SPEAKERS AT THE INAUGURAL JACKSONVILLE CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE, FEBRUARY 3-5, 2022, SOUTHBANK MARRIOTT:
TOP ROW, FROM LEFT-Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President Emerita Spelman College and Bennett College, and former Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art; Leon Russell, Chairman, The National NAACP Board of Directors.
SECOND ROW, FROM LEFT-Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author, ordained minister, radio host, and a professor in the College of Arts and Science and in the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University; G. C. Cameron, former lead singer with the Spinners, and the Temptations; and Rev. Christopher McKee Jr., Senior Pastor, First Baptist of Oakland.
3rd ROW, FROM LEFT-Rodney L. Hurst Sr, author, Black Historian, and former activist with the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP; Chevara Orrin, diversity & inclusion practitioner, author, international speaker, and survivor of sexual violence; Charlie Cobb Jr, journalist, author, professor, and former activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
DO-GOODER AND MODERATE WHITES NOT ONLY REFUSE TO CALL OUT AND ADDRESS RACISM AMONG THEIR RANKS, BUT THEY WANT TO HAVE MUTED CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACISM WITH BLACKS. YOU KNOW, WHISPERS.
And Lord, save me from Pseudo Liberal and Progressive White folks! donald trump yanked the scab off America's Infected Racist sore, and it continues to ooze the infectious substance called Core White Racist Attitudes. It is worth stating over and over and over again and Racism IS STILL the 800 lb. Gorilla in the room.
Black folks can never consider White folks as allies when White folks will not deal with their Racism. When White America continues to show Black America they will not address or are indifferent addressing their inhumane scourge while still calling themselves Christian; it simply proves America's Race Relations --such as it is collectively--has a long way to go.
I do not expect much from White America. I certainly have never expected White America to give me anything. As Blacks, who we are and everything we have accomplished came through Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Death. Blacks have put their very lives on the line, from Slavery to Reconstruction to the Nadir of Race Relations to Black Codes to Jim Crow to Segregation of all "flavors" to Civil Rights to Voting Rights to Human Rights. We take NO second seat in helping to develop this country, before, during, and after Slavery. One would think that White America would have gotten the message by now.
Black America knew and understood early on as "kidnapped non-citizens" that we had to Fight for our mere existence. I am not property, notwithstanding the classification by Racist White Christian Americans, which allowed them to support and Advocate for Slavery.
The quote "the more things change, the more they stay the same" refers to situations where there is a lack of meaningful change. Those words never resonate more accurately than when you talk about America, with its core Christian Racist attitudes. White American Christian Racism threatens my life daily as a Black person.
As the Pathology of White American Christian Racism is shown daily on the news reflecting the hatred and vitriol of racist White American Christians, not only is American Democracy in trouble, but America is in trouble.
AS TELEVISION AND HOLLYWOOD SHOW THEIR RACIST INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BIBLE.
...The term "Middle East" is not a geographical description. It is a political description. It was created so White Christians would not have to say the Bible "took place" and "the Holy lands are located in and around" the continent of Africa. Sorry White Christian Evangelicals, the Bible takes place in and around the continent of Africa.
...Movie interpretations of the stories in the Bible would have one think the Holy Lands were in Europe and not in Africa.
...According to the Bible, an angel appeared to Joseph in a vision or a dream and told him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt (in Africa, not Europe) and hide there, since Herod was killing firstborn sons. FACT-You cannot hide a White, Blue-eyed baby in Egypt, a country on the continent of Africa.
Just a FEW THINGS to Ponder.
White Female: Rodney, I don't think it is fair to broad brush all White females as voting for donald trump. A lot of us did not vote for donald trump. I did not vote for donald trump.
Me: Stop being defensive. A lot of you did vote for donald trump. When I post about Racist Whites supporting donald trump as his base...and when I post about White females supporting and voting for donald trump, which also make them Racist, it is borne out by statistical facts--54% in 2016 and 54% in 2020--and not my statistical facts. If you do not fit either category, I am not talking about you. If you do, then I AM talking about you.
THESE ARE PAINTINGS (both are 2 feet by 3 feet on canvas) by my youngest granddaughter, Jasmine, the dancer in New York. How she paints in between dance auditions and working in New York etc etc etc is beyond me, but she does. BEING A PROUD GRANDFATHER ain't even close. Oh, And BTW, these paintings are MINE! More are on the way, and they will be for sale, UNLESS I buy them first.
When Republicant candidates say in their political ads, "I share your values,"
what do they mean?
FROM THE NEWS SERVICES...
"Today, I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate.
Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric. I decided to end the unproductive call. I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate."--Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
To date, the Republican Party leadership has done nothing to condemn and hold their own members accountable for repeated instances of anti-Muslim hate and harassment and racism. This is not about one hateful statement or one politician; it is about a party that has mainstreamed bigotry and hatred and racism.
Muslim and Jewish advocacy groups have filed a formal complaint against GOP Representative Lauren Boebert in the wake of her offensive remarks about Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar.
Muslim Advocates and Bend the Arc: Jewish Action wrote to the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday calling for an investigation against the Colorado Republican, according to the complaint first reported by Politico.
"Rep. Boebert's hateful, anti-Muslim statements pose real-life dangers," the two groups wrote. "When elected officials attack religious minorities, they can lay the groundwork for real violence against those communities."
Boebert has been under fire since making anti-Muslim comments about Omar to an audience over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Republican congresswoman referred to Omar, a practicing Muslim, as a member of the "Jihad Squad."
Rep. Omar has been consistent. She would like a public apology and for Minority Leader McCarthy to do discipline the racists and bigots in his caucus.
RACISTS DO NOT CHANGE AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE ELECTED TO CONGRESS.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.