Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WHITE ON WHITE CRIME


For Black History Month
White on White Crime 

Murder in 2013

People kill (and rob) who they live and work near. And this country is still fairly (very) segregated. The chart below shows who killed white murder victims It is usually near-ish 84% white murderers that white people every year. 

It really irritates me that the "black on black" crime statistic has been repeated over and over again BY ASHAMED BLACK PEOPLE since the Reagan Era AS IF "white on white" crime doesn't exist.


And yes, white on white crimes levels were the same back in the 1980s too:

White and White crime and Black on Black crime usually keep pace with one another.

Of course the absolute numbers are different due to differing levels of race based poverty but the only time these ONE-SIDED, horrific percentages seem to separate by more than a percentage or three is when there is an economic downturn.  

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LOOK IT UP YOURSELF  
FBI UCR DATA
2013
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/violent-crime/violent-crime-topic-page/violentcrimemain_final

DEPORTING MOTHER, THE RACIALLY PROFILED AND OTHER LOW HANGING FRUIT INSTEAD OF "BAD HOMBRES"


FROM THE GUARDIAN
FRANCINE PROSE
  • 1930 - 1944 GERMANY
  • There are numerous eyewitness accounts written by bystanders who witnessed the Nazi roundups of the Jews. Later, everyone would claim to have been sympathetic to the deportees, and all would insist that there was nothing they could do. They felt helpless, powerless; they were afraid. [Some of these same people also claimed not to smell the stench of burning bodies coming from concentration camps just a short distance down the road]
  • It’s painful to think that we have become those bystanders...
NOT  DEPORTING "BAD HOMBRES"
just low hanging fruit. 
Guadalupe García de Rayos reported to ICE for a routine check-in and deported away from her American born children.
The crime that required routine ICE check -ins?,
It was getting a fake SS# so she could work and pay taxes.

2017 - 2020 UNITED STATES

A woman I know, who lives in Queens, became alarmed when her boyfriend failed to show up for work recently. It was 24 hours before she heard from him; he had been picked up by Ice agents during a random stop on the street – a practice, essentially a form of racial profiling, that the Ice denies – and sent to the border city of Reynosa. (In the past, deportees had been transported to the capital of the state from which they came, but now many are simply being dumped across the border)...

Just the other week, 680 people were deported from the United States, but one searches in vain for similar images. What we mostly see are pictures of a young man, alone, his head nearly shaved, photographed from the back, handcuffed and pressed up against the car waiting to take him away. 

These images support the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) claims that nearly all of the deportees are men who have been convicted of felony charges. Bad dudes



Juana Reyes, a mother of two, faces possible deportation after an arrest for trespassing.http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/navarrette-deportation-sacramento/



But a very different story has begun to emerge – of women with children, of hard-working men – people who have committed some minor infraction, or none at all, and who have been ripped out of their lives and sent to countries they left as children. The case of Guadalupe García de Rayos, separated from her two American-born teenagers and deported from Arizona to Mexico for the crime of using a fake social security number so she could work... 

Read More:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/22/europeans-jews-deported-america-repeat-mistake-donald-trump?


FROM ARIZONA PUBLIC MEDIA
 "At 9:42 a.m. on Thursday, Guadalupe García de Rayos was unshackled and dropped off in a country she has not seen in 21 years.
She was met by immigration officials across the border in Nogales, Sonora, processed as a returning Mexican citizen, and then taken to a church-run shelter for other women and children like her.
García de Rayos was detained Wednesday in Phoenix during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It’s a check-in she’s made every year since she was convicted of a felony for using a stolen Social Security number to work..."
Read More: 
https://www.azpm.org/s/45732-arizona-woman-deported-to-mexico-under-new-trump-rule/ 

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WHITE RACISTS THAT TERRORIZED 8 YEAR OLD BLACK GIRL'S BIRTHDAY WITH CONFEDERATE FLAGS AND GUNS SENTENCED



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 A white woman in Georgia and a white looking man with a Hispanic last name and  "were just collectively sentenced to 35 years for invading an African-American child’s birthday party while waving Confederate flags and weapons.  



