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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"

Links

Deeper than Atlantis
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.

Wednesday
Jul122017

Common’s “Black America Again”, A Journey Through Black America

Wednesday
Jul122017

Harvard Analysis Highlights How White Media Failed the People of Flint

ColorLines

More than two years have passed since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan hit the national headlines. But the water crisis itself unfolded over three years ago in 2014—not 2015 when the rest of the country found out about it. Residents began complaining in April 2014; they knew something was wrong with their water, though it took some time until they knew it was lead.

National media began covering the issue quite late, argues a paper published today (July 11) by the Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Local media such as M-Live/The Flint Journal covered it consistently from the beginning, but the same isn’t true for nationally lauded publications. The paper goes as far as to criticize The New York Times’ “parachuting into the crisis.”

The analysis poses the question: Would the situation have turned out differently if national media intervened sooner?

It specifically states:

Sustained and widespread media attention was not given until late 2015 and early 2016, when the state of Michigan and President [Barack] Obama declared an emergency over high levels of lead in the water and in the blood of thousands of children. Additionally, the nature of some of the coverage was problematic: Complaints of citizens were discounted when compared to the comments of officials, residents were portrayed as hopeless and downtrodden despite months of action, and narratives of “heroes” excluded African American activists in a city that is 57 percent black.

Here, three major points the paper makes on the media, its role in the water crisis that poisoned Flint residents—and on environmental justice, as a whole. 

National media trusted officials over residents.

In Flint, the conflict started out as a he-said, she-said debate. Residents complained their water was contaminated, that it smelled and looked odd. Government officials, on the other hand, stood firm that the water was safe.

In July 2015, before either the state or federal government declared the situation a state of emergency, the city issued a water quality update to residents. The water system had violated the Safe Drinking Water Act for excess amounts of trihalomethanes, a dangerous compound that could lead to liver and kidney disease, yet the city still tried to reassure residents everything was OK: “This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours.” [MORE]

Wednesday
Jul122017

Liar Cop who Murdered Philando Castile Collects $48K From City 

Colorlines

“The city concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed.”

Wednesday
Jul122017

White House Hires Billionaire War Profiteers To Aid In War Planning

Common Dreams

Blackwater founder Erik Prince testifies before a House committee examining the mission and performance of private military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2007. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Two of President Donald Trump’s closest aides have reportedly solicited advice from two wealthy private military contractors — Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the billionaire owner of DynCorp International—on how to proceed with the sixteen-year-long war in Afghanistan.

According to the New York Times, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and senior advisor Jared Kushner “recruited” the contractors, who have made a hefty sum from perpetual conflict in the Middle East, “to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan.”

Following a meeting with Bannon and Kushner, Prince and Feinberg have “developed proposals to rely on contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan,” the Times notes.

 

“The highly unusual meeting dramatizes the divide between Mr. Trump’s generals and his political staff over Afghanistan, the lengths to which his aides will go to give their boss more options for dealing with it and the readiness of this White House to turn to business people for help with diplomatic and military problems,” the Times reports. “But it also raises a host of ethical issues, not least that both men could profit from their recommendations.”

 

As Common Dreams reported last month, Prince penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he recommended a “viceroy approach” in Afghanistan that would rely heavily on private security forces.

Critics characterized Prince’s proposals as tantamount to “colonialism” and argued they exude “sheer 19th-century bloodlust and thirst for empire.”

Wednesday
Jul122017

Rep. Elijah Cummings requests documents to review Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian attorney

WashExaminer

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wants to review information about the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer, and the email thread that detailed the planning for that meeting.

Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Tuesday to Trump Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, President Trump's adviser and son-in-law, requesting information about their meeting with a Russian attorney who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday
Jul122017

Rep. Ted Lieu says Trump Jr. email further reason to revoke Kushner security clearance

The Hill

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) renewed his call on Tuesday to revoke White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance after it was revealed that he attended a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on then-Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"Don Jr., Manafort [and] Kushner were all at the same collusion meeting. But only Kushner has a security clearance. It needs to be suspended NOW," Lieu wrote on Twitter.

