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 »

 

It is STILL The Struggle.

During a White House ceremony honoring the 2016 US Olympic Team, President Obama saluted 1968 Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos — who famously raised their fists in protest of racial injustice and racism on the medal podium during the National Anthem. “Their powerful silent protest in the 1968 Games was controversial, but it woke folks up,” Obama said. “And created greater opportunity for those who followed.”
 
When you fight the vulgarities of Racism you fight on whatever platform you have and whenever the battle presents itself. You are fighting for Human Dignity and Respect and maintaining your Integrity as a Black American. You don't stop to evaluate the fallout. And if there is fallout, So Be It. John Carlos and Tommie Smith and Colin Kaepernick used THEIR platform to fight Racism. They were not the first and certainly will not be the last.
 
The Civil Rights Movement has fought America's vile White Racism through the decades and centuries. We call that fight The Struggle. Racism was evilly and destructively and maliciously designed and created to eviscerate the Human Dignity and the Respect of Black America….to attack the very Souls of those with a Black hue of skin. That is the intention of the American Institution of Racism. I never expect White folks to work to eradicate THEIR Racism because, in addition to not admitting racism exists, many Whites enjoy the residuals of Racism and White Privilege and White Supremacy. They will not admit it but the major reason White America supports Donald Trump is because HE is the card-carrying image and poster boy of White American Racism and he speaks THEIR Racist language.
 
Correspondingly Black folks should at least understand the intended debris from Racism, Racist language, and Core Racist Attitudes continues to fall on them. In the final analysis, you must understand Black is a State of Mind…and if you are Black and really understand you are Black …. then you will surely understand Racism is a disease intended to infect and affect you…and ONLY YOU. The question is…What are you doing to fight Racism?
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

White America Just Does Not Understand.

'A RIOT IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNHEARD' ….DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WHEN HE LIVED, AND BEFORE DR. KING WAS ASSASSINATED BY WHITE AMERICA, WHITE AMERICA GAVE LESS THAN A TINKER'S DAMN ABOUT DR. KING.

Yet today, White America gladly will quote him when White Racism results in the kind of violence we see in Charlotte usually saying "Dr. King said I judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin" …as if Dr. King walked around holding hands and singing Kum-Bay-Yah. To paraphrase a colorful quote…White America did not know Dr. King very well. The words of the real Dr. Martin Luther King were far more radical than today's cherry-picked lines.

Dr. King’s complete quote…”It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.” And this was before we had the film/video documentation of Black Death By White Police.

I am non-violent. But that does not mean I do not understand the roots of violence. White America with its rudimentary understanding of Dr. King, cynically trots his quotes out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities to use him to conveniently prop up the status quo. He is the Dr. King of ignorant and racist White commentators and equally ignorant Black commentators who will not talk about root causes of violence, the racism, and the senseless killings of Blacks by Police which are at the very least, responsible for the revolution. Dr. King also said that Whites are not putting in a similar mass effort to re-educate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the White people of America believe they have so little to learn. White Privilege and White Supremacy.

Of course, the game plan in EVERY city where violence erupts follows like this: White America will “run” to Black "preachers" and various Black pulpit pimps who are so connected to White folks that every time they move their Black lackeys moves too. (Real Black Preachers know Better.) They will trot these persons out…usually in a church…along with a few Black elected officials…and they will say in so many words “Stop The Violence.” Yet these same Black pimps…and Black elected officials…and White Racist elected officials NEVER SAY to police, STOP KILLING BLACKS. Yet the police kill Blacks with impunity and when the Black community revolts you want peace without substance. Memo to Police: Killing Black folks is not your job.

White America still does understand Black Lives Matter TOO! Charlotte is not an exception. And whether you agree with violence or not, what instigated the protests in Ferguson and St. Louis and Tulsa and Baltimore and Charlotte was Death By Police. No one wants to talk about That!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Ahhh…White America.

ANOTHER MEMO TO WHITE FOLKS…
*Police killed at least 102 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week.
*Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting.
*37% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population.
*Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015.

In this country symbolically represented by the United States Flag and the Star Spangled Banner, you, White America, get bent out of shape when we realistically look at those symbols as symbols of Racism and America’s Core Racist Attitudes. You expect Black America to revere those symbols and hold them in unfettered allegiance and loyalty. Yet like the Confederate Flag, the American Flag, and the Star Spangled Banner are beginning to mirror each other. One celebrated racism and slavery and the other celebrates racism and oppression. Not much difference in our eyes. That is why you are angry at Colin Kaepernick.

You were pissed off as hell and wanted to move Heaven and Earth when Colin, as a professional football player, demonstrated against what he could plainly see happening to Blacks every day. He saw the epidemic killing of unarmed Blacks by police…he saw the jailing of an unarmed Black female because of her “attitude” by police and then her ultimate death…he saw the chokehold killing of an unarmed Black male by police…he saw an unarmed Black teenager running from police and for that he was shot 16 times by police…he saw the killing of an unarmed Black 12-year-old playing with a toy in a park by police…he saw the police become Occupation Troops in the Black Community …and in just the last few days, he saw as we have seen police kill Keith L. Scott, an unarmed disabled Black man in Charlotte, NC, and police kill Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man with his arms in the air in Tulsa, OK.

I know you are only interested in Black folks when we entertain you on stage and on a sports field. When I look at some of the sports teams from TWI–Traditional White Institutions—it makes me think the student body was mostly Black. We know that is not the case. We are only there for YOU because WE suit your athletic purposes. I cannot explain to you my mixed feelings and even anger as I watch sports teams from the South, especially Mississippi and Alabama with a substantial number of Blacks when just a few short years ago, the National guard and the military were called out in Oxford, Mississippi when a Black man James Meredith applied for admission at the University of Mississippi…and Governor George Wallace stood in the door of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to keep Vivian Malone and James Hood from being admitted. It took the Kennedy Administration through the Deputy United States Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach (while the 2nd Infantry of the United States Army at Fort Benning, Georgia stood-by) to get him to move out of the way and allow their admission. You hated us then…and YOU want us to believe you “Love” us now? Really?

Black folks cannot all play sports. We cannot all sing, and believe it or not, we cannot all dance, so all of us cannot entertain you; BUT WE can see your racism. We can see you say nothing when unarmed Blacks are killed by police. We can see your support for a racist running for President as he spouts his usual vile and insulting venom. We can see you say and do nothing about deadly racist violence, yet we can see you Raise Hell when that OBVIOUS RACIST VIOLENCE is called out. WE can see your over the top self-serving support of White Supremacy and White Privilege. And you think WE are not patriots because we can clearly recognize oppression and cruelty and tyranny when we see it. By The Way and for the Record, WE are not afraid of your Ku Klux Klan.

Although you are trying as hard as hell to keep us from voting, WE WILL vote and we will certainly NOT vote for your glorified Racist leader Donald Trump. Understand that many of us look upon the "Star Spangled Banner" TODAY and the American Flag TODAY, like we look upon "Dixie" and the Confederate Flag YESTERDAY and TODAY, as symbols of Racism and White Supremacy and White Privilege and White Oppression. Don’t even try the Southern Heritage thing…that has never worked. The Struggle has not ended…The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The American Institution of Racism

WHITE AMERICANS WILL NOT ADMIT TO THEIR RACISM…NEVER HAVE…NEVER WILL. Yet they created the American Institution of Racism during that infamous period of American history when they kept 4 million people in chains for their nefarious pleasure and financial gain and reward. In fact, when Jacksonville Native Son James Weldon Johnson penned "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" and the lyrics “Stony the Road We Trod, Bitter the Chastening Rod” he was talking about the bitter times for Black America in 1900; and he prophetically imagined Black America would continue to experience bitter times some 116 years later.

DELEGITIMIZE EVERYTHING BLACK AMERICA HAS ACCOMPLISHED. White America has this continuous need to reinforce their “Whiteness” by proclaiming that in order for a Black person–any Black person–to have succeeded or succeed, they must have done so through some nefarious means. Whites never think Blacks have the intelligence, the knowledge, the work habits, and the work ethic to succeed. Whenever great Black athletes and Black academics/scholars and Black artists and Black writers make their impact in America and the world, it was simply because it “came easy” to them. They had the physical genetics to play sports or music came easy to them or they were able to research eminent subjects because of entitlements or their writings and their art were hard to understand or were simply folly. Their mantra…Blacks simply do not have the gray matter to make a difference. Without admitting it, White America’s White Privilege and White Supremacy means their intelligence and their knowledge and work habits are never on display. Then there is White America’s well-worn comment that you hear over and over and over again… “Why don’t Blacks pull themselves up by their boot-straps like “others” that came to this country?” Not even admitting or wanting to admit that the many who came to this country came on a ship and through Ellis Island and not in chains like Africans on the bottom of a filthy and dehumanizing slave ship.

Where President Obama was born or if he is a Muslim are instances of contempt and disrespect used by White America to try and delegitimize The President and his administration. Make America Great Again are just code words for The Nigger President did not do ANYTHING and Niggers did not do anything either. The game plan is to co-opt America's thinking about President Obama’s legacy…the legacy about THE Black President. The election and re-election of President Obama…the accomplishments of an Obama administration…The significant achievements of the Civil Rights Movement…and the relevant yet ignored historical accomplishments of Blacks Made America Great in the first place are some facts White America does not want to admit or discuss and certainly not put it in a book where young Black and White students can read about it.

Then we have those Whites and Blacks who say race relations are getting better and that Racism is a thing of the past. I guess for them, killing unarmed Blacks and Black children is a sign of things getting better. This ridiculous lack of honesty coincides with our country’s penchant to return to its past racist attitudes. That is what Make America Great Again really means. White America wants to return to the past and some ignorant Blacks are stupid enough to want to help them by supporting a Maniacal Racist like Donald Trump. It is easier to think that relations are getting better when you are not feeling the brunt of racism. We are not in a post-racial period…White America wants to return to its days where they felt Black America knew its place. In fact, Christian White America will never admit that while we shed our Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Died…they stole Money from us.

Martin Luther King Jr. declared: “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” Legalized slavery allowed White America to extract wealth from the lives of four million African Americans. “Slaves were the single largest, by far, financial asset of property in the entire American economy.” Understand White America, we are not going back to way things used to be. You did not give us anything. Black America has earned its right as citizens in this country. But in the vein of let’s make a deal, we will go back to Africa, when YOU go back to Europe. Deal? I didn’t think so.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

How Long? Who Knows?

I WONDER IF BLACK PLAYERS ON THE GUTLESS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AND THE OTHER BLACK MACHO NFL PATSIES GOT A GLIMPSE OF WHITE AMERICA BOOING THE BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ON 9/11—THE DAY OF SO-CALLED UNITY.

What these Black Egg Suckers DO NOT understand is Colin Kaepernick had the courage of his conviction to respond to issues of Racism while these Black slugs ask their agents if they CAN protest Racism. The Rodney Harrisons and the Richard Shermans and the Victor Cruzes and the Jerry Rices and the other Big Black men on the NFL Campus do not have the courage of their convictions because they do not have a conviction and they certainly do not have courage. That also goes for journalism clown, Jason Whitlock. On yesterday, they were Wimps.

White folks expect Black Wimps to entertain them by running and jumping and catching and tackling and saying Doo-Dah–which is exactly what they do. Yeah yeah it is a job and they get paid. But they do not realize they do not OWE White America Anything. Blacks…especially Blacks who feel they "have it made" still do not understand they can protest Racism. They think NO ONE can see their illuminating Black skin. White folks tell them if they call out White Racism they are Anti-White. White folks are good at putting the guilt trip on ignorant Blacks who think they have arrived and they eat it up. This same national anthem that Whites revere in many instances is no different than the Confederate Flag. OMG…Did He just say that? YES I DID!

Case in point..this country was founded on Racist principles. America created The American Holocaust called Slavery and proceeded to sell Black flesh and then treat millions of persons with Black Skin as animals using the Christian Cross and the American Flag. SO…if the flag represents America, it represents Racism, as does American Christianity. OMG…Did he just say that too? YES I DID?. Colin Kaepernick had the courage on a field of sport to recognize and dramatize his opposition to American Racism represented by the American Flag as did John Carlos and Tommie Smith and Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul and Muhammad Ali and the Black AFL All-Stars who threatened to boycott the AFL All-Star game in 1965 because of the racism at the AFL All-Star game in New Orleans. The game was ultimately moved to Houston, and the list is endless.

If White America wants to have a sh*t hemorrhage because of their racism, have at it. Protests require courage and commitment and sacrifice and passion and are motivated by a cause. Colin Kaepernick understands. The Seahawks and other Wimps who either wore a professional sports uniform or who are wearing one now, simply do not understand. Why? Because White folks will not allow them to understand.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

You Haven’t Done Nothing

PROTESTS AGAINST RACISM HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH LOVE. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH RESPECT. WHEN YOU PROTEST AGAINST WHITE RACISM YOU ARE NOT ASKING WHITE FOLKS TO LOVE YOU. I am watching an interview with Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks as he is TRYING to explain the Seahawks locking-arms-unity “demonstration.” When your wimpish actions betray your intent, then you might as well have done nothing. Baldwin could not really explain what the Seahawks did! Bottom Line…The Seattle Seahawks DID NOTHING.
          You do not protest against racism asking White folks to love you. You do not protest against racism asking White folks to understand. White America created Racism. We did not sit-in asking White folks to love us. We sat in and demonstrated and marched and picketed as others did because as American Blacks we were demanding respect and human dignity. The status of Black Americans was negatively defined with vi¬sual iconic signs and symbols and violent examples of racism and segregation. The American Flag and the National anthem represented and continue to represent this racism. Overt segregation and its signs are gone but covert racism is as much a part of America as it ever was. Young Blacks who represented the Civil Rights movement simply said Enough was quite simply Enough. The Disrespect Continues. White Police have shown their utter disrespect and disdain for those with a dark hue of skin in the ruthless killings of Blacks…and White America simply responds with a Ho-Hum.
          White America should know that Black America knows that when the Racist Donald Trump says Make America Great Again he is signaling a return to those “White and Golden Racist Years of Yesterday” by voting for him. Colin Kaepernick was protesting that egregious and vile racism and that disrespect and that disdain by silently and personally taking a stand. Protesting takes no prisoners. You don’t look into a crystal ball to see what will happen when you protest and demonstrate. You Just Do It! Sometimes Blacks have lost their lives. That is one of the unfortunate sacrifices you have to pay for fighting against Racism and for Freedom in this country and standing up for who you are and what you believe in. And to think, some of these prima Donna gutless Black athletes across the Professional Sports Spectrum have to check with someone to see how standing up as a man will affect their monetary bottom line.
          Is there hope for future generations that they will not turn out as spoiled materialistic asses who have no self-respect and who feel money will buy them everything? Who knows? What I do know is that many of these Black Gutless Millionaires are still called a Nigger. These Black slaves who can now make a few dollars would not have those dollars if Black folks before them had not stood up, even in the face of death, for their integrity and respect. In the final analysis, all you have is your integrity and yourself self-respect and that should be worth fighting for…protesting for…demonstrating for…and even dying for. If it is not, then what are you living for?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

My Beautiful Butterfly Lady

LET ME AGAIN TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK ALL OF OUR FRIENDS including those traveling great distances, who showed their love and support at the Services of my Wife —Ann Albertie Hurst—and the Matriarch of the family. Let me also thank those whom I did not know who also showed their love and support for Ann…a mother and a mother-in-law and a grandmother and a great-grandmother and an aunt and a grand-aunt and a sister-in-law and a cousin and a Godmother and a dear friend.
 
I especially thank Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. for his powerfully moving and sincere words of comfort (Eulogy) during the Celebration for Ann on yesterday. I also thank Father Eddie Jones Jr. who was the priest at St. Gabriel’s for several years before retiring, and who "unretired" to serve as the Celebrant. I also thank the many parishioners at St. Gabriel’s who did their usual of showing up and showing out as they made everyone feel at home and at ease and then prepared and served their “gourmet” food. My family members and family friends have been rocks. To Brenda and Rodney II and Vandlyn and Tami and Imani Jackson and D'Wayne and Cassius and Cheryl and Lydia, my continued heartfelt thanks. To Family members who came for Vandlyn and Rodney's wedding on Sunday, September 4, 2016, and who either stayed or turned around and came right back after Ann's passing, my heartfelt thanks. I really appreciate all of you. Through their obvious grief and tears, they held it together long enough to help me with arrangements and other particulars. Thanks to many others too, including my wonderful neighbors. And accolades to J. E Fralin and Sons on a job well done.
 
I Loved my wife dearly…and…she was dearly Loved by many …and… she dearly Loved Many. I have thought many times since Ann’s passing about the lyrics in the gospel song…May The Works I’ve Done (Speak For Me). The lyrics also include “May the life I live speak for me.” Ann’s works and her life was a testament to Who She Was and Whose She Was. Through all of her varied illnesses and her daily pain, she did not complain. Through all of the medical processes necessary to keep her living, she did not complain. We went about our Daily Lives with each other. We had Good Times and bad times but our Good times far outweighed our bad times. 50 years are significant in the overall scheme of things and even more so when two persons spend those 50 years TOGETHER while Loving and Caring for each other. I thanked God during our lives together and I continue to thank Him during the 6 days we have been apart.
 
