Colin Kaepernick Settles Collusion Case Against The NFL

Colin Kaepernick ended his legal battles with the National Football League on Friday after initially accusing owners of colluding to keep him from playing over his national anthem protest. In identical statements on Friday, the NFL and Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said the grievance was resolved. The NFL also said it had settled a similar complaint filed by Eric Reid.  “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the statement said. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Kaepernick filed his grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing team owners of violating the league’s collective bargaining agreement by colluding to keep him off a team. Kaepernick sparked national debate in 2016 when he knelt at a football game during the national anthem. A San Francisco 49ers quarterback at the time, Kaepernick described his act as a form of silent protest against police brutality and racial injustices in the United States. Critics of the quarterback, including President Donald Trump, accused him of disrespecting the American flag and the military.  Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of that season and entered free agency, which would allow him to play with other teams. But he was unable to sign with a new team.

Reid, who joined Kaepernick in the kneeling protest, fared much the same when he became an unsigned free agent in 2018. He filed his own grievance against the NFL in May 2018. (Reid ultimately signed a new contract with the Carolina Panthers in September.) The NFL Players Association released a statement on Friday applauding the settlement.V
“We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel,” the association said. 
The NFL and Geragos did not specify the terms of the agreement. Charles Robinson, a senior NFL reporter for Yahoo, noted in a tweet on Friday: “Sources previously said Kaepernick would only withdraw if a lucrative settlement was secured.”

Judge Blocks Wisconsin GOP’s Lame-duck Voter Suppression: “Not A Close Question”

Judge strikes down Scott Walker’s vote-suppression measure, but Republicans will fight on — at taxpayer expense

A federal judge ruled last week that Wisconsin Republicans violated a federal court order by approving restrictions on early voting and other election issues during a lame duck session before the new Democratic governor was sworn in.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson blocked a law signed by outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker that limited early voting to two weeks before the election and restricted in-person absentee voting and the forms of ID that can be used to vote.
Peterson wrote that the legislation violated a 2016 court order that blocked the state from making similar changes.“This is not a close question,” Peterson wrote. “The three challenged provisions are clearly inconsistent with the injunctions that the court has issued in this case.”In that case, Peterson ruled that the state’s voter ID and limits on in-person absentee voting were unconstitutional, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The case was appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which is yet to rule on the matter.The state argued that the new laws were different from the 2016 legislation, which Peterson rejected.

“If the court accepted defendants’ argument, it would mean that a legislative body could evade an injunction simply by reenacting an identical law and giving it a new number,” he wrote.
The election restrictions were part of a larger set of bills passed by Wisconsin Republicans during last year’s lame duck session that were signed by Walker right before he was replaced by newly-elected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Progressive groups Citizen Action of Wisconsin and One Wisconsin Institute sued over the moves.
Evers said after the ruling that he as “glad to see that a federal [court] again struck down the GOP’s unconstitutional attacks on our right to vote.”
A second lawsuit filed by progressive groups, including the League of Women Voters, Disability Rights Wisconsin and Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, that was filed in the same court is seeking to have all the new laws passed by Republicans during the lame-duck session voided, arguing that the session was illegal. A judge is yet to rule on the case but experts told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel  Read more here:

Racist Shows Up To Harass Black Woman At Press Conference Announcing He Won’t Be Charged For Harassing Black Woman

There is something about some of us Jamaicans, not all I have to admit. But there is a kind of fire which burns in our bellies. A fire which would cause us rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
Maybe it is that west African Coromantee, blood which flows through our veins, that which heats up when we hear about incidents like the following.
Incidents which in most cases draws not even a bit of care much less anger from others.

Imagine someone harassing you to the point that you are forced to quit your job? Imagine that you have never bothered that person/s?
You see, it is hard for me to fathom because I was always of the opinion that no one, no man or woman, have a greater right to be on this planet than I do.
On that basis, I will not tread on your space but so help me God if you ever tread on my space.
After all, we all have just one life and what’s the point of living it if you cannot live it in peace?

Kiah Morris (left), Max Misch (right)
Screenshot: AP/Twitter

At a press conference, Monday, Vermont’s chief law enforcement officer almost completed one of the greatest performances of whitesplaining in recent history as he announced that he wouldn’t file charges against a white nationalist who allegedly stalked, harassed and terrified one of the state’s only black lawmakers.
As Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan described the voluminous evidence, he pointed out that he didn’t have enough evidence. He explained how hate speech was a matter of free speech. He explained that the harassment against the black family was bad, but that it wasn’t a crime. All the while, the woman was the target of the incessant acts of hate stood beside him as he shucked and jived.

Then the racists showed up.
According to WNYT, On Monday, Vermont Attorney General T.J Donovan held a press conference at the Congregation Beth El synagogue in Bennington, Vt. to announce that, instead of filing charges, he would instead release a 10-page report on the racial harassment of former State Rep. Kiah Morris, the state’s only black woman state representative who resigned in September after allegedly being harangued by white supremacist Max Misch, who describes himself the man who “be representing dem white muhfuckaz of Bennington.”

Seven Days Vermont reports:

The press conference went off the rails when Bennington resident Max Misch entered the room as Morris answered a television reporter’s question about the AG’s probe. Misch had been subject to a yearlong protective order in 2016 prohibiting him from contacting Morris over a series of racist tweets, messages and online comments he aimed at her.

Misch wore a black long-sleeve shirt bearing the image of alt-right icon Pepe the Frog. Many in the room began shouting “No, no, no!” and “Out!” when he arrived.

“This is not safe,” one person shouted. “Why is this asshole allowed to come in here?” someone else in the crowd said.

“Because it’s America,” another attendee replied. “We have to listen to everyone, whether we like it or not. But we don’t have to put up with it.”

Also in attendance was Kevin Hoyt, a failed Republican candidate who has accused Morris and her husband of inciting others to paint him as a Nazi. Hoyt says he is a victim of reverse racism after his request for a stalking order of protection against Morris’ husband was rejected by a judge. The hunting expert and gun advocate has repeatedly insinuated that Morris and her husband were fabricating their claims to make Vermont look like a state that tolerates racism.

“I call bullshit on Ms. Morris!” yelled Hoyt. “As a political opponent who was accused of being a Nazi, I think we’re hearing one side of the story … I was called a Nazi, I was called a white supremacist. Obviously, racism exists in Vermont … I question to what degree, though.”

After winning a House seat in the state legislature, Morris gave up her re-election bid before resigning in September, citing her husband’s open-heart surgery combined with Hoyt and Misch’s continued online campaign of harassment. Citing tweets that told her to “Go back to Africa, it’s the only place you’ll ever be safe,” The Attorney general’s report listed forty-eight separate racial incidents where Morris had been threatened and attacked, including:

  • A message to Morris’ husband informing him that he should put his wife “in her place,” or the messenger would do it for him;
  • A tweet that read: “You will never silence me. Every time you attend a political rally at the Four Corners or another local venue and I’m aware of the event, I will troll the hell out of you and the other subversives there. Maybe I’ll bring a friend or three with me too;”
  • Someone paintballing Morris’ car and spray painting a swastika on a tree near Morris’ home;
  • Another tweet said, “Stop pushing ‘social justice’ on your nearly entirely White constituency in Bennington, VT. Go back to Chicago if you want to engage in SJW [Social Justice Warrior] bullshit. We will continue to fight against your efforts to make our town/state look more like your mongrel son;”
  • Multiple reports to police of strange men and suspicious vehicles in the cemetery behind Morris’ home;
  • A break-in at the Morris home where Morris’ husband’s neckties were stolen and found in the cemetery (Police did not fingerprint or swab the crime scene);
  • Morris’ child care provider reporting a man sitting in a car outside the home filming the Morris residence;

Donovan concluded that there was not enough evidence to charge Misch with any crimes, noting that there was a lack of evidence. “No Vermont court has specifically considered whether communications like those sent to Ms. Morris could be construed as ‘true threats,’” Donovan’s findings read, adding:

In this case, the online communications that were sent to Ms. Morris by Max Misch and others were clearly racist and extremely offensive However, the First Amendment does not make speech sanctionable merely because its content is objectionable. The question here is whether the messages, in context, were communicating a serious expression of an intent to harm Ms. Morris or her family. The fact that a number of messages were directed at her role as an elected official raises the issue of whether they were intended to express political opposition through the use of hyperbole and insult, as noted in the case law above. Therefore, there appears to be insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges under Vermont law.

“Kiah Morris was a victim of racial harassment. Relatively few Vermonters have had any of these experiences, and very few have had these experiences in the context of vicious racial harassment,” Donovan said, according to the Washington Post. But, he added, “the Constitution does not permit us to prosecute racist speech because we find it offensive.”

Meanwhile, Morris stood in the face of her harassers and the attorney general, noting that law enforcement officers had shrugged off her claims.“For two years, we lived in my husband’s childhood home, feeling unsafe, never sleeping peacefully because we had to be vigilant,” said Morris, “We did everything we were told to do. We reported as we should, held nothing back and trusted in a system that was insufficient and inept at addressing and repairing the harm done.” So there you have it. It was just political expression and free speech, which is aptly expressed in the Vermont state motto:

Freedom and Unity.

#StabbyGabby Spits, Slaps, Screams N-Word And Pulls Knife On Black Family Over Parking Space

A woman was caught on video screaming the N-word and pulling a knife on a black family in an Oregon parking lot, perfectly encapsulating white America’s shenanigans in 2018.

