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“When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.
Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute Black voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of Black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because White rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.
White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.
The North’s victory in the Civil War did not bring peace. Instead, emancipation brought white resentment that the good ol’ days of black subjugation were over. Legislatures throughout the South scrambled to reinscribe White supremacy and restore the aura of legitimacy that the anti-slavery campaign had tarnished. Lawmakers in several states created the Black Codes, which effectively criminalized blackness, sanctioned forced labor and undermined every tenet of democracy. Even the federal authorities’ promise of 40 acres — land seized from traitors who had tried to destroy the United States of America — crumbled like dust.
Influential White legislators such as Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-Pa.) and Sen. Charles Sumner (R-Mass.) tried to make this nation live its creed, but they were no match for the swelling resentment that neutralized the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, and welcomed the Supreme Court’s 1876 United States vs. Cruikshank decision, which undercut a law aimed at stopping the terror of the Ku Klux Klan.
Nearly 80 years later, Brown v. Board of Education seemed like another moment of triumph — with the ruling on the unconstitutionality of separate public schools for Black and White students affirming African Americans’ rights as citizens. But black children, hungry for quality education, ran headlong into more white rage. Bricks and mobs at school doors were only the most obvious signs. In March 1956, 101 members of Congress issued the Southern Manifesto, declaring war on the Brown decision. Governors in Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere then launched “massive resistance.” They created a legal doctrine, interposition, that supposedly nullified any federal law or court decision with which a state disagreed. They passed legislation to withhold public funding from any school that abided by Brown. They shut down public school systems and used tax dollars to ensure that whites could continue their education at racially exclusive private academies. Black children were left to rot with no viable option.
A little more than half a century after Brown, the election of Obama gave hope to the country and the world that a new racial climate had emerged in America, or that it would. But such audacious hopes would be short-lived. A rash of voter-suppression legislation, a series of unfathomable Supreme Court decisions, the rise of stand-your-ground laws and continuing police brutality make clear that Obama’s election and reelection have unleashed yet another wave of fear and anger.
It’s more subtle — less overtly racist — than in 1865 or even 1954. It’s a remake of the Southern Strategy, crafted in the wake of the civil rights movement to exploit white resentment against African Americans, and deployed with precision by Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. As Reagan’s key political strategist, Lee Atwater, explained in a 1981 interview: “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘NIGGER, NIGGER, NIGGER.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘NIGGER’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like ‘forced busing,’ ‘states’ rights’ and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that.” (The interview was originally published anonymously, and only years later did it emerge that Atwater was the subject.)
Now, under the guise of protecting the sanctity of the ballot box, conservatives have devised measures — such as photo ID requirements — to block African Americans’ access to the polls. A joint report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the NAACP emphasized that the ID requirements would adversely affect more than 6 million African American voters. (Twenty-five percent of Black Americans lack a government-issued photo ID, the report noted, compared with only 8 percent of white Americans). The Supreme Court sanctioned this discrimination in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the door to 21st-century versions of 19th-century literacy tests and poll taxes.
The economic devastation of the Great Recession also shows African Americans under siege. The foreclosure crisis hit black Americans harder than any other group in the United States. A 2013 report by researchers at Brandeis University calculated that “half the collective wealth of African-American families was stripped away during the Great Recession,” in large part because of the impact on home equity. In the process, the wealth gap between blacks and whites grew: Right before the recession, white Americans had four times more wealth than Black Americans, on average; by 2010, the gap had increased to six times. This was a targeted hit. Communities of color were far more likely to have riskier, higher-interest-rate loans than white communities, with good credit scores often making no difference.
Add to this the tea party movement’s assault on so-called Big Government, which despite the sanitized language of fiscal responsibility constitutes an attack on African American jobs. Public-sector employment, where there is less discrimination in hiring and pay, has traditionally been an important venue for creating a Black middle class.
So when you think of Ferguson, don’t just think of black resentment at a criminal justice system that allows a white police officer to put six bullets into an unarmed black teen. Consider the economic dislocation of black America. Remember a Florida judge instructing a jury to focus only on the moment when George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin interacted, thus transforming a 17-year-old, unarmed kid into a big, scary Black guy, while the grown man who stalked him through the neighborhood with a loaded gun becomes a victim. Remember the assault on the Voting Rights Act. Look at Connick v. Thompson, a partisan 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2011 that ruled it was legal for a city prosecutor’s staff to hide evidence that exonerated a Black man who was rotting on death row for 14 years. And think of a recent study by Stanford University psychology researchers concluding that, when white people were told that black Americans are incarcerated in numbers far beyond their proportion of the population, “they reported being more afraid of crime and more likely to support the kinds of punitive policies that exacerbate the racial disparities,” such as three-strikes or stop-and-frisk laws.”
