"trump’s niece tells Rachel Maddow about Trump using the n-word and anti-Semitic slurs."
"trump uses barely veiled and very dated racial code’ about the suburbs at White House rally."
Headlines all say the same thing. donald trump is a Racist. Racism elected donald trump. Whether you are White with a degree or White without degree, it does not make a difference. White America elected donald trump.
It is a damn shame to even think this sexist, misogynistic, xenophobic, sociopathic racist has a chance to be re-elected, let alone that he was elected in the first place, which shows you how sick and Racist this country still is.f
The Struggle Continues!
It is never too early to understand the struggle and your fight against racism. I have been talking about racism since my eighth-grade American history teacher and mentor Rutledge Henry Pearson invited me and my classmates to join the Youth Council National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He would tell us in the classroom, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” I was 11 years old. Mr. Pearson started me on two roads: fighting racism and understanding the great legacy of Black history.
Most Black students consider American history boring because American history rarely mentions Black names and their contributions to the development of America. I would have considered American history boring too, but Mr. Rutledge H. Pearson taught our class about the great contributions of Black Americans. If it were not for his teaching against the accepted norm during this era of segregation, we would have used the American history textbook approved for Negro students in a segregated Negro class, in a segregated Negro school (Isaiah Blocker Junior High School), in the Negro division, of the Duval County School System (Jacksonville, Florida), which only included the names of two Blacks, George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.
Mr. Pearson told us to “leave your eighth-grade American history textbook home” and proceeded to teach us real, honest, and inclusive American history. He wanted to make sure that we were armed with the tools to fight a country that did not want us here, even though our ancestors were kidnapped from Africa and brought here in the belly of slave ships.
He wanted us to know that our degrading beginnings in slavery in this country were not the beginnings of those who looked like us. He wanted us to know that America did not give us anything. He wanted us to know that our ancestors rightfully earned the citizenship that America did not want us to have. He wanted us to be proud of who we were. He wanted us to know and appreciate the great legacy of Black males and females who blazed paths of accomplishments through the jungle of racism. He taught us and taught us well. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Youth Council meetings were extension of Mr. Pearson’ s classes. I became President of the Youth Council at age 15 and would become one of the leaders of the sit-in demonstrations the following year. Sit-in demonstrations began in 1960 by four students from North Carolina A&T College in Greensboro, N.C. Our sit-ins were in August 1960 since most of us were high school students and in school. I had just graduated from Northwestern Junior Senior High School in Jacksonville, two months earlier.
Mr. Pearson’s classroom teaching, and his involvement with the NAACP outside the classroom, took a lot of courage in the fifties. Mr. Pearson used a saying when he talked with us about the NAACP and the struggle for human dignity and respect. He simply said, “Freedom is not free,” which resonated with me.
Mr. Pearson personified courage. Fighting the war of racism is not easy and has never been easy. Yet it is a battle in a war that we must continually declare. As Mr. Pearson would say, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” Forget that and we perish as a people.
An excerpt from my book, "Unless WE Tell It...It Never Gets Told!" and Chapter 18, Joan Mattison Daniel...and more from the pivotal 1960 Civil Rights demonstrations.
"Joan Mattison Daniel stood with Jesse Jackson before he became Reverend Jesse Jackson, before there was an Operation PUSH, before there was a Rainbow Coalition, and before “Run Jesse Run.” She stood with Jesse Jackson, as college students who wanted to use the public library in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. She and others stood with Jesse Jackson to fight the infrastructure of racism. She stood tall and fought segregation and racism so that those who came after her would not have to fight. She fought for freedom of education and the freedom to read in the Greenville Public Library, this acknowledged repository for books.
Who would have thought the public library was just another vestige of racist and vitriolic discrimination and racism? When eight Black students entered the all-white library to extend their education by checking out books, the Civil Rights Movement began in Greenville, South Carolina. Joan Mattison was a student at Morris Brown College, and Jesse Jackson was a student at the University of Illinois. Joan, Jesse, Elaine Means, Margaree Seawright Crosby, Dorris Wright, Hattie Smith Wright, Benjamin Downs, and Willie Joe Wright were friends and high school classmates in Greenville. They became known as the Greenville Eight.
