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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." 

A Goal of the Media is to Make White Dominance and Control Over Everything Seem Natural

"TV is reversing the evolution of the human brain." Propaganda: How You Are Being Mind Controlled And Don't Know It.

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'

Why do White Americans need to criminalize significant segments of the African American population?

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

Malcolm X: "We Have a Common Enemy"

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Thursday
Jul202017

LA City Council Decriminalized Street Food Vending in Reaction to Trump

“Once Trump was elected and his anti-immigration, anti-Latino rhetoric was at the forefront of his campaign … the city council decided to move forward” with decriminalizing street food vending in Los Angeles, Councilman Jose Huizar told NPR. Until then, vendors, who are mostly immigrants, had been ticketed or charged with misdemeanors for street vending without a permit. After the presidential inauguration, the council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending, thereby reducing the likelihood that an infraction would lead to deportation. By March, Los Angeles had started pilot testing a vendor permitting system on Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority property, but had yet to implement a citywide permitting ordinance. More details on which types of vendors can operate, regulation enforcement, and balancing the concerns of brick-and-mortar businesses still need to be addressed.

Thursday
Jul202017

With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons

The Intercept 

One of the most under-discussed yet consequential changes in the American political landscape is the reunion between the Democratic Party and the country’s most extreme and discredited neocons. While the rise of Donald Trump, whom neocons loathe, has accelerated this realignment, it began long before the ascension of Trump and is driven by far more common beliefs than contempt for the current president.

A newly formed and, by all appearances, well-funded national security advocacy group, devoted to more hawkish U.S. policies toward Russia and other adversaries, provides the most vivid evidence yet of this alliance. Calling itself the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the group describes itself as “a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative” that “will develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions,” and also “will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.”

Thursday
Jul202017

Racist Netanyahu Tells European Leaders Concern for Palestinian Rights Is “Crazy”

From [HERE] The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was caught on tape on Wednesday urging four European leaders to help him undermine a provision of a European Union trade agreement that imposes an obligation on Israel to respect the rights of the millions of Palestinians it rules in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In private remarks to the leaders of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia that were accidentally broadcast to members of the Israeli media outside the room, Netanyahu was overheard calling it “crazy” for the E.U. to insist that Israel honor Article 2 of an association agreement signed in 1995 which makes trade with the bloc conditional on Israel’s “respect for human rights and democratic principles.”

Recordings of the Israeli leader’s comments, made by correspondents for Haaretz and Israel’s Channel 2 News, were quickly posted online. [MORE]

Wednesday
Jul192017

Remembering Franz Fanon and what he means today

iol

He has long been dead, but his ideas are truly alive. Still dangerous. On July 20, Frantz Fanon, the revolutionary, philosopher, doctor and perhaps the most influential anti-colonial thinker of the 20th century would have been 92. His ideas of race and critical theory of colonisation and assimilation have never aged.

Born in Martinique in the French Antilles, Fanon lived in France, Algeria, Ghana and Tunisia. He died from cancer at the age of 36 in 1961. His work was all encompassing; becoming a supporter for the Algerian struggle for independence from French rule, and a member of the Algerian National Liberation Front.

Fanon’s ideas in those times were as revolutionary as they are today; rejected, fought over, and yet welcomed by those most inspired by its single-minded vision of social change. Fanon’s ideas formed the backbone of much of Steve Biko’s work on black consciousness and the need for decolonisation. The mutterings of decolonisation by today’s students, or the Fallists are, by definition, Fanonian.

Interpretations of his large body of work have shifted with the times: ideas used and abused by thinkers, leaders and snake-charmers alike. But at its core, the values remain the same. [MORE]

Wednesday
Jul192017

ACLU suit seeks transparency in Salisbury police excessive force settlement

Delmarva

Now more than ever, police departments across the country are under close scrutiny.

Since the June acquittal of the Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, the outcry for police transparency and accountability has amplified.

Just last month, Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan helped lead a conference session on community policing and the impact of implicit bias.

She highlighted local police's recent implementation of body cameras as an effort to build trust with the community by promoting transparency and accountability.

