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Racist America Stoops Low…Again!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hank-aaron-atlanta-braves-racist-hate-mail

Hank Aaron

Hey Racists…Just like cream, you prove everyday slime can rise to the surface.  You called Baseball Great Hank Aaron every racial epithet imaginable when he was about to break Babe Ruth’s record.  One racist wrote, “How dare you Nigger break the record of one of the greatest white men who ever lived?” So on the 40th anniversary of his breaking “The Babe’s” record Aaron talked about the racism then…the racism now…and the racism heaped on President Obama today for which he has an obvious feel.

April 9, 2014
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Aaron goes on to describe the racist letters he has kept for decades as he was chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record. “To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” Aaron explained to USA Today Sports. “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.” Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

According to USA Today, the Braves organization has received hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron made his comments a week ago. "Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)'' read an email from a man named Edward, according to USA Today. Edward evidently used the racist epithet five times. "My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur)," he wrote in closing.

One man called Aaron a "racist scumbag," while another vowed to never attend another Braves game until Aaron is fired from the team's front office. A man named David said he plans to burn Aaron's autobiography.

Way to go Racist America! Anything less would be downright UnAmerican.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

If It Walks Like A Racist and Talks Like A Racist…It Is A Racist.

http://http://www.thenation.com/blog/179304/real-racists-have-always-worn-suits

racists 2 racists

From time to time, I re-post someone's article without any additional commentary, and I also of course, attribute proper credit. This is one of those articles by Mychal Denzel Smith.

"This week we’ve commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the monumental piece of legislation aimed at outlawing discrimination based on race. A three-day-long “civil rights summit” was organized at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, where many past and present activists and politicians spoke on the legacy of the Civil Rights Act.

With the commemoration has come further discussion about the contemporary face of American racism (Chris Hayes hosted a great segment on the topic last night with Salon’s Brittney Cooper and New York’s Jonathan Chait). Over at BET, Keith Boykin wrote:

Despite the progress of the past half century, the struggle continues. “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” So said baseball hall of famer Hank Aaron in an interview with USA Today this week, in which he seemed to compare the racist klansmen of the 1960s with the supposedly post-racial cynics of our current generation.

You see, today’s racists don’t wear white hoods and scream the N-word. They wear dark suits and scream about government handouts. They don’t set up racist poll taxes to deter Blacks from voting. They set up voter ID laws to do the same thing. And they certainly don’t defend lynch mobs, which legitimize vigilante justice. Instead, they defend Stand Your Ground laws, which achieve the same purpose.

But I have trouble with this framing. It’s neat and easily digestible for anyone with only a cursory understanding of American history and racism, and therefore popular as a means of telling that history. It has broad appeal, but it’s not accurate. It flattens history and does the work of placing the onus for past bad deeds on a select few. It reinforces the image of “the real racist” as one who expressed their hatred in demonstrably violent ways. It suggests that racists have simply become more sophisticated, changing the tactics of their hatred from burning crosses to writing legislation, from white hoods to business suits, as that Hank Aaron quote contends.

Here’s the problem with that narrative: the architects and gatekeepers of American racism have always worn neckties. They have always been a part of the American political system.

I understand the impulse in wanting to find some way to convey that what we’re dealing with currently is a system of racism that is less overt than it once was. Saying things like “we’ve gone from white hoods to business suits” is one way to seem to speak to contemporary racism’s less vocal, yet still insidious nature. But it does a disservice to the public understanding of racism, and in the process undercuts the mission of drawing attention to contemporary racism’s severity.It wasn’t the KKK that wrote the slave codes. It wasn’t the armed vigilantes who conceived of convict leasing, postemancipation. It wasn’t hooded men who purposefully left black people out of New Deal legislation. Redlining wasn’t conceived at a Klan meeting in rural Georgia. It wasn’t “the real racists” who bulldozed black communities in order to build America’s highway system. The Grand Wizard didn’t run COINTELPRO in order to dismantle the Black Panthers. The men who raped black women hired to clean their homes and care for their children didn’t hide their faces.

The ones in the hoods did commit violent acts of racist terrorism that shouldn’t be overlooked, but they weren’t alone. Everyday citizens participated in and attended lynchings as if they were state fairs, bringing their children and leaving with souvenirs. These spectacles, if not outright endorsed, were silently sanctioned by elected officials and respected members of the community.

It’s easy to focus on the most vicious and dramatic forms of racist violence faced by past generations as the site of “real” racism. If we do, we can also point out the perpetrators of that violence and rightly condemn them for their actions. But we can’t lose sight of the fact that those individuals alone didn’t write America’s racial codes. It’s much harder to talk about how that violence was only reinforcing the system of political, economic and cultural racism that made America possible. That history indicts far more people, both past and present."

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

A Racist Defends a Racist.