While home for Christmas in 1959, Jesse Jackson walked to the segregated “colored” library in search of research materials for schoolwork he needed to complete during his college break. According to Joan, the Black library on McBee Avenue was “woefully small.” The librarian, Jeanette Smith, worked hard to stock as many books as possible, but most books in the “colored” library were outdated, and the book inventory was tiny. Because Ms. Smith had to request books from the white library in Greenville, she told Jackson that she could not get the reference books he wanted for another six days. That would be too late. He would have to return to Illinois before he could get the books and work on his assignment.
Jesse walked to the white library on North Main to get the books himself. Jackson told Joan, “By the time I went over there to get the books, there were two policemen there. The librarian said she “did not have anyone to go to the book stacks” and “told me to come back in six days. Six days?” Jackson continued. “I was shocked. I told her I would be happy to get them myself because I needed those books right then.” Jackson did not get the books. He did get what he described as a “coded message” from one of the officers. “You heard what she said,” one officer told him. The message: “Leave or get arrested.” “I walked outside, and I just cried,” Jackson said. “It wasn’t right, and I was determined to challenge that system.”
The following year Jesse and Joan and other members of the Greenville Eight did challenge the system. On the morning of July 16, 1960, they gathered at Springfield Baptist Church, which at the time was a magnet for civil rights activism, led by a charismatic young pastor, the Reverend James Hall, who was also president of the Greenville Chapter of the NAACP. They walked to the library and were told that if they did not leave, they would be arrested. They left.
When they got to the church, Reverend Hall asked them why they had returned. He sent them back, telling them that going to jail was OK and, in fact, was expected. So, the Greenville Eight returned to the library. After peacefully refusing to leave, they were arrested by city police. They were released after spending about forty-five minutes at the city jail, according to the Greenville County library system.
Sitting in at a library might today not sound all that difficult, but it was a confrontation to the “comfort” system of White racism and segregation. Such “confrontations” were usually met with varying forms of violence. It was a further example of Black people “not knowing their place” and of being disrespected.
In talking with Joan, I asked how she and the other members of the Greenville Eight felt at the time. “There was no fear,” she said. 'We all knew we were a test case against the City of Greenville’s blatant racism and discrimination. But we all felt it was necessary. We also knew we had a responsibility to make society better by fighting segregation. In fact, each generation has a responsibility to fight America’s wrongs no matter where or what they are. After we sat-in at the library, it ignited other demonstrations in Greenville. Our library sit-in was a pivotal point in Greenville’s history, which made it all worthwhile.'
Later that month, Donald Sampson, the NAACP attorney in Greenville who represented the group, filed a suit in federal court to integrate the public libraries in Greenville. On September 2, the libraries closed— “in the face of the lawsuit,” as the library system put it. A few days later, Judge C. C. Wyche dismissed the suit, because the libraries were at that point “nonexistent.”
On September 19, the Greenville Public Library reopened as an integrated facility. Stories such as that of the Greenville Eight did not gain the prominence of some other flashpoints in the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, school integration in Arkansas by the Little Rock Nine, or the Greensboro Four’s arrest for sitting down at a Woolworth’s lunch counter.
Yet the work of the Eight launched demonstrations against racism in Greenville, began Jesse Jackson’s journey in civil rights, and was another chapter in the struggle for human dignity and respect. After the library arrests in July, there were more sit-ins and demonstrations. Demonstrators sat-in at lunch counters at Woolworth’s and Kress drugstores, and staged “wade-ins” at Cleveland Park’s segregated swimming pool. But the Greenville Public Library was strategic, said Reverend Hall. Joan taught in South Carolina and Duval County public schools for five years, and at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (now Florida State College at Jacksonville) for thirty-five years, retiring in 2003.
An elder in her church, True Holiness Deliverance Tabernacle, and the church’s executive secretary, Joan also serves as trustee and dean of Tabernacle Bible Institute and is the assistant to the overseer. She is the proud mother, with her former husband, Mathis Daniel, of daughter Sharalyn Daniel and son Cean Daniel, and the proud grandmother of five grandsons and a granddaughter.