When I was younger, I would hear seniors say when really complimenting someone, “She (or he) had a beautiful spirit.” Well, I am a senior now and MY wife had a beautiful spirit. She never complained. She spent her time Loving and Caring.
Again my Thanks to All of You…I felt Your Love.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

SLEEP WELL MY QUEEN

ANN ALBERTIE HURST …
Sunrise 6/24/45
Sunset 9/5/16

I lost the Love of my Life last evening. We would have celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary December 10, 2016. We were in the planning for that much-anticipated celebration. 50 Wonderful and Glorious Years. In addition to putting up with me for 50 years, Ann was my confidante and my friend and the mother of our sons, Rodney II and Todd, and a grandmother and a sister-in-law and a mother-in-law and an aunt and a godmother and a good friend. I am grieving and will continue to grieve for some time to come but, I am also giving Thanks to God for allowing me to spend some of my most cherished moments with a wonderful Lady and a fiercely committed loving family matriarch. You often hear people say "I got your back" but Ann really did have my back just as I had her back.

I miss her tremendously and will continue to miss her, but with missing her, I will always remember the good times—the Great Times–for in good marriages, the Good Times always outweigh the bad times and for that I thank God.

I must share with you one of my many anecdotes of my lifelong companion. Ann had a number of ailments including a heart condition, and she had many visits with her cardiologist as she did with other doctors. A few months ago when he was telling her and me about her condition and trying to draw an unnecessary line for her, Ann remarked to him…her cardiologist…and said, “I am ready to meet the Lord. I am just not going to sit in a corner and wait for him.” And that was my wife. She enjoyed her life and her family and especially her granddaughters and her grand nephews and grand nieces. She was a Loving Family Matriarch and a Lovable Family Matriarch. Rest Well my Dear.

The Struggle Really continues. RLHSR.

Black Clowns Standing in the Pulpit

BLACKS AND WHITES HAVE NO PROBLEM LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AFTER THEY PROCLAIMED THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE RACIST DONALD TRUMP BUT FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.
Whites support Trump because he appeals to their Privilege, their core racist attitudes and because they believe their White Supremacy numbers are in trouble. They feel Trump represents the best opportunity for them to play payback after years of this country yielding to the "whims of Blacks."
 
Blacks support Trump because they are being led down the primrose path with the lure of money and some inflated thought of position, not even understanding that they are a means to an end and that the deviousness and intolerance that drives Trump’s racism are the same obvious reasons Racist Donald Trump and his band of Merry Racists will never accept them. Apparently, the money is good to compromise their scruples and principles or at least they think it is.
 
Black folks…some Black folks…should tire of bending over while also twisting their mouths and lips in the right position so they can kiss up to White folks at the same time. They should, but they do not. Their social and political motivation is almost always based on what’s in it for ME. Blacks make some of the most unprincipled arguments to justify their support for a Racist like Donald Trump. They do not understand that as Trump supporters, they are simply “script-followers” and they are expected to repeat all of the talking points White folks prepared for them. If you close your eyes and listen to the arguments they proffer, they sound like racists in Blackface. Blacks only fit in the Racist's Story as objects of derision and scorn and degradation and violent hostility. It is like expecting the Klan to open their arms and accept YOU as a member. What part of “Donald Trump is a Racist” do you not understand?” Plus, it is stupidity of the worst order.
 
What is more painful but decidedly not surprising, are the Black ministers who are determined to lead their congregations and everyone who would listen down a racist and hellish path to political slaughter and again for a racist. Let’s just call them the Judas Goats for Trump. Black folks, by and large, are a spiritual people, sometimes to a fault, so it is not a stretch for Whites …especially White politicians …to seek out and “EMPLOY” Black ministers to do their bidding even when they do not give a damn about them or their church. To watch a Black preacher in his own church honor a Racist like Donald Trump as if he is a savior makes me wonder if he missed ALL of Trump's venomous speeches as his racist words dripped from his racist lips. It is downright disrespectful. What part of “he doesn’t give a damn about anyone with your hue of skin” do you not understand? Some do not try and hide it. I would expect Donald Trump to attend the services of a Racist White preachers like John Hagee and the Pat Robertson etc and listen to the Biblical Word intertwined with their core racist words. “Donald Trump was chosen by God” immediately comes to mind. They are simply racists in preacher's garb. Yet, Black ministers associate and rub elbows with these White Racist Pulpit Charlatans as if they have the prescribed formula for getting to heaven. Why would YOU as a minister associate with a Racist just because he or she CLAIMS to be a minister?
 
Dr. Martin Luther King used to ask rhetorically during his speeches “How Long do we have to wait for America to recognize our birthright” and the answer would come back, “Not Long.” How Long? Not Long!
 
WE cannot estimate how long White America will continue its vile and venomous racism and how long some Black folks will go along to get along while forgetting the color of the face looking back at them in the mirror. We should start calling out ALL Blacks including Black ministers who betray the Black community …while getting paid…and we should just let the Chips Fall where they May!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

RACISTS DO NOT CHANGE.

Is Donald Trump a Racist? Without a Doubt.

trump racist

Lest We Forget the History of This Racist and his historical Racism. Send this to Bishop Wayne T. Jackson the pastor of Great Faith Ministries as he prepares for his scripted interview with The Racist …The Racist's scripted visit to his Black Church…and The Racist's overall scripted visit to Detroit.
Remember all of this is because …
A Racist is running for President.
A Racist that the media refuses to call a racist.
A Racist who has insulted every ethnic group in this country and abroad.
A Racist who has tapped into the racism of millions of obvious White American racists.
A Racist who has made this country a laughing stock AGAIN.
A Racist who has NO intentions of changing and probably laughs at how he got the media to buy that bridge to nowhere.
A Racist who does not deserve consideration as a president of any country, let alone the USA.
Yet here we are discussing the pros and cons of a racist visiting Black folks in an Urban setting YET who does not have the stones to engage them in conversation.
Presidential? Not in the least. Just a great big cowardly racist joke on America.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Nothing Has Changed

COLIN KAEPERNICK SAT DOWN TO PROTEST WHITE AMERICA’S RACISM AND WHITE AMERICA’S INHUMANITY TO ITS BLACK CITIZENS. He privately made a decision on his own that he would protest White America’s violation of a major Christian tenet called the Golden Rule—“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Young people sat down at White lunch counters here in Jacksonville and all over the South during the Civil Rights Movement to protest White America’s Racism and White America’s inhumanity to its Black Citizens. We did not sit down to eat a hot dog and drink a coke but rather we used White lunch counters, as visible vestiges of Racism in its most insulting manner, to dramatize our opposition to Racism. Angry White Jacksonville responded in the store as we sat by hurling vicious but usual epithets from Niggers to Jungle Bunnies to Nigras to Coon to Sambo to Niggers Ain’t Acting like Colored People—their new definition for NAACP—and their favorite … GO BACK TO AFRICA. The VIOLENCE would come later.
 
I could not help but remember that when reading the continuing vicious and hateful comments by Christian White America as they waded in on Colin Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick sat to protest Racism at an NFL game just as we sat to protest Racism at a White lunch counter back in the day. They both offered excellent stages to dramatize your feelings. And for that, White America is beside itself just as White America was beside itself back in the day. In fact, The ONLY time White America gets hysterical and has a virulent and venomous fit, is when Blacks protest White America's Racism. NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Grateful for Racism?

COLIN

COLIN KAEPERNECK DECIDED TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST AMERICAN INJUSTICE AND ITS RACISM just as John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali did and he is being castigated by White America just as John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali were. All of a sudden instead of being a Sunday NFL hero to “entertain” White America and in the “liberal” state of California, he is now “just an ungrateful nigger”… an “African coon”… “he should be appreciative of this opportunity to make money”… “he should go back to Africa” … and his jerseys are burned in effigy. Even Gabby Douglas…after she had represented the United States and represented the United States well, but because she forgot to put her hand over her heart while receiving her gold medal as they played the Star Spangled Banner, White America went bonkers as if she was unpatriotic–whatever in the Hell that means– yet did not open their mouths when White athletes still not stand still or put their hands over their hearts when the played the Star Spangled Banner and they received their gold medals. Different circumstance but still an instance of White Racism on parade. It was James Baldwin who said, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” White America thinks that Black America should be ever grateful to White America for allowing us to live here. It is the never-ending White proposition that Blacks are to be seen and entertain and never have an opinion and never ever speak your mind about White Racism and the genocide perpetrated by White America on Black America…and that includes the almost daily shootings and killings by the Occupation troops in the Black community called The Police.
This is the same White America that instituted Slavery.
This is the same White America that seceded from the United States of America to fight a war to maintain Slavery.
This is the same White America that after losing their Slavery War then instituted the Nadir of Race Relations, Jim Crow laws, and de jure segregation and de facto segregation.
This is the same White America that needed pressure to integrate the military.
This is the same White America that encouraged the creation of cowardly night riding thugs like the Ku Klux Klan, the Jayhawkers, the Black Horse Cavalry, the Knights of the White Camellia, the Constitutional Union Guards, the Pale Faces, and the White Brotherhood to foment violence on Black America.
This is the same White America that declared Separate was, in
 fact Equal.
This is the same White America that needed to pass a Civil Rights Bill and a Voting Rights Bill(s) to ensure rights of Black Americans which were already guaranteed in the Constitution.
This is the same White America that has used Race Hatred and Fear over the years to elect Presidents who support Race hatred and Fear.
This is the same White America that has conspired to make the two terms of a Black President as insignificant as possible and
 are visibly angry and upset they were not successful.
This is the same White America who does not have a clue that Black Lives Matter simply means Black Lives Matter Too!
This is the same White America who thinks the Black Lives Matter is a hate group.
This is the same White America who thinks all Black males are “naturally violent” and think Black males always entertain thoughts of raping White females.
This is the same White America who feels that every Black victim murdered by the police 'had it coming."
This is the same White America who sees the disparate brutality and violence against Black America by the Police as necessary to protect them, their property and America.
In other words, this is Racist White America being Racist White America yet Again; and for this, WE should be grateful?

ColinKaeperneck has my respect. He is not just another Black millionaire in the NFL who after seeing and reading about daily instances of Racism he just goes along to get along. HE decided to SHOW his dissatisfaction by not standing for the Star Spangled Banner. Even White America does not realize that even the Star Spangled Banner is not a patriotic song. It is about war AND the 3rd verse —there are 4 verses—of the Star Spangled Banner has to do with wholesale Racism. Most Americans do not know that. Whether Colin knew that or not is not important. What is important he knows White America has shown and continues to show its racism daily, and its disdain for Black America; and as if to make the point how much…they nominated The Racist Donald Trump to run for President.

Black America can see Racist White America embracing a vile Racist like Donald Trump. Black America can see and hear White America shouting and applauding and being encouraged by all of the scum and garbage spewed by Donald Trump. Black America can see the actions of the millions of RACISTS who support Donald Trump as THEIR potential Racist-in-Chief. Black America can hear the hatred dripping from the lips of Donald Trump. Black America sees the daily violence exacted on them for just being Black. You cannot close your eyes and your mind as if these police shootings and killings of Blacks by the police are not happening. Black America can see all of these things.

Colin Kaeperneck saw and can see all of these things too and decided to do something about them in HIS OWN WAY. That is how a movement begins. It begins with ONE PERSON. But if none of the Black Wimps in the NFL open their collective and individual mouths in support, Colin did, and for that I applaud him. Of course, the White media and the White sports media as willing and stupid and ignorant extensions of White America will simply ask over and over and over again…Aren’t You Black People Grateful?

Colin's answer is … my answer is …as is the answer from other Blacks …NO…AND I DON’T HAVE TO BE GRATEFUL!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

SLAVERY…Period

SLAVERY IS THAT SUBJECT NOT TRUTHFULLY TAUGHT IN AMERICAN HISTORY CLASSROOMS AND AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOKS PURPOSEFULLY EXCLUDE. Yet Slavery is a subject that WE should talk about and tell our Young People that OUR ancestors survived America’s Christianity in spite of. I thought about the ravages of Slavery that we do not discuss as I watched a segment of 60 Minutes this evening. The second section of my book, "Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told!" is called "Confronting Racism" and it starts with a chapter on Slavery. These are a few excerpts from that chapter:
America’s Holocaust called slavery is the greatest tragedy and most immoral failing in the history of this country. Slavery, not states’ rights, birthed the Civil War. The Civil War was fought to maintain slavery. Everything about the Civil War revolved around slavery. Period. End of story.
 
The trade in enslaved persons, from the middle of the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth, was responsible for the kidnapping of between twelve and fifteen million people, forcibly removed from Africa to the Western Hemisphere. The trafficking of Africans by the major European countries during this period is sometimes referred to by African scholars as the “Maafa,” Swahili for “great disaster.” The slave trade led to the violent transporting of those millions of Africans, and to the deaths of many millions more. Nobody knows the actual number of Africans who died during slave raids and associated wars in Africa, during transportation and imprisonment, or in the horrendous conditions of the so-called “Middle Passage,” the voyage from Africa to the Americas.
 
Some historians conclude that the total loss in persons removed, together with those who died on the arduous march to the coastal slave marts and those killed in slave raids, exceeded the sixty-five to seventy-five million inhabitants remaining in Africa at the trade’s end. More than ten million died as direct consequence of the Atlantic slave trade alone. After being kidnapped from their homelands rich in culture and history and forced to become “chattel or property” on their way to an alien land, many Africans chose to jump overboard during those horrific trips aboard the slave ships and succumb to a death by drowning rather than succumb to death in slavery.
They were turned into nameless human beings, kidnapped and herded like cattle. Packed as human cargo and brought to foreign shores. Stripped of their identity and history. Stripped naked in the public square and inspected like livestock. Sold at auction to the highest bidder. Beaten and brutalized and dehumanized with searing regularity. Forced under unimaginable penalty to work under horrific conditions for no pay. Raped and marginalized with absolute impunity. Hunted like animals when they dared to rebel and seek freedom. Denied basic human rights. And yet they survived.
 
America simply ignored “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in order to enslave men, women, and children based on the color of their skin. American history textbooks do not accurately describe the horrors of slavery—the killings, the inhu¬manity, the decimation of the Black family unit, and the horrors of torturous bondage.
 
In "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism", historian Edward E. Baptist asserts that slavery was woven inextricably into the fabric of early nineteenth-century capitalism. Banks and financiers fed slavery with the investment it needed to continue expanding, and were rewarded with handsome profits from the labor of enslaved millions. Baptist pointed out how slave owners were able to boost productivity to a higher degree than other industries by working their slaves almost to death.
 
In the 1820s, slave owners held two million enslaved persons worth $1 billion—a third of all U.S. wealth at the time. The number of those enslaved in the United States had swelled to about four million at the time of the Civil War. The institution of slavery created the economic basis for modern capitalism and turned the United States into the wealthiest nation in the world. New York was built on cotton—the crop that dominated the international markets in the 1800s—as the city collected forty cents of every dollar earned in the cotton trade, transforming it into a financial center. Moreover, at the start of the Civil War, slaves were worth 48 percent of the wealth of the South, more than all of the banks, factories, and railroads in the country combined. In slavery, Africans were considered less than human, with no worth except as faceless “vessels” to carry out demeaning biddings, to work, to procreate and thereby generate children to be themselves enslaved.
 
Many contemporary textbooks, though, give a sanitized and historically inaccurate account, claiming that Africans were better off in American slavery than they were in Africa. Slave owners and slave traders would boast that slavery was “natural” because of race. Africans were not human beings, and therefore, they were born to be slaves. As historian Eric Williams writes in his book Capitalism and Slavery, “Slavery was not born of racism; rather, racism was the consequence of slavery.”
 
The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

PERPETUAL DISTRUST!

WHITE AMERICA AND BLACK AMERICA ARE AT A CROSSROADS. As much as we say One America or One Jacksonville or One-Wherever You Live- it is just talk. Many communities have these groups and organizations that talk a good game and even think their action is meaningful, but in the final analysis, the extent of their action is JUST TALK. Not only do many in White America not get it, but some in Black America also do not get it either.
 