Only then does Ferguson make sense. It’s about white rage.”
By Dr. Carol Anderson, an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. She is the author of “Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”
My Comments…Great Words, Dr. Anderson. The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
• I will kidnap you as a White inferior person, from your European homeland of birth where you will work for centuries for me and other Black slave owners.
• I will separate you as a White inferior male from your White family during your enslavement.
• As a White inferior person, I will make sure you realize I am your Black slave owner and Black Plantation master and I am in total charge.
• I will make sure you do not know how to read and write as a White inferior person. I will severely punish those who teach you to read and write, and I will cut out your tongue and/or put you to death if I find you have been taught to read and write.
• I will rape your White females as a means of continuous breeding White slaves from birth.
• I will withdraw from this country and fight as a terrorist government and army to maintain White slavery.
• I will never apologize for keeping you in bondage as a White inferior person, even if White slavery ends.
• I will exact my will on you as a White inferior person, even after the so-called end of slavery by having my Black riders and my Black warriors lynch and use other means of violence to keep you in your place.
• My Black Knights will ride in your neighborhoods constantly so as a White inferior person you know I am still in charge.
• I will pass Willie Eagle laws so as a White inferior person you will know what Whites cannot do. I will let you know what you can do.
• I will allow you to vote as a White inferior person, only if your White grandfather voted. Since your White grandfather was a slave, he could not vote, and therefore you cannot vote. Correspondingly you cannot hold elective office.
• I will make sure your White descendants as White inferior persons, have to pass an impassable literacy test to vote.
• I will allow you to serve in the military as a White inferior person, but only in separate units. Even after you serve in the military and return home, I will not allow you to enter any establishment that caters to Superior Blacks.
• I will continuously pass laws to let you know as a White inferior person that Blacks are in charge and there is no equal place for Whites no matter your station in life. Segregation Today! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever
• As a White inferior person, School segregation is the Law of the land. Your White children cannot attend (the better) schools with Black children.
• I will make sure as a White inferior person; you cannot play professional baseball with Black baseball players.
• I will make sure as a White inferior person; you cannot play professional basketball with Black basketball players.
• I will make sure as a White inferior person; you cannot play professional football with Black football players.
• As a White inferior person; you cannot serve in the military as equals with Black servicemen. I will however allow you to do the menial jobs such as cooks and custodians.
• I will assassinate your White leaders in your so-called quest for equality and will allow the murderers to run free and never be apprehended because I do not give damn.
• I will use Black law enforcement officers to murder you and other White inferior persons and use the courts to exonerate them because I can.
• I will never allow a Black person to go to jail for murdering a White inferior person. One Black life is far superior to one White life.
• I will make sure the South rises again and will do everything in my power to return things to the way they used to be with Blacks in charge. Segregation Today! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever
AS A WHITE PERSON, YOU DON’T LIKE BLACK PRIVILEGE DO YOU?
AS A BLACK PERSON, I DON'T LIKE WHITE PRIVILEGE EITHER!
"We did not think this cartoon was racist".
This is the problem, and why you cannot allow people, organizations, entities etc. no matter how much they pretend to be professional to say/write/print/and use racist jokes/comments/articles/cartoons without calling them out. This is not a high school newspaper or a college newspaper. They would probably know better. When you know better, you do better. Apparently this newspaper does not understand. The paper's managing editor Jim Robertson said the cartoon was only criticizing the presence of looters amid peaceful protests against the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
"Provocative yes," he said. "Racist? Certainly not in intent." Yeah. Uh huh.
It reminds me of the contemporary joke where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in a boat with reporters, and the hat of one of the reporters was blown into the water. Dr King got out of the boat, walked on water, retrieved the hat, and returned it to the reporter. The headline the next day in the reporter's paper was "DR. KING CANNOT SWIM!" When you know better, you do better. And newspapers want you to subscribe to their home delivery and online.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Dr. Ben Carson says he has "a fire" inside him to rescue the United States from ruin – and he's building a political network to lay the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential run. "There certainly is a fire lit in me to save our country. I don't know what my role will be in that. Only God knows that, but I'm certainly listening to the people," Carson said.
Uncle Ben …You have that "fire" inside you because got too close to the burning cross at the Klan Rally while serving sweet tea. Better find a water hose. BTW…I am told you need to work on your Doo-Dah.
Uncle Ben, do you really think your newly found White Racist "friends" will even entertain your remotely getting to the White House before them? They are still pissed about President Obama, a real Black Male occupying the White House, and destroying their Political American Dream. They certainly have no time for the House Nigger's delusions of grandeur.
Can I clue you in on something Unk? Your racist friends really do not respect you. You are just another convenient Nigger!
