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Cress Welsing: The Definition of Racism White Supremacy

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Racism

Anon: What is Racism/White Supremacy?

Dr. Bobby Wright: The Psychopathic Racial Personality

The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)

What is the First Step in Counter Racism?

Genocide: a system of white survival

The Creation of the Negro

The Mysteries of Melanin

'Racism is a behavioral system for survival'

Fear of annihilation drives white racism

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Caucasian

Where are all the Black Jurors? 

The War Against Black Males: Black on Black Violence Caused by White Supremacy/Racism

Brazen Police Officers and the Forfeiture of Freedom

White Domination, Black Criminality

Fear of a Colored Planet Fuels Racism: Global White Population Shrinking, Less than 10%

Race is Not Real but Racism is

The True Size of Africa

What is a Nigger? 

MLK and Imaginary Freedom: Chains, Plantations, Segregation, No Longer Necessary ['Our Condition is Getting Worse']

Chomsky on "Reserving the Right to Bomb Niggers." 

Spike Lee's Mike Tyson and Don King

"Zapsters" - Keeping what real? "Non-white People are Actors. The Most Unrealistic People on the Planet"

Black Power in a White Supremacy System

Neely Fuller Jr.: "If you don't understand racism/white supremacy, everything else that you think you understand will only confuse you"

The Image and the Christian Concept of God as a White Man

'In order for this system to work, We have to feel most free and independent when we are most enslaved, in fact we have to take our enslavement as the ultimate sign of freedom'

Who Told You that you were Black or Latino or Hispanic or Asian? White People Did

Malcolm X: "We Have a Common Enemy"

Deeper than Atlantis
Saturday
Oct252014

More Pretension from White Democrats in Missouri: Ferguson Commission On Inequality Announced by Racist Suspect Governor 

What are these white Missouri democrats doing about replacing the system of racism/white supremacy?  In photo St. Louis Mayor, Francis Slay. The Democratic Party has dominated St. Louis city politics for decades. The city has not had a Republican mayor since 1949 and the last time a Republican was elected to another city-wide office was in the 1970s. [MORE]. Slay is the longest serving mayor of the city of St. Louis having been re-elected to a fourth term in April 2013. 

Jeremiah Wilson "Jay" Nixon, also a racist suspect is the current Governor of Missouri. He is a democrat. [MORE] There has only been one Republican Governor of Missouri since 1993 (Matt Blunt, who served one term). Nixon has refused to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and file charges in the Michael Brown murder. Instead he has supported white St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, also a racist suspect. Now Nixon has created the so called "Ferguson Commission", which sounds like bullshit. Story below. 

McCulloch could have filed charges directly himself but chose to take the case to a grand jury. All signs are that McCulloch does not want the grand jury to indict white police officer, Darren Wilson. He selected a mostly white (9 out of 12) grand jury. Also, McCulloch’s office has declined to recommend any charges to the grand jury. Instead, McCulloch’s prosecutors handling the case are taking the highly unusual course of dumping all evidence on the jurors and leaving them to make sense of it. McCulloch’s office claims that this is a way to give more authority to the grand jurors, but it looks more like a way to avoid charging Wilson at all — and to use the grand jury as cover for the outrage that will ensue.

McCulloch's father was a police officer killed in a shootout with a black suspect, and several of his family members are, or were, police officers. He has not prosecuted a single police shooting in 23 years. [MORE] (do not expect justice). 

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill (in photo) has defended McCulloch and made a statement in support of him. She is also a racist suspect. 

What are these Democrats doing for their loyal Black votary? Specifically what have they done to address White Supremacy/Racism and all the problems it causes such as poverty, economic inequality, lack of economic development, unemployment, drug addiction, infant mortality, AIDS, chronic welfare dependency, affordable housing, homelessness, servant education, the administration of justice, police brutality, incarceration and other symptoms of white supremacy/racism?

new study released in September found that in St. Louis:

• The median household income of a white family was $59,041, while a black family had a median income of $30,479.

• The percent of white families living in poverty was 9.2 percent, while 30.6 percent of black families lived in poverty.

• A black infant was 3.6 times more likely to die in the first year of life than a white infant.