Black America does not TRUST White America and for reasons too numerous to list them all, but I will list a few…
1) American History which should tell a truthful story of this
country’s good and bad dishonestly embellishes ONLY the good about White historical figures and excludes everyone and everything else. W. E. B. Du Bois said, “One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not re¬member that Daniel Webster got drunk, but only that he was a splen¬did constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner . . . and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect man and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.”
Black Americans are woefully unknown and excluded from American History. In the academic
arena there is a saying, “If it is not written down, it did not happen,” and Black history is seldom written on the pages of American history.
2) White America refuses collectively to admit to their White Privilege. White Privilege is described as a level of collective advantage that comes with being seen as the norm in America, automatically conferred irrespective of wealth, gender or other factors and all based on a White skin color. It makes life smoother, but it’s something you would barely notice unless it were suddenly taken away — or unless it had never applied to you in the first place. Yet Black America see examples of White Privilege every day exemplified with the respect police gave a White murderer after killing 9 Black people in a church by taking him to a fast food restaurant to eat because he was hungry. Did the police feel sorry for him because he was trying to escape and did not have a chance to stop and eat? That is coupled with the number of Blacks killed by police for just "twitching" and Whites who are arrested by police even though they were armed with various weapons.
3) Racism is one of the residuals of the American Holocaust called Slavery. Slavery created racial segregation and institutionalized racism. Most dictionaries define “racism” as racial hatred based on the color of one’s skin. As Dick Gregory said, “White is not a color; it’s an attitude.” Some add that racism is racial prejudice plus the institutional and systemic power to dominate, exclude, discriminate against, or abuse targeted groups of people based on a designation of race. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. How flawed is a country that passes racist laws, creates discriminatory governmental policies, and develops unfathomable societal catego¬ries designed to keep that population in their place based on the Black color of their skin? Even with the celebrated election of a Black President less than 150 years after the end of slavery, a vast number of White Americans showed for all who would watch and listen that it was not a happy occasion for them. Black America can plainly see the ongoing disdain White America has had for a Black President for no other reason than the color of his skin. Forget his qualification and the content of his character. White America never gives a damn about qualifications and the content of character irrespective of what they try to say…it is just the color of one’s skin. Like I said, Black America does not trust White America.
4) It is said that when America gets a cold, Black America gets Pneumonia. Which stills goes back to how Blacks are treated on everything from health care to jobs to education to housing to police actions to community infrastructure to politics.
 
This country now stands on the precipice of electing one of the most obviously racist and divisive demagogues in its short history and the same Whites who insulted President Barack Obama and tried to make his 8 years as hellish and as non-effective as possible are ecstatic with the thought of electing The Racist named Donald Trump. It is also an election encouraged by a smattering of Blacks who really do not know any better. Some Blacks really enjoy Whites telling them they are different. Some Blacks even feel if they just go along to get along with White America, they will be all right not understanding by supporting Donald Trump for President they are simply House Negro pawns with no human dignity and respect. Whites do not want Blacks to tell them the truth about Racism and Race Relations. They would prefer Blacks lie to them or tell them something which glosses over the problems. The reason America is in the “fix” it is in today is because we have not learned to talk truthfully about Racism and White America WILL NOT admit it's Racism.
 
Even with local political issues in your respective communities and in Jacksonville, how can you trust anyone who stands and supports the Racist Donald Trump? Is there any wonder why Black America STILL distrusts White America?
 
The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Donald says The African Americans…He means You People!

Don't you just love White political commentators giving their opinion about Donald Trump "regrets" and his new so-call outreach to "The African Americans" –his way of saying 'You People'–as if his regrets make a difference? The Press then "reports" on Donald Trump as if they think that WE think THE Racist CAN change his spots.

Donald Trump has insulted Blacks (and many others) during his entire campaign. You do not put the brakes on your core racist attitudes and think Blacks will buy your new BULLSHIT. We did not buy your old BULLSHIT. If White commentators want an opinion about Donald Trump and his "new appeal" to "The African Americans", why not ask The African Americans? NO matter the circumstance, when will White folks understand THEY are not experts on US and how WE think? Donald Trump is a through and through Racist and he cannot pivot or make a change from that.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

WE Have a Lot To Lose.

Occasionally, I share great words and posts from friends on Facebook and from those in the media. This post comes from Chuck Hobbs, Tallahassee, Florida — Lawyer, Writer, Activist, Muckraker (his words). Chuck's writings are really something to write home about. I bet you will agree.

"Just read where Donald Trump posed the following question to "The African Americans" today: "What the Hell do you have to lose" (by voting for him).

Well, as one of "The African Americans," off the top of my head if I voted for Trump I stand to lose:

* My Self-Respect;

* My Black Card—and I do not mean American Express;

* Most, if not all, of my thousands of Black followers who read my articles and blogs and who would deduce that I have transmogrified from a proud Black man to a Fuck Nigga;

* My natural rhythm and ability to cut a two-step while balancing a bourbon in one hand and a Black n Mild in the other;

* My natural command of Ebonics;

* The daily communion with the ancestors whose spirits surround and support my every step;

* A place in Heaven for my dad, who may scream among the heavenly host: "that boy and namesake of mine done lost his got damn mind…" and get tossed out like Lucifer;

So nah, sorry Donald, but I will pass. Yes, I understand that Hillary Clinton has some deep flaws and has to answer for many issues with respect to Black people as I addressed assiduously while campaigning for Bernie Sanders earlier this year. But I sincerely believe that there are enough prominent and strong Black people advising Clinton now and later who will keep her in check with respect to what impacts various Black communities across America.

But Trump, like too many white Republicans and their Negro lackeys, irks the shit out of me when he seeks to tell Black people what WE should be concerned about politically. You and ya'll ain't Black, you have never walked in nann one of our shoes, and just now, there is some gump white dude named Rep Jack Kingston on CNN talking about how Trump is reaching out to "The African Americans," while simultaneously screaming that Clinton has never said "Blue Lives Matter." No, mufucka, it is ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬, which implies "too," which for the intellectually dim witted means "also," which, then, implies that all lives matter, including the police. But Trump and his lackeys in a very pernicious way are convincing their fact deficient white supporters that Black folks want war with the police because to Trump et al, the best Black folks, which they believe are the minority, are 1. Docile 2. Dumb-Mute about racial injustices 3. Patriotic to the point of Jingoism despite living in a land that by law and custom has enslaved and mistreated us since 1619. Indeed, the election of a Black President did not ameliorate almost 400 years of racist bullshit by whites in power against Blacks, and what is worse is that Trump et al have done everything within their power to stymie Barack Obama's administration and question the very American citizenship of the man.

So to Hell with Donald Trump's appeal to "The African Americans." If he was as real as he claims, he would have delivered his pitch at the conventions for the Urban League, the NAACP, the National Bar Association, the National Medical Association or even better, the National Association of Black Journalists— all black advocacy groups. He has yet to deliver a speech at any one of over 100 HBCUs, schools that other candidates know are must stops to connect with Blacks in their vast alumni networks. Or if he is really about that Black vote life, he would have walked through the blighted neighborhoods or sat among Black folks living in squalor in housing projects and rural towns across America. But alas, he's not real, he is as fake as they come and a racist whose rhetoric cannot be mitigated through a fake ass apology and a half-hearted attempt to win Black voters."

Didn't I Tell You?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing

Based on the Eternal words of James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"…

LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience presents area contemporary artists' responses to Jacksonville’s rich artistic African American heritage at the Cummer Museum and Art Gardens, with an emphasis on creating an artful platform to discuss issues around race, equity, and community.

As I continue to view LIFT—this great exhibit of talented and gifted artists—motivated by the words of one of Jacksonville’s great native sons, I cannot help but have flashbacks to what “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” means to me and its importance in the movement of civil rights in this country. I was ten years old when I enrolled in James Weldon Johnson Junior High school, which was one of two segregated Black junior high schools in Jacksonville. Upon entering the lobby of the school, you could not help but see a very striking and even imposing painting of James Weldon Johnson.

I learned about James Weldon Johnson during my West Jacksonville Elementary School years including, memorizing and singing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” as a member of the school’s chorus. I would later transfer from James Weldon Johnson to Isaiah Blocker Junior High School, the other segregated Black junior high school in Jacksonville. My first day in my 8th grade American History class at Blocker, I was asked by Mr. Rutledge Pearson, the class instructor and later my mentor, to “tell the class something about James Weldon Johnson.” Little did I know at that time, but my first classroom expression about one of this country’s real giants would later lead to my joining the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP and the start of my continuing journey of talking about Black History and Civil Rights History. We sang "Lift…at every NAACP Mass Meeting during the CivilRights Movement.

We also sang "Lift…at every meeting of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” is a majestic hymn. After having the honor of speaking to a Jewish Temple, the Rabbi said to me and others in his congregation, "It is a song that speaks to me as a Jew, and to oppressed people everywhere."

I am honored that I was included as a representative of those to whom James Weldon Johnson's masterful lyrics resonated. My hat is off to you Hope McMath and to you Ingrid Damiani, and the other great artists who have infused this much needed and thought-provoking exhibit into the fibers of a Jacksonville community.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

You cannot fix STUPID.

It is amazing to hear political pundits or whatever they are called these days opine about how Donald Trump has to pivot on his message to become a legitimate candidate for president. There is no pivoting on a message proclaiming your core racist attitudes. Donald trump is a legitimate candidate for president Now AND Donald Trump is a Racist Now. He did not just become a racist. He has millions of White supporters and voters who hang on his every word. For those who would counter that he has Black supporters understand his Black supporters —who you will usually find groveling at the FOX news trough—are totally insignificant and are strictly along for whatever the ride will pay them.

The White Media REFUSES to acknowledge Donald Trump's obvious racism. Every time he opens his mouth, slimy sputum soaked in hatred dribbles like a baby regurgitating. Racist ideology oozes through his lips in every sentence he tries to make. Does the media recognize racism or does the media rationalize racism as politics as usual? Since most of the decision makers in the media are White, do they compel themselves to "look the other way?" Is the media that afraid to tell the truth about racism? If they are, WHY are they afraid?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Unappreciated Black Americans and Unappreciated Black American Olympic Champions.

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ISN'T IT AMAZING HOW MUCH BLACK AMERICANS are applauded and cheered in the Olympics when we are representing and WINNING for America as Americans? But after after the Olympics, these same Black Gold Medal Winning male and female Olympic Champions are subject to being killed on the very streets of America by police as "violent and criminal" thugs. The cheers for the Black American heroes are only cheers when it suits the fancy of White America. The same thing goes for other sports …college football, NFL football, The NBA, college basketball… and entertainment…and list goes on and on and on.

I am reminded of Jacksonville Native Son and Matthew W. Gilbert Junior Senior High School and Florida A&M great BOB HAYES who set the Olympics on its ear in 1964 winning the 100 meter dash and anchoring the United State 4×100 relay team. Anchoring the relay team, Bob received the baton in next to last place and won going away, Ralph Wiley, the late revered sports columnist, would write, “The Bullet Man was behind six relay teams when he got the baton on the anchor leg of the 4 x 100-meter relay final in Tokyo. He made up nine meters on the field. Nine meters! He ran his leg in 8.6. That’s not running. That’s teleportation. That’s Star Trek.”

Since segregation and racism represented a way of life in this country and the City of Jacksonville at the time, this same Great Bob Hayes…this same Great Jacksonville Native son who brought so much fame and acclaim to America and correspondingly to Jacksonville, Florida DID NOT receive the same celebratory Olympic Champions parade as White Olympic Champions or the perfunctory awards from the City of Jacksonville. Bob Hayes could not eat at a downtown restaurant or sleep in a downtown hotel or drink from a water fountain unless it was labeled "Colored"…and all based on the color of his skin. Olympics? YES! Common respect and brotherhood? NOT SO MUCH! Bob went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys. When the Cowboys won the 1972 Super Bowl, Bob Hayes became the ONLY man in the history of sport of have an Olympic Gold Medal and a Super Bowl Champion ring. Even this signal honor was not enough for the City of Jacksonville to recognize Bob Hayes as it should.

You see, White America ONLY appreciates Black America when Black America does things to benefit White America. Yet we continue to represent America and represent America well and in spite of, even though America in most instances does not give a tinker's damn about Black America. Like it or not and admit it or not, it is based solely on Racism and the color of one's skin. YET it is the American Way of Life and it belies the symbolic Olympic rings. Racism and White America's Core Racist Attitudes are as American as Apple Pie…and they are NOT Olympic Ideals.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Donald Trump Is WHAT He Is.

THE RACIST DONALD TRUMP has said enough ridiculous and stupid things…has insulted everyone imaginable…has shown his ignorance of domestic and international issues…has shown his lack of temperament…has shown how offensive he is…has repeatedly lied about everything from his net worth to his ability to make decisions…has shown his knowledge of life ranges from prurient to sublime…and has shown he is a card-carrying Racist, Sexist, Homophobe, Xenophobe and several other adjectives in between. You would think these repugnant and abhorrent and disgusting traits would be enough to sink anyone seeking the presidential nomination of a major political party in this country, let alone getting the nomination and then running for the President of the United States.

Yet the Republi-cant Party loosed this vile pariah on the America public. And why has he lasted this long? Good question and the answer does not say very much about those in the Republi-cant Party who decided Donald Trump is what this country needs. And at the same time it says everything about the Republi-cant Party.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Yes … The Struggle Continues.

OPEN LETTER TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN…

WHITE AMERICA HAS HEARTBURN when Blacks call out and fight America’s Racism. Even before it had a name, the movement to fight Discrimination and Racism had begun. White America never understood THE Struggle called the Civil Rights Movement and they certainly do not understand this chapter of the Struggle called Black Lives Matter. But Black America fully understands White America’s Full Frontal Embrace of an unapologetic Racist named Trump. We are supposed to ignore your foaming at the mouth…hanging on his every word…fawning over his racism…proudly displaying his bumper stickers …and your parade on the media supporting a person so racist that he is an embarrassment well beyond our shores.

Let’s make sure the conversation is fully on the table. America’s Dishonest Racist history IS the conversation. America is a racist country and proves it every day. White America not only denies its core racist attitudes, but uses a “household strategy” of asking Black America to prove that Racism exists. Even when we prove Racism, you –White America–say it is a mirage and it is not there. In a nation with the racist history of the United States—from Slavery to Jim Crow laws to cowardly hate groups–the Ku Klux Klan etc. to de jure segregation to de facto segregation to military segregation to school segregation to employment discrimination to voter suppression to a death-delivering-Occupation Force called The Police—it is baffling that non-racism would be THE presumption and that racial bias/discrimination must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Dr. King called it sheer ignorance and conscientious stupidity. White folks frequently say if Blacks do not like America then WE should go back to Africa. James Baldwin said, “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

Even with America’s Racism, Black folks are not going anywhere. In fact, we will only make the trip back to Africa, when you return to Europe. We have earned the right of citizenship and will stay and fight for who we are and our birthright. It might happen that one day WE will return to Africa, but it is not happening TODAY. You founded this country on the pretense of Christian ethics and then immediately instituted Slavery. SLAVERY! You remember slavery don't you?—The Immoral American Holocaust for which America has NEVER apologized… The Christian American Institution where White America enslaved Africans after kidnapping them from their homeland…enslaving them in chains…forcing them to work for free for Christian Whites in this Christian country because it suited their financial fancy and because they could….and then blaming Africans for slavery. That also included 13 of this country’s first 18 American Presidents who owned enslaved persons including one of your White American heroes, Thomas Jefferson, who apparently loved Slavery so much that he picked one of his enslaved persons to bear SIX of his children. Keep in mind that Racism IS one of the residual consequences of Slavery.

Continue YOUR American Racism and YOUR fervent support of a Racist of YOUR choice as he runs for president FOR YOU, and we will fight as hard to keep him from out of the White House. Donald Trump is a Racist and epitomizes the American Institution of Racism. But running The Racist Donald Trump is really only a part of YOUR problem. The problem for you is still President Barack Obama—a Black Man as the 44th President of the United States. Even though President Obama is not on the ballot, you continue to run against him. You even made plans before he served one day as president to make his years as president a miserable existence. Not only did you fail, but President Obama has served the American People more magnificently than the political pundits could have imagined. You will not admit that Donald Trump, the choice of YOUR preferred Republican Party cannot carry President’s Obama’s jockstrap. You could never allow that a president whose ancestors were Black would have the intelligence, the astuteness, the cleverness, the ingenuity, the adeptness and the shrewdness to serve and serve well in the Oval Office. But you accept Donald Trump simply because he pushes Racism as the one item on his insufficient agenda. Intelligence usually means a lot to YOU but it obviously means nothing in your arena of racist politics.

We will fight and continue to fight against those who use skin color as a disqualification for equality and fair treatment. Donald Trump is simply the latest attempt on YOUR part to further extend Racism in these, As Yet, United States of America. Black Americans have fought racism for years. WE are fighting racism now. WE will continue to fight racism and the Donald Trumps of this country…WE always have. Nothing has Changed.

Yes … The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

NO White America…You DO NOT have a Damn Clue how this feels!

Police holds Black family at gunpoint in front of their 7-year-old child.

NO JUSTIFICATION!

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. RLHSR.

Another Black Death.

Video shows another Unarmed Black Teen-ager KBP…Killed By Police.

ANOTHER BLACK PERSON KILLED BY CHICAGO POLICE WHO DECIDED THEY WERE JUDGE, JURY, AND EXECUTIONER. Vicious Video showing a Vicious Killing by Police of another Black Teen-ager. Now The Chicago Chief of Police wants to reconsider tactics AFTER Cowboy Chicago Police shoot into a moving car putting citizens at risk, including other officers? And the person who was in the car DID NOT shoot at the police. There was NO gun. Do you shoot and kill someone who has stolen a car? Is that an offense punishable by death? And the hue and cry is "Trust the Police." Really?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

DISRESPECTFUL OCCUPATION TROOPS!

Police are Occupation Troops in the Black Community.

