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Tim Wise once said if you want to know if racism is a problem you ought not to talk with White people. Yet you and I both know White Privilege is not a myth like racism is not a myth…both are real. And you do not need to earn either. They are both residuals that go with the territory based on the color of one's skin. White privilege accrue to you because of who you are. The opposite is racism which goes along with the territory based on the color of my skin. For me, it makes no difference how hard I work…how many schools I attend…how many degrees…no matter how good my choices are…the American Institution of Racism dictates a built in "penalty" because I am Black. And it is nothing new. I simply call it the American Way. You cannot understand because you have never been there.
Memo to Political Analysts…Try shutting your rancid mouths and opening your virgin ears. And don't tell me you are just doing your jobs. That ceased to exist when President Obama was elected and you decided you were so much more smarter and knowledgeable than the Black President of the United States. White Privilege and White Ego? You Better Believe It!
A gentleman asked me why I dislike Whites so much. I told him I did not dislike Whites. I told him some of my best friends are White. Take Mary, a White woman whom I know that works at the Church. Mary is different from most Whites you might meet. She is not like the rest of them. One time I heard Mary singing while she was cleaning the Church pantry. She did not know I was there. I just sat and listened to her sing. I think all Whites can sing, and they sing from their soul. I could listen to them sing forever. I do not know Mary’s last name although I did save her some of my clothes. I will give them to her at Christmas. Whites are real thankful when you give them things at Christmas.
You can thank Jeb Bush for this Education Scam on poor folks and especially Black folks in the state of Florida. Of course, he was simply laying the ground work concocted with the Big Money Boys to deliver taxpayer's money to private schools while ALSO opening the flood gates for the re-emergence of segregation academies.
1) Start the charter schools in the Black community first.
2) Get THEM to "buy-in".
3) Get the support of some Blacks–term used lightly–in the community by promising them a piece of this HUGE AND PROFITABLE Education Pie.
4) Then get THEM to oppose public education by encouraging THEM to take THEIR children —and the public education dollars—out of the public schools.
AND FINALLY, by the time THEY realize what is really happening, THEY cannot complain because WE started charter schools on THEIR side of town.
And THEY fell for it…Hook, Line, and sinker. WE Got'em. Dumb Niggers.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Presidential Elections are all about the Federal Judiciary and the United States Supreme Court. Black President appointing progressive judges for life? Not if Republicants can help it. Thus this 60 year planned slowdown.
Republicants have proven they will go to any lengths to SABOTAGE the Obama Administration and they do not give a damn who they take with them. During the George W. Bush Administration, his Liberty University lawyer plants asked judges how they would vote on an issue or how they felt about an issue BEFORE they were considered for appointment. Obviously a president should know a judge's philosophy before he is appointed BUT Senate Republicants do not want President Obama to have any impact on the Federal Judiciary and the Supreme Court. As far as they are concerned still…he is a communistic inspired Muslim who was not born in America.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
LISTENING TO THE TALKING HEADS MASQUERADING AS POLITICAL INSIDERS in the lame stream media today, you would have thought the stage last night (9/16/15) at the Republicant Splash Party in the Kiddie Pool (so no one would drown) was filled with 11 of the greatest Orators and Debaters and Progressives in the world. A group who truly had the best interest of the American People at heart instead of 11 or the worst hypocrites with lips.
Once again, the media is the PR arm of the Republicant Party. Or as Chuck Todd famously said, I do not ask tough questions of Republicants on Meet The Press because if the questions are too tough they might turn me down when I ask them to appear on Meet The Press again. Yep, He said that! So how does NBC reward journalistic cowardice like that? Glad you asked. By giving this integrity-challenged wimp more air time. In addition to the boring Meet The Press Sunday program, they gave Chuck Todd –Big Yawn–Ed Schultz's 5:00 pm daily time slot on MSNBC. MEDIOCRE is the name of today's news.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
BLACK PREACHERS IN CHARLESTON SC SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.