• Blacks were more than twice as likely to have no health care coverage than whites. [MORE]

Neely Fuller explained that "Most white people hate Black people. The reason that most white people hate Black people is because whites are not Black people. If you know this about white people, you need know little else. If you do not know this about white people, virtually all else that you know about them will only confuse you." White folks may differ amongst themselves about politics (Democrats, Republicans [White Party]) but all are racist suspects. "As long as white supremacy exists every person classified as white should be suspected of being a racist (white supremacist)." 

White Domination is carried out through violence and/or tactics based on deception, through pretention. Such as: pretending to provide economic progress while working to hinder it, pretending to to provide educational progress while working to hinder it and Pretending to promote justice, while working to continue, and refine, the practice of injustice. [MORE]

From [HERE] Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday the creation of the Ferguson Commission. The independent and regional commission’s purpose is to study and recommend how to address underlying, systemic inequality after months of protests.

The protests surged after a white police officer shot and killed the black, unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The Ferguson Commission plans to analyze the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the St. Louis suburb since the shooting.

Nixon explained his plan for the commission during a speech at the Florrissant Valley Community College, which is not far from where Brown was shot and killed. The governor intends for the study to be “thorough, wide-ranging, and unflinching,” while delving into governance, poverty, education, and law enforcement. He also wants the recommendations of changes from the commission to make Ferguson “a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live.” [MORE]

Saturday
Oct252014

Anonymous - Operation Shock Drop #OpFerguson #OpHandsUp #OpCopWatch

Saturday
Oct252014

Amnesty: Ferguson Race Soldier Cops committed human rights abuses


From [HERE] Police in Ferguson, Missouri committed human rights abuses against peaceful protesters between August 14 and 22, Amnesty International USA (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] Friday. The human rights concerns were witnessed first-hand by AI while in Ferguson during the protests. "What Amnesty International witnessed in Missouri on the ground this summer underscored that human rights abuses do not just happen across borders and oceans," said Steven Hawkins, executive director of AI USA:

No matter where you live in the world, everyone is entitled to the same basic rights as a human being—and one of those rights is the freedom to peacefully protest. Standing on W. Florissant Avenue with my colleagues, i saw a police force, rated to the teeth, with military-grade weapons. I saw a crowd that included the elderly and young children fighting the effects of tear gas. there must be accountability and systematic change that follows this excessive force.

AI also made several recommendations to local, state and federal authorities regarding the use of legal force and policing of protests, and called for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the death of Michael Brown. Finally, the report called for the US Congress to pass the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act [text, PDF]. [MORE]

Saturday
Oct252014

Jury Finds White Blackwater "security guards" Guilty in Genocidal Murders of 17 Unarmed Iraqi civilians - Opened Fire on Downtown Crowd 

From [HERE] A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for four ex-Blackwater security guards, now Academi, who shot and killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Nicholas Slatten was found guilty [NPR report] of first-degree murder, and three others were found guilty of multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun violations: Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard. The men were serving as private contractors, hired to protect members of the US Department of State (DOS) [official website], when they fired into a group of people [NYT report] in a crowded intersection in Baghdad's Nisour Square. The soldiers falsely claimed to have come under AK-47 fire from insurgents. The federal prosecution argued the psychopathic white men showed a grave indifference to the consequence of their actions and the shooting was not provoked. More than a dozen Iraqis were scheduled to offer testimony  in the 11-week trial, which was dismissed by the DC District Court in 2010. The trial has raised a number of legal issues, including federal jurisdiction over contractors working for the DOS, and Wednesday's ruling is expected to face a number of appeals in the upcoming months and years. [MORE]

Private military contractors have long been a staple of America’s war on terror. Terrified of copping to just how expensive and bloody it can be to do nation-building abroad, the guys in charge of the US military-industrial complex came up with a nifty way to avoid another Vietnam: private-sector soldiers, a.k.a. mercenaries.