Earledreka White and Officer Gentian Luca (YouTube)

TOTAL DISRESPECT AND JUST DON'T GIVE A DAMN. This young lady spent TWO days in jail and did nothing to receive this harassment and degrading treatment. This racist cop will more than likely walk away from this incident like nothing ever happened. Your only option is to sue and sue good…and White America asks why there is tension between the Black community and the police? What is so obvious and vile and insulting is that a White Police officer WOULD NEVER treat a WHITE FEMALE this way. This is the epitome of White Privilege and White Supremacy.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Charles Barkley Knows Not…And Knows Not That He Knows Not.

Charles Barkley—Just another clueless Black clown picked by Whites to talk about race

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 06: Former NBA player and basketball analyst Charles Barkley before a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

A "Charles Barkley" happens as the host of traveling conversations about race when Whites like what he—Charles—says. Not that he says anything profound, in fact just the opposite. Yet another example of Whites…who make these decisions at the networks…knowing what is best for Blacks and how we should think. You know, The White Expert Thing. Charles Barkley is stupid when it comes to race and his being Black is no different than Herman Cain or Allen West or Clarence Thomas or Ben Carson being Black. It is simply a mistake of biological categorization.

Can you see the trend? White folks love these Blacks because they know they have no integrity and apparently do not love their Black skin. Charles Barkley hosting, not 1 …not 2 …but 6…programs about Race is a Joke….and Black folks are Corresponding Jokes if they tune in to watch this charade. It has nothing to do with seeing what he will say and what others will say. It has everything to do with our subscribing to and entertaining foolishness about race and racism …when there is so much at stake.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Black Lives DO Matter!

This is an official statement (just released) by the veterans of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on Black Lives Matter. It was sent to me by my friend Charlie Cobb, one of the original program coordinators of SNCC…..the writer of the Freedom Summer (1964) Programs ….a member of the SNCC Legacy Project's Board of Directors …and working on the SNCC Legacy Project at Duke University. It is quite instructive. Send it to your Black Friends and your White Friends who simply do not understand.
 
 
July 29, 2016
 
 
To our brothers and sisters of the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ Movement,
Website: www.sncclegacyproject.org
Email: info@sncclegacyproject.org
 
 
A growing chorus of conservative voices proclaims that the #BlackLivesMatter Movement is a terrorist group. These voices also claim that the very declaration that Black lives matter is racist, because all lives matter. This claim is a deliberate, cynical deception.
Indeed, it is both ignorant and malicious to insist that this generation should not cry out against unjust Black murders unless and until ‘all’ murders have been eliminated. Fortunately, today, as in the past, the protestors who have taken to the streets against police violence will not be intimidated by slander or mischaracterizations as “racist” or “terrorist sympathizers” born of the fear, ignorance and malice of their would-be critics. The interracial shoulder-to-shoulder bond of #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators belies the hypocrisy of such would-be detractors.
 
The reason for today’s powerful and persistent insistence that Black lives matter is based on the irrefutable evidence throughout American history that Black lives have never mattered. The Black lives that were enslaved for 250 years never much mattered beyond the kind of economic concern held for livestock. The Black lives that suffered a hundred years of brutal segregation and discrimination following slavery’s abolition never mattered until Black people themselves raised their voices loudly in demand and battered down the walls denying their humanity. We in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) were part of that long struggle in the 1960s. We were met with harassment and resistance that included murder and other forms of violence.
 
The voices of white supremacy insisted that Black lives were not human lives and any claim to human rights was subversive and threatening to the country. With their protests and demands, the Movement for Black lives is continuing to exercise their rights, guaranteed to all Americans under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We, the still-active radicals who were SNCC, salute today’s Movement for Black lives for taking hold of the torch to continue to light this flame of truth for a knowingly forgetful world!
So, as Willie “The Lion” Smith, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith used to say when they yielded the stage to the then-younger Muddy Waters, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, and Louie Armstrong, after having played and sung themselves out by one or two o’clock in the morning on Beale Street, Rampart and Basin Streets, we of yesterday’s SNCC say to today’s #BlackLivesMatter, “Y’all take it from here. . .!”

“But, you know all the while, we still be humming with you in the background”…and sometimes while we walk beside you.
 
The struggle continues,
 
 
SNCC
 

YES IT DOES. RLHSR.

Slaves Built The White House.

Yes White America…Slaves Built The White House.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” First Lady Michelle Obama said when she addressed the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And Racist White America had "a going and coming" Diarrhea Hemorrhage with a protracted denial that Slaves built the White House. After the brouhaha, Politifact did a solid job looking into whether the first lady was correct. SPOILER ALERT!!! SHE WAS.

 
PolitiFact cited the White House Historical Association, a private preservation and education group for the residence, which actually has a web page devoted to this question. The response reads, in part: Construction on the president’s house began in 1792 in Washington, D.C., a new capital situated in a sparsely settled region far from a major population center. The decision to place the capital on land ceded by two slave states—Virginia and Maryland—ultimately influenced the acquisition of laborers to construct its public buildings. The D.C. commissioners, charged by Congress with building the new city under the direction of the president, initially planned to import workers from Europe to meet their labor needs. However, response to recruitment was dismal and soon they turned to African American(s)—enslaved and free—to provide the bulk of labor that built the White House, the United States Capitol, and other early government buildings. “Enslaved people quarried and cut the rough stone that was later dressed and laid by Scottish masons to erect the walls of the president’s house. The slaves joined a workforce that included local white laborers and artisans from Maryland and Virginia, as well as immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and other European nations.”

The First Lady's remark also prompted Bill O’Reilly, Head Resident Racist on the FOX Infotainment Channel to pathetically delve into the history of the construction of the White House. But the history lesson he provided his Fox News viewers on Tuesday was like one that would’ve been taught in Richmond in 1850. After acknowledging that Michelle Obama’s comment was factually correct and providing a bit of the backstory, O’Reilly — a former history teacher — asserted that “Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802.” Then the flood gates really opened.

Liam Hogan, a historian whose work focuses on slavery, noted on Twitter that O’Reilly’s comments are reminiscent of “how chattel slavery was defended by slave owners and pro-slavery interests.” To cite just one example, a U.S. history primer put together by the Independence Hall Association notes that “defenders of slavery argued that by comparison with the poor of Europe and the workers in the Northern states, that slaves were better cared for. They said that their owners would protect and assist them when they were sick and aged, unlike those who, once fired from their work, were left to fend helplessly for themselves.”
 
Hogan cited comments made by First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of America's second President John Adams in 1800, who wrote that White House slaves were in fact “half fed, and destitute of clothing.”The reality, Hogan added, is that enslaved persons were “treated like livestock.” Hogan said that based on his study of the literature, “I can’t see any basis… to justify a claim of [slaves] being ‘treated well.’ It’s kind of oxymoronic in the context of man as chattel property.” To further illustrate his point, Hogan shared a story about an ad White House architect James Hoban placed for a runaway slave named “Peter” in 1789. Three years later, Peter had apparently been recaptured and was listed as being among the slaves working for Hoban at the White House. Most of the slaves that worked on the White House and Capitol were leased, and it stands to reason that slaves in that circumstance would be treated worse than slaves put to work by masters who owned them. But, as Hogan writes, Peter “was willing to risk life and limb to escape his bondage” — hardly the behavior one would expect from a slave who is being “well fed” and kept in “decent lodgings.”
 
Once again, White America will not own up to Slavery and the resulting Racism which came out of Slavery.
 
MEMO TO WHITE AMERICA…The White House was not built by Habitat for Humanity, and Slaves were not outfitted by NIKE.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Cowford…Forever?

JACKSONVILLE IS A RACIST COMMUNITY AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU HOLD OUT HOPE THAT JACKSONVILLE WILL CHANGE, THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL GETS DIMMER AND DIMMER. THIS IS A RANT ABOUT RACISM, AND IT IS LONG.
 
I am a Jacksonville Native, and no one has to explain to me the who, what, where, why, and how about Jacksonville’s Racism. From age 11 when at the invitation of my 8th grade American History teacher Rutledge Pearson, I joined the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, I learned firsthand what Racism was and is, AND I—ME— made the decision to fight racism. It is a fight where I learned early, you CAN get tired BUT you CANNOT get Weary. James Weldon Johnson first echoed those sentiments when he penned ‘God of our Weary Years' in the beginning of the 3rd verse of his Masterful and Majestic Hymn “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” Which brings me the point of this Rant…yes a full blown Rant about Racist Jacksonville. There is an Exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens based on James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” It is called “LIFT.” It is Outstanding and great tribute to a great man.
 
Cummer Museum's Incomparable Director Hope McMath, with coordinated help from the Ritz Theatre and Museum's eminent Director Adonnica Toler, contacted 10 exquisitely talented artists—BOTH Black and White—to express their impressions of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. When I tell you there are not ten more gifted artists-including a photographer- anywhere in this country, I am not proverbially blowing smoke. Not only are they gifted and talented and brilliant, they are warm and passionate about what they create. Expressions of themselves that reflect what they feel James Weldon Johnson was saying and the impact of his great lyrics. The beauty of Art and the Art of beauty. No problem Right? Accolades to the brilliant Art …which crosses all racial spectrums Right? WRONG! This exhibit has been met with racist and rancorous reactions from many of the Museum’s White subscribers and other Whites in Jacksonville who are not even members of Cummer. (See Hope McMath’s Facebook posts.)
 
Though this is an exhibit in a heretofore White Museum featuring Black artists inspired by a Black Renaissance Man from Jacksonville, and money sponsoring the exhibit is not an issue, the racist reaction to the exhibit shines a spotlight on the larger issue here… JACKSONVILLE REFUSES TO GET OUT OF ITS RACIST WAY. From Ax Handle Saturday to the integration of the schools to changing the name of a school that Jacksonville’s 1959 school board named for a slave trader and the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Jacksonville HAS NEVER MATURELY confronted its racial problems, not then and not now…including the four years of a Black mayor. These are but a few examples of the many examples of Jacksonville being Jacksonville. Which is one of the reasons you never hear —certainly I never say—the words “progressive” and “Jacksonville” in the same sentence.
 
For those who would say, are you really that upset because of an exhibit? The answer is YES! The reaction by some in Jacksonville’s White Community is systemic of Jacksonville’s racial history, and how White Jacksonville has always dealt with racial issues with violence or an obnoxious and distasteful push back… and in this instance to an exhibit based on THE International Tour De Force by one of Jacksonville’s Native Sons. A Native Son, who by the way, White Jacksonville still does not acknowledge with the Excellence James Weldon Johnson deserves. The fallout is very simple and distasteful and for me, expected.
 
Jacksonville refuses to enter the 21st century and deal with its racist problems …whether it is glorifying a Confederate soldier statue and the War to Overthrow the United States of America by the enemy government called the Confederacy in the middle of downtown Hemming Park … correspondingly moving (and maybe even trying to hide) the marker about Ax Handle Saturday also in Hemming Park… treating schools in the Black community as an end note with ridiculous reasons to change their missions or close them… school administrators especially Black School Administrators not having the “balls” to do the right things in Black schools for fear someone is looking over their shoulders…ALL the Institutions of Higher Education passively sitting on the educational sidelines as the real civil rights history and the real Black history of Jacksonville, the state of Florida, and the nation simply passes them by…Black elected officials and White elected officials who are obviously too afraid or too indifferent or too timid to get in the mix and talk about Racism and try to do something about the Racism in Jacksonville—especially when the TV cameras are not on…Black Ministers who are obviously too afraid or too indifferent or too timid to deal with issues that affect their Black congregations while also teaching and preaching the Word…and Black congregations obviously too afraid or too indifferent too timid to tell their ministers to say something from the pulpit about these issues that affect us.
 
Racism is Real. Racism, whether thought of as Political or not represents Black Life Issues. YES! Jacksonville is complicit in its racism by its silence. Jacksonville really never should have changed its name from Cowford. Just call Jacksonville —Cowford WITH an NFL football team. That is why my hat is always off to media types like Tonyaa Weathersbee who is the only media writer in this town not afraid to call Racism…. Racism…and not afraid to call out Jacksonville’s racism. It has probably cost her too.

Are Jacksonville's “City leaders” SO BLIND that they cannot see what is happening to their City or do they Just Not Give a Damn. Jacksonville is once again at another racial crossroad and not because of an exhibit at a museum, but Jacksonville’s City Leaders apparently think they will get a different result by doing the same thing over and over and over again…saying nothing and keeping their heads in a hole in the sand. In fact Jacksonville lives at a racial crossroad…and Jacksonville has NEVER taken the right Racial Path. WILL JACKSONVILLE EVER WAKE-UP? In the meantime, for those of you who are fighting and who are MATURE enough to understand the fight against Racism is a marathon not a sprint, Teach our Young People. Take them to see the exhibit. It is definitely worth the trip and unforgettable learning experience. One day Jacksonville might do better and clean up the mess it is leaving for its young people. Here's to Hope and Beauty and Art and CONTINUING to Fight Racism and STAYING in the Struggle.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Donald Trump, Racist and Republi-cant Presidential Candidate

DONALD TRUMP WAS AT HIS NEGATIVE “RACIST BEST” LAST NIGHT. And if you are a Donald Trump supporter you ate it up…which also means you are a Racist. You can deny Donald Trump is a racist and that you are, by liking what he stands for if you must, but it is obvious and not even painfully obvious. Just Obvious.
 
Donald Trump’s speech last night was dark, negative, nasty, and —according to the political pundits and fact checkers— full of lies. I did not watch it. I never intended to watch it. I knew what the speech would be…I knew what the Racist would say…and I was not disappointed. Like I said before, I do not have to watch a Klan meeting to know what The Klan will talk about. I read enough of the excerpts this morning to recognize that the racist diatribe spewing forth from his racist lips was as “Red Meat” as Red Meat could be. NO surprise there.
 
What is truly incredulous and surprising is that some folks actually thought that Donald Trump The Racist would say something to “unite”—their word—this country. Why? I have no idea. Or as Rudy Giuliani yelled and sputtered a few nights ago, “There is no White America! There is no Black America! There is just America!” Which is Bull crap and Rudy knows it is Bull crap when as the “RACIST CZAR” of New York, he did as much as "racistly" possible to make sure it was a White America and a Black America. That is how America's born, bred and created Institution of Racism works. You Divide. You Do Not Unite.
 
Donald Trump’s speech was obviously directed to White Republicant Male America who, I guess, are feeling better today about their newest White Knight in shining armor riding to “rescue America” after losing the most powerful position in the world TWICE to a Black man. Donald Trump is their newest White Hope after spending EIGHT excruciating years –for them–having to look at an intelligent and effective Black leader as President of the United States who spent a lot of time cleaning up the mess left by George W. Bush, and fighting White Republicants who would rather see this country go down the tubes than support programs he proposed to help ALL of America. John McCain and Mitt Romney could not beat Senator Barack Obama and then President Obama. So you figure what the Hell, let’s go full-throat and return to the Republicant Southern political strategy of Race, Racism and Fear…you know the strategy which works best for Racists.
 
It is unfortunate to even have a conversation about electing an Overt racist as president of the United States of America which in actuality shows how racist and hypocritical this country is and really has been for a while. Donald Trump will LOSE because ALL those groups he has insulted… The Blacks, The Latinos, The LGBT Community, The Muslims, The Physically-challenged, The Veterans…coupled with progressive Americans and YES THE WOMEN will register and go to the polls to vote for Hillary Clinton in droves. When Your Political Racism loses AGAIN White Republicant Male America, maybe you and your party…Your Racist Republicant Party…will regroup to once again try and analyze what went wrong. And that is sad for you. Figure it out for yourself. It might not be obvious to you but it is obvious to those INSULTED groups who make up the rest of America. Although it is a work in progress, THEY know what to do to KEEP AMERICA GREAT!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Republicants and The Press and Racism…3 Losers in a POD!!

WE HAVE SEEN IGNOMINIOUS LOSERS BY THE DOZENS PARADE BEFORE A SEA OF WHITE PEOPLE and other erstwhile Racists called the 2016 Republicant Convention in the pretext of glorifying the Republicant Party's nominee Donald Trump. Yet the real reason is, this same sea of Whites are there to glorify the Racism of Donald Trump. How can you talk about the bombastic cowardly racist wimp Donald without talking about how he has denigrated Women, Blacks, Latinos, Physically-Challenged persons, Immigrants, Religious Groups and the list goes on and on and on? In the meantime, the press and their infotainment reporters continue to gush about the racist and his family. Like it or not and admit it or not, if you are the head of a family and you are anti-Women, anti-Black, Anti-Latino, anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, and Anti-Immigrant, and your family does not object, then your family by extension embrace and endorse your racist ideology and your racist philosophy. On this count, the press goes silent.
 
There was once a time when the press did its job of informing and reporting and researching news, but no more. As we have seen in recent months and years, the traditional press/media is a pathetic shell of itself seeking to sell newspapers, boost TV ratings, and sell online news (?) subscriptions by any means necessary. How can you not talk about this sea of White folks who hang on THE Racist's every word? Complicity by silence and neglect.
 