"We had an accusation made to one of our council members about an arrest that was made and the entire event was captured on the body-worn camera, which was phenomenal, completely eviscerated any argument whatsoever," she said June 26.

But the ACLU and others believe police transparency goes beyond body cameras.

Now, a lawsuit against Salisbury officials is challenging their failure to release documents about a settlement agreement in a 2014 lawsuit alleging police misconduct, a move lawyers for the plaintiffs say hinders transparency.

 

The lawsuit, which was filed June 29 by the ACLU of Maryland and The Real News Network, argues officials' failure to release information about the settlement violates the Maryland Public Information Act.

The city, Salisbury Police Department and Chris Demone, the city's public information officer, are named as defendants.

Demone directed The Daily Times to attorney Skip Cornbrooks, who declined to comment on the lawsuit. Duncan had also previously declined to comment.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP Healthcare Plan, Bill Targeting Muslims & Philando Castile Settlement

Wednesday
Jul192017

Investigation of Ivanka Trump Factory in Indonesia Reveals Worker Abuse, Earning $1 per day

Monday
Jul172017

White [GOP] Michigan Town official calls for the death of ‘every last Muslim’ on Facebook, refuses to apologize

ThinkProgress

A northern Michigan village president is refusing to apologize for a series of anti-Muslim Facebook posts, including one that called for the death of “every last Muslim.”

Jeff Sieting is town president of Kalkaska, Michigan, a town of fewer than 3,000 people. He has served as an elected official in Kalkaska since 2010 and has a history of posting anti-Black Lives Matter and pro-Trump Facebook statuses, along with alt-right conspiracies like Pizzagate.

A Kalkaska town resident named Cindy Anderson noticed the recent Islamophobic post, and others like it, a few weeks ago. She and other residents confronted Sieting about them at a June 26 town meeting.

“You ran for office to represent all the people of this community, not just the white, non-Muslim ones,” she said to Sieting. “You were supposed to represent all of your constituents.”

Sieting has maintained he was exercising his first amendment right to free speech, saying he “owes nobody an apology for exercising my First Amendment rights.” He also positioned himself as the victim, claiming that Kalkaska residents have turned against him for his outwardly pro-Trump attitude. Sieting runs the village hotel and placed a banner in front that reads, “Pray 4 Trump.”

“When I refused to take [the banner] down, [opposing residents] decided that I was all of the sudden interesting enough to go dig back in my personal Facebook page, a year-ish, roughly, and find something that really didn’t sit well with them,” Sieting told Michigan Radio. “And so then they took it and pasted it all over the place. I didn’t hang that comment on the front of my hotel. I put it on my personal Facebook page. The article truly was very interesting and worth posting.”

Residents have pushed back on this, arguing that his role as village president places limits on what he can and cannot post about. [MORE]

Monday
Jul172017

Sen. Cory Booker is trying to strip funding from Trump’s ‘sham’ voter fraud commission

Thinkprogress

Democratic lawmakers in both chambers of Congress introduced a bill Wednesday that would cut off funding for the White House’s voter fraud commission, claiming that “even one taxpayer dollar spent on this circus would be a waste of resources.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) unveiled the Anti-Voter Suppression Act exactly one week before the “Voting Integrity Commission” is set to hold its first meeting. The bill would “repeal President Trump’s executive order establishing the commission and prohibit any funds from being used to investigate the non-issue of voter fraud,” according to Richmond.

Acknowledging the legislation is unlikely to pass in a Republican-controlled Congress, the Democrats claim it still represents another opportunity to raise concerns about commission’s end goal of voter suppression.

“We will not go back to a time when millions of people — most of them poor and minorities — were silenced through disenfranchisement,” Booker said in a statement. “Yet that is exactly what President Trump seems to want to do with this sham of a commission.”

Trump signed an executive order establishing the commission in May, stating that the goal was to find vulnerabilities in election systems that could allow for “fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.” Voting rights advocates immediately sounded the alarms, saying the administration was “laying the groundwork for voter suppression.” [MORE]

Monday
Jul172017

[is the guy siting nxt to his atty the one who did it?] Courtroom Identifications are Unreliable and Suggestive

From [HERE] In an article on Thursday, The Marshall Project delved into the practice of courtroom identifications, when the prosecutor in a criminal trial has the witness point out the perpetrator in court to great dramatic effect.

