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

OH REALLY?

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

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

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

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

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

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

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

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

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

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

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The Mass Murders America Has Conveniently Forgotten.

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American History is full of Mass Murders.

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

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Another Clueless Republican.

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Disgrace to Woolworth? Give me a Break.

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

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

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

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

RACISM IS TAUGHT!

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

White Supremacy…REMIX!

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

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

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

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Christians are Violent TOO!

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

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

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

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

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

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Historians Lie Too!

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

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

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

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

Defining Racism.

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

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