Category Archives: African Americans

The GOP Stands With Putin

Tracy Knauss nails it…

G.O.P = GUSHING OVER PUTIN. The GOP leaders would rather support a communist leader, and former head of the KGB, than support their own president, even in an international crisis!! It’s amazing what having a Black Man in the White House can do. It can cause the closet racists and bigots to come out into the open and form a national party of supposed patriots. And it can make the GOP leaders praise a Russian despot over their own POTUS. Face it, the GOP HATES women, they HATE Blacks, they HATE Latinos, they HATE Gays, and yet they LOVE Putin. What a crock of cascading crap that is. But that’s today’s GOP. They would rather embrace a communist despot than salute their own commander in chief. Traitors much? That’s the new GOP leadership. And that’s just one more reason to NEVER vote for a Republican. Remember this, come November.

You cannot make this up. All those years of hating on Putin and Russia and now a complete turnaround. The disrespect shown toward this President is beyond the pale. During a crisis like this, all Americans are expected to support our leader, ESPECIALLY Congress.

I am so ashamed of these anti-Americans and haters.  This is our year to turn this mess around.

As a commenter at the link wrote:

A good leader sees war as a last resort! Can you imagine if McCain had become president in ’08!?! We would still have the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war and we would be at war with Iran, North Korea, Syria, and a push for Russian war!

The GOP is as insane as their racist voters. 2014. You know what to do.

 

 

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Django – Tarantino Tells the South “F You”

 
If you read only one movie review of Django Unchained, this is it. Thom Hartmann is my first source for politics and “Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day.” He doesn’t disappoint here.

I plan to see Django tomorrow. I have not heard one negative review from my contacts. They all say, “you have to see it!”
 

 
 

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What a year was 2012


 
Reblogged from THE OBAMACRAT
 
What a year!

 
Racism. Prejudice. Fear. Hatred.

 
Death and Destruction. Voter Suppression.
 
 
Natural Disasters. Handgun and Assault Carnage.
 
 
Lying Politicians. Jealousy. Envy. Incompetence.
 
 
Selfishness. Murder and Mayhem. War On Women.
 
 
War On LGBT Community. Homophobia. Islamophobia.
 
 
Homelessness. Bigotry. Fear.
 
 
War On Veterans. Cuts To Food Stamps (TANF).
 
 
Welfare. Social Security. Medicare. Medicaid.
 
 
Disability/Troop Benefits. Tax Cuts For Millionaires /Billionaires.
 
 
Corporations Are People. Tax Increases On Poor/Middle Class.
 
 
N.R.A. Idiocy. Fast and Furious Lies. Benghazi Fiasco.
 
 
Global Warming Denied. Missing Exploited Murdered Children.
 
 
Women’s Rights Denied. Americans Massacred.
 
 
Fiscal Cliff. Government Waste. Do NOTHING Congress.
 
 
Obstructionist TeaTardedRepubliCANTS.
 
 
Saints Disgraced. Birtherism.
 
 
Jerry Sandusky. RepubliCANT Primary Fiasco.
 
 
British Petroleum. X.L. Keystone Pipeline.
 
 
Fracking. Union Busting.
 
 
The Lyin UnFitt Mitt Romney Family. Romnesia.
 
 
Lyin Paul Ryan. Ted Nugent. Meatloaf. Grover Norquist.
 
 
Karl Rove. Conservative Talk Radio. Faux Spews (Fox News).
 
 
Wall Street. Wells Fargo. Bank Of America. Citi Corp.
 
 
Record Foreclosures. Occupy Wall Street
 
 
Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Abortion Clinics
 
 
Defunding Planned Parenthood. Legitimate Rape.
 
 
Attacking The First Family. Gas Prices. David Petraeus.
 
 
The 47% “MITTstake”. Bain Capital.
 
 
Clint Eastwood Speaks To An Empty Chair. Todd Akin.
 
 
Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sikh Temple,
 
 
Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Aurora, Colorado.
 
 
Clackamas Town Center, Oregon.
 
 
Cafe Racer Espresso in Seattle, WA.
 
 
Racist Rampage Tulsa, Oklahoma.
 
 
Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, MN.
 
 
Oikos University, Korean College. Oakland, CA.
 
 
Chardon High School in Chardon, OH. Syria.
 
 
Trayvon Martin. MARISSA ALEXANDER
 
 
Jordan Davis. Troy Anthony Davis. George Zimmerman.
 
 
Micheal Dunn. Janepsy Carballo. Daniel Adkins Jr.
 
 
Jamonta Miles. Hernando Torres. Diego Ortiz.
 
 
Whitney Houston. Hurricane Sandy.
 
 
JP Morgan Chase & CEO Jamie Dimon.
 
 
High Gas Prices. Sheldon Adelson. Donald Trump.
 
 
Amanda Todd. Michael Clarke Duncan.
 
 
Elizabeth Collins. Lyric Cook-Morrissey. Junior Seau.
 
 
Lance Armstrong. Tavis Smiley. Cornell West.
 
 
To say that I am still reeling from this past year’s events is an understatement. Yet, with all the shocking, horrible, obstructionist, evil actions that hit our nation like a tidal wave, there was plenty of love, courage and a fighting spirit that saw us through this eventful year. Let us all promise to get involved and engaged in 2013 to prevent another 2012 from happening again…or at least keep the man-made events to a minimum.
 
 
There are some great clips at the link

 
 

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Secret graveyards found in the black section of closed Florida boys reform school

Horrific. Florida has a longstanding problem of racism and murder. What’s the story on black boys? Today we have Trayvon Martin. Who else? That state needs to be taken over by the Feds for their constant corruption.

Quentin Tarantino on ‘Django’: ‘Hollywood didn’t want to deal with’ slavery in films

UPDATE 12/19/12…Due to the Newtown CT tragedy, Django and other movies have been pulled or cancelled from airing.

Tarantinto…“I was always amazed so many Western films could get away with not dealing with slavery at all,” Tarantino said. “Hollywood didn’t want to deal with it because it was too ugly and too messy. But how can you ignore such a huge part of American history when telling a story in that time period? It made no sense.”

Video – A War For Your Soul

From Erisai Films…

Reggie Bullock’s short film “A War For Your Soul” is a stirring, inspirational video for today’s generation. Over 10 million internet viewers have watched “A War For Your Soul” in 2 years. The video has garnered praise from mayors, city leaders, youth and civic organizations and almost every major country around the world, sparking dialogue in encouraging adults to play a more active role in educating children.

Popular radio host Michael Baisden said “This is a must see film”.

This video was created to inspire young at-risk African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society. The “Master of Darkness” represents that abstract concept of evil that has the potential to reside in the consciousness of mankind.

The use of the images of Richard Pryor and NAS, were used to show how we have publicly displayed the “N” word over the course of time. Richard Pryor, before his death, had gone on record to publicly denounce his use of the word, and the Rapper NAS ( one of the few socially conscious rappers ) intentions of wearing the jacket had nothing to do with the glorification of the word. I have enjoyed some of Pryor’s masterful story telling and I have also enjoyed some of the thought-provoking music from NAS.

This video should not to be used to divide people (Black and White). 
This video should not be used to criticize all aspects of hip-hop culture.
This video should not be used to allow the rest of society to escape from their responsibility, to help with financial and academic support.

If used properly, this video will allow our youth to see some of the horrific conditions that their ancestors fought through and some of the horrific conditions they face today.

An extensive commentary about the film can be seen at warforyoursoul.com

 

 

No Country For Young Black Men

Melissa Harris Perry…

If you are a young black man, who you are is threat enough

The police acted the very next day. A man was arrested, charged, and is in custody, being held without bond. So this–the alleged shooting of Jordan Russell Davis by Michael David Dunn, is not that–the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

But in so many other aspects of this case, the parallels are undeniable–another 17-year old African-American boy, shot and killed. The alleged assailant, an older white man, said he felt threatened–although the boy he is accused of shooting was reportedly unarmed. Another claim of self-defense to justify the killing, and in a “Stand Your Ground” state. Another pair of grieving parents, losing a child and seeking justice.

And again, that sense–for those of us who know and love them–that this is no country for young black men.

Which is why this week, I am addressing my open letter to whom it may concern.

It’s me, Melissa. And if you are like me, this latest news has got you concerned, indeed. Because here we are again. It has been barely a year since the killing of Trayvon Martin resurrected that old angst–long buried, but always there just below the surface. You know that feeling. It’s the one that makes us hear about Trayvon, and now Jordan Davis, and reach back across decades into our history, for the name of another boy named Emmett Till.

Then, it was a whistle at a white woman. Now, it’s a hooded sweatshirt or music being played loudly from a car.

But always, this one thing has been the same–No presumption of innocence for young black men. No benefit of the doubt. Guilt–not determined by what they did or said–but presumed to be inherent in their very being. They need not wield a weapon to pose a threat. Because, if you are a young, black man, who you are is threat enough. And in yet another case, it seems, that perceived threat is justification enough for someone who would play judge, jury and executioner.

Jordan Russell Davis will be laid to rest today. His father described his son as a typical teenager, who was looking forward to staring his first job, working at McDonald’s. He was saving up to buy his first car. The day before he died, his mother says, he gave the Thanksgiving dinner prayer, where he gave thanks for his family.

But before Jordan could be eulogized at his funeral, the defense team for the man who is accused of killing him was already telling a different story about who this young man was. According to police, Jordan and his three friends were sitting in an SUV at a Jacksonville gas station, when Dunn pulled up next to them and asked them to turn down their music down. Words were exchanged. This is the story Dunn’s attorney, Robin Lemonidis, about why her client felt threatened:

“He sees that much of a shotgun coming up over the rim of the SUV…and all he sees are heavily tinted front windows that are up and the back windows that are down, and the car has at least four black men in it, and he doesn’t know how old anyone is, and he doesn’t know anything, but he knows a shotgun when he sees one because he got his first gun as a gift from his grandparents when he was in third grade.”
Police have found no evidence that Jordan and his friends had any weapon in their car.

But Michael David Dunn, a registered gun owner, did have one. He used his gun to fire eight rounds into the boys’ vehicle. Two of those bullets struck and killed Jordan Davis, who was sitting in the backseat. Dunn fled the scene.

These are the facts as we know them today. As the investigation continues, details will no doubt continue to emerge. But as we watch the case unfold, let us be sure, while we are watching, that we continue to see in Jordan Davis what Michael Dunn did not–a human being, instead of a threat.

Sincerely,

Melissa

 

I call it HOMEGROWN TERRORISM!

Another detailed accounting is at The ObamaCrat.com

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Dear Angry White Conservatives Mourning Romney’s Loss: Chill Out

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Article…Dear conservatives: The right-wing media machine betrayed you.
 
 Dear angry white conservatives who are mourning Mitt Romney’s loss…If Fox News is any indication, many of you are dismayed, upset, and befuddled by Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama. Some of these feelings are normal. Politics is tribal. When your team loses, a bit of sadness is expected.

However, some white folks are acting out in some very unhealthy ways. Young white conservatives participated in a near riot at the University of Mississippi, where they hurled rocks at bystanders, used racial slurs, and burned Obama and Biden campaign signs. Other angry white folks used the Internet to  send out racist messages and pictures on Twitter  as an act of protest and anger at the country’s re-election of its first Black president. I believe that these events are malicious outliers.

Many white people who voted for Mitt Romney are simply scared and angry  that a “Black socialist Muslim atheist Communist usurper” was re-elected President of the United States.

Eighty-nine percent of Mitt Romney’s voters were white. Fifty-nine percent of the white vote  went to Mitt Romney.  He also won the majority of white voters in every age and gender group . We live in a country that is racially segregated. The United States is also very polarized politically. At present, Americans are not talking to each other across the dividing lines of race, class, and ideology.

Because many white conservatives only interact with like-minded people who come from the same racial background, it seemed obvious to them that Obama was going to be defeated on election night. With the defeat of Mitt Romney, they are experiencing the universal hurt that comes when reality interjects itself into a dream world and fantasy.  

Many white people are feeling imperiled because President Obama’s win is being framed by the news media as a sign that people of color are gaining political power in the United States. The pundits keep talking about “the browning of America” and how the Republican Party will continue to lose elections if it just relies on white voters to win. I imagine that many white people, especially conservatives and older voters, may be feeling a bit obsolete  as the country changes around them.

But I will tell you things that other people will not; I will tell you the truth even when it makes you upset.

The media wants to scare you with all sorts of talk about how, in a few decades, America will be a “majority minority” country. You “want your country back,” and people mock you for these sentiments. I am a good listener. Other people find joy in your tears and from the sad images of Mitt Romney’s headquarters, Republican rallies, and voters on election night. I feel your pain.

Guess what? Things are going to be okay.

First, we need to admit that many white conservatives have a problem. They are victims. I know that you do not want to hear that word. “Victims” is a word that only the liberals, progressives, Black people, gays, and feminists use.

Please hear me out. We know that most conservatives get their news and information exclusively from Fox News and other types of right-wing media. I get the appeal of this habit: it feels really good to be told that your point of view is correct, and that most of the country agrees with you, even when it does not.

You are very trusting people by nature. As conservatives, you are also very deferential to authority. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the right-wing media have been saying that good white folks like you are being discriminated against by Barack Obama and his legions of black and brown people. There are supposedly groups of Black radicals who stand around outside polling places, looking all mean and angry, and a Black attorney general who hates white people. According to sites like the Drudge Report, there are roving gangs of Black people who live to waylay and beat up white people. Hispanic immigrants are sneaking into the country by the millions and taking your jobs.

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The right-wing media failed you. They lied and told you that Mitt Romney would win in a landslide. They cooked up stories about voter fraud and rigged polls that were biased against Republicans. The right-wing media machine betrayed you, its audience.

I do not have a ready answer. But I do want to help you feel better. I am going to let you in on a secret that Fox News and the Republican party will not share with you.

White people run America. More specifically, white men are the most powerful group of people in the United States. Yes, people who look just like you remain in charge. White men control every major social, political, economic, and cultural institution in the United States. With few exceptions, white men are the CEOs of every Fortune 500 company.

White men control both Hollywood and the mass media. There, approximately 95 percent of the most important positions as writers, directors, advertising, producers, show runners, executives, and the like are held by white men.

This is a great advantage in a country where white men make up 30 percent of the U.S. population.

White men control the United States Congress and Senate. There are now 20 women in the Senate—a record number. But there are no African Americans in the same governing body. There are two Hispanic and Asian senators, respectively. The majority of senior-level and cabinet positions in the federal government are held by white men. White men are also over-represented on the United States Supreme Court.

Yes, it is true that the President of the United States happens to be a Black man; this is a groundbreaking achievement that should not be easily discounted or dismissed. However, Barack Obama has faced unparalleled levels of opposition and resistance from conservatives in Congress—and from many white people in the country as a whole—because of his racial background. While many white folks may not know this, the country’s first Black president has done remarkably little in terms of advancing policy goals that would directly benefit people of color in the United States. In fact, Obama has spoken less about race than any president in 50 years.

Ultimately, Barack Obama is a Black man who is the chief executive of a white government.

White folks have a tendency to see racial progress as a zero sum game : if they feel that they are “losing” then someone else must be ”winning.” In the time of the Great Recession and its aftermath, these anxieties are especially acute. But guess what my friends? Even in the worst economic downturn in 80 years, whites are doing much better than people of color.

…In this poor economy many white people are hurting financially; nevertheless, they are doing much better than people of color.

Because I spend a good amount of time talking to white people, I can anticipate the obvious question. Many of you are likely still thinking about this numbers game, and how white folks are going to be a “minority” in America. Do not worry. White people are still going to be the largest single racial group in this country; you simply may not be the majority of the population.

I have a second secret for you. White folks possess one of the most valuable gifts in the history of the United States.

You are considered “white.”

“Whiteness” is an amazing invention  that has only been around a few centuries. In the United States, it has been something to die for, protect, and kill for. Historically, whiteness is a type of very lucrative property that is handed down through families, and has been protected by the law.

As the comedian  Louis CK smartly observed , being white in America is one hell of a great deal. If offered the choice, he would sign up every year because of all the unearned privileges and advantages that come with it. Whiteness is such a great deal because white folks do not have to actively do anything to benefit from it. However, white people are amazingly protective of this prize—and really careful about whom they let in the club.

For example, the Irish, Italians, Jews, Poles, and other “white ethnics” were once viewed as a type of European “other” at the turn of the 20th century. If history is a guide, racial groups that are now considered non-white will become the new “white” people in the years to come. Whiteness always finds a way to keep on winning and to grow its numbers.

My white conservative friends, these feel like scary times for you. As the country changes, the Republican party is going to have to do some soul searching. You will likely be asked to engage in some difficult conversations about the relationship between your political values and racism. As the Southern Poverty Law Center has documented, white folks are going to be under pressure to surrender to their worse and lesser natures by hate groups, dead enders like the Tea Party, and militia groups who will play on your anxieties about the demographic shifts we are seeing in the United States. If you are smart, patient, and pragmatic, there are voices out there—white conservatives in fact—who are trying to help your movement adapt to the 21st century. Do seek them out. You can get your own house in order, and not live in a state of irrational fear and sadness.

Racism and conservatism do not have to be the same thing in America. Mitt Romney’s defeat should be a wake up call in this regard.

Things are going to be okay. As someone who cares about my white brothers and sisters, I want you all to feel safe, secure, and prosperous. You will see that a changing America, one in which all people have a shot at success across the color line, is to our nation’s collective advantage. A good number of white folks already understand this fact. As such, they chose to vote for President Obama—the candidate who clearly demonstrated the he was best prepared to lead the country forward.  I hope you can come along as we all work together in the service of the Common Good.