On December 24, 20-year-old Emora Roberson captured rare footage of what is either an irate racist albino ferret or a quickly decomposing white woman in the early stages of turning into a White Walker. Roberson was in a car with her 15-month-old daughter, her boyfriend and an aunt doing some last-minute Christmas shopping when the stage 1 zombie pulled up next to the family at a McMinnville, Ore. Dominos pizza.

Clad in a camouflage jacket, track pants with two stripes, wraparound sunglasses and dingy white shoes only worn by nursing assistants, church ushers and senior citizens who exercise by walking laps at the mall—the official uniform of people who want to make America great—the soggy saltine woman pulled up next to the family in a handicapped parking spot, obviously qualified by a tooth count that appeared to be in the low-to-mid teens.

According to Roberson, the enraged woman slapped and spit on her boyfriend, Keysuan Goodyear. Goodyear grew angry and warned the woman about her behavior and language.

The woman responded by whipping out a knife.

That’s when Roberson said she began filming the incident on her phone.

“This bitch is really trying to stab him,” Roberson comments as the enraged meerkat holds a knife in clear view. “It’s called self-defense, you stupid nigger butch” Tammy Two-Teeth responds before slamming the car door on Roberson.

Roberson’s boyfriend tells Debbie No-Dentist, who looks like a french fry at the bottom of the McDonalds bag, to stay away but his girlfriend warns him that they are in McMinnville. I don’t know where McMinnville is, exactly. But from the name alone, it sounds like a place where the sheriff wears a cowboy hat and black people know to “stay in their place.”

“It’s not worth it today,” she warns her boyfriend. “We’re in a white-ass town.”“We eventually drove off. We still had Christmas shopping to do,” Roberson told Oregon Live. “My daughter woke up and was crying her head off.” Roberson said she contacted the local police department and alerted them that either Kellyanne Conway had left the Trump administration for a career on the lucrative meth-smoking circuit, or there was a racist woman on the loose who had possibly bankrupted the Tooth Fairy.

On Saturday, KPTV announced that they arrested 39-year-old Amber Rocco for the incident and charged her with intimidation, unlawful use of a weapon, harassment and menacing. Her bail was set at $55,000 but I’m not sure if they have the right person. There’s no way the woman in that video is 39 unless they are counting in possum years.

I really hope they catch the real offender before she actually stabs a victim or bites someone and turns more people into Zorro-zombies. I don’t want to tell the cops how to do their job but I’m betting they could catch the actual suspect tomorrow if they just staked out convenience stores that sell Pall Mall cigarettes.I also don’t like to stereotype but I’m betting the woman’s in the video’s name is not Amber. Most Ambers have twenty-plus teeth. The woman in the video looks like a Gretchen. If not, I’m betting on a hybrid name like SueEllen or MaryLou. But probably Gretchen.

Free Amber Rocco.

She has a dental appointment tomorrow… I hope.

Many Police Shootings Can Be Avoided But Do They Want To?

Hate, bigotry, and racism should have no place in any community, state or nation.
Yet, despite all of the work and sacrifice which has been put into the fight to eradicate the ignorant scourge of racism from our midst, hate, bigotry, and racism persist as it did back in the ’40s and ’50s.
The fact that people are a little less blatant with racist attitudes toward others they dislike may only be attributable to the cost attached to acts of racism rather than any change of heart individual bigots may have had.  

Stokely Carmichael

The problem of racism and Police abuse in America was the number one issue while stalwarts like Stokely Carmichael, Dr. King, and others lived. 
Today the issue of racist Police abuse of people of color continue to be the number one issue plaguing the country.
Years after the Federal Bureau Of Investigations warned that white supremacists were infiltrating police departments nothing substantive has been done to root them out.
In fact Department heads, Prosecutors and Judges have worked assiduously to ensure that racist murderers parading in police uniforms are not held accountable for their crimes against people of color.
Cops hardly make attempts to de-escalate volatile situations anymore, they escalate minor situations in order to justify the use of force.
Casual situations which ought to be handled with kindness and professionalism are escalated by the cops themselves, even when they were initially called to help.

John Crawford murdered by police in a Walmart

“A federal court found that members of a Los Angeles sheriff’s department formed a neo-Nazi gang and habitually terrorized the black community. Later, the Chicago police department fired Jon Burge, a detective with reputed ties to the Ku Klux Klan, after discovering he tortured over 100 black male suspects. Thereafter, the mayor of Cleveland discovered that many of the city police locker rooms were infested with ‘White Power’ graffiti. Years later, a Texas sheriff department discovered that two of its deputies were recruited for the Klan.”

Alton Sterling subdued by two Baton Rogue cops just before they decided to kill him ….

(1) “[T]he term ‘ghost skins’ has gained currency among white supremacists to describe those who avoid overt displays of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes,” the FBI report states.
(2) In 2014 New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Jarvis DeBerry reminded readers of Michael Elsbury, a white Baton Rogue police officer who resigned after “he was linked” to racist text messages.
(3) “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out,” Elsbury reportedly wrote in one message, referring to the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown. “I hate looking at those African monkeys at work … I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.”
(4) According to Critical to the rise of these groups within law enforcement was the severe backlash by mainstream conservatives to a 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security that revealed that white-supremacist groups and right-wing domestic terrorist organizations had been recruiting heavily among a number of groups in the country, especially among returning military veterans. Mainstream conservatives went completely bananas and, to her discredit, then-DHS Secretary Donna Shalala killed the report, apologized to various veterans groups, and disbanded the unit within her department that had done the research.

Number 99 jersey Pantaleo killing Eric Garner with an illegal choke-hold while the other killers aided and abetted in the murder

(5)Critics fear that the backlash following the 2009 DHS report hindered further action against the growing white supremacist threat and that it was largely ignored because the issue was so politically controversial. “I believe that because that report was so denounced by conservatives, it sort of closed the door on whatever the FBI may have been considering doing with respect to combating infiltration of law enforcement by white supremacists,” said Samuel Jones, a professor of law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago who has written about white power ideology in law enforcement. “Because after the 2006 FBI report, we simply cannot find anything by local law enforcement or the federal government that addresses this issue.”

(6) The website (Occupy Democrats) argue that White supremacists are infiltrating the police departments across the country according to a report by the FBI. The report is alarming in the Trump era, as white nationalists across the country are feeling emboldened and only build on a long history of domestic terrorist groups joining law enforcement.
A classified FBI Counter-Terrorism Policy Guide from April 2015 was obtained by The Intercept and revealed that “domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers.”
Shockingly, to those studying law enforcement in the US this is nothing new; however, the FBI is doing little to publicly address this growing threat. Many police departments around the nation have a history of racism in their ranks, and with no national standard among the nearly 2,000 law enforcement agencies, white nationalists have little trouble infiltrating the ranks and spreading their influence.

Meghan O’Donnell, 29, from St Louis, prays at the spot where Michael Brown was killed Sunday evening in Ferguson, Missouri. – AP

Summing up these realities with incredible precision  Angelia Williams Graves, a Virginia councilwoman,at a NAACP luncheon said the following.
These white supremacists have “taken off their white hats and white-sheeted robes and put on police uniforms. Some of them have put on shirts and ties as policymakers and some of them have put on robes as judges.” 
“I know I could never change the condition from the outside. I had to go for the inside,” Col. K.L. Williams, the Black chief of police in Kinloch, Mo., told CNN. “If you think that racism and white supremacy is not involved in police departments, you better check yourself. Because the KKK has been involved with law enforcement from when it just about started,” he continued.

Philando Castile kiled by a cop who pulled him over for an alleged broken tail-light….

Time after time white mass killers are arrested, not killed, even when armed.
White South Carolina mass murderer Dylan Roof was even treated to fast food after being arrested without being shot, courtesy of the local PB.
Conversely, black men and women risk instant death at the hands of police on every traffic stop, traffic stops which are generally done on illegally cooked-up convoluted reasons.
Black men risk getting murdered while black women risked getting pulled from their automobiles and brutalized by police whose job it is to protect them.

The instances are well documented, guilty white mass killers are treated exponentially better than respectable black victims of crime.
Which brings us to the question of why?
We can waste time talking about all manner of peripheral stuff like what the mainstream media does to deceive the public on this issue.
Or we can accept the fact that many cops in the public sphere are white Nationalists with a badge and gun.
Black citizens could fight the clan toe-to-toe. How do you fight back against someone who comes under the cover of the law?

Florida’s sheriff’s deputy wearing Qanon patch greets Mike Pence>

Whether the nation wants to face what’s happening or continue to ignore it does not change the facts.
Black and brown people are being murdered by white cops who are active white supremacists bent on enforcing their own agendas.
In the meantime, all-white grand juries continue to grant them license to murder by failing to indict them.
On the rare occasions that these murderers are even indicted for their crimes, the chances of convictions are almost nil, whether they receive a jury or bench trial the end results are the same.
Murderers who kill while wearing a police officers uniform are guaranteed that there will be no consequences for their actions.
What better place to be if you are a white supremacist who hates and wants to kill black people?

Some Blacks Still Mentally Shackled To The Plantation

Mike Espy

The final elections of the 2018 season will be held today November 27th, in the southern state of Mississippi. The elections are a runoff between Republican appointed Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith a white woman who was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by the retiring Republican Senator Thad Cochran, and African-American Mike Espy, former Congressman and  Clinton agriculture secretary.

