During the process to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High school in 2013, (in Jacksonville, Fl.) professor Lance Stoll and I were part of a 4 person panel discussion ( 2 persons in favor of keeping the name... and Lance and I in favor of changing the name) in the auditorium of Forrest, when Forrest Students voted ( after the panel discussion) to no longer have ---a Racist, a slave trader, a general fighting for an enemy government (the Confederacy) to overthrow the United States of America, the "Fort Pillow Butcher" (Forrest and his men murdered 300 Black United States soldiers under a flag of surrender during the war between the United States of America and the Confederacy), the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, and the First Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan--- on their school building.
Lance and I " laid out" (quite well, might I add) the Racism of this despicable despot who fought to overthrow the United States government to maintain Slavery...Not States rights...Not Southern heritage(?)...SLAVERY.
Just as the Forrest student's had the final vote on changing the name of "their" school--- "Forrest" students voted 67%-33% to change the name--Robert E. Lee students should have the FINAL say NOW on Robert E. Lee --a Racist, a slave owner, who also killed Black United States troops under a flag of surrender during THAT war, and the lead general of the military of the same enemy government Nathan Bedford Forrest fought a war for...to maintain slavery, --and his name remaining on "their" school.
Students at Lee, like the students at Forrest-NOW Westside High School-are prepared to vote... And their vote SHOULD BE THE ONLY VOTE!
IF you support keeping the name of Robert E. Lee, YOU ARE A RACIST. PERIOD... END OF STORY.
First let me thank ALL of you for the support you have given Rudy and my joint "intellectual property product." We did not previously give the full summary of the Reader Views book competition awards for "Never Forget Who You Are: Conversations About Racism and Identity Development." "Never Forget Who You Are: Conversations About Racism and Identity Development" also received the Reviewer's Choice Award as their Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
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I posted this 4 years ago. Racism and Racists DO NOT change. Understand Why White America MUST have power through voter suppression.
"POLITICS IS A WHITE POWER GAME. YOU WILL FIND THE PATHOLOGY OF WHITE RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY AND WHITE PRIVILEGE INTERSPERSED THROUGHOUT POLITICS WHEN IT COMES TO ISSUES THAT IMPACT BLACKS; BUT THOSE ISSUES ALSO HAVE UNCEREMONIOUS RACIST CODE WORDS. YOU CAN ALSO DISREGARD ANY NOTION THAT THE WHITE PRESS AND THEIR WHITE CORPORATE HEADS ARE OBJECTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO NEWS AND ISSUES THAT RESOLUTELY IMPACT BLACKS.
Several members of the press have opined that the problem in Washington is that Democrats need to stop obstructing and being intransigent and start working with Donald Trump. Now at this juncture you need to ask several questions…1) Where was the mainstream media criticism of Republicants as they obstructed President Barack Obama for eight years? 2) WHY did Republicants obstruct President Obama for 8 years? 3) Why did Republicants VOTE to Repeal the Affordable Care Act 60 times? 4)What is to be gained by denying health care to the American people? 5) What is to be gained by working with an avowed Racist who has demeaned and denigrated healthcare in this country which coincidentally was introduced by and advocated for by THE Immediate Past President who was Black? 6) Why do Republicants identify health care as a “rich person’s privilege” and not as a right of your quality of life? 7) Why does the health care argument smack of racist overtones?
Recently in an interview with Time magazine the Racist sitting in the Oval office doubling as “president” said to the interviewer… “Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not.” What he was really saying… I am White and with the pathology of my White Racism and my White Privilege and my White Supremacy, there is nothing you can do about it.
Donald Trump explains his racism and the Pathology of his White Supremacy and White Privilege …as did other presidents going back to Nixon and Reagan…in Racist Code Talk. It was called the Southern Strategy. Let’s unpack some of the key racist code words and phrases, and components of this “strategy.“ ...
"Inner City” which means a culture in which generations of people don't value work."
*“States Rights”…sound totally innocent right? We first heard this from Barry Goldwater, who was running on a very unpopular platform critical of the Great Society Programs, during the 1964 presidential election. He makes the critical decision to use coded racial appeals taking advantage of rising racial anxiety in the face of the civil rights movement. In other words, while "states' rights" sound neutral, it translated into the right of states to resist federal mandates which includes social programs, education and health care.
* “Cut taxes” are dog whistle code words which go back to Nixon and Reagan. It means "so your taxes won't be wasted on minorities."
*“Law and Order”…These code words draw on an image of minorities as criminals.
*“Welfare' and 'Food Stamps”'…Welfare was broadly supported during the President Franklin D. Roosevelt New Deal era when it was understood that people could face hardships in their lives that sometimes required government assistance, and, in fact, was purposely limited to white recipients. In this context, it wasn't heavily stigmatized.
Fast-forward to the 1960s, when Lyndon Johnson made it clear that he wanted it to have a racial-justice component as a part of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill and his Great Society Programs . Then conservatives start painting welfare as a transfer of wealth to minorities, and thus we heard Reagan and other Racist Republicants talking about Welfare Queens. With all of these “Code Words”, White Political Racists never have to say "Nigger" or "Black" and racist voters know who and what they are talking about. That is the Southern Strategy.