Joan Mattison Daniel is a friend, a pioneering hero, and America and her home town of Greenville are much better because of the courage that she and the rest of the Greenville Eight displayed. Joan decided that enough was enough. I am glad that Joan Mattison Daniel calls Jacksonville home."
When we “sat in” at the heretofore White lunch counters at department stores in downtown Jacksonville in 1960, they closed the lunch counters. Angry Whites, who were denied eating fresh lunches at “their” lunch counters in downtown stores Woolworth, Grant’s, Kress, McCrory’s, Cohen Brothers, and Walgreen’s, showed their volatile displeasure with us for disrupting their Racist comfort zones. Woolworth was the largest “5 & 10” department store in downtown Jacksonville and had the largest lunch counter...84 seats. “Niggers” ...“Jungle Bunnies” ... “NAACP-Niggers-Ain’t-Acting-like Colored-People” (for NAACP) ... “Pickaninnies” ... “Coons” and ...Burrheads” ... were some of the “enlightened” vocabulary, Racist Whites yelled as they stood behind us after “their” lunch counters were closed. And, we were often “told” to “Go Back to Africa.”
We were children, mostly teenagers, and members of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, yet we knew right from wrong and we could readily recognize Racism and Jim Crow. Our sit-in demonstrations were for Human Dignity and Respect and Against Racism.
After two weeks of peaceful demonstrating, we were attacked by 200 or so, White Racist thugs in the middle of downtown Jacksonville with ax handles and baseball bats. That was 60 years ago. We never saw police during those two weeks.
Overt Racism was rampant then. Even though the visible signs of Racism and Segregation are gone today, and we live in an Integration Generation today, what we see playing out in real time today, is no different than what was happening in this country in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Racism then, as Racism is now, was actively supported by the Christian White America, who said and did, Nothing.
Not only did Haydon Burns, the mayor of Jacksonville, not provide safety for its Black citizens downtown on that Ax Handle Saturday, the mayor and law enforcement were told “something violent was going to happen” by an FBI informant...and still did Nothing.
Then, as now, except for a few White ministers, voices from the White Christian Community were conspicuously silent in Jacksonville. In fact, the City of Jacksonville has never apologized for not providing “public safety protection," --you know that "Protect and Serve" thing --and Jacksonville's White Christian Community has never apologized for their lack of support, their lack of human compassion, their lack of human decency, and their lack of Brotherhood, and Sisterhood. We did not expect they would apologize, but it would have been a “nice Christian touch.” Of course silence, in the face of obvious Moral wrongs, is complicity.
There is little difference in what happened in the Civil Rights Movement throughout the South and in Jacksonville then; and what is happening now, on the national scene and the Racist discourse and the Racism, spurred on, encouraged, and emboldened by America’s Racist president...and you get, Silence from White Christian America? Christian Right and Wrong is the issue...yet you witness violence by White Racists...and vile messaging from the mouth of America’s White Racist president, who say and do Racist things as a Racist, AND he gets applause from White America?
White Christian America is noticeably silent and will not call donald trump out for his Racism, his Core Racist Attitudes, and his lack of Human Decency and Respect. You have to ask yourself, do White folks read the same Christian Bible that Black folks read? And if they do, WHY are they saying nothing?
Which is why I do not expect much from Christian White America. When you, as White Christians are as silent as you are, in the face of despicable Racism as exhibited in this country today, and by a Racist president, then you support Racism... just as you did 60 years ago. You might as well have had an Ax Handle in your hand.
The Struggle Continues!
"I don’t want you telling me to go back to Africa, unless you going back where you come from. I got a note one day telling me to go back to Africa and ever since that time—it’s been three times a week I say it when I am in a white audience—I say, 'We’ll make a deal. After you send all the Koreans back to Korea, the Chinese back to China, the Jewish people back to Jerusalem, and you give the Indians their land back and you get on the Mayflower from which you come'...We all here on borrowed land. We have to figure out how we’re going to make things right for all the people of this country." - Fannie Lou Hamer
Two hours after trump tweeted, "Re-Open the schools," Richard Corcoran, Florida's Commissioner of Education, appointed by Ron DeSantis, issued an emergency executive order requiring all of Florida's public K-12 schools to reopen in August.