The Struggle Continues.RLHSR
"An act of racism in a small Southern town led to a peaceful protest by frustrated black college students who were denied use of the community’s only bowling alley.
A conservative Southern governor, wanting to appear tough to his white constituents, overreacted to the civil rights protest ordering a massive show of armed force. As emotions frayed and the situation veered out of control, nine white highway patrolmen opened gunfire onto a college campus—killing three black students and wounding 27 others.
All the students were unarmed and in retreat from the highway patrolmen at the time of the shooting. Yet, without warning, they were shot in their backs with deadly buckshot.
The killings occurred on February 8, 1968—46 years ago—on the campus of South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Until the shooting, South Carolina was a southern state that had proudly celebrated a record of nonviolence during the turbulent civil rights years.
Nonviolence was equated with racial harmony in a white community with a paternalistic attitude toward its poorer black citizens. Equal rights were another thing.
To help protect its “progressive” self-image on racial issues, a web of official deceptions was created by South Carolina’s young governor—Robert McNair—and his administration to distort the facts and conceal the truth about what happened in Orangeburg.
The state claimed the deaths were the result of a two-way gun battle between students and lawmen at the college. The highway patrolmen insisted their shooting was done in self-defense in order to protect themselves from a attacking mob of students.
To bolster that claim and deflect responsibility from its own actions, the state hastily devised a media campaign to blame the riot on Cleveland Sellers, a young black activist working to organize area college students.
Time would prove none of it was true.
At first, the state’s cover-up worked. Later, upon scrutiny, it began to unravel. Then, with his legacy threatened, McNair broke nearly forty years of silence in 2006 in an attempt to put the pieces back together.
Ignoring facts proven over the years in court cases and through the first person accounts of eyewitnesses, McNair used local media and friendly historians as a tool to help members of his community lie to themselves about their own history. For the last year of his life, he deliberately fogged and distorted the story of the Orangeburg Massacre.
One man who knows the truth minced no words about what happened in 1968.
“They committed murder. Murder…that’s a harsh thing to say, but they did it,” said Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General in 1968. “The police lost their self control. They just started shooting. It was a slaughter. Double ought buckshot is what you use for deer. It’s meant to kill. One guy emptied his service revolver. That takes a lot of shooting. The (students) are running away. Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow! My God, there’s a murderous intent there. We are lucky more weren’t killed.”
Clark said the student deaths were caused by police criminal acts. “The provocation for the incident was an absurd, provocative display of force,” he said.
Gov. McNair responded to Orangeburg with excessive police power because that was the politically expedient thing to do in 1968, the former attorney general said.
“Fear, anger, a sense of self-righteousness to justify hating began to be seen as successful politics.” When the tactic backfired, Clark added, state officials fabricated stories that many South Carolinians believe to this day.
After 46 years, the story of the Orangeburg Massacre still simmers, unresolved. It is the chilling saga of the horrors of law enforcement motivated by racism and hatred—and the inability of a Southern state to admit the truth.
The central theme is “mendacity,” the web of lies a community spins in a desperate attempt to maintain it’s self-image and dignity when confronted by its own prejudice. It’s a culture where words are constantly being redeﬁned in order that a people can more comfortably deceive themselves.
“The Orangeburg Massacre has become the litmus test for race relations in South Carolina,” said State Rep. Bakari Sellers, son of South Carolina’s scapegoat during the shooting. “We celebrate it every year and no one seems to care or no one seems to want to understand what really happened. It’s a veil of secrecy that the state has placed over that and kept it that way for as long as possible.”
That secrecy, Bakari said, must end."
My comments…Many young people today are seeing racist violence for the first time. And they are seeing it because of the ability and the capacity of the electronic age to allow you to photo and copy and video everything. Recording videos and taking photos of various situations as they occurred were not always possible during the Civil Rights Movement. Correspondingly, acts of wanton and virulent racist violence base on core racist attitudes were not captured. But even without the pictures, you cannot deny the stories of America's racism and the violence exacted on Blacks purely based on the color of their skin. This is another case of Southern violence that many have never heard of or maybe just plain forgot. This is just one instance of what happened to Black college students protesting for human dignity and respect.
We Can Never Forget…NEVER!
The Struggle Continues.RLHSR
Excellent post by Ed Kilgore writing for www.washingtonmonthly.com–August 4, 2014.
"You have to hand it to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). One of the drivers of the House GOP’s lurch into nativism on immigration, Brooks very nicely crystalized the recent conservative attitude towards race in an interview with another ultra, Laura Ingraham (per a report from HuffPost’s Sam Levine):
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn’t think that the hardline stance Republicans have taken on immigration could hurt the party’s standing with Hispanic voters. Instead, he thinks Democrats are hurting their prospects with white voters.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true….”