Racism is an ingrained component of American life. We can call it “race relations issues" and “discrimination issues” and “diversity issues” …but bottom line…IT is RACISM. PERIOD! And from Racism … we get the Pathology of White Supremacy and White Privilege and a Racist president named Trump. We have to name it before we face it."
The Struggle Continues!
A majority white Mississippi school faces heat after a teacher handed out a “slave letter writing” assignment asking students to imagine what their family life would entail if they were slaves.
RACIST WHITE AMERICA. WHY DIDN'T THE WHITE TEACHER WRITE A LETTER STATING HOW WHITES ENSLAVED BLACKS, USING VIOLENCE AS A DISCIPLINE MEASURE, AND HOW WHITE AMERICA WORKED AFRICANS FOR FREE. THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN HOLOCAUST CALLED SLAVERY WHICH CREATED AMERICAN CAPITALISM.
According to The Daily Beast, eighth-graders at Purvis Middle School were asked to “pretend like you are a slave working on a Mississippi plantation,” in order to write a letter addressed to family members in Africa, describing their life.
“You may discuss the journey to America, as well as the day-to-day tasks you perform,” it reads.
A screenshot capturing a slide of the bulleted assignment list went viral, prompting rightful, passionate criticism. Frank Bunnell, the school’s principal, sent a letter to parents this week that was obtained by The Daily Beast. Bunnell apologized and attempted to explain that while severely disturbing, the letter was taken out of context.
“A person could read just the assignment and draw a very unrealistic view of the true tragedies that occurred. That was not intended,” he wrote. “However, intent does not excuse anything. There is no excuse to downplay a practice that (even after abolished) spurs unjust laws, unfair economic practices, inhumane treatment, and suppression of a people.”
Lamar County School District Superintendent Dr. Steven Hampton voiced Bunnell’s claims in a separate statement and wrote that the goal of the assignment “was to show our students just how horrible slavery was and to gain empathy for what it was like to be a slave.” Yeah, uh huh.
DO WHITE FOLKS STAY AWAKE AT NIGHT DECIDING WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM, TO MAKE IT EASIER, WHEN THEY TALK WITH BLACKS ABOUT THEIR RACISM?
The Struggle Continues!
FROM THE "TOUGH! YOU SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES EARLIER, ASSHOLE" FILE...
trump TERRORIST WHINES THAT COCKROACHES ARE KEEPING HIM AWAKE IN JAIL. YOU WORKED FOR A COCKROACH. YOU SHOULD RIGHT BE AT HOME.
Federico Klein, who worked in the Trump State Department and is charged with six crimes for his participation in the Capitol attack wants a new jail cell due to cockroaches keeping him awake.
NBC News reported: A hearing was set for Tuesday, March 9, on whether he must be detained pending trial. When told he would remain in custody until next week’s hearing, he said, “I’m wondering if there’s a place that I could stay in detention where I don’t have cockroaches crawling everywhere while I attempt to sleep. I haven’t slept very much. “ WHITE PRIVILEGE MUCH?
Klein should have thought about the conditions in prison before he assaulted a police officer. ALL trump terrorists who all pretend to be tough guys have revealed themselves to be quite a whiny wimpish group. The terrorist who sat in Pelosi’s chair and stole government property complained that it was unfair that he was still in jail.
The trump terrorists are learning that actions have consequences, and if one tries to overthrow the government, they should expect to have to sleep with roaches.
YOU GET A FEEL FOR THE PATHOLOGICAL NATURE OF WHITE AMERICAN RACISM AND WHITE AMERICAN PRIVILEGE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF WHITE RIOTING INSURRECTIONISTS ON JANUARY 6 WHO ARE STILL WALKING AROUND because law enforcement “claim” they cannot identify or find them...or when they were arrested ...they were later released. This is on top of trump and his vile band of Racists not approving military protection in this time of national crisis.
Had WE -Black folks, that is-stormed the Capitol-even though WE would not have stormed the Capitol-but hypothetically had WE stormed the Capitol, when the smoke settled, there would not have been much of US left to arrest after the police and whomever else had splattered our bodies with the high-powered bullets from their high-powered guns and their high-powered rifles. (They would have found some.)
They would still be scraping up, what remained of us, off the floor, and the walls, and the ceilings, to this day. Yet now, the FBI cannot "find" some of trump’s Racist White marauding thugs and insurrectionists and rioters and murderers whose images you can clearly see on video and on camera. Can this be the same FBI, who can find you just by someone telling them the color of brick in your house? But I guess White Privilege still works even in times of sedition and treason. And remember, this is ALL because of Black voters and Black votes.
After all, South Sympathizer and Slaver supporter President Andrew Johnson did ABSOLVE Jefferson Davis and ALL of his Treasonous Confederate cabinet...Robert E. Lee, and ALL of his Treasonous generals and soldiers. He issued an executive amnesty –Pardon, if you will--for all of the enemy government Confederates who sought to overthrow the United States of America to maintain their lifestyle of enslaving Blacks to make them obscenely wealthy, and their other Racist prurient interests.