Neither candidate received more than 50% of the votes in the November 6th elections, by state law this means that there has to be a runoff election to decide a winner. Today is that day.
Hyde-Smith’s parents reportedly sent her to a whites-only school after school segregation was outlawed. This can hardly be laid at the feet of Cindy Hyde-Smith, but she continued the trend by sending her own daughter to one such school to avoid sending her to a school in which she would mix with black students.

The campaign is drawing a lot of attention because of comments Cindy Hyde-Smith made on the campaign trail.
Normally a Republican candidate in ruby red Mississippi would simply swat away a democratic opponent, not so much this time.
Donald Trump’s two campaign events for Hyde-Smith on November 26th seem to indicate a sense of nervousness on the part of Republicans.
The Doug Jones win in neighboring Alabama may be uppermost in the minds of Hyde-Smith’s supporters as well.

Cindy Hyde-Smith

At issue are comments made by Hyde-Smith, Referring to a local rancher, in which she joked that, “if he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” 
At another event, the senator suggested to a group of young voters that voter suppression would be “a great idea.”
There’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don’t want to vote,” she said. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.
Cindy Hyde-Smith has not really made a full-throated apology for her statements and is seemingly invested in running out the election clock rather than apologize for her insensitive and racist statements.
Attaching herself fully to Donald Trump’s coat-tails Cindy Hyde-Smith seem to think that is all she needs to win in Mississippi.
She may very well be right in thinking that.

Mississippi not only has the dubious distinction of being one of the most racist states in the union it had the highest number of lynchings of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era.
That Hyde-Smith thinks that sitting front and center at a public lynching tells a great deal about her humanity. 
If elected to the Senate it will speak even more clearly about those who voted for her.
That Mississippi kind of brain rot has certainly ketp that state one of the most impoverished and the most dependent on federal aid.
Which brings me to the point of this article.

Not surprising is the response of some Republicans in the state when asked about Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments.
No…….I’m not talking about whites, they are what they are, I’m referring to some blacks in the state, who still support the Republican party.
I just choose to look at it as a possible mistake and chalk it up to that,” said John Mosley Jr., an African-American Republican who ran for mayor of Moss Point, Mississippi, in 2017. “And I haven’t given it much thought afterward.”
“I’m a Republican. I support Cindy Hyde-Smith,” said Charles Evers. “She didn’t say anything about black folks, she didn’t say anything about white folks. She just said ‘If there’s a hanging I’ll be in the front row’ or something like that. She didn’t mean nothing like that. She was just saying something. I don’t give a damn what other people think.

Makes me wonder whether these two are afraid of being strung up on the nearest tree
Please tell us how you really feel, we will not tell anyone.
According to ( Evers is the 96-year-old brother of the late Medgar Evers, an NAACP leader who was assassinated on June 12, 1963, outside his home in Jackson by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens Council. Two trials in 1964 resulted in hung juries. Beckwith was convicted of Evers’ murder on Feb. 5, 1994.

My initial instinct when I saw these comments and others was rage, just unadulterated rage at what I thought was abject stupidity of the individuals involved.
And maybe there is still some of that in these men and others like them, but there is always another perspective.
I have been writing on this subject for some time now, [the idea of black and latino Republicanism], both of which seem to operate in an Orwellian universe, divorced from the reality of their individual existence.

I am mindful that for many in the deep south the Democratic party of George Wallace and Bull O’Connor still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of people still alive. The likes of Charles Evers who lost his brother to an assassin’s bullets.
I can only imagine how they would find it hard to support the Democratic party which was the party of segregationists.
Juxtapose that with the initial loyalty African-Americans felt for the Republican party because Lincoln the Republican president signed the Emancipation declaration and the obstinacy becomes more understandable, even though intolerable and no less infuriating.

Donald Trump

The missing nexus for African-Americans who still cling to the Republican party, is their inability to think outside the way they were programmed to think as [subhuman subjects] of a system which projected itself as superior to them.
Sure Lincoln a Republican President was forced to free the slaves, but he did so only because it suited his interest of maintaining the Union.
Lincoln had no burning desire to be rid of slavery, it was a convenience for him and his emancipation declaration was acutely tailored to fit those ends.
On the contrary, the Democratic President Lyndon Johnson presided over the signing of both the [Civil and Voting Rights Acts] which changed the way blacks are treated in this country.
The signing of both these pieces of legislation resulted in the mass exodus of whites from the Democratic Party to the Republican party.
Today the most loyal base of the Democratic party is African-Americans.

The Republican party is fully conversant of those facts. Subsequently, the party isn’t trying to recruit blacks into the party.
If you think about it, why would the Republican party which has become far too white and far too racist for even former white Republicans, want to attract blacks?
Considering that Whites left the Democratic party over that party’s support for blacks?
It is important never to forget that whites left the Democratic party for no other reason than that they believed another group of people had no right to the basic rights and dignity they enjoyed as a matter of course!
Nevertheless, insofar as the small percentage of blacks which still support the Republican party is concerned, the party will not chase them out. 
At least not yet……who knows what this far-right party of Stephen Miller, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Donald Trump will do ultimately?
The party still has a demographic problem. As it struggles with perceptions and a shrinking white base, it still needs a couple of token black stooges to fend off some of the attacks on its racism.
Sorry Mia Love, Michael Steele, et al. 
Not many expect a Mike Espy win tonight in Mississippi, certainly, not this writer but stranger things have happened.
I fully expect white Mississippians will act like white Mississippians but the negroes though………

How The Tranquil Drug Of Gradualism Has Lulled African-Americans To Sleep

In the struggle to make America a better place for all of its citizens, there will have to be a reckoning among Black people along certain distinct lines.
(1) They cannot count on anyone else’s efforts in this existential fight.
(2) White women are equally as complicit in white supremacy as their male counterparts.
(3) Expecting a change of heart from the descendants of those who enslaved, murdered, raped and sodomized their fore-parents is fool’s gold.
The expectation that white women will fight for civil and gender rights because they too were victims of oppression ignores the fact that they have long done the math and have decided the benefits of white privilege far outweighs any benefits they would derive from gender equality. 
In fact, in 2018 white women have solidified themselves as the number one anti-black antagonists in the age of Trump.

The Rosewood Massacre, 1923
The burning of Rosewood

In 1923 Fanny Taylor’s lies caused the massacre of hundreds, if not thousands of black residents of Rosewood Florida.
 The massacre was instigated by the rumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, had been sexually assaulted by a black man in her home in a nearby community. 

In 1955 Emmet Till a 14-year old black child from Chicago was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he was murdered for allegedly [flirting] with a [white woman].
His killers, —the white woman’s husband and her brother—made Emmett carry a 75-pound cotton-gin fan to the bank of the Tallahatchie River and ordered him to take off his clothes. The two men then beat him nearly to death, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head and then threw his body, tied to the cotton-gin fan with barbed wire, into the river.

Emmet Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley’s, though ravaged by the trauma and grief of the inhuman savagery which went into the slaughter of her son decided to hold an open casket funeral on September 3, 1955.
She urged the world to look at her son’s beaten, swollen body. The body, was so disfigured that he was only identifiable by the initials on a ring on his finger, was viewed by thousands of people and photographed and published in newspapers and magazines.
Emmett Till’s old casket may be viewed at the Civil Rights exhibition at the African American History Museum, in Washington DC.

Emmett Till

In July of 1995 South Carolina native, Susan Smith decided to kill her two children. She drove her car into a lake and drowned the two children then told police they were kidnapped by a black man.
September 2018, after only three months on the job, Sherry Hall a recently hired Jackson Georgia cop shoots herself and told her bosses she was shot by …… you guessed it, a black man.
With blood in their eyes, they embarked on a two-week chase for the imaginary black man until her story fell apart and she was arrested.

The undeniable truth in the innumerable instances in which white women have used black men as foils to (a) cover up lies or (b) elicit rage from their male contemporaries, has demonstrated the devious calculation in the way they have opted to cash in on whiteness in America. 

This is America’s shame, it must be confronted and exorcised

Once there is a fundamental understanding that the three concepts outlined in paragraph one above are institutionalized impediments to change, the arduous task of self-determination, self-autonomy, and self-governance begins in a country within a country.
The idea of a gradual change has long been rubbished, even though many, even within the Black community will argue that there has been marked change in their lifetime.
The idea that a Black man was twice elected and Blacks occupying high places of power remain indelible markers of the progress of which they speak.

Dr King

The undeniable truth, however, is that despite those gains the systematic stain of racism is still deeply etched in the body politic, that if Blacks continue to accept what Dr. King once called “the tranquil drug of gradualism“, black Americans will be no further along three hundred years from today.
There is a sense of moral degeneration which permeates certain quarters which hold power in America.
This makes it almost impossible to dislodge the corrosive and cancerous consequences of racism which is literally destroying the country from within. 

Steve King  (R) Iowa

A sitting Congressman [Steve King] of Iowa who openly supports white supremacist causes across the Globe was re-elected in his district.
An appointed Mississippi US Senator, Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss so enthused  with a supporter, remarked to a group of supporters,” 
“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”
On the 27th Of November 2018, Cindy Hyde-Smith the Republican will square off in Mississippi against Democrat  Mike Espy who just happen to be black.