Donald Trump does not wear a Klan robe but he is nonetheless just as big a racist that you will find at any Klan meeting. There are those who would say…“Just because I am supporting and voting for Donald Trump … and though he might have views that are considered racist by some …does not mean I am racist.” Well then Tell Me What Does It Mean? MEMO TO WHITE AMERICA—If you are a voting for Donald Trump with all of his racist views, then you are as much a Racist as he is. You can accuse me of playing the Race Card if you will, except it is not the Race Card. It is called the Core Racist Attitudes of the American Institution of Racism and they were created by White America.
 
We have had Racist Presidents before…Andrew Johnson and Woodrow Wilson immediately come to mind. Donald Trump is a bad weather day or a natural disaster or an Election Day Calamity away from being the first OVERTLY Racist President of the United States strictly running on a Racist Platform. Returning to those days of Overt Racism and Core Racist Attitudes will REALLY Make America Great Again…FOR WHITE AMERICA.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Plagiarism….Thievery….Same Thing.


 
MOST WHITES —ESPECIALLY THOSE NAMED TRUMP OR THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN —WOULD NEVER ADMIT THEY “TOOK IDEAS AND WORDS” FROM ANYONE BLACK…and certainly not the Sitting President and the First Lady. That would run counter to the obvious racist philosophy of their campaign. Understand the American Dream is Power and Real Power for many Whites and those Whites who are in the political arena is the POWER you can only attain in the political arena AND as the most powerful man (and woman) in the world. Many White Republicants and correspondingly many White Racists tried and have tried to sabotage and denigrate the presidency of President Obama for the obvious racist reasons. They could not stand to see him succeed yet he did and has “in spite of” their racist tactics. They also do not want to admit THIS BLACK MAN aka The President of the United States of America is smart and clever and bright and intelligent and sharp and a gifted orator.

From day one Racist Republicants sought to tear President Obama down wherever they could. At the same time Barack Obama merely SERVING as president…WORKING in the Oval Office…and he and his family LIVING in the White House was a blow to their White Privilege Political Psyche. He has the Power and they Do Not. They could not defeat him the first time around with McCain…they tried again with Romney…and that did not work either. Now that President Obama is leaving their hope springs eternal, and they feel this IS their shot.

They are now finding out that in addition to having to deal with the racist egotism of a Racist Egotist, he is really a bunch of mirrors and smoke…pun intended. Donald Trump is shallow …not very bright…not gifted other than as a Preeminent Liar …And the final straw is his wife entering the political arena of her own volition —with whomever else— had to STEAL from the wit and the smarts and the sincerity and the honesty and the genuineness of the First Lady and the wife of the man they have been trying to tear down for 8 years. Sincere words about values and how you treat your fellow man and woman by Michelle Obama are not the words you associate with a millionaire/billionaire. VALUES!!! Yet Melania Trump and the Trump Campaign STOLE them anyway….

“…that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.
…(We)… set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

Words by a Black Woman regurgitated out of a White Woman's mouth. I guess that made them acceptable to the racists.They stole The Obama's Intellectual Property because their “Grey Matter” is not up to The Obama's Standards and Level. These racist Republicants had to resort to the brilliance of the Black First Lady of the United States of America to put together a speech for the wife of the White Racist Republicant Nominee. Is there any wonder they are pushing back that the OBVIOUS PLAGIARISM is not PLAGIARISM? Their White Psyches now are certainly in the PITS and they are having a FIT!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

America has never admitted that Black Lives Matter.

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WHITE AMERICA DOES NOT WANT BLACK AMERICA TO FOCUS ON RACISM WITH MOVEMENTS LIKE BLACK LIVES MATTER because it highlights the FACT that Whites are responsible for the need to focus on Black Lives Matter. From day one in these As Yet United States of America, no other segment of American Society has been so targeted because no other segment of American Society is as identifiable as Blacks. NO OTHER FORM OF DISCRIMINATION IS AS INSIDIOUS AS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON THE COLOR OF ONE’S SKIN. Not your age, not your sexual preference, not your gender, not your life style, not your religion.

America was built on Racism and White Supremacy and doing unto others especially Blacks whatever way you chose, BECAUSE you could. When this country was founded, Black Lives did not matter. During Slavery, Black Lives certainly did not matter. Even when Blacks were freed after more than 250 years of enslaved bondage to suit White America’s whims and devious and economic fancy, Black Lives did not matter. When slavery ended, and ex-slaves received nothing after centuries of being the Golden Goose for White America, Black Lives did not matter. During the Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives did not matter. When White America Says All Lives Matter as an answer to Black Lives Matter, they are really saying ALL WHITE LIVES MATTER BEFORE YOU. Yet once again, They do not want to hear Black Lives Matter. It’s like charging Reverse Discrimination when America IS a country of Discrimination FIRST. These are the veritable stumbling blocks that White America has used and continues to use to stifle conversation and honest communications about Racism. We must remind White America everyday, and whether they want to be reminded or not, that Black Lives Matter.

Then White America has the nerve to get upset when WE call out their racism. And they laugh when we call out the lack of compensation for their keeping us in chained bondage while working us for free. History has proven America is a Racist country. Where else could a vile Racist run for president from a major political party with a platform of pure core racist attitudes? When we say Black Lives Matter, White America gets up in arms literally and figuratively. It’s an interesting thing that White people are always angry when Blacks focus on the unique traumatic experience called Racism which we face every day…trauma which White America started during slavery and continues until this day. Then you hear things like “Blacks should pull themselves up by their bootstraps”…and we do not have boots. People who are oppressed are always people at the lower end of the economic totem pole.

When I hear privileged Blacks like Charles Barkley and Karl Malone whine about Blacks “need to do better” they do not understand or realize the difference with them and with most Blacks and is that they had entertainment skills which pleased White America and they were able to parlay those entertainment skills into a better life for them and their families. Yet it is a skill which also says you are to be seen and not heard. If Charles Barkley and Karl Malone had to worry where their next meal was coming from and the possibility of being killed by racist police, they would understand. They understood Racism at one time but oh how soon we forget. During the days of slavery, House Niggers were easily identified…so are Karl Malone and Charles Barkley.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

There is NO such thing as a Little Bit Racist.

WHEN I SPEAK TO GROUPS OF WHITES OR GROUPS OF WHITES AND BLACKS ABOUT RACISM, I never call a White person a Racist unless their words and actions have proven otherwise. If I do not know anything about you I do not know you are a racist just because you are White. I do not do to White folks what they do to US based on hue of skin. It is called ASSUMING. You always want to deal with your knowledge of what a person said or did.
 
We know that David Duke is a Racist. We know that Donald Trump is a Racist. We know that Donald Sterling (former owner of the LA Clippers) is a Racist. We know that Paula Deen is a Racist. WE know they said something or did something to prove they are racist. WE know certain laws that are passed are done so with racist intent and the persons pushing those laws have racist resolve.
 
WE know that White police who have killed Blacks have done so with racist malice based on actual circumstances and the apparent rage directed at Blacks which is not correspondingly directed at Whites. When a person says Nigger or tells the Black Degrading jokes or denigrates a person because to their skin color or attacks that person because he or she is Black, and they are caught whether they wanted to be caught or not, that is prima facie evidence that they are racist. When they try and justify they are not after they are called out, then they usually make those typical racist "defensive responses"…I do not have a Racist bone in my body…Some of my Best Friends are Black…I have EVEN invited Blacks to my house.
 
Conversations about Race and about Racism make some Whites uncomfortable…and some Black folks too. (But that is another story.) In the course of an interactive conversation–if they choose to engage you–and in a question and answer period, they will determine for all to see and hear if they are racist, based on their responses. Let me share this actual conversation which was part of one of my videotaped and recorded presentations (by my hosts).

ACTUAL CONVERSATION…
Questioner: Mr. Hurst it sounds like you are calling all White people racist.
Me: Is that what you heard?
Questioner: That is what it sounded like to me.
Me: You feel I called you a racist?
Questioner: Well maybe not me.
Me: Well who then…since you felt I called all Whites racist, and you are White?
Questioner: Well it just sounded that way.
Me: Let me get this straight, I sound like I am calling all Whites racist but you are not sure if I am calling you a racist, right?
Questioner: Yes.
Me: Do you admit racism exists?
Questioner: Yes.
Me: Are You a racist?
Questioner: No.
Me: How do I know you are not a racist?
Questioner: I’m just not.
Me: Do you feel Blacks are equal to you?
Questioner (pause)…Well not all.
Me: Because of their intellect? Do you feel Blacks are as smart as you?
Questioner: Well some might be, but not all.
Me: Let me ask you again, are you a racist?
Questioner: I don’t think I am.
Me: Is that a change from your previous answer of NO?
Questioner: —(PAUSE and no Answer.)
Me: Would you like to sit down?
Questioner: Yes.
Conclusion…There is no such thing as being a Little Bit Racist. You Simply Are.

DON’T TALK ABOUT ME, UNTIL YOU HAVE TALKED TO ME
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE ME, UNTIL YOU HAVE CHALLENGED ME
DON’T JUDGE ME, UNTIL YOU KNOW ME.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
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When Will YOU Apologize?

ALTON STERLING AND PHILANDO CASTILE WERE THE 114TH AND 115TH BLACK MEN KILLED BY POLICE THIS YEAR. As A Black male, the more you internalize the wanton killing of unarmed Black males, the more you understand that these are STATE SANCTIONED MURDERS. Invariably, police are ALMOST ALWAYS found not guilty or innocent or not charged even when the murder is as egregious as egregious can be, and there is overwhelming and documented proof of Intentional Murder. Then there are the talking heads ALL OVER TV including some Blacks and Whites who feel as if the Black community should somehow apologize to White America for the actions of Micah Johnson. And they start their diatribe by claiming Black Lives Matter is a racist movement.

However, before we even discuss this imagined and implied need for ME to offer an apology to White America—which I will not do— let’s consider this;
Will White America apologize for Slavery and the 10 million Africans killed in the Transatlantic Slave Trade?
Will White America apologize for the hundreds of thousands of Blacks killed during Slavery?
Will White America apologize for the racist killings of Harriette and Harry T. Moore and Dr. Martin Luther King -and Medgar Evers -and Vernon Dahmer -and (the four young girls in Birmingham) Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins -and Emmett Till -and Herbert Lee -and Virgil Lamar Ware -and Lt. Col Lemuel Penn -and Jimmy Lee Jackson -and (The Nine persons killed in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.) State Sen. Clementa Pinckney and Cynthia Hurd, and Tywanza Sanders and Sharonda Singleton and Myra Thompson and Ethel Lance and Susie Jackson and the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. and DePayne Doctor -and Tamir Rice -and Walter Scott -and Dontre Hamilton -and Eric Garner -and John Crawford -and Michael Brown -and Ezell Ford -and Alton Sterling -and Philando Castile and the list is ever long and extensive.
Will White America apologize for Red Summer, the appropriate name given the summer of 1919 by James Weldon Johnson when there were 26 race riots in this country ALL started by Whites?
Will White America apologize for the total destruction of Black Wall Street in Greenwood-Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the deaths of more than 600 hundred Black persons? OR Rosewood? and that list is also ever long and extensive.

When we want to start the blame game, let’s just do it in chronological order by starting with Slavery, and not miss anything. And don’t tell me about I’m living in the past. You, White America, are still fighting the Civil War which you already lost.
If you want to have a mature conversation and admit Police are not White Saviors riding to some fantasized rescue on a White horse —like the Klan in the Racist movie “The Birth of a Nation” by D. W. Griffith—then we can talk.
If you want to have a mature conversation with solutions that covers the “racial waterfront”…that’s a start. But if you want to come with your same tired recriminations, don’t waste my time. 

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Can You Say Something Good About The Media? NO!

THE PRESS IS AS HYPOCRITICAL AND AS RACIST AS IT CAN BE. The fact they do not admit their racism makes it even worse. A few days ago, Brian “Another Day-Another Lie” Williams of MSNBC said President Obama made comments in a delivery “like Richard Pryor.” No matter whatever in the hell he was trying to say, it rang out loud and disrespectful and racist to me. Other commentators —and White commentators might I add—always throw in their subjective and ignorant comments when they—the White THEY—do not feel the Black President is responding how THEY think the Black President should respond and saying what THEY think the Black President should say. Many times they simply mouth the racist party line from the Racist Republicant Party.
 
The Racist Donald Trump said after the Orlando killings and before HE even knew who the shooter was…”Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace.” He also blamed the Dallas shootings on President Obama and went on to say that President Obama “is dividing and has divided the country racially.” The media then tries to make it a stretch by saying, “It’s just politics.” I vehemently disagree with the wimps in the media that "It's just politics." Racists have a pattern by trying to blame Blacks for this country’s racism. Racism they designed and developed during and after the American Christian Holocaust called Slavery.
 
Did the press call out Donald Trump’s wanton and vile and virulent racism? Have they ever? Hell No! Yet that is how the White Racist Press and White Racists operate…and Donald Trump is as White and as Racist as they come. The media does not recognize racism because they DO NOT WANT to recognize racism. They are not unique. White America does not recognize Racism because it DOES NOT WANT to recognize ITS Racism. The press simply mirrors American Born and American Bred Racism. In other words, Racism is as American as Apple pie. Like It Or Not.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

RESPECT!!!

I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT RACISM SINCE MY 8TH GRADE AMERICAN HISTORY SCHOOL TEACHER AND MY MENTOR RUTLEDGE HENRY PEARSON INVITED ME AND MY CLASSMATES TO JOIN THE YOUTH COUNCIL NAACP. He would tell us in the classroom…”If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” I was 11 years old. Mr. Pearson started me on two roads…fighting Racism and Understanding the Great Legacy of Black History. He wanted to make sure that we were armed with the tools to fight a country that did not want us here—even though they kidnapped us from OUR country to being us here. He wanted us to know that from Slavery on, America did not GIVE US anything…that WE rightfully EARNED the citizenship that America did not want to give us. And he wanted US to be proud of who were and to know and appreciate the great legacy of those Black males and females who blazed paths of accomplished through the Jungle of Racism.

That was 61 years ago. What is remarkable in the battle against Racism over the years is very little has changed. One of the reasons we see what is happening in the streets by police and the deafening silence by larger White America is White America does not fundamentally respect Black America. Oh…White America will tolerate us….on the football field…on the basketball court…on the performing stage…on the TV screen…on the movie screen…but sincere respect, not so much. White America does not respect our history…they do not respect our struggle…they do not respect how much Black America has achieved in spite of…WHY? Because the lack of respect and the stumbling blocks for Black America have been carefully placed there by White America. The lack of respect by White police…militia patrols in the Black community…is part and parcel of the larger vista of disrespect of Blacks in America by White America.

Oh we have made some “strides”—I do not call it progress—I will leave it to others to call it progress. Some even think we have arrived. And that is because we can go where we want to go, for the most part, drive what we want to drive, be with who we want to be with, sleep with who we want to sleep with, and all in this societal phenomenon called Integration. It does not mean that Blacks are so readily accepted; it simply means that White America has a higher level of toleration for Black folks…NOT RESPECT… TOLERATION. In part because it is politically and socially expedient to do so and because it makes good financial sense for the White Big Boys. The Black community generates billions of dollars every year and the White Big Boys are always standing ready to reap this financial windfall. It does not mean you are highly respected, it just means you are a means to an end…and that end is lining their pockets with your money.

Unless and until White America understands and RESPECTS US as Aretha would say, we will continue to see Blacks killed by police for reasons that do not approach the need for an arrest let alone deadly force…We will continue to see White elected officials disrespect the President of the United States and the most powerful man in the world but a power White America will not acknowledge because he is Black…Distasteful caricatures of Blacks in roles of TV and in the movies because it pleases Whites to laugh at us while we are ignorantly laughing at ourselves. DISRESPECT. Until Respect is at hand for Black America, we will continue to see these scenarios played out in the streets and on FOX and CNN and NBC and CBS and ABC and MSNBC etc etc etc and those racist local newscasts by insignificant Black and White minions called local news reporters. We need to learn to withhold our money from Racist White America…withhold our votes from Racist White elected officials… Don’t allow White elected officials with their LIES to rush our Black pulpits …WE need to tell our preachers we do not want the Liars in our church and if they do not get the message…JUST LEAVE. The most ridiculous thing I hear from Black folks is … “The Black Church should not be political. I come to church to hear the word.” Clueless Black folks who call themselves Christians yet they are not prepared to work and sacrifice and fight for who they are and even whose they are and they incredulously hide behind the Christian Cross. They really need Black Bible Study…not just Bible study …but Black Bible Study.

We MUST continue to fight and demonstrate and strategize and figure the different ways to MAKE America Respect us. Every Black Lives Matter demonstration is an indication that things are not right White America and they will never be right until WE can also say “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” and know those words apply to US. It is not easy. Fighting the War of Racism is not easy and has never been easy. Yet it is a fight and a war for which we must continually declare or WE PERISH AS A PEOPLE.

Many of the signs are gone, giving the appearance that racism is less overt; but that does not mean that it has disappeared, or that “equality is at hand” in what Dr. Maya Angelou refers to as “these, as yet, United States of America.” Recognize the Hue of the face looking back at you in the mirror. In the final analysis, being Black and understanding being Black is a state of mind.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Police are RACISTS too!

