Picture of first sit-in August 13, 1960 and closed lunch counter. “It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!” More »
Members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP TODAY---with Marjorie Meeks Brown, Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau, Iona Godfrey King, Rometa Graham Porter, Isaac Carnes, Alton Yates. More »
With NAACP National Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins in 1960 when he spoke in Jacksonville at one of the NAACP Mass Meetings. More »
With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson-Speaker at the 2009 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. More »
With Dr. Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice...and the Speaker at the 2008 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Dr. Ogletree taught both Michelle Obama and President Obama at Harvard Law School. More »
Ruby Hurley and Ella Baker, two of 12 Civil Rights Icons immortalized in the 2009 USPS Stamp Issue-Civil Rights Pioneers. More »
Mrs. Ruby Hurley, Southeastern Regional Director NAACP and our 1960 NAACP Youth Council Surrogate Mother. More »
50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday with members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. From left...Issac Carnes, Marjorie Meeks Brown, Mary Chisholm Underwood, Iona Godfrey King, and Ann Albertie Hurst (yep my wife). In the rear of the Pulpit area at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church...from left...Ms. Adora Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference of Branches NAACP; Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy; Isaiah Rumlin, President of the Jacksonville Branch; and Bethel Senior Co-Pastor, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. More »
Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Speaker at the 2013 ASALH National Convention Banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. More »
Dr. Robert Hayling, Me, and Charlie Cobb at the 2014 Florida Heritage Book Festival for our presentation on the Civil Rights/Freedom Summer Movement. More »
Slavery created racial segregation and institutionalized racism. Most dictionaries define “racism” as racial hatred based on the color of one’s skin. As Dick Gregory said, “White is not a color; it’s an attitude.” There is nothing to compare to White racism.
Racism is an insidious cultural disease. Racism is racial prejudice plus the institutional and systemic power to dominate, exclude, discriminate against, or abuse targeted groups of people based on a designation of race.
Racism is cultural and political conditioning combined with cultural and political control combined with cultural and political hatred directed at Blacks in this country because of the hue of their skin!
And you say give Donald Trump, the Racist Degenerate president a chance? Really? The Struggle Continues.
My own understanding of Black history and the Civil Rights Movement began at age eleven in Mr. Rutledge Henry Pearson’s eighth-grade American history class at segregated Isaiah Blocker Junior High School in Jacksonville. Mr. Pearson, who was my mentor and the adviser of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, would not teach his American history class from the textbook that during those days was approved for “Negro education.” He simply told us to leave our textbook at home—a textbook that included only Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver as Blacks who made a difference in the history of this country.
Mr. Pearson wanted to arm us with the real truth, irrespective of what was “written down.” Black History is who WE are. Racism is why WE fight . . . and WHY the Struggle must continue. RLHSR.
LET’S FACE IT…THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS SUBSTANTIATED RACISM AS AN INTRICATE PART OF AMERICAN CULTURE. RACISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, BUT DONALD TRUMP GAVE IT “REAL SUBSTANCE” AND WHITE AMERICA REWARDED HIM.
I was watching MSNBC last night as they discussed the firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and also the growing role that Stephen Bannon plays in this Trump Administration. As the pundits continued about Bannon’s role and whether he should have a permanent seat on the National Security Council, Republicant Strategist Ed Rollins opined “Were it not for Bannon, Donald Trump probably would not have been elected president.” The panel agreed.
When you understand that Donald Trump had no governmental experience and no political experience of any note, you have to ask yourself, How Did Bannon Help Trump’s Election? The panel in effect “admitted” that Racism and particularly Stephen Bannon’s “brand” of Racism won the White House for Donald Trump. Bannon came to Trump from the racist Breitbart website, best described as a haven for the so-called "alt-right" movement, but in actuality nothing more than a repository for various neo-fascists, white supremacists, Anti-Semites, and the Ku Klux Klan. And he came bringing a decided Racist edge to the Trump campaign.
Whenever Republicant campaigns, and especially national campaigns, get in trouble and start to flounder, and Trump’s campaign was in trouble, Race and Racism become their fallback strategy. Remember the Racist Willie Horton political ad? The Horton ad was originally aired during the 1988 presidential election by the George Bush-allied National Security PAC. The infamous ad maliciously developed by Republicant strategist Lee Atwater slammed Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis for the weekend furlough program in his state’s prison system. Horton, a Black convicted murderer, was on furlough when he committed rape, assault, and armed robbery. The fear and the alarm of Black crime got Bush elected. In 1991, when Atwater was dying of cancer, he apologized for using Horton against Dukakis.
Stephen Bannon did not put any thinking into Donald Trump’s wretched brain that was not already there, but it was more than obvious that Bannon fueled Trump’s campaign by reaching out to white supremacists. Bannon counseled his neophyte candidate to disparage women though Trump already had a history of disparaging women. His Latino outreach was disgusting and pathetic. His Black outreach consisted of condescending and patronizing racist code words. Even the recent so-called Executive order Muslim Ban which many think was written by Bannon is still another example of Trump’s Racism and Bannon’s Racism. Understand that in White nationalist circles, Arabs/Muslims are referred to as “Sand or Desert Niggers.”
Someone described Bannon as a person with a very low moral compass, yet this is THE person Trump chose to advise him daily as his Senior Adviser and to sit as a permanent member of the National Security Council advising him on matters of national security. Bannon helped to politically “cultivate” Donald Trump’s vile racism and in the process gave him the White House. Think about that the next time you say…Give Him a Chance. The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ― Frederick Douglass
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
A Black person was interviewed on TV yesterday and the interviewer asked, "Do you respect Donald Trump?" She responded,"As a Black person, if you treat President Trump the way Whites treated President Obama, you are no better than them." I could not respond to her in person but this is my response to her "don't do as they do" answer.
Your response was not well-intended. In my opinion, it was uninformed, misinformed and a downright miscarriage of comparisons. President Obama was disrespected by White American Racists and a White Racist Congress based solely on the color of his skin, which is how The American Institution of Racism works. Many in White America had no clue who he was because they could get beyond the color of his skin. And please no references to the Dr. King quote about judging persons based on the content of their character as opposed to the color of their skin. White America does not believe that. They only use that quote of the many by Dr. King because it is convenient to hide behind.
I treat Donald Trump the way I would treat your average garden variety racist. He is no different. He has soiled and desecrated and denigrated and dishonored the position of President which he now holds. He is a racist and a sexist and a misogynist and a xenophobe and a liar. I do not respect racists and sexists and misogynists and xenophobes and liars. He was all of those things —and then some—during his campaign which was prima facie evidence of who and what he would be as president. He has done nothing since his election to dispel his arrogantly disrespectful manner.
Correspondingly, I do not respect Donald Trump. HE DOES NOT DESERVE RESPECT.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
I AM CONVINCED THAT SOME —CHECK THAT—MANY WHITES IN THE MEDIA ARE DAMN FOOLS. I was channel surfing and stopped at CNN when I saw a panel discussing President Obama’s press conference today. And BTW, the President has given more press conferences in the last 10 days than the Racist Degenerate called Trump has given since July 2016. A reporter asked President Obama about the Democrats boycotting the Inauguration of the Racist Degenerate and the President said “he is not getting into that” or words to that effect.
This reporter who apparently just got out of journalism school or was just sent to CNN by the Republicant party opined that this would have been an excellent opportunity for the President to “Unite the Country” and for the President to scold (my word) the Democrats for their boycott. What this pseudo-professional really wanted was to have the President blame and call out John Lewis. The President is Black …John Lewis is Black. Very typical White America. White privilege cannot stand a Black person telling the truth about a Racist and his Core Racist Attitudes even if he is about to become president. Are we to just disregard the vile and racist and hateful things this immature lying pretender has said and done when he is "crowned" as president? Are we to respect him as a president when he never respected President Obama? Are we to “normalize” his behavior when he is an Ass at best? Give Me a Break.
