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 »

 

HOLD YOUR NOSE!

I was TV channel surfing this morning because Melissa Harris-Perry's show was not on. But no matter how you might try, you cannot watch these Sunday morning talk shows. Even on MSNBC this morning the host was an absolutely joke and the "expert panelists" were even worse. In their quest I guess to appear "fair and balanced" —heard that before–they dredged up a former Bush-Cheney Liar who offered only republicant talking points —of course—about Republicant candidates for President. The additional panelists offered nothing. Like a nod nod and a wink wink. And they were initially talking about Donald Trump. The conversation evolved literally from the sublime to the more sublime.

Chuck "Doofus" Todd this morning on Meet The Press interviewed Ted "I can Lie as often as I want " Cruz. You could not stomach more than a few minutes of Chuck Todd's softball questions and his allowing Ted Cruz to say anything he wanted to say. Of course Chuck Todd has famously said it is not his responsibility to call out Republicants when they Lie. He said it is the Democrat's responsibility to correct them, not him. His job is to just sit there as a nonplussed disinterested traffic cop of sorts. He does not even do a good job of that; so joining the police force is not an option for his career change. Or Maybe It Does!
Class "C" network entertainment shows masquerading as Class "D" news talk shows. Watch at your Peril!!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Conscientious Stupidity!!

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/cnn-asks-should-president-obama-apologize

Conscientiously Stupid CNN Showcase House Nigger Don Lemon showed again last night why he is as ignorant as he is uninformed. It wasn't enough for him to agree with a White Op-ed columnist for the New York Times —who thinks he is an expert on race —that President Obama should apologize for slavery, but that he should do it because it would have redemptive value. When asked to comment, Sirius Talk Show Host Joe Madison laid the both of them out with on point two words, "Hell NO!" Joe added, “This is absolutely the most absurd thing that I have ever heard. And let me say this: it’s not gonna happen.”

Don Lemon is a total embarrassment as a host of anything and this writer for the New York Times is an example why most newspapers and their reporters have already gone to Hell In A Hand Basket. Save me from another White Expert on what is best for Blacks.

The Insidiousness of asking a Black President to apologize for what Whites did to people who look like him really boggles the mind. But once again Whites want absolution for THEIR SINS by asking Blacks to forgive them. Forgive them for killing us with guns. Forgive them for killing us with bombs. Forgive them for killing us with fire. Forgive them for beating us to death. Forgive them for lynching us. Just Forgive Forgive Forgive. SORRY. We cannot forgive you for YOUR sins. Since you profess to be Christians, get on your knees and ask God to Forgive you for Creating Slavery…For Creating the Nadir Of Race Relations…For Creating Jim Crow laws…for Creating Racism…And for Creating the American Institution or Racism. Then tell God you need to start working on reparations to make up for the wealth you stole from millions of enslaved persons. When you do that…we can start talking. Until then—SHUT THE HELL UP.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Racists Blame Blacks For Their Racism

Once again a Racist Blames President Obama for the Charleston Killings

Image of Larry Klayman via official Freedom Watch bio

We know Racists are ignorant and stupid, and they are also dangerous. Larry Klayman, this ignorant stupid and dangerous lawyer has made a living on being ignorant stupid and dangerous. And of course, he blames President Obama for the shooting in South Carolina. He accused Obama and other prominent Blacks of creating an “atmosphere of anger” that provoked racist attacks against Black victims. It is OUR fault for Whites perpetrating deadly violence on US. Always blame the Black Victims.

Once again, Racists will blame Blacks and especially President Obama for their being racists. Today's racists are simply an extension of a long line of racists that date back to slavery. Slavery was not born of racism; rather, racism was the consequence of slavery. Blacks cannot eliminate racism. We did not start racism. We cannot end racism. Whites started racism. Whites own Racism. What Whites need to deal with is how long will they allow racism to permeate the very fiber of America.

 

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

America should stop forgiving white racists

The morgue tag was still on Sharonda Coleman-Singleton’s toe when her teenage children stood in front of news cameras and said they had forgiven Dylann Roof for murdering his mother in cold blood.

The grieving teens’ absolution of Roof came not more than 72 hours after a white terrorist sat inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for an hour watching their mother pray to God. Instead of accepting the welcoming arms and love offered by the community, the gunman shot her and eight others to death.

“We already forgive him for what he’s done, and there’s nothing but love from our side of the family,” her son Chris said.

His sister Camryn added: “I just feel a lot of love. I’m a little bitter, but I’m overwhelmed with love.”

The spirit of forgiveness would continue at Roof’s bond hearing. In a gut-wrenching display of pain and tears, more relatives of those slain in the attack spoke to Roof, something that is not unusual in South Carolina’s courts. While many people would have rightfully spoken of outrage and a yearning for revenge, the families offered words of comfort and redemption.

[‘I forgive you.’ Relatives of Charleston church shooting victims address Dylann Roof]

“May God have mercy on you,” said Felecia Sanders. She survived the attack, but her son Tywanza died.

Anthony Thompson, the grandson of victim Myra Thompson, told Roof, “I forgive you, my family forgives you.”

A woman who identified herself as the daughter of Ethel Lance said, “I will never talk to her ever again. I will never hold her ever again. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. But God forgives you. I forgive you.”

Recognizing the agency in their words, and the different ways people grieve, the parade of forgiveness is disconcerting to say the least.

While former Texas governor Rick Perry has called the killings in Charleston an “accident,” Fox News and others have denied the racial implications, and FBI Director James Comey has questioned the veracity of describing the tragedy as “terrorism,” all seemingly affording Roof a level of forgiveness and innocence, these families have offered salvation without any conditions or rewriting of reality. The message of grace and love was echoed on the Sunday morning news coverage of Emanuel AME’s first church service since the attack.

Even in a slaughter of innocents, black people have to fight to have their humanity recognized. This is a case that should not be parsed to death. These were not people of questionable repute, reportedly reaching for a gun or doing anything that could remotely be described in the greatest stretches as doing anything that could justify – even lamely – the gunman’s behavior. People want to blame the killer’s mental stability, some external “they” or “society” or define what he did as an attack on Christianity rather than the racist terrorism that it is.

[President Obama calls Charleston shooting ‘senseless,’ criticizes gun laws]

Forgiveness has become a requirement for those enduring the realities of black death in America. Black families are expected to grieve as a public spectacle, to offer comfort, redemption, and a pathway to a new day. The parents of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Mike Brown and the widow of Eric Garner were all asked in interviews if they’d forgive the white men who killed their loved one.

Historically, black churches have nurtured the politics of forgiveness so that black people can anticipate divine justice and liberation in the next life. This sentiment shaped non-violent protest during the civil rights movement. A belief that displays of morality rooted in forgiveness would force white America to leave behind its racist assumptions. But Christian or non-Christian, black people are not allowed to express unbridled grief or rage, even under the most horrific circumstances.

For these Christians whose deep faith tradition holds forgiveness as a core principle, offering absolution to Roof is about relieving the burden of anger and pain of being victimized. In this regard, forgiveness functions as a kind of protest, a refusal to be reduced to victims. It sends the message to the killer that he may have hurt them, but they are the true victors because they have not been destroyed.

Yet, the almost reflective demand of forgiveness, especially for those dealing with death by racism, is about protecting whiteness, and America as a whole. This is yet another burden for black America.

After 9/11, there was no talk about forgiving al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden. America declared war, sought blood and revenge, and rushed protective measures into place to prevent future attacks.

As the Atlantic Monthly, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates noted on Twitter: “Can’t remember any campaign to ‘love’ and ‘forgive’ in the wake of ISIS beheadings.”

No one expects Jewish people to forgive the Nazis or contemporary anti-Semitic acts. But black people are held to an impossibly higher standard. This rush to forgive — before grieving, healing, processing or even waiting for the legal or judicial systems to process these crimes — and the expectations of black empathy for those who do great harm is deeply problematic.

Black pain is only heard after forgiveness is afforded to these white perpetrators. Black rage is challenged as inappropriate and unhelpful, while the media and others celebrate the traumatized family members’ ability to respond to this latest heinous crime with compassion and love.

When black forgiveness is the means for white atonement, it enables white denial about the harms that racist violence creates. When black redemption of white America is prioritized over justice and accountability, there is no chance of truth and reconciliation. It trivializes real black suffering, grief, and the heavy lifting required for any possibility of societal progress.

“Many people mistake black forgiveness for absolution of America’s racial sins,” says Chad Williams, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. “I think the expectation that blacks are always willing to forgive makes it harder to engage in radical transformative social justice work.”

Our constant forgiveness perpetuates the cycle of attacks and abuse, a form of “survivorship” that is numbing our cognitive and emotional clarity. It’s really a distorted response to living under the constant terror and trauma of being black in America. Repeatedly forgiving the people who keep murdering us is a desperate preemptive move to try to prevent more white harm to black persons, and it doesn’t necessarily translate to acceptance.

Matthew P. Guteral, an historian of race at Brown University, says: “For all the public talk about supposedly absent black fathers and derelict black culture, the extraordinary act of forgiveness might remind us that the nation’s most historically oppressed group does a better job of doing what we all say we want most: being decent and human. Even when it seems impossible. We cannot say the same thing about whiteness or what we should call white culture, which insists it is superior, expects this kind of forgiveness, and isn’t equipped to understand it as anything but a sign of weakness.”

If we really believe that black lives matter, we won’t devalue our reality and cheapen our forgiveness by giving it away so quickly and easily. Black people should learn to embrace our full range of human emotions, vocalize our rage, demand to be heard, and expect accountability. White America needs to earn our forgiveness, as we practice legitimate self-preservation.

Black lives will never be safe — or truly matter — and we won’t break the centuries long cycle of racial violence if we keep making white racial salvation our responsibility.

By Stacey Patton.

Stacey Patton is a senior enterprise reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education, an adjunct professor of American history at American University, and the author of "That Mean Old Yesterday."

Nothing more to say…The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

So You Think You Know Racism and We Don’t?

Whites as neutral observers on race?

MEMO TO WHITE FOLKS AND ESPECIALLY THOSE ON TALK SHOWS.
You cannot explain Racism. You perpetuate Racism. You cannot define Racism even though You invented Racism. You cannot criticize Racism because You created Racism. You imposed Racism on enslaved Africans because you could. You imposed Jim Crow on Freed Africans and American Blacks because you could. You think you are the only neutral observers about race because that is what your White Privilege and your White Supremacy leads you to believe. You find a few Handkerchief Head negroes (small "n") who you pay to do your bidding today like you did during slavery. To paraphrase Harriet Tubman, We still have House Niggers today. They just don't know they are House Niggers. Some know and don't care. The price is right.

Your White privilege really makes you think WE do not know Racism and your other vile ways of exacting violence et al when we have been the targets of that violence since slavery.
I USE THESE QUOTES in my upcoming book:
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 march from Selma to Montgomery: “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man—the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”

ANOTHER MEMO TO WHITE FOLKS: You are not neutral about Race and Racism. You are not experts on racism. Far from it. You are never impartial on matters of race. You broke them…You bought them.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

No Forgiveness For Racism, Racist Murders, and Racist Murderers!!!