For the past five years, the Innocence Project has worked to limit the use of in-court identifications, warning that the practice is unreliable, since the witness will doubtlessly point to the person being prosecuted, and highly suggestive, since jurors often interpret the identification as irrefutable evidence of the defendant’s guilt.

“It’s injecting a whole lot of prejudice because jurors find it incredibly powerful,” Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Karen Newirth told the Marshall Project.

Of the 350 DNA exonerations to date, 71 percent involved eyewitness misidentification. Of that 71 percent, more than half involved an incorrect in-court identification.

Massachusetts and Connecticut have already limited the practice to cases in which witnesses have previously identified the perpetrator in a lineup or the identity of the perpetrator is not contested. A case before the Colorado Supreme Court might cause the state to follow suit.

Monday
Jul172017

Black Clergy Arrested After Protesting Health Care bill as Immoral to Cut Medicaid

From [HERE] Eleven interfaith protestors, including the Rev. William Barber II, were arrested outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office while protesting Medicaid cuts in the GOP’s revised healthcare bill.

About 50 protestors gathered Thursday (July 13) for the Capitol Hill rally, before marching to a Senate office building steps from the Capitol.

Some protestors, some wore red armbands to symbolize a “willingness to engage in civil disobedience,” said Barber, a North Carolina pastor at the forefront of state and national protests focused on poverty and civil rights.

The group was warned three times to stop protesting. Capitol Police then closed off the hallway and arrested any remaining protestors about 20 minutes later.

Barber has repeatedly been arrested for civil disobedience in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Protestors said they want McConnell to know it’s immoral to cut Medicaid because it helps many children, seniors, and disabled persons.

Thursday
Jul132017

Elijah Cummings' Workforce antidiscrimination bill sails through House

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The House of Representatives passed by voice vote a bill that would codify stronger antidiscrimination protections for federal employees.

The Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination Act, introduced in January by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, seeks to bolster anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and to expand agency accountability in disclosing and enforcing requirements in instances where discrimination and retaliation have occurred.

The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), James F. Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas). Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was also a cosponsor before resigning from Congress.

Specifically, the bill directs the head of an agency's Equal Employment Opportunity program to report directly to the agency head, and directs agencies to publish all findings involving instances of discrimination, harassment or retaliation on their website for a year "in a clear and prominent location." [MORE]

Thursday
Jul132017

Historians release rare glimpse of life in Hiroshima before the U.S. atomic bombing

PBS

New footage released by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum depicts quintessential life in Japan about 10 years prior to the country’s destruction after the U.S. atomic bombing.

The museum released the 4K resolution film on July 5. The silent 16mm footage shows a bustling Hiroshima: families stroll the city streets and people row boats on the river.

“The film brings back memories of the days when I rowed boats and went fishing on the Motoyasugawa river,” Tokuso Hamai, 82, told the Japan-based newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun.

Genjiro Kawasaki, a local Hiroshima resident, captured the footage in the 1930s, and in 1963, donated the video to the museum. Imagica West Corp., a visual production company, helped digitally replicate the film. The film is believed to have been shot between April 4 and 5 in 1935.

Why it’s important

Kawasaki’s footage offers a rare glimpse into Hiroshima before it was devastated by the nuclear attack, which occurred on August 6, 1945. During World War II, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb, killing nearly 150,000 people in Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9, a second atomic bomb killed more than 70,000 in Japan’s northwestern city, Nagasaki.

Museum staff have made plans to request the public’s help in gathering materials in order to further depict life before the atomic bomb.

Thursday
Jul132017

slavery is not a product of Western capitalism; Western capitalism is a product of slavery

How Slaves Built American Capitalism  by GARIKAI CHENGU

From [HERE] Today marks the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in America and contrary to popular belief, slavery is not a product of Western capitalism; Western capitalism is a product of slavery.

The expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American Independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.

Historian Edward Baptist illustrates how in the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy.

Through torture and punishment slave owners extracted greater efficiencies from slaves which allowed the United States to seize control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and become a prosperous and powerful nation.