The media—term used lightly—all of sudden wants to unify this country as some moral voice of right and wrong YET they allowed 8 years of insults and rarely said one word about the racist insults HEAPED upon President Obama by White America other than “it is just politics.” There was not a day that went by when President Obama and his family were not insulted and disrespected not because of politics but because of the color of their skin. And racist White America and racist Republicants and others doing the insulting cowardly hid behind POLITICS. The racist epithets hurled at the President were a nasty throwback to those ignorant and venom-filled days of Jim Crow laws and segregation. Yet those in the news industry did not one time collectively call out the Racism of White America. And they certainly have not dealt with the racism in their own predominantly White industry which is brazenly on display every day. What these actions reinforce is that we must understand that no matter how much we want to call it a “post-racial” society, a racist element remains in this country that will never consider Blacks, not even a Black President, as being accomplished or worthy, and certainly not as equal.
All the whining by an insolent news media will not change the fact that they are “playing to” White America and White America’s racist disrespect of Black America. Disrespect I might add which they apparently share. Those in the media really do not give a Damn about Black America. They are as racist as the audience they “play to.”
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
WHITE AMERICA'S RACISM IS GROUNDED IN A FUNDAMENTAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR BLACKS, AND IT MANIFESTS ITSELF DAILY.
Donald Trump’s tweet this morning about John Lewis is an example of that disrespect. Trump tweeted, “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!” John Lewis represents Atlanta and you see Trump's racist code words talking about a predominantly Black city with a number of Black colleges and universities.
John Lewis announced Friday that he will not attend Trump’s inauguration, saying “Trump is not a legitimate president.” Daily news bears that out. John Lewis's comments were just an extension of his lifelong fight against Racism and for Human Dignity and Respect. Donald Trump has proven to be a unswerving example of the Racism we fought against during the Civil Rights Movement. Donald Trump enters the White House as the most overt Racist in the history of this country. Trump’s America cannot come to grips with its Racism because using Racist ideologies is how Trump’s America operates. Trump’s America in its usual racist way, disrespected President Barack Obama from day 1 of his presidency and only because he was Black. Their racist epithets and disrespect were apparent in news reports and meetings across this country, in official sessions of Congress, and even as the President was delivering one of his State of the Union addresses. Pure Racist.
White America’s comeback is always that Blacks blame everything on racism, but they are not Racist. Yet there is empirical data and obvious examples everywhere to show the level and the degree of White America’s Racism. We have seen White America’s common strategy of saying to Blacks when we identify a racist practice or pattern to “prove” that racism is indeed the reason. The implication is, if you cannot prove Racism, it is not there. This is both silly as an intellectual claim and dangerous as a policy standard especially in a nation with the racist history of America. Yet that is the rhetoric of Trump’s America. Tim Wise said, “If you want to know about America’s Racism, don’t ask White people”, and Tim Wise is White.
John Lewis is a civil rights icon and was a part of the Black Youth Leadership of the Civil Rights Movement in the late 50’s and early 60’s. John was one of the founders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Some of us—like me—were members of the NAACP Youth Councils and Colleges Chapters, others were members of the Congress of Racial Equality, while others were members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. WE all had the same mission. We fought the disrespect of Racism while fighting for Human Dignity and respect. We “sat-in” at White lunch counters because they were visible vestiges of segregation and they were examples of the ongoing disrespect for Blacks. Stores wanted you to shop and spend your money but only where THEY wanted you to shop and spend your money. Young Blacks throughout this country said enough was enough and we marched and we picketed and we boycotted and we protested America’s Racism by any non-violent means necessary. White America responded to the Civil Rights Movement and non-violence with batons and bats and bullets and bombs.
We have come full circle and though some of us walk a little slower and a bit less steady, many like John Lewis are still on the Civil Rights Battlefield. White America’s continued disrespect of Blacks and continually ignoring its Racism and its Core Racist Attitudes has resulted in where we are in this country today. There is no use wringing your hands, you had to know the election of an Overt Racist president would be the culmination of White America’s resentment towards Black America. THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE WAS THEN AND IS STILL TODAY GROUNDED IN FIGHTING RACISM, AND FIGHTING FOR HUMAN DIGNITY AND RESPECT. THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.
OPEN LETTER TO DR. BILLY HAWKINS, PRESIDENT OF TALLADEGA COLLEGE…
As stated in Talladega’s history, “Talladega College began on November 20, 1865 when two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama. From this meeting came the commitment: We regard the education of our children and youths as vital to the preservation of our liberties, and true religion as the foundation of all real virtue, and shall use our utmost endeavors to promote these blessings in our common country."
Apparently Mister President YOU threw those words out of the “Freedom with Integrity Window” when you committed your band and correspondingly ALL of Historically Black Talladega to “perform” in the inauguration of this country’s most overt racist president ever. Then you had the nerve to say on FOX of course…“As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.” Not a Political Event? Then you said you also believe "…it will be a learning experience." Give me a break. Are your eyes not seeing and your ears not hearing? The words uttered out the mouth of this Racist and Sexist incoming president do not make a difference to you? How racially ignorant can you be?
And since this is not a “sponsored” appearance, you then had to raise more than $75,000 to pay your own way to do your doo-dah for the good patronizing and condescending Racist Degenerate President and his equally patronizing and condescending Racist minions. You then set up a GoFundMe page and the good White folks helped you raise a ton of money to do your doo-dah, with your hat in your hand, as a good Colored is expected to do.
There is an excellent reason why other Black colleges and Black organizations declined to share in this Racist circus. Do you really think by "showing up" you have somehow honorably distinguished yourself and your college? However, YOU CAN congratulate yourself Mister President. Congratulate YOURSELF for entertaining The Racist Degenerate President who really gives less than a tinker's damn about you and those who look like you. You can rest assured you will occupy the favored Negro status in the stable of Going Along to Get Along and we will certainly hear the name of Talladega again and again throughout Racist gatherings as examples of Good American Niggers. You should be very "proud" of that Mister Black College President, and proud that you are substantially engraving “Nigger” in “House Nigger.” Way to teach Young Blacks about integrity and principle.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
AS I WATCH PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FAREWELL ADDRESS, I REMIND MYSELF THAT I HAVE NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH ANY FORM OF WITHDRAWAL IN MY LIFE. For that, I am eternally grateful. But at this stage of my life, I AM about to go into withdrawal. But it is a strange yet distinctive withdrawal. My withdrawal concerns what I have grown to expect from the President of the United States the last 8 years, and what I am going to miss going forward. I am going to miss dignity and quality and integrity and class and honesty and truth and respectability and the certainty of steadfastness and maturity making decisions which affect billions of lives throughout the world. In other words, I am going to miss President Barack Hussein Obama, who for the last 8 years was the most powerful yet respected person in the world. That is my withdrawal. The history and the significance are inescapable. The substance of the moment is the stuff of which legends are made. The importance of President Obama’s having had the reins of this mighty country should never be lost in ancillary issues. This was one historical ride, one major, major Black history event, which historians will not be able to trivialize or overlook as they have done with the historical accomplishments and contributions of most Black Americans. For God has written this moment in the Eternal History Book of Time.
Eight years ago, the Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama was this country’s first payment on an IOU due to Black folk who were stolen and kidnapped from Africa, then made to suffer in the torturous and stench filled trips from Africa, and finally compelled to sweat and toil for free—developing and underwriting a free-labor economy of this country. Though this is a moment of withdrawal for me anyway, it is also a time of great pride. It is a time to reassess who we are and to challenge our young people to take up the mantle of freedom and continue the struggle.
God Bless YOU President Barack Hussein Obama. This first payment on that long overdue IOU is only for those prepared to understand the future based upon the knowledge and the experiences of our great past. Thank you for adding a Major Chapter of Black History. And unlike the Incomplete and Dishonest American History of years gone by, historians cannot undo your accomplishments and your impact on the historical timeline of this country. Yes, This Racist Country, who never dreamed someone who looked like you would have served the American People and served them extremely well in the Oval Office for the last 8 years. You did and you did one Helluva job, Mr. President! Thank you from a Grateful Nation.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Keith Beauchamp is a dynamic young documentarian who honed his behind-the-camera skills during the day and spent his evenings doing research and reaching out to anyone who might have information on the Emmett Till case, a story told to Beauchamp when he was just ten years old. It was at this young age that Beauchamp saw a copy of Jet magazine that contained a picture of Emmett Till’s dead body and was told the story behind his murder.
Although it was long believed that Bryant and Milam (Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J. W. Milam who are both now deceased but admitted they killed Till) acted alone, new evidence—much of it provided by Beauchamp’s documentary "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till"—indicates that numerous other individuals may have been involved.2 The death of eighty-six-year-old Juanita Milam barely made head¬lines. Her brief obituary ran in the Biloxi, Mississippi, Sun Herald, but few noticed her passing, despite her being the widow of a killer.