Dylann Roof

I do not forgive RACIST Thugs. Their Violence and their Racism go far beyond forgiveness. Forgiveness during these vile circumstances also helps other Whites too so they will not have to bear the burden of another thuggish racist act.

Whites are always quick to ask Blacks to forgive …yet they do not apologize for Racism…for Core Racist Attitudes …and certainly America has never apologized for slavery. Blacks do not have these overabundance of hate groups directed at Whites. Whites have the overabundance of hate groups directed at Blacks. Yet most Whites DO NOT speak against these groups and certainly not against the Ku Klux Klan.

Slavery created racism and White Supremacy. Most Whites do not deal with slavery and the fact their much romanticized Civil War was fought because of slavery. The whole notion of Southern Heritage is a testimony to slavery and hatred. Most Whites feel slavery occurred because of Africans and they are absolved. If Whites were THAT spiritual to begin with we would not have to deal with Racist violence over the centuries. Some of your biggest Racists stand in the pulpit on Sundays.

Remember MURDERER DYLAN STORM ROOF  said He WANTED TO START A RACE WAR. So he cowardly went to a Black church to start his race war. If he really wanted to get something started, I am quite sure he could have found some Blacks OUTSIDE OF CHURCH who would have been more than willing to accommodate  him. So NO forgiveness for Racist perpetrators generally, and this Cowardly Racist perpetrator in particular.

Couch it anyway you want to…This thug killed Blacks in a Black Church because of White Supremacy…White Privilege…and a hatred which knows no bounds. And you want forgiveness? Did you ask the Jews to forgive Hitler and his Nazi band of Degenerates? Whether it is on me to forgive or not, You get No Forgiveness from Me notwithstanding what the various grieving families did. Racism and the Hatred it delivers does not deserve forgiveness.

Racist Terrorist Violence and Black History

It is unfortunate it took the recent terrorist murders in Charleston South Carolina at Emanuel AME Church to again focus on racism and again focus on Black History yet it did.

The victims are:

Image:The Reverend Honorable Clementa C. Pinckney

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41: A state senator and the senior pastor of Emanuel, he was married to Jennifer Benjamin and the father of two children, Eliana and Malana. He was a 1995 graduate of Allen University and got his master's degree at the University of South Carolina in 1999. He served in the state Legislature starting in 2000; The Post and Courier says black fabric was draped over Pinckney's Senate chamber seat on Thursday.

Cynthia Hurd, 54: According to the Charleston County Public Library, she was a 31-year employee who managed the John L. Dart Library for 21 years before heading the St. Andrews Regional Library. A statement said Hurd "dedicated her life to serving and improving the lives of others." The system closed its 16 branches Thursday to honor Hurd and the others who died in the shooting. County officials also say the St. Andrews library will be named for Hurd.

The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45: A pastor at Emanuel, she was also a speech therapist and high school girls track and field coach, both positions at Goose Creek High School, according to her LinkedIn page. Jimmy Huskey, the school's principal, called her "a true professional … [who] cared about her students and was an advocate for them." Her son, Chris Singleton, is a baseball player and student at Charleston Southern University. Coleman-Singleton also had two younger children, writes the Post and Courier.

Tywanza Sanders, 26: He was a 2014 graduate in business administration from Allen University in Columbia. Lady June Cole, the interim president of Allen University, described him as "a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education." Known as Ty, he had worked in sales at department stores such as Belk and Macy's.

Ethel Lance, 70: She had attended Emanuel for most of her life and worked there as a custodian, as well. From 1968 to 2002, she worked as a custodian at Charleston's Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. The Post and Courier quotes a former colleague as saying, "She was funny and a pleasure to be around. And she was a wonderful mother and grandmother."

Susie Jackson, 87: Lance's cousin, she was a longtime church member.

Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49: The mother of four sang in Emanuel's choir. She had previously directed a community development program in Charleston County. In December, she started a new job as an admissions coordinator at the Charleston campus of her alma mater, Southern Wesleyan University. SWU President Todd Voss said: "Always a warm and enthusiastic leader, DePayne truly believed in the mission of SWU to help students achieve their potential by connecting faith with learning. Our prayers go out to family and friends. This is a great loss for our students and the Charleston region."

The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74: Simmons survived the initial attack but then died in a hospital operating room. He had previously been a pastor at another church in the Charleston area.

Myra Thompson, 59: She was the wife of the Rev. Anthony Thompson, the vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Emanuel AME Church is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the South, and is called "Mother Emanuel."

Rev. Morris Brown, who would become the second Bishop of the AME Church, founded Emanuel AME Church in 1818 with African American former members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, who left the church because of a dispute over burial grounds. The white churches, particularly the Methodist Episcopal Church, had increasingly discriminated against them in the prior years, and "capped the insult when they built a hearse house on the black burial ground."

Morris Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 13, 1770. His family belonged to a sizable African American population in the city who were mostly enslaved.  Brown’s parents, however, were part the city’s tiny free black community.  In the year of Brown’s birth, more than 5,800 enslaved blacks and 24 free blacks resided in the city, compared to a total of 5,030 whites.  Within this city where African Americans were the majority, Brown’s family circulated within an elite black society, whose members were often so closely related to aristocratic whites in the city that they were exempt from the racist restrictions imposed on the majority of enslaved people.

In 1822, Brown and Emanuel AME came under investigation during the Denmark Vesey controversy.  The previous year, Vesey, a freed slave, organized a slave uprising in the city.  Informed of the plot, white authorities arrested hundreds of alleged participants and a white mob burned the church building to the ground. Rev. Brown was implicated in the plot, but was never convicted.  Shortly after the Vesey incident, Rev. Brown, his wife Bella, and their two sons, Morris, Jr. and Malcolm, left the south and settled in Philadelphia. Upon the death of Bishop Richard Allen in 1831, Brown took over the pastorate at AME Bethel Church, becoming the second bishop of the AME church.   
Meanwhile the congregation in Charleston rebuilt Emanuel AME Church and worshiped there until 1834, when the city banned all African American churches. – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-morris-1770-1849#sthash.mVXsNGJE.dpuf

In 1822, Brown and Emanuel AME came under investigation during the Denmark Vesey controversy.  The previous year, Vesey, a freed slave, organized a slave uprising in the city.  Informed of the plot, white authorities arrested hundreds of alleged participants and a white mob burned the church building to the ground. Rev. Brown was implicated in the plot, but was never convicted.  Shortly after the Vesey incident, Rev. Brown, his wife Bella, and their two sons, Morris, Jr. and Malcolm, left the south and settled in Philadelphia. Upon the death of Bishop Richard Allen in 1831, Brown took over the pastorate at AME Bethel Church, becoming the second bishop of the AME church.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

In 1822, Brown and Emanuel AME came under investigation during the Denmark Vesey controversy.  The previous year, Vesey, a freed slave, organized a slave uprising in the city.  Informed of the plot, white authorities arrested hundreds of alleged participants and a white mob burned the church building to the ground. Rev. Brown was implicated in the plot, but was never convicted.  Shortly after the Vesey incident, Rev. Brown, his wife Bella, and their two sons, Morris, Jr. and Malcolm, left the south and settled in Philadelphia. Upon the death of Bishop Richard Allen in 1831, Brown took over the pastorate at AME Bethel Church, becoming the second bishop of the AME church.   
Meanwhile the congregation in Charleston rebuilt Emanuel AME Church and worshiped there until 1834, when the city banned all African American churches. – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-morris-1770-1849#sthash.mVXsNGJE.dpuf
In 1822, Brown and Emanuel AME came under investigation during the Denmark Vesey controversy.  The previous year, Vesey, a freed slave, organized a slave uprising in the city.  Informed of the plot, white authorities arrested hundreds of alleged participants and a white mob burned the church building to the ground. Rev. Brown was implicated in the plot, but was never convicted.  Shortly after the Vesey incident, Rev. Brown, his wife Bella, and their two sons, Morris, Jr. and Malcolm, left the south and settled in Philadelphia. Upon the death of Bishop Richard Allen in 1831, Brown took over the pastorate at AME Bethel Church, becoming the second bishop of the AME church.   
Meanwhile the congregation in Charleston rebuilt Emanuel AME Church and worshiped there until 1834, when the city banned all African American churches. – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-morris-1770-1849#sthash.mVXsNGJE.dpuf
In 1822, Brown and Emanuel AME came under investigation during the Denmark Vesey controversy.  The previous year, Vesey, a freed slave, organized a slave uprising in the city.  Informed of the plot, white authorities arrested hundreds of alleged participants and a white mob burned the church building to the ground. Rev. Brown was implicated in the plot, but was never convicted.  Shortly after the Vesey incident, Rev. Brown, his wife Bella, and their two sons, Morris, Jr. and Malcolm, left the south and settled in Philadelphia. Upon the death of Bishop Richard Allen in 1831, Brown took over the pastorate at AME Bethel Church, becoming the second bishop of the AME church.   
Meanwhile the congregation in Charleston rebuilt Emanuel AME Church and worshiped there until 1834, when the city banned all African American churches. – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-morris-1770-1849#sthash.mVXsNGJE.dpuf
Morris Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 13, 1770. His family belonged to a sizeable African American population in the city who were mostly enslaved.  Brown’s parents, however, were part the city’s tiny free black community.  In the year of Brown’s birth, more than 5,800 enslaved blacks and 24 free blacks resided in the city, compared to a total of 5,030 whites.  Within this city where African Americans were the majority, Brown’s family circulated within an elite black society, whose members were often so closely related to aristocratic whites in the city that they were exempt from the racist restrictions imposed on the majority of enslaved people.

A prosperous shoemaker by trade and charismatic religious leader, Brown travelled to Philadelphia to collaborate with the Rev. Richard Allen in the founding of the country’s first African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in 1816.  Brown worked tirelessly to forge an independent African Methodist Church in Charleston.  In 1818, Brown left a predominantly white but racially segregated Methodist Church in Charleston in protest against discrimination. More than 4,000 black members of the white churches in the city followed Brown to his new church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, later named Emanuel AME Church.    – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-morris-1770-1849#sthash.mVXsNGJE.dpuf

Morris Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 13, 1770. His family belonged to a sizeable African American population in the city who were mostly enslaved.  Brown’s parents, however, were part the city’s tiny free black community.  In the year of Brown’s birth, more than 5,800 enslaved blacks and 24 free blacks resided in the city, compared to a total of 5,030 whites.  Within this city where African Americans were the majority, Brown’s family circulated within an elite black society, whose members were often so closely related to aristocratic whites in the city that they were exempt from the racist restrictions imposed on the majority of enslaved people.