Part of the executive order issued Monday, requires school districts and charter school governing boards to open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students in August.
“We don’t want the guidance from the CDC to be a reason schools don’t open,” Vice President Pence said today at the sham Coronavirus Task Force press conference.
What in the HELL is the CDC--Center for Disease Control--supposed to do if not issue the guidelines and the policies for controlling the spread of diseases? Republicant logic? Mad scientist donald trump and the other "scientists" in the White House will issue "their" guidelines for re-opening schools since the ignorant president considers the CDC guidelines "too restrictive."
Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced New York schools will not re-open fully in August irrespective of what the ignoramus wants.
Nicole Wallace on her MSNBC show: Someone with trump's incompetence WILL NOT decide when my child goes back to school. Period!
Chris Hayes on his MSNBC show: The last person you can trust with the health of your children is donald trump.
Some of you ask what you can do? Some of you always ask, 'What can I do?"
How about-Boycott ALL Schools! Unfortunately, you cannot recall a governor in Florida, but you can make the political heat, real hot. If you do not want to Boycott, stand on the sidelines wringing your hand while saying, "Woe is us." Period!
Although, I am loathe to try and give you any advice, from time to time I will offer a few words for what they are worth. There is ignorance...there is stubborn ignorance...and there is Racist ignorance. I am going to focus on the last ignorance category...the Racist Ignorance.
I know when you voted for and elected donald trump, you really felt you were getting back at me and other Blacks, people of good will, and just plain good government because you felt intimidated by a quality Black President who served this country and served it well. And as much as many of you called President Obama a nigger and a baboon and a jungle bunny and the father of chimpanzees while married to a chimpanzee, and he was a Kenyan born in Kenya, you breathed a sign of relief when his 8 eminent years of leading this country were over.
You then celebrated the election of a Racist...your Racist...as you elected a president on the rebound who was going to “show them.” Us...me. And in your figuring, you thought donald trump would only do things to “hurt” Blacks...like taking that Affordable Health Care away from “them” since that is why he passed it...and inviting all those “coloreds” and “Negroes” to the White House, which you have selfishly claimed as “your house" and making speeches about Racism. How dare he? So never in your wildest dreams did you figure donald trump would do any thing to harm his loyal White subjects, after all he is anointed...” sent by God to straighten this country out.”
Well, and the purpose of this talk, your Racist ignorance has gotten you in a heap of trouble. Since you told him he was anointed, he felt he could do anything he wanted to do, and you would still support him. He has, and you do.
In addition to his scandals a day, he ignored the warnings of a very contagious virus even after President Obama left him the “playbook” to deal with it. He opined that it would disappear, and you believed him. That was 3 million Covid-19 cases and 130,000 deaths ago, in this international disaster called a pandemic.
The economy has tanked...you are out of work...your wife is out of work...your unemployment will run out soon...and your insurance...and he does not think you need any additional money...and on top of all that, he got his “sheep” Republicant governors to re-open their states in the midst of this deadly pandemic, even though their states were not even close to being able to handle a reopening.
Coronavirus cases have surged all over this country, helped along by his in-person campaign rallies which he got you to attend without masks and safe distances. And everywhere he has had a rally, Covid-19 cases have spiked.
Now he wants to re-open the schools, putting your children at risk. Re-open the schools he says, like re-opening the states. Certainly, as the pandemic extends itself into every nook and cranny in America, what is putting your children at risk if it means lying and saying America is ready to re-open, and all to help his re-election campaign?
That is why I call it Racist ignorance. You elected a Racist ...which makes you a Racist...never figuring his Racism will come back and bite you on your White Ass. Racist ignorance. Well guess what, his Cavalier Racist ignorance is now nibbling at your children. And does he care? NOT IN THE LEAST. It is called his Racist ignorance and your Racist Ignorance.
The Struggle Continues!