Keith came to Jacksonville in February 2009 to join the Jacksonville Branch NAACP commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the NAACP with a showing of his documentary.
On May 10, 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice reopened this fifty-year-old murder case, calling the 1955 prosecution a “grotesque miscarriage of justice,” and citing Beauchamp’s documentary as the starting point for their investigation. In May of 2005, Emmett’s body was exhumed and the FBI turned over their evidence to the appropriate district attorney in Mississippi.
Two years later, however, the FBI and Mississippi prosecutors closed the book on the Till case. The statute of limitations prevented federal charges from being filed, and state prosecutors determined they did not have sufficient evidence to go after other suspects. Witnesses claimed that Mrs. Bryant was on the truck the night Emmett Till was kidnapped, though she denies any involvement. Some of Emmett’s family members still hold out hope that Mrs. Bryant will be held accountable for her role in the horrific murder, while other relatives say the lengthy investigation has allowed them to put the matter to rest.
In 2007, Tallahatchie County finally issued a formal apology to Till’s family: “We the citizens of Tallahatchie County recognize that the Emmett Till case was a terrible miscarriage of justice. We state candidly and with deep regret the failure to effectively pursue justice. We wish to say to the family of Emmett Till that we are profoundly sorry for what was done in this community to your loved one.”
Georgia congressman John Lewis, whose skull was fractured when he was beaten during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama, sponsored a bill that provides a plan for investigating and prosecuting unsolved murders from the civil rights era. The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act was signed into law in 2008.
Bolstered by his ability to connect with potential witnesses who otherwise might not come forward in communities where such Civil Rights crimes have occurred, Beauchamp has become a passionate advocate for survivors seeking justice, and has assisted the FBI by developing new leads for some of the still unsolved cases from this shameful troubled chapter in American history. His television series, The Injustice Files, allows him to comb through re¬cords; interview family members, witnesses, and investigators; and piece together the known facts of civil rights murder cases.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
WHEN DO WE STOP PATRONIZING RACISM AND BEGIN TO TEACH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAND UP TO RACISM AND TO RACISTS AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR? Talladega College is paying homage to an incoming Racist Degenerate as president by marching in the 2017 Presidential Inauguration parade and in effect paying RESPECT to his Racism. They should not get a pass nor should the President and the Administration of Talladega College who did a "Do-Dah" and obviously said yes.
This is no longer about the respect of the Office of the President. This year, the Office of the Presidency is tainted and besmirched by one who not only does not respect Blacks but does not respect women or Latinos or immigrants or those whose life style is different. Too many times in the Black community, WE have given Black folks a pass for kissing a White Racist's Behind. It is called Uncle Tom-ism. It is also called going along to get along. We have seen it incessantly during this presidential campaign with Black folks, who have obviously sold their souls for a few pieces of silver, and that includes Black ministers too! It has nothing to do with your spirituality nor does it hinder your Christianity when you stand up to the American Institution of Racism. Dr. Martin Luther King built an entire Civil Rights organization of ministers to fight Racism.
When we give Racists a pass, WE Trivialize and Disrespect the Civil Rights Movement…WE Trivialize and Disrespect Dr. King whose birthday WE will commemorate later this month and the Many Blacks WE will commemorate next month during Black History Month…WE Trivialize and Disrespect those who were beaten and killed in the Struggle…WE Trivialize and Disrespect the fight for human dignity and respect …WE Trivialize and Disrespect the many upon whose shoulders WE stand …WE do this when WE allow Blacks to support Racist actions and RacistTalk and do not hold them accountable.
The hue and cry from some NOW is Give Donald Trump a Chance. WHY? When do WE STOP going along to get along? What more do I need to know about a Racist than hearing his Racist words…understanding his Racist core racist attitude …and observing his racist actions? I do not care if he is the incoming president of the United States. A Racist is a Racist and Donald Trump is a Racist. He has shown me and proven his racism to me. You don't have to show me but one time.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
A RECENT HUFFINGTONPOST/YOUGOV POLL POINTED OUT HOW TRUMP SUPPORTERS, ALSO KNOWN AS RACISTS AND WHITE PATRIOTS SEE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AS “WHINERS” who should simply pull themselves up by their bootstraps when they experience “perceived” inequality and injustice at the hands of the establishment; and that Black Americans have struggles because they are lazy and do not like to work and are constantly feeding at the “government trough.” When we talk about WHO is feeding at the government trough, we need to understand the who and the why. Both Social Security and the G.I Bill helped White America stabilize their families and its net worth. It was some time before Black America would benefit.
A BIT OF HISTORY—The Social Security Act of 1935 might never have passed without support from the 141 Democrats from Southern states who only supported the bill after it was tweaked in committee so that it EXCLUDED farm workers and maids — who represented two-thirds of Black workers in the South at the time. As a result of the change, 65 percent of the African-American workforce was excluded from the initial Social Security program.
AND THE 1944 G.I. BILL—Whites were able to use the government guaranteed housing loans that were a pillar of the bill to buy homes in the fast-growing suburbs. Those homes subsequently rose greatly in value in coming decades, creating vast new household wealth for Whites during the postwar era. But Black veterans weren't able to make use of the housing provisions of the GI Bill. Banks generally wouldn't make loans for mortgages in Black neighborhoods, and Blacks were excluded from the suburbs by a combination of deed covenants and informal racism. In short, the GI Bill helped foster a long-term boom in White wealth but did almost nothing to help Blacks to build wealth. We are still living with the effects of that exclusion today — and will be for a long time to come. This is the White Supremacy and the White Privilege Whites like to ignore.
Today, there are more Whites on “Welfare” and “corporate welfare” …more Whites receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…and more Whites are getting their health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act aka Obama Care. White Americans, when they do not “achieve” look around for someone or something to blame for their lack of success. Their lament…“Blacks are just standing in our way.”
Recent studies indicate that most whites believe they are discriminated against more than Blacks are. By political reference, many Whites in America saw the election of President Obama as another example of Blacks standing in their way while inhabiting the White House which by design and title they felt belong to White America–ONLY. The nerve of “This Nigger President” thinking he can govern White people in “OUR country.” Doing a good job "For The People” is beside the point. The net reaction was to elect a Racist as President who will Make America Great Again by returning America to White America.Certainly don’t let “The African-Americans” get any ideas after 8 years of a Black President. This is not about getting the crumbs from the cake. This is about getting no crumbs and certainly no cake. It’s about White America electing a White Racist as president…no matter his baggage or the consequences. Fairness and Equality have nothing to do with it. Any doubt why The Struggle Continues? RLHSR.
MEMO TO NATIONAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA:
Stop trying to normalize Donald Trump. Stop trying to analyze Trump's comments as if there is a reason for his making them. Stop trying to objectify Stupidity. Stop trying to make his actions honorable. There is nothing remotely honorable about a Racist Degenerate Personified. These are the reasons why he is the president-elect. You wanted to make a genius out of an IDIOT. You wanted to make a reasonable person out of racist. You wanted a thoughtful person when you had a sexist.
Donald Trump is an Arrogant Narcissist with the corresponding personality disorder. He is also not very smart which makes him doubly dangerous. Had you done your job, this disaster about to happen to America could have been prevented. Don't continue to exacerbate your original error in judgment by trying to make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t. Donald Trump is the latter-not the former. He is also a wealthy amalgamated fool. Just tell the truth…that's all…tell the truth.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
THE HEADLINES BLARED…Mistrial declared in the case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop…AND THE NEWS FOLLOWED… “A jury deadlocked Monday in the case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets at the back of Walter Scott, a fleeing driver, in one of the most high-profile shootings AND BLATANTLY RACIST (MY WORDS) to rattle the nation in recent years.” “We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note that Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman read aloud in the courtroom.
NOW THE STORY …
The jury was selected 11 Whites and one Black and the Black person was made the Jury Foreman. In early deliberations, one of the White jurors said… “There is no way I will convict a policeman of killing someone.” That was reported to the court. (What he was really saying was he would not convict the police of killing someone Black.) In fact, the Jury Foreman asked for a replacement which apparently was not allowed. So now we have a hung jury 11 votes for guilty and ONE VOTE for NOT GUILTY. And the judge has no choice but to declare a mistrial. The State Attorney indicated they will try the case again.