Wednesday
Jul122017

Maxine Waters: GOP wouldn’t care if a voicemail revealed Trump thanking Putin

The Hill 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that the Republican Party would ignore collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia even if they had a "voicemail" of Trump thanking Putin for the alleged collusion.

Waters's remarks came hours after Donald Trump Jr. released emails detailing his meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney who promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton.

In a series of tweets Tuesday night, Waters called on Democrats to not let Trump Jr. "off the hook" for his actions.

"At this point, the [New York Times] could release Trump leaving a voice message thanking Putin for his services and GOP would still say “nothing burger,"" Waters wrote.

"Don’t let Trump Jr off the hook. Emails show his willingness to get info from Russia to influence election," the California Democrat added. "He is in a long line of LIARS."

Wednesday
Jul122017

Twitter users blocked for Criticizing Facist Trump sue for First Amendment violation

Jurist

A group of Twitter [website] users blocked by President Donald Trump [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday alleging the the action is a violation of their First Amendment [text] rights. The group, represented by the First Knight Amendment Institute and Columbia University [official website], argue that Trump's account [Twitter profile] serves as a public forum that "has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important public forum for speech by, to, and about the President" and individuals who are "blocked from the account are impeded in their ability to learn information that is shared only through that account." Those filing the suit assert that the Trump administration's blocking of Twitter users who have criticized the President's policies is an unconstitutional viewpoint-based restriction and an "effort to suppress dissent". The complaint cites the Supreme Court's recent decision in Packingham v. North Carolina [JURIST report] which stated that social media platforms like Twitter are "perhaps the most powerful mechanisms available to a private citizen to make his or her voice heard" and that they have become "the modern-day public square." [MORE]

Wednesday
Jul122017

Activist group claiming Yanez's White attorney displayed racism toward Black juror [jury was mostly white]

From [HERE] The leader of a local activist group concerned with police brutality is calling out one of the attorneys who represented former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez for allegedly displaying racism toward a juror during the officer's trial.

Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, filed a complaint in late June with the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility about what she says was unprofessional conduct on the part of defense attorney Earl Gray.

It's not clear whether the office will investigate the complaint or determine it lacks the requirements necessary to move to that stage.

Gray, along with attorneys Paul Engh and Thomas Kelly, represented Yanez in his successful legal case against manslaughter charges stemming from his decision to fatally shoot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer.

Gross attended the duration of the trial and said in a statement released Tuesday that Gray's behavior was unacceptable.

"I understand the need for lawyers to provide zealous representation of their clients but Mr. Gray's conduct toward a very earnest potential juror simply because of her ethnicity was beyond the pale," Gross said in the statement.

Gray, a longtime defense attorney, called Gross's complaint "ridiculous."

"She has the right to file a complaint, but if I had done something wrong in the courtroom I am sure Judge (William H. Leary III) would have sanctioned me and he didn't," Gray said.

A jury acquitted Yanez in mid-June after the officer testified at trial that Castile, a 32-year-old black man, ignored his orders not to grab for his gun. Yanez said he fired out of fear for his life. The state had argued that Castile was trying to comply with the officer's request to see his driver's license when Yanez, who is Latino, recklessly shot him.

Gross alleges in her complaint that Gray violated the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct in his treatment of a young Ethiopian woman during the trial's jury selection process.

Gray twice tried to get the 18-year-old struck from the final jury panel, arguing that the woman had an insufficient grasp of the United States' legal system.

He also inappropriately asked her if she was a citizen and whether she grew up in a camp or village in Ethiopia and further if she attended school, the complaint argues.

The young woman told Gray she grew up in a house and that "of course," she attended school as a child, the complaint said.

He went on to ask her to define legal terms, such as "culpable negligence" and "impeachment" and instructed her to explain the country's criminal justice system.

When she struggled with the tasks, Gray moved to strike her for cause, telling Leary that the woman wouldn't "be able to contribute to jury deliberations," the complaint said.