By 2008, more than 150,000 contractors were deployed in Iraq alone, responsible for everything from logistics to serving as bodyguards for diplomats. These folks have a history of doing awful, awful things in war zones—since 9/11, they've been implicated in the rape of US civilians and the mass slaughter of innocent Iraqis and Afghanis, among other outrages. Meanwhile, the companies pulling the strings have made billions and paid essentially no price (besides the need to occasionally rebrand) for their employees' egregious human-rights and civil-liberties violations. [MORE]

Saturday
Oct252014

The Restaurant Industry is Rife With Race Discrimination

From [HERE] A new study from the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United) found that race discrimination pervades the restaurant industry nationwide.

ROC investigated the policies of 273 fine-dining restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area, New Orleans, and Chicago — three cities where people of color constitute the majority of the population. It found that applicants of color are only 73 percent as likely to get a job offer. And earning 44 percent less than their white counterparts, workers of color are effectively charged a “race tax,” according to the labor group.

The quality of jobs also differs by race. People of color are generally confined to “lower-wage” work and “less visible” work in “back of the house” positions like prep cooks and dishwashers and lower tier front of house positions like bussers and runners. Just 22 percent have non-managerial, top tier, front-of-the-house positions, while white workers hold 81 percent of managerial positions.

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Saturday
Oct252014

So long as death penalty is used mostly to kill non-whites who killed whites, White People Support it - Gallup

From [HERE] Six in 10 Americans favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, generally consistent with attitudes since 2008. Since 1937, support has been as low as 42% in 1966 and as high as 80% in 1994.

White Americans' support for the death penalty has varied over time, but apart from a single reading in 1966, the public has consistently favored it. Support ebbed from the 1960s to the mid-1970s, when the application of the death penalty was questioned and ultimately led to the Supreme Court's invalidating state death penalty laws. Subsequent to that, newly written laws passed constitutional muster and states began to use the death penalty again in the late 1970s, with support among Americans increasing to 70% or more in the mid-1980s to the late 1990s.

The broader trend over the last two decades has been diminished support for the death penalty, including a 60% reading last year, the lowest since 1972. [MORE]

Thursday
Oct232014

Houston Attempts to Ban Synthetic Marijuana [It is deception to even call it marijuana. It is deadly chemical shit that is 'Deading' Black & Brown Kids. Available 24/7, legally in every hood in U.S.]

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From [HERE] The Houston City Council passed a sweeping ban on synthetic marijuana, outlawing the sale and use of the designer drug sometimes referred to as kush and hoping to choke off its supply by targeting the way the product is marketed and labeled.

Police have struggled to enforce a 2011 state law against the product - often labeled "potpourri" or "herbal incense" - because that law targets the products' chemical makeup, which dealers have tweaked into hundreds of variants to avoid prosecution.

Researchers are starting to understand more about the drugs, and finding that synthetic cannabis is not even close to being the same drug as potThe drug can cause permanent brain damage and immediate, dramatic behavioral effects. [MORE]

Enforcement will begin immediately, with each packet carrying a fine of up to $2,000. However, such bans elsewhere have been difficult to enforce. Nearby cities such as Pearland, Pasadena and La Porte also have targeted kush.

Difficult to Enforce. Houston's ordinance makes the synthetic drug illegal in several ways: if the substance is presented as incense but contains ingredients not related to incense; if the packaging implies in writing or the vendor implies verbally that the product mimics the effects of marijuana; or if the packet does not list all the product's active ingredients.

Any officer would be able to walk into a store and cite the owner for displaying kush and seize the drugs if the packages list no ingredients or claim they will get the user high. However, stores likely are violating the ordinance by not publicly displaying the products, Feldman said, meaning undercover police work will be required to examine the packets and prove those violations. Lab testing also would be required to prove the packet contains chemicals that have nothing to do with its advertised use.  

[this is the appearance of justice, nothing more. So the Govt. must overcome hearsay objections [words on the packaging], drug analysis, chain of custody, Confrontation Clause challenges [all chemists must be available for defense to cross examine] and then Prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the store owner knew this? right. And the manufacturer could avoid all this by just listing the ingredients on the packaging? They are not serious b/c it does not effect white kids and their communities. Are we to also believe that watermelon and apple flavor potpourri are targeted to white youth also?] 

Warner Brothers has done nothing to stop the use of its powerful copyrighted image of Scooby Doo from being used to market deadly drugs to non-white kids. The Minnesota Valley Canning Company has also done nothing about the use of their Green Giant character [above]. 