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I HAVE ALWAYS SAID IF YOU ARE A RACIST WHEN YOU JOIN THE POLICE FORCE, GIVING YOU A BADGE AND A GUN NOW MEANS YOU ARE A RACIST WITH LEGAL LIFE AND DEATH CONTROL OVER ME! You can shoot and KILL me with impunity knowing you will never get charged or serve time. Yet there are those who will hide the police behind the comments—"fear of their safety" or "his life was in danger." These are law enforcement professionals. Would you have me believe they cannot diffuse situations without taking a life? You never read about the police struggling with a White person and then shooting and killing that White person at point blank range OR as that White person runs away for whatever reason…the policeman stops…kneels on one knee …takes careful aim…and shoots the fleeing White person in the back and killing him OR arresting a White female for showing "attitude" resulting in her death from an as yet explained "suicide" while in jail OR shooting a White kid with a toy gun within 3 seconds of arriving on the scene. Yet you read those scenarios everyday when the police deals with someone Black. Question…When a Black person is involved, killing is the only solution? Your skin color is your ticket for death?

Whites cannot understand this. I will not even try to help them understand. But suffice it to say, WHITES NEVER have to worry about getting a phone call in the middle of the night that a loved one has been killed by the police for WHATEVER the reason. You will see countless efforts to defend and explain the police MURDERS in Louisiana and Minnesota and whenever and wherever POLICE KILLS a Black person. And invariably, the Black dead victim was ALWAYS AT FAULT. We refuse to believe and understand Racism at work when we know racism is at work. It is racism and the American Institution of Racism. We refuse to admit that police and law enforcement agencies REEKS of the Klan and other Racist organizations. We also refuse to admit police CAN BE Racist. Certainly Whites refuse to admit it while also refusing to admit that Racism even exists. Let's just say many Whites wear Racism Sun Glasses.

THIS IS THE SCRIPT:
Blacks and Whites are prompted to say it is just THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY. The Irony is the American Institution of Racism just about guarantees that 1 in 6 Black men will have a record or at least have an arrest during their lifetime. THE PRESS AND THE POLICE reinforce this negative image with a mug shot of several years ago and the press "suggests" this Black man was killed and "IT WAS HIS FAULT" because of his past or present criminal activity. "The Police felt threatened and feared for his safety."

THE SCRIPT CONTINUES…When the community refuses to buy that and shows disgust and demonstrates or even implies violence because of ANOTHER Black person killed at the hands of the police, White Police Chiefs and White Sheriffs and White elected officials do what they have always done since time immemorial. They trot out a Black preacher(s) and/or Black elected officials who then mouth these mealy-mouthed scripted words: "Let's just pray and be cool and let the process run its course." And this rejoinder…"I believe in the system." even when the preachers know THE SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK!

All of this revolves around that cursed "four letter word" called RACISM. You can think it is overworked or misused or not even applicable in Police on Black Murders…but understand you are not acknowledging the very obvious. Racism is Real and it permeates out every day existence. You fight Racism by admitting it exists…You call it out…and you use every tool at your disposal to fight it every day. You vote in huge numbers…you demonstrate…You do those things which makes a city uncomfortable and even makes you uncomfortable…You bring White elected officials before your organizations to explain issues and tell you where they stand on issues critical to your community …you vote out those whom you know are racist…You also call out the House Niggers among YOU who will sell you out for a few dollars and a Bar-Be-Cue Sandwich…AND YOU BOYCOTT AND WITHHOLD YOUR MONEY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. Then some …not all… but some White Folks will get the message. Remember fighting Racism requires US to sacrifice. That is SACRIFICE in Capital letters.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Yep…It’s Official. RACIST AMERICA!!!

An Independence Day float in Sheridan, IND. The cart's roof displayed signs in support of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. On the front was the head of a stuffed animal with a sign reading "African Lion." On the back, a doll with an Obama mask was propped in a toilet with a sign reading "Lying African." Just a reinforcement of the Appropriate Tag …Racist America.

A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT RACIST AMERICA…AGAIN!
WE need to cut the bull sh*t and truthfully deal with the fact the scab is really off America’s Festering Sore called RACISM. It has been really for some time but many put varying tolerance and brotherhood/sisterhood “ointments” on the “Racism Sore” and thought it was healing. In actuality it just stayed below the surface and off the healing radar screen. But No Longer. White Racist Christian Evangelicals have done the most to really show how Racist America is. Hiding behind Christianity and the Christian Cross, we have seen: Disrespect for a Black President in ways that stagger the imagination, restriction of voting rights which really means restriction of Black voting rights, disrespect of Black men women and children, attacks on public education, attacks on every ethnic group or others, rewriting American history to remove references to racism and slavery, and “justified racist killings” of Blacks by the police. All part and parcel of what is now Racism as OVERT as OVERT can be. Once again, we see in Louisiana that White Police can continue to kill Black men with impunity as happened recently with Alton Sterling. A Heinous Murder. I look for a racist “justifiable homicide” verdict …WHAT ELSE!…whenever the circumstances are presented. Since Slavery, America camouflaged its Core Racist Attitudes and Racism under a cloak of Dishonest and Revisionist History, and Immorality and White Christianity. It was Simply Runaway Unimpeded Racism.

White folks continue to say Blue Lives Matter or All Lives Matter. They will not say Black Lives Matter because for many Whites, Black Lives DO NOT matter. And that is why a Racist like Donald Trump resonates with America. Donald Trump’s racist message says KEEP THE NIGGER IS HIS PLACE LIKE IT USED TO BE. You can add an extension to that which should read…Even If It Means Killing a NIGGER. That is what Donald Trump is selling and White America is buying is Donald Trump’s message in MASSIVE quantities. I was listening to Joe Madison this morning and a caller said… “Donald Trump says SOME stupid things but his heart is in the right place.” How stupid is that? White folks support anything that is Racist which does not put THEM in a defensive posture. Let’s look at it this way, suppose Black police were killing Whites at the same rate, the same way, and the same reasons White Police are killing Blacks. Do you really think there would NOT be an outcry of mythic proportions by the White community? White folks would not stand for White murders at the hands of Black police. You would probably see the end of Black police in this country. Yet Black killings by the White police are justified with a “ho hum” and an “Oh Well.”

By dehumanizing Black victims —by the media—and bringing up everything negative they did from childhood until their death, the design is to make it appear the victims, even in death, are the scum of the earth. When all else fails there is always this convenient caveat … “Well it would not have happened if he/she had not been doing the wrong thing.” Of course, the complicit press stands by ready and willing to help this Rebranding Of Racist America. In the minds of many in White America, The Police protects THEM from the Black criminal element, and if some Blacks are killed in the process, So Be It! That’s the price of public safety. And Black folks and White folks, stop quoting Dr. Martin Luther King’s "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." You have nothing else to say so you quote Dr. King knowing you do not mean it. Own up to the fact America YOU are a Racist Country. YOU reinforce that truism every day. Stop talking about the “Land of the Free” and the “Home of the Brave.” Change “Free” and “Brave” to “Racist” and you give a much clearer picture.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

White Entertainment Awards? Really?

THE RACIST TALK CONTINUES…AND MY RESPONSE ALSO CONTINUES…
Part of another Facebook friend’s conversation where his Facebook friend…not my Facebook friend…went on about Jesse Williams' rousing (my word) speech during the Black Entertainment Awards (BET)…and his sounding racist (her word) …and other “things.” I “politely” waded in…
OBVIOUS WHITE PERSON: Do we have White Entertainment Awards (after making a few other comments about the Black Entertainment Awards)?
ME: YES..You already have White Entertainment Awards. They are called the Oscars…The Emmys …The Tonys…and The Grammys. First of all Black Entertainment Awards and the Black Entertainment Network came into existence because the Oscars and the Emmys and the Tonys and The Grammys historically ignored Black actors and musicians and their music and ignored Blacks on the traditional and predominantly White Networks…which might I add they still do. Whites always complain about Blacks saying Racism because many Whites are so used to White Privilege and White Supremacy that they will not acknowledge Racism EXISTS which they created out of Slavery. Racism is real and it manifests itself every day. The reason Donald Trump has resonated is because Donald Trump is a Racist and appeals to the White racist element in America. Those who profess Trump is not a Racist either have their heads in the sand or are racist themselves and refuse to admit it. Racism is not that complex. Whites have imposed their will culturally, politically and socially on Blacks based on the color of their skin because they can. That is the definition of Racism. It is Quite simple. What is not simple is Whites will not admit their Racism. But it is there admit it or not. And White American Racism has been here for some time.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

REVOLUTION?

A number of persons today talk about a Revolution and being a part of a Revolution. Some even equate THEIR definition of a Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement. I have NO IDEA how they define a Revolution but understand this, the Civil Rights Movement and fighting Racism was and is about challenges and sacrifice. The word is SACRIFICE. There is no Movement without Sacrifice. There is no Progress without Sacrifice. Confronting the system… as you define Revolution…or as a part of a defined Civil Rights Movement STILL requires Sacrifice. Question…Are you ready and prepared to make a Sacrifice and everything it entails? If you are not, stay on the sidelines and talk. Let the adults continue their fight.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The American Institution of Racism…Revisited Over and Over and Over Again!

OH REALLY?

LET'S TALK A BIT ABOUT HOW THIS AMERICAN INSTITUTION OF RACISM WORKS.
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 also a system that seeks to degrade and denigrate. Slavery created racial segregation and institutionalized racism. Most dictionaries define “racism” as racial hatred based on the color of one’s skin. As Dick Gregory said, “White is not a color; it’s an attitude.” Some add that racism is racial prejudice plus the institutional and systemic power to dominate, exclude, discriminate against, or abuse targeted groups of people based on a designation of race. As historian Eric Williams writes in his book Capitalism and Slavery, “Slavery was not born of racism; rather, racism was the consequence of slavery.” Racism is an insidious cultural disease. So this Poll says Trump supporters …aka Racists…view Blacks as Violent. ..Lazy…and Unintelligent. Let's "unwrap" those three terms:
LAZY BLACKS…Yet Blacks were never lazy when they were enslaved and working to put untold billions of dollars in the pockets of the ancestors of these same racists. The trade in enslaved persons, from the middle of the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth, was responsible for the kidnapping of between twelve and fifteen million people, forcibly removed from Africa to the Western Hemisphere.In the year 1840, four million of these same "lazy Blacks" were worth more than all the banks/financial institutions, transportation industries, and insurance businesses in America. These same LAZY BLACKS created American Capitalism and Wall Street.

VIOLENT BLACKS…White America, not Black America created/founded the Ku Klux Klan and other cowardly night rider groups to exact violence on Blacks. WE did not create violence in this land we were brought to after being kidnapped from Africa. Christian Whites created Violence and certainly extended it to keep Blacks "in their place." During slavery they were called Slave Patrols. Now they are called The Police.

UNINTELLIGENT BLACKS…White textbook authors and White historians have gone out of their way to write an incomplete and dishonest American history. One that excludes instead of including the many salient contributions by Blacks. The reasons are obvious. If you cannot read about the contributions by your ancestors, then the conclusion is your ancestors never contributed anything. You purposefully excludeD the names and the contributions of Great Blacks such as Benjamin Banneker, Daniel Hale Williams, Charles Drew, Matt Henson, Garret Morgan, Granville Woods, Elijah McCoy Percy Julian, James Weldon Johnson, A. Philip Randolph, Alexander Dumas, Alexander Pushkin —LONG LONG LIST— because you do not want anyone to know and certainly not record that Blacks were just as significant in the development of this country as White Americans and White Europeans. You quite simply did not want anyone, including us, to read about us.

AND YOU CALL US VIOLENT, LAZY, AND UNINTELLIGENT? THAT IS YOUR BLAME GAME WHITE AMERICA… A GAME THAT YOU STARTED.
White folks have inherited the wealth and privilege derived from free Black labor, White Privilege, and White Supremacy which they willingly enjoy today. Black folks inherited nothing and received nothing when freed, and they continue to face the effects of this rigged game, which continues into the present day, even as they have struggled, and resisted this system, and attempted to build for themselves. Every stumbling block thrown in the way of Blacks has been overcome and we will continue to overcome YOUR White Racist Stumbling Blocks. That is what the American Institution of Racism is about. Call US Violent, Lazy, and Unintelligent if you will White America…But YOU Know Better…YOU know the Real Truth.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Donald Trump is a Racist…and if you support him, So Are YOU!

THE HUE AND CRY FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP: “DON’T CALL ME A RACIST FOR SUPPORTING DONALD TRUMP. PROVE I AM A RACIST. YOU ARE THE RACIST FOR CALLING ME A RACIST.”
It is called the “if you can’t definitively prove racism, it isn’t so” phenomenon. It is a common strategy of asking any person of color who identifies a racist practice or pattern to ‘prove’ that racism is indeed the underlying factor or that it even exists. The implication is if one cannot produce indisputable evidence of clear, blatant, and intentional prejudice, then racism must be banned as a possibility. But this is both asinine as an intellectual claim and precarious as a policy standard. In a nation with the racial history of the United States, it is both ludicrous AND preposterous to think that non-racism would be the presumption and that racism must be proven FIRST and proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
 
American History and White historians do not honestly record Slavery, Lynchings, Race Riots, Jim Crow Laws, and the Nadir of Race Relations as a part of American History. That is racist in itself but it also shows how much Christian America will not admit its Racism and the unconscionable racist history of America. Donald Trump has feasted on America's Racist history. He adamantly maintains White Privilege and White Supremacy as weapons. Many Whites conspicuously ignore these proven facts of vile and virulent racism as if they never existed. They then stand and shout from the roof tops that Donald Trump is not a racist and don’t dare call them a racist because they support Donald Trump. Blacks who support Trump carry a different circumstance, but keep this in mind…We still have slaves. They simply cost more.
 
Donald Trump is a candidate for the President of the United States. Donald Trump is also a Racist candidate for the President of the United States. The campaign of a racist like Donald Trump simply means you do not have to wear a robe as you seek to intimidate and harass and murder in the middle of the night to be identifiably racist. There are several differences between Trump and card carrying Ku Klux Klan members and other racists but the racist thread is the same…he wears a suit instead of a robe…he wears a race-coded slogan cap instead of a tattooed swastika…he flies in a plane instead of riding a horse…he says "you/your people" and "my African American" instead of Nigger…and he will still spew inflammatory racial comments/epithets and incite his racist supporters in a heartbeat. When you support Donald Trump, then YOU WHITE AMERICA also support his racist comments and his racism and YOU WHITE AMERICA, whether you want to admit it or not, are also admitting your racism. You cannot lie, distract and spin your support of racism no matter how hard you try.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Saying the Right Things Because It Was The Right Thing To Do.

 
Jesse Williams accepts the Humanitarian Award onstage during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles.
THE REASON JESSE WILLIAMS COMMENTS RESONATED SO MUCH is not because he said anything new. It is because HE Said words that needed to be said about RACISM and America's Core Racist Attitudes PUBLICLY AND ON NATIONWIDE TV. Black performers/celebrities traditionally and historically DO NOT talk about Racism and say the words that need to be said when they need to be said. They will not speak the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Think what would happen if Blacks who were in position to make things happen would say the things that needed to be said instead of saying—as Michael Jordan did when asked why he did not speak out about issues Democrats embraced and which helped Black people—Michael's Infamous Response…"Republicans buy shoes too." Unfortunately with all of his basketball greatness, I will remember those words by Michael so much more than his basketball accomplishments, but then again that's just me.

Which is the problem with many Black millionaire celebrities and Black millionaire athletes. They really think by kissing Ass and avoiding the issues that impact people who look like them, will somehow make them more acceptable to White folks. It will not. Whites might "like" you for kissing their behinds. They will probably enjoy it…BUT…they also will not trust you. If you will not respect and support your own people why would you think they would think you will ultimately support them? They certainly will not respect you for your obvious lack of integrity, and most certainly they will not want to keep you around. YOU smell literally and figuratively to THEM. Imagine then, how you look and smell to US…some of US anyway. Keep your mouth closed Michael Jordan and the many many Michael Jordans who can make a difference. Keep fooling yourself that somehow Whites in this country do not notice the color of your skin. Your legacy is set and it is not what you think it is.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The Mass Murders America Has Conveniently Forgotten.

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American History is full of Mass Murders.

Just file this away when we talk about mass murders in this country. It is amazing how this country and the media always forget THESE murders when the ONLY reason was the color of the victim's skin. Then again it is not amazing. America likes to fool itself into believing Racism and Racist Murders do not and did not exist.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Another Clueless Republican.

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Disgrace to Woolworth? Give me a Break.

WHEN YOU SEE AND HEAR THE IGNORANCE OF THE REPUBLICANTS ON THE DEMOCRAT'S "HOUSE SIT-IN", you can understand—a little bit anyway–how racists reacted to lunch counter sit-ins back in the day. This clown cannot even get his facts straight and this is certainly NO DISGRACE to Woolworth who was very culpable in what happened in their stores. Even the heckling by Republicants reminds me of the Whites standing behind us at the closed Woolworth lunch counter in Jacksonville showering us with the usual choice racist epithets…Jungle Bunny…Nigger…and NAACP-Niggers Ain't Acting Like Colored People. Quite frankly most of the pundits cannot respond to what is happening on the House floor because they never had to use civil disobedience as a means to an end.