Leary denied the motion, saying at the time that many people who sit on juries aren't familiar with the country's criminal justice system and that they don't need to be in order to competently serve as jurors.

Gray tried to strike the woman a second time during the defense's opportunity to exercise its allotted "peremptory strikes," or strikes granted without explanation so long as they are not motivated by race or gender.

The prosecution objected, arguing the strike was racially motivated. Leary ended up denying the defense's motion and the woman was ultimately seated on the 12-member jury.

"I am not an attorney but I believe Mr. Gray's conduct during this encounter violates Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. ... in that his conduct with this potential juror had 'no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person,' especially given that Mr. Gray asked no such questions of and displayed no similar animosity toward white potential jurors," Gross wrote in her complaint.

Gray said Gross's complaint was baseless.

"I wasn't insulting to the young lady," Gray said. "...This is a ridiculous complaint. It's just crazy."

Susan Humiston, the director of the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, said she does not comment on complaints filed unless they result in public discipline.

Speaking in general terms, she said her office first determines if a complaint has grounds to be investigated before passing it onto a team of lawyers to begin that work.

Only about half of the complaints filed last year made it to that stage, Humiston said.

Most don't end up resulting in discipline, either. Only 44 attorneys were publicly disciplined last year and 115 privately disciplined, for example. The office has received about 1,300 complaints annually since 2009, according to its 2017 annual report.

Gray has never been publicly disciplined for his conduct as an attorney in Minnesota. His career dates back to the 1970s.

Gross said the office has not yet notified her whether her complaint against Gray will be investigated.

Wednesday
Jul122017

Bakari Sellers: Racist Trump Keeps His Mouth Shut When It Comes to Condemning Hate Speech 

Wednesday
Jul122017

After Scaring White People to Death w/his Talent RGIII is at Home On Couch

NBC

Nothing is more valuable in the NFL than a talented quarterback, and yet there’s a quarterback who has been chosen to a Pro Bowl, has led a team to the playoffs, is just 27 years old, and can’t get so much as a sniff from any team in the league: Robert Griffin III.

We at PFT monitor every single report about player signings around the NFL, and we haven’t had a post about Griffin since the day he was cut by the Browns, on March 10. We’ve mentioned Griffin a handful of times, but generally in passing when listing veteran quarterbacks who are available. There hasn’t been so much as a rumor of a team that might bring him in for a workout, or a visit, or offer him a league-minimum contract.

Griffin’s immense talent made him the second overall pick and the rookie of the year in 2012. His knee injury that postseason may have permanently changed him as a player, but what would be the harm in offering him a camp-arm contract and letting him show if he still has something left?

There are no questions about whether Griffin can keep his mouth shut and avoid being a distraction as a backup, because that’s exactly what he did in his last season in Washington. He was benched for Kirk Cousins in the preseason, never played a down all year, and also never complained in the media or made the kinds of headlines that coaches don’t want their backup quarterbacks to make. Griffin hasn’t been arrested or otherwise been in off-field trouble, and his social media presence consists of things like welcoming his newborn daughter into the world and announcing that his foundation has given money to support an injured firefighter. He conducts himself exactly the way teams want players to conduct themselves off the field.

And yet Griffin remains unemployed, with training camps fast approaching. Griffin wasn’t particularly good in Cleveland last year, but he was no worse than Josh McCown, who managed to get a $6 million salary this year with the Jets. Among the quarterbacks who have shown significantly less upside than Griffin but have managed to sign with new teams this offseason are Mark Sanchez, Nick Foles, Josh Johnson, Aaron Murray, Case Keenum, Geno Smith, David Fales, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel, Matt McGloin, Blaine Gabbert and Austin Davis. If you’re an NFL coach and your starting quarterback goes down, would you really rather turn to Murray, Manuel or McGloin than Griffin?

Apparently some coaches would. And so Griffin will have to hope the call that hasn’t come yet comes some time before the start of the season.

