Let's keep the record straight…
Nelson Mandela (Madiba) was a freedom fighter who fought for the freedom of his people. America only likes freedom fighters when THEY are the freedom fighters and then it is by category and skin color. During Apartheid, there were 5 million White South Africans and 20 Million Black South Africans. 5 million controlling 20 million. The parliamentary election in South Africa on 26 May 1948 represented a turning point in the country's history. Realizing that many White South Africans felt threatened by Black political aspirations, the winning Reunited National Party, pledged to implement a policy of strict racial segregation in all spheres of living. The Nationalists labeled this new system of social organization "apartheid" ("apartness" or "separation"), the name by which it became universally known. There was much love for White South Africa around the globe which escalated with the discovery of diamonds. With a resulting invasion of Europeans, South Africa became the world’s major diamond producer which obviously did not help any Black South African aspirations and self determination.
If you are familiar with the civil rights movement, Jim Crow and Racism in this country you will understand in part what happened in South Africa. However, like the civil rights movement, Jim Crow and Racism…and slavery… you did not get a good historical picture of what happened even when it was happening. One example…among the many acts of repression and control which characterized apartheid, Blacks were required to carry "pass books" containing fingerprints, photo and information as they moved about their country.
Black South Africans simply wanted to control their destiny and their country. They got very little love. Blacks in this country simply wanted America to live up to its promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". They got very little love. Racism like apartheid is immoral, unchristian, violent, and repressive. Fighting for freedom from racism during the civil rights movement and fighting for freedom from apartheid were the same, just a different country.
You got a skewered media focus and image in this country of apartheid because White America was doing do its Black citizens what White South Africa was doing to theirs. Apartheid…American Style. Historical eras of vitriolic Racism have made it necessary for many to stand and fight and sit down and fight and march and fight…but in either event fight the immorality of racist oppression. Many civil rights/human rights/freedom fighters like Mandela and Dr. King came to the forefront because racism and apartheid and the insidiousness of discrimination purely based on the color of your skin demanded challenges and confrontations.
This country never liked Freedom Fighter/Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela when he fought for his people. This country did not like Freedom Fighter/Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr when he fought for his people either. Different Country…Different Fighters…Same Fight.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Debo Adegbile, nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice
(From the article)…"Like a pack of slavering Baskerville hounds, the card-carrying members of "RRR" (acronym meaning varies—rabid Republican racists, religiously race-baiting right-wingers, reactionary racist Repubs, right-wing racist rhetoricians, or your choice) are on the scent of their new meme of "racialism" and their target is one of President Barack Obama's nominee's—Debo Adegbile.
Adegbile was nominated to head-up the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Seems like there is a logic to selecting a lawyer to head up a civil rights division who has actual experience with (gasp) civil rights litigation. Adegbile has it.
Debo P. Adegbile is Senior Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since July 2013. Previously, from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Adegbile held a number of roles at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., including Special Counsel, Acting President and Director-Counsel, Associate Director-Counsel and Director of Litigation, Associate Director of Litigation, and Assistant Counsel.
The problem for RRR's is that Adegbile is black. Worse—from their perspective—he is black and a veteran of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (who they see as anti-white), and from a birtherist nativist xenophobic perspective clearly not "Amurrican" enough. There's that surname of his—Adegbile, which is Nigerian, from his father. And he's the son of parents who, according to Richard Cohen, are probably causing a lot of gagging, since his mom is Irish."
My Words...Racists have a disease they must deal with everyday. It is called Racism.
Many Racists call themselves Christian yet their disease is characterized by lying, anger, wanton violence, destruction of governmental and private property, misuse of the English language, parading around in strange costumes while hiding their faces, using words they cannot define, use of dangerous weapons, burning tall non-symbolic pieces of wood, and contributing to the delinquency of minors. Their disease is quite demonic.
Racists cowardly direct their vicious attention at those who are different from them based on how they look and the color of their skin. Sometimes a blood test will shed much needed background information on their real problems. The only known cure for Racism is death.
Since most Racists profess to be Christians, they have never envisioned the Ultimate nightmare when they die. God and the Devil are both Black!
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
On the morning of November 22, 1963 his motorcade left Fort Worth …came back to Carswell Air Force Base where he and Jackie Kennedy spent a good 20-30 minutes. shaking hands (at the edge of the flight ine) with military personnel and dependents who were allowed on the base to see the President. Yes I shook the President's hand and somewhere in somebody's official photo archive there is a picture.
Air Force One left Carswell Air Force Base about 11:15 am headed to Love Field in Dallas Texas. A little over an hour after leaving Carswell and shaking our hands, President Kennedy was dead. This was 1963. The Civil Rights Bill had not passed (1964)…the Voting Rights Bill had not passed (1965)… and racism and segregation was in flower. There was not a lot of love lost for President Kennedy no matter what the media says today. He was considered a liberal president who helped get Dr. Martin Luther King out of jailed in 1960. Kennedy reached out to Dr. Martin Luther King when he was convicted of a probation violation after participating in a diner sit-in in Atlanta, Georgia. Kennedy also called Mrs. King to tell her he and his brother Robert, were doing all they could to get Dr. King out of jail. Many southerners felt that was the turning point which enabled Kennedy to beat Nixon in the 1960 Presidential election.
There were reports throughout the South where many rejoiced after the President was killed. There was one report where an elementary class in Mississippi applauded and cheered when their teacher told them. Even on a military base racial tensions were high. Texas was just like the deep South. There were fights on Carswell between Whites and Blacks and other hard core racial confrontations. Such as it was, it did not get out of hand but it was not pretty. Racism and racial conflicts came to the fore and simmered for a while on the base. America was showing during those days how much farther it needed to travel.
It was not this country's finest hour nor did some in this great country of ours show a lot of compassion for its assassinated leader.
Unfortunately, the more things change the more things remain the same.
In July 1938 policy disagreements and health problems caused Houston to relinquish the leadership of the NAACP legal committee to Thurgood Marshall. Summing up Houston’s contribution to the struggle against segregation and racism, Marshall later remarked, “We owe it all to Charlie.”
Houston died from a heart attack on April 22, 1950 at the age of 54. (Although he died before Brown v. Board of Education, he had already laid out the all important legal strategy.)
When I first met Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley (look her up) in 1957 (in Jacksonville), it was the first time I had heard the name of Charles Hamilton Houston. It would not be the last. Listening to a Civil Rights Giant like Thurgood Marshall talk about his mentor was heady stuff for me. After all, here I am talking to a Black man who in 1957 was bigger than life; and yet here he was talking civil rights to members of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP about the man who taught him Civil Rights legal strategies. I was barely a teen-ager at the time. But the obvious question in my mind was, You Mr. Marshall are a Giant…what manner of man was Charles Hamilton Houston? A great one I would ultimately find out. Not to wallow in the past, but I often re-visit those days and the legacy of Black History …and the History of the Civil Rights Movement…and understanding the Struggle. It is that important.
There is much misinformation and disinformation …and purposefully so…surrounding Nathan Bedford Forrest. As Jacksonville finally embarks on renaming Nathan Bedford Forrest High School and hopefully righting the horrific wrong perpetrated on this community by the Duval County School Board in 1959, let me set the record straight for those who are interested and for the Nathan Bedford Forrest defenders and apologists.
Slave Trader—Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the most polarizing figures of the Civil War era, was born July 13, 1821 in Chapel Hill, Tennessee – a small town on the Duck River. When his father, a blacksmith, died when he was 16, Forrest moved to the Memphis Delta. Though quasi illiterate all his life, Forrest operated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he made a fortune. He was one of the richest slave dealers in the South. One of his ads read:
Five Hundred Negroes Wanted. – We will pay the highest cash price for all good Negroes offered. We invite all those having Negroes for sale, to call on us, at our Mart, opposite Hill's old stand, on Adams Street. We will have a good lot of Virginia Negroes on hand, for sale, in the fall. Negroes bought and sold on commission. HILL & FORREST.
His annual profits from slave trading alone-he also owned cotton plantations-were estimated at more than $50,000 (about $1 million in constant dollars.) He probably sold more than one thousand slaves a year.
The Fort Pillow Massacre— By late morning on April 12, 1864, Forrest rode up to the Confederate headquarters outside of Fort Pillow, an installation some 40 miles upriver from Memphis. The Southerners under his command had surrounded the fort, built originally as a Confederate outpost but occupied by Union soldiers — many of them Black. By mid-afternoon, his forces clearly in siege of the garrison, Forrest sent a request under a flag of truce for surrender. It was declined. So Forrest’s forces, superior in number, stormed the fort.
In keeping with Confederate policy at that time, Forrest—by then a major general—ordered his troops to “take no more Negro prisoners” when they assaulted and captured Ft. Pillow. A Congressional investigation committee verified the slaughter of more than 300 Black men, women, and children within the fort. After surrounding Fort Pillow, near Memphis, Forrest demanded the surrender of the garrison, which included 262 soldiers of the U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery. When the Union forces refused, Forrest’s men easily overran the fort. Then, according to several eyewitness accounts, the Confederates, enraged by the sight of Black men in Federal uniform, executed many of the colored troops after they had surrendered: an unambiguous war crime. Though accounts varied, the incident stands as one of the most gruesome of the Civil War era; “Remember Fort Pillow” became a rallying-cry for Black soldiers throughout the Union Army. Many Nathan Bedford Forrest apologists claim a massacre never happened….or…if it did happen Forrest had no involvement. In his 2001 book “An Unerring Fire: The Massacre at Fort Pillow,” Richard L. Fuchs, a New York lawyer, makes a differing judgment. To Fuchs, a “deliberate massacre” had taken place — and he laid the blame directly at Forrest’s feet. Fuchs concludes, “The affair at Fort Pillow was simply an orgy of death, a mass lynching to satisfy the basest of conduct – intentional murder – for the vilest of reasons – racism and personal enmity”.
Ku Klux Klan—In the summer of 1866, at the Maxwell House in Nashville, ex-Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and six ex-Confederate officers the Ku Klux Klan. Drawing on their college Greek, they adopted the term for circle, "kuklos." They added the alliterative word "klan," and the "Ku Klux Klan" was born. Forrest became The First Grand Wizard, and other generals served as state grand dragons. Their nightly rides, in which members disguised themselves in masks and flowing robes, soon became a political successor to the prewar slave patrols in controlling newly freed Blacks. Particularly across the upper South, Klansmen sought to overturn the new Republican state governments, drive Black men out of politics, control Black labor, and restore Black subordination. Led by so-called Southern Aristocracy and elected officials, and drawing on a cross-section of white male society, the Klan's assaults and murders numbered in the thousands.
The latest Civil War Urban Legend is Nathan Bedford Forrest was a founder of the NAACP. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877. The NAACP was founded in 1909. Do the Math!
For History Revisionists, Southern Heritage Hangers-on, and Confederate and Civil War Apologists, refute this.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
From a press release (with some of my changes)…Many of America’s revered colleges and universities—from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Rutgers, Williams College, and UNC—were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of African Slaves. The earliest academies proclaimed their mission to Christianize the savages of North America, and played a key role in white conquest. Later, the slave economy and higher education grew up together, each nurturing the other.
Slavery funded colleges, built campuses, and paid the wages of professors. Enslaved Americans waited on faculty and students; academic leaders aggressively courted the support of slave owners and slave traders. Significantly, as Wilder shows, our leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained them.
Do you read or hear anyone pushing back at the National Racist Political Strategy of the National Racist Republicant Tea Party Party? Do you not see Confederate Flags at all Tea Party Rallies where they are confronting the meeker (to them) Republicants? Do you read or hear anyone now really pushing back at the Racist Tea Party Darling…One Ted Cruz. He walks on air for many Racists. He is a card carrying racist from a racist state and does not have to consider a backlash. His constituencies like what they see. Bottom line…If it walks like a Racist…and Talks like a Racist…It is a Racist. And silence in these political cases denote complicity.
Let us not fool ourselves, and let us no longer act as if the Tea Party and the Republicant Party are different Parties with different strategies. They are not. They employ the same strategy and they are Racists ALL. To quote that infamous Alabamian, George Wallace…Segregation (Racism) Now! Segregation (Racism) Tomorrow! Segregation (Racism) Forever! But, you say, George Wallace was a Democrat. Simply a Republicant (Racist) in Democrat clothing!
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Excellent Web site to answer all of your Affordable Health Care Questions!
All par for the course for the Rabid Republicants in Congress and their ILk in this country.
The Struggle Continues!!! RLHSR.
Republicants have fought this President every step of the way and have blocked him every way they could to provide affordable health for millions of uninsured Americans. The fact we have more than 30 million uninsureds in this country is bad enough; so now all of a sudden with the glitches in the web site, which Republicants would not fund as a part of the budget request (see below), they are now information technology experts.
Republicants take your food and then ask, “Why are you Hungry?” And they denied funding for the web site and then lied about the reasons for the glitches. The Lazy Media who doubles as Shills for Republicants then carries the water for them and even push the absurd Lie the web site is costing 634 million dollars.
Senator Rafael Ted Texas is the senator of thirty-second richest state in the United States of America, with a per capita income of $19,617. Senator Cruz health insurance costs $20,000. Texas has 4.88 million uninsured adults 19-64 according to Texas Medical Association making it THE state with the most uninsured in the country.
And This from Rep Joe Barton, also from Texas who said, "I apologize". Barton told BP CEO Tony Hayward, "I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is — again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize." Yet he led the charge against Obamacare.
This is just a distraction. All of a sudden Republicants are concerned … yet Republicant Governors and Republicant Legislatures have turned down providing health care insurance for those who need it across the board.
This too will pass…and those same Republicants after November of 2014 can sit on the sidelines and groan and moan and whine when they are no longer in charge of the House of Representatives.
Republicants took $24 billion out of the US Economy when they shut down government. How soon they forget or want you to anyway.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Brain surgeon notwithstanding, Dr. Ben Carson is an idiot. It seems that White conservatives will never learn that by trotting people like Allen West, Herman Cain, or Dr. Ben Carson out before the public, they’re doing themselves a disservice in the Black community. Black people know and understand our own people. We warned America that Herman Cain had a flawed character. Then when it came out that he was a philandering pervert, conservatives were shocked, while the Black community walked away snickering, and asked, "What else is new?"
Black people understand that ANY Black person who aligns him or herself with the conservative cause has to be either an idiot or suffer from a severe character flaw. Sound crazy? Okay, well tell me this, how do you feel about Americans who align themselves with Al Qaeda? It's the exact same rationale.
Black people have centuries of experience in dealing with White conservatives. We know who is grinnin' in our face during the day, and then riding around under sheets at night. So Black people have long since recognized what even many White liberals are just beginning to see – that the modern Republican Party is the domestic enemy of the United States. The recent government shutdown clearly attests to that fact. Thus, if Al Qaeda represents a rattle snake in America's garden, the current GOP represents a python in the bedroom. After all, Al Qaeda can only blowup buildings, while the current Republican Party is dedicated to destroying the very foundation upon which this nation was founded.