A prosperous shoemaker by trade and charismatic religious leader, Brown travelled to Philadelphia to collaborate with the Rev. Richard Allen in the founding of the country’s first African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in 1816.  Brown worked tirelessly to forge an independent African Methodist Church in Charleston.  In 1818, Brown left a predominantly white but racially segregated Methodist Church in Charleston in protest against discrimination. More than 4,000 black members of the white churches in the city followed Brown to his new church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, later named Emanuel AME Church.    – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-morris-1770-1849#sthash.mVXsNGJE.dpuf

Morris Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 13, 1770. His family belonged to a sizeable African American population in the city who were mostly enslaved.  Brown’s parents, however, were part the city’s tiny free black community.  In the year of Brown’s birth, more than 5,800 enslaved blacks and 24 free blacks resided in the city, compared to a total of 5,030 whites.  Within this city where African Americans were the majority, Brown’s family circulated within an elite black society, whose members were often so closely related to aristocratic whites in the city that they were exempt from the racist restrictions imposed on the majority of enslaved people.

A prosperous shoemaker by trade and charismatic religious leader, Brown travelled to Philadelphia to collaborate with the Rev. Richard Allen in the founding of the country’s first African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in 1816.  Brown worked tirelessly to forge an independent African Methodist Church in Charleston.  In 1818, Brown left a predominantly white but racially segregated Methodist Church in Charleston in protest against discrimination. More than 4,000 black members of the white churches in the city followed Brown to his new church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, later named Emanuel AME Church.    – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-morris-1770-1849#sthash.mVXsNGJE.dpuf

PURE RACIST HATRED!

Another Black lynching…another bombing of a Black church…another bombing of a Black home…another White sniper's bullet…another assassination of a Black person(s)… another callous and indifferent murder(s) of Black(s) by COWARDLY RACIST WHITES in a country consumed by its Core Racist Attitudes.

Late Wednesday many felt shock and anger that stoked memories of other mass shootings. Nine people were shot in a Black church by a white Racist Thug who hated them, who wanted to start some kind of civil war. The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals.

Our violent nation has grieved for slain innocents at an elementary school in Newtown; a Tucson political rally; a movie theater in Aurora; a Virginia college campus; and other sites of mass killings, which are more common than many suppose. The possibility of falling victim to such attacks is a burden all Americans share.

And the attack on the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and its congregation also stoked memories of an additional burden borne by Blacks: the hate crimes and terrorist attacks that have targeted their places of worship for generations, each incident signaling virulent animus toward the entire black community.

Most Americans learn in history class about the September 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama, when Ku Klux Klan terrorists killed four girls. “They died between the sacred walls of the church of God,” Reverend Martin Luther King said. “And they were discussing the eternal meaning of love.”

Black churches suffered at the hands of thugs and terrorists throughout the Civil Rights era, as they had for a century before, but such attacks aren’t a matter of remote history.

 

This Young White Home Grown Racist Terrorist said,"You rape our women and you're taking over our country." You hear these comments from many Whites because we teach a screwed up dishonest and very much Racist American History. This young murdering thug has been taught to hate. Once again America is about Racism…pure and not so simple.

Listen to major media outlets and you won’t hear the word “terrorism” used in coverage of Tuesday’s shooting. You won’t hear the white male shooter, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, described as “a possible terrorist.” And if coverage of recent shootings by White suspects is any indication, he never will be. Instead, the go-to explanation for his actions will be mental illness. He will be humanized and called sick, a victim of mistreatment or inadequate mental health resources. In fact as incredulous as it seems, the police did not handcuff this murderer.

The Media never wants to call Racism Racism…and never wants to call a White murderer a Terrorist Thug. Vile violent hatred has been perpetrated against Blacks since slavery. It is Terrorist Thuggish Racist Hatred Period.

The Struggle Continues..RLHSR.

If She Wants To Be Black, LET HER BE BLACK!

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ONE MORE TIME, IF RACHEL DOLEZAL WANTS TO BE BLACK FINE. All of this back and forth in the overall scheme of things is much ado about nothing. National forums in the press…The media developing 3-4-and 5-day news cycles about race when they usually do not devote a day to have meaningful discussions about race and racism…boring academics AND equally boring public intellectuals AND empty suits and skirts theorizing about the "constructs of race"…and arm chair psychologists sitting in their living rooms testifying about "how they KNOW someone is lying." I DO NOT NEED A NATIONAL BLACK NAME OR A NATIONAL WHITE NAME TO TELL ME HOW TO THINK OR HOW TO HAVE AN OPINION. I wish some of us would fight racism and continue to fight racism as passionately as we offer opinions as Race Experts as if we are long standing pioneers and trailblazers in this Struggle for Human Dignity and Respect. And this from the White and Black Christians. This situation is no more than one opinion against another based on someone "PASSING" for Black or 'IDENTIFYING" as Black. When did that get to be a problem? It should have absolutely nothing to do with the disdain for anyone else. Some even say Rachel Dolezal has become a "name" and do not like it because —in their opinion—noted Black Women in history and Black History have been ignored. Is that Rachel Dolezal's fault. Try looking in the mirror. Increase OUR efforts to teach and learn more about Black history. It is US WE who do not know OUR history. Do not use Rachel Dolezal as an excuse. Some of us do not know about Black history because we do not give a damn about Black History and for some…the all-too-convenient comments…"OH that happened in the past. It does not affect me today." I hear it too often when I speak on college campuses and workshops and seminars. Additionally "Let's move on" gets to be a rallying cry.

I include Black history in EVERY presentation I make. I feel that passionately about Black History. So do not use the issue of Rachel Dolezal to complain about the lack of knowledge about who we are. Black Academics—when you teach in in the classroom about the Race Constructs, teach Black History…Church Leaders..When we talk about the Bible, Teach Black History…School Teachers and School Administrators—when you teach history and English and math, teach Black history …When we have the community carnivals and the bake sales and the fun CITY things, teach Black history…When you get ready to turn to Empire and Scandal, turn instead to PBS or the appropriate TV channel to watch Black history. If it is not on TV, pick up a book and read about Black History. Do what you know we need to do about who we are as passionately as our complaining about a person who identifies with being Black. Some of us have met the the enemy and it IS us. You do better when you know better. And some of us— not all —but some of us…Are Better than this incessant dialogue.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Throw Away the Script: How Media Bias Is Killing Black America

(Note—These are not my words. This is simply a great read and written by Kirsten West Savali,  a cultural critic and senior writer for The Root, where she explores the intersections of race, gender, politics and pop culture. I am copying the entire article which appeared on The Root on June 2, 2015. Why try to paraphrase what is excellently written?)

452581512-mourners-gather-during-a-funeral-service-for-eric Mourners gather during a funeral service for Eric Garner held at Bethel Baptist Church on July 23, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Garner, 43, died after police put him in a choke hold outside a convenience store on Staten Island for illegally selling cigarettes.

 

Media injustice, which leads to both the erasure and criminalization of marginalized communities, has had dire consequences for both the psyches and lived experiences of black people in the United States since at least the 18th century, when newspapers ran lost-and-found ads for runaway slaves.

In 1964 it compelled Malcolm X to stand before a crowd in New York City’s Audubon Ballroom, where he would be assassinated less than one year later, and make it plain as only he could:

“This is the press, an irresponsible press,” he said. “It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Fifty years later, these words are just as true now as they were then. What has not been fully addressed, however, is whether the press deliberately supports a white supremacist agenda, as some people believe, or has media’s complicity mutated into something less intentional but equally dangerous—perhaps even more so.

Many studies have tackled implicit racial bias in law enforcement, health care and the legal field. In recent years, the phrase has become a buzzword used to broadly frame bigotry and racism as something so entrenched that some people aren’t aware that they subconsciously harbor racist feelings, associating black skin with negative behavior. Put simply, their “conditioning has been conditioned,” and marginalized groups are often left to pick up the pieces in the wake of brutality and/or neglect by those in positions of power, trust and influence.

There are also studies, such as “Not to Be Trusted” (pdf), a news-accuracy report card compiled by civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org, which tackles media bias (pdf) and how it indiscriminately pathologizes communities of color for mass consumption. Separately, these issues can wreak havoc and destruction on their own, but we haven’t really focused on the ways in which implicit racial bias can potentially infest newsrooms.

“Implicit bias impacts the way black communities are treated across practically all sectors of life in America, from courtrooms to doctors’ offices,” Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, tells The Root. “The media is no different, whether it be the use of pejorative terms like ‘thug’ and ‘animal’ to describe protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore, or the widespread overreporting of crime stories involving black suspects in New York City.”

Media bias not only negatively impacts black America’s relationship with law enforcement and the judicial system (pdf) but also extends to how African Americans are perceived in society at large. Couple the findings of Harvard’s Project Implicit, which determined that approximately 88 percent of white Americans have implicit racial bias against black people, with a racially homogeneous media industry, and the toxic environment that leads to media injustice is thrown into stark relief.

“Television newsrooms are nearly 80 percent white, according to the Radio and Television News Directors Association, while radio newsrooms are 92 percent white,” writes Sally Lehrman, chairwoman of the Society of Professional Journalists. According to the American Society of News Editors, “The percentage of minority journalists has remained between 12 and 14 percent for more than a decade.”

This lays the groundwork for an intrinsically racist media structure that, according to The Atlantic’s Riva Gold, means “news organizations are losing their ability to empower, represent, and—especially in cases where language ability is crucial—even to report on minority populations in their communities.”

Cosmetic diversity, however, won’t save the day. According to the Harvard Implicit-Association Test, 48 percent of African Americans also have implicit racial bias against black people. That’s what you call deep conditioning, and with the number of African Americans in media slowly increasing, it’s important that cultural diversity and awareness are present and fully accounted for as well. 

A 2014 Sentencing Project report (pdf) points to media as a source of racial perceptions and misconceptions about crime in the United States, specifically suggesting that stereotypical expectations of journalists and producers, i.e., implicit bias, shape media narratives:

A study of television news found that black crime suspects were presented in more threatening contexts than whites: Black suspects were disproportionately shown in mug shots and in cases where the victim was a stranger. Black and Latino suspects were also more often presented in a nonindividualized way than whites—by being left unnamed—and were more likely to be shown as threatening—by being depicted in physical custody of police. Blacks and Hispanics were also more likely to be treated aggressively by police officers on reality-based TV shows, including America’s Most Wanted and Cops. Mass media are therefore a major contributor to Americans’ misconceptions about crime, with journalists and producers apparently acting based on their own or expectations of their audiences’ stereotypes about crime.

In recent years, the obviousness of this bias has rendered some mainstream outlets caricatures of trustworthy and impartial news sources. Of course, Fox News pundits such as Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are no better than propaganda peddlers seemingly committed to the asinine concept of white superiority. This would make them guilty of explicit racial bias because they are fully aware of the narratives they push to their consistently uninformed viewers.

It’s always the implicit racism, though—that elusive racism without racists (pdf)—that’s harder to define, thus harder to dismantle, even as recent events—such as the Great Keene Pumpkin Riot of 2014 and the Waco, Texas, biker-gang shootout—have made it more difficult to conceal.