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/10/joe-scarborough-defends-louie-gohmert-tells-eric-holder-stop-playing-race-card.html

Eric Holder

A Racist defends a Racist because the Black Attorney General dares call out those who would disrespect the Office of the Attorney General and The President of the United States of America.

From the article with some of my modifications for emphasis…Get this picture– A panel of  White Middle-aged Morning Joe-ites on the Morning Joe Show (which I do not watch) discussing the issue of whether or not a Black man has experienced bigotry and prejudice while doing his job. Worse, Joe Scarborough brushes this issue aside with snide remarks (as usual) and arrogantly points out that he, and his other white colleagues on the panel, have been in Washington a long time and they know best. In other words, Massa knows what is best for you Blacks."

My comments…Why are Whites so eager to tell Blacks WE are always playing the race card? WE did not invent racism…Jim Crow Laws…the Black Codes…or Slavery. I never hear anyone saying to persons who are Jewish, “There y’all go again. Always talking about the Holocaust”. Or telling Jews, “Let the Holocaust stay in the past and let’s move on.” First, Jews do not intend to let anyone forget how they were so vilely treated and killed during World War II while the world just watched. We should see and hear constant reminders about the Holocaust …and though it ended… the Institution of American Racism continues. Blacks cannot sponsor TV series…or underwrite movies and documentaries which could remind America about its Home-Grown Racism. And even when we write about racism, many Whites dismiss the notion they are responsible for racism and slavery.

Then you have your general assortment of Blacks who think they have arrived and are quick to opine that some Blacks talk TOO much about racism. In other words, if we just stop talking about racism, it would somehow disappear. And anyway, too much talk about racism makes their White friends nervous. Of course, they do not want anything to interfere with their neat Black/White social and civic circles. Speaking of circles, whatever to those cute little Local Study Circles designed to “do away” with racism?

The Struggle will always continue because before we can get to fighting the enemy and the evils of racism, we have to fight Wannabee Blacks who do not have a clue about anything including the color of their skin…and Liberal Whites (not Progressives) who know what is best for “You People”.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Racists Are Limited and Have A Limited Vocabulary.

Republican Senate Candidate Says Obama’s Blackness Is Shielding Him From Impeachment by Jason Easley for PoliticusUSA

PRESIDENT OBAMA

"In an interview with the Daily Times Herald, Iowa Republican senate candidate Sam Clovis claimed that President Obama’s race is saving him from impeachment.

Clovis said, “I don’t think so, and I’ll tell you why. It’s not that what he has done would not rise to the level where it might be impeachable. I don’t think it’s a practical, pragmatic issue. And simply because I don’t think the nation is ready for it. You know, within this generation, we went through the impeachment of a president, and it didn’t end well, and now we have a situation where race is thrown into the cards as well. Whether we like it or not, race is an issue.”

Clovis was asked if Obama was white would he be impeached. He answered, “I wouldn’t say that I think people would.”

He was asked if he thought the only reason why Congress isn’t going after impeachment is the color of the president’s skin. Clovis answered,”I would say there are people in the House of Representatives right now that would very much like to take the opportunity to start the process. And I think the reason that they’re not is because they’re concerned about the media.”

This is an example of Republicans trying to have it both ways. On one hand, they are claiming that the president has committed impeachable offenses, but, on the other hand, they can’t impeach the president because he is black.

Republicans always claim that President Obama has committed a high crime, but they can’t name anything that Obama has done that is grounds for impeachment. The Republican Party is so deep into their blind hatred of the president that they aren’t making any sense.

It isn’t the media reaction that Republicans need to worry about if they were to try to impeach Obama. The majority of the country would be outraged, and the impeachment crazed Republicans would certainly be thrown out of office.

Cowardly racists like Sam Clovis don’t belong in the U.S. Senate, and his dog whistle impeachment cries will get him the deserved scorn of a nation."

Republican Senate Candidate Says Obama’s Blackness Is Shielding Him From Impeachment was written by Jason Easley for PoliticusUSA.

My Comments…Jason Easley is on point!

White Racists are such Cowards. Unless they have on a robe with a mask and riding a horse or in a car at night, they are either apologizing for things THEY say… or THEY are trying to come up with convenient excuses to keep from saying things they want to say and things they want to do. If you are going to be a racist, BE a racist.

Racists will remain racists until and unless we …Black Folks and White Folks…call them out. Have you called out a racist recently?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

AMERICA HAS ALREADY TURNED ITS BACK ON CIVIL RIGHTS.

 

 

Will America once more turn its back on civil rights?

 

"As the United States marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the civil rights revolution he helped spur is in peril. The progress African Americans forged has stalled. Will the United States once more turn its back on civil rights?

It has happened before. The first Reconstruction began with the Civil War and ended with the passage of the civil rights amendments ending slavery and guaranteeing equal protection under the law. Newly freed slaves pushed to exercise their rights. They won local elections and served on juries. They helped create what were the first public school systems in the South.