 

Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and Jose Ismael Torres, 26, were a part of a “Respect the Flag” convoy of over a dozen Confederate flag-laden pick up trucks who had drunkenly rampaged through two Georgia counties. They screamed racial epithets at black motorists and on at least one occasion approached a black motorist with a gun.

[The prosecuting attorneys reportedly used laws aimed at street gangs to convict them.]

“Many good people in Paulding County saw you for what you are,” Superior Court Judge William McClain said before handing down the sentence. “Everywhere you went, 911 call centers were flooded with calls.”
The group eventually descended on an 8-year-old black girl’s birthday party. Members of the convoy claimed that one of the partygoers had thrown an object at their trucks."
~USUNCUT 


http://usuncut.com/news/racists-terrorized-black-childs-bday-party-confederate-flags-just-got/ 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH JUST WENT OUT WITH A BANG

Monday, February 27, 2017

IF HE'S A TOKEN AND YA KNOW IT CLAP YOUR HANDS

Before we get to my repost, let me say that protesting OSCARS SO WHITE PART 1 AND PART 2 was a success.

The year 2017 saw a lot of black actors in line for OSCARS, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. So I thought I'd repost something from 2015, when we were in the middle of OSCARS SO WHITE. 


I also thought I'd post a reminder that all of our skinfolk are not our kinfolk. 


I thought I'd remind us that we need to be selective about who we, the black community, supports.  We need to support people who support us back.

But most of all, I thought I'd remind us that protest works sometimes. 
This award season may be a blip on the radar. I don't think so. But I do know that our protest-based progress isn't a blip on the radar.

BAFTA, the british equivalent of the OSCARS, has decided that movies with all white casts ("not diverse") will no longer be eligible for a BAFTA award beginning in 2019.   
May Oscar NOT be far behind. LA LA LAND looking movies should only be given awards at a white equivalent of BET MOVIE AWARDS. All American movie awards for American movies should be given to movies where the cast looks like America.  


Read More: 
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/12/19/the_bafta_awards_will_exclude_films_that_are_not_diverse_starting_in_2019.html



A REPOST FROM 2015
“Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48 with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks,” he said. “So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?” 
Anthony Mackie
“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody. You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself,” Mackie said.

Anthony Mackie

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/anthony-mackie-black-dudes-with-dreadlocks-are-part-of-police-violence-problem-actor-slammed-for-comments/ar-AA8oOKB

Anthony Mackie has risen into my line of sight one too many times with his vacuum cleaner of crumbs approach to black life.

I must admit I have been feeling some kinda way 'bout him for quite some time.




Mackie has even surpassed Kenan Thompson at being totally unaware of his token status. And that's saying something.


Thompson's name isn't that familiar is it? Can't quite place that name without the picture can you? Well before you click here so you can see his actual face, let me tell you the reason he gave for so few black women having been on "Saturday Night Live" [until just a couple of years ago.]
Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels ... Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. "It's just a tough part of the business," Thompson says. "Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."
http://defamer.gawker.com/kenan-thompson-thinks-black-women-arent-funny-enough-f-1445835115 

If there was ever a person that was just lazily picked for his skin color, just so SNL execs could claim Saturday Night Live wasn't pretty much all white for years between Eddie Murphy and needing a black guy to spoof our current, black president, that person would be Kenan Thompson. He's a sidekick's sidekick in sketches where he's not that black preacher guy.

If there's another less funny black comedian in history, I can't remember him. 


I won't say Anthony Mackie is as bodaciously talentless as Thompson. He's okay. But I will say that Mackie's lack of significance in big movies rivals Keenan's lack of significance on Saturday Night Live. 