AND THE ANALYSIS…
Today saw the announcement of the first three cities in the boycott. They are Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City. The Boycott will give those cities, the businesses and corporations that call those cities home, the states they are in, and the federal government, 43 days, that’s until Dr. Martin Luther King Day of 2017, to meet the reasonable and humane demands of local activists in those cities.
A targeted national boycott of large corporations headquartered in those cities that have either directly supported injustice there or have remained painfully silent in the face of it will also commence soon. Willful ignorance is no excuse. Big brands and corporations will be given an honest chance to publicly endorse the reasonable reforms of local activists before we publicly announce a boycott of them. If America and its corporations want to continue its Injustice and its Racism, let them do it without our money. And we haven't even gotten to the Racist Degenerate President-Elect soon to sit in the White House. Every movement is ALWAYS about sacrifices. Let the Boycott Begin…and There WILL BE Collateral Damage.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Why is it White America and the White press are so upset with the actions and the appointments of the Racist AFTER electing him President? Black folks warned of his actions long ago. We know how racists perform and act and do their racist "thing." WE have seen Trump's racism historically and traditionally in these As Yet United States of America.
What did you expect after he gave you an up close and personal look at his Execrable Non-Qualified Ass.
The White press and White America thought it was cute when The Racist's racist audience would shout "lock her up" referencing Hillary Clinton.
They thought it was cute when Bernie Sanders was running around waging a negative campaign after it became obvious he would not get the votes to secure the nomination of the Democrat Party. Hell…he is not even a Democrat.
They thought it was cute when millennials said they would only vote for Bernie for President. Why?
They thought it was cute when TWO Third Party Candidates without a snowball's chance in hell of being elected decided they needed to run for President …. maybe just to see their names on the ballot? And then Jill Stein decided SHE needed to endorse Donald Trump? Why did she run other than to siphon off votes?
They thought it was cute when Donald Trump sashayed around like a peacock with the press salivating at his every action and his every move and his every whim while he said absolutely nothing.
They thought it was cute when vile and venomous and despicable and sexist and disrespectful and insulting language cascaded from the mouth of the Racist. Then everybody including the so-called Christian Evangelicals—spelled Christian Hypocrites— gave him a "bad language pass" and defended him and his language.
NOW THEY are upset AFTER THEY elected this Sexist Racist Misogynist Xenophobe as president. Live With Him White America. Black America have lived with the Donald Trump Types ALL of our Lives.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
America is hurtling down a track of racial intolerance from which there is only a slow and painful recovery, if at all! Every day the news reports document racist comments and racist intimidation and racist violence which have all spiked since the election of Donald Trump, Racist President-Elect. And White America, like it or not, this on YOU. YOU elected this Racist as President. There are those …both Black and White… who say that Donald Trump is not a racist. But you are judged by what you say and the company you keep. And during his campaign, Donald Trump used all of the code words and all of the red meat whistle terms to appeal to his Racist White campaign audiences wherever he appeared. When he said Make America Great Again, White America interpreted that to mean Make America White Again. White America is just basking in the glory of a Racist America.
I am Unapologetically and Unashamedly Black but it is not to the exclusion of anyone. I am not Anti-White. The exclusionary and preferential hate speech encouraged by Trump is Anti-Black, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino and Anti-Hispanic …and the examples don’t end. Actions of Donald Trump and his fellow racists are yielding and will continue to yield expected and unexpected results. This is not a game. Donald Trump is not just a staunch conservative. He is a staunch Racist. Persons will be hurt as this Racist and his Klan-robe wearing friends continue to feel emboldened to say and to do anything to Blacks and Muslims and LGBTs and women. But be warned, this is not an era of turn the other cheek. And like it or not, there will be innocent collateral damage —both Black and White—and there will be other unexpected consequences. The Nonviolence mantra of the 50’s and 60’s Civil Rights Movement will not suffice today. You cannot build a bridge over Racism.
MEMO TO POLITICALLY STUPID WHITE PROGRESSIVES AND EQUALLY POLITICALLY STUPID SIMPLETONS POSING AS BLACKS WHO VOTED FOR THE RACIST DONALD TRUMP —OR VOTED 3RD PARTY OR DIDN'T VOTE —BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR ASSES FROM A HOLE IN THE GROUND:
First …The White Progressives or rather the Regressives who think they know every damn thing there is to know about the political arena and tooka extended flying toilet break to vote for one of the two 3rd party candidates….Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Not only did you not know what their policies were, but many of you stupidly bought into the Republicant political talking propaganda BS about Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson could not put two sentences together which made any sense and Jill Stein endorsed Donald Trump. In your cockeyed mind, you voted 3rd party or you didn’t vote and you got The Racist Donald Trump. “Progressives”, you are not different from the Racist Trump voters? In fact you have all the appearances of RIP —Racists in Progressive—clothing. And you are just as Stupid. Perhaps in all of your political wisdom you have never sat down with a real Black person and have them explain White American Racism. You know the White American Racism that Blacks deal with every day. The White American Racism that was the foundation of the Trump campaign and as we are seeing, is the foundation of a Trump Administration. Of course, Blacks really explained White Racism to you up close and personal, you would probably have some ignorant explanation as to what you THINK racism is because again you think you know every damn thing.
Second…Blacks who do not know the difference between their asses and a hole in the ground. Well understand this Black Political Lackeys, whether YOU understand Racism or whether you have been exposed to Racism or not, you are about to have your proverbial “behinds” handed to you on a silver platter, while you are waiting on White folks to show you what they mean by Make America Great Again. Give Trump a Chance you say. You are some of the same Ne’er-do-wells who like to talk about how “Irrelevant” the Civil Rights Movement was and how irrelevant some Civil Rights organizations are, yet these are the same organizations who fought for and won the right to allow you to act like the ass you are. And what would you have done during the Civil Rights Movement? You would have done the same thing you are doing now…standing on the sidelines talking to hear yourself talk. The Civil Rights Movement represented young Black people who were brave enough to stand and march and sit down depending upon the circumstances and had the courage of their convictions to face the dogs and the cattle prods and the billy clubs and the water hoses and the ax handles and the baseball bats and the bullets and the bombs. You have bought into the same bull crap White folks have been selling you since your birth date. You do not know any better but you think you know every damn thing. Donald Trump is a Racist and a Racist is like a snake …You know what it is and what it is capable of doing. You know what Donald Trump is and you do not give him credit for anything other than what he is…a dyed-in-the-wool Racist.
So congratulations White Progressives and Uncle Tom Niggers … you have developed a Coalition. Enjoy each other for these next 4 years standing on the sidelines talking to each other while doing absolutely nothing.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
HOW DO I SEE AMERICA? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.
I see America not coming close to its Creed or its Constitution or its Declaration of Independence for all of its citizens.
I see America as a place where Whites feel they are doing something extraordinarily special just to let me live here, even though White America brought my ancestors here in chains.
I see America as a country where Whites think they are giving me something —a veritable handout—yet not remotely acknowledging that I have “earned” my birthright as an American citizen.
I see America embracing vile racism in its rawest and purest form which is how it was intended when White America created Racism and the American Institution of Racism as by-products of the American Holocaust called Slavery. I see America as a pseudo-Christian country who only uses the Bible as a shield to hide its Racism and where brotherhood and sisterhood mean absolutely nothing.
I see America where its “do-good Whites” want to hold hands and talk a good game while singing Kum-Baya, but whose actions speak volumes about who they are.
I see an America as a country that tolerates Blacks but ONLY when we act like "Good Coloreds" should.
I see an America through the eyes of a Black man who recognizes America for its years of Lying and its false bravado and invoking its Christianity when it suits its racist fancy.
I am a Black man who refuses to allow America to kill my spirit and my resolve and will continue to fight in the Struggle unless and until White America kills my physical body. I am not alone. Many Blacks were beaten and killed fighting for this THING called Freedom and every time we think we finally see the end of the tunnel and Freedom is at hand, White folks change the rules of the game. But we have understood The American Institution of Racism since our very existence. We have adapted to the tomfoolery and the antics of White America.