And as Harriett Tubman said…I could have freed a thousand more slaves if they had realized they were slaves.
It is a shame that some Black Preachers do not realize they are Black and for whatever reasons are afraid of Minister Farrakhan. They ought to be ashamed of themselves and the religious garb on their bodies. Apparently they do not look in the mirror…or maybe they do look in the mirror and think they are White.
Yet some of these ministers in Charleston were the first ones to have a prayer vigil and ask the Nine grieving families to forgive the person who murdered their loved ones while joining hands singing Kumbayah. Their family members were barely cold … they had not even started to grieve …when they asked these Black families to forgive Dylan Roof. I wonder if the Jews were asked to hold hands and forgive and pray for Hitler and the Nazis. All after this homegrown terrorist in a premeditated manner emptied his gun in the church…taking Nine lives…and then fleeing like the coward he was. And there were the Black preachers putting that unfair burden on the families to forgive a Racist Murderer. With your boldness, you are now afraid to allow Minister Farrakhan to speak at various venues in Charleston without ridiculous restrictions? Last I checked, the Minister did not shoot anyone. And you stand in a pulpit and profess to be a man of the cloth.
You even have your parishioners watch TBN and other so-called Christian programming, and some of the most Racist preachers on TV; AND not one time do you call out these White Racists in the pulpit hiding behind the Cross with a Bible in their hands. But you want to restrict a Black minister from speaking in Charleston. I wonder how much you got paid for that "SERVICE?"
Some of these Black Bible thumping preachers in Charleston need to revisit the Black history of Charleston and re-acquaint themselves with Rev. Morris Brown and Denmark Vesey. They apparently flunked Black History.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Blacks fighting against Racism today is NOT a NEW Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement never ended. Blacks fighting for human dignity and respect today is Not New. There is no difference in Blacks fighting for human dignity and respect today and how they fought during the days of the American Holocaust called Slavery. The Civil Rights Movement of the Forties, Fifties, and Sixties was an extension of the fight. And the fight today is an extension of the fight. Same Fight–Different Time–Different Day.
Martin Luther King and John Lewis and Thurgood Marshall and Ella Baker and Medgar Evers and A. Philip Randolph and Ruby Hurley and Daisy Bates and Malcolm X…extensive list…fought the same fight that Ida Wells-Barnett and James Weldon Johnson and Walter White and William Trotter and W.E.B.DuBois and Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and Richard Allen and Denmark Vesey…extensive list…fought. Young people today are fighting the same fight thousands before them fought. Being enslaved and kept in chains is the history of America. Lynching Blacks is the history of America. Racism is the history of America. Being judged by the color of your skin is the history of America. Being denied the right to vote is the history of America. Being denied Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as a Black person is the history of America. And Blacks fighting for all of these "things" is the history of America. That has not changed. The fight FOR Civil Rights IS the fight AGAINST The American Institution of Racism. The day is different …the names are different…but the issues are the same and the skin color is the same; and in the final analysis, THE STRUGGLE is the Same.
And THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. RLHSR.
RACISTS REALLY TAKE THE CAKE. KIM DAVIS A MODERN DAY ROSA PARKS? YOU CAN'T MENTION KIM DAVIS' NAME IN THE SAME BREATH WITH ROSA PARKS. ON HER BEST DAYS KIM DAVIS IS NOT A ROSA PARKS. NOT EVEN CLOSE. (And don't let the headline in this article fool you. It is an excellent read.)