Somebody said he was in the Hurt Locker. I wasn't the biggest fan of that movie. But I don't remember him or the movie. Maybe this doesn't count

Somebody said he was in "Million Dollar Baby" I must blinked. I saw that over and over at an airport or something. I don't remember him.
In the Captain America movie, "The Winter Soldier," his total talking time on screen must be less than five minutes.
He must have had a whole 15 five-word sentences to say in the last Avengers movie, too.
He was the main cop in a sci-fi movie that big budget flop(?) a few years ago. And this is the only movie where I don't remember much about the movie itself but do remember him being significant. I didn't think he was the token.
Yet somehow he parted his lips to say this a few years ago,
Actor Anthony Mackie, of The Hurt Locker and Million Dollar Babyfame, says that the lack of exposure for Blacks in Hollywood is a result of Blacks being “lazy” and not telling their own stories.
 Yeah, Spike Lee and John Singleton only make a movie all about black people every once in a while because their lazy, not because they're fighting the white powers that be, the white gatekeepers, with the money and access. Mackie must think we're 31% of the population instead of 13% of the population. 

Mackie said this as if he's a toe away from Denzel Washington territory--and I'm only talking Denzel Washington in the 1980s territory, not Denzel's current territory.

At the time he said blacks' laziness was the reason for the hollywood white out at the Oscars, I did not recognize his name at all. And 
I'm not actually dogging him for stereotypical roles or token roles. I'm dogging him for his unmitigated arrogance. 

Many black actors, with the possible exception of Denzel Washington, have paid their dues in stereotypical black roles. Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, and Regina King and others have "made it" because they acted their asses off in some of those stereotypical roles too.


Paying your dues for many black actors and actresses is playing smart aleck cab drivers, domestics, home girls, home boys, and one dimensional ex-cons who are sent into a scene to grunt some decade-old black slang for one minute or less. I understand that. We all understand that. 

So it truly must be quite something to get past that to say 10 to 20 real lines opposite a white star with a real career. 

But for you to NOT REALIZE that those 20 or so sentences on screen still sort-of have you in token status? That's just sad.

I'm guessing Mackie will be one of those black actors that never shows up for a black produced, black directed, lower budget indie film to help somebody else black make it. And I'm not showing up for him either until I see a change in attitude.

I am not here for the lastest addition to "The New Blacks."

I'm not wishing anything bad on them, not really. I'd just love it if each and every one to disappear into an ordinary, middle class life where I don't ever see them on any screen anywhere again. But I'm not actually wishing anything bad on them. However, I am trying to make sure they don't make any money at all off'a me.

Ya feel me?


More importantly,
I'm trying to figure out a way to make sure

white producers know that the reason they cannot
draw  a multi-colored, multi-ethnic audience
which only decreases the amount of green lining their pockets.

The FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise made tons of money off C-plus-grade movies because a lot of black and brown folk are just dying to see themselves in big budget films.


Blacks In Hollywood Shut Out Or Missing In Action (from 2015) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/blacks-in-hollywood-shut-out-or-missing-in-action/

Video showing Speaking Role for People Of Color (from 2015 or earliers) http://elitedaily.com/news/world/videos-show-speaking-roles-people-color-videos/1105623/

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NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS COVERAGE: A PREVIEW OF THE PROPOSED TRUMPCARE TO REPLACE OBAMACARE?

CNN contributor Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that it was a mistake to guarantee health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions because “millions” of them were scamming insurance companies.
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Don't know who he is or how very republican he is?
"Richard John "RickSantorum (born May 10, 1958) is an American attorney and Republican Party politician.
He served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania (1995–2007) and was the Senate's third-ranking Republican (2001–07). He ran as a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination,finishing second to the eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In January 2017, he became a CNN political commentator."



Again and again, I think white supremacy cut off it's nose to spite it's own face by putting the republicans in so much power. Millions with coverage will not have coverage and/or there will be a program in place that won't cover anything except getting a bandage for the boo-boo you got on your elbow after you tripped on your shoelaces.

The Democrats Have Their First Latino DNC Chairman

Feeling Rebloggy

To the dismay of many rank-and-file Democrats, the race for DNC chairman became something of a proxy fight that mirrored the presidential primary battle between Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Perez won the support of Clinton and Obama confidantes, while Ellison, a staunch liberal who predicted early on that Trump would take hold of the Republican Party...[had] Sanders and progressive groups [rallying] around him...