Ingraham didn’t seem to be on board with Brooks’ “war on whites” remark, telling him it was “a little out there.”
I dunno: it strikes me as entirely consistent with the twisted logic we hear all the time about the only racists being race-card-playing liberals that demonize conservative white folks who are “color-blind” in their hostility to anything black and brown folks deem highly objectionable. I mean, can’t we all just get along in the paradise that is a conservative-governed nation, where’s there’s no “racist” affirmative action or voting rights or government safety net for “looters” and “the Welfare?” Under this assault, Republicans are naturally honor-bound to defend those white folks explicitly. If that makes them the White Man’s Party, so be it.
As a southerner, I recognize Brooks’ rationalization as precisely the one many conservative white southerners used in taking up arms against the “tyranny” of Reconstruction. They were being persecuted by a corrupt alliance of ignorant benefit-seeking former slaves and cynical vote-buying Carpetbaggers, so what choice did they have but to put on the white hoods and defend their honor?
To be very clear, I am not, repeat not, saying Brooks is a covert Klansman. But the attitude of phony victimization and the effort to pull off a psychological role reversal is identical—as is the political goal of creating a White Identity Politics to offset the consequences of policies and positions that alienate people of color. And if the Republican Party writ large, in an ironic reversal of its pre-Civil Rights position, continues to tolerate and even encourage this way of thinking, it will richly deserve its self-isolation in a honkified political ghetto.
UPDATE: Jonathan Chait had pretty much the same reaction to Brooks’ outburst as I did. His best line: “The war on whites has raged continuously in the right-wing mind for more than two centuries.”
My Comments…I AM saying Brooks acts as if he is a covert Klansman and a Racist to boot.In fact, his philosophy fits the mold. Racists always LIE and blame those THEY have victimized over the years as the ones who are responsible for a new kind of racism. The Racist game has not changed. Racists use Racism as often as it serves their purpose and then feign being hurt and victimized themselves when they are recognized for who and what they are. From slavery to today, the "rules" of the games i.e….The American Institution of Racism, Separate But Equal, Jim Crow Laws, De Jure Segregation, De Facto Segregation, Black Codes have not changed. Continue to exercise White privilege accordingly. Continue to choose victims purely based on their skin color. In other words, continue to impose core racist attitudes because they can. No one seriously takes a Racist faking being a victim. We all know it is how Cowardly Racists play their own game.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
These elected Racist Republicant yokels/conservatives/ninnyhammers in Congress are throwing Impeachment Talk around without any regard to law or the Constitution. Racist Republicants and their Racist Minions might think they want the impeachment of President Obama but beware of what you ask for. Racist talk will ultimately have its Racist consequences.
Everyone understands this is a Racist Country wanting to impeach its First Black President simply because he is Black. Then you have members of the local and national press who are complicit in this racist rhetoric who could not explain impeachment and Article of Impeachment if their lives depended on it. They cannot report on what they do not understand. They never challenge the talk or ask intelligent questions on the basis of such talk. They only know that talk makes entertainment news(?) and maybe will mean an increase in their puny ratings. Couple that with the kind of rhetoric that criminally invites some psychopaths to take a pot shot at President Obama whether he is impeached or not. Then they exclaim, "We are not responsible".
So RACIST REPUBLICANTS and your PR Machine, continue to throw around the loose Impeachment talk. Understand, no one is cowering because of your stupidity. If you pray as you profess to do as so-called Christians ….and Racist Christians at that…Just Pray Real Hard Nothing Happens.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
John Podhoretz, a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan with a regular column in the New York Post, told musician John Legend to “shut up and play the piano” in a tweet sent on Wednesday afternoon (July 30, 2014). Podhoretz was prompted by a tweet that Legend sent criticizing Israel’s treatment of Secretary of State John Kerry.
Podhoretz’s tweet was widely criticized for playing into racist stereotypes of African American entertainers.
Rather than apologize or address the controversy, Podhoretz apparently deleted his Twitter account. He was an extremely active user of the Twitter, sending almost 70,000 tweets and attracting over 34,000 followers.
Podhoretz is also the editor of Commentary, a conservative magazine, and a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard.
Update…As of Thursday morning, Podhoretz’s Twitter has returned.
Is it a coincidence Racist Republicant members of the United States of Representatives are suing a Black President? Of course not. After all, this is the United States of America where your White skin color is your "Include Card", and your Black skin color is your "Exclude Card". For you Black folks who do not know any better—and you ARE out there—it does not matter how many White behinds you kiss, and it also does not make any difference how well you sing Doo Dah, YOU are still a Nigger. Racism is now…Racism was then…and Racism will remain, Racism.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don’t “See Color”) by Erin Cossetta, thoughtcatalog.com