Synthetic weed such as Scooby Snax are sold as a "potpourri product," with the disclaimer that it is not intended for human consumption. But it is synthetic "marijuana" smoked by users to get high - real high or a zombiefied high. The glossy packaging features a picture of a stoned looking Scooby Doo. The potpourri comes in the flavors, Watermelon, Green Apple, Blueberry Bliss, Strawberry Smash, Kush and others similar to the flavors available for blunts. There are no time or age restrictions on its sale and its cheap. And there is no need to special order it on the internet [like white kids do], in the Hood it is available at nearly every corner store, gas station or fine carry out establishment - many of these places are open 24 hrs. a day. Obviously designed to attract kids with the deception that it is harmless like marijuana and unlawful so it is therefore safe and legit. Racism is carried out through deception and/or violence. Don't believe BW? go and see for yourself and then travel to a white neighborhood and see if you can find some. [MORE]

Thursday
Oct232014

Two different SWAT Raids. Two White Officers Dead. One Defendant is Black, One White. [Black Man Faces Death Penalty. White Man's Case Dismissed]

Replace White Supremacy with a system of Justice. From [HERE] One Friday last May, the sun had not yet risen when a SWAT team ignited a flash-bang grenade outside Marvin Guy's apartment in Killeen, Texas. Officers were trying to climb in through a window when Guy, who had a criminal record and was suspected of possessing cocaine, opened fire. Four officers were hit; one of them was killed.

Five months earlier, 100 miles away, a SWAT officer was shot during a predawn no-knock raid on another house. In that case, too, police threw a flash-bang grenade and tried to enter the residence. Henry "Hank" Magee, according to his attorney, grabbed his gun to protect himself and his pregnant girlfriend. "As soon as the door was kicked in, he shot at the people coming through the door," says his attorney, Dick DeGuerin. With his legally owned semi-automatic .308 rifle, Magee killed one of the officers. 

The cases are remarkably similar, except for one thing: Guy is black, Magee white. And while Magee was found to have acted in self-defense, prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Guy. He remains in jail while he awaits trial.

Historically, police serving warrants were required to knock on a door, announce their presence, and wait for an answer. But in SWAT raids, this is often no longer the case. Police aren't required to announce themselves if they believe the circumstances present a threat of physical violence, or if they believe evidence would be destroyed. According to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union, no-knock warrants are used in around 60 percent of drug searches.

Like Guy, Magee was initially charged with capital murder, which is punishable by death. But before Magee's trial, a grand jury found there was not enough evidence for him to stand trial on that charge. "In essence it was a ruling in self-defense," DeGuerin said. Guy has been through the grand jury process as well, his attorney said, but in his case, the grand jury allowed prosecutors to move ahead with capital murder charges. So while Magee awaits trial for felony possession of marijuana, Guy awaits potential execution.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

What is White Collective Power? White Prosecutor says White Wisconsin Cop did not use Excessive Force in Violent Arrest of Black Woman

What is white collective power? From [HERE] A white Bayfield County Attorney has decided that no charges will be filed against a white Superior Police Officer accused of using excessive force during a violent arrest of an unarmed Black woman in January.

The investigation has been nearly nine months long.

Bayfield County District Attorney Fred Bourg issued his findings Monday of an investigation into the actions of Officer George Gothner, saying no criminal charges should be pursued.

Gothner was accused of using excessive force during the controversial arrest of 28-year-old Natasha Lancour in the parking lot of Keyport Lounge on January 5. The arrest was caught on dash-cam video.

The video partially showed a violent altercation between Lancour and Gothner, with the officer punching her twice in the face and forcefully slapping her until he moves her outside of the cameras view. However, the beating continued. On the video the bystanders are seen reacting to the white officer's conduct.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

"Cultural Clothes" Punks White NYPD Cop in Racism Expose

[MORE] Amos Wilson explains that "an objective of white supremacy/racism is to decontextualize subject matter and project it as race neutral/objective." Problems such as police brutality and racial targeting can never be solved or understood outside of their context of white supremacy/racism. It is the root of cause of these symptoms. 