Both candidates appealed to committee members to unify behind the winner—a nod to the lingering bitterness among the most fervent Sanders and Ellison backers stemming from the 2016 primary process...


The DNC chairmanship is a political position, not a policymaking one. With Democrats out of the White House, the chairman becomes a key spokesman for the party on television, but the job is fundamentally about fundraising, candidate recruitment, and building up a party apparatus than can win races at the local, state, and national level.



https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/perez-wins-race-for-dnc-chairman-over-ellison/517869/

In truth, this is a white supremacy map


So far, his rhetoric is the same as the rest of the predominantly white democrats: 'We need to get rural white racists into the Democratic fold.'

Perez's cover for this typically white democratic move was the same as always, he just replaced the fake "white working class" with "rural America" -- which are the white racists and white racism enablers that voted for Trump. 


When asked if Hillary should run again, he couldn't even say "No" or hint at "No" much less say, "Hell no." Hillary has too much baggage no matter what the reality of Hillary is. Anybody paying attention knows this. He had a gutless answer in my opinion.

Read More: CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF "WORKING CLASS" FOR DUMMIES http://blackchickrocked.blogspot.com/2016/12/changing-definition-of-working-class.html


Next Weekend please look for
"Dear Democrats, We WILL Replace You"

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

VIOLA DAVIS THE FIRST BLACK WOMEN TO WIN THE TRIPLE CROWN FOR ACTING EMMY, TONY, AND NOW OSCAR

Feeling Rebloggy

As expected, Viola Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “Fences.” As soon as she took the stage, everyone knew we were in for a heck of a speech.

  • “You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard,” a teary-eyed Davis began.


  • “People ask me all the time — what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost.”

  • “I became an artist and thank God I did,” she continued “because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”




LISTEN TO HER SPEECH HERE



 (Whoopi has all three as well. But her Tony was for producing a musical, not acting in a musical)

Jordan Peele Movie GET OUT Based On One Of The Oldest Black Jokes On Earth

I haven't seen it yet. But if GET OUT is a horror movie about a black guy that is afraid he's gonna get chopped into little pieces and disappear after going to his white girlfriend's childhood home to be introduced to her parents, then this is a movie based on very black joke


And if there's a black joke older than this one, I can't think of it right now.

Whatever the exact story line is, Peele is about to become a hot property. This movie has received that rare 100% rating on RottenTomatoes.com And it's already set to take in 30.5 million during its debut weekend.
This movie has generated a few favorite petty moments for me!
I keep reading about how some white people are crying about how racist the movie is. They think the movie is racist because they cannot wrap their heads around what black and brown people have been saying to them for years now,

"WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE TALIBAN OR ISIS. 
WE ARE AFRAID OF YOU! 

WE HAVE MULTIPLE DECADES 

WORTH OF RECEIPTS, 
SOME OF THEM GENERATED 

AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY"  

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-results-get-unseats-lego-batman-stellar-305m-debut-980167

I don't know if I'm gonna see it. I'm a big chicken. I don't really do horror. But I think you should. 

I am assuming the black guy featured in all the previews does not die saving somebody white. I am assuming the black guy doesn't die in the first ten minutes of the movie, never to be seen again. So GET OUT
 may be...like....one of the first blockbuster horror movies where the black main character is...like...the hero of the story that...like...survives?


The Preview


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ON TARAJI P HENSON OSCAR, GOLDEN GLOBE, AND SAG AWARD SNUBS


Taraji P. Henson turned in one of the best performances this year in “Hidden Figures,” the true story about the black women who were an integral part of NASA’s early space program. Alongside Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, Henson effectively carries the film as physicist and mathematician Katherine Johnson.

But while the film has received many accolades this awards season, including a SAG award for the cast, some have questioned why Henson did not receive acting nominations at the two of the biggest awards ceremonies of the year: the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. 