In both of these instances, and many more like them, white rioters, looters and (alleged) murderers have often been discussed as if by public relations firms for white supremacy as opposed to an unbiased media. It makes little difference that whites riot, maim and kill over someone being fired, a team losing or winning, a surfing contest or, perhaps, a run-over toe. Black protesters uprising against the savage snatching of black lives by law-enforcement agencies are the ones framed as wild looters out to “ruin their own communities,” while the (in)justice system allows violent police officers to hop, skip and jump out of any responsibility.

“This [Waco] biker incident has been more sensational, like Sons of Anarchy live, and real spectacle,” Jared Ball, associate professor of media studies at Morgan State University, tells The Root. “Scary like a horror movie, but not scary like Muslim terrorists or black people.

“Yet, a few young black schoolkids, who, again, it must be made clear, were set up and drawn into so-called ‘violence’ against property, are described as threats worthy of full-riot-gear police, National Guard and wall-to-wall media coverage whose goal was to demonize anti-police violence … all while using the old and still usable formula of black = danger.”

It is clear that the fight for justice that has taken over the streets of America has made continued media bias impossible to ignore. This has forced a necessary shift in the ways in which mainstream media discusses racism, even if implicit bias still whispers beneath the surface.

According to a 2000 study (pdf), “Prime Suspects: The Influence of Local Television News on the Viewing Public,” media is complicit in fostering a “crime script” that encourages blatantly biased policing tactics that target African Americans, particularly those who are perceived as being “out of touch with the cultural mainstream.” Not surprisingly, there is a direct link between exposure to the “crime script” and fear and prejudice against African Americans.

Each day, we are witnessing that prejudice play out in classrooms (pdf) filled with chalk and streets lined with it. It is how protesters fighting against police brutality become “thugs” and unarmed children like 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 12-year-old Tamir Rice are placed on trial and found guilty from their graves.

“Biased coverage perpetuates a dangerous cycle, by helping to create and affirm explicit and implicit biases in the minds of audiences,” Robinson tells The Root. “People in everyday situations—personal and professional—then act out those biases, treating black people as if the media’s stereotypes are real.”

If institutionalized racism is the poison, then mainstream media is the hypodermic needle that pushes it deeply into the veins of society, rendering the humanity of black people invisible. And an increased awareness tells us that some media professionals don’t even realize they’re dealers. Relying on a well-worn template that frames black people as thugs and cultural malignancies by default is not news; it is propaganda that serves only to reaffirm for many Americans what they think they know about black people.

And as long as media continues to stick to a script influenced by racial bias, our communities will continue to pay the price.

Media injustice, which leads to both the erasure and criminalization of marginalized communities, has had dire consequences for both the psyches and lived experiences of black people in the United States since at least the 18th century, when newspapers ran lost-and-found ads for runaway slaves.

In 1964 it compelled Malcolm X to stand before a crowd in New York City’s Audubon Ballroom, where he would be assassinated less than one year later, and make it plain as only he could:

“This is the press, an irresponsible press,” he said. “It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Fifty years later, these words are just as true now as they were then. What has not been fully addressed, however, is whether the press deliberately supports a white supremacist agenda, as some people believe, or has media’s complicity mutated into something less intentional but equally dangerous—perhaps even more so.

Many studies have tackled implicit racial bias in law enforcement, health care and the legal field. In recent years, the phrase has become a buzzword used to broadly frame bigotry and racism as something so entrenched that some people aren’t aware that they subconsciously harbor racist feelings, associating black skin with negative behavior. Put simply, their “conditioning has been conditioned,” and marginalized groups are often left to pick up the pieces in the wake of brutality and/or neglect by those in positions of power, trust and influence.

There are also studies, such as “Not to Be Trusted” (pdf), a news-accuracy report card compiled by civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org, which tackles media bias (pdf) and how it indiscriminately pathologizes communities of color for mass consumption. Separately, these issues can wreak havoc and destruction on their own, but we haven’t really focused on the ways in which implicit racial bias can potentially infest newsrooms.

“Implicit bias impacts the way black communities are treated across practically all sectors of life in America, from courtrooms to doctors’ offices,” Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, tells The Root. “The media is no different, whether it be the use of pejorative terms like ‘thug’ and ‘animal’ to describe protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore, or the widespread overreporting of crime stories involving black suspects in New York City.”

Media bias not only negatively impacts black America’s relationship with law enforcement and the judicial system (pdf) but also extends to how African Americans are perceived in society at large. Couple the findings of Harvard’s Project Implicit, which determined that approximately 88 percent of white Americans have implicit racial bias against black people, with a racially homogeneous media industry, and the toxic environment that leads to media injustice is thrown into stark relief.

“Television newsrooms are nearly 80 percent white, according to the Radio and Television News Directors Association, while radio newsrooms are 92 percent white,” writes Sally Lehrman, chairwoman of the Society of Professional Journalists. According to the American Society of News Editors, “The percentage of minority journalists has remained between 12 and 14 percent for more than a decade.”

This lays the groundwork for an intrinsically racist media structure that, according to The Atlantic’s Riva Gold, means “news organizations are losing their ability to empower, represent, and—especially in cases where language ability is crucial—even to report on minority populations in their communities.”

Cosmetic diversity, however, won’t save the day. According to the Harvard Implicit-Association Test, 48 percent of African Americans also have implicit racial bias against black people. That’s what you call deep conditioning, and with the number of African Americans in media slowly increasing, it’s important that cultural diversity and awareness are present and fully accounted for as well. 

A 2014 Sentencing Project report (pdf) points to media as a source of racial perceptions and misconceptions about crime in the United States, specifically suggesting that stereotypical expectations of journalists and producers, i.e., implicit bias, shape media narratives:

A study of television news found that black crime suspects were presented in more threatening contexts than whites: Black suspects were disproportionately shown in mug shots and in cases where the victim was a stranger. Black and Latino suspects were also more often presented in a nonindividualized way than whites—by being left unnamed—and were more likely to be shown as threatening—by being depicted in physical custody of police. Blacks and Hispanics were also more likely to be treated aggressively by police officers on reality-based TV shows, including America’s Most Wanted and Cops. Mass media are therefore a major contributor to Americans’ misconceptions about crime, with journalists and producers apparently acting based on their own or expectations of their audiences’ stereotypes about crime.

In recent years, the obviousness of this bias has rendered some mainstream outlets caricatures of trustworthy and impartial news sources. Of course, Fox News pundits such as Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are no better than propaganda peddlers seemingly committed to the asinine concept of white superiority. This would make them guilty of explicit racial bias because they are fully aware of the narratives they push to their consistently uninformed viewers.

It’s always the implicit racism, though—that elusive racism without racists (pdf)—that’s harder to define, thus harder to dismantle, even as recent events—such as the Great Keene Pumpkin Riot of 2014 and the Waco, Texas, biker-gang shootout—have made it more difficult to conceal.

In both of these instances, and many more like them, white rioters, looters and (alleged) murderers have often been discussed as if by public relations firms for white supremacy as opposed to an unbiased media. It makes little difference that whites riot, maim and kill over someone being fired, a team losing or winning, a surfing contest or, perhaps, a run-over toe. Black protesters uprising against the savage snatching of black lives by law-enforcement agencies are the ones framed as wild looters out to “ruin their own communities,” while the (in)justice system allows violent police officers to hop, skip and jump out of any responsibility.

“This [Waco] biker incident has been more sensational, like Sons of Anarchy live, and real spectacle,” Jared Ball, associate professor of media studies at Morgan State University, tells The Root. “Scary like a horror movie, but not scary like Muslim terrorists or black people.

“Yet, a few young black schoolkids, who, again, it must be made clear, were set up and drawn into so-called ‘violence’ against property, are described as threats worthy of full-riot-gear police, National Guard and wall-to-wall media coverage whose goal was to demonize anti-police violence … all while using the old and still usable formula of black = danger.”

It is clear that the fight for justice that has taken over the streets of America has made continued media bias impossible to ignore. This has forced a necessary shift in the ways in which mainstream media discusses racism, even if implicit bias still whispers beneath the surface.

According to a 2000 study (pdf), “Prime Suspects: The Influence of Local Television News on the Viewing Public,” media is complicit in fostering a “crime script” that encourages blatantly biased policing tactics that target African Americans, particularly those who are perceived as being “out of touch with the cultural mainstream.” Not surprisingly, there is a direct link between exposure to the “crime script” and fear and prejudice against African Americans.

Each day, we are witnessing that prejudice play out in classrooms (pdf) filled with chalk and streets lined with it. It is how protesters fighting against police brutality become “thugs” and unarmed children like 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 12-year-old Tamir Rice are placed on trial and found guilty from their graves.

“Biased coverage perpetuates a dangerous cycle, by helping to create and affirm explicit and implicit biases in the minds of audiences,” Robinson tells The Root. “People in everyday situations—personal and professional—then act out those biases, treating black people as if the media’s stereotypes are real.”

If institutionalized racism is the poison, then mainstream media is the hypodermic needle that pushes it deeply into the veins of society, rendering the humanity of black people invisible. And an increased awareness tells us that some media professionals don’t even realize they’re dealers. Relying on a well-worn template that frames black people as thugs and cultural malignancies by default is not news; it is propaganda that serves only to reaffirm for many Americans what they think they know about black people.

And as long as media continues to stick to a script influenced by racial bias, our communities will continue to pay the price.

Great Stuff Kirsten! The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The White American Dream…though Racist it may be.

THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR MANY IN THE CLOWN PARADE OF WHITE REPUBLICANTS FRANTICALLY running for the Presidency (Uncle Ben Carson does not count) is that one day they would sit in the Oval Office and live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yet having a Black President of the United States of America before them is sheer punishment. And to have that Black President re-elected before them is literally a political fate worst than death!

The American Institution of Racism dictates if you are Black you are to be seen and not heard; and then not seen too much. And for these White Republicants, how much more of a slap in the face than to have a Black Man command the World Stage Spotlight as President of the United States? That hurt them real bad.

President Obama has crushed many White Republicant Male Political Psyches. It is obvious to America if not to them that Barack Obama is certainly much more intelligent. Can you imagine what John McCain and Mitt Romney went through when they really thought they would beat Barack Obama? Or they thought they could handle him in debate? After all how hard should it be to beat a Black man running for the most powerful seat in the world. Piece of Cake right? Even to the extent where Mitt Romney did not write a concession speech because he knew he would not need it. How, they asked their therapists and anyone else who would listen, did a Black man beat me for the Presidency? He must have cheated. He surely promised something to the Blacks and the Browns to come out and vote for him instead of me. Surely America wanted me instead of someone who would have been enslaved 150 years ago.

And that is the episodic back breaker…America wanted Barack Obama instead of them. The Ultimate Rejection. Now imagine what happens when one of the Clown 19 loses to a White Woman or heaven forbid, Bernie Sanders?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

It is called the American Institution of Racism and it is as American as Apple pie and Dr. Seuss.

A racist cartoon drawn by popular children’s artist Dr. Seuss—whose real name was Theodore Geisel—failed to garner any bids at an art auction in California on Thursday, reports BET.

The cartoon, drawn early in the career by the creator of the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and Horton the elephant, shows a man entering a room full of grotesquely stylized African- Americans, with a sign reading : “Take home a high-grade NIGGER for your woodpile – Satisfaction guaranteed.”

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The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

BLACKS CANNOT BE RACIST—NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY!

Blacks cannot be Racist.

I am posting this …again…for those Black folks and White folks who say Blacks can be racist. Especially since these same Neanderthals have a ridiculously stupid opinion about First Lady Michelle Obama telling the truth in her May 9, 2015 Commencement Address at Tuskegee University.

Racists expect Blacks not to talk about racism. And make no mistake about it, talk of racism always puts racists on the defense. Not because it is talk, but because it is the Truth. Mrs. Obama's words were not controversial as the press calls them. Mrs. Obama's words were not extreme as racists call them. Mrs. Obama simply told the truth. And this from FOX House Negro Angela McGlowan who admitted that racism was still alive in America, but she insisted that the first Black first lady should have ignored it and delivered a “positive message” instead. Lie and simply pretend there is no racism as we all sing Kumbaya.

Being Black in this country gives us the "up close and personal" opportunity to see the American Institution of Racism and Whites at their Racist "Finest". Yet as the victims, Whites do not want us to discuss their vile and virulent racism imposed on us. So how do you balance the racist equation? Call Blacks Racist! Let's let Dr. Michael Eric Dyson take the real Racists and some Black Wannabees to school.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Another Case Against Racism

HOW RACISM DOOMED BALTIMORE

Surprisingly Excellent Editorial. Finally the press is beginning to say RACISM.
It is so important that we understand this history and how the "American Institution of Racism" private and governmental, is not just a term with 4 words situated together. It is not an urban legend. It is certainly not to be ignored.

Send this to one of your favorite Millennial persons and one of your favorite Gen X persons who think…that we are in a post racial era …that racism is a thing of the past…and that things are going to get better in the by-and-by. Teach them. When you know better, hopefully you do better.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Charter Schools…No Gold Here.

CHARTER SCHOOL RIP-OFF – FINALLY THE TRUTH

This is an excellent read about charter schools.  rip-off is an appropriate handle. WE missed this because the charter school "reformers" do not want US to know this. We were part given and part sold a bright shiny "Golden" package without understanding "All That Glitters Is Not Gold". Well private charter schools —forget the public charter school tag, they are private—now are a way of life, doing their proverbial thing which is NOT providing quality education for OUR young people. All of sudden no one wants to help public education and the many public schools which are still staple institutions especially in the Black Community. Give them Support!!! I still call many charter schools, the New Segregation Academy. Read that any way you want.

Slowly some in the Black Community are beginning to realize charter schools are simply a "shiny glittery package" with no substance, and certainly NO GOLD. Other Blacks still have their thumb up their ass waiting and wishing and hoping. Other Blacks do not give a damn because they are too busy making money off educating (big joke) Blacks in charter schools. Real Big Joke!

One day those parents who do not profit from education and really want the best for the children and grand children will understand the charter school shell game being run, and hopefully not too late. Remember this…when America catches a cold, the Black community already has pneumonia. When America finally realizes charter schools are not the answer, public schools in the Black Community will be closed. Then we PAY literally and figuratively for education. Isn't that THEIR game plan?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR!

IT IS AFRICA!

MEMO TO THE HISTORY CHANNELS….
I enjoy the information you present from time to time. Quite frankly I am a history buff. But come on History Channel Executives, Do you really think I think that all Ancient History Ethiopians, All Ancient History Egyptians, All Ancient History Libyans, All Ancient History Israelites, All persons from all countries in Africa, and ALL persons in the Bible looked like Charlton Heston and Elizabeth Taylor, and White Europeans?

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We are talking about Africa. We are talking about that portion of the world where Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids and the Sphinx and great building and monuments which still baffle modern day scientists and engineers. We are talking about that portion of the world where the Bible takes place. Not the convenience of saying the Middle East. The inconvenience of saying the Continent of AFRICA. Yes AFRICA CONTINENT…where Jesus and Moses and Solomon and David and Ruth and Esther and Mary Magdalene AND thousands more biblical persons lived. For you see History Channel executives, in addition to a spiritual book for Christians, the Bible is also an Ancient History Book. Of course, well before Europe was discovered, there was the continent of Africa. Contrary to the belief you foster, those countries which make up Africa were not inhabited by blue-eyed White Europeans. Those persons which many of us study, have studied, and read about daily in the bible were not blue-eyed White Europeans…irrespective of the images in stained-glass windows in many Christian Churches. Those persons by today's standards were Black. (The stained-glass windows are another story.) Next time use this disclaimer before some of your so-called history programming and you can use this copy if you like. You have my permission.

"The following program is historically inaccurate. Although our researchers confirmed these events take place in countries on the continent of Africa and near the continent of Africa, and although we have confirmed many of the persons portrayed in the program were historically Black, we have chosen to to show them as White Anglo Saxons to appeal to Racist White Christian Evangelicals so we can maintain their viewership and in the process make money. That especially includes the image of Jesus. We do not want to give any ideas to dark-skinned persons of the world. So we choose to purposely lie about History."

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Fox News Posts Fake Baltimore Riot Photo That’s Actually From Venezuela.

That’s right, the image was taken from Venezuela, not Baltimore. But for those who accepted Fox’s rendition of the story uncritically, the image became burned into their minds as being a scene of devastation in Baltimore.

On April 27th, local FOX13 claimed the photo of the fires burning everything except the golden arches at McDonalds was “Baltimore In Flames.”

Reverb Nation notes that one viewer noticed the image and placed it right away. They thought the image looked familiar, and pointed out that the story on the CVS burning was not Baltimore at all.

The Imgur user said: “Now I understand why people mock Fox news so much…”

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Just imagine if Fox hadn’t been called out on this? How many more stations would continue to run it as an actual image of Baltimore in flames? Just imagine how much else they are lying to us about!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

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I AM STILL AWAITING MY 40 ACRES AND A MULE!

Now that the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction is upon us, the National Park Service is trying to figure out how to appropriately mark this incredibly important period in American history—a period that the nation has done little to recognize up to this point.

While the South is covered with Civil War plaques seemingly on every other corner celebrating bloody battles, there’s virtually no public recognition that Reconstruction even existed—no plaques, no National Park Service sites, no acknowledgement. Just the remnants of racism and the dastardly work of President Andrew Johnson.

But the National Park Service is trying to change that. Over the next year, the park service will ask historians, its own staff members, state historical societies, and the general public about the best sites and methods to capture Reconstruction’s history, according to Gregory P. Downs, an associate professor of history at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War, and Kate Masur, an associate professor of history at Northwestern University and the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C.

Downs and Masur wrote a piece on The Atlantic website revealing that they will be assisting the park service in determining how best to commemorate Reconstruction. The park service has also commissioned a handbook on Reconstruction that will soon be available in parks.

In their piece, Downs and Masur explain that the temporary loss of power during the period was so difficult for whites to digest that historians created a falsified narrative about that slice of history.

After Emancipation, the United States did extend the vote to Black men, and consequently in the South Black men were elected to Congress, state legislatures, and crucial local offices such as sheriffs and assessors. With the influence of these newly enfranchised Black people, new state governments created public schools and hospitals, and Black people and their white allies founded colleges, churches, and benevolent organizations, according to Downs and Masur.

But horror and bloodshed for the Black community soon followed, as white Southerners lashed out violently in bloody campaigns of terror, preventing African Americans from voting, killing thousands of freed people and raping untold numbers of Black women, all to reestablish control. By the end of the century, Jim Crow was in place and the Supreme Court in 1896’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision ruled that Black men didn’t have any rights a white man was bound to respect.

Throughout the early 20th century, as recounted by Downs and Masur, historians pressed the case that Reconstruction had been a disastrous mistake and created clear cut villains in the cartoonish Black Southerners holding offices they didn’t deserve, corrupt white Northern carpetbaggers moving south to take what didn’t belong to them, and tyrannical Republican politicians who oversaw an era of unjust, unconstitutional federal intervention. Altogether, this rewriting of history was used as a justification for the horrific racist policies of Jim Crow.

Not until the 1960s did historians begin to get the story of Reconstruction right, dispelling the myth of “negro rule” and showing how difficult it was for African Americans to get candidates elected to major offices.

“Against claims that African Americans emerged from slavery unprepared to live independently, historians have unearthed the wealth of institutions and cultural resources that people of African descent developed in slavery and cultivated after emancipation,” Downs and Masur wrote.

But the period still hasn’t gotten its proper due. The Parks Service is attempting to change that. Downs and Masur point out that the agency of late has been willing to tackle sensitive subjects, developing sites commemorating Japanese Internment during World War II, and the massacre of hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho people at Sand Creek by Coloradans enrolled in the U.S. Army, in addition to Civil War memorials that now include the roles of Black soldiers, slaves, and freed people.

“Identifying those sites and creating a framework for public engagement with Reconstruction cannot smooth out the complexity and travails of the era,” Downs and Masur wrote, “but it can be a part of fulfilling the Park Service’s mission of helping Americans grapple with this nation’s history, a challenge that in the end means not just celebrating its victories but also remembering its tragedies and asking serious questions about defeats and wrong turns.”May 1, 2015 | Posted by

My comments…You can really mark this important yet ignored era in our nation's history by discussing a reparations plan to pay my ancestors for their unpaid labor; AND to deliver my promised 40 acres and a mule which racist President Andrew Johnson illegitimately withdrew. American needs to decide how much it wants to be a racist.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

AND I DON’T GIVE A DAMN IF YOU AGREE WITH ME OR NOT!

Enough with the appeasing hand wringing about "Why are they rioting?" Leave most ministers in their pulpits. Leave most Black elected officials in their Ivory Towers. Do you only now realize there is a crisis when there is a crisis everyday in Black America? White America wants to trot you out as so-called peacemakers, but what peace are you making? When do you ever speak up about Racism, and point fingers at White America.

No one condones violence and no one is expected to defend the taking of property. But no one condones the taking of life.
Yet we see it happening everyday…Baltimore is Jacksonville and New York and Ferguson and Chicago and Washington DC and Orlando and Miami and America USA.
No one wants to deal with the racism of America or the rising militaristic nature of a police force yet we see that everyday too when Blacks—American Blacks—are killed with impunity.

We are victims many times over.
We die in the custody of police in the back of a police car and handcuffed and somehow someway we shot ourselves and committed suicide.
We hold our hands up and we are shot and killed because we looked menacing.
We run away from a car for whatever reason and a officer takes careful aim and shoots us 4 times in the back killing us as if running is a reason to die.
We run away on a bicycle and we are shot in the back killing us.
We are choked to death while in custody of the police.
We maliciously have our spine severed and we later die while in custody of the police.
We are shot at point blank range and killed in an erroneous drug raid gone wrong.
We see our children killed by police while they are sitting in our living room in another police raid gone wrong.
The willing allies of these killing are the media and the press who are always willing to shine a camera at violence but not willing to discuss and point fingers at law enforcement and how the sheer nature of government today is complicit in What is Wrong With America.

You don't want Americans to have health care. You treat it as a scourge instead of a necessary resource to save lives. Yet you can sell guns to take lives at a moment's notice …justify their use and deadly consequences… and call it protection. You erroneously think health care helps Blacks more than Whites.
You kidnap us from Africa…you work us for free in a free labor economy…you then say later that "You Are Free". And when I ask you Free From What and Free With What, you laugh. When I ask about reparations for the hundreds of years you stole money from me and my family and my ancestors, you laugh.

Supposedly we are a nation of those who respect Freedoms, yet the first freedom you always want to take from Blacks is the freedom to vote without shackles and chains. And you take pride in denying Blacks the right to vote.
When Black people correctly charge, accuse and indict you for centuries of brutality, you compare us to infants throwing a tantrum.
When we use terms that adequately reflect the imbalance of power between whites and Black people as well as the terrorism that typifies how whites relate to Black people, you say we are whiners.

When we complain about the Criminal "Injustice" System, you accuse us of playing the "race card" which we are because the system smacks of racism.
You also promote the absurd theory that “sensitivity training” can rehabilitate racists. Not when Racism is American Born and Bred.
Then you love to use the term Racial Reconciliation. Reconciliation is the restoration of friendly relations. During what era have whites and Black people enjoyed friendly, non-exploitative relations?
Also understand that even while we use the term White Privilege it is a misnomer. White Privilege conveniently focuses attention on the benefits whites derive from racism, not the mandatory white conduct that sustains a racist empire. Let's call it White pathology along with White deeds and White actions – not privileges – which void Black life and extinguish our very existence.

Once again America, you can sit with your thumb up your Ass and pretend it is only a problem with the Black Savages on the Street…and you can call all the Black and White Intellectuals you want to analyze the problem…and we can all the ministers of all faiths to have Interfaith prayer sessions everyday …but until and unless America decides it wants to something about the way it treats its Black citizens, and have since we were kidnapped and brought to these shores, toil and strife will continue. Just another time and another place. America will have NO REST until respect for Human Dignity and the sanctity of a Black Life is at hand.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

AHH RACISM!

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not.

Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over.

There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know its hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything. SCOTT WOODS

If that ain't a Mouthful!!!  The Struggle Continues. RLHSr.

What Can America Do About Racism?

"WHAT CAN AMERICA DO ABOUT RACISM?" I was asked.
My comments are always the same:
I define racism and the American Institution of Racism as the White Privilege Knowledge that Whites feel they are superior to Blacks. And because they have population numbers which places them in control of this country, Whites do impose their will on Blacks, deny Blacks fundamental rights and opportunities guaranteed in the Constitution, and to a lesser degree in the Declaration of Independence, simply because THEY CAN. The history of this country is a litany of their doing just that, and they continue to do so. They set laws and policies and circumstances because they are in control. That is the nature of Racism. Racism is also a system of inequality —SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL— based on skin color. Again because of White Control or Apartheid American Style. There is no such thing as Black Racism because Blacks are not in control and because we cannot demand anything or impose our will on anyone.

Racism is really White America's problem. Racism will not change unless and until Whites want Racism to change. Blacks—SOME BLACKS— will fight Racism until they can no longer take a breath on this earthly plane. Which is what we have done and continue to do. Other Blacks think if they mind their racial manners, act racially polite, do what Whites tell them to do, eat their Wheaties, eat their Spinach, show Whites they are Good and Honest and Pure, show them what good Niggers they are, and those actions will somehow make a difference. To those Blacks, they need to get their heads out of their ASSES because they you are only fooling themselves. We get a constant panorama of these same Handkerchief Blacks everyday on FOX and more often than not on local news stations.

Whites ONLY can do something about Racism and its root causes in these As Yet United States of America, when and if they choose. Until then, the Battle Lines stay drawn. And understand, the battle is never easy and it will not get any easier … But …the battle which has been fought since Slavery will continue as long as Racism continues wearing its cloak of hatred and virulent violence and obstinate stupidity. Those who do not understand are the ones in serious trouble.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Republicans are Mad Because President Obama is the President They Wished George W. Bush Had Been.

This is an article written by Allen Clifton and it appeared in forwardprogressives.com April 3, 2015. Great Stuff.

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"It’s no secret that the vast majority of Republicans absolutely loathe President Obama. While some of it has to do with racism (especially among the tea party ranks), a lot of it stems from their jealousy of his presidency. George W. Bush is going to go down as one of the most disastrous presidents in our nation’s history. Following his exit from the White House, he basically had one last shot at redemption: a peaceful and stable Iraq. Well, with the rise of ISIS – due in large part to the Iraq War destabilizing the entire region – that “dream” is over. Not only is Iraq plagued with horrific violence right now, but much of the Middle East has been engulfed in utter chaos because of the destabilization of the region following Bush’s war. But even going beyond Bush’s failures internationally, his economic polices were an epic disaster here at home.

Near the beginning of his presidency he professed that his tax cuts would balance the budget within a decade; instead, they nearly doubled our national debt during his eight years and his policies sent this country toward the worst economic recession in nearly a century. Enter President Obama six years ago.

Obama was tasked with the unenviable task of becoming president in the middle of a complete economic meltdown, two wars and a country spiraling out of control. And despite what you might hear from the GOP, Fox News or the rest of the conservative media, this president has been one of the most successful in our nation’s history. That fact really ticks off Republicans because they’ve done just about everything they can to sabotage his presidency, yet they’ve failed at nearly every turn. Not only that, but he’s done things that Bush could have only dreamed of doing.

In just six years, coming off the worst recession since the Great Depression, President Obama has already created more jobs than Bush did during his entire eight years in Washington. He also created more jobs in 2014 than Bush did during any year he was in office. On top of job growth and economic recovery, President Obama has been infinitely more successful than Bush when it comes to international affairs. It took Obama two years to do what Bush couldn’t do in nearly eight – that is, order the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin. History will always show that Barack Obama was president when the world’s most wanted terrorist was found and killed, and Republicans can’t stand to think about that fact.

Then even when you look at this nuclear deal with Iran, it’s something Republicans want no part of – because their ideology really isn’t advanced enough to even fathom using diplomacy to try to avoid war. To Republicans, Iran is nothing more than a war they’ve yet to fight. When it comes to matters such as these, the only “answer” they typically have is “let’s start a war.” The Iraq War was a perfect example. Sure, it was easy to send troops to the region, invade the country and remove Saddam Hussein from power – but then what? Well, the Bush administration clearly didn’t have a clue.

Part of their selling point for the war was that it would be over in a matter of months. We even saw the embarrassing spectacle of Bush landing on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit declaring “mission accomplished” just a few weeks after the war began. The truth is, they had no idea what they were doing, how to handle it or any sort of exit strategy once the entire mess was started. Could you imagine if President Obama did that exact same thing? Hell, the conservative media flips out if he doesn’t salute Marines properly; imagine if he landed on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit prior to over 4,000 American eventually dying in a war that he promised would only last a few weeks. But because he’s exhausting diplomatic efforts with Iran (along with many of our allies) to avoid another disaster like the one Bush caused, Republicans are up in arms, using all sorts of “this will lead to the end of our great nation” ridiculous rhetoric. Basically because the conservative vision for our future is so simplistic and small, they can’t grasp the “bigger picture” that President Obama sees. All the while, he’s taken a strong stance on Israel to show that we won’t let another nation dictate to us what we will or won’t do with our foreign policy – something Republicans seem far too spineless to ever do. It’s not that President Obama isn’t loyal to our ally, but it’s possible to be loyal to a nation while still thinking that nation’s leader is pompous ass who’s trying to have proxy control over your international affairs. Though when you look at how Republicans have behaved these last few weeks concerning Israel, one has to wonder, to what country do they really pledge their loyalty?

I’ve never seen a time in our history where an entire political party showed more respect to a foreign leader than they do to our own president. But the bottom line is, President Obama has owned Republicans his entire time in office. Despite their best efforts, our economy has still grown and our unemployment continues to fall. In nearly every major legislative battle, from the government shutdown; to the Affordable Care Act; to the Keystone XL pipeline; to raising taxes on the rich; to the debt ceiling; and even funding for the Department of Homeland Security – Obama has won every battle.

This president will go down as one of the most accomplished in our nation’s history, and that fact drives Republicans crazy. So, while Republicans will undoubtedly always hate Barack Obama, deep down many are just jealous. He’s what they wished George W. Bush could have been, but never was – a successful president."

Nothing to add.  The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

 

April 3, 2015 By Allen Clifton

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/republicans-mad-obama-president-wished-bush-been/

 

It’s no secret that the vast majority of Republicans absolutely loathe President Obama. While some of it has to do with racism (especially among the tea party ranks), a lot of it stems from their jealousy of his presidency. George W. Bush is going to go down as one of the most disastrous presidents in our nation’s history. Following his exit from the White House, he basically had one last shot at redemption: a peaceful and stable Iraq. Well, with the rise of ISIS – due in large part to the Iraq War destabilizing the entire region – that “dream” is over. Not only is Iraq plagued with horrific violence right now, but much of the Middle East has been engulfed in utter chaos because of the destabilization of the region following Bush’s war. But even going beyond Bush’s failures internationally, his economic polices were an epic disaster here at home. Near the beginning of his presidency he professed that his tax cuts would balance the budget within a decade; instead, they nearly doubled our national debt during his eight years and his policies sent this country toward the worst economic recession in nearly a century. Enter President Obama six years ago. Obama was tasked with the unenviable task of becoming president in the middle of a complete economic meltdown, two wars and a country spiraling out of control. And despite what you might hear from the GOP, Fox News or the rest of the conservative media, this president has been one of the most successful in our nation’s history. That fact really ticks off Republicans because they’ve done just about everything they can to sabotage his presidency, yet they’ve failed at nearly every turn. Not only that, but he’s done things that Bush could have only dreamed of doing. In just six years, coming off the worst recession since the Great Depression, President Obama has already created more jobs than Bush did during his entire eight years in Washington. He also created more jobs in 2014 than Bush did during any year he was in office. On top of job growth and economic recovery, President Obama has been infinitely more successful than Bush when it comes to international affairs. It took Obama two years to do what Bush couldn’t do in nearly eight – that is, order the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin. History will always show that Barack Obama was president when the world’s most wanted terrorist was found and killed, and Republicans can’t stand to think about that fact. Then even when you look at this nuclear deal with Iran, it’s something Republicans want no part of – because their ideology really isn’t advanced enough to even fathom using diplomacy to try to avoid war. To Republicans, Iran is nothing more than a war they’ve yet to fight. When it comes to matters such as these, the only “answer” they typically have is “let’s start a war.” The Iraq War was a perfect example. Sure, it was easy to send troops to the region, invade the country and remove Saddam Hussein from power – but then what? Well, the Bush administration clearly didn’t have a clue. Part of their selling point for the war was that it would be over in a matter of months. We even saw the embarrassing spectacle of Bush landing on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit declaring “mission accomplished” just a few weeks after the war began. The truth is, they had no idea what they were doing, how to handle it or any sort of exit strategy once the entire mess was started. Could you imagine if President Obama did that exact same thing? Hell, the conservative media flips out if he doesn’t salute Marines properly; imagine if he landed on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit prior to over 4,000 American eventually dying in a war that he promised would only last a few weeks. But because he’s exhausting diplomatic efforts with Iran (along with many of our allies) to avoid another disaster like the one Bush caused, Republicans are up in arms, using all sorts of “this will lead to the end of our great nation” ridiculous rhetoric. Basically because the conservative vision for our future is so simplistic and small, they can’t grasp the “bigger picture” that President Obama sees. All the while, he’s taken a strong stance on Israel to show that we won’t let another nation dictate to us what we will or won’t do with our foreign policy – something Republicans seem far too spineless to ever do. It’s not that President Obama isn’t loyal to our ally, but it’s possible to be loyal to a nation while still thinking that nation’s leader is pompous ass who’s trying to have proxy control over your international affairs. Though when you look at how Republicans have behaved these last few weeks concerning Israel, one has to wonder, to what country do they really pledge their loyalty? I’ve never seen a time in our history where an entire political party showed more respect to a foreign leader than they do to our own president. But the bottom line is, President Obama has owned Republicans his entire time in office. Despite their best efforts, our economy has still grown and our unemployment continues to fall. In nearly every major legislative battle, from the government shutdown; to the Affordable Care Act; to the Keystone XL pipeline; to raising taxes on the rich; to the debt ceiling; and even funding for the Department of Homeland Security – Obama has won every battle. This president will go down as one of the most accomplished in our nation’s history, and that fact drives Republicans crazy. So, while Republicans will undoubtedly always hate Barack Obama, deep down many are just jealous. He’s what they wished George W. Bush could have been, but never was – a successful president.

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/republicans-mad-obama-president-wished-bush-been/

Racism is STILL as American as Apple Pie!

NOOSE FOUND ON DUKE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

DUKE IS AS RACIST AS ANY TWI, Traditional White Institution. So save the indignant attitude that it happened at Duke if you attended Duke…or any other TWI. We have seen it happen over and over and over again at PWI—Predominantly White Institutions— because racism exists there also and wherever the American Institution of Racism exists, you have episodes of racial hatred. Duke's Vice President of Student Affairs Larry Moneta said in 2013 that racism isn't an "overt violation" of Duke University's code of student conduct; it's just "boorish and foolish". Boorish and Foolish eh? He is still Duke's Vice President for Student Affairs.

And please do not tell me how millennials—both Black and White—will make a difference. Many millennials do not know how to address and deal with racism. They still contend we are in a Post-Racial Society. And please…stop quoting Dr. King's statement… "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" …as a wedge against doing what is right for centuries to end racism and discrimination. Dr. King knew we could never get to the content of character because White America would never get beyond the color of Black skin. Affirmative action was a start and then White America created Reverse Discrimination. What a real pathetic joke!

So when these instances occur at so-called prestigious White Institutions of Higher Education, and even the non-prestigious White Institutions of Higher Education, Blacks are not surprised. We rather expect them. After all Racism is as American as Apple Pie draped in the American Flag.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

You Reap What You Sow!

Governor Rick Scott endorses Lenny Curry over Mayor Alvin Brown

Mr. Mayor…Let me direct these comments to you.

When you ran for mayor in 2011, according to some, you indicated you would not have a political administration and you would not deal in partisan politics since you had both Republicant and Democrat support.? Never did understand that but so be it because after all, you did run as a Democrat. In 2012, you were asked by a reporter if you would support and campaign for President, since you were inexplicably absent when President Obama came to town to campaign for re-election. You indicated you would not, and repeated again the nonsense about not dealing in partisan politics. I could not understand your lack of motivation or your logic since he was a Democrat and you were a Democrat and Democrats went to the polls in good numbers to support you against your Republicant opposition. And true to your word, not only were you absent when President Obama came to town but you did not even extend political courtesies to Mrs. Obama when she came to town to campaign for her husband, The President of the United States. In fact she came to town twice and you were a no-show both times. And let me remind you she IS the First Lady of the United States. I considered it an insult. And like I have said to you Mr. Mayor, Blacks might like you, but they definitely LOVE President Obama.

There was a rumor that said in exchange for supporting you, the Republicant Big Boys got you to commit to not support President Obama. As I said that was a nasty rumor and let's leave it at that. So you are elected Mayor of Jacksonville as a Democrat …You do not campaign for President Obama also a Democrat…but you went to the inauguration of Republicant Governor Rick Scott and in a TV interview YOU sing his praises as if he was the second coming. So what did you gain in return? Nothing absolutely Nothing. And to add the proverbial insult to injury, YOUR Governor Scott endorsed your opponent as you are running for re-election. The Governor apparently thinks you are not worth a blankety- blank or he is really playing partisan politics by endorsing a Republicant over a Democrat. The kind you said YOU could not play when you justified NOT CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION AGAINST MITT ROMNEY..

I am certainly not a fan of Republicants nor what they stand for. But if you are re-elected, it will happen in spite of yourself. You have literally and figuratively played a terrible hand of political cards, and you have not endeared yourself to the community who had so much hope for your administration. I cannot abide political stupidity or political naivete, but I have to admit Mr. Mayor, in this instance, you take the political cake. Good Luck. You'll need it.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.


Racism is Racism is Racism.

SOME OF YOU WHITE FOLKS WILL LEARN ABOUT TRYING TO LECTURE ME ON RACISM. The following is an exchange with me and one of my Facebook "friends". I will black out his name for the time being. I posted an article about Social Conservatives seeking to find the right candidate to unite behind and the article had a picture of Ted Cruz.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gestures as he confirms his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia March 23, 2015. Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of

I then said on the comments above the article:
I posted with the article the following: "The Hot Mess of Right Wingnut White Anglo Saxon Protestant Christian Evangelical Racist Republicants trying to ensure another Black Man or a Woman will not darken…literally and figuratively…the Oval Office in the White House and its living quarters."

My "Facebook Friend" responded:
Are you insinuating that Cruz is a racist because he is a "Protestant Evangelical Christian Republican"? I'm guessing not, but the insinuation is there. You're a historian, and you know that Martin Luther King, Jr's father was all that, but not a racist. And so is his niece. And it was a Republican Pres that established MLK Day as a National Holiday. And should we list the 1050's Democratic leaders (some members of the KKK) who opposed Civil Rights and Voting Rights legislation? And what about the Repubican Pres that pushed for equality in both the military and housing? I happened to be a Protestant Evangelical Christian Republican (and white), who, by the way, voted for more D's than R's in this recent election. IT appears to me that NEITHER party is a bastion of morality and justice, and both need to be called out on this problem.

This is my reply:
I guess you are giving me the typical White man's lecture on what Blacks should be grateful for. White privilege I presume. Apparently you do not know me that well. If you did, you would know I do not insinuate anything. Rafael "Ted" Cruz is a racist because he embraces racist philosophy and the ideology of a Republican political party of racists. Many Blacks of days gone by were Republicans ONLY because it was the party of Lincoln. That was then. Many of those same Blacks would not claim any membership in this remnant of Lincoln's Party which wallows in core racist attitudes and supports any effort designed to discriminate against Blacks.

Your President Ronald Reagan did not establish Martin Luther King's birthday as a National Holiday. He simply signed the bill. Many of you Republican…I guess you are a Republican…bow at Reagan's throne as if he was some extraordinary president. If fact, he was a horrible president who spent more day vacationing than any other president in recent memory. Reagan reluctantly signed the bill for the Martin Luther King Holiday not because he wanted to but because he basically had to. You need to go back to the historical drawing board. No Republican President "pushed for equality in both the military and housing." I have no idea where you got that tidbit from unless like many Whites you make up history as you go along …OR…conveniently forget other portions of history that is too embarrassing for you to admit. BTW.. This is the same Ronald Reagan who publicly said he would have voted against the Civil Rights Bill and the Voting Rights Bill. You remind me so much of Whites who protesteth racism too much. It makes no difference to me how many D's and R's you voted for. That is like telling me some of my best friends are Black. Neither impresses me at all. Let me make this clear…Rafael "Ted" Cruz is a foreign born racist U. S. Senator from Texas and the Republican Party is a haven for Racists.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Roots of frat boy racism: America’s oldest colleges profited from slavery, taught racial inferiority

This is The Racist History of America which is never taught in middle schools…high schools…or in colleges/universities. The Racist History of America which makes many Blacks and Whites uncomfortable. The Racist History of America which upsets our nice and tidy Integrated Apple Cart. Yet the Racist which happened and the Racist History which we MUST discuss. When we know better, we do better.

"Demands to rename Tillman Hall at Clemson University, the circulation of a video showing a racist chant at the University of Oklahoma and the discovery of a fraternity pledge book discussing lynching at North Carolina State University demonstrate how persistent racial issues are on college campuses.

Benjamin Tillman was a post-Civil War politician, racial demagogue and participant in racial violence, who was critical to Clemson University’s founding in the late-nineteenth century.

Tillman was not the only one. The University of North Carolina trustees are considering a request this week to rename Saunders Hall. The building was named in 1922 for William Saunders, a leader of the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan.

Buildings named after participants in racial violence and songs celebrating the segregation as well as the lynching of black people are not merely offensive. They recall the violence used to maintain all-white institutions for much of this country’s history.

In fact, colleges and universities historically have supported hierarchies of race and other forms of difference from their founding in the colonial era through the civil rights struggles of the late-20th century.

As a co-founder and director of the Transforming Community Project, I used the history of race at Emory University to help members of the university community understand the meaning of equity for the institution today.

In 2011, I co-organized, “Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies,” the first conference on the history of slavery and racial discrimination at institutions of higher education. Scholars and administrators from across the United States shared the troubled past of slavery and segregation of a majority of colleges and universities.

American universities were connected to slave trade

Today many see the goals of higher education institutions as providing access to all seeking upward economic, political and social mobility, regardless of race, class, gender and religion. But it was not always so.

Colleges and universities built curricula and performed research that supported the enslavement of Africans.
Money from the African slave trade and slavery financed institutions of higher education.

 

Many American colleges used or owned slave labor in the past. Hand image via www.shutterstock.com

 

Many college campuses used or owned enslaved blacks, who erected and maintained the buildings and grounds, and served the faculty, students and administrators. At many schools, students, faculty and administrators brought their slaves with them to campus.

One might imagine that this was true only in the South. But the most prestigious educational institutions in the North – Harvard, Princeton, Brown, and others – were intimately connected to the slave trade and slavery.

Most students, who came to these schools from all over the United States, were supporters of slavery, and some were wealthy slave owners themselves.

Scholars believed in racial inferiority

University scholars of the time argued that the racial inferiority of people of African descent justified their enslavement; and that enslavement would bring blacks closer to Christian salvation.

Faculty and students also argued for the centrality of slavery to the nation’s economic success. Coursework in history, religion and other subjects supported the moral and political correctness of slavery.

The influence of college graduates reached beyond North America into slave-holding societies in the Caribbean and South America. Graduates took up positions among the slave-holding elite as plantation owners and politicians. Others became ministers or educators who upheld slavery through preaching and teaching.

Those who spoke against slavery on college campuses were few, and faculty spoke out against slavery at the threat of losing their jobs. In the United States before the Civil War, only anti-slavery colleges such as Oberlin College in Ohio were consistent in their opposition to slavery and racism.

Following the Civil War, historically white colleges North and South diverged only slightly in their willingness to admit non-white students. These schools also limited or prevented the enrollment of other groups, such as non-Protestant Christians or Jews.

Quota systems were used by universities in the north.

In the south, legal segregation prevented black students from attending colleges and universities. In northern schools, quota systems limited the number of blacks who could attend.

In both North and South, schools limited the enrollment of non-Protestant Christians, such as Catholics; and Jews, among other groups. These practices reinforced racial and religious hierarchies until the late-twentieth century.

The threat or use of violence was central to maintaining racial and religious segregation in all parts of society.

 

Ku Klux Klan members were also active on American college campuses. Ku Klux Klan image via www.shutterstock.com

 

At the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1924, Ku Klux Klan members (including the city’s mayor and police chief) kidnapped and castrated a Catholic priest serving the small group of Catholic students there. They believed that the priest was converting Protestant students to Catholicism.

When Tillman supported the founding of Clemson University in 1889, he had already established himself as in favor of upholding racial segregation by violence. There was no question that the university would be for whites only.

Court cases and funding threats forced desegregation.

State schools established for whites maintained racially exclusionary practices towards blacks until forced to integrate by Supreme Court rulings Sweatt v. Painter in 1950 and Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

Pressure from national professional organizations who threatened to withhold accreditation, as well as from the federal government and foundations who threatened to withhold grant funding from segregated institutions, forced most private institutions to desegregate in the early 1960s.

However, it was not until the 1970s that segregation for non-whites and quotas for non-Christian students in universities were completely abolished.

Southern institutions fought desegregation through a series of law suits. And the first African Americans students to attend these schools suffered acute harassment.

At the University of Texas for instance, in 1950, the Supreme Court ruling in Sweatt v. Painter forced the law school to admit Heman Sweatt, its first black student.

During Sweatt’s first semester on campus, someone burned a cross at the law school and inscribed KKK (Ku Klux Klan) on the steps of the law building. Most faculty members and students at the law school did not support Sweatt. He ended up leaving after two years without a law degree.

In 1954, as part of its continuing resistance to desegregation, the University of Texas named a new dorm for William Stewart Simkins, one of the law school’s first professors.

Simkins, a native of the same South Carolina county as Benjamin Tillman, was also a founder of the Florida Ku Klux Klan. Both Simkins and Tillman boasted of using violence to enforce racial segregation.

Honoring Simkins in 1954 symbolically reinforced the school’s commitment to segregation. Similar actions occurred throughout the south and included the reclamation of the Confederate flag by southerners and lynching of civil rights activists as part of a “massive resistance” to desegregation.

Significant progress on campuses.

The events occurring on campuses today echo these troubled times, and reveal the continuing unease that some have with diverse campuses. But significant progress has been made in the 65 years since Heman Sweatt attempted his law degree at University of Texas.

The vast majority of higher education institutions recognize that serving a diverse campus community is of intrinsic value to the educational enterprise and to the nation at large.

As a result, many schools are struggling to align their campuses with these changes by renaming buildings and limiting racist behavior.

In 2010, the University of Texas renamed Simkins Hall to Creekside. At the University of Oklahoma, following the circulation of a video in which members of the local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), the only national fraternity founded in the South, sing of excluding from their fraternity, and hanging, “niggers,” the national fraternity leadership closed the chapter.

The Pi Kappa Phi chapter at North Carolina State has been suspended as university and national fraternity officials investigate the pledge book that contains references to lynching and rape.

The landscape of US higher education today would be completely unrecognizable to Benjamin Tillman and William Stewart Simkins.

This is a profound achievement."

Article by The ConversationLeslie M. Harris, Emory University and appeared on the web site Rawstory.com March 26, 2015.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR..

Mr. Rutledge Henry Pearson

 

 

 Governor Rick Scott selected the following persons for 2015 induction in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame:
*Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew (1928-2014), formerly of Pensacola, was the 37th Governor of Florida.
*Sallye B. Mathis (1912-1982), formerly of Jacksonville, served for 28 years as a teacher in the Duval County Public School System, where she taught elementary school students and history at Matthew Gilbert High School.
*Edward Daniel Davis (1904-1989), formerly of Orlando, was an author, educator, and businessman.
I cannot possibly describe my feelings that …
1) MR. RUTLEDGE PEARSON, who was one of the 10 finalists along with other notables in the Civil Rights Movement including State NAACP Field Secretary Robert Saunders, WAS NOT selected;
2) A Republicant Governor determines who is selected in a Civil Rights Hall of Fame (Florida Statute 760.065).

These were purely safe political picks, not Civil Rights Movement picks. Mr. Pearson was THE stalwart in the Florida Civil Rights Movement until his untimely mysterious death (some say assassination) in 1967. His civil rights activities occurred while as a school teacher and while as an NAACP volunteer. He put his life on the line time after time. Duval School System Administrators …both Black and White…continually tried to intimidate him for his fighting the ever imposing overt segregation which strangled the City of Jacksonville. Mr. Pearson never held a political office, and he did not hide behind being a school teacher. He did what he felt was right. As the adviser to the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP he always told us, "IF YOU ARE NOT A PART OF THE SOLUTION, YOU ARE A PART OF THE PROBLEM." He made sure we understood fighting racism was a part of the solution. But Unfortunately, "Let the works I do speak for me" does not make a damn bit of difference in the political arena.

There is no consolation for me in these selections. I make no apologies for my comments and my feelings. Selecting someone for induction in a Civil Rights Hall of Fame is by their merit, not by a campaign. You do not lobby for someone to be included. But this is a Civil Rights Hall of Fame, not a Political Hall of Fame.

Your work in the Civil Rights Movement should speak for itself. Apparently in the State of Florida with Governor Rick Scott making the selections, it does not.

You do not have to make-up the accomplishments of a real civil rights hero. Their actions speak for themselves. It is unfortunate there are those who feel lobbying the Governor politically for him to select someone takes the place of of civil rights Merit.

I recommend reading this summary for those who would like to read the history of Rutledge Henry Pearson, a real Civil Rights Hero and Trailblazer with a real history of fighting racism and segregation. Nothing made up and certainly nothing embellished.

 

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Struggle Is Not Over…It Continues!

AS WE CONTINUE TO COMMEMORATE a series of 50th Civil Rights Events Anniversaries starting in 2010 with Ax Handle Saturday(1960)…2013 The March on Washington(1963)…2014 the riots in St. Augustine(1964)…the 1964 Civil Rights Act…and the upcoming Selma March(1965) and the 1965 Voting Rights Act -and many others- remember these events were punctuated with horrific violence and senseless deaths. America was not warm or accepting of civil rights THEN just as America is not warm or accepting of Civil Rights NOW. I am amused as "after the fact" articles are written about different cities and their civil rights confrontations–St. Augustine and Montgomery and Jacksonville and Birmingham and Nashville to name a few and pivotal events in the Struggle. You would think there were thousands of persons demonstrating while holding hands singing "Kumbaya". WRONG! There were only a few. Many Whites and Blacks stood on the sidelines. We don't frown on those who did stand on the sidelines but we do excoriate those…especially Blacks…who stood on the sidelines "throwing rocks". Racists responded with ax handle and baseball bats and bullets and bombs directed to anyone standing for Human Dignity and Respect. Violence was the mindset how racists always responded to the Civil Rights Movement.

As we Commemorate and Remember, keep in mind Racism was the order of the day then as it still is today. That is What the American Institution of Racism is all about. Even though it is uncomfortable history, it is nonetheless American History…Black History…Civil Rights History.

Don't Commemorate and Forget…Commemorate and Remember! Remember many paid the ultimate price trying to help people register and vote and trying to help America live up to the words in the Declaration of Independence—"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". Those words, though written by many vile slave owning founding fathers and American Presidents, were intended for all American Citizens and not just property owning White Citizens. Remember the Preamble to the Constitution says "We, The People", and not We The White People. And Always Remember if you are Black, no matter how "GOOD" some things appear to be for you and your circumstance, as long as you are Identifiable by the hue of your skin, the Struggle Continues!!

Racism Still? You Better Believe It!

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's makes a 6,000 mile campaign speech courtesy of John "The Stupid Wimp" Boehner. We need to really internalize that bringing a foreign leader to address Congress to challenge a U.S. President’s policies is unprecedented. IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE 200 YEARS + OF THIS COUNTRY'S EXISTENCE. And that is exactly what Netanyahu did. Nothing more than a campaign speech for his constituents in Israel especially since he is running behind in the polls.

Racist Republicants through John Boehner disrespected themselves and America in the process. Did we need to invite the head of a Foreign Government to set our Foreign Policy? Of course not. Again Natanyahu said nothing different he could not have said AFTER the election. Netanyahu used John the Ass because he is in political trouble in Israel. So if the services of a Political Prostitute are free…as all of John Boehner's services are…then use them until you use them and him up. And in the process, disrespect President Obama. Racism at its degrading and disrespecting finest.

This disrespectful Lying Before-The-Fact speech by the erstwhile Jewish Speaker of the House of Representatives from Israel had ONE overriding element…DO NOT TRUST PRESIDENT OBAMA. Netanyahu played to the Republicant hatred of President Obama and the Race Card while inserting himself in the Foreign policy Affairs of this country. Racism by Netanyahu and Ongoing Racism by Republicant Racists. BTW…Netahyahu did not offer a damn thing. What was his alternative? He is not at the negotiation table. Netanyahu's claims in the speech were wrong. Plus there are other countries involved…Russia, China, India, Japan. Bottom line…ALL OF THIS WAS STAGED, and This STUNT was pulled in front of Congress. One person described his speech as the Republicant reply to the President's State of the Union.

If the President were White…and the United States embarked on sensitive Foreign Policy with a number of countries, would anyone extend an invitation to Netanyahu to do anything? Hell No! The hatred of President Obama and the American Institution of Racism moves right along.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Black History …. Period!