Cotton was to the early 19th century, what oil was to the 20th century: the commodity that determined the wealth of nations. Cotton accounted for a staggering 50 percent of US exports and ignited the economic boom that America experienced. America owes its very existence as a first world nation to slavery.

In the abstract, capitalism and slavery are fundamentally counterposed systems. One is based on free labor, and the other, on forced labor. However, in practice, Capitalism itself would have been impossible without slavery.

In the United States, scholars have demonstrated that profit wasn’t made just from Southerners selling the cotton that slaves picked or the cane they cut. Slavery was central to the establishment of the industries that today dominate the U.S. economy: real estate, insurance and finance.

Wall Street was founded on slavery. African slaves built the physical wall that gives Wall Street its name, forming the northern boundary of the Dutch colony designed to ward off resisting natives who wanted their land back. To formalize the colossal trade in human beings, in 1711, New York officials established a slave market on Wall Street.

Many prominent American banks including JP Morgan and Wachovia Corp made fortunes from slavery and accepted slaves as “collateral”. JP Morgan recently admitted that it “accepted approximately 13,000 enslaved individuals as collateral on loans and took possession of approximately 1,250 enslaved individuals”.

The story that American schoolbooks tell of slavery is regional, rather than national, it portrays slavery as a brutal aberration to the American rule of democracy and freedom. Slavery is recounted as an unfortunate detour from the nation’s march to modernity, and certainly not the engine that drove American economic prosperity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In order to fully appreciate the importance of slavery to American capitalism, one need only look at the torrid history of an antebellum Alabama dry-goods outfit called Lehman Brothers. Warren Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and the richest billionaire in America. Berkshire Hathaway’s antecedent firm was a Rhode Island textile manufacturer and slavery profiteer.

In the north, New England was the home of America’s cotton textile industry and the hotbed of American abolitionism, which grew rich on the backs of the enslaved people forced to pick cotton in the south. The architects of New England’s industrial revolution constantly monitored the price of cotton, for their textile mills would have been silent without the labor of slaves on distant plantations.

The book Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery by Anne Farrow illustrates how the Northern bourgeoisie were connected to the slave system by a million threads: they bought molasses, which was made with slave labor, and sold rum as part of the Triangle Trade; they lent money to Southern planters; and most of the cotton that was sold to Britain was shipped through New England ports.

Despite being turned into a civil rights hero, Abraham Lincoln did not think blacks were the equals of whites. Lincoln’s plan was to send the blacks in America back to Africa, and if he had not been assassinated, returning blacks to Africa would likely have been his post-war policy. Lincoln even admitted that the emancipation proclamation, in his own words, was merely “a practical war measure” to convince Britain, that the North was driven by “something more than ambition.”

For Blacks, the end of slavery, one hundred and fifty years ago, was just the beginning of the as yet unachieved quest for democratic and economic racial equality.

In the era before WWII, the American elite consensus viewed capitalist civilization as a racial and colonial project. To this day, capitalism in America can only be described as “Racial Capitalism”: the legacy of slavery marked by the simultaneous, and intertwined emergence of white supremacy and capitalism in modern America.

Black people in America live in a Racial Capitalist system. Racial Capitalism exercises its authority over the Black minority through an oppressive array of modern day lynchings by the police, increasing for-profit mass incarceration and institutionally driven racial economic inequality. Racial Capitalism is unquestionably a modern day crime against humanity.

Seeing an African American at the pinnacle of power in the land of slavery would be exciting if only black equality indicators were not tumbling. In fact, during Obama’s tenure the black-white median household wealth gap is down to seven black cents on the white dollar. The spread between black unemployment and white unemployment has also widened by four points since President Obama took office.

The nation’s police historically enforced Racial Capitalism. The first modern police forces in America were Slave Patrols and Night Watches, which were both designed to control the behaviors of African Americans.

Historical literature is clear that prior to the Civil War a legally sanctioned police force existed for the sole purpose of oppressing the slave population and protecting the property and interests of white slave owners. The glaring similarities between the eighteenth century Slave Patrols and modern American police brutality in the Black community are too salient to dismiss or ignore.