IMAGE: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith
Cindy Hyde Smith

If you are reading this  and you do not know or understand the loaded back-story to Hyde-Smith’s statement, this article will be insufficient to educate you on lynchings, and the part the state of Mississippi played in that sordid part of America’s inglorious racial history.
But Hyde-Smith was not done, she publicly opined about how great it would be to prevent young people at liberal colleges from voting.
It’s needles to wonder or guess what the students of those liberal colleges look like.

It is as systemic as Florida’s new Governor-Elect at the start of his campaign telling voters not to “monkey up” the Gubernatorial race by voting for Andrew Gillum his Democratic opponent who just happened to be Black.
The people of the state of Florida did not find any of these incidents disqualifying. 
Come November 27th, Cindy Hyde-Smith will almost certainly beat Mike Espy for the Senate seat in Mississippi.
Like Ron Desantis, like Steve King, Cindy Hyde-Smith will take her place in the Government of the United States.
They will vote on issues which affect the daily lives of tens of millions of people who do not look like them and for whom they have scant, if any regard.

Chris Collins

But if you thought that these are the only ones you are deeply mistaken, In Western New York 27th Congressional District, Republican Chris Collins was re-elected despite being under Federal indictment for felony charges around insider trading.
In California’s 50th District, Republican Duncan Hunter was re-elected despite facing a federal indictment for allegedly misusing campaign funds.
You may argue that in the case of Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins nothing about their story is racial.
If you do that, you are missing the greater point about the deeper rot which permeates the politics.  So much so that even these egregious acts which are antithetical to good governance are ignored.
What chance then does deep-rooted white racism have of being uprooted by these miscreants?


Imagine breaking into a man’s house, raping his wife, stealing everything he owns, beating and humiliating him, selling his children that you haven’t killed, then forcing him to work for free.
Are you able to make that mental journey?
If so, then picture this, after he has done everything you have demanded of him, you are angry at him for fighting for his freedom.
Even if you were to give him everything you own it would not begin to compensate for the hundreds of years of dehumanizing and degrading rape, sodomy, murder, and the untold cruelty and barbarism you have subjected him to.
Now you are mad that he dares stand up to demand his right to human dignity.
You are mad because he dares to revisit his past in order to understand his present and to chart a course for his future.
How dare you?

If I said it once I’ll say it a thousand times.
The fight for Black autonomy and black respect will not be won by using other people’s soldiers.
Iowa’s Congressman  Steve King said, “You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values.”
King was making the case for white supremacy and white Anglo Saxon dominance.
I’m a champion for Western civilization,” said Steve King, 
If you go down the road a few generations, or maybe centuries, with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.” 

If African-Americans are going to survive against these imbeciles they better wise up to the fact that they will have to fight like hell on every front, in a fight which will require a full arsenal of wit and cunning.
This is an existential fight against annihilation and they have no compunction against removing us from the equation as if we never existed.

Wisconsin Students Throw Up Sig Heil In Prom Photo

Here are your future Judges, Police Officers and other public officials, here are your private sector officials.
Welcome to America 2018.

In the photo, nearly all of the 63 boys appear to make the Sieg Heil salute before their junior prom in the spring at Baraboo High School. Lori Mueller, of the Baraboo School District, said Monday via Twitter that the district will pursue all available options, including legal action, in response to the photo. The school district and local authorities continue to investigate, speaking with the students and families involved to determine how and why this was taken. Baraboo is a town of about 12,000 residents that is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee. Mueller says the photo doesn’t reflect the district’s values and that administrators will pursue appropriate action. Mueller said the photo appears to have been taken last spring and wasn’t on school grounds. The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland released a statement Monday emphasizing that the photo is one of the reasons children must continue to be taught about the brutality of what the Nazis did.

This is Mississippi Republican US Senator  Cindy Hyde-Smith, making a flip reference to a “public hanging” is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state’s history of lynching and boosting Democrats’ hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, a black Democrat, in a runoff Nov. 27. She was captured on video praising a supporter by declaring, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” After the video was made public Sunday, Hyde-Smith said her remark Nov. 2 at a campaign event in Tupelo was “an exaggerated expression of regard” for a friend who invited her to speak. “Any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous,” she said.spy on Monday called the remark “disappointing and harmful.” “It reinforces stereotypes that we’ve been trying to get away from for decades, stereotypes that continue to harm our economy and cost us jobs,” he told MSNBC’s, Chris Matthews. At a news conference Monday with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant by her side, a stone-faced Hyde-Smith refused to answer questions about the hanging remark. “I put out a statement yesterday, and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” she said. 

Being Black And Republican Is Not A Thing

Black Republicanism is a real aphorism, however, in some ways, it seems as logical as walking in an East-Westerly direction, such is the inherent contradiction of it.

The struggle to understand the idea of Blacks aligning themselves with the Republican party or supporting the party’s agenda is a real phenomenon. Nevertheless, it also begs the question why have some Blacks in other parts of the world still see the Republican party as an entity worthy of their support?

If someone was to ask me what is it that most black people who support the Republican party have missed?……… I would readily respond that they missed the fact that the two political parties switched roles in the early 1960’s.
Conversely, If I was asked what is it which causes any black person to still support the Republican Party, I would readily opine that the emancipation proclamation signed by the then Republican president Abraham Lincoln still have some starry-eyed about the party to this very day.

The Emancipation Proclamation of  January 1, 1863, may be looked at in its most simplistic form a-la the undeniable fact that  3.5 million enslaved African Americans in the designated areas of the South were moved from slave to a sense of pseudo-freedom.
Or we can scratch the surface and look at some hard facts as it relates to the mythology surrounding Lincoln’s valiancy in signing the Emancipation Proclamation. After three(3) years of a bloody civil war, Lincoln desperately needed bodies to fight his war.

The Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the United States, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy (the Southern secessionist states) that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union (United States) military victory. Source[]

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom. Moreover, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.

According to [ Dr. Terry L. Jones of] Lincoln became known as “The Great Emancipator,” but in reality, the Emancipation Proclamation’s promise of freedom intentionally excluded some 800,000 slaves-many of whom lived in Louisiana as well.
Some historians have argued that Lincoln hated Slavery, however, in a public letter to the New York Tribune published just a month before he issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln declared “My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.”
Yea, the Great Emancipator had no deep burning desire in his gut to eradicate the scourge of slavery, for him whatever he would do about it had to justify his own end.

Emancipation, however, was a complicated matter because most Northerners were fighting to restore the Union and had no interest in freeing the slaves. To win the war, it was absolutely vital that Lincoln keep the slave-holding Border States on his side, not to mention the thousands of slave-owning Southerners who had opposed secession and were providing important support to the Union.

Lincoln knew that if he attempted to free all of the slaves, loyal slave owners in Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware, and in the Union controlled areas of the Confederacy, might well join the Rebels to protect their valuable slave property. To prevent that from happening, the Emancipation Proclamation carefully avoided freeing the slaves held by most Unionists.

Lincoln realized that slavery helped the Confederacy wage its war for independence. Slaves performed most of the labor in the South constructing Rebel military fortifications, working in munitions factories, and harvesting the food that fed the Confederate army. Every slave who worked in such a manner freed up a white man to serve in the army. Source [ Dr. Terry L. Jones]

Probably, the most important issue of the conundrum Lincoln faced was the need to adopting emancipation as an official war goal also would make it less likely that the anti-slavery Europeans would intervene on the side of the Confederacy.
Lincoln was singularly focused on maintaining the Union. If the French entered the war to protect their territory of Louisana America as we know it today may well have been only a dream.

The calculated nature of the proclamation was not lost on people at the time, according to Professor Jones, one British newspaper noted, “The principle asserted is not that a human being cannot justly own another, but that he cannot own him unless he is loyal to the United States.”

Even so, the {emancipation proclamation} meant that the enslaved African-America population toiling endlessly in degrading servitude could have something to look forward to, a starting point on what would become a seemingly endless sojourn to self-autonomy and citizenship.
Little did they know that even though the emancipation proclamation would to some degree, remove the literal chains from their ankles,  dark forces were already hard at work creating an equally brutish system known as [Jim Crow], which all but made the newly liberated blacks slaves again to the very masters from whom they were just freed.

Like two travelers crossing paths in the dark the Republican party which for what its worth, was the party of emancipation became the political party to which white men ran after  President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.
The Democratic Party was now the party which looked out for the rights of blacks and whites were pissing mad.
For the average white man, the negro had no right they should respect.

President Lyndon Johnson has been rumored to have said  “We have lost the South for a generation,” Johnson told an aide after he signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 
Dr. Steven J. Allen of pushes back against the assertion that Johnson ever made those comments.
Allen’s arguments are rooted in the concept that if LBJ had made those comments, he would have been wrong. The Goldwater surge in the South,, he argues faded quickly. With a handful of exceptions, Republican gains in the region in 1964 vanished by 1966. Decades passed with Democrats still in firm control of the South.  
In seeking to label those with whom he disagrees, like the Reverend Al Sharpton whom he tarnishes pejoratively a ‘racist preacher“, Allen forgot that President Johnson could have made the statement and be wrong, could have made the statement and be right eventually, and that there was no mutual exclusivity between competing events.

Dr. Steven J. Allen,  in seeking to establish that the statement attributed to President Johnson was a myth, inherently failed to speak to the irrefutable fact that for decades after the signing of the civil rights act, to present day, the entire south has been a bastion of Republicanism.
An almost impenetrable garrison which has hardly seen a Democrat carry a southern state, outside Florida except for Carter who won his home state of Georgia, Bill Clinton who carried Arkansas and Al Gore winning Tennessee.