Lawrence O'Donnell just read in total, on his show, The Lawrence O'Donnell Show, MSNBC-July 8, 202-the last words of George Floyd from the transcript of a police camera before he was murdered by the Minneapolis police...about 5 minutes or so, maybe more. It was hard to listen to those words. Yet, they were respectful words, and George Floyd continued to say, "Please." The police words were disrespectful police words. George Floyd words were gut wrenching as he pleaded for his life, handcuffed with his hands behind his back, laying on his stomach, on the ground. I felt anger and bitterness and rage, and could not help but imagine if it were my son, or a friend, or me. Helluva moment in Television.
president donald trump recently lashed out after Princeton University recently removed former president Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school.
The school cited Wilson’s “racist thinking and policies” in its decision.
“Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center,” trump wrote on Twitter. “Now the Do Nothing Democrats want to take off the name John Wayne from an airport,” he continued, referring to Orange County Democrats who want to change the name of John Wayne Airport after a video of “racist and bigoted statements” Wayne made in a 1971 interview saying that he “believes” in white supremacy resurfaced. “Incredible stupidity!” America’s White-supremacy-loving, Racist president added.
So, let’s talk about Woodrow Wilson. We’ll get to John Wayne at another time.
When Woodrow Wilson was president of Princeton University, No Black students were admitted. Black students were admitted before Wilson was president, and were admitted after he was president, but not while he was president.
Woodrow Wilson, who won both the 1912 and 1916 presidential elections, is often held up as an example of a “progressive” President, but many consider him to have been a Racist in presidential clothing. To win the African American vote, Wilson made the campaign promise that he could be counted on “for absolute fair dealing, for everything by which I could assist in advancing the interests of [the African] race in the United States.” But following Wilson’s election, his first Congress sent him some of the most racist legislation in the history of that body, and Wilson promptly signed it.
Having said during his campaign that he would improve the conditions of Blacks in the country, President Wilson, after he was elected, did nothing to make good on his campaign promises. In fact, he acted to re-segregate the federal workplace. Following the Civil War, Blacks had been employed in various federal jobs in Washington, D.C., and often the offices they worked in were integrated; in many departments, White clerks worked under Black supervision. Wilson’s Cabinet put an end to that, and in fact ended Blacks having access to federal jobs. Moreover, his Administration made it mandatory to include a photograph with any application for a federal position, which further facilitated the exclusion of Blacks from government jobs. President Wilson allowed officials to segregate work areas of their departments, even segregating the lavatories. One reason given was that White government workers had to be protected from various contagious diseases, particularly venereal diseases, which Wilson claimed were widespread among Blacks.
Wilson claimed that segregation was an act of kindness. He actively supported racist legislation, such as a bill passed by the House of Representatives that made interracial marriages a felony in Washington, D.C. President Wilson pushed for segregation of federal workers, systematically demoted Black civil servants, and claimed that nothing could be done to improve the situation of Blacks in the country. Wilson defended segregation as “what was best” to manage racial tensions and suggested that the Jim Crow system “not done to injure or humiliate the colored clerks, but to avoid friction.”
On February 8, 1915, two years into Wilson’s presidency, D. W. Griffith’s silent film celebrating the rise of the Ku Klux Klan had its premiere in Los Angeles at Clune’s Auditorium. The Birth of a Nation is an unconscionably racist film of epic proportions, and President Woodrow Wilson was one of its most outspoken fans. This reprehensible movie portrays the so-called “overthrow” by the Ku Klux Klan of Reconstruction in the South. Griffith had White actors in blackface portray Black characters as savages, and characterized Klan members as brave, courageous, and patriotic. D. W. Griffith’s movie showed Jesus Christ blessing the founding of the Ku Klux Klan. After seeing the film, an enthusiastic Wilson reportedly remarked, “It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”
It is far more accurate to understand Woodrow Wilson’s two terms leading this country as an eight-year era of Presidential racism. The Birth of a Nation accomplished exactly what it was intended to. With the wholehearted support of President Wilson, it inflamed the racist attitudes of White America against Blacks in this country and helped popularize the second incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan, which gained its greatest power and influence in the mid-1920s. Woodrow Wilson like donald trump…two racists in presidential clothing.
The Struggle Continues!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.