WE are not surprised how and why White America elected the Racist flavor of the month as president. White America wants to return to the days when things were as they liked them and wanted them then….the days when Blacks were seen and not heard…the days when Blacks addressed all Whites irrespective of their age with a Mr. and Miss and Misses…the days where Blacks knew their places and dare not move from that norm…the days of the Whites Only and Colored signs…the days when Blacks dare not vote… the days when Blacks dare not run for public office…and certainly dare not envision being President of the United States. Well White America, those days are dead and gone, and your electing a Racist White president will not bring them back.
In his first book Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin wrote: I love America more than any other country in this world, and exactly for this reason, I reserve the right to criticize her perpetually. James Baldwin wrote this in 1955. We understand exactly what you were saying James, more than 60 years ago. Nothing Has Changed.
The Criticisms and the Struggle and the Fight WILL Continue. RLHSR.
White American Racism was in full bloom yesterday/last night throughout these as yet United States of America as White America elected the full throated-racist they wanted to serve as THEIR president for the next 4 years. Donald Trump was not elected by the Klan and the White Citizens Council and the American Nazis although they have been emboldened by his Racist rhetoric. Donald Trump was elected by Educated Whites… Uneducated Whites…Wealthy Whites…Not-so Wealthy Whites… Professional Whites…Non-Professional Whites…in other words, by White America. 63% of White Men and 53 % of White women voted for Donald Trump. I don’t want to hear the typical and usual Bull Sh*t from White political pundits who opine that Black turnout or Latino turnout or some other such excuse as to why a Racist like Donald Trump was elected President. And I do not want any dialogue about “Post-Racial.” November 8, 2016 was a statement day by White America which in effect said…Yes, We are Racists and WE want the world to know
White America can no longer ignore its Racism. White America can longer act as if Racism does not exist. White America can no longer talk about its “moderation.” White America can no longer act as if they believe in the Constitution. White America voted for a racist to speak for them, and represent their sentiments. White America wanted a Racist as President … White America Got a Racist as President. Black America is totally familiar with the Racism of White America. WE have been there before … Slavery… Jim Crow… Black Codes… the Nadir of Race Relations… Race Riots… Lynchings… de jure and de facto Segregation…Redlining…Undermining Public Education…Employment Discrimination…the list is ever so endless.
Yesterday, White America arrogantly spoke its “Racist Truth” … showed its “Racist Honesty” and made its “Racist Intent” known in every sense of the word. White Racism. White Privilege. White Supremacy.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Donald Trump is a Racist and a Sexist and a Misogynist and Xenophobe and the list goes on and on and on…
"There are only a handful of days until Election Day and an end to this phase of a nation’s — and the world’s — ebb and flow of anxiety. The day after the votes are cast and counted that anxiety will either dissipate or become a fixed feature. Which of these it will be is very much in flux.
American slavery is the greatest tragedy and most immoral failing in the history of this Christian country. Slavery or American Apartheid created Racism. Most dictionaries define “racism” as racial hatred based on the color of one’s skin. Racism is not simply personal prejudice and bigotry. Racism is a destructive organism of oppression, plus the institutional and systemic power to dominate, one that creates a society of first and second-class citizens by denying rights and access to resources to Blacks. Racism is a vicious paradigm of power used by White Americans against Black Americans because they can. Racism is America’s insidious cultural disease. American Apartheid. And Remember, Racism Is Taught! As Dick Gregory said, “White is not a color; it’s an attitude.”
A Chinese proverb says: “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.” Black folks and White folks LOVE to use the term “progress” when addressing Racism. Progress implies that congratulations are in order for a “race-relations” job well done…that we live in a “post-racial” society as some like to say…we have a diversity division/department/section …or “look how far we have come?” Seriously? And what do they mean? Absolutely Nothing. White America has learned and has taught their corporate Blacks how to go through the motions of so-called political correctness while saying things and having words on paper which do not mean a tinker’s damn.
Then along comes Donald Trump. The predominant narrative and one that you hear from infotainment front men and women in the media is that support for Donald Trump’s claimed core base—White working-class voters—is economic anxiety, not prejudice…that Trump the billionaire is “an image of their aspiration” …that He is an “outsider who is needed to go to Washington DC to shake things up.” Yet you notice the reluctance to say that Donald Trump’s racism and his core racist attitude has fueled his White support. Racism is treated like a four-letter word and no one, especially White folks, want to use it. In addition to his message of obvious Racism, Donald Trump’s message is also rooted in xenophobia, sexism, misogyny and other party components of White nationalism which is an ideology that advocates a racial definition of national identity attached to the concept of a White nation. How is that not a problem? During an interview on MSNBC, one of the many Trump Zombies declared that we should commend Donald Trump for reaching out to Black audiences, moments after Trump, speaking before a White audience, told Black people they were being duped by Democrats for decades. Trump’s lecturing that he knows what is best for Blacks isbroken record that gets stuck and plays over and over and over again. Donald Trump wants to take America back to the days of how things USED TO BE.
Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump’s tirade and rant of Make America Great Again revolves around premises of Racism. Nothing less. Yet only a few in the media are really willing to say…DONALD TRUMP IS A RACIST. It was entertaining to watch a video of a Hispanic female on CNN …say to one of Donald Trump’s supporters that Donald Trump is a racist in English and Spanish. It only takes an elementary look at Donald Trump’s business practices and attitudes…many inherited from his father Fred Trump…to see an ongoing pattern of racism in his thought…word…and deed…and the obvious code words he drops every time he opens his racist mouth.
There is no sugar coating Racism and its causes and effects. Make America Great Again in the mind of Donald Trump and his supporters mean a return to those American yesterdays of Racism…more blatant and more overt than it is now. It makes it more than obvious that those Black lackeys who kneel at the Trump throne have a bought and paid for integrity.Hopefully the Black preachers who have turned over their souls and their churches to Donald Trump have a good explanation when they meet their maker.
For the record, I have removed Progress and Post-Racial and Diversity from my vocabulary. Those meaningless words have no place when talking about Racism and fighting Racism in the ongoing Struggle for Human Dignity and Respect.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Donald Trump has proven that not only are Racists Low Information Voters, but they will believe anything as long as it comes from the lips of another racist. Ask Racist Yahoos What Does “Make America Great Again” and they will mumble something about making the world “respect” America again as if we are the International Police. Racists have this cowboy mentality and they think all Americans—White Americans that is—are like John Wayne. In fact many believe in John Wayne. He is one of their Racist heroes. Don't tell them that John Wayne died in 1979.
'A RIOT IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNHEARD' ….DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WHEN HE LIVED, AND BEFORE DR. KING WAS ASSASSINATED BY WHITE AMERICA, WHITE AMERICA GAVE LESS THAN A TINKER'S DAMN ABOUT DR. KING.
Yet today, White America gladly will quote him when White Racism results in the kind of violence we see in Charlotte usually saying "Dr. King said I judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin" …as if Dr. King walked around holding hands and singing Kum-Bay-Yah. To paraphrase a colorful quote…White America did not know Dr. King very well. The words of the real Dr. Martin Luther King were far more radical than today's cherry-picked lines.
Dr. King’s complete quote…”It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.” And this was before we had the film/video documentation of Black Death By White Police.
I am non-violent. But that does not mean I do not understand the roots of violence. White America with its rudimentary understanding of Dr. King, cynically trots his quotes out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities to use him to conveniently prop up the status quo. He is the Dr. King of ignorant and racist White commentators and equally ignorant Black commentators who will not talk about root causes of violence, the racism, and the senseless killings of Blacks by Police which are at the very least, responsible for the revolution. Dr. King also said that Whites are not putting in a similar mass effort to re-educate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the White people of America believe they have so little to learn. White Privilege and White Supremacy.
Of course, the game plan in EVERY city where violence erupts follows like this: White America will “run” to Black "preachers" and various Black pulpit pimps who are so connected to White folks that every time they move their Black lackeys moves too. (Real Black Preachers know Better.) They will trot these persons out…usually in a church…along with a few Black elected officials…and they will say in so many words “Stop The Violence.” Yet these same Black pimps…and Black elected officials…and White Racist elected officials NEVER SAY to police, STOP KILLING BLACKS. Yet the police kill Blacks with impunity and when the Black community revolts you want peace without substance. Memo to Police: Killing Black folks is not your job.
White America still does understand Black Lives Matter TOO! Charlotte is not an exception. And whether you agree with violence or not, what instigated the protests in Ferguson and St. Louis and Tulsa and Baltimore and Charlotte was Death By Police. No one wants to talk about That!