Wednesday
Jul122017

NC NAACP Wants Special Master to Draw Legislative Maps & to Stop Lawmakers from passing laws until a special election is held

USNews

The North Carolina NAACP wants an outside authority — and not the General Assembly — to redraw legislative maps and state lawmakers barred from passing laws until a special election is held.

Attorneys for the civil rights group asked a Greensboro federal court Tuesday to consider the requests in its deliberations about when redistricting should occur, even though the NAACP isn't formally in a lawsuit. A three-judge panel is weighing how to proceed after the U.S. Supreme Court last month upheld the judges' earlier ruling throwing out 28 House and Senate districts as racial gerrymanders.

The NAACP says a special master should be ordered to redraw lawful maps and elections held under those boundaries this year. The group argues the current Republican-dominated legislature can't be trusted to pass constitutional laws.

Wednesday
Jul122017

Bernie Sanders to endorse Ben Jealous, former NAACP president, in Maryland governor’s race

WashPost

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Our Revolution, a national progressive group that formed after the senator’s upstart presidential bid, are scheduled to endorse Ben Jealous in the Maryland governor’s race on Thursday, according to an email sent to Our Revolution supporters in Maryland.

The joint announcement of the endorsement of Jealous, former president of the NAACP, will be made in Silver Spring.

“With Ben as governor, we can make health care a right, not a privilege,” Sanders said in a statement. “We can create a minimum wage which is a living wage. We can stop the school-to-prison pipeline and end mass incarceration. We can make college tuition affordable, protect our environment and create good-paying jobs.”

Backing from Sanders (I-Vt.) and Our Revolution is not a surprise given Jealous’s role in Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign and his former position on the board of Our Revolution. The endorsements will help Jealous, a civil rights leader and political outsider who has never run for political office, raise money and energize liberal voters across the country.

But it remains unclear how much the support will mean to voters in Maryland, where Sanders lost the 2016 Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton by a wide margin, and where Jealous is competing with several other Democrats for the nomination to challenge popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

 

Jealous, who served as the co-chairman of Sanders’s campaign in Maryland, said he and Sanders both believe that “now is not a time for timidity.”

“Our leadership must reflect the urgency of this moment,” Jealous said in a statement. “It’s time for Maryland to get back to doing big things again, but it starts with new leadership.”

Our Revolution is the second national progressive group to throw its support behind Jealous. In May, before Jealous announced his candidacy, Democracy for America said it was ready to mobilize to help him run. [MORE]

Tuesday
Jul112017

Although Non-Whites Make up 36% of U.S. population, they only make up 7% of top Senate staff 

TheHerald

Of the Senate’s 336 top staff jobs – the kind that carry six-figure salaries and behind-the-scenes clout – just 24 were held by people of color during the last Congress.

U.S. lawmakers are not subject to some of the government’s most historic, most celebrated anti-discrimination and labor laws. And there’s little momentum on Capitol Hill behind efforts to get Congress in line with the sort of equal access that private employers have had to practice for decades.

The best Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., an outspoken critic of Congress’ practices, could do this summer was to get a House subcommittee to go along with a study of diversity in House offices and how to achieve more of it. And that still needs congressional approval, which is unlikely until at least the fall.

"Too bad that we who make the laws don’t have to comply with those laws," Lee said.

The Senate figures come from a study conducted by the nonpartisan Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies of black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Asian-American and other non-white staffing on the Hill. No authoritative studies of House hiring exist.

The one group that boasts it practicing what it enacts for others are Senate Democrats. Fifteen of the 48 senators who caucus with Democrats said that more than 20 percent of their total staff is African-American, topped by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., at 36 percent, according to a study by the Senate Democratic Caucus. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Jon Tester, D-Montana and Jack Reed, D-R.I., had no black staffers.

Among Hispanics, five senators reported staffs with more than 20 percent Hispanic employees. At the top was Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., with 43 percent. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Tester had no Hispanic staffers. The study did not say how many African-Americans and Hispanics were in higher-paying jobs.

House Democrats and Republicans provided no data, but several diversity advocates and current and former Capitol Hill staffers maintain the GOP efforts are improving.

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