The reaction was brutal. The Ku Klux Klan terrorized African Americans across the South. Democrats became the party of the Confederacy. Barely 15 years later, Reconstruction was abandoned. In the Compromise of 1877, Republicans got Democratic support for ratifying the election of Rutherford B. Hayes to the presidency in exchange for removing federal troops from the South, betraying the newly freed African Americans. As W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun; and then moved back again towards slavery.”

It took a new civil rights and legal movement to end the decades of enforced segregation that followed. In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court threw out the lie of “separate but equal” and ordered desegregation in public education. In Baker v. Carr, it outlawed discriminatory apportionment schemes. The moral force of King on the outside and President Lyndon Johnson on the inside succeeded in passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, banning discrimination in public accommodations and guaranteeing equal employment opportunity, as well as and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, enforcing the right to vote. Johnson’s War on Poverty had a dramatic effect on reducing poverty, particularly among African Americans. Whites as well as blacks in the South benefited from King’s revolution.

With the election of Barack Obama, many hailed a new post-racial America. But even with Obama in the White House, stubborn facts raise questions about that optimism. African Americans suffered the most in the Great Recession. The wealth gap between African Americans and whites doubled, with median net worth of African Americans down to a shocking $4,955 (compared to $110,729 for whites). Blacks continue to endure more than twice the rate of unemployment as whites and suffer more long-term unemployment and lower wages, with more than one out of three African American children raised in poverty .

With public education largely funded locally and states and the federal government cutting back, the “savage inequality” of school funding ensures that those schools are not merely separate but also unequal. In our justice system, African Americans are more likely to be stopped by law enforcement, more likely to be arrested if stopped and more likely to be charged and sentenced if arrested. And punitive and discriminatory sentencing, particularly for drug offenses, has resulted in 2.2 million African Americans stripped of the right to vote by felony disenfranchisement laws.

These hard realities are reinforced by political and judicial reaction. Once more, demagogues feed racial paranoia: “In Obama’s America,” preaches Rush Limbaugh, “the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering.” Politicians such as Rep. Paul Ryan blame poverty on the poor, claiming that our threadbare safety net – now stripped of aid to dependent children – is turning into a “hammock.”

Efforts to suppress the vote of minorities and the poor are proliferating, with state and after state cutting back voting days, repealing same-day registration and creating strict voter identification requirements to discriminatory effect.

Worse, the five conservatives on the Supreme Court have put civil rights on the retreat. Shelby County v. Holder gutted key parts of the Voting Rights Act. Meredith v. Jefferson Country Board of Education declared affirmative desegregation plans in schools to be unconstitutional. Affirmative action faces continuous assault in the courts.

This retreat is poisonous in our increasingly diverse society. We cannot afford to go back to the confederate way of doing business or politics. We can’t afford to write off another generation of young people of color who will be closer to a majority of our nation when they are adults.

Today, unlike after the Civil War, it will be harder to stop the march of civil rights. Demography will increasingly punish rather than reward the party of white sanctuary. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has called on states to repeal discriminatory felony disenfranchisement laws. Even a few Republicans have joined with Democrats to try to revive the Voting Rights Act.

But the lesson of Reconstruction is clear: Progress toward greater justice is not inevitable. Equal justice under the law will not be inherited; each generation must fight to extend it or risk watching it erode. We aren’t headed back to the days of Jim Crow, but we have a long way to go before we fulfill the Founders’ promise of equal justice under the law."

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

You Cannot Substitute for Greatness.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/the-judicial-bench-needs-professional-diversity-too

Many of us know the sheer magnitude of substance we lost when Justice Thurgood Marshall died. His appointment to the United States Supreme Court was monumental in so many ways. He was not only a great legal mind, but his wealth of experiences brought diversity and knowledge to a federal court system when many of his White colleagues did not have a clue.

This "After Marshall" US Supreme Court and its lack of diversity and professional legal experience is woeful. Some of its integrity challenged justices are responsible for some of the most egregious decisions and as such have affected many decisions of lower federal courts. When you finally get around to working on and solving the professional/legal experience diversity issue, how about impeaching Uncle Clarence Thomas too? That would surely help.

Maybe President Obama can right many of the wrongs of this Supreme Court and the federal court system with some key federal judiciary appointments.  That is, if he is not blocked and thwarted by some of the same Republicants responsible for this "mess" in the first place.