Ted Melfi, director of the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures,” said that while he was “disappointed” to see Henson receive no major actor noms, he believes the snubs are probably a result of Hollywood politics ― not Henson’s talent.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hidden-figures-director-on-taraji-p-henson-snub-its-disappointing_us_58ab0f79e4b07602ad56aaaa

I've heard director Ted Melfi be interviewed on public radio. He's as white-ignorant as they come on race. And it showed in his filming of Hidden Figures. So, I'm waiting for someone with a lot more sense to explain to me what is behind the politics of Henson's snub. 


But he/they/whoever might be right. Henson's inability to campaign due to her full time job on EMPIRE might be at the root of the snub. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hidden-figures-director-on-taraji-p-henson-snub-its-disappointing_us_58ab0f79e4b07602ad56aaaa

I'm also wondering how much black support she's getting while being associated with Uncle Lee Ruckus Daniels and EMPIRE. I like her a lot. But that association bothers me. Her defense of her woman beating EMPIRE co-star just because he's nice to her, personally (and also because her father had woman beating issues with her mother)? That also bothers me. 

Even though her loyalty to Tyler Perry may bother other black people, that association doesn't bother me too much.  



Perry is a little slow on the uptake but he's doing his best in my opinion, reference his problems with loving black stereotypes. And after reading Henson's autobiography, I understand that Perry putting her in a leading role in one of his movies made her able to demand huge salaries. Perry put her on the Hollywood map. When reading her autobiography, I couldn't believe where she had to live and what she had to pay for on her own in order to film her Oscar nominated performance in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. I couldn't believe it.  

I didn't see the other actress performances in 100% white looking fiction worlds of LA LA LAND or MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. But there's no doubt about Henson's acting ability.

When her Carter character suddenly died in the television show PERSON OF INTEREST, her fans demanded to know why. Henson actually had to do an televised question and answer video to reassure fans that her death in the series was planned.

I didn't quite believe her explanation on her sudden departure from PERSON OF INTEREST since the white show runners had forgot to put this Oscar Nominated Actress on a TV Guide Cover as one of the shows stars. When Henson balked on her facebook page, it appeared to me that she was the one deemed unprofessional and had to apologize. White show runners, by happenstance, cut her role in the show way down in favor of a white-looking actress--until her role surged back into prominence for what would turn out to be her last three episodes.   
The website "Sandra Rose" said Henson was fired from Person of Interest (See April 7 2015 edition).  We'll probably never know the truth of it. Henson all but deleted her 2.5 years with PERSON OF INTEREST from her biography, Around the Way Girl: A Memoir


On a side note, you may recall that something similar happened to Nicole Beharie on Fox.



She was one of duo on SLEEPY HOLLOW. Beharie was supposed to be one of the shows two stars. Yet her role was cut and cut and cut in favor of white actors and actresses. In that NY Times article that called Shonda Rhimes "angry black woman" described Viola Davis "less Classically beautiful" the writer of the article called Beharie's character in SLEEPY HOLLOW "a side kick."

Calling Beharie a "side kick" was certainly an insult. But what was even more insulting was that white powers that be on that show made her sidekick status a true fact.

Beharie didn't wind up being left off a TV Guide Cover like Henson was. But her white show runners forgot to call her when they were doing interviews and commentary they placed on the DVDs that were to be sold to he public. 


Beharie too left her own show abruptly.

And, once again, I swore I was done with Fox. This made it easier for me to pass on EMPIRE. And from what I hear? I'm glad I did.  


White male dominated Hollywood is rough on black actresses, even those white males who look at white and liberal and proactive. And while I have no clue as to why Henson wasn't nominated this time around, I'm not going to forget how Henson or Beharie and countless other black actresses before them have been treated in the past.




And I'm going to do my level best to support black created, black directed, and black produced movies and shows more than I do white produced shows with black faces. It's 2016, I'm tired of how white produced stuff always turns out.


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TRAYVON STILL FUELS A MOVEMENT FIVE YEARS LATER

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Exactly a month after Trayvon Martin was killed, his family gathered in a muggy back room at the civic center in Sanford, Florida. The city council was preparing for its first public meeting since the boy's death, and his family and their supporters wanted to pressure city leaders to step up and arrest the man who had fatally shot Martin.