No big deal for law enforcement when the perpetrators are White...even when it comes to invading, vandalizing, and seeking to find elected officials to assassinate, you know, insurrection. It is just child's play, that is, White child’s play. That White Racist and That White Privilege Thing Still Works.
The Struggle Continues!
Thank you Stetson Kennedy Foundation. It is an honor. Thank you Sandy Arpen, Tracey Arpen, and the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, as the Hosts of my presentation last night February 18, 2021.
Last night, before the Third Thursday Lecture (which was amazing!), we were honored to have the Stetson Kennedy Foundation present their annual award to our speaker, Rodney Hurst. The mission of the SKF is:
“to do all that we can to help carry forward mankind's unending struggle for human rights in a free, peaceful, harmonious, democratic, just, humane, bounteous and joyful world, to nurture our cultural heritages, and to faithfully discharge our commitment of stewardship over Mother Earth and all her progeny.”
Tracey Arpen presented the award on behalf of Sandra Parks and the Board of Directors of the organization. It is a prestigious award and we congratulate Mr. Hurst. The presentation follows:
“In case some of you aren’t familiar with Stetson Kennedy, he was a fascinating character who spent his entire adult life fighting for human rights, including infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s. He worked with Zora Neale Hurston and others in the Federal Writers Project to gather and preserve Florida’s history, culture and folklore.
He lived in the Fruit Cove area at a place named Beluthahatchee, where his friend Woody Guthrie was a visitor. He died in 2011.
Since 2007 the Stetson Kennedy Foundation has presented the Fellow Man and Mother Earth Award to recognize an individual's outstanding achievement in promoting environmental kinship, human rights or the preservation of traditional culture.
The Foundation recognizes and honors Rodney Hurst for his outstanding achievement as a civil rights activist, award winning author, community leader and black historian! If courage and leadership were also criteria for the award, Rodney would be even more deserving.
In 1960, at just 16 years old, Rodney was President of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. He and others led the sit-in demonstrations in downtown Jacksonville just months after the sit-ins in Greensboro and Nashville. He was there on Ax Handle Saturday on August 27, 1960. Because of the local “blackout” of news of the demonstration and attacks, Rodney’s book “It was never about a hot dog and a Coke,” detailing his eyewitness account is the only historically accurate description of the 1960 Jacksonville sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday.
For over 60 years now, Rodney has been a fighter for equal rights and a chronicler of the struggle to achieve them. Stetson Kennedy knew Rodney and always appreciated the risk and courage that he and other activists took in the 60s. Stetson also appreciated that he wrote about it! Stetson appreciated Rodney's leadership role as a young member of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP and his leadership role as it continues in the Jacksonville community today.
Colorado police and paramedics who stopped Elijah McClain made a series of crucial errors that ended in the young man's 2019 death, findings of an independent probe revealed on Monday.
Aurora police had no justification to stop or use force to detain McClain, and responding paramedics sedated him with ketamine "without conducting anything more than a brief visual observation" of the 23-year-old Black man, according to a panel of medical and legal experts appointed by the City Council, which commissioned the report.
The initial stop of McClain was questionable, as "none of the officers articulated a crime that they thought Mr. McClain had committed, was committing or was about to commit," the report found. McClain was stopped on Aug. 24, 2019 in Aurora by officers answering a call reporting a suspicious person in the area.
"This decision had ramifications for the rest of the encounter," according to findings.
A chokehold was used during the confrontation and he was injected with ketamine, with authorities believing he was in a state of excited delirium and posing a threat to officers, authorities have said.Colorado police and paramedics who stopped Elijah McClain made a series of crucial errors that ended in the young man's 2019 death, findings of an independent probe revealed on Monday.
Responding to a scathing report that alleged numerous mistakes by police officers in the death of Elijah McClain, the Aurora, Colorado, police chief said Tuesday she will welcome an independent monitor of her department and apologized to McClain's mother, family and friends.
"The bottom line is Elijah McClain should still be here today," Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said during a news conference. "Nothing I can say here today or changes that I’ve made or changes I will continue to make will bring him back and for that, I’m extremely sorry."
I know this is a new circumstance for you, but now that you are in the middle of this unfortunate human life and death tragedy, where your money and your Privilege cannot purchase running water or food or electricity or heat or a flushable toilet, maybe you will understand --- maybe not---but just maybe, you will understand this is what many poor Black and Brown folks have to deal with on a daily basis. They just catch hell. They cannot fly away to Mexico. It is called trying to "make ends meet" ...or...DIE TRYING!
AFTER LOSING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE SENATE DUE TO BLACK VOTES, Racist Republicants are resorting to their "tried and true" Racist Southern political strategy---Stop Blacks from voting altogether...and any way they can. White AmeriKKKan Racism does not change. White AmeriKKKan Racism simply-pun intended- mutates to another virulent Racism strain. Still Racism, just more infectious. Sound familiar?
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.