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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.

Real Truth…Not Alternate Truth.

IN THE ACADEMIC ARENA 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. Racism is also subject matter that does not make its way onto the pages of American history and is often treated as a taboo subject or a four-letter word. Author and Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates has said that, for Black people in America, racism is a physical experience of fear and violence. WE simply cannot afford to ignore stories about the legacy of Black history, and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement any more. Those who tire of hearing about racism should ask yourselves, what if you were Black and had to live through the daily vulgarity of racism?
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.
          Note to American history teachers, white and Black: Do not expect your Black students to learn from your history class if you do not incorporate Black history. If I sit in a classroom and only read about the contributions made by white Americans and white Europeans, then the “learning field” is never level. It is downright dishonest that American history as portrayed in history textbooks essentially makes the statement that Blacks made no salient contributions to this country. My Black ancestors helped to develop this country before, during, and after slavery. You have to teach the truth without regard to what the textbooks proclaim. You are not teaching if you do otherwise.
       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.

In America’s Politics, Racism Pays.


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.

From White Privilege to the White House.

ONE OF THE TENETS OF WHITE PRIVILEGE IS THAT ONE DAY YOU CAN BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. White America calls it the American Dream. Yet, “that” American Dream was folly at best for Blacks. Even if you are eminently qualified, great qualifications do not usually translate as electable for Blacks. Yet, Barack Obama was an exception. It goes without saying Barack Obama was eminently qualified to serve as President. He was a graduate of Columbia University, worked as a community organizer in Chicago, was the editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review, graduated from Harvard Law School, worked at a civil rights law firm in Chicago, taught constitutional law part-time at the University Of Chicago Law School, was an Illinois State Senator, and was a sitting United States Senator. A soaring orator, he articulated and understood the needs and the concerns of many Americans.    The Contrast between President Obama and Donald Trump cannot ring louder or show more clarity. Donald Trump came into the White House with a defined narcissistic checkerboard past of lying and cheating and racism and sexism and misogyny and xenophobia and crudeness and a plethora of other charges and issues which would have put a poor person or a Barack Obama in jail let alone allow them to continue a campaign and election as president.       
Donald Trump is a racist who resents being compared to President Obama. Yet he cannot run from the comparisons as he continually looks over his shoulder at the accomplishments and the sheer achievements of this Black man who was also President.
       When you ask the question why was Donald Trump elected, two answers come roaring back at you “like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow-covered hill.” First, Donald Trump’s White Privilege because he was certainly not qualified or even close to serve as president, and Second, Donald Trump’s Core Racist Attitude connected with White America’s Core Racist Attitude—A veritable match made in heaven. His first 10 days has shown you what to expect just as his campaign showed you what to anticipate.
       This Racist president has expanded his racist ideology by filling his White House staff and his cabinet with those who look like him and who thinks the same racist thoughts. White America and Black America can no longer pretend Racism does exist. America has always been saturated and infused with Racism, but now a racist president is making it a part of the nation’s daily conversation. Racism is out in the open now, and is officially cascading from the White House. The Struggle Continues.


“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.

Respect is Earned…Not Given.

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.

The Church IS NOT Exempt from Discussing Racism.

I JUST READ A PIECE ORIGINALLY ABOUT THE SILENCE OF RACISM AND HOW WHITE CHRISTIANS AND WHITE PASTORS DO NOT TALK ABOUT THEIR RACISM IN THEIR CHURCHES. “The truth is that many White Christians find no contradiction between their so-called Christian faith and their angers, fears, and resentments about people of color. Too often they never hear such angers and resentments challenged from their pulpits or denounced by their ministers. They rarely hear their racist jokes, slurs, and stereotypes—much less their discriminatory behaviors—labeled as “sin” by their pastors.”
But there is another side of this too. When is the last time you heard a Black pastor talk about and decry the sinister racism permeating the very soul of America, and now encouraged by a Racist president? I have always said WE —Black Folks—cannot solve or end Racism, but we can Fight Racism. Fighting Racism is serious business, and it is not for the faint of heart. Yet unfortunately many of us and especially those who call ourselves Christians DO NOT have the stomach to Fight Racism. We don’t even talk a good game. We do not discuss White Racism in our Black churches…Black pastors do not talk about White Racism from the pulpit…Black Sunday School teachers do not talk about White Racism in Sunday School…WE do not explain to our young people the vulgarities of Racism.
Do WE really think not discussing Racism in our Church is some kind of Saving Grace…or…maybe God does not want us to talk about the sins of others…or…are we just afraid to call out White Folks as Racists? I heard a prominent Black pastor —he is no longer there—say from his pulpit and on television, “We do not talk about race in this church. ALL of us are God’s children.” “Is that what you call a Christian Cop-out?”
Yet every day we can turn on the TV and hear some of the vilest conversations from White Racists in the pulpit, and we have no comment? Our preachers have nothing to say about the racist comments of the Pat Robertsons and of the Franklin Grahams and the John Hagees and the Donny Reagans and the Peter Popoff and the list goes on and on and on. Where is OUR fight for WHO WE ARE? Question…When is the last time YOUR pastor talked about the sin and ravages of White Racism from the pulpit?
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Just Damn Fools.

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.

Racist and Hypocritical America…Still!

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Honest dialogue about racism interferes with social comfort levels and blurs the neat lines of socially integrated and professional friendships. Some Blacks and Whites disingenuously feel that discussing racism and issues of race and discrimination would threaten their White friends or their Black friends, making them feel uncomfortable, keep them away from social events and civic events and playing gold together. Or, as a person told me during a presentation I made on Race, Racism, and Civil Rights, “Talking about those things in the past, Mr. Hurst, opens wounds which have been slowly healing or are healed.” Oh, really? Why is it that Blacks are made the victims twice: first, in the way that they are treated in this country based purely on the color of their skin, and second, by being made to feel guilty when they discuss that treat­ment?
Another comment I hear is, “Leave things in the past and let us move on.” How do you move on from who you are and what you have experienced? Move on to what?
I am tired of hearing White folks hypocritically invoke Dr. King’s quote, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Many Whites use that quote by Dr. King to say special consideration for one’s racial or ethnic identity is a violation of the dream. What they do not realize is Dr. King was saying White America cannot get beyond the color of one’s skin to judge them on their character. When in the HELL did White Folks care about Dr. King’s dream for this country? In their self-serving research, they apparently missed these because they do not quote these comments…
“Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to a solid rock of human dignity.”
When asked about the ignorant nature of racism, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Ignorance is not bliss; it is just ignorance.”
And, referring to America’s violent response to the Civil Rights Movement, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” That is, nothing is more dangerous than acid hatred based on the color of one’s skin! Dr. King knew and understood that racism is ignorance in its purest, raw, and unadulterated form. Dr. King knew that equality of Blacks would continue to take a back seat in this country. He knew that the fight for justice and equality was worth the battle. Yet this cham­pion of justice, freedom, equality, and civil rights also knew that the struggle to overcome hatred would surely continue.
Dr. King knew that racists would always find ways to deflect dialogue about equality by continually interjecting their core racist attitudes; yet this winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize never backed down from taking the fight to those who would not accept human dignity for Blacks. John Lewis is one of many Civil Rights Veterans who continue to take the fight to Racist White America.
What upsets many Whites is John HIMSELF as a living testimony to fighting White American Racism.  John Lewis understood who and what Dr. King was talking about when he said “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” John Lewis has seen a myriad of Racists in his lifetime and one in the White House does not make a difference. John Lewis simply told the truth about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is an Illegitimate president and Donald Trump is a Racist. Period. End of Story!
The Struggle Continues.

White America’s Racism.



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.