Outside of the civic center a crowd of thousands began to swell, chanting so loudly that at times it felt like a train was rumbling in the near distance. For weeks, momentum had been building around the call for justice for Martin, the 17-year-old whose life was taken by George Zimmerman, then a neighborhood watch volunteer.
But inside the room that evening, away from the cameras, away from the hounding media and the emotional protests whipping up just yards away, there was an intimacy — a rare quiet moment amid the profound anger that was beginning to spill from that small Florida city to cities all across America.
"We can't stop," Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father said at the time. "If we stop, the world will stop. We've got to keep fighting."
In Martin's death, a movement was born.
 A Rallying Cry in a New Era of Activism 
It has been five years since Trayvon Martin's death on February 26, 2012. And yet the seeds of the movement sewn in those early, tumultuous days, continue to grow...
by NBCBLK's 
 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

DICTATOR TRUMP BANS MAJOR NEWS ORGANIZATIONS FROM PRESS CONFERENCE FOR REPORTING NEGATIVELY ABOUT HIM

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Headline

Trump White House Bars News Organizations From Press Briefing


“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” said New York Times editor Dean Baquet.

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Headline


Trump Intensifies His Attacks On Journalists and condemns FBI Leakers

Reporters from The Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, the BBC and The Huffington Post were among those shut out of the briefing. 
Aides to Mr. Spicer admitted only reporters from a group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed. Those organizations included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. 
Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fox News also attended...Reporters from The Associated Press and Time magazine, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions. 
The Washington Post did not send a reporter to the session.

Read More
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/white-house-sean-spicer-briefing.html


Friday, February 24, 2017

BLACK PEOPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DISTRUST YOU FOR BEING LIGHT SKINNED



Because I hold so much pain around not being seen as Black, it is easy for me to forget that there is a much greater amount of pain that comes with being seen as Black.

I don't know that I agree with every word of the article below. I especially don't like the word "distrust." It makes me feel bad. 
However, as I hear more and more light people sounding like white people I may agree more and more with this article as time goes by.  


That "OMG we're all black" statement that some light folks like to throw out every time the subject of colorism comes up is pushing me toward "distrust" a little more every day.  
For the record



 the light folks saying, 
"Oh my God were' all black" 

equals 

the white folks saying, 
"We're all one race, the human race."

These two statement are the very same statement, made for the very same purpose: Denial 




Feeling Rebloggy
In Chicago where I currently live, other Black people usually do not acknowledge me. 
On my way to the train, passing folks on the sidewalk, there is usually no eye contact made, no attempt at a connection. Only when I am walking with my roommate, or another Black friend are the acknowledgements—head nods, handshakes, good afternoons—directed towards me through proximity. The racial context I inhabit changes quickly based on who I’m standing with, talking to, or whose arm is linked in mine.

In the youth work I do—both professionally and as an independent community member—I often reach out to other light-skinned, half-white and white-passing young people. I see them grappling with identity, self-acceptance, with where they fit into the larger Black community, and the struggles currently renting that community apart. I try my best to hold their pain, make room for their confusion, while also underlining the most important thing I can teach them: Being light skinned is a privilege, not a struggle.
I have always loved being Black. I have always loved other Black people. Having to fight for my place in the Black community, being called upon almost constantly to demonstrate my authenticity, prove my worthiness to self-identify, has at times left me exhausted, wounded, and enraged. 
Because I hold so much pain around not being seen as Black, it is easy for me to forget that there is a much greater amount of pain that comes with being seen as Black.
Across the board, we as light-skinned people have more power and access than is just. Economically, in education, opportunities for growth and prosperity are extended to us more regularly than dark-skinned Black people. When we accept those opportunities, we are more easily absorbed into the institutions that harm other Black people... 
In movement and activist spaces, there are too many of us in leadership roles, too many of us called on to speak to issues we are undeniably less impacted by than darker-skinned members of our community....
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

OFF DUTY OFFICER SHOOTS A GUN WHEN UNARMED 13 YEAR OLD CHILDREN WALK ON HIS PROPERTY

TUESDAY'S GUN SHOT
"[A] confrontation began over what Anaheim police described as “ongoing issues” with the juveniles walking across the officer’s property....