Ever since the first police forces were established in America, lynchings have been the linchpin of racial capitalist law and order. Days after the abolition of slavery, the worst terrorist organization in American history was formed with the US government’s blessing: The Klu Klux Klan.

The majority of Americans believe that lynchings are an outdated form of racial terrorism, which blighted American society up until the end of the era of Jim Crow laws; however, America’s proclivity towards the unbridled slaughter of African Americans has only worsened over time. The Guardian newspaper recently noted that historians believe that during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century on average two African-Americans were lynched every week.

Compare this with incomplete data compiled by the FBI that shows that a Black person is killed by a white police officer more than twice a week, and it’s clear that police brutality in Black communities is getting worse, not better.

Lynching does not necessarily mean hanging. It often included humiliation, torture, burning, dismemberment and castration. A lynching was a quintessential American public ritual that often took place in front of large crowds that sometimes numbered in the thousands and children played during the festivities.

Shortly after the abolition of slavery in 1899 the Springfield Weekly newspaper described a lynching by the KKK chronicling how, “the Negro was deprived of his ears, fingers and genital parts of his body. He pleaded pitifully for his life while the mutilation was going on…before the body was cool, it was cut to pieces, the bones crushed into small bits…the Negro’s heart was cut into several pieces, as was also his liver…small pieces of bones went for 25 cents…”.

Central to the perpetuation of Racial Capitalism is racial terrorism, which is why to this day, the US government refuses to designate the KKK as a domestic terrorist organization.

Racially terrorizing Black communities goes hand in hand with the systematic containment and imprisonment of Blacks. Thanks in large part to the racially motivated War on Drugs, the United States right now incarcerates more African-Americans as a percentage than South Africa did at the height of Apartheid.

Private prisons were designed by the rich and for the rich. The for-profit prison system depends on imprisoning Blacks for its survival. Much in the same way the United States was designed. After all, more Black men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850 before the Civil War began.

America’s “take-off” in the 19th century wasn’t in spite of slavery; it was largely thanks to it. Capitalism was created by slavery and slavery in turn created the enduring legacy of Racial Capitalism that persists in America today.

There has historically been a sharp contrast between America’s lofty ideals, on the one hand, and the seemingly permanent second-class status of African Americas, on the other. The late 19th century irony of a statue named Liberty overseeing the arrival in New York’s harbor of millions of foreigners, even as black Southern peasants, not alien, just profoundly alienated, were kept enslaved at the social margins. The hypocrisy of a racist ideology that openly questioned the Negro’s human worth surviving America’s defeat of the Nazis. To this day, far from being a “post-racial” nation, American racial equality indicators and race relations are at a new low.

The race problem is America’s great national dilemma that continues to pose the greatest threat to America’s democratic experiment. Simmering discontent in Black communities will continue to rise towards a dangerous boiling point unless and until slavery’s greatest legacy of ongoing Racial Capitalism is exposed and completely dismantled.

Wednesday
Jul122017

Bill allocates $1.6 billion for Trump’s border wall

The Hill

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a bill allocating $1.6 billion to begin construction of a physical barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, one of President Trump’s central campaign promises.

The bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2018 also negates one of Trump’s central promises, that Mexico would pay for the construction of the wall.

“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” said House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter.

Earlier in the day, DHS spokesman David Lapan said that the requested funding would be crucial to moving the project beyond current repairs, replacements and prototype projects.

“On the DHS side it’s clear that we’ve gotten a direction to secure the southern border, that a wall and barrier is part of that process along with people and technology and that funding from Congress is required for us to move forward on that,” he said.

Conservative lawmakers in recent days had begun warning that they would pull their votes from a budget and spending plan that failed to fund the wall.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) went so far as to tell Breitbart News that Trump would not sign a spending measure if a wall were not funded, though the White House has not commented on the matter.

The bill's accompanying report, to be released next week, will specify where the segments of the wall are to be built and their associated funding.

In total, the bill allocates $13.8 billion to customs and border protection. That includes the $1.6 billion for the wall, $100 million to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents, $131 million for new border technology, $106 million for aircraft and sensors and $109 million for "non-intrusive inspection equipment."

It also adds $619.7 million to Immigration and Customs Enforcement over current levels, bringing total funding for ICE to $7 billion.