'Whites engage is racism because they have the power to do so. To end racism we must end white power.' 

Tuesday
Oct212014

Despite Abrasions to Face, Shoulders, Arms & Grave Desecration, "Crackertown" Cops say No Evidence of Foul Play in Death of Black Teen Found Hanging from Swing Set

In photo Lennon Lacy was found hanging on this swing set. 

From [HERE] and [HERE] Friday 29 August was a big day for Lennon Lacy. His high school football team, the West Bladen Knights, were taking on the West Columbus Vikings and Lacy, 17, was determined to make his mark. He’d been training all summer for the start of the season, running up and down the bleachers at the school stadium wearing a 65lb exercise jacket. Whenever his mother could afford it, he borrowed $7 and spent the day working out at the Bladenboro gym, building himself up to more than 200lbs. As for the future, he had it all planned out: this year he’d become a starting linebacker on the varsity team, next year he’d earn a scholarship to play football in college, and four years after that he’d achieve the dream he’d harboured since he was a child – to make it in the NFL.

“He was real excited,” said his Knights team-mate Anthony White, also 17, recalling the days leading up to the game. “He said he was looking forward to doing good in the game.”

But Lacy never made it to the game that night. At 7.30am on Friday – exactly 12 hours before the game was scheduled to start – he was found hanging from a swing set about a quarter of a mile from his home. The Knights had lost one of the most promising players; his tight-knit family was thrown into despair; and a question echoed around the streets of the tiny town of Bladenboro, North Carolina: what had happened to Lennon Lacy?

The last person known to have seen Lacy alive was his father, Larry Walton. Around midnight on the night before the game, he came out of his bedroom to fetch a glass of water and saw his son preparing his school bag for the following morning. “I told him he needed to get to bed, the game was next day, and he said ‘OK, Daddy’.” A little later Walton heard the front door open and close; Walton assumed Lacy must have stepped out of the house, but thought no more of it and went to sleep.

Lacy’s mother, Claudia, said “I know my son. The second I saw him I knew he couldn’t have done that to himself – it would have taken at least two men to do that to him.”

She noticed what she describes as scratches and abrasions on his face, and there was a knot on his forehead that hadn’t been there the day before. In a photograph taken of Lacy’s body lying in the casket, a lump is visible on his forehead above his right eye. “From that point on it was just not real, like walking through a dream,” she said.

Five days after Lennon Lacy was found hanging, the investigating team – consisting of local police and detectives from the state bureau of investigation – told the family that it had found no evidence of foul play. There was no mention of suicide, but the implication was clear. In later comments to a local paper, police chief Hunt said: “There are a lot of rumours out there. And 99.9% of them are false.”

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Traffic Codes are a Major Weapon in the War Against Black People: After 'Routine Terror Stop' Cop Points Gun at Teens Head (Seatbelt Violation in his own driveway)

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4th Amendment Non-existent for Blacks  From [HERE] An incident that one Black family is calling police brutality has led to a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Waycross Police Department.

On Jan. 18, Black high school senior Montre' Merritt was pulling into his driveway at home and was asked to pull over by a Waycross police officer. The officer then got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at the teen's head, instructing him to get on the ground and then handcuffing him. When Merritt's mother came outside to see why her son was being arrested, the officer said her son had a seat belt violation.

Merritt filed a complaint with the Waycross Police Department after the incident.

According to the chief of the department, Officer Cory Gay was found guilty of using excessive force, and he was suspended for five days without pay. Gay was then ordered to take Judgmental Use of Force Training. But Merritt's family said that’s not enough and Thursday they filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the department.

Merritt, who now attends a four-year university, said he had a 3.5 GPA in high school and was an all-star athlete and he can't believe this happened to him.

“Coming from me being a huge role model in my community, to see my mom witness that. That was one of the most painful things I could ever imagine for her,” Merritt said. “The pain that I still feel. The tears that I still cry. Everything is just real in reality. I have to wake up with this on my heart and on my mind every day, and it hurts."

Merritt said he still has flashbacks from the incident. “That night when it happened, I felt like I could have been another Trayvon Martin case,” Merritt said. “And just hearing how Mike Brown went about his case for doing the right thing. He still got shot. I just feel like I don’t want any of my friends or family, I don’t want that to happen to anybody.”