Two videos, taken by witnesses and posted online, appear to show the officer grab a 13-year-old boy on a lawn. A group of young people, most wearing backpacks, stood nearby.
In one video, the boy says the encounter began when the officer cursed at a girl who walked across his yard, then grabbed the boy after [the boy] protested his language"
Read More 
 http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-anaheim-20170221-story.html

In the video it appears the officer grabbed hold of a 13 year old and would not let the 13 year boy go. He looked like he was taking him somewhere (kidnapping?) Then he started dragging this boy across the top of a hedge. Some have suggested he was dragging him into his own yard. 

When this off-duty officer is surrounded by kids shouting him to let the young boy go, he pulls his gun and fires it. 

At some point in the middle of the physical confrontation (cop grabbing dragging boy-- boy trying to pull himself loose) the cop accuses the boy of threatening to shoot him.  You can hear the boy instantly, vehemently denying that he said any such thing. 

It seemed perfectly obvious to me that the cop was lying for the purpose of the video. But I could be biased. I, like most black folks know, that cops know this song by heart: "I was in fear for my life."
(See for  yourself.)




My friends and I would have done the same thing if some grown ass man was assaulting one of us. We'd have tried to get him to turn our friend loose.   

We'd have run when the gun came out.

I didn't see those children do one thing that was unreasonable. 

WEDNESDAY'S PROTESTS

The cop's home is surrounded by 300 protesters.  I think they broke some of his window's out.  If he winds up being arrested and charged, that may be the point at which I'll think his window's shouldn't have been broken out. 


If he's not arrested soon, I hope there's a new crowd around his house every damn night until he has to move. 

same article
 http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-anaheim-20170221-story.html


The cops that are investigating themselves are trying to make the Ray Rice argument - "You didn't see what happened before the video." 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

JIM CROW OFFICIALLY ARRIVES IN THE SOUTH WITH THE 1896 PLESSY V FERGUSON DECISION

Feeling Rebloggy
When Louisiana passed the Separate Car Act, legally segregating common carriers in 1892, a black civil rights organization decided to challenge the law in the courts.
On June 7, 1892 Plessy --who was light enough to pass for white-- deliberately sat in the white section [of a train] and identified himself as black...

He was arrested and the case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Plessy's lawyer argued that the Separate Car Act violated the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments.
He was arrested and the case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Plessy's lawyer argued that the Separate Car Act violated the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments.


Isn't this photo one of the loveliest ugly things that you've ever seen?


The 1896 DECISION: The Plessy decision set the precedent that "separate" facilities for blacks and whites were constitutional as long as they were "equal." 


Speaking for a seven-man majority, Justice Henry Brown wrote: 



  • "The object of the Fourteenth Amendment was undoubtedly to enforce the absolute equality of the two races before the law, but in the nature of things it could not have been intended to abolish distinctions based upon color, or to enforce.... a commingling of the two races upon terms unsatisfactory to either." 


Justice John Harlan, the lone dissenter, saw the horrific consequences of the decision. 


  • "Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.... The present decision [...] will not only stimulate aggressions, more or less brutal and irritating, upon [...] colored citizens, 
The "separate but equal" doctrine was quickly extended to cover many areas of public life, 
  • -such as restaurants, 
  • -theaters, restrooms, 
  • -and public schools. 
The doctrine was a fiction, as facilities for blacks were always inferior to those for whites. 

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JIM CROW would officially remain in place in the south until 1954. The unofficial version would remain in place in the North, South, East, and West of the United States for much longer. I often call "Jim Crow" by a clearer name: "Slavery Part II" 


Arresting blacks for sitting in the wrong spot on a train or loitering in the south during crop picking season would land a person in a chain gang picking some white farmer's crop.  


Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice