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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.