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 »

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 »

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

 

Black History Which Never Makes Your History Books

1. A. Philip Randolph

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A. Philip Randolph was an important leader in the civil rights movement. His concerns were with the common man as he fought to represent black laborers. His efforts saw the banning of discrimination in defense industries during WWII and the ending of segregation in armed services in 1948.

2. Althea Gibson

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Althea Gibson was the first African American tennis player to find international success. After breaking down color barriers here in America, she went on to win both Wimbledon and French Open titles abroad. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.

3. Percy Lavon Julian

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Percy Julian — born in Montgomery, Alabama — escaped the dangerous Jim Crow culture of the South and went on to become a chemist. Lauded for his work with human hormone synthesis, Julian set the stage for steroidal drug production (including cortisone and birth control pills).

4. Myrlie Evers-Williams

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Born Myrlie Louise Beasley, Williams was wife to NAACP staffer Medgar Evers, who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1963. She later became a chairperson of the NAACP and then helped to restore the organization to its previous glory. In 2013, she delivered the invocation for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

5. Matthew Alexander Henson

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Matthew Henson was the first African American Arctic explorer. Henson was a navigator and craftsman and acted as tradesman with the Inuit people. He was part of a party of explorers who are recognized as the first to reach the geographic North Pole, and in 1937, he was invited to become a member of the Explorers Club.

6. Fannie Lou Hamer

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Fannie Lou Hamer was a key organizer of the Freedom Summer campaign — an event that attempted to register as many blacks as possible to vote in Mississippi (a state that historically excluded blacks from casting ballots). She is remembered as a fervent speaker who relied on her own story to reach the masses.

7. Lewis Latimer

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Lewis Latimer was an inventor who is credited for greatly improving the filament in Thomas Edison’s lightbulb, helping it to last much longer than Edison’s original design. Additionally, Latimer was very involved in the design for the original telephone, working with Alexander Graham Bell to help draft a patent.

8. Edward Bouchet

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Edward Bouchet (son of a former slave) was born in Connecticut. His family members were big participants in their town’s abolitionist movement, and Edward followed suit by becoming the first African American to graduate from Yale College. He dedicated his post-graduate life to educating students in physics.

9. Shirley Chisholm

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Shirley Chisholm started out as an educator specializing in early childhood development. From there, she went on to become not only the first African American to be elected to Congress, but also the first woman to run for president of the United States.

10. Robert Smalls

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Robert Smalls was an ex-slave and naval hero who went on to become a congressional representative for North Carolina. In 1862, he freed himself and his crew from slavery by commandeering a Confederate ship and sailing it to freedom. His tenacity is considered to have been a chief influence in the administration’s decision to accept African Americans into the U.S. Army.

Great Americans who happen to be Black. The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

But The President is Black!

INTENSE Republican Hate Skewing Obama Polls

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DRESS IT UP ANY WAY YOU WANT…There is only ONE REASON for Intense Republicant Hate…Core Racism by Core White Republicant Racists. PERIOD!!!

The American Dream for many White American Males has always been …One day I can become President of the Untied States. Not only did President Obama shatter that dream but many of the dreamers were White Republicants already holding elective office. They felt they were a hop and a skip from the presidency and had all kinds of fantasies about being called President Whomever. For a Black male, whose people were less than 150 years out of slavery at his election, to ascend the lofty position of the President of the United States, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military…AND…The Most Powerful Person in the World BEFORE THEM was really TOO MUCH for the White American Dreamers to stand. The unkindest cut of All. Bitter Pill. The Nightmare of All Nightmares.

These same Racist Dreamers have told Black folks over the years you are powerless and your votes do not mean a thing, and for decades tried every conceivable vile, evil, and racist means to keep Blacks from voting. Yet, these same descendants of slaves, fighting a system that did not want them involved, helped elect a president with the same skin color of a slave. Another killed White American Dream.

So Racists and Racist Republicants fight back at a President who has America's best interests at heart. They fight because they do not want history to record one of the greatest presidents ever was an intelligent, articulate Black man whose deeds and accomplishments did not compare to any other president in recent memory. They try every way and every day to sabotage this presidency. They have millionaires and billionaires spending and spending to defeat and slow down his programs. They buy the media and the Supreme Court and Congress and still President Obama rises to work for the people who enslaved his people. Which is why no matter what, the Struggle will always Continue until American makes good on the IOUs promised in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Nothing more and certainly nothing less.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Integrity Challenged FOX News …AGAIN!

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Three job requirements to work for FOX ...

1) Hatred of President Obama,

2) A Lack of News Integrity, and

3) Conscientious Stupidity.

The Struggle continues. RLHSR.

Reparations For All…Not Just For Some.

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AMERICA…You kidnapped me from my country…you used me for your free labor economy…you separated my family…you raped my women for your salacious pleasures and to give you more workable slaves…you whipped me at the stake and inhumanely treated me to make a point…you killed untold millions of Africans on their way to slavery and during slavery…and then you freed me with nothing and expected me to make a life for myself. Then you promised me property —40 acres and a mule–and the opportunity to work and till the soil. Then your Racist, Sympathetic-to- Slavery-and-the-South President Andrew Johnson reneged on that PROMISE even before it was basically carried out. You reversed the process of Reconstruction and during this period of American History referred to as the Nadir of Race Relations you treat me worse than you did when I was a slave…and you think —AMERICA—YOU do not OWE me? You think reparations are not due? You think the crops I harvested and the cattle I tended and the roads and bridges I built and the Dams I built and the Southern Homes and Mansions I built and the Ivy League College Buildings I constructed ALL FOR FREE are not deserving compensation.

Even though you have never apologized for slavery and you never held the South and yourself accountable for my treatment at your Christian Hands, YOU owe me America.

I Simply Want My Reparations!!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Integrity Challenged Republicant Political Power at any Price


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According to the dictionary definition, a traitor is one who betrays a person, a principle, or especially their country. It is of no consequence why someone, or a group, chooses to work in opposition to their nation, or fellow citizens’ well-being, because if their intent and result of their actions is to deliberately damage or cause harm to their country or fellow citizens, they are by definition traitors. It is likely that throughout America’s short history, except for the traitorous Confederacy, no group of individuals has exhibited the characteristic betrayal of a traitor more than conservatives in general, and Republicans in particular. What makes their actions all the more despicable is that their traitorous actions are founded on racial animus for one man; and allegiance to foreigners and one tiny segment of the population.