The laughable truth being ignored by Allen is that, whether Johnson said “we lost the south for generations” or not is manifestly unimportant.
The Democratic party eventually lost the south and parts beyond eventually. As a consolidation of purpose developed to re-litigate, if not retool for a new war under the mantra the south will rise again.

It probably makes more sense to lay out the gross atrocities which the Republican Party has visited on people of color since the party took over the persecution of black people from the southern Democrats.
 Voter suppression. Police brutality. Blatant Racism and the list goes on and on. However, no Republican initiative has been more detrimental to African-Americans than the Nixon so-called war on drugs, continued through Ford, Reagan and Bush.
In the period since the war on drugs was launched the American prison population has skyrocketed to over two million. Many of those caught in the dragnet have been low-level nonviolent drug offenders who just happen to be black.

Even as Republican policies have packed the prisons with nonviolent drug offenders, and resulted in the deportation of countless others, state legislatures controlled by Republicans have passed laws which makes it impossible for offenders who have done time in prison to vote after they have paid their debt to society.
This has rendered a huge segment of the male black population not just felons but made them unemployable and without the ability to chose their leaders.
In many cases, they are denied basic benefits such as food stamps for the rest of their lives, that includes pregnant women, people in drug treatment or recovery and people suffering from HIV/AIDS simply because they were once caught with drugs.
These racist draconian policies ensure recidivism of blacks and ensure that prisons remain filled with black bodies.

Speaking to this in her best selling book [the new Jim Crow] Lawyer, Activist and Author Michelle Alexander said;” If shackling former prisoners with a lifetime of debt and authorizing discrimination against them in employment, housing, education, and public benefits is not enough to send the message that they are not wanted and not even considered full citizens, then stripping voting rights from those labeled criminals surely gets the point across.

I will probably not change a single mind of the black people who vote Republican.
That was not my intention, what I set out to do in this piece was to establish a factual foundation which puts to rest the frivolous arguments around black people’s support for a political party which literally hates them and has systematically worked toward their destruction.
Black Republicanism is an oxymoron which only makes sense if you are traveling in an east-westerly direction.

Why Young Men Of Color Are Joining White-Supremacist Groups

Patriot Prayer’s leader is half-Japanese. Black and brown faces march with the Proud Boys. Is the future of hate multicultural?

PORTLAND, Oregon—Outfitted in a flak jacket and fighting gloves, Enrique Tarrio was one of dozens of black, Latino, and Asian men who marched alongside white supremacists in Portland on Aug. 4.

Tarrio, who identifies as Afro-Cuban, is president of the Miami chapter of the Proud Boys, who call themselves “Western chauvinists,” and “regularly spout white-nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Last month, prior to the Patriot Prayer rally he attended in Portland, Tarrio was pictured with other far-right activists making a hand sign that started as a hoax but has become an in-joke. Last year, Tarrio said traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the Unite the Rightrally that ended with a neo-Nazi allegedly killing an anti-fascist protester. (The Proud Boys said any members who went to the event were kicked out.)

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Patriot Prayer + Proud Boys in Vancouver night b4 Aug 4 Portland rally many fear will end in violence. Tusitala “Tiny” Toese and others make an apparent “White Power” hand gesture. T-shirts read, “Pinochet Did Nothing Wrong.”

“A lot of these young guys, especially from the software world, who are being sucked into white nationalism, start out being worked up about Ayn Rand in high school.”— David Neiwert

Tarrio and other people of color at the far-right rallies claim institutional racism no longer exists in America. In their view, blacks are to blame for any lingering inequality because they are dependent on welfare, lack strong leadership, and believe Democrats who tell them “You’re always going to be broke. You’re not going to make it in society because of institutional racism,” as one mixed-race man put it.

If racism doesn’t exist, I ask Tarrio, how would he explain the disproportionate killing of young black men by police? “Hip-hop culture,” he says. It “glorifies that lifestyle… of selling drugs, shooting up.” Because of that, “Obviously you’re going to have higher crime rates. Obviously you’re going to have more police presence and more confrontations.” (Police kill black males aged 15 to 34 at nine times the rate of the general population.)

Elysa Sanchez, who is black and Puerto Rican, attended the “Liberty or Death Rally Against Left-Wing Violence” in Seattle on Aug. 18, joining about 20 militiamen open-carrying handguns and semi-automatic rifles.

Sanchez says, “If black people are committing more murders, more robberies, more thefts, more violent crime, that’s why you would see more black men having encounters with the police.”

Also in Seattle, Franky Price, who said he is  “black and white,”wore a T-shirt reading, “It’s okay to be white.” Read more here:

The Incredible Ability Of American Cops To Arrest Violent White Murderers Without Hurting Them

Gregory Alan Bush reportedly has a violent past

It took them a while to do it and one has to wonder why? Even, when the evidence is glaring, there are hesitations to treat attacks on Black Americans as hate crimes?
That “it“, is recognizing that the brazen murder of two elderly black people in a Kentucky supermarket was a hate crime.
As the Nation grieves the deadliest attack on Jews in America’s history,  a case in which a right-wing hate monger massacred people solely on the basis of their faith, the murder of two innocent African-Americans in a Kentucky Kroger gets shoved to the side.

‘Whites Don’t Shoot Whites,’ Said Alleged Kroger Shooter  Gregory Alan Bush when confronted by an armed white man. The man did not shoot at him and so he hustled away before being taken alive by police.
You ever noticed how literally all of these murderous losers always have three names, think about it?  

Now the evidence was always there that this was a racially motivated shooting, he killed two black people and no one else. He tried entering an African-American church before opting for the Kroger supermarket. And then he told a white man who might have nailed his sorry ass, that “whites do not kill whites.” Obviously, his theory had some resonance with his white contemporary as well as with the police, he was not killed by that man and he was certainly taken alive by the police.

Bush reportedly has a black ex-wife who said in court records that he called her a “nigger bitch.” [Lie with Dogs you rise with flees](sorry Bud).
The larger takeaway which generally gets lost in the shuffle is the skillset of police departments across the country.
They have the incredible ability to take the most despicable white murderers into custody without harming them.
I’m actually surprised they did not take him to Burger King and got him a supersized whopper with extra fries and a large Frosty.

Yet two cowards wearing police uniforms in the state of Florida couldn’t restrain a 14-year-old black girl without pummelling her kidneys in order to arrest her for the very serious crime of talking back at police.
These are the Gestapo tactics playing out across the country, yet violent white right-wing extremist kill who they hate and are almost always taken into custody alive.

As for African-American men whose only crimes is that they are occupying their black skins, it is quite common to receive multiple gunshots to the back for simply existing.
In a very brief moment of time since Donald Trump has escalated his war of words on the media and has declared publicly that he is a white Nationalist much has happened.
Here are a few of the events which have occurred.

Black Props For Trump’s Ego

Harriet Tubman was quoted as having said “I saved a thousand slaves and could have saved thousands more, if only they knew they were slaves’.

We know that not every Black person act or think the same way, we are all different human beings but lordy.

Young so called Black Conservatives being used by the Trump regime and Donald Trump Jr. as props after Donald Trump told Blacks their neighborhoods  and schools are shitty .
But more than all Trump’s party is actively engaged in suppressing the black vote across the country.

This shocking manipulation of black people for political purposes should actually not be shocking at all, ignorance is bliss.

Donald Trump Addresses Gathering of  so-called  Young Black Conservatives at White House

It does not take a lot to con black people and although I do not believe that Blacks are supposed to act as a monolith , it is shocking that these people are with Trump whooping it up based on the things he has said and done to people of color.

Racist Grocery Store Shooter First Tried To Enter A Black Church, Police Say

While you were diverted by the rash of bombs sent to two previous Democratic presidents and their families, Vice President Joe Biden a member of Congress and other prominent Trump critics a white wing domestic terrorist walked into a Kroger in Kentucky and killed two African-Americans.

The mainstream media in the meantime is heavily invested in chasing the latest shiny object Trump throws them while this egregious incident has gone on without any reporting to date.

The Kroger where Gregory Bush killed two black people he didn’t know appears to have been his plan B, after a failed attempt to replicate Dylann Roof.

A 51-year-old man who killed two people at a Kentucky grocery and was subdued by a civilian who told him that “whites don’t shoot whites” had earlier tried to enter a church with a predominantly black congregation, police confirmed late Thursday.

Though chief of police Sam Rogers refused to “speculate on motive at this time” during an afternoon news conference in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, the killer’s failed attempt to enter the town’s First Baptist church was caught on video. Though the church welcomes all comers, it “is headed by a black pastor and has a large African-American membership” according to the Associated Press.

Predominantly black congregations of Baptists have been closely linked to struggles for social, legal, and economic equality for African American people in the U.S. for centuries. As such, they have repeatedly become targets for racist violence — including the massacre of nine parishioners at a famed A.M.E. church in Charleston, South Carolina, during a mid-week bible study meeting by white supremacist Dylann Roof in 2015.

Jeffersontown’s First Baptist holds regular Wednesday night services, as well as weekly bible study groups and choir practices. The killer tried to enter the church in the mid-afternoon, however, and would likely not have found it crowded had he been able to gain entry.

Rogers’ professional reluctance to speculate on what motivated Gregory Bush to kill two people in the large Louisville suburb on Wednesday is understandable, but one detail from the son of the man who confronted and subdued Bush before police had arrived sheds substantial light on the killer’s brainwaves.

“He said, ‘Don’t shoot me, I won’t shoot you.’ He’s like, ‘Whites don’t kill whites,’” Steve Zinninger, son of the man who confronted Bush outside the store, told local WAVE-3 News, explaining how his father had gotten Bush to stop shooting. Police seemed to contradict some details of Zinninger’s account, saying that the licensed firearm owner who confronted Bush had exchanged gunfire with the man. They did not comment on the reported racial solidarity expressed between the two in the parking lot.  00:13 / 00:14SKIP AD

Both people Bush killed — a man inside the store, and a woman he pursued out of the store — were black.

Maurice Stallard, 69, was at the store buying poster board for his grandson, who the Courier-Journal reports was standing next to him when he was killed. Friends described Stallard “as a warm, easy-going man who always greeted people with a hug” and “as a hard-working family man,” the paper wrote.

Vickie Lee Jones, 67, lived a mile or so from the store and was in the parking lot when Bush shot and killed her. Family members told the Courier-Journal that Jones, a widow since 2010, “had moved to Jeffersontown to be safe” and described her as “one of the sweetest people you could know.”

Years before he attacked the two strangers — calmly holstering his gun to walk out of the store between the two killings, according to local reports — Bush had showed signs of instability and violence, family members told the Associated Press. He had attacked his elderly parents in 2009 and threatened his ex-wife during a court hearing the same year, the wire service reported.

Like Roof before him, Bush was brought in by police alive and unharmed. He has been charged with two counts of murder and several lesser crimes related to discharging a firearm in public.

Video: Librarian Calls Cops On Student For Brazen Attempt At #StudyingWhileBlack

By  Michael Harriot

This story is ridiculous.

This story is so ridiculous it will not discuss library colonization, the troubling trend of people planning book heists by conning their way into school facilities under the pretense of studying. The offending party in this tale does not require the requisite nickname. She shall not be called Laura the Librarian or Becky the Book Bouncer. We shall call ber Brittany McNerlin (or maybe “Brittni” with a heart over the i), because that is her name.

However, this story begs one question:

What’s the purpose of police?

Is their purpose to protect and serve? Or are cops tools that can be weaponized at the behest of our white brothers and sisters who believe the world exists only to serve their desires, and therefore, law enforcement is little more than a Caucasian customer complaint hotline?

This story begins on Oct. 10 when Juán-Pabló Gonźalez, a black student at the Catholic University of America, decided he wanted to study at the university’s law library. Gonźalez had been correctly informed that as a Master of Library and Information Sciences student, he had access to the law library. He had studied in the facility on numerous occasions before and had no trouble in the past.

Although he was supposed to swipe his student identification card to gain entry, Gonźalez told The Root his ID never worked at the building.

“I had just been ringing the buzzer, waiting for them to buzz me in and then showing them my ID to prove I was a library information science student,” Gonźalez said. “And I was able to get in without any issues.”

But on this day, Gonźalez noticed the door was propped open when he arrived. Per his usual routine, Gonzalez showed his ID and announced to McNerlin he would be studying in the law library.

“She was pretty rude,” Gonźalez recounted. “She said: ‘The law library is for law library students.’ So I told her that I realized that, but that we’d been given permission to use the library.”

When Gonźalez told her that he had spoken to the librarian at the facility, but couldn’t recall the name, McNerlin informed him he couldn’t come in; neither would she offer a name to jog his memory.

“I tried to explain to her that, because we have a law librarian program, we had access to the facility,” Gonźalez said.

After a brief back and forth, the woman allowed Gonźalez o go study and told him she would leave a note saying she had benevolently granted a black man access to the library without his freedom papers.

“Because the entire transaction was so negative, I went back and said, ‘Can I have your supervisor’s information?’ I didn’t say anything else,” Gonźalez said, to which she refused. “I said: ‘I’m asking for the information of the managing librarian of this facility and you’re refusing? On what basis? Just because you don’t like the way I’m asking?’”

After McNerlin refused Gonźalez second request, she finally “snatched” a business card from the desk with the librarian’s information.

“I asked some more questions about why she took so long to give me the information … She said I was being argumentative and that she didn’t like my tone,” Gonźalez said, to which he replied: “I didn’t ask for your personal opinion. I just asked for information about this facility so that I can use it.”

So McNerlin called the police.

When she informed Gonźalez she was alerting the authorities, he asked her: “On what basis? Because you don’t like the questions I’m asking?”

From there, Gonźalez began recording the incident. The six-minute video shows that McNerlin does not appear to be in any imminent danger and Gonźalez does not raise his voice above a calm half-whisper. When the clip begins, McNerlin is on the phone telling the Catholic University Department of Public Safety about “an argumentative student,” which I didn’t even know was a legally punishable offense.

That must make me a career criminal, then.

When Gonźalez specifically asked McNerlin why their back-and-forth warranted a police call, she replied: “I’ve answered your questions. You didn’t appreciate my answers …” She admits she has done this at least one other time in a situation “very similar to this.”

Gonźalez offered to let the whole thing go if McNerlin called off the cops, asking: “May I go into the library and you cancel your call to the police?”

McNerlin wasn’t having it.

The most revealing part of the video was when the when the Catholic University police officers arrived. One would expect McNerlin to concoct a harrowing story about how she felt threatened and how Gonźalez burst into the library and demanded that he stay.

Nah, bruh. She told them exactly what happened.

Summoning all of the aggrieved-white victimization her voice could muster, McNerlin calmly explained, with a straight face no less, that she called the police because Gonzalez questioned her, made statements about the color of his skin, was “becoming argumentative,” and she “did not appreciate it.”

That was it. That was her entire explanation of why she called the police.

Gonźalez reports that at least seven officers arrived before he was forced to leave. He explained to The Root that he filed a complaint against Mcnerlin, which the school said only warranted “additional training.”

Gonźalez also met with human resource officials from Catholic University who he says dismissed his story until he showed them video evidence.

If you think Gonźalez was not in any imminent danger, you should be reminded of Sam Dubose, who was shot and killed by University of Cincinnati Police officer Ray Tensing in 2015.

Or maybe you’ve heard of Jason Washington, the Navy vet who was shot nine McNerlinMcNerlintimes by Portland State University officers James Dewey and Shawn McKenzie way back in 2018.

Although they might look harmless, Catholic University describes its police force this way:

Campus special police officers are appointed by the chief of police of the Metropolitan Police Department under the provisions of the D.C. Official Code to protect the campus property of an academic institution of higher education… Campus special police officers have full police authority, including arrest power, on the premises they are assigned to protect or outside of the premises in fresh pursuit for offenses committed on the premises …

Persons arrested by campus special police officers are transported to a facility of the Metropolitan Police Department for processing.

Gonźalez says he has encountered previous incidents of racism as a student at Catholic, including notes with the n-word being slipped under his dormitory room door and being questioned by campus police after someone reportedly called the cops on “two suspicious black males” standing outside their dorm.

“I’m not going to accept the racism that’s on this campus. I’m not going to be quiet, and I’m going to challenge it,” he said.

Watch the entire incident below:

Voter Suppression In America Belies The Very Concept Of Democracy

In 15 days America goes to the polls to choose a new Congress. At stake are Governor-ships and elected offices down the line to dog-catcher.
The number one issue facing African-Americans, Native -Americans and other people of color today during this crucial time are the roadblocks to voting placed in their way by Republicans.

Stacey Abrams

The Supreme Court in 2013 struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act. A 2016 report from the civil rights coalition Leadership Conference on CHR found local officials had shuttered 868 polling places in the 3 years after the ruling.
Since the ruling, a floodgate of voter suppression activity has been unleashed almost solely in states and municipalities with large African-American, Native -American and Latino communities.

Brian Kemp

In Georgia, the sitting secretary of state Brian Kemp is on the ballot as the GOP candidate for governor against the Democrats Stacy Abrams a black woman who would become the nation’s first black female governor.
That prospect may have to wait as Hillary Clinton found out, getting more than three million votes than your opponent does not mean you have won.


In his role as referee, and as Candidate, Brian Kemp has reportedly purged more almost a million people from the state’s voting rolls.
This purge for simple things like infrequent voting, and what is called “exact match a law Kemp and his Republican friends created demands gives them the right to remove or at least prevent people from voting for a simple missing hyphen in a name, or a misspelled name.

The most basic right of a citizen in a democracy is the right to vote. Without this right, people can be easily ignored and even abused by their government. This, in fact, is what happened to African-American citizens living in the South following Civil War Reconstruction. Despite the 14th and 15th Amendments guaranteeing the civil rights of black Americans, their right to vote was systematically taken away by white supremacist state governments.
So said:

African-Americans have always faced hurdles when trying to vote, this nation has a sordid legacy of oppression and suppression.

In 1890, Mississippi held a convention to write a new state constitution to replace the one in force since Reconstruction. The white leaders of the convention were clear about their intentions. “We came here to exclude the Negro,” declared the convention president. Because of the 15th Amendment, they could not ban blacks from voting. Instead, they wrote into the state constitution a number of voter restrictions making it difficult for most blacks to register to vote.

The impediments placed in the way of blacks are lurid and disgraceful. Doctoral theses are written on the details of those tactics from being required to guess the number of jelly-beans in a jar to violence.


In 1873, a gang of whites in Colfax, Louisiana murdered more than 100 blacks who were assembled to defend Republican officeholders—this was, of course, back when Republicans had some sense. Federal prosecutors indicted three of them, but the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the indictments in U.S. v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875)
The Geography Of Race In The U.S.

Literacy Tests

Perhaps the first literacy test aimed at keeping blacks away from the ballot box was South Carolina’s notorious “eight-box” ballot, adopted in 1882. The test, as explained in “The Shaping of Southern Politics: Suffrage Restriction and the Establishment of the One-Party South” by J. Morgan Kousser  and “The Law of Democracy,” by Samual Issacharoff, Pamela Karlan and Richard Pildeswent as follows:

Voters had to put ballots for separate offices in separate boxes. A ballot for the governor’s race put in the box for the senate seat would be thrown out. The order of the boxes was continuously shuffled, so that literate people could not assist illiterate voters by arranging their ballots in the proper order. The adoption of the secret ballot constituted another implicit literacy test, since it prohibited anyone from assisting an illiterate voter in casting his vote. In 1890, Southern states began to adopt explicit literacy tests to disenfranchise voters. This had a large differential racial impact, since 40-60% of blacks were illiterate, compared to 8-18% of whites. Poor, illiterate whites opposed the tests, realizing that they too would be disenfranchised.
 The Geography Of Race In The U.S.

Poll Taxes

If you didn’t have money, you didn’t have a vote:

Georgia initiated the poll tax in 1871, and made it cumulative in 1877 (requiring citizens to pay all back taxes before being permitted to vote). Every former Confederate state followed its lead by 1904. Although these taxes of $1-$2 per year may seem small, it was beyond the reach of many poor black and white sharecroppers, who rarely dealt in cash. The Georgia poll tax probably reduced overall turnout by 16-28%, and black turnout in half (Kousser, The Shaping of Southern Politics, 67-8). The purpose of the tax was plainly to disenfranchise, not to collect revenue, since no state brought prosecutions against any individual for failure to pay the tax.

Source: The Geography Of Race In The U.S.

Sources: Voting Rights: The Poll Tax, Marion Butts Collection, Dallas Public Library and The Geography Of Race In The U.S.

Ridiculous Registration Practices

Even if blacks could read or had money, racist registration practices were created to make their efforts to vote miserable:
Southern states made registration difficult, by requiring frequent re-registration, long terms of residence in a district, registration at inconvenient times (e.g., planting season), provision of information unavailable to many blacks (e.g. street addresses, when black neighborhoods lacked street names and numbers), and so forth. When blacks managed to qualify for the vote even under these measures, registrars would use their discretion to deny them the vote anyway. Alabama’s constitution of 1901 was explicitly designed to disenfranchise blacks by such restrictive and fraudulent means. Despite this, Jackson Giles, a black janitor, qualified for the vote under Alabama’s constitution. He brought suit against Alabama on behalf of himself and 75,000 similarly qualified blacks who had been arbitrarily denied the right to register. The Supreme Court rejected his claim in Giles v. Harris, 189 U.S. 475 (1903).

Source: The Geography Of Race In The U.S.
Today’s tactics are a drastically different, more sophisticated but no less obvious.

Voter ID

Some states, like Wisconsin for example, are trying to pass laws that are requiring people to present birth certificates to certify their eligibility to vote when they never had to before. Take, for example, how this will hurt one senior citizen as reported by the Center for American Progress Action Fund:
For 63 years, Brokaw, Wisconsin native Ruthelle Frank went to the polls to vote. Though paralyzed on her left side since birth, the 84-year-old “fiery woman” voted in every election since 1948 and even got elected herself as a member of the Brokaw Village Board. But because of the state’s new voter ID law, 2012 will be the first year Frank can’t vote. Born after a difficult birth at her home in 1927, Frank never received an official birth certificate. Her mother recorded it in her family Bible and Frank has a certification of baptism from a few months later, along with a Social Security card, a Medicare statement, and a checkbook. But without the official document, she can’t secure the state ID card that the new law requires to vote next year.
“It’s really crazy,” she added. “I’ve got all this proof. You mean to tell me that I’m not a U.S. citizen?” But state officials have informed Frank that, because the state Register of Deeds does have a record of her birth, they can issue her a new birth certificate — for a fee. And because of a spelling error, that fee may be as high as $200:
Though Frank never had a birth certificate, the state Register of Deeds in Madison has a record of her birth. It can generate a birth certificate for her — for a fee. Normally, the cost is $20.


Every ten years, county commissions, state House and Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are redrawn based on population changes reported in the U.S. Census, the Detroit Free Press reports. The problem with this is that GOP leaders see population growth in black and Latino communities that vote heavily for Democrats and want to spit these Democratic voting bases. Take the state of Michigan for example, as reported by the Detroit Free Press:
Several groups representing African-American and Latino voters have filed a lawsuit challenging the new maps that define the 110 districts for the state House of Representatives.

The state Legislative Black Caucus, the NAACP, UAW and the Latino Americans for Social and Economic Development, along with several individuals filed suit in U.S. District Court in Detroit today. They’re asking for a temporary restraining order, halting the new districts from taking effect while a new map is drawn and approved.
“This is a coordinated assault on our voting rights,” said Wendell Anthony, president of the NAACP Detroit branch.
The groups have two main complaints: the new map will force eight Detroit incumbent legislators to run against each other; and a district that now encompasses most of the primarily Latino population in southwest Detroit has been split into two districts.
The game is the same, but the tactics have changed.

As you contemplate these points and try to make sense of it all, be reminded, however, that the faith you may have had in the Supreme court may be unfounded or misplaced. Much of what has transpired throughout America’s history has happened with the acquiescence of the Supreme Court.
Much of the assault being waged on voting rights by Republicans this cycle, is made possible because the Supreme Court eviscerated the voting rights act. 
For no reason other than it worked well.
In her dissent in Shelby County Vs Holder, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg argued, the court’s decision is tantamount to throwing away one’s umbrella in a rainstorm because he isn’t getting wet.
Such was the absurdity and blatant naked partisanship by the Robert’s court.
That Justice Ginsberg’s dissent stands as a scathing reminder of what Republicans are doing to Democracy in America.


Stark Choices On November 6th, America As We Know It At Stake

The capital dome Washington DC

Previous election cycles have generated excitement for some Americans, for others elections are nothing special, just another cycle of political ads and lying pandering politicians making the rounds.
In this cycle, however, there is palpable fear and a sense of dread, even foreboding.
Never before in modern history has so much ridden on a single election.
On Immigration. Women’s Rights. Civil Rights. Voting Rights. Decency. The rule of law. How we treat the poorest and most vulnerable. And even whether we will have a democracy after November 6th, 2018.

This cycle the unfortunate reality is that many people who are able to vote will sit at home and not vote.
What this means is that they will effectively surrender their decision making to others. Those [others] usually do not share their interest or values.
Not voting means that one has surrendered his or her right to self-determination. Nevertheless, they are among the first to complain when the interest of those who voted take precedence over theirs.
Others would like to vote but cannot, and for those two groups, the results of the coming elections will be the most consequential.

The Election of Donald J Trump to the presidency of the United States may have come as a shock to many, for others who were able to read the tea-leaves, not so much.
The media’s fascination with a two-bit con artiste and it’s incessant flirtations with him gave him the foundation and to a certain degree, the legitimacy he needed to enter politics.

The political class too was caught by surprise. One by one he decimated them in 2016 until only he was left standing.
Even then, the complicit media continued to give him wall-to-wall coverage which enabled him to run his un-presidential campaign on a shoestring budget and pull of the greatest political upset in our lifetime.
Whether he did it all through is own devices or the Russians helped is almost immaterial at this point.
He has the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and that’s what counts.

Trump never hid the fact that he hated Muslims. He talked about instituting a Muslim ban if he was elected.
He never hid his hatred for Immigrants, he railed incessantly about what he called chain migration and the visa lottery. Strawmen he created without a single iota knowledge how those programs work.  
Like the absolute dunce he is, he spoke about the [visa lottery] and explains how the names of bad actors from other countries are placed in a bowl and winners drawn.

In his infantile mind, that is the only way he reconciles the idea of a [lottery], not the complex process in which people apply to the American Government and pay astronomical fees, whether they are successful or not and the American Government decides who comes in and who doesn’t. 

He never hid his disdain for Mexicans. On the day he launched his campaign he glided down that tacky gilded elevator berating Mexicans as rapists, murderers, and drug dealers.
He never hid his utter disrespect for women, when confronted by the FOX propaganda operative Megan Kelly about his disrespect for women he flippantly said he was disrespectful only to Rosie Odonell.
The next day he went on to talk about how Megan Kelly had blood coming from parts of her body in the most disgusting manner. 

He would later be exposed in his own words, at his most disgustingly misogynistic self, on the Hollywood access bus, telling Billy Bush how he delights in grabbing women by the pussy.[sic]Trump never hid his disdain for African Americans he asked Black Americans what did they have to lose, he told them how their lives were miserable as they were getting murdered daily, and their schools and their neighborhoods were shitty.

He never bothered to avail himself to the reality that not all black people lived in depressed communities, are poor, or uneducated.
He did not hide his desire to enact tax cuts for the rich, he said he wanted to pass tax cuts and he wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
On issue, after issue, Donald Trump told the nation his intentions, on the environment, on allowing the Dakota pipeline to proceed he placed critical water sources at risk all for the sake of oil derived from dirty tar sands which America does not even have exclusive rights to purchase.