The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

Racism Bubbles To The Surface From Racists Submerged in Racist Slime.

http://http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/25/bush-sec-defense-donald-rumsfeld-compares-president-obama-trained-ape.html

From the article Racism At Center Of GOP Movement As More Whites Became Republican During Obama Years By: Justin Baragona Tuesday, March, 25th, 2014 www.politicususa.com …“Gallup released the results of a study on Monday showing the racial breakdown of political party affiliation since 1995. What the study revealed, and what most people have already figured out, is that with the election of President Obama in 2008, more white Americans have shifted party allegiance to the Republican Party, or have at least indicated they lean Republican. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to enjoy a huge advantage among non-whites, with almost no change in Democratic preference from the Clinton and Bush presidencies.

The problem for Republicans, of course, is that the country is becoming less and less white. While appealing to the raw emotional reaction that many white voters had when they saw a black man elected President, the Republican Party was able to utilize that to gain Congressional victories in 2010. However, they still saw a huge defeat in the Presidential election in 2012 and lost House and Senate seats as well. The short term gains they enjoyed in 2010 couldn’t be sustained.”

Disrespect of President Obama by racist White Republicant males has reached epidemic proportions, and it affects others throughout this country. Whites can deny racism exists in this country until the cows come home but all you have to do is open your eyes. Bottom line…There are none so blind as those who will not see. And I am no longer accepting apologies for racist comments/statements and the like. You meant it when you said…just strap on your brass ones and be a man about it.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

SLAVERY WAS GOOD FOR YOU PEOPLE

Arizona GOP congressional candidate: Slavery wasn’t so bad

ARIZONA JIM BROWN

Thank you SUH for knowing what is best for me …for kidnapping me from the Land of my Birth…for placing me in chains…for feeding me less food than your animals and providing me less medical care than your house dogs…for separating me from my wife and children…for using the whip at your whim like it was a pat on the back…for allowing me to work for you for "free" …for using my back and the backs of slaves to support the economy of an entire region of the country…for using my "free" labor to construct buildings on the campuses of many universities including Ivy League Colleges and Universities in the East…while making it a punishable crime for me to learn how to read and write. Thank you White American Anglo Saxon Protestant Christian Republicant Racists for your many Institutions of Racism.

BTW…Your Perfunctory Apology—Not Accepted.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

REAL HISTORY VERSUS CONVENIENT HISTORY

http://www.rense.com/general43/before.htm

AFRICAN HISTORY IN AMERICAN 1

AFRICAN HISTORY IN AMERICAN 2

Since Christopher Columbus never landed in the continental United States but rather landed on San Salvador Island (not to be confused with San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. In fact Columbus made three trips and NEVER landed in the continental United States.)…and Ponce de Leon actually landed in Florida, why is Christopher Columbus credited with discovering America? Forget about there were Nations of people already here. History has confirmed Africans landed in America before Columbus. Of course, an African would never get credit for discovering America (see attached link). BUT why not give Ponce de Leon credit for discovering America? After all, he actually touched foot on what is now American soil and he was White…well Spanish…but he could pass.

From the article…The best evidence of the Black presence in America before Columbus comes from the pen of the “great discoverer” himself. In his Journal of the Second Voyage, Columbus reported that when he reached Haiti the native Americans told him that black-skinned people had come from the south and southeast in boats, trading in gold-tipped medal spears. At least a dozen other European explorers, including Vasco Nunez de Balboa, also reported seeing or hearing of “Negroes” when they reached the New World.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Foreign Racist Behaving As He Was Taught By White American Racists!

Eric HolderVIVIAN MALONE AND JAMES HOOD 8

“When you’re ballsy and stupid enough to accuse a prominent African-American lawyer with a history of Civil Rights activism (Eric Holder) of “standing in the school house door” like George Wallace (perhaps the most iconic defense of racial segregation in American history), you always run the risk that that guy’s sister-in-law might actually have been the young woman Wallace was blocking on that famous day in 1963.

“We’ve got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools,” Jindal told the crowd at the CPAC conference on Thursday.

It was an apparent reference to the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” protest in 1963, when Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood at the door, along with state troopers, to block the first two African-Americans from enrolling in the all-white University of Alabama. One of them was Jones.

Jones eventually did enroll and went on to become the university’s first black graduate. She died in 2005 at the age of 63.” (talkingpointsmemo.com 3-7-2014)

White Racists…no matter their natural and ethnic origin…always make Blacks the Perpetrators…never the Victims.

Blacks started slavery…Blacks are responsible for being kidnapped from Africa…Blacks are responsible for being lynched…it was “the Negroes fault” the Civil War was fought…Blacks are responsible for Jim Crow Laws…Segregation started because of Blacks and if we had just stayed in our place the laws would not have been necessary….Violence occurred in the civil rights movement because Blacks brought it on ourselves….in fact problems are occurring in the this country because Blacks “…want too much”.

Why can’t you Blacks act like Y’all used to act?

Bobby Jindal

Piyush Jindal is Bobby’s real name. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to immigrants from India. White Racists have taught Bobby Jindal.  What he does not realize is he does not look like his teachers.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.