These Republicans’ malicious, calculated, and concerted acts of betrayal of their country and its people started the evening of Barack Obama’s first inauguration and, despite his overwhelming re-election victory in 2012, they have persisted unabated and in fact continue to grow. Of course the latest blatant example of betrayal is Speaker of the House John Boehner violating a 216 year-old federal law by “joining with the leader of a foreign nation against his own president.” That was the assessment in a scathing article published in the conservative magazine Forbes that rightly asserted that Boehner “seeking to damage any  American President by helping a foreign leader can never be considered something that is best for the nation.” That comment, in a nutshell, elucidates exactly why Republicans are traitors to America; they have no regard whatsoever for “what is best for the nation” or its people. Coupled with their blatant disregard for the Constitution they swore to uphold, their opposition to what is best for the nation has become the defining characteristic of the 21st Century conservative movement and it is why they are traitors.

The Republican drive to subvert this nation and its people’s well-being began when they met and secretly plotted to undermine economic recovery after they just spent 8 long years creating the Great Recession for the benefit of the rich; including starting two wars of religious aggression. At no time in history has a group of political leaders purposely conspired to destroy the nation’s economic well-being as Republicans did on Inauguration night in January 2009. They ramped up their war on the economy in 2011 when they nearly destroyed the full faith and credit of the United States that the Constitution states “shall not be questioned,” much less deliberately decimated. The constitutional betrayal garnered America’s first credit downgrade in history and a ploy they came precariously close to repeating in 2013 when they shut down the government by betraying their Constitutional mandate to legislate for the “people’s general welfare;” all over their opposition to Americans having access to affordable healthcare. It was a betrayal of their fellow citizens, and their oath to uphold the Constitution that tasks them to pass legislation, not shut down the government or threaten a credit default. Over the past six years, Republicans have shown that their allegiance to the Constitution is as non-existent as their allegiance to this country or their fellow citizens.

Republicans have compiled a despicable record of betraying Americans by conspiring and plotting to rob them of their wealth and transferring it, by way of tax cuts, to multi-national corporations with American-sounding names; all while assisting them to avoid taxes by protecting their ill-gotten gains in foreign banks. In fact, the Republican drive to enrich another foreign entity, TransCanada, at the expense of America’s environment, the people’s health, and economy is, as Forbes noted, “something that can never be considered in the best interest for the nation;” as if any American traitor ever considered what was in the best interest of the nation. Republicans also betrayed the Constitution by conspiring with foreigners (Canadians) to undermine the Executive Branch and upset the balance of power to benefit a foreign corporation, other foreign nations’ energy needs, and two un-American John Birch devotees.

Maybe more than anything, Republicans have betrayed America by attempting to destroy the principles in the Constitution they apparently despise as much as the nation and its people. There is no greater example than a massive concerted effort to obstruct and eliminate Americans’ right to vote in states Republicans control with valuable assistance from the conservative Supreme Court; a conservative cabal that has as little regard for, or allegiance to, the Constitution or America as Republicans in Congress and the states. In fact, in what is a telling commentary about Republican’s betrayal of the Constitution, a little over a week ago two Democrats in Congress felt the pressing need to propose a Constitutional amendment to “recognize voting as a fundamental American right.” Americans already “had”  constitutionally-guaranteed fundamental voting rights, including two long-established amendments extending the right to vote to women and people of color and not just white Christian males. But those Constitutional rights are vanishing due to Republican traitors to the Constitution and America’s representative democracy.

A list detailing the myriad ways Republicans betray the Constitution is extensive beginning with supporting religious fanatics successful efforts to control women, to supporting treasonous armed anti-government militias confronting and threatening federal agents, to giving corporations supremacy over citizens, to legislating discriminatory policies denying other Americans’ their constitutionally-guaranteed equal rights. Two years ago, and many time since, Republicans called for armed rebellion against the United States government if Americans re-elected Barack Obama as their President; something that anyone would regard as traitorous including calling for for a second revolution, threatening “Second Amendment remedies” against the government, and all manner of Republican-led state legislation ininuating armed threats against federal officials enforcing federal laws.

Their traitorous acts to destroy the economy and conspire with foreigners to undermine the Separation of Powers and office of the President are also betrayals of the Constitution they swore to uphold. The Republicans’ six year crusade to destroy the nation’s economy is not only traitorous; it is unprecedented in American history and still ongoing.  One wonders, really, if there is anything about America, its Constitution, or its people Republicans will not betray to advance the interests of the rich, foreign nations, and foreign corporations.

The Constitution is very concise and clear as to the job Republicans in Congress are  expected to perform and it is primarily “to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.” It is not to betray America by working with foreign leaders to undermine the Executive branch, not to assist foreign nations and corporations in their pursuit of profit, and not to dismantle the Constitution for theocrats and corporations. Republicans are turncoats with no interest whatsoever in what is “best for the nation” or its people. They have done nothing whatsoever over the past six years that was not an act of treachery against the American people, the Constitution, or the nation they show nothing but contempt for and it is because the people elected an African  American man as their President and in doing so exposed Republicans as traitors and enemies of state.

(by RMuse writing for the politicususa.com web site. Monday, February, 9th, 2015.)

Excellent writing. And I didn't have to say Racist.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.


Made in America

This is the charred body of Jesse Washington and whites from Waco — not ISIS — burned him alive

Charred corpse of Jesse Washington among the ashes (NAACP)

They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.

After listening to one newscast after another rightly condemn the barbaric killing of that Jordanian air force pilot at the bloody hands of ISIS, I couldn’t sleep. My mind kept roaming the past trying to retrieve a vaguely remembered photograph that I had seen long ago in the archives of a college library in Texas.

Suddenly, around two in the morning, the image materialized in my head. I made my way down the hall to my computer and typed in: “Waco, Texas. Lynching.”

Sure enough, there it was: the charred corpse of a young black man, tied to a blistered tree in the heart of the Texas Bible Belt. Next to the burned body, young white men can be seen smiling and grinning, seemingly jubilant at their front-row seats in a carnival of death. One of them sent a picture postcard home: “This is the barbeque we had last night. My picture is to the left with a cross over it. Your son, Joe.”

The victim’s name was Jesse Washington. The year was 1916. America would soon go to war in Europe “to make the world safe for democracy.” My father was twelve, my mother eight. I was born 18 years later, at a time, I would come to learn, when local white folks still talked about Washington’s execution as if it were only yesterday. This was not medieval Europe. Not the Inquisition. Not a heretic burned at the stake by some ecclesiastical authority in the Old World. This was Texas, and the white people in that photograph were farmers, laborers, shopkeepers, some of them respectable congregants from local churches in and around the growing town of Waco.

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Here is the photograph. Take a good look at Jesse Washington’s stiffened body tied to the tree. He had been sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman. No witnesses saw the crime; he allegedly confessed but the truth of the allegations would never be tested. The grand jury took just four minutes to return a guilty verdict, but there was no appeal, no review, no prison time. Instead, a courtroom mob dragged him outside, pinned him to the ground, and cut off his testicles. A bonfire was quickly built and lit. For two hours, Jesse Washington — alive — was raised and lowered over the flames. Again and again and again. City officials and police stood by, approvingly. According to some estimates, the crowd grew to as many as 15,000. There were taunts, cheers and laughter. Reporters described hearing “shouts of delight.”

When the flames died away, Washington’s body was torn apart and the pieces were sold as souvenirs. The party was over.

Many years later, as a young man, I visited Waco’s Baylor University, often referred to as the Texas Baptist Vatican. I had been offered a teaching position there. I sat for a while in the school’s Armstrong Browning Library, one of the most beautiful in America, containing not only the works of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the acclaimed Victorian poets, but also stained glass windows, marble columns, and elegant ceilings that bring to mind the gorgeous interior of Michelangelo’s Laurentian library in Florence.

Sitting there, I found it hard to reconcile the beauty and quiet of that sanctuary with the photograph that I had been shown earlier by a man named Harry Provence, publisher of the local newspaper. Seeing it, I realized that as young Jesse Washington was being tortured, students his own age, some of them studying for the ministry, were just finishing their spring semester. In 1905, when another black man had been lynched in Waco, Baylor’s president became a leader of the anti-lynching movement. But ugly memories still divided the town.

Jesse Washington was just one black man to die horribly at the hands of white death squads. Between 1882 and 1968 — 1968! — there were 4,743 recorded lynchings in the US. About a quarter of them were white people, many of whom had been killed for sympathizing with black folks. My father, who was born in 1904 near Paris, Texas, kept in a drawer that newspaper photograph from back when he was a boy of thousands of people gathered as if at a picnic to feast on the torture and hanging of a black man in the center of town. On a journey tracing our roots many years later, my father choked and grew silent as we stood near the spot where it had happened.

Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot’s horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.

My Comments…Show your indignant feelings  at the inhumane violence which happens on Foreign Shores all you want America, just remember and understand YOU PIONEERED a lot of that violence on these American Shores. Except then, it was Racist Inhumane Violence.

The Struggle continues. RLHSR.

OUTRAGED?

Critics pounce after Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast

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AND WHITE ANGLO SAXON PROTESTANTS ARE OUTRAGED ..outraged I tell you that this President would dare invoke slavery when talking about This Christian United States of America.
This same country whose founding documents say "We, The People…" and "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" but should have said "Only For White Americans".
This same country whose founding fathers owned slaves while talking about freedom, in the name of Christianity.
This same country that kidnapped a race of people from their Homeland and enslaved them for their materialistic, financial, and dare I say sexual pleasures, in the name of Christianity.
This same country that for almost 300 years kept those human beings in chains and bondage, in the name of Christianity.
This same country that NEVER apologized for Slavery and NEVER passed an Anti-Lynching Bill in Congress, in the name of Christianity.
This same country where a bunch of cowards called the Ku Klux Klan use the Christian Cross to justify unabated wanton racist violent attacks against Blacks, in the name of Christianity.
This same country which has its most segregated hour on Sundays between the hours of 11:00 am and 12:00 am, in the name of Christianity.
This same country that continues to exploit Blacks under the home developed American Institution of Racism, in the name of Christianity.
This same country that does not see character first, but skin color and only skin color first, in the name of Christianity.
Yes this same racist country which should be renamed These As Yet United States of America, in the name of Christianity.
That is the Christian America President Obama is talking about.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

No Surprise Here

I had a “lend me your ear” call over the weekend from a Black friend who does not live in Jacksonville. He is in network news or he was until last week. He resigned from sheer frustration. All of his frustration apparently boiled to the surface during the many “Black Lives Matter” and other protests throughout the country. He basically said to me Black people cannot “get their perspective included” when the network news staff has its meetings, and when network news segments are presented on the air. He is not a passive person and does speak up for a Black point of view. He went on to say the editorial staff which consists of the news program producer, director, researchers, and him (also a producer) are mostly White and have NO perspective on Blacks in the news.  And he added that is what he brings to the table along with his journalistic skills.  He added it is the “suits” that run network news and a Black point of view is not something of which they are interested.  I asked him jokingly was he eavesdropping on some of my conversation with friends on Facebook.  He is not on Facebook.

He covered the Michael Brown protests and other demonstrations but when he attempted to explain the perspective of the protestors, he was told he does not understand the “big picture” and he “cannot be too Black in the news.” When a person is frustrated you can hear it in their voice and when that person is a friend you try and help him with the frustration as best you can. It frustrates you too when there is nothing you can do but listen, although sometimes listening, as corny as it sounds, can help. He is a journalism graduate from a prestigious school and has a few hours left on his Masters Degree.

He also bemoaned the fact some of the other Blacks in the news operation “simply go along to get along. They are either too afraid they might lose their job if they say anything, they do not understand their Blackness, or they agree “I might be too Black.” He also said it is not just isolated to his network.  He did have praise for the operations of some network news personality programs like Al Sharpton or Melissa Harris-Perry or Rachel Maddow. He is not on MSNBC. He is now doing the usual. He is sending his resume’ (resume working) to various news programs and he is definitely trying to get on MSNBC and Al Jazeera, who he says has one of the best and fairest news operations in the industry.

Obviously he was frustrated, yet there is much truth in what he said especially when you watch the news coverage…or lack thereof…of news stories about Blacks and the racist comments about the President which should concern all Americans. He did not say it but I will.  There is inbred Racism is network news designed to appeal to White viewers. We all know it, but very few will say it.

I am posting this FYI.  Think about this when you watch network news and it’s professionally challenged ugly red-haired stepchild, local news, and then consider the sources.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.


The Race Traitor

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Mayor Bill De Blasio made himself the enemy because he spoke about racial profiling. Mayor De Blasio made an enemy of the NYPD, because he publicly spoke about the police profiling black males. The black community has spoken about this issue for decades.

The narrative of local police forces harassing, arresting and murdering black citizens unjustly has been reported through thousands of anecdotes, countless personal experiences and various musical genres for decades. The idea that this is finally recognized publicly by news channels in 2015, is absolutely pathetic for a country that prides iself on freedom and equality.

This issue was finally presented to all of white America by a white man: Bill De Blasio, Mayor of New York City. Mayor De Blasio put a white human face to an issue that many whites have either ignored or truly did not know about. Mayor De Blasio’s white face FINALLY made this an issue that some members of white America would finally recognized.  Black America has told white America for centuries that racism is in fact real and not a figment of a collective imagination, or an excuse for laziness or general failure. It is often easy and usually TOO easy for white America to dismiss black America for pointing out racism. Recently some members of white America have been calling white democrats and black America “The Real racists”. White on black racism is real and ALL white people know this. Many white people on the right(usually the GOP and Tea Party members), always attempt to deflect from their actual racism and the racism that lingers within the white race.

When Mayor De Blasio spoke of his concerns of the police harming his biracial son, it made him a Race Traitor.

Mayor De Blasio became the enemy of the right(usually white people and fools like Ben Carson), because as a prominent white man, he gave legitimacy to racism. Racism is supposed to be the excuse of lazy niggers who don’t want to work. Racism is supposed to be an excuse when a black person just isn’t good enough.

Mayor De Blasio angered many card carrying members of white America when he legitimized racism with the words that came out of his white face. HE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THAT!! As a good white man, he’s supposed to dismiss racism by saying nothing or laughing nervously like a moron. HE DIDN’T do that, he spoke the truth. The truth he learned from his life and his experiences. As a white person, his words on racism are given validity. He is given the benefit of the doubt of because of his skin. When he exposed the fact white people CAN in fact be racist, many on the NYPD knew that his words would be taken seriously. Instantly all of the black people that have claimed maltreatment at the hands of the NYPD were given validity. That’s why they turned their backs on him. (BLACKMANUSA.WORDPRESS.COM)

Enough Said. The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

FREEDOM NEVER DIES…The Legacy of Harry T. Moore

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While we are enjoying Christmas with our families and appreciating another God-Given Breath of Life, remember one of the real unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. On Christmas Day 1951, Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette retired to bed in their white frame house tucked inside a small orange grove in Mims, Florida. Ten minutes later, a bomb shattered their house, their lives and any notions that the south's post-war transition to racial equality would be a smooth one. Harry Moore died on the way to the hospital; his wife died nine days later. Despite an extensive FBI investigation, and two later investigations, the murders have never been solved.

Because Moore was killed in 1951, his name and his wife's name are not mentioned as deaths in the Modern Civil Rights Movement which some arguably say began with the death of Emmett Till in 1955. I say Harriette and Harry T. Moore's life's work, and his death were very much a part of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Harry was the first NAACP official killed in the civil rights struggle, and he and Harriette are the only husband and wife to give their lives to the movement. He literally put his life on the line every day as his Bio attests. He is one of my Real Civil Rights Champions.

It was my honor to be the Keynote Speaker last year (2013) when Harry T. Moore and His Wife Harriette were inducted in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore documentary explores the life and times of this courageous leader, a distinguished school teacher whose passionate crusade for equal rights could not be discouraged by either the white power structure or the more cautious factions of his own movement. It restores Moore to his rightful place in the Civil Rights Movement.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

OPEN LETTER TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN … OR IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT.

The degree of Racism that infects us all is evident in the killing of the two police officers in Brooklyn. Almost immediately, police union spokesmen, Right Wing Racist Hypocrites, AND Racists of all conveniences started pointing fingers at the demonstrations and protests and protests leaders and specifically Blacks as if Blacks are responsible for the deaths of the policemen and American Institution of Racism. Yet these same professional spokesmen never uttered a kind Christian word for the families of the unarmed victims killed by policemen. Let me remind you the American Institution of Racism was developed for, and is supported by, White America.

I do not apologize for protests and Demonstrations which dealt with the epidemic of brutal police killings, and do not try and tell me when a police kills an unarmed Black person that is simply “the price of doing business” if you are a law enforcement officer. The problem is those who protest racism and in this instance the unconscionable killings of many Blacks by police and other law enforcement officers are made to feel as if their protesting is responsible for police being killed. That is always the strategy of the American Institution of Racism. Whatever the circumstances, it was “The Blacks” fault for stirring up the “Niggers”. How many times have I heard “Racial Agitators”? This is not agitating. This is Black America protesting a problem America has allowed to simmer for decades. White policemen coming into the Black community as the disrespectful slavery plantation owners reincarnated to keep “The Blacks” under control is not new. The mantra is always “do not do as I do, just do as I say do.” There are police who do their jobs as professionals and there are policemen who do their jobs as racists. Yet when White policemen kill as we have see over this last year, Whites never view those killings as racist crimes against Blacks. Blacks killed by White policemen irrespective of circumstances are almost always “justified”. Do you really expect the Black Community to believe there are no bad policemen and there are no racist policemen? Of course, we live in a country which never apologized for slavery and never apologized for kidnapping millions of Africans from their native continent; so I would not expect America to ever see where it is wrong.

Well America you are wrong. As a Black man, I am not going on a guilt trip because two policemen were killed any more than you White America go on a guilt trip when Blacks are killed by policemen no matter the circumstances or lack of credibility and substance. I am a Christian and I abhor all killing. When you allow murderers to walk free or are never charged because a prosecutor “cooked the prosecutorial books” I never hear your voice. You call it justifiable homicide (what a helluva oxymoron), Blacks call it Murder. WE have seen it much too often. So we are at a crossroads. Unless America first deals with its rampant racism, and then begin to afford respect to Black America, then Humpty Dumpty will really have a Great Fall. Parading a few “handkerchief head” Niggers — Black Uncle Bens and Uncle Clarences and Aunt Staceys —asking us to apologize Cannot Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again. Blaming Blacks for America’s problems is not going to solve the problem. Funny but when you had us in chains as slaves, making money for you, we were not a problem.

Talking Race and Racism is very intimidating. Yet American Racism is as American as Apple Pie. America does not understand respect when it comes to Black America. That is a by-product of American Racism. You will not respect a Black President. You will not respect a Black First Lady. You will not respect a Black Attorney General. You treat them as irreverently as you treat the Native American Indians whose land you stole. The fact President Obama is Black exacerbates your already pathetic core racist attitudes. Like it or not America, the protests and the demonstrations will continue. You can blame Blacks all you want, but sooner or later you had better start looking in the mirror to assess the Real Blame. Only then can YOU start solving YOUR Problem.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The Scale Of Injustice!

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The Scale of Injustice

The Scale of Injustice tells us two things
1) A Racist with a Badge and a gun is still a Racist, but with Life and Death Control over you; and
2) Justice is Not Blind. Justice Is Most Definitely A Racist.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Lazy and Inept News.

Soledad O’Brien schools CBS host: Black protesters deserve to "survive an interaction with police".

 

 

 

CNN contributor Soledad O’Brien tried to explain to CBS host Bob Schieffer on Sunday that the protests over law enforcement “criminalizing” black communities were about much more than the recent deaths of black men in Missouri and New York.

“Anybody who thinks that what is happening right now [with the protests across the country] is only about Eric Garner, is only about Michael Brown is really missing what is happening in black America,” she pointed out. “African-Americans feel that they are treated differently in the criminal justice system, they are treated differently under the law.”

“There is this aggressive targeting of black people,” O’Brien added. “That doesn’t happen in white communities, and it’s that anger over so many years that is really percolating up now.”

“Do you think that’s a valid feeling, that they are being treated differently?” Schieffer asked. O’Brien encouraged the CBS host to “look at the statistics.”

In her recent CNN documentary Black in America: Black and Blue, she found that 90 percent of the 5 million stop-and-frisk stops in New York City never resulted in arrests. “Those people had done nothing,” she explained. “So 90 percent of the blacks and Latinos that were stopped in stop-and-frisks in New York City didn’t do anything. Imagine what that does psychically to a culture if you ‘fit the description,’ which means you’re black, male, 19 to 25.”

Schieffer, however, wondered if the stop-and-frisks were justified because blacks lived in “high-crime areas.” “I think the challenge is that it’s not being applied proportionally,” O’Brien declared. “For example, if you are arresting and stopping people where many of them haven’t done anything, you create a culture in that community — even a high-crime community — where people feel like they are being criminalized, even those — as we saw in our documentary — who haven’t done anything.”

The CNN contributor recalled that one man said that he had been stopped more than 100 times.

“At some point, I think it becomes very damaging to these individuals, but also to a community that understands this is unfair,” she continued. “White people would say to me, ‘Well, I tell my children they should be respectful of police.’ And black people would say, ‘I teach my son how to survive an interaction with the police,’ regardless of socio-economic status.”

“That is problematic, and that, I think, is at the core of all these marches and anger that we’ve seen.”

 

My Comments….Bob Schieffer is an uninformed TYPICAL talk show host who has outlived his usefulness if he was ever useful in the news arena. I cannot give this heretofore perceived knowledgeable host of a heretofore perceived intelligent news talk show a pass for stupidity and laziness.The questions and comments he made in this article are just some of the reasons why some of us should simply turn off network news…local news is a given…and seek news sources from some of the excellent web sites on the internet.

Yep I AM saying throw out the news baby with the stinking news bath water. You might learn more about what is REALLY GOING ON. When you can only list one or two news talk shows as worthy of watching, there is a Real problem. But then we knew that.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The South Will Rise Again…They Hope!

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Notwithstanding Southern Democrats who wimpishly ran both hot and cold on Progressive issues and supporting President Obama as the standard bearer of Democrats, the loss of Mary Landrieu (link article) camouflages other reasons why there will be no Democratic senators left from the Deep South when the new Congress is sworn in early next year. The press will never discuss it and of course NO TV talk show will adequately engage in an honest conversation, so I am offering my reasons why Republicants have taken over the Political South.

Your Choices are: 1)The Brown Decision. 2)The Civil Rights Bill of 1964. 3)The Voting Rights Act of 1965. 4)The Voting Rights Act of 1968. 5) Southerners hate Democrats since the Democrat Party is the Party of President Lyndon Baines Johnson who signed the Civil Rights Bill and the Voting Rights Acts. 6)Still Angry and Refusing to admit defeat of the so-called Civil War and Terrorist Southerners want a do-over.(Please note…The South was really an Enemy Government since they seceded from the United States of America) 7) They are throwing Red Meat Signals to the Klan to crank-up again. 8) Racist Republicant Right Wing Evangelical Tea Party Party totally represents the views of White Southerners. 9) The South does not like a Black President. 10) Southerners hate Democrats since the Democrat Party is the Party of Black President Barack Obama. 11) White Southerners do no like or want a Black President. 12) The South is not Progressive …never has been Progressive, and simply remains THE Bed Rock of Embedded Racism. 13) Best Place to keep Niggers in their Place. 14) The South wants their Love Affair with Racism to continue UNIMPEDED by things like Fairness and Equality. 15) Did I Mention White Southerners do no like or want a Black President? 16)All of the Above.

THE Southern Slogan and Political Motto…RACISM TODAY—RACISM TOMORROW—RACISM FOREVER.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The word is Insignificant.

Rev. Al Sharpton (l.) stands back as Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, as she speaks to the press after a grand jury decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of her husband.

Rev. Al Sharpton (l.) stands back as Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, as she speaks to the press after a grand jury decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of her husband.

Huffington Post Headline …“Conservatives Join Outrage Over Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner's Death”…
Yeah! Sure! Right! Don't get lulled into thinking Conservatives –aka Racists–give a tinker's damn about Eric Garner. Black Lives in this country are marginalized and insignificant because that is the mantra of Racism. In other words, Black Lives are not worth a tinker’s damn. Conservatives/Racists live by that creed. Which is why the headline “Conservatives Join Outrage Over Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner's Death” is not worth the computer space it uses. This was a sloppy DBP (Death By Police) because it was captured on tape. So officials could not tell the public not to believe your Lying eyes. Amadou Diallo. Manuel Loggins Jr. Ronald Madison, Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell, Michael Brown and the list is tragically long, were all killed by the police who were not charged AND there were no videos. Eric Garner on the other hand was a different matter. There was a video. Did it make a difference charging the police? Not in the least. So it was sloppy. They could not use the usual basis of my police word against the dead victim. Another snuffing of an "Insignificant Life".

A Little History…The Word is Insignificant.
During slavery and after slavery, Blacks were hanged, bull whipped to death, shot, bodies pulled apart by horses and all to make a point. Your life was insignificant. When a slave owner “lost” a slave, he simply bought another. And even if he did not, he increased the workload on the remaining slaves. But his point was made, and the other slaves got the message. The cowardly Ku Klux Klan did the same thing and under the protection of law enforcement because many Klan members were in law enforcement. Yet today, Black students will say to you, as they have said to me, Mr. Hurst, there were good slave owners and bad slave owners, and the Klan started as a social organization. This is what we teach. We call it American History. Good White Plantation owners are significant, and slaves are insignificant. American History teaches nothing about Black History and teaches nothing about the Civil Rights Movement. So the word/term/policy that yells "Insignificant" continues.

Many Whites today continue to treat Blacks as insignificant creatures. Many Whites think more of their pets than they do for Blacks. Liberals come up with these stupid ideas of what THEY think is best for Blacks. THEY consider allowing Black to TELL THEM what is best. That's because Blacks have Insignificant Minds. The American Institution of Racism’s permeating attitude is ALL Black Males are violent. Get them before they get you is the “public safety rationale” many law enforcement officers use and upon which Stand Your Ground laws are written. Black Lives in America are still insignificant and unless and until we decide to do something about it, NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

And don’t send me any links where some reporter and headline writer are having orgasms because a few racists are saying things with a wink wink. If you believe them, maybe you need to look in the mirror again.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

He IS The President!

Let's get over the Bull Shit emotionalism of demanding President Obama go to Ferguson. He does not need to go to Ferguson. Former Sundown Town Ferguson is just another residual of this country's Racism. President Obama is not the head of a Civil Rights Organization. He is not the President of a Community Based Organization (CBO). He is not a troubleshooter. He is the President of the United States. He has a plethora of folks who can go. He has spoken from his position as President about Ferguson, and might I add, quite well. Remember HE sent Attorney General Eric Holder to visit Ferguson earlier, and the FBI is still investigating. The Secretary of State goes when there is an International Incident, not the President. The Secretary of Homeland Security visits incidents of national security.

There are those who say, why can't the President go? Cornel West went? First-Cornel West is a Pompous Ass; and Second-He is not the President of the United States. And he still has not received an invitation to the White House. BTW-This is West's latest criticism of President Obama…"I think Ferguson signifies the end of the age of Obama." What the Hell does that mean? Oh I know, some of his professorial colleagues and Do Good liberals (them again) will flock to West's defense with the usual banal jargon. All expected. (As an aside—If some of these "Doctors" do what they should do in TWI (Traditional White Institutions) and HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) and teach their students about Black History and the Civil Rights Movement, maybe more students will understand. I needed to say that.) Of course, these same Academics/Professors/Race Experts and Do Good Liberals/Race Experts will never move beyond their ivory towers to get involved. They just talk a good game, criticize, and complain, and that is all. They collectively did nothing back in the Civil Rights Movement, and they continue to do the two things now that they do best— Nothing and Pontificate. Cornel West needs to go somewhere and sit in a corner and wait for a White President in 2016. Maybe he will finally get his White House invitation.

President Obama does not have to visit Ferguson. He did not need to visit Sanford or Jacksonville or New York or Los Angeles or Richmond or Dallas either. Get Over It!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

REVERSE RACISM DOES NOT EXIST!!! Next Question.

The state of race relations in the U.S. where people seem to be under the mistaken belief that we are “post-racial,” is dire. This week saw a young, unarmed Black man killed by the NYPD in a stairwell, and a refusal to indict from a Ferguson grand jury. Responses to these events from those concerned about systemic discrimination against people of color also saw the revival of a familiar battle cry among my fellow honkies: “Reverse racism!”

Accusations of “reverse racism” are dragged out in many cases when people of color and nonwhite people speak out, sometimes passionately, about racial issues. In Texas, for example, a teacher was recently forced out of her job after a profanity-laced tweet from her private account, in which she referred to White people as “crackers.” Make no mistake: The district’s pressure wasn’t about the use of some four letter words. It was about “crackers,” and the belief that some people think it’s a racial slur. Yes, really. Recently, in another example, the “tanning tax” was called “racist against White people.”

#Breaking: Reverse racism doesn’t exist. Here’s why.

1) Racism = privilege + power

In order to be racist, you need to possess two traits. The first is privilege: A structural, institutional, and social advantage. White people occupy positions of racial privilege, even when they are disadvantaged in other ways. White women, for example, consistently make more than Black women, because they benefit from racial attitudes. Furthermore, you also have to have power: the ability, backed up by society, to be a strong social influencer, with greater leeway when it comes to what you do, where, and how.

For instance, white people benefit from privilege and power when they aren’t arrested for drug crimes at disproportionate rates, while Black people experience racism when they’re arrested, and sentenced, for the same crimes. This reflects a racialized power imbalance in the justice system. It’s about the privilege and power of white offenders (less likely to be racially profiled, more likely to have strong legal representation, more likely to be able to talk police officers out of an arrest) and the lack of social status for Black offenders.

People of color talking about White people don’t occupy positions of privilege or power. Therefore, they cannot be racist. Racism is structural, not personal.

2) Anger is a legitimate response to oppression.

When “reverse racism” is flung around, it’s often in response to angry language, to protests, to fights for equality. People of color have been pushing back on privilege and power for a long time. Many of them are understandably pretty tired of it. Unsurprisingly, some aren’t interested in moderating their tone for a white audience. That means that sometimes they use strong language, out of frustration, rage, or to make a heavy impact on observers. Still not reverse racism.

More importantly, insisting that people of color need to be nice about the way they talk about racism is, in fact, racist: It suggests that, for example, “angry Black women” don’t merit social attention, because they’re being unreasonable.

3) Attempts to rectify systemic injustices are not examples of reverse racism.

One of the most common pieces of evidence used as “proof” of reverse racism is that of affirmative action and minority admissions at colleges, universities, and some companies. The argument goes that people of color are stealing positions and jobs away from better or equally qualified white people.

This is not the case. The problem is that generations of injustice have resulted in under-representation of people of color in these settings, and the goal of affirmative action and related initiatives is to ensure that they aren’t harmed by racial bias in admissions and hiring decisions. People of color aren’t admitted or hired “over White people.” They’re considered equally, with an eye to the fact that subconscious bias may be influencing decisions made by people in power, who are, you guessed it, often white.

“White folks will tell me time and time again that Affirmative Action is ‘unfair,’” writes Jamie Utt, a diversity and inclusion consultant and sexual violence prevention educator, “because it discriminates against White people. What the term ‘fair’ assumes here, though, is that we live in a society where there’s an equal playing field for all students, regardless of race or wealth.” Addressing these injustices is intended to give people of color more opportunities, and to ensure that future generations won’t face the same imbalances current generations do.

4) Having spaces set aside for people of color is not racist.

Whites are often resentful of clubs, organizations, and groups focused on people of a specific race, with membership closed to people who are not members of that racial community. The claim goes that such groups segregate and discriminate; after all, if members of those minorities cared so much about racism, they’d open their membership to all, right?

Josh Odam writes in the Daily Collegian, “One of my favorite examples of such a mentality is this: It’s unfair that Black students have a Black Student Union when white students do not. To put it simply, the University of Massachusetts is a White Student Union.”

But it’s about more than that. It’s not just that every public space is open to white people, but that white people have an expectation that every private space should be open to them, too. Some conversations and community events need to take place behind closed doors. People of color may need to have sensitive conversations about discrimination, racism, and their lived experiences that are difficult to have when they are surrounded by white observers or people who talk over them. Such spaces provide a medium for doing so, just as members of the LGBTQ community use retreat spaces, and women join women-only organizations and groups for mutual support.

5) White people are not oppressed.

The history of the oppression of people of color by the West, and, by extension, white people, spans centuries. Africans were enslaved and brought to the New World, where European colonialists stole land from Indigenous people. Colonies across the Global South brought untold wealth into the coffers of Europe, with the low, low cost of suffering for native populations. 

Today, we’re still living with the legacies of colonialism: In the United States, the Black community is dealing with the aftermath of slavery and the poverty and systemic prejudice it left behind. In many African nations, the collapse of former colonies left governments in shambles and unable to support themselves. In Australia, indigenous people struggle with a high poverty rate and low access to health care.

White people, in contrast with people of color, do not experience systemic discrimination that makes it difficult to find and hold jobs, access housing, get health care, receive a fair treatment in the justice system, and more. When it comes to social disparities, they’re the ones consuming and receiving the bulk of the resources; in just one example, Black women in the U.S. are more likely to die from breast cancer due to delayed diagnosis. That’s the result of racism within the medical system

Despite the belief stated by some White people that they are more oppressed than people of color, their claims don’t bear out when looking at social metrics like statistical representation in the justice system, poverty, educational achievement, and unemployment rates.

6) Prejudice and racism are not the same thing.

Some people of color may view Whites prejudicially; no wonder, given the interactions of racism in society. Anyone can believe in stereotypes or hold ideas about members of other groups that are not entirely accurate. 

However, being, and behaving, prejudicially isn’t the same thing as racism, especially when such prejudice punches up, not down. As Justin Simien of Dear White People puts it, “Prejudice and racism are different. A joke about White people dancing has no impact on the lives of average White people, whereas jokes about black people and reinforcing stereotypes about Black people do have an impact on the lives of everyday Black people.”

7) Hard truths aren’t racist—they’re just hard to hear.

Making a racist statement is a manifestation of racist culture; being “mean” isn’t. For whites, it can be difficult to be confronted with the reality of racism, and with comments from people of color about how privilege and power operate. It’s tempting to take such comments personally and to insist that people of color are being “mean,” which is often a hop, skip, and a jump away from an accusation of reverse racism.

In this case, the goal is often to invalidate the points made. If someone is being racist, surely her comments can be dismissed instead of taken seriously. Thus, a white person uncomfortable with a racialized conversation may claim that it’s reverse racist in order to escape the conversation, or escape her own role in racist power dynamics.

On the Internet, where such conversations fly by at lightning speed and often get heated, accusations of reverse racism often come in hot and heavy. It’s worth taking a moment to back up and hit those commenters with a healthy dose of truth serum.

By S. E. Smith–dailydot.com

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Justice is not Blind, Justice is a Racist.

Matt Wuerker

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Marissa Alexander…Justice Deferred.

Difficult to objectively assess the MARISSA ALEXANDER plea deal because it eliminates her exposure to serve 60 years. She pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on Counts 1 and 3 of the three Counts which satisfied the conditions of the plea deal. There is still a count 2 which will require her to go before the judge. He could also say everything is satisfied or not. He could even sentence her to more time. All of this gives them the ability to SAVE FACE, and they are doing it on the back of a Black Female. After serving 65 more days in jail in addition to the 1030 days she has already served, Marissa will be released from jail on January 27. She will then serve an additional 2 years of leg bracelet monitoring including house arrest. Further details will come out today…..BUT…

This was a political decision. It does take Marissa from under the gun of a 60 year sentence but it also takes Jacksonville's Political and Criminal IN-Justice Leadership off the hot seat. This is an international case and they just wanted IT to go away. Considering the circumstances, it takes a lot of pressure off of Marissa but it is interesting about the additional 2 years. I suspect these 2 years HAMSTRINGS her from publicly talking about her case. TV and Talk Shows etc. Keep her quiet. Jacksonville does not want Marissa's case to become more of a cause celebre'. Jacksonville's Racial Personality is still front and center and it is still racist. I am glad this part of Marissa's nightmare is over BUT THIS IS STILL A TRAVESTY and Justice is still a Racist.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Michael Brown…A Story of Racism, Injustice, and Death—-Again.

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This is another unfortunate teachable moment about Racism and Injustice in these As Yet United States of America. When a Black man is killed by a white person…Police or otherwise…the killer is never on trial. The Black male victim is on trial for what he did or did not do and he obviously cannot defend himself or say his killer is also a Liar. Black males are always thought to be naturally violent so they are always the aggressors. These are the circumstances since slavery. Black males are always at fault irrespective of the circumstances. In addition to Michael Brown, we have seen 20 to 30 Black males + killed over the last two years …the list is tragically long…including some who supposedly "committed suicide in the back seat of a police car"; and it was "their fault" or "it was something they did". So this teachable moment is to help young Black people understand racism in this veritable "Sea" of Integration.

Your conversation with a young Black person and especially with Black Millennials has to deal with stark reality. Racism is no joke. When Dr. Maya Angelou said "These As Yet United States of America", she spoke truth. When James Baldwin said "It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate”, he spoke truth. As a Black Parent, Grand Parent, Uncle, Aunt, whatever …to quote from the song in "Ragtime"…MAKE THEM HEAR YOU. That is the only way they will understand what they are up against. Graduation speakers tell one of the biggest lies at high school and college commencements. They tell students work hard, do your assignments, graduate …and tell the world you are ready, and everything will be all right. But to Blacks, they never mention the term Racism. You tell your young people about Racism, not as an excuse…But so they will know what to expect. You cannot afford not to.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Memo to Ferguson Missouri White Business Community, White Elected Officials, and Their White Fellow Travelers…

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Don't point fingers because of the unrest. Don't become concerned NOW when your Christmas Profits are in danger. You are bracing for the unknown because of the core racist attitudes of You, Your White Elected Officials and Your White Police. You did not see this coming because you did not want to see this coming. You were lulled into thinking "The Coloreds" in Ferguson and in other portions of St. Louis County were "satisfied" with your racism and White Privilege. So what is a little more intensified Police Brutality? We will just look the other way like we have always done.

Now you are saying things like "things would have been fine if it were not for the outside agitators". Talk about a page from the 50's and the 60's. You do not need "outside agitators" when people are finally fed-up with the American Institution of Racism. That is why there is a Struggle and why the Struggle Continues. You Ferguson Missouri…no matter what happens…no matter the violence-real and imagined…no matter the fall-out …no matter the excuses given … You helped America make this and You and America own this. You just have to deal with another chapter of Racism-American Style. And it ain't pretty.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

When Is Enough Enough?

 

Adrian Peterson

I love how all the Black and White Sports Commentators, and everyone else with lips, are ripping Adrian Peterson to shreds and imposing their own opinions about how "inhumane" he was as a father and how society needs to really start addressing the issues of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. Some simply responded to Social Media. No one condones child abuse or spousal abuse. Adrian Peterson spanked his child with a switch…not a tree limb as some media described.. and he has apologized many times over. When is enough enough. Everyone has waded in with their expert and psychological opinions. Usually we say, let the legal system take its course, and it did.

 Commissioner Roger Goodell seems to be punishing the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson for the sins of Ray Rice.

But for many, including the NFSL, the National Football Slave League, that was not good enough. I also reference Massa Roger Goddell utterly patronizing statement when he said, Peterson has not shown enough remorse; yet Goddell and Peterson HAVE NOT had a sit down conversation about anything. How does he know there is no remorse? How many times does Peterson have to apologize? So once again, we have a Black Athlete as the Poster Example of what is wrong with society's ills. White Corporate American needed a scapegoat and the NFSL obliged them.

Now, I wonder when will EVERYONE start addressing Society's Racism with the same intensity or do we continue to let that 800-lb Gorilla simply continue to sit in the middle of the room?

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Racists are Ignorant AND Stupid and not necessarily in that order.

 

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Examples once again of White Supremacy and White Privilege produced by that American Institution of Racism. This post is initially directed at Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta, but if you are a member of a Black Sorority or Fraternity…if you are not a "Greek" and are a person whose hue of skin is the same as mine…if you are White and are fair-minded…And if you are White and NOT fair-minded, this post is intended for you.

On the November 11 edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight, Resident Racist host (and there are many on FOX) Lou Dobbs claimed United States Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch's membership in DELTA SIGMA THETA, one of the country's leading Black sororities was "controversial". This Racist FOX Noise Imp said this (among other things) because Eric Holder's wife Sharon Malone, a classmate of Lynch's at Harvard, and the Sister of Vivian Malone (who integrated the University of Alabama notwithstanding racist Governor George Wallace so-called "standing in the door") also pledged Delta Sigma Theta. What an insult. In fact, they founded the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Harvard.

This is a part of the systemic attempt on the part of rather pathetic Racist Whites who have to discover a way to look down on Blacks who are obviously brighter than them. Racists have a need to try and show they are intellectually superior to Black females such as Loretta Lynch and Sharon Malone. I can imagine them collectively saying, "How dare these Negresses pretend they belong?" Racist White Males are notorious for this make believe to fortify their male egos. When they realize they are not, their next step is to try and dismantle those Monuments and those Organizations of Pride in the Black Community which are testimonies to Black Legacy and real accomplishments. Mrs. Lynch who was appointed by President Obama in 2010 and also serve in the same post from 1999 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton was confirmed twice by the United States Senate.

This made-up furor shows the width and breadth of the American Institution of Racism. So when we talk with our young people, make sure we explain to them what racism is all about. You have examples all around you.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Political Life Goes On!

A few things to take away from election both good and bad…
First a few of the bad…
*Prepare yourself for the gloating and Republicant Shills in the media describing the election as a mandate for Republicants and a repudiation of the policies of President Obama.
*Many Democrats ran trying not to lose instead of running to win and did not run on issues like Obamacare and the minimum wage which identify who they are and Democrats support for the middle class.
*Wimpy Democrats now understand running with the President and his accomplishments would have served them better than running from the President.
*Racists in the US House of Representatives will surely vote to impeach President Obama as soon as they can after they are sworn in January 2015. Many even ran on impeaching President Obama. Impeachment will be fueled by his veto pen which he will use with the flood of BS legislation they will now pass. Impeachment is a two-step procedure. The House of Representatives must first pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of impeachment, which constitute the formal allegation or allegations. They really do not need a GOOD reason. So it will happen sooner rather than later. In the case of the impeachment of a president, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the proceedings. To convict the accused, a two-thirds majority of the senators present is required. Conviction removes the defendant from office. But understand, impeaching the President because of ideology instead misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeaseance will be a Public Relations disaster with consequences to cost the Republicants the white House in 2016.
*The President will lose key staffers who have had enough of Republicant obstructionism.
*Liberal and or progressive federal judicial appointments are probably out and some compromises are in when judicial appointments are made.
*****
And now some of the good—sort of—
*Every two-term president in the last 30 years had to face the opposite party controlling both houses of the legislature so this is nothing new.
*President Obama DOES have the veto pen and expect him to use it. It requires 2/3 to override Republicants which Republicants will not have.
*Even with the Republicant win, this was not a sweep nor was it a mandate. Many states where the Senate was lost were states President Obama DID NOT carry in 2012.
*The new governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf ran as a progressive and ran on issues Democrats should have understood. Many Democrats will learn not to run from your presidential standard bearer and run on issues which have been proven true to your party’s values and ideals.
*Democrats grabbed a key Senate victory in Michigan with U.S. Rep. Gary Peters who also ran as a progressive.
*Even though many Republicants in Congress are stupid and racist and sexist and homophobic etc. any talk about REALLY repealing Obamacare will be bluster and sabre rattling. They will make a lot of noise and there will be agreement to a tweak or two but that is it. They will have to face their constituents and explain taking their health care.
*Democrats retained control of the Kentucky State House in Mitch McConnell’s front yard.
*Oregon Democrats, especially in the State Senate, virtually ran the table Tuesday night, clearing the way for an ambitious agenda heavy on environmental and income-equality issues in the 2015 legislative session.
*With Republicants spending more than a Billion dollars across the country, many Republicants won with a few thousand votes. That qualifies as “buying” an election. That will change. By the way $55 million were spent in attack ads alone against McConnell’s opponent, Alison Grimes.
*Finally…Look for a real knock-down-drag-out if the President has to make a Supreme Court appointment.

Once again, The Struggle Continues! RLHSR.

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.

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