Even as he disrespects Native Americans by deriding them and placing their interest and existence in peril, he has in the oval office, a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the president who may have single-handedly done the most harm to native Americans.

Trump is motivated by hatred of Obama and his policies but probably, even more so, Donald Trump is motivated by greed and the desire to acquire wealth.
His shallow worldview has been shaped by privilege and entitlement, his policies, where they may exist, are narrow fly by night ideas he culls from others. Simply put, Trump lacks the intellect or the capacity to think through or articulate a point of view outside his narrow, rapacious self-interest.

The cost of Donald Trump’s election to the Presidency of the United States has been vastly consequential in ways that I cannot begin to articulate here, the damage will be gargantuan far and wide outside the United States.
The American Presidency always had some negative consequences for the rest of the world, even when a sitting president means well. It is the nature of the beast, big powerful countries look after their interest and sometimes those interest does not exactly line up with the interest of smaller less powerful ones.
Donald Trump’s presidency will leave deep cavernous fissures which will challenge our planet’s resilience, literally and figuratively, far into the future.

As horrific as Donald Trump is the Republican party is equally despicable. The acts of violence and voter suppression are only a small part of the rot which has started to take root across the country.
In New York City, members of a right-wing white Supremacist bunch of thugs converged around and beat up a group of 3 men who were protesting their presence.
New York City Police stood around and did nothing. Yes, New Yor City. 

In Texas, a field operative to a Democratic candidate who went to a county office to deliver a letter on behalf of the candidate was questioned about his party affiliation and promptly arrested once he revealed he was delivering the letter on behalf of his boss a Democrat who was on the phone with him and heard the entire chilling encounter.

In Georgia, the Republican secretary of state Brian Kemp who is running against Stacy Abrams an African American woman has literally removed hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls for infrequent voting and has held countless other registrations on the flimsy excuse that names may miss a hyphen or a name may have been incorrectly spelled. 
Needless to say, the vast majority of the names were removed from Gwinnett County, a predominantly African-American county.

In this case, the Republican Kemp is allowed to play referee in a game in which he is engaged. As such he gets to remove from the voter rolls, the people he knows would be voting for his opponent.
And just in case you forgot we are talking about America a place where some public officials and many citizens do not mind throwing around the term banana-republic as a pejorative in describing other countries.
Republicans have tried to steal elections and stop people from voting from as a far back as the 1960’s when the Party was taken over by white men who ran from the Democratic party after Lyndon Johnson signed the civil rights and voting rights acts.

The voting rights act served in some way to quell the onslaught of attacks against African American’s right to vote until the Republican Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 decision in Shelby VS Holder, that the law worked too well, as a result, it was no longer necessary.
In a crushing dissent Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote:

1. “The sad irony of today’s decision lies in its utter failure to grasp why the [Voting Rights Act] has proven effective … Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

2. “When confronting the most constitutionally invidious form of discrimination, and the most fundamental right in our democratic system, Congress’ power to act is at its height.”

3. “Congress approached the 2006 reauthorization of the VRA with great care and seriousness. The same cannot be said of the Court’s opinion today. The Court makes no genuine attempt to engage with the massive legislative record that Congress assembled. Instead, it relies on increases in voter registration and turnout as if that were the whole story. See supra, at 18–19. Without even identifying a standard of review, the Court dismissively brushes off arguments based on “data from the record,” and declines to enter the “debat[e about] what [the] record shows”…One would expect more from an opinion striking at the heart of the Nation’s signal piece of civil-rights legislation.”

4. “Just as buildings in California have a greater need to be earthquake­ proofed, places where there is a greater racial polarization in voting have a greater need for prophylactic measures to prevent purposeful race discrimination.

The events I outlined here does not begin to scratch the surface, no article, or book can fully begin to explain the level of criminality and dysfunction which has come to the fore since Donald Trump moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
There is no telling where this will end, nevertheless, those who can vote better get up and go vote come November 6th.
The right to vote may very well be on the ballot this cycle and I do not mean just for black people.

Even a massive turnout will not guarantee a Democratic victory, thanks to gerrymandered districts which all but guarantees Republican wins.
This was made possible because Democratic voters seem to believe all they have to do is vote in presidential elections.
Older Republican white people vote, so even in Blue Democratic states, it is not out of the ordinary to see state and county legislatures dominated by Republicans.
That is the way house districts get sliced and diced by Republicans to ensure they stay in office and enact their revolutionary racist ideas.
The choice is clear vote and change some of the toxicity. 
Staying home?
Do not complain.

Ron DeSantis Rose By Trafficking In Racist, Islamophobic Conspiracy Theories

He has defended the Three-Fifths Compromise around slavery and said ISIS may be recruiting from Black Lives Matter.

By Amanda Terkel

The morning after Florida’s primaries, Rep. Ron DeSantis ― the state’s newly chosen GOP candidate for governor ― went on national television and used a racist dog-whistle to comment on his opponent.

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said of his Democratic challenger, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is black. 

The comment shouldn’t have been that surprising. DeSantis tried to be the most pro-Trump candidate in the GOP primary, even running an ad about how he teaches his kids to love everything about Donald Trump, and the president has used plenty of his own racist dog-whistles

But beyond his embrace of the president, DeSantis has made a name for himself by promoting conspiracy theories that are trumpeted by the radical right and play into racial stereotypes. On four occasions, he has spoken at conferences organized by a conservative activist who has touted white Americans’ role in freeing black people from slavery and said that “the country’s only serious race war” is against white people.

“Liberal media are doing everything that can to help Andrew Gillum win this race and that includes writing stories that elicit racially charged fears and emotions. We not only reject your storyline, we condemn your entire narrative,” said Stephen Lawson, DeSantis’ communications director.

Here are some other conspiracies DeSantis has embraced:

ISIS may recruit from Black Lives Matter protests. 

In 2016, DeSantis agreed with Fox Business host Neil Cavuto that he was worried the terrorist group ISIS could be recruiting from Black Lives Matter protests. 

“I do worry about it, in the sense that reaching out to them doesn’t even have to involve brokering a meeting between some terrorist recruiter and somebody who’s disaffected,” DeSantis said on Sept. 22, 2016. “It could simply be exposing people to different propaganda that you see on the internet, on social media sites. … So it’s definitely a problem, and ISIS I think has proven themselves to be pretty sophisticated at capitalizing on some people who have some underlying issues.”

The Founding Fathers weren’t racist. 

In 2011, DeSantis wrote a book called Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama. In it, he excusesthe Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted a black person as only three-fifths of a whole person to determine congressional representation.

DeSantis defends the Founding Fathers for agreeing to the compromise because “counting slaves as less than a full person for purposes of representation benefitted anti-slavery states.”  

Allowing slaves to be counted as three-fifths of a white person gave slave states extra representation without having to actually allow black people to vote

Islamophobic conspiracy groups have merit.

Over the years, DeSantis has promoted himself with the help of figures who peddle Islamophobic rhetoric and policies. In 2014, he did an interview on Frank Gaffney’s radio program. Gaffney founded the Center for Security Policy, which the Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes as “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.” In 2017, DeSantis spoke at the annual conference of ACT for America, another group that pushes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. 

DeSantis has also pushed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, an idea the Trump administration supports and people like Gaffney champion.

As Shadi Hamid at the Brookings Institution has noted, “There is quite literally not a single American expert on the Muslim Brotherhood who supports designation. Moreover, there is no plausible argument to be made for labeling the group a terrorist organization, at least according to the relevant legal criteria, as Will McCants and Benjamin Wittes lay out. They sum it up quite well: designation ‘would be illegal.”

American values are declining in the “age of Obama.”

In 2008, conservatives seized on a clip of a black woman named Peggy Joseph saying that if then-presidential candidate Barack Obama won, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’s going to help me.” 

There’s nothing remarkable about Joseph’s comments. People always vote for politicians because they believe they will make the country ― and often, their own personal lives ― better. Certain candidates may have policies that could put more money in their pockets or lead to better representation.

But DeSantis talked about Joseph ― and Obama’s campaign ― as if they were radical departures from “the principles that the country was founded on.”

In a 2011 speech, he said that with the Founding Fathers, “you think of things like, ‘Give me liberty or give me death’” and “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

But, he added, in the “age of Obama … you have people like that woman who voted for Obama, who said since Obama was president, she wouldn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage.”

The right wing has long tried to claim that Obama secretly supports communism ― an un-American value, of course. In his 2011 book, DeSantis gives credence to some of these theories. He writes that Obama had a “mentorship” with “Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American communist writer with bitterly anti-American views.” 

“He certainly would not have discussed Davis in Dreams From My Father had Davis’ council failed to make an impact on him,” DeSantis wrote.

The Washington Post looked at Davis and his relationship with Obama, and wrote that Davis “was indeed associated with the Communist Party” but was not a “hard-core Communist who spied for Soviet leaders. He was critical of American society, but not America as a country.”

DeSantis, in his book, also implied that Obama’s mother was a communist. He notes that one of her high school teachers said she would ask questions around the Cold War like “What’s so good about capitalism? What’s wrong with communism? What’s good about communism?” He also cited the fact that one of her classmates referred to her as a “fellow traveler,” which is sometimes used to describe someone who is communist. There’s no proof Obama’s mother was a communist either. story originated here: