as and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, enforcing the right to vote. Johnson’s War on Poverty had a dramatic effect on reducing poverty, particularly among African Americans. Whites as well as blacks in the South benefited from King’s revolution.

With the election of Barack Obama, many hailed a new post-racial America. But even with Obama in the White House, stubborn facts raise questions about that optimism. African Americans suffered the most in the Great Recession. The wealth gap between African Americans and whites doubled, with median net worth of African Americans down to a shocking $4,955 (compared to $110,729 for whites). Blacks continue to endure more than twice the rate of unemployment as whites and suffer more long-term unemployment and lower wages, with more than one out of three African American children raised in poverty .

With public education largely funded locally and states and the federal government cutting back, the “savage inequality” of school funding ensures that those schools are not merely separate but also unequal. In our justice system, African Americans are more likely to be stopped by law enforcement, more likely to be arrested if stopped and more likely to be charged and sentenced if arrested. And punitive and discriminatory sentencing, particularly for drug offenses, has resulted in 2.2 million African Americans stripped of the right to vote by felony disenfranchisement laws.

These hard realities are reinforced by political and judicial reaction. Once more, demagogues feed racial paranoia: “In Obama’s America,” preaches Rush Limbaugh, “the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering.” Politicians such as Rep. Paul Ryan blame poverty on the poor, claiming that our threadbare safety net – now stripped of aid to dependent children – is turning into a “hammock.”

Efforts to suppress the vote of minorities and the poor are proliferating, with state and after state cutting back voting days, repealing same-day registration and creating strict voter identification requirements to discriminatory effect.

Worse, the five conservatives on the Supreme Court have put civil rights on the retreat. Shelby County v. Holder gutted key parts of the Voting Rights Act. Meredith v. Jefferson Country Board of Education declared affirmative desegregation plans in schools to be unconstitutional. Affirmative action faces continuous assault in the courts.

This retreat is poisonous in our increasingly diverse society. We cannot afford to go back to the confederate way of doing business or politics. We can’t afford to write off another generation of young people of color who will be closer to a majority of our nation when they are adults.

Today, unlike after the Civil War, it will be harder to stop the march of civil rights. Demography will increasingly punish rather than reward the party of white sanctuary. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has called on states to repeal discriminatory felony disenfranchisement laws. Even a few Republicans have joined with Democrats to try to revive the Voting Rights Act.

But the lesson of Reconstruction is clear: Progress toward greater justice is not inevitable. Equal justice under the law will not be inherited; each generation must fight to extend it or risk watching it erode. We aren’t headed back to the days of Jim Crow, but we have a long way to go before we fulfill the Founders’ promise of equal justice under the law."

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

You Cannot Substitute for Greatness.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/the-judicial-bench-needs-professional-diversity-too

Many of us know the sheer magnitude of substance we lost when Justice Thurgood Marshall died. His appointment to the United States Supreme Court was monumental in so many ways. He was not only a great legal mind, but his wealth of experiences brought diversity and knowledge to a federal court system when many of his White colleagues did not have a clue.

This "After Marshall" US Supreme Court and its lack of diversity and professional legal experience is woeful. Some of its integrity challenged justices are responsible for some of the most egregious decisions and as such have affected many decisions of lower federal courts. When you finally get around to working on and solving the professional/legal experience diversity issue, how about impeaching Uncle Clarence Thomas too? That would surely help.

Maybe President Obama can right many of the wrongs of this Supreme Court and the federal court system with some key federal judiciary appointments.  That is, if he is not blocked and thwarted by some of the same Republicants responsible for this "mess" in the first place.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Racism Bubbles To The Surface From Racists Submerged in Racist Slime.

http://http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/25/bush-sec-defense-donald-rumsfeld-compares-president-obama-trained-ape.html

From the article Racism At Center Of GOP Movement As More Whites Became Republican During Obama Years By: Justin Baragona Tuesday, March, 25th, 2014 www.politicususa.com …“Gallup released the results of a study on Monday showing the racial breakdown of political party affiliation since 1995. What the study revealed, and what most people have already figured out, is that with the election of President Obama in 2008, more white Americans have shifted party allegiance to the Republican Party, or have at least indicated they lean Republican. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to enjoy a huge advantage among non-whites, with almost no change in Democratic preference from the Clinton and Bush presidencies.

The problem for Republicans, of course, is that the country is becoming less and less white. While appealing to the raw emotional reaction that many white voters had when they saw a black man elected President, the Republican Party was able to utilize that to gain Congressional victories in 2010. However, they still saw a huge defeat in the Presidential election in 2012 and lost House and Senate seats as well. The short term gains they enjoyed in 2010 couldn’t be sustained.”

Disrespect of President Obama by racist White Republicant males has reached epidemic proportions, and it affects others throughout this country. Whites can deny racism exists in this country until the cows come home but all you have to do is open your eyes. Bottom line…There are none so blind as those who will not see. And I am no longer accepting apologies for racist comments/statements and the like. You meant it when you said…just strap on your brass ones and be a man about it.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

SLAVERY WAS GOOD FOR YOU PEOPLE

Arizona GOP congressional candidate: Slavery wasn’t so bad

ARIZONA JIM BROWN

Thank you SUH for knowing what is best for me …for kidnapping me from the Land of my Birth…for placing me in chains…for feeding me less food than your animals and providing me less medical care than your house dogs…for separating me from my wife and children…for using the whip at your whim like it was a pat on the back…for allowing me to work for you for "free" …for using my back and the backs of slaves to support the economy of an entire region of the country…for using my "free" labor to construct buildings on the campuses of many universities including Ivy League Colleges and Universities in the East…while making it a punishable crime for me to learn how to read and write. Thank you White American Anglo Saxon Protestant Christian Republicant Racists for your many Institutions of Racism.

BTW…Your Perfunctory Apology—Not Accepted.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

REAL HISTORY VERSUS CONVENIENT HISTORY

http://www.rense.com/general43/before.htm

AFRICAN HISTORY IN AMERICAN 1

AFRICAN HISTORY IN AMERICAN 2

Since Christopher Columbus never landed in the continental United States but rather landed on San Salvador Island (not to be confused with San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. In fact Columbus made three trips and NEVER landed in the continental United States.)…and Ponce de Leon actually landed in Florida, why is Christopher Columbus credited with discovering America? Forget about there were Nations of people already here. History has confirmed Africans landed in America before Columbus. Of course, an African would never get credit for discovering America (see attached link). BUT why not give Ponce de Leon credit for discovering America? After all, he actually touched foot on what is now American soil and he was White…well Spanish…but he could pass.

From the article…The best evidence of the Black presence in America before Columbus comes from the pen of the “great discoverer” himself. In his Journal of the Second Voyage, Columbus reported that when he reached Haiti the native Americans told him that black-skinned people had come from the south and southeast in boats, trading in gold-tipped medal spears. At least a dozen other European explorers, including Vasco Nunez de Balboa, also reported seeing or hearing of “Negroes” when they reached the New World.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.