The fact that it was suggested by Rep John Lewis really makes some Republicant racists masquerading as Republicant Congressmen/Congresswomen that much angrier. The issues are different, BUT John Lewis is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and Whites in Congress on the Republicant side do not want to revisit it. John Lewis has taken them there and they cannot stand it. Many are talking about the decorum of the House. When you are wrong…you are wrong. Republicants have been wrong for so long that many cannot wrap their arms around these words from the Declaration of Independence.. —written by Thomas Jefferson, one of their favorite slave owning Presidential heroes:
"…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it"

Like it or not and irrespective of the ending of this demonstration, and like John Lewis or not, a statement has been made on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. We used sit-ins at White lunch counters in our quest for human dignity and respect back in the day to fight Segregation and Racism and White Privilege and White Supremacy. Different fight today but the goal is still the same…Human Dignity and Respect.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

RACISM IS TAUGHT!

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I CANNOT HELP BUT THINK HOW MUCH FURTHER ALONG WE WOULD BE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM AND CORE RACIST ATTITUDES in America if America and the world would have reacted in horror and disgust and had the same level of concern about the Blacks killed in their church by a Racist Murderer as they have for the persons killed in a club. Not based on the location of the murders but based on the COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. And for those who say there he goes again, YOU ARE DAMN RIGHT. Even when there is a horrific crime like the murders in the Black AME church in Charleston, somehow Black murders even when you know the color of their skin was the reason for their death do not carry the same importance. And for those who say, It is not about Race…When Blacks are killed like Christian Worshipers were killed South Carolina…IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT RACE. Putting your head in a hole in the sand does not change the facts or make Racism go away.
 
While law enforcement experts and psychologists and political pundits and ne'er-do-wells ponder and discuss ad nauseum the motivation of Omar Mateen, you do not have to ask what Dylan Roof was thinking when he sat in a church for an hour and planned his racist murders while observing the Blacks he would later execute because of the color of their skin. Before he started shooting, Dylan Roof stood in Emanuel AME Church and said, “You rape our women, and you’re taking over our country.” In the many articles written about this "troubled young man"–certainly not my words–"Roof exhibited signs of obsessive–compulsive disorder as he grew up." He certainly was not troubled enough to go to racist web sites …then buy a gun…then premeditate his actions. Once again the press cannot bring itself to call a Racist Murderer a Racist Murderer even when he admits he is a Racist Murderer.
 
We do not know why Mateen killed 50 innocents in Orlando, but WE know WHY Roof killed 9 innocents in Charleston South Carolina. I pray for the Nine souls in Charleston and the Fifty Souls in Orlando, but I did not, I do not, and I will NOT PRAY NOR FORGIVE Omar Mateen and certainly not Dylan Roof.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

White Supremacy…REMIX!

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TARZAN—THE ULTIMATE RACIST WHITE SUPREMACY STORY OF ALL TIME. This story is so arrogantly ridiculous yet this was the mind set of Edgar Rich Burroughs, America and the world at that time and of course it still is. There are those who actually think this nauseating tripe is based on a true story.

THIS IS THE INITIAL DESCRIPTION OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE JUNGLE…"This is the house of Tarzan, the killer of beasts and many black men". This is how Tarzan introduces himself to Jane in Tarzan of the Apes (1914). Later in the book he rescues her from a “black ape rapist”.

A BIT OF EDGAR RICH BURROUGHS HISTORY…Tarzan started off as a character written by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) in the 1912 All-Story Magazine before being edited into a series of books and films. The story charts the life of an aristocratic offspring of Lord Greystoke, who is orphaned as a child in Africa, raised by apes in the jungle, and soon becomes the King of that jungle and all who dwell in it. Tarzan, which means white skin in 'ape speak' is faster, stronger and more intelligent than the native Africans. For readers at the time and even now, whiteness equals civilization and supremacy. In addition, Tarzan can speak to the animals – a skill which the local Africans do not have. Tarzan embodied the traits of a comic superhero, long before the appearance of Superman; he wrestles lions, crocodiles and gorillas with his bare hands like all White males would do in the jungle. However, Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois and had never been to Africa. This is why lions and tigers often pop up in his African jungle despite the fact that lions live exclusively in the savannah and tigers are not found in Africa at all. It would not be so bad if these were the only factual errors, but Burroughs portrays all the Africans as savages and racially inferior. Black people are routinely described in a derogatory manner. The original books are full of the word "Nigger" (of course) and other racist stereotypes informed by the rampant racism of the period.
The NEW TARZAN movie will be released next month.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Christians are Violent TOO!

IF WE USE THE HORRENDOUS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO to expand hate against persons who are Muslims… and broad brush them and blame their religion of Islam…then Blacks in this country should eternally blame and hate White people in this country…and Christianity…for the violence exacted on us from Slavery until now. There were 4 million enslaved Black persons in this country in 1840. It is estimated that 10 million or more Africans lost their lives during the Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade after they were kidnapped from Africa. If a slave owner had to kill one slave to teach the others a lesson…Oh Well… that was just the price of doing Slave business. And the Christian pastor on Sunday during that time in this country founded on Religious Freedom and Love for your Fellow Man and Woman, would hold that slave owner up as an honorable man.

Unconsciously, perhaps, many Christians consider Islam to be a kind of dark shadow of their own faith, with the ugly words of the Koran standing in absolute contrast to the scriptures they themselves cherish. In the minds of ordinary Christians, the Koran teaches savagery and warfare, while the Bible offers a message of love, forgiveness, and charity. For the prophet Micah, God's commands to his people are summarized in the words "act justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8). Those of us who profess we are Christians recall the words Jesus uttered on the cross: "Father, forgive them: they know not what they do." In terms of ordering violence and bloodshed, any simplistic claim about the superiority of the Bible to the Koran would be wildly wrong. In fact, the Bible overflows with "texts of terror.”

WE do not like this…but the Bible contains far more verses praising or urging bloodshed than does the Koran, and biblical violence is often far more extreme, and marked by more indiscriminate savagery. Turn to the full orgy of militarism, enslavement, and race war in the Books of Joshua and Judges. Moses himself reputedly authorized this campaign when he told his followers that, once they reached Canaan, they must annihilate all the peoples they find in the cities specially reserved for them (Deut. 20: 16-18).

This is not to be preachy and certainly I am not a minister by any stretch of the imagination, but before we point fingers and talk about the violence of one or two or three individuals or even more who happen to be Muslim, let’s remember in this country in 1925, there were 5,000,000—that's Million—members of the Klan throughout this country who stood beside the Christian cross while invoking the name of Jesus Christ…and were expressly committed to violence and death against Blacks. …and they were all White. In other words, they were sworn to kill and rid this country of Blacks. During this same period, 3-5 Blacks (on average) were lynched weekly.

Study American History and read about the Race Riots in this country. Read about the summer of 1919 which James Weldon Johnson labeled the Red Summer because of the 26 Race Riots in this country where blood from Blacks literally ran in the streets. And that is just 1919…there were many many more. Read about the “Nadir of Race Relations” when violence was the order of the day against Blacks after the period called Reconstruction, starting in the late 1870’s. And I can go on and on about the deadly violence during the Civil Rights Movement perpetrated on Black Persons…Black Places…and Black Things. Violence is horrific and nauseating and deadly. But FEAR is also horrific and nauseating and deadly. Remember this White America, and understand what YOU started and what you still Tolerate!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Historians Lie Too!

FOR MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED YEARS NOW, White historians and White scholars removed Black people from Egypt, took Egypt out of Africa, and made Africa basically disappear from world history as a cultural force. These same scholars have always taught that Egypt is in the Near East, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and even the Fertile Crescent. They have never informed the world that Egypt is and always has been on the Continent of Africa. Have you asked “Why the geographical term Middle East?” The term Middle East-when examined in cultural, anthropological, and cultural terms makes little sense. Middle East is a political term. Fact is, most people cannot find the geographical location of the Middle East on the map. If news organizations did not have the option to say Middle East, they would have to say “in and around the continent of Africa.”Aside from its spiritual impact for Christians throughout the world, the Bible is also a historical book. The Bible does not mention Middle East, but that is an aside. Think how convenient it is to say “Middle East” and ignore the FACT the Bible takes place in and around the continent of Africa; which also means the HOLY LAND is located in and around the continent of Africa.

White publishers have controlled everything written and taught about Africa, and often published books stating that the Ancient Egyptians were White. No one, except Black people, complained about the revisionist history of the world, Africa, and those of African descent. And now since Black people finally began publishing their own works, and started using the internet to tell OUR story, suddenly everyone is interested in “setting Black people straight.”

But in the words of the great Dr. John Henri Clarke…“Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.”

Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told!
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Defining Racism.

EXCERPT from Chapter 30—Racism and the American Presidency Part II—of my latest book —Unless WE Tell It …It Never Gets Told!

"Two quotes from Tim Wise, anti-racism activist and writer, sum it up: “To believe that the United States is post-racial requires an almost incomprehensible inability or unwillingness to stare truth in the face.”And: “If you want to know if racism is a problem in your country, you might not want to ask white people.”
 
Consider, also, this from Abraham Joshua Heschelm, rabbi, theologian, and participant in the marches from Selma to Montgomery: “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man—the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” PERIOD!!!
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

REST IN PEACE CHAMP!!! YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!!

 

I AM NOT WATCHING ROOTS!

FOR THE RECORD AND FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH (IF ANYTHING), I am not watching ROOTS tonight or any other night. I did not watch the first ROOTS. I am not watching because of anger or possibly losing my emotions. I am not watching the first installment to watch the basketball game either. I am just not interested in a sanitized Hollywood version of Slavery piped to a country Who Will Not Apologize for Slavery…and certainly will not consider any conversation about reparations. I don't give a damn how many rant and rave about this is needed in America. They said the same thing after the first ROOTS and NOTHING happened. It is my choice not to watch and I do not begrudge anyone who will watch. Many should tune in with a young person(s). Your Choice.

Maybe if enough White Americans watch and remotely understand how they savagely treated millions of Blacks in this country for their economic AND political gain, maybe—just maybe—America will apologize for Slavery and initiate discussions about reparations; but I am not holding my breath. Many Blacks should watch also. Those Blacks in particular who whisper —or try to when they talk to me—when they want to talk to you about Slavery and Race. I don't Whisper. Please do not ask my opinion about ROOTS after it is shown. In the meantime, I will continue understanding Slavery for what it was and is—THE Most Immoral Failing in the history of this Christian Country…The American Holocaust.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

DIVERSITY? What does that mean?

One day we will drop the DIVERSITY word and say what we really mean. The All Encompassing Word "Diversity" does not mean ANYTHING. Diversity is a convenient word and lost its meaning long ago. Diversity is how we talk about race when we —Blacks and Whites—are intimidated talking about race. It has become a stand-in for saying RACISM and RACIST when open discussions of race are too controversial or when White people and the White Media are uncomfortable talking about Race.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

There is reason it is called RACISM!

BLACK FOLKS LIVE EVERYDAY IN INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM YET WE HAVE TO ARGUE TO WHITES FOLKS THAT INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM EXISTS. And when we talk about the fact that racism permeates our very existence, we are “called” angry or we are “just being overly sensitive,” or “too emotional,” or-wait for it—we are playing the race card…AGAIN.  Or even worse, we’re told that WE are Racist. How in the H-E-Double Sticks do Blacks, who are systematically oppressed in this country, have the financial and political wherewithal to oppress those in power?

There was no obligation and certainly no reason for European Americans to found a country and proclaim “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” and mean it for everybody when America’s founders themselves already owned thousands of enslaved persons. It was called SLAVERY. Created by White American Christians for the benefit of White American Christians. The dictionary defines Slavery as… “the practice of, or a system based on, using the enforced labor of other people.” You will note the dictionary’s definition says nothing about chains and whips and dogs and cruel and unusual punishment and living conditions and death.

Whites never see nor do they understand that the formula for the construct of this country includes White Privilege, White Supremacy, and Racism. So we are clear, conversations about race and racism also intimidate both Whites and Blacks. They do not want to remind each other of the American Holocaust called Slavery, nor of the period in the South after Reconstruction during which this country initiated a violent and terroristic brand of American-style apartheid (called the Nadir of Race Relations) to keep recently freed Africans “in their place.” Whites are uncomfortable hearing how they treated Blacks historically for political and financial gain; Blacks are uncomfortable talking about how they were treated his­torically for political and financial gain. And when Blacks tell Whites, “Racism still exists. It is real.” Whites respond, “You’re wrong, I’m not racist at all. I don’t even see any racism.” Whites simply reject the existence of racism—their own creation—because it suits their argumentative position.

Note to American History teachers, White and Black: Do not expect your Black students to learn from your history class if you do not incorporate Black history. If I sit in a classroom and only read about the contributions made by White Americans and White Europeans, then the “learning field” is never level. It is downright dishonest that American history as portrayed in history textbooks essentially makes the statement that Blacks made NO salient con­tributions to this country. My Black ancestors helped to develop this country before, during, and after slavery. Another by-product of Racism. You have to teach the truth without regard to what the textbooks proclaim. You cannot teach truth without teaching about American Racism. You are not teaching if you do otherwise.

“One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not re­member that Daniel Webster got drunk, but only that he was a splen­did constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner . . . and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect man and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.”
— William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois Sociologist, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, historian, author, and editor

Racism affects our very existence. This is why we MUST continue to fight Racism and why WE must continue the Struggle from the Cradle to the Grave.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

JUST ANOTHER MURDERING WHITE RACIST!

Another Murdering Racist Thug!

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WHITE AMERICA…This is another example of YOUR Core Racist Attitudes created by the American Institution of Racism resulting from Slavery in which the fundamental belief was promulgated that ALL Black Males…even unarmed Black teen-agers…are inherently violent and threatening. The Racism of America allows laws to be passed and used to justify the MURDER of an unarmed Black teen-ager by an armed White Racist Thug(s). It also allows a Racist Murdering Thug to SELL his Murder Weapon with NO Consequences. Ain't American Capitalism Grand—which by the way was SHAMEFULLY built and created on the backs of enslaved persons. And Where was White America during this and other murders of unarmed Black children? Sitting back feeling smuggly safe AND wrapped in a cloak of Racism while saying absolutely NOTHING! And you wonder why WE Say…AmeriKKKa The Racist.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Uncle…Did You really think your love for the confederate flag would make a difference?

Yes. A Black Confederate Activist.

H K EDGERTON

 

(This is H. K. Edgerton when he "visited"  Jacksonville in December 2013.)

This is both sad and sadder.

This same Uncle showed up at Forrest High School the day I appeared on a panel discussion to debate (in effect) in support of changing the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School as a part of the Duval County Schools procedure. This panel discussion featured two of us (Lance Stoll was the other) in favor of changing the name and two persons in favor of keeping the name. H. K. Edgerton (The Uncle pictured) and his large Confederate flag met us that morning. Of course he was in favor of keeping the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest students voted that morning to change the name. (Personal Note–I am glad I was a part of the effort to change the name.)

Note in the article the comments about the War of Northern Agression and other Silly names given to the so-called Civil War. It was not the North against the South. The Southern states seceded…formed the Confederacy as an Enemy Government to OVERTHROW the United States of America …all because of SLAVERY. ALL OF THESE CONFEDERATE CRIMINALS should have been charged with Treason and tried as War Criminals …BUT… President Johnson, a South Sympathizer and a Slavery Supporter gave them a Blanket Amnesty. So now the Klan jumped on this Good Old Uncle for carrying his Confederate Flag HERE in Jacksonville, FL (yesterday). Don't you understand Uncle Boy…Your color matters?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Celebrate YOUR Blackness!

President Obama: Celebrate Your Blackness

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WHITE FOLKS LOVE TO COMMENT ON THINGS THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND; AND SINCE THEY ARE NOT BLACK, THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PRESIDENT MEANT. Whites defensively react to any comment about blackness as if to say Blacks SHOULD NEVER acknowledge they are PROUD TO BE Black. The problem is because of the Racism in this country since Slavery…and because how Blacks have been treated in this country by Christian Whites…Whites are appalled when Blacks express their opinions about White America's Racism and White America's Core Racist Attitudes. When you understand that teaching enslaved person to read and write was against the law and was punishable by severe whippings and even death, having a mind and thinking for yourself is not something Whites want Blacks to do. Inherent in racism is to suppress and depress Black Independent Thought. It is as if you should never celebrate the Proud Legacy of Africa and the Black hue of your skin. White folks will not learn. They purposefully exclude Blacks from American History which I call An Incomplete and Dishonest History. So WE should include them. They will not teach that Blacks did anything of a consequence in American History. So WE should teach it. They will not admit to the great inventions, and discoveries and contributions by Blacks to American History and the development of this country. So WE should tell it. They will not admit that the so-called Civil War was about Slavery. They only reluctantly agree to passive and sanitized comments about Black History. School Systems are afraid to teach Black History while states like Texas and Tennessee have threatened publishing companies if they write anything "disparaging about the founding fathers." The same founding fathers inclusive of 13 of the first 18 president that owned slaves and 8 of those 13 presidents owning slaves while sitting as president. So we are learning to teach ourselves and our young Black children every day, and that is scary to them. White folks celebrate their whiteness every day…whether it is true or not. The President's message of "Celebrate Your Blackness" says Be Proud of who you are and the Great Legacy of Africans and American Blacks. White folks do not understand that. They might one day, but it does not appear that day will come any time soon. It sounds scary to them.They do not understand that Being Pro-Black is not Anti-White. Because they do not understand, THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. And negatively talking about things you do not understand will NOT help you solve your problem. Your Problem White America is Racism…and…RACISM IS TAUGHT.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

And You Still Are!