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
ANOTHER MEMO TO WHITE FOLKS…
*Police killed at least 102 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week.
*Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting.
*37% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population.
*Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015.
In this country symbolically represented by the United States Flag and the Star Spangled Banner, you, White America, get bent out of shape when we realistically look at those symbols as symbols of Racism and America’s Core Racist Attitudes. You expect Black America to revere those symbols and hold them in unfettered allegiance and loyalty. Yet like the Confederate Flag, the American Flag, and the Star Spangled Banner are beginning to mirror each other. One celebrated racism and slavery and the other celebrates racism and oppression. Not much difference in our eyes. That is why you are angry at Colin Kaepernick.
You were pissed off as hell and wanted to move Heaven and Earth when Colin, as a professional football player, demonstrated against what he could plainly see happening to Blacks every day. He saw the epidemic killing of unarmed Blacks by police…he saw the jailing of an unarmed Black female because of her “attitude” by police and then her ultimate death…he saw the chokehold killing of an unarmed Black male by police…he saw an unarmed Black teenager running from police and for that he was shot 16 times by police…he saw the killing of an unarmed Black 12-year-old playing with a toy in a park by police…he saw the police become Occupation Troops in the Black Community …and in just the last few days, he saw as we have seen police kill Keith L. Scott, an unarmed disabled Black man in Charlotte, NC, and police kill Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man with his arms in the air in Tulsa, OK.
I know you are only interested in Black folks when we entertain you on stage and on a sports field. When I look at some of the sports teams from TWI–Traditional White Institutions—it makes me think the student body was mostly Black. We know that is not the case. We are only there for YOU because WE suit your athletic purposes. I cannot explain to you my mixed feelings and even anger as I watch sports teams from the South, especially Mississippi and Alabama with a substantial number of Blacks when just a few short years ago, the National guard and the military were called out in Oxford, Mississippi when a Black man James Meredith applied for admission at the University of Mississippi…and Governor George Wallace stood in the door of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to keep Vivian Malone and James Hood from being admitted. It took the Kennedy Administration through the Deputy United States Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach (while the 2nd Infantry of the United States Army at Fort Benning, Georgia stood-by) to get him to move out of the way and allow their admission. You hated us then…and YOU want us to believe you “Love” us now? Really?
Black folks cannot all play sports. We cannot all sing, and believe it or not, we cannot all dance, so all of us cannot entertain you; BUT WE can see your racism. We can see you say nothing when unarmed Blacks are killed by police. We can see your support for a racist running for President as he spouts his usual vile and insulting venom. We can see you say and do nothing about deadly racist violence, yet we can see you Raise Hell when that OBVIOUS RACIST VIOLENCE is called out. WE can see your over the top self-serving support of White Supremacy and White Privilege. And you think WE are not patriots because we can clearly recognize oppression and cruelty and tyranny when we see it. By The Way and for the Record, WE are not afraid of your Ku Klux Klan.
Although you are trying as hard as hell to keep us from voting, WE WILL vote and we will certainly NOT vote for your glorified Racist leader Donald Trump. Understand that many of us look upon the "Star Spangled Banner" TODAY and the American Flag TODAY, like we look upon "Dixie" and the Confederate Flag YESTERDAY and TODAY, as symbols of Racism and White Supremacy and White Privilege and White Oppression. Don’t even try the Southern Heritage thing…that has never worked. The Struggle has not ended…The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
WHITE AMERICANS WILL NOT ADMIT TO THEIR RACISM…NEVER HAVE…NEVER WILL. Yet they created the American Institution of Racism during that infamous period of American history when they kept 4 million people in chains for their nefarious pleasure and financial gain and reward. In fact, when Jacksonville Native Son James Weldon Johnson penned "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" and the lyrics “Stony the Road We Trod, Bitter the Chastening Rod” he was talking about the bitter times for Black America in 1900; and he prophetically imagined Black America would continue to experience bitter times some 116 years later.
DELEGITIMIZE EVERYTHING BLACK AMERICA HAS ACCOMPLISHED. White America has this continuous need to reinforce their “Whiteness” by proclaiming that in order for a Black person–any Black person–to have succeeded or succeed, they must have done so through some nefarious means. Whites never think Blacks have the intelligence, the knowledge, the work habits, and the work ethic to succeed. Whenever great Black athletes and Black academics/scholars and Black artists and Black writers make their impact in America and the world, it was simply because it “came easy” to them. They had the physical genetics to play sports or music came easy to them or they were able to research eminent subjects because of entitlements or their writings and their art were hard to understand or were simply folly. Their mantra…Blacks simply do not have the gray matter to make a difference. Without admitting it, White America’s White Privilege and White Supremacy means their intelligence and their knowledge and work habits are never on display. Then there is White America’s well-worn comment that you hear over and over and over again… “Why don’t Blacks pull themselves up by their boot-straps like “others” that came to this country?” Not even admitting or wanting to admit that the many who came to this country came on a ship and through Ellis Island and not in chains like Africans on the bottom of a filthy and dehumanizing slave ship.
Where President Obama was born or if he is a Muslim are instances of contempt and disrespect used by White America to try and delegitimize The President and his administration. Make America Great Again are just code words for The Nigger President did not do ANYTHING and Niggers did not do anything either. The game plan is to co-opt America's thinking about President Obama’s legacy…the legacy about THE Black President. The election and re-election of President Obama…the accomplishments of an Obama administration…The significant achievements of the Civil Rights Movement…and the relevant yet ignored historical accomplishments of Blacks Made America Great in the first place are some facts White America does not want to admit or discuss and certainly not put it in a book where young Black and White students can read about it.
Then we have those Whites and Blacks who say race relations are getting better and that Racism is a thing of the past. I guess for them, killing unarmed Blacks and Black children is a sign of things getting better. This ridiculous lack of honesty coincides with our country’s penchant to return to its past racist attitudes. That is what Make America Great Again really means. White America wants to return to the past and some ignorant Blacks are stupid enough to want to help them by supporting a Maniacal Racist like Donald Trump. It is easier to think that relations are getting better when you are not feeling the brunt of racism. We are not in a post-racial period…White America wants to return to its days where they felt Black America knew its place. In fact, Christian White America will never admit that while we shed our Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Died…they stole Money from us.
Martin Luther King Jr. declared: “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” Legalized slavery allowed White America to extract wealth from the lives of four million African Americans. “Slaves were the single largest, by far, financial asset of property in the entire American economy.” Understand White America, we are not going back to way things used to be. You did not give us anything. Black America has earned its right as citizens in this country. But in the vein of let’s make a deal, we will go back to Africa, when YOU go back to Europe. Deal? I didn’t think so.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
What these Black Egg Suckers DO NOT understand is Colin Kaepernick had the courage of his conviction to respond to issues of Racism while these Black slugs ask their agents if they CAN protest Racism. The Rodney Harrisons and the Richard Shermans and the Victor Cruzes and the Jerry Rices and the other Big Black men on the NFL Campus do not have the courage of their convictions because they do not have a conviction and they certainly do not have courage. That also goes for journalism clown, Jason Whitlock. On yesterday, they were Wimps.
I lost the Love of my Life last evening. We would have celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary December 10, 2016. We were in the planning for that much-anticipated celebration. 50 Wonderful and Glorious Years. In addition to putting up with me for 50 years, Ann was my confidante and my friend and the mother of our sons, Rodney II and Todd, and a grandmother and a sister-in-law and a mother-in-law and an aunt and a godmother and a good friend. I am grieving and will continue to grieve for some time to come but, I am also giving Thanks to God for allowing me to spend some of my most cherished moments with a wonderful Lady and a fiercely committed loving family matriarch. You often hear people say "I got your back" but Ann really did have my back just as I had her back.
Whites support Trump because he appeals to their Privilege, their core racist attitudes and because they believe their White Supremacy numbers are in trouble. They feel Trump represents the best opportunity for them to play payback after years of this country yielding to the "whims of Blacks."
Lest We Forget the History of This Racist and his historical Racism. Send this to Bishop Wayne T. Jackson the pastor of Great Faith Ministries as he prepares for his scripted interview with The Racist …The Racist's scripted visit to his Black Church…and The Racist's overall scripted visit to Detroit.
Remember all of this is because …
A Racist is running for President.
A Racist that the media refuses to call a racist.
A Racist who has insulted every ethnic group in this country and abroad.
A Racist who has tapped into the racism of millions of obvious White American racists.
A Racist who has made this country a laughing stock AGAIN.
A Racist who has NO intentions of changing and probably laughs at how he got the media to buy that bridge to nowhere.
A Racist who does not deserve consideration as a president of any country, let alone the USA.
Yet here we are discussing the pros and cons of a racist visiting Black folks in an Urban setting YET who does not have the stones to engage them in conversation.
Presidential? Not in the least. Just a great big cowardly racist joke on America.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Young people sat down at White lunch counters here in Jacksonville and all over the South during the Civil Rights Movement to protest White America’s Racism and White America’s inhumanity to its Black Citizens. We did not sit down to eat a hot dog and drink a coke but rather we used White lunch counters, as visible vestiges of Racism in its most insulting manner, to dramatize our opposition to Racism. Angry White Jacksonville responded in the store as we sat by hurling vicious but usual epithets from Niggers to Jungle Bunnies to Nigras to Coon to Sambo to Niggers Ain’t Acting like Colored People—their new definition for NAACP—and their favorite … GO BACK TO AFRICA. The VIOLENCE would come later.
COLIN KAEPERNECK DECIDED TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST AMERICAN INJUSTICE AND ITS RACISM just as John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali did and he is being castigated by White America just as John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali were. All of a sudden instead of being a Sunday NFL hero to “entertain” White America and in the “liberal” state of California, he is now “just an ungrateful nigger”… an “African coon”… “he should be appreciative of this opportunity to make money”… “he should go back to Africa” … and his jerseys are burned in effigy. Even Gabby Douglas…after she had represented the United States and represented the United States well, but because she forgot to put her hand over her heart while receiving her gold medal as they played the Star Spangled Banner, White America went bonkers as if she was unpatriotic–whatever in the Hell that means– yet did not open their mouths when White athletes still not stand still or put their hands over their hearts when the played the Star Spangled Banner and they received their gold medals. Different circumstance but still an instance of White Racism on parade. It was James Baldwin who said, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” White America thinks that Black America should be ever grateful to White America for allowing us to live here. It is the never-ending White proposition that Blacks are to be seen and entertain and never have an opinion and never ever speak your mind about White Racism and the genocide perpetrated by White America on Black America…and that includes the almost daily shootings and killings by the Occupation troops in the Black community called The Police.
This is the same White America that instituted Slavery.
This is the same White America that seceded from the United States of America to fight a war to maintain Slavery.
This is the same White America that after losing their Slavery War then instituted the Nadir of Race Relations, Jim Crow laws, and de jure segregation and de facto segregation.
This is the same White America that needed pressure to integrate the military.
This is the same White America that encouraged the creation of cowardly night riding thugs like the Ku Klux Klan, the Jayhawkers, the Black Horse Cavalry, the Knights of the White Camellia, the Constitutional Union Guards, the Pale Faces, and the White Brotherhood to foment violence on Black America.
This is the same White America that declared Separate was, in fact Equal.
This is the same White America that needed to pass a Civil Rights Bill and a Voting Rights Bill(s) to ensure rights of Black Americans which were already guaranteed in the Constitution.
This is the same White America that has used Race Hatred and Fear over the years to elect Presidents who support Race hatred and Fear.
This is the same White America that has conspired to make the two terms of a Black President as insignificant as possible and are visibly angry and upset they were not successful.
This is the same White America who does not have a clue that Black Lives Matter simply means Black Lives Matter Too!
This is the same White America who thinks the Black Lives Matter is a hate group.
This is the same White America who thinks all Black males are “naturally violent” and think Black males always entertain thoughts of raping White females.
This is the same White America who feels that every Black victim murdered by the police 'had it coming."
This is the same White America who sees the disparate brutality and violence against Black America by the Police as necessary to protect them, their property and America.
In other words, this is Racist White America being Racist White America yet Again; and for this, WE should be grateful?
ColinKaeperneck has my respect. He is not just another Black millionaire in the NFL who after seeing and reading about daily instances of Racism he just goes along to get along. HE decided to SHOW his dissatisfaction by not standing for the Star Spangled Banner. Even White America does not realize that even the Star Spangled Banner is not a patriotic song. It is about war AND the 3rd verse —there are 4 verses—of the Star Spangled Banner has to do with wholesale Racism. Most Americans do not know that. Whether Colin knew that or not is not important. What is important he knows White America has shown and continues to show its racism daily, and its disdain for Black America; and as if to make the point how much…they nominated The Racist Donald Trump to run for President.
Black America can see Racist White America embracing a vile Racist like Donald Trump. Black America can see and hear White America shouting and applauding and being encouraged by all of the scum and garbage spewed by Donald Trump. Black America can see the actions of the millions of RACISTS who support Donald Trump as THEIR potential Racist-in-Chief. Black America can hear the hatred dripping from the lips of Donald Trump. Black America sees the daily violence exacted on them for just being Black. You cannot close your eyes and your mind as if these police shootings and killings of Blacks by the police are not happening. Black America can see all of these things.
Colin Kaeperneck saw and can see all of these things too and decided to do something about them in HIS OWN WAY. That is how a movement begins. It begins with ONE PERSON. But if none of the Black Wimps in the NFL open their collective and individual mouths in support, Colin did, and for that I applaud him. Of course, the White media and the White sports media as willing and stupid and ignorant extensions of White America will simply ask over and over and over again…Aren’t You Black People Grateful?
Colin's answer is … my answer is …as is the answer from other Blacks …NO…AND I DON’T HAVE TO BE GRATEFUL!
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
1) American History which should tell a truthful story of thiscountry’s good and bad dishonestly embellishes ONLY the good about White historical figures and excludes everyone and everything else. W. E. B. Du Bois said, “One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not re¬member that Daniel Webster got drunk, but only that he was a splen¬did constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner . . . and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect man and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.”
Black Americans are woefully unknown and excluded from American History. In the academicarena there is a saying, “If it is not written down, it did not happen,” and Black history is seldom written on the pages of American history.
2) White America refuses collectively to admit to their White Privilege. White Privilege is described as a level of collective advantage that comes with being seen as the norm in America, automatically conferred irrespective of wealth, gender or other factors and all based on a White skin color. It makes life smoother, but it’s something you would barely notice unless it were suddenly taken away — or unless it had never applied to you in the first place. Yet Black America see examples of White Privilege every day exemplified with the respect police gave a White murderer after killing 9 Black people in a church by taking him to a fast food restaurant to eat because he was hungry. Did the police feel sorry for him because he was trying to escape and did not have a chance to stop and eat? That is coupled with the number of Blacks killed by police for just "twitching" and Whites who are arrested by police even though they were armed with various weapons.
3) Racism is one of the residuals of the American Holocaust called Slavery. Slavery created racial segregation and institutionalized racism. Most dictionaries define “racism” as racial hatred based on the color of one’s skin. As Dick Gregory said, “White is not a color; it’s an attitude.” Some add that racism is racial prejudice plus the institutional and systemic power to dominate, exclude, discriminate against, or abuse targeted groups of people based on a designation of race. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. How flawed is a country that passes racist laws, creates discriminatory governmental policies, and develops unfathomable societal catego¬ries designed to keep that population in their place based on the Black color of their skin? Even with the celebrated election of a Black President less than 150 years after the end of slavery, a vast number of White Americans showed for all who would watch and listen that it was not a happy occasion for them. Black America can plainly see the ongoing disdain White America has had for a Black President for no other reason than the color of his skin. Forget his qualification and the content of his character. White America never gives a damn about qualifications and the content of character irrespective of what they try to say…it is just the color of one’s skin. Like I said, Black America does not trust White America.
4) It is said that when America gets a cold, Black America gets Pneumonia. Which stills goes back to how Blacks are treated on everything from health care to jobs to education to housing to police actions to community infrastructure to politics.
Don't you just love White political commentators giving their opinion about Donald Trump "regrets" and his new so-call outreach to "The African Americans" –his way of saying 'You People'–as if his regrets make a difference? The Press then "reports" on Donald Trump as if they think that WE think THE Racist CAN change his spots.
Donald Trump has insulted Blacks (and many others) during his entire campaign. You do not put the brakes on your core racist attitudes and think Blacks will buy your new BULLSHIT. We did not buy your old BULLSHIT. If White commentators want an opinion about Donald Trump and his "new appeal" to "The African Americans", why not ask The African Americans? NO matter the circumstance, when will White folks understand THEY are not experts on US and how WE think? Donald Trump is a through and through Racist and he cannot pivot or make a change from that.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Occasionally, I share great words and posts from friends on Facebook and from those in the media. This post comes from Chuck Hobbs, Tallahassee, Florida — Lawyer, Writer, Activist, Muckraker (his words). Chuck's writings are really something to write home about. I bet you will agree.
"Just read where Donald Trump posed the following question to "The African Americans" today: "What the Hell do you have to lose" (by voting for him).
Well, as one of "The African Americans," off the top of my head if I voted for Trump I stand to lose:
* My Self-Respect;
* My Black Card—and I do not mean American Express;
* Most, if not all, of my thousands of Black followers who read my articles and blogs and who would deduce that I have transmogrified from a proud Black man to a Fuck Nigga;
* My natural rhythm and ability to cut a two-step while balancing a bourbon in one hand and a Black n Mild in the other;
* My natural command of Ebonics;
* The daily communion with the ancestors whose spirits surround and support my every step;
* A place in Heaven for my dad, who may scream among the heavenly host: "that boy and namesake of mine done lost his got damn mind…" and get tossed out like Lucifer;
So nah, sorry Donald, but I will pass. Yes, I understand that Hillary Clinton has some deep flaws and has to answer for many issues with respect to Black people as I addressed assiduously while campaigning for Bernie Sanders earlier this year. But I sincerely believe that there are enough prominent and strong Black people advising Clinton now and later who will keep her in check with respect to what impacts various Black communities across America.
But Trump, like too many white Republicans and their Negro lackeys, irks the shit out of me when he seeks to tell Black people what WE should be concerned about politically. You and ya'll ain't Black, you have never walked in nann one of our shoes, and just now, there is some gump white dude named Rep Jack Kingston on CNN talking about how Trump is reaching out to "The African Americans," while simultaneously screaming that Clinton has never said "Blue Lives Matter." No, mufucka, it is #BlackLivesMatter, which implies "too," which for the intellectually dim witted means "also," which, then, implies that all lives matter, including the police. But Trump and his lackeys in a very pernicious way are convincing their fact deficient white supporters that Black folks want war with the police because to Trump et al, the best Black folks, which they believe are the minority, are 1. Docile 2. Dumb-Mute about racial injustices 3. Patriotic to the point of Jingoism despite living in a land that by law and custom has enslaved and mistreated us since 1619. Indeed, the election of a Black President did not ameliorate almost 400 years of racist bullshit by whites in power against Blacks, and what is worse is that Trump et al have done everything within their power to stymie Barack Obama's administration and question the very American citizenship of the man.
So to Hell with Donald Trump's appeal to "The African Americans." If he was as real as he claims, he would have delivered his pitch at the conventions for the Urban League, the NAACP, the National Bar Association, the National Medical Association or even better, the National Association of Black Journalists— all black advocacy groups. He has yet to deliver a speech at any one of over 100 HBCUs, schools that other candidates know are must stops to connect with Blacks in their vast alumni networks. Or if he is really about that Black vote life, he would have walked through the blighted neighborhoods or sat among Black folks living in squalor in housing projects and rural towns across America. But alas, he's not real, he is as fake as they come and a racist whose rhetoric cannot be mitigated through a fake ass apology and a half-hearted attempt to win Black voters."
Didn't I Tell You?
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Based on the Eternal words of James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"…
LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience presents area contemporary artists' responses to Jacksonville’s rich artistic African American heritage at the Cummer Museum and Art Gardens, with an emphasis on creating an artful platform to discuss issues around race, equity, and community.
As I continue to view LIFT—this great exhibit of talented and gifted artists—motivated by the words of one of Jacksonville’s great native sons, I cannot help but have flashbacks to what “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” means to me and its importance in the movement of civil rights in this country. I was ten years old when I enrolled in James Weldon Johnson Junior High school, which was one of two segregated Black junior high schools in Jacksonville. Upon entering the lobby of the school, you could not help but see a very striking and even imposing painting of James Weldon Johnson.
I learned about James Weldon Johnson during my West Jacksonville Elementary School years including, memorizing and singing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” as a member of the school’s chorus. I would later transfer from James Weldon Johnson to Isaiah Blocker Junior High School, the other segregated Black junior high school in Jacksonville. My first day in my 8th grade American History class at Blocker, I was asked by Mr. Rutledge Pearson, the class instructor and later my mentor, to “tell the class something about James Weldon Johnson.” Little did I know at that time, but my first classroom expression about one of this country’s real giants would later lead to my joining the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP and the start of my continuing journey of talking about Black History and Civil Rights History. We sang "Lift…at every NAACP Mass Meeting during the CivilRights Movement.
We also sang "Lift…at every meeting of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” is a majestic hymn. After having the honor of speaking to a Jewish Temple, the Rabbi said to me and others in his congregation, "It is a song that speaks to me as a Jew, and to oppressed people everywhere."
I am honored that I was included as a representative of those to whom James Weldon Johnson's masterful lyrics resonated. My hat is off to you Hope McMath and to you Ingrid Damiani, and the other great artists who have infused this much needed and thought-provoking exhibit into the fibers of a Jacksonville community.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
It is amazing to hear political pundits or whatever they are called these days opine about how Donald Trump has to pivot on his message to become a legitimate candidate for president. There is no pivoting on a message proclaiming your core racist attitudes. Donald trump is a legitimate candidate for president Now AND Donald Trump is a Racist Now. He did not just become a racist. He has millions of White supporters and voters who hang on his every word. For those who would counter that he has Black supporters understand his Black supporters —who you will usually find groveling at the FOX news trough—are totally insignificant and are strictly along for whatever the ride will pay them.
The White Media REFUSES to acknowledge Donald Trump's obvious racism. Every time he opens his mouth, slimy sputum soaked in hatred dribbles like a baby regurgitating. Racist ideology oozes through his lips in every sentence he tries to make. Does the media recognize racism or does the media rationalize racism as politics as usual? Since most of the decision makers in the media are White, do they compel themselves to "look the other way?" Is the media that afraid to tell the truth about racism? If they are, WHY are they afraid?
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. RLHSR.
ANOTHER BLACK PERSON KILLED BY CHICAGO POLICE WHO DECIDED THEY WERE JUDGE, JURY, AND EXECUTIONER. Vicious Video showing a Vicious Killing by Police of another Black Teen-ager. Now The Chicago Chief of Police wants to reconsider tactics AFTER Cowboy Chicago Police shoot into a moving car putting citizens at risk, including other officers? And the person who was in the car DID NOT shoot at the police. There was NO gun. Do you shoot and kill someone who has stolen a car? Is that an offense punishable by death? And the hue and cry is "Trust the Police." Really?
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
TOTAL DISRESPECT AND JUST DON'T GIVE A DAMN. This young lady spent TWO days in jail and did nothing to receive this harassment and degrading treatment. This racist cop will more than likely walk away from this incident like nothing ever happened. Your only option is to sue and sue good…and White America asks why there is tension between the Black community and the police? What is so obvious and vile and insulting is that a White Police officer WOULD NEVER treat a WHITE FEMALE this way. This is the epitome of White Privilege and White Supremacy.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
A "Charles Barkley" happens as the host of traveling conversations about race when Whites like what he—Charles—says. Not that he says anything profound, in fact just the opposite. Yet another example of Whites…who make these decisions at the networks…knowing what is best for Blacks and how we should think. You know, The White Expert Thing. Charles Barkley is stupid when it comes to race and his being Black is no different than Herman Cain or Allen West or Clarence Thomas or Ben Carson being Black. It is simply a mistake of biological categorization.
Can you see the trend? White folks love these Blacks because they know they have no integrity and apparently do not love their Black skin. Charles Barkley hosting, not 1 …not 2 …but 6…programs about Race is a Joke….and Black folks are Corresponding Jokes if they tune in to watch this charade. It has nothing to do with seeing what he will say and what others will say. It has everything to do with our subscribing to and entertaining foolishness about race and racism …when there is so much at stake.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.