According to a $12.5 million lawsuit filed Thursday by Merritt's lawyer, Reginald Greene, Merritt is suing the Waycross Police Department, claiming one of their officers racially profiled Merritt, and then used excessive force in a false arrest. The lawsuit also claims negligent supervision, assault and battery, deprivation of civil rights, and causing emotional distress.

 

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Surrounded by Water, Inhumane White Folks Continue Detroit Water Shut Offs for its non-paying Black "customers"

Although Detroit was founded on a river, draws its name from a French word for "strait," and lies between two of the Great Lakes, water has become scarce for some of its poorest, mostly Black residents. [MORE]

From [HERE] and [HERE] Surrounded by a frenzy of cameras, Detroit resident Rochelle McCaskill explained her predicament to a team of United Nations officials on Sunday: The numbers simply didn’t add up.

Out of her $672 monthly disability check, McCaskill spends $600 rent, she said, leaving her unable to pay the city’s water bills, which have skyrocketed to more than twice the national average.

“They need a category for those of us who cannot pay,” [powerless class] said McCaskill, whose water was shut off this summer as part of a wave of disconnections that, block by block, have left thousands of city residents without running water.

The city turned off McCaskill’s water despite the fact that she had been paying down her $540.10 water bill in increments and that she suffers from MRSA, a contagious infection that the NIH considers a “serious public health concern” and requires frequent bathing.

“It makes you feel like a failure in your own home,” she said, as she described washing and brushing her teeth with buckets of water delivered by the community group We the People of Detroit, part of the People’s Water Board Coalition.

McCaskill was one of dozens of residents, teachers, water department employees and parents who testified to two U.N. officials, who expressed concern that the shutoffs threatened residents’ human right to water and, in a city where the population is more than 80 percent African-American, could constitute discrimination under international law.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Liberian Scientist Claims U.S. is Responsible for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

From [4th Media] Dr. Cyril Broderick, A Liberian scientist and a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry says the West, particularly the U.S. is responsible for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Broderick claims the following in an exclusive article published in the Daily Observer based in Monrovia, Liberia. He wrote the following:

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The reports continue and state that the DoD gave a contract worth $140 million dollars to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus. Hence, the DoD is listed as a collaborator in a “First in Human” Ebola clinical trial (NCT02041715, which started in January 2014 shortly before an Ebola epidemic was declared in West Africa in March.

Is it possible that the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and other Western countries are directly responsible for infecting Africans with the Ebola virus? Dr. Broderick claims that the U.S. government has a research laboratory located in a town called Kenema in Sierra Leone that studies what he calls “viral fever bioterrorism”, It is also the town where he acknowledges that is the “epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.”

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Tuesday
Oct212014

MisEducation in Service of White Domination: Racist Suspects Seek to Remove Books on Inequality and Social Unrest from Schools 

From [HERE] Late last month, for the 32nd year in a row, Banned Books Week was marked across the US. Spearheaded by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, the annual salute to the freedom to read has become a fixture. It aims to counterbalance perennial challenges to the content of books and efforts to get them banned, usually from schools and libraries.

The ALA collects information on which books are objected to and reports on prominent recurring themes that tend to generate moral or ideological indignation. Subjects such as religion, race, gender, sexuality and allegations of sexually explicit content or offensive language frequently top the list.

More worrying, however, is the recent rise in efforts to get books banned that cover poverty and social class. At a time when rising inequality and the demonisation of poorer people (both in the UK and the US) is commonplace, such attempts to remove books that depict the reality of life for people who are struggling should concern us all.

Numerous studies have shown that reading about people, issues or circumstances unfamiliar to us can engender empathy – in times of acute social and economic divisions this becomes all the more important. It is not just wealth that separates rich and poor, but ignorance and the absence of social contact.

The US has a longstanding tradition of books being challenged on sometimes spurious grounds (often, but not always from the conservative right) even while the first amendment of the constitution protects “access to ideas as well as free speech”. There are numerous organisations, including the ALA and National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) that contest such moves, still, there’s something unsettling about the recent manifestation of complaints on socio-economic grounds.

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