MEMO TO THE SO-CALLED BLACK BOURGEOIS…
Just because Whites tell you that you are different, special, and have arrived do not make it so. Because you do not cross the St. Johns River to “visit the ghetto” does not mean you are different…because you think driving a BMW makes you special, does not make it so…because you live in a gated community does not mean you have arrived. You are intimidated from talking about racism even though you are Black and experience racism everyday because you are afraid your "bringing it up" will make your White Friends uncomfortable…might interfere with your social schedule…might mean your White friends will not invite you to play a round with them at the golf course … might mean "they" will not invite you to sit with them in their luxury box at a Jaguar game…might mean you cannot join the ladies for another spa therapy session. You keep your collective mouths closed for fear that talking about your great history and the history of your people would give you a militant/radical label and make you less acceptable. You deny your great legacy and do not talk about Black History because its honesty could also make your White friends uncomfortable. Malcolm X famously asked in a television interview, "What do you call an educated Negro with a B.A. or an M.A., with a B.S., or a PhD?" The answer? "You call him a Nigger because that is what Whites call you. Let me add it does not make a difference how much money you make … where you live …what you drive …or where you work, Nigger is still the response. Black Wannabees, for your Reality check, look in the mirror, and yes, THAT IS a Black face looking back at you in the mirror. Just a little information and truth to keep you from continuing to fool yourself.
Thanks for the invitation. If you do not invite me to speak to your “Boo-Zhee” get together again. I will understand. The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

You Still Lost!

8 states still celebrate the Confederacy and Slavery

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This is the Celebration of Treasonous War Criminals who took up arms against the United States in order to defend the South's practice of enslaving Black people in chains, and forcing them to work to enrich White property owners. It was not the North against the South. It was an enemy government —The Confederacy—which sought to overthrow the United States of America. You can claim Southern Heritage; BUT also claim the Racism and the Core Racist Attitudes on which YOUR Southern Heritage stands.

Save your Confederate Money Boys…The South Will Rise Again. But in the meantime…YOU STILL LOST!!!!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The White Press is trying to remake Prince in ITS Image.

Prince was Black.

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White America and the White Press always play up a Black person's mixed ancestrage as if to make the point Blacks cannot achieve without White blood. President Barack Obama immediately comes to mind. Now they have latched on to Prince. There is the writer of a piece on the United Kingdom's Independent website who wrote about how she related to Prince because of his artistry, as well as the fact that he was mixed race, like she is. But the joke is on the White media and White America. Prince was Black…Prince's mother was BLACK…and Prince's Father was BLACK. In other words, Prince WAS a musical genius WITHOUT having White Blood. Imagine That!
BTW and this is especially for Bible Thumping White Christians…Since the Garden of Eden was in Africa and since both Adam and Eve were Black (the earthly material to form them was African dirt/soil and not beach sand) and by the same rules, Whites have achieved with a proportionate share of Black Blood.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Can a tiger change his stripes? Neither can a Racist.

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I watch The National Media with Contempt as these Infotainment court jesters masquerading as news reporters continually slobber over themselves while sucking up to The Racist Donald Trump. The new “news” for them? The Racist Donald Trump’s campaign is going to remake his Racist image. Really? You do not remake a Racist’s Image. It is politically and intellectually disingenuous to even have that conversation. Yet the press is having that conversation as if there is some holy transformation of The Racist Donald Trump about to take place. To remake your image or even talk about remaking your image indicates there is a problem and your image NEEDS remaking. First of all, how does The Racist Donald Trump remake his racist image?  Let’s look at how other racists could have remade their image for some guidance. Maybe instead of the Klan having 5 rallies in a week, they can just have 4 rallies? Maybe, instead of the cowards wearing their robes EVERYDAY, they can miss one day and maybe wash the robe? Maybe instead of saying Segregation Today! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever! George Wallace could have eliminated one of the “Segregations?” Maybe White America can only say Nigger Monday through Friday and not on Saturday and Sunday?
So maybe instead of racially insulting most of the world and many religions, maybe The Racist Donald Trump can just insult HALF of the world and a few religions? Maybe The Racist Donald Trump can insult women on Mondays, Blacks on Tuesdays, Latinos on Wednesday, Muslims on Thursday and use Fridays for a “Who-so-ever-will insult day. Yeah…that can help him start to remake his racist image. Of course, he has to have an audience for his racist vile diatribe, and that is where White America and the White Press come in. You are a racist when there are no consequences to you being a racist. Those in White America who support The Racist Donald Trump gladly embrace his core racist attitudes because it empowers their racism. Birds of a feather…It takes one to know one…and all of the applicable clichés. When the White press decides to actually say and admit Donald Trump IS a racist, then they will realize how reporting on his changing his Racist Image is such a joke…AS THEY ARE.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Harriet Tubman…Fighter and Hero!

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THIS IS FOR THOSE BLACKS WHO FEEL IT IS NOT MONUMENTAL FOR HARRIET TUBMAN’S FACE TO GO ON THE FRONT OF THE $20 BILL…and somehow it is not eventful because Andrew Jackson's likeness still remains on the back of the bill. I am amused at those of us who want the whole loaf or none at all. How soon we forget!
JUST A FEW REMINDERS…
The Civil Rights Movement and the Struggle has always been fought ONE BATTLE AT A TIME.
*** When Edgar Daniel Nixon, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph “went after” the segregated Montgomery Bus Ordinance, they knew they had to challenge the ordinance in court and they had to have someone arrested first to get the case in the court system. The boycott was effective but the Montgomery Bus Challenge was not won UNTIL the U. S. Supreme Court declared the segregated ordinance of Montgomery Unconstitutional. One battle at a time.
*** When A. Philip Randolph first “went after” President Franklin D. Roosevelt challenging the president to integrate the Federal workplace even though he knew we also need to “integrate” this country. Then he “went after” Harry Truman to integrate the military and then John F. Kennedy to integrate “Public Accommodations et al” and provide jobs. One battle at a time.
*** When the Civil Rights Bill was passed in 1964 even though we needed the Voting Rights Act TOO, civil rights came first. The next year came the Voting Rights Act of 1965. One battle at a time.
All of this is to show that the Struggle anticipates winning one battle at a time. Not complicated. To even get a Black face on currency is monumental. It is not conspiratorial. It does not make a difference where Andrew Jackson goes…In a few years, his face will no longer “grace” the front of a Twenty dollar bill. We never had a Black face on currency before, and we did not open our mouths to complain. Now that it has happened, we are all experts on what should or should not happen while standing on the sidelines as critics. I quite often have young Blacks tell me, if I had sat at those lunch counters, and if ANY White person said anything to me, I would have slapped them in their mouth. Really? Because you were so big and bad and you had such armed numbers in your favor? The Black Community was not monolithic. We DID NOT have thousands demonstrating and sitting in. The numbers would increase some later, but in the beginning we had the few that we had, and we fought with what we had. One Step at a Time.
We learn not to celebrate but to commemorate. We commemorate the image of Harriet Tubman’s on a Twenty dollar bill because she has and we have earned the right to see someone who looks like us on a denomination of currency. There is nothing special about the Twenty dollar bill any more so than any other currency. All American currencies as part of the American economy prospered because of slavery.
Slavery made capitalism in this country.
Slavery built Wall Street.
Slavery built banks.
Slavery built Insurance companies.
Slavery built Transportation Giants.
Enslaved persons built buildings on Ivy League campuses AND on college campuses throughout the South.
The Civil Rights Movement was fought –and continues to be fought– by those who never knew what tomorrow would bring but were brave and courageous enough to face those daunting tomorrows anyway. Let’s rejoice that in these 150 years after slavery we have had great milestones including a Black President and a Black face soon on the Twenty dollar bill. Rejoicing does not mean passivity or complacency. Rejoicing does not mean thanking White America for crumbs off the table. Rejoicing does not mean being satisfied. Rejoicing does not mean sitting on your "Blessed Assurances" waiting for someone else to fight for you.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

PRINCE…GENIUS!

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A friend posted on Facebook last night that he was having a listening party for Prince's Music and a viewing of "Purple Rain" for his household and it was mandatory listening and viewing for his children—teenagers or close to teenagers. I laughed as others did in good fun and knowing him you knew he was serious…and he was in a parental way. I thought about that later. Martin and his wife are musically talented; so music appreciation is not a parttime effort in his household. Yet he is making sure his children REALLY KNOW and appreciate Prince and his legacy. The fact that Prince looks like him is also a consideration. How many of us take the time to really tell and explain to our children and anyone who will listen about some of the Black musical geniuses, and other Black geniuses across the spectrum who lived (or didn't live) during our lifetime? It is a part of OUR legacy.

We use the term "musical genius" too often and too lightly but Prince was a musical genius. The fact his music and his genius was so profound, we take for granted. Yet throughout the world, tributes are pouring in from countries and their people acknowledging who and what Prince and his music meant to them. When your music impacts an entire planet, that is a testimony to your Genius. Martin Carter is making sure his children know who and what Prince was and the Black Legacy and The Genius he represented to music. I really like that. HATS OFF TO YOU MARTIN AND HEATHER. After all, Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Donald Trump is Just Your Wealthy Racist.

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THE PRESS COVERS DONALD TRUMP as if he is an honorable candidate running for president. Donald Trump is a Deceitful, Narrow Minded, Intolerant, Unprincipled, Wealthy Racist…appealing to Racists of all sorts, including Low Information Garden Variety Racists…and the White press and many in White America refuse to call him a Racist. The Press is Trump's PR Arm covering his every move as if he has some new found formula of leadership.

Every word Donald Trump utters is a testimony to his racism; and yet the press hangs on his every ridiculous and hateful word. Whites flock to Trump as if the South will rise again …Jim Crow Laws will soon return…Colored and White signs will show up again…and a return to Slavery will Make America Great Again by providing Whites with another Free Labor Economy. Why would White America support a Racist unless they are Racist and like Trump's racist pronouncements? America is very much STILL a Racist country and obviously many in White America like it that way.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Is Never Soon Enough?

THE QUESTION IS ASKED…
Rodney, When will you Stop Talking About Racism?
MY ANSWER…
I will stop talking about Racism when you stop thinking Racism is an urban legend and does not exist.
I will stop talking about Racism when you stop valuing me more as a Black athlete than as a Black student.
I will stop talking about Racism when you stop romanticizing about the Civil War.
I will stop talking about Racism when you admit the Civil War was fought to maintain slavery and only to maintain slavery.
I will stop talking about Racism when you finally admit and teach the factual information that 12 presidents before Abraham Lincoln owned slaves and 8 of the 12 owned slaves while in the White House.
I will stop talking about Racism when you admit you are responsible for slavery instead of your convenient reasoning and excuses Africans are responsible.
I will stop talking about Racism when you apologize for slavery and the Jim Crow laws you passed to rationalize your opinion Blacks are less than equals.
I will stop talking about Racism when WE can figure an adequate and just compensation —spelled REPARATIONS—for the 300 years of involuntary free labor by my ancestors.
I will stop talking about Racism when you decide to include in American History textbooks the many contributions by Blacks.
I will stop talking about Racism when you admit the Ku Klux Klan was and is a bunch of homespun, cowardly, racist terrorists.
I will stop talking about Racism when elected officials stop passing laws which declare open war on Black Males for walking and running and playing music and breathing while Black.
I will stop talking about Racism when you stop denying affirmative action as a tool to right a wrong which has existed since slavery.
I will stop talking about Racism when you understand government created the problem and government should fix it.
I will stop talking about Racism when prosecutors stop fabricating ways to unfairly prosecute Blacks.
I will stop talking about Racism when prosecutors stop re-writing the “probable cause” intent of a Grand Jury to ensure a White Policeman who murdered a Black youth is never charged for the crime.
I will stop talking about Racism when you when you stop saying your refusal to provide health insurance is only budget related.
I will stop talking about Racism when elected officials stop passing laws which eliminate and restrict my right to vote.
I will stop talking about Racism when elected officials stop proving how racist they are by passing laws which prove how racist they are.
I will stop talking about Racism when state and federal judges stop proving how racist they are by interpreting laws which prove how racist they are.
I will stop talking about Racism when you start valuing Black Life.
I will never see the end of Racism during my lifetime therefore my fight against Racism will never end.
The question is will our young brain trust of today understand the fight …and understand Racism …and continue the fight? Fighting Racism is what The Struggle is all about.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Uncle Clarence Thomas appointed to the Supreme Court to follow Massa’s Script.

SOMETIMES WE NEED TO REMIND OURSELVES.
This from the New York Times in October 1991

Uncle Clarence Thomas.

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I disagree with the article that Uncle Clarence Thomas would "replace" Thurgood Marshall. He simply has been sitting in Thurgood Marshall's chair for the last 24+ years. Thomas has not earned the right to clean Thurgood Marshall's toilet. Of course the Senators who were Uncle Clarence most vocal supporters were the Racists in the Senate –especially those from the South–whom you would expect. They were hard supporters for their "colored boy" and he has rewarded them well. Thank President George H. W. Bush —the father of all the "Weeds"–for the almost 25 years and counting of stupidity and ignorance and civil rights suppression votes by Uncle Clarence.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

WE IS HEAH, MASSA.

This House Negro Again.

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Once again… FOX and the Republicant Party trots out these Black suck-ups to criticize and insult President Obama and by inference to criticize and insult themselves. White Racists LOVE to see Blacks dance to their music…while singing their party line. They also know this Black Yokel Law Enforcement officer has no integrity…no scruples…no honor…no decency…and no ethics. So Racist Republicants laugh at him and the Uncle Bens/Aunt Staceys/Aunt Omarossas/Uncle Hermans/Uncle Black Preachers/Brother and Sister Black Christians who have all sold their souls for the Massa's dollar and a place in the BIG HOUSE where all Good Niggers go when they get a reward. Bottom Line…We Still have Slaves—not enslaved persons—Slaves…They Just Cost More.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Thomas Jefferson was a Rapist and a Pedophile!

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      Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings Love Affair? Really?

      To Some White Folks and other Fellow Travelers…

      I am not going to summarize both of these books. Stephen O'Connor's book Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings was published this month -April, 2016– and re-imagines Thomas Jefferson relationships with Sally Hemings as a Love Story. It is an obvious fantasy and one Whites always tell even when they know their heroes are not heroes. Annette Gordon Reed wrote two books about Thomas Jefferson and Sarah "Sally" Hemings and realistically deals with Thomas Jefferson as the documented vile, insensitive slave owning human being he was. The Hemingses of Monticello won the Pulitzer Prize. Reed's books tells the truth. O'Connor's book is a fantasy.

      I know it is hard for White Folks to admit White Privilege…and White Supremacy…and I also know many of you think Africans "created" Slavery. So it is understandable you cannot imagine Thomas Jefferson, one of your so-called White Founding Father Heroes as the owner of 150 enslaved persons…and that he owned slaves when he was a sitting president. Yet he did. AND he never freed any of HIS enslaved persons while he was alive.

      This "founding father" had his first child –spelled rape–with Sarah Sally Hemings, one of his slaves when she was 15. It was not consensual. Thomas Jefferson "fathered" six children Sally Hemings and they were all born into slavery and as enslaved persons. The Thomas Jefferson Historical Society denied this "fabricated union" in their words. Thank God for DNA which in 1998 proved the descendants of Sally Hemings were also the descendants of Thomas Jefferson.

      So White Historians…continue to write your "glorious" fantasized stories about your White Founding "Gods." And you can try and defend him all you want …BUT… Thomas Jefferson was a Hypocritical…Lying…Slave Owning…Rapist and a Pedophile. PERIOD.

      The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

      The Racist Slavery Loving Confederacy Still Lost.

      Confederacy Racists Still!

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      You fought a WAR to preserve Slavery and a Free Labor Economy and YOU LOST! You started the WAR because of your wallets and your pocketbooks. When your Southern States seceded, you created an Enemy government called the Confederacy. Every member of the Confederacy Enemy government —Jefferson Davis and his cabinet…Robert E. Lee and his Generals…and the Confederacy Soldiers…should have been tried for Treason and as War Criminals for seeking to overthrow the United States of America. BUT…Andrew Johnson, Vice President under Abraham Lincoln and who became president after Lincoln was assassinated, was a South sympathizer and a Slavery supporter —yet another reason among the many why Lincoln was assassinated. Racist President Andrew Johnson gave all members of the Confederacy a Blanket Amnesty precluding the filing of charges against them for War Crimes. You have NO Confederacy Heritage. It is all YOUR LIES because YOU LOST, and because Southern White Racists LIKE YOU will not admit the so-called Civil War was about SLAVERY!

      The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

      RIBAULT LADY TROJANS BASKETBALL TEAM…NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.