"If some jackass speeds because he thinks speed limits are too low, he’s not the Rosa Parks of speeding when he gets arrested – he’s just a self-important jackass who thinks he’s above the law. "
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, When Mrs. Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white male passenger, she was considered a Nigger Agitator and a few other choice racial epithets as well. She was fighting against Montgomery Alabama's segregated municipal bus ordinance which said "Whites sit from front. Coloreds sit from rear." In other words separate but equal. Mrs.Parks' refusal to move was a planned "test case" to get this racist law into the court system. Her arrest became another chapter In the Civil Rights Movement. Blacks boycotted Montgomery's Municipal buses for 381 days. She and Dr. Martin Luther King and E. D. Nixon and thousands of Blacks in Montgomery decided "enough is enough". They fought Segregation and Racism which were and are very much extensions of White Privilege and White Supremacy and the American Institution of Racism. On June 4, 1956, the federal district court ruled that Alabama’s racial segregation laws for buses were unconstitutional. While the case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, segregation remained intact and the boycott continued. On November 13, 1956, the United States Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the lower court and legally ended racial segregation on Alabama’s public buses.
Rosa Parks was a true activist and a civil right pioneer and a fighter against racism; and as such was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton on September 9, 1996.
Kim Davis is not Rosa Parks. She’s the *($%^&$ racist bus driver on the Montgomery bus who asked her to move.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Fifty-five years ago, Rodney Hurst sat down and ordered lunch at the segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter downtown.
He brought his courage.
He brought his dignity.
And he also brought some money.
“The police could only arrest us if we were trespassing,” Hurst told me.
“That’s why (NAACP President Rutledge) Pearson told us to always bring some money with us. And to make sure we bought something (Because if) we were in that store spending money, then we weren’t trespassing.”
That strategy protected Hurst, who was 16 and president of the NAACP Youth Council, from police arrests — as well as other protesters such as youth council vice-president Alton Yates and Arnett Girardeau, who later became a dentist and state senator.
But it did not protect them from the fury of the racists who battered them and scores of other blacks with ax handles on Aug. 27, 1960.
The day that’s become infamously known as Ax Handle Saturday.
The rioting that ripped through downtown marked a turning point for civil rights in Jacksonville.
It led to meetings at Snyder Memorial between African-American activists and white leaders who understood that segregation needed to end.
After more sit-ins, a citywide boycott and Hurst and youth council secretary Marjorie Meeks having lunch at Woolworth’s to show white patrons how unthreatening black people could be while simply eating, the lunch counters were finally integrated in March 1961.
That’s why one lesson that really resonated during the recent 55th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday was how successful social change often required the courage and cunning of local activists.
A cunning, Hurst said, that was designed to expose both the indignity and absurdity of segregation.
“Why would you ask me to spend my money in your store,” Hurst said, “but not allow me to eat at your lunch counter?”
FORCING LOCAL CHANGES
Hurst noted that both the sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday were local events that demanded bravery and action by local people determined to bring about change in their community.
“No one got on the phone and called Nashville or Savannah and asked them what they were doing,” Hurst said.
“The press catapulted the events to a national level because of the racist reactions to them. But the events were local. That’s how it all changed.”
The meetings at Snyder Memorial also enabled Hurst and others to demand change for racial injustices that went well beyond integrating Woolworth’s lunch counter.
“We talked about black policemen and how they were not allowed to arrest whites,” Hurst said.
“(And) we talked about the need for black firemen. They told us that there were no black firemen because blacks were afraid of heights. And since firemen had to climb ladders, they couldn’t hire blacks to be firemen.”
Yes, they really did say that.
That’s why remembering Ax Handle Saturday remains important.
It’s not solely about remembering the pain and indignity that segregation inflicted on African-Americans.
It’s also about remembering a pivotal time that led to segregation’s demise.
It was absurd to allow black people to shop in a store but not to eat there.
It was absurd to stereotype black people as being afraid of heights — and to use that fallacy as a reason for not hiring black firefighters.
And because of that one bloody day in August 1960, all of those absurdities were exposed.
Tonyaa Weathersbee is a multiple award winning newspaper and web columnist, a frequent television commentator and expert on Cuba and black Latin America.
Thank You Tonyaa. The Struggle Continue. RLHSR.