Sunday, September 25, 2016

"Dear white people."

Image result for dear white people images  Frank Vyan Walton wrote the following essay and it's posted over at Daily Kos.

It is important because it can give those of you in the majority population another glimpse of the mindset of some individuals in the African American community. Especially as it relates to one Donald J trump.  

"I know it’s been a good long while since we had an honest and open conversation. I can’t say that I speak for everyone from my particular demographic of African Americans, because we don’t all agree—just as we all know not every Caucasian American thinks or believes the same.

But before things go too much further and get too much worse, we need to talk. Seriously talk. Not at each other, not about each other from another room, but to each other.

First: Let’s get to brass tacks about this Trump guy.

He says he wants to make things better for all of us, which would be nice. However his track record is a bit spotty. He once did something nice for Jesse Jackson. Okay, that’s cool. But he was also president of his father’s company when they were deliberately trying to keep black people from living in their buildings. Yeah, sure, that was a long time ago. In the meantime there was the Central Park Five incident, when he called for the death penalty to be used on five innocent black teenagers accused of a brutal rape. That one still kinda burns.

He desegregated his Mar-a-Lago Club, but the truth isn’t that he did that for the benefit of blacks and Jews who had been excluded from other clubs. He did it to get back at the Palm Beach society, which looked down its nose at him.
For many longtime residents, Mr. Trump's decision to set up camp here was bad enough. That was in 1985, when Mr. Trump paid about $7 million for the 128-room Mar-a-Lago mansion, built 70 years ago by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Over the decades, Ms. Post's party schedule had placed the estate at the center of Palm Beach social circles. By the time she died in 1973, it was a local institution. (Part of the original guest quarters eventually became the Bath and Tennis Club.)

Mr. Trump arrived well-known, though not necessarily well-regarded. He brought with him a reputation as a real-estate developer accustomed to battling local residents who resist his wishes and as a latecomer to high society who hadn't learned the art of discretion.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Trump found himself mired in a costly divorce just as real-estate markets began to slide. He complained openly about the $3 million a year in maintenance costs that the estate was costing him. He proposed subdividing the 17-acre property into smaller lots for residential development.

That set the stage for Mr. Trump's first big battle with Palm Beach leaders. The town, which years earlier had approved a subdivision proposal for the site from another developer, rejected Mr. Trump's plan, prompting him to sue for $50 million in damages. He dropped the suit when the idea emerged to turn the home into a private club. The town council agreed to that, but placed restrictions on the club, such as allowing no more than 500 members, to allay residents' fears about traffic congestion and noise. In the spring of 1995, the Mar-a-Lago Club officially opened, and is now charging $75,000 for membership, plus annual dues.
So here’s the thing: Mar-a-Lago wasn’t really a club prior to Trump’s arrival—it was a private residence. It was a home. Trump needed to make some cash, so he tried to make it into 17 separate residential properties he could sell or lease, which the city council rejected. That’s when he decided to make it a private club with a $75,000 annual membership fee, like some of other local clubs.  Many of those clubs were segregated, his new club was not, and he used that fact as a way to cry that he was being discriminated against by the city.
Last December, after the council refused to lift the restrictions, Mr. Trump filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Palm Beach, alleging that the town was discriminating against Mar-a-Lago, in part because it is open to Jews and African-Americans. The suit seeks $100 million in damages

Even the Anti-Defamation League in New York, which in a 1994 battle forced Palm Beach's Sailfish Club to open up its membership, was concerned that Mr. Trump was using the charge of anti-Semitism for his own mercantile ends. The league's national director, Abraham Foxman, met with Mr. Trump soon after to air his concerns. According to Mr. Foxman, Mr. Trump agreed to modify his claims to allege only that the town council has treated Mar-a-Lago unfairly, compared with other clubs in town.
So just to set the record straight: He was in fact trying to get a better deal out of the Palm Beach City Council for his club, not doing anyone else a favor. This one time, he wasn’t as jerky as the other local clubs, so kudos on that. However since then, generally speaking, he really hasn’t done anything else for black people. Not really.

But now he says he’s our only hope. Now he says only he can make things better for us. And he starts out by saying things have never been worse for us, “ever ever ever.” Do you understand why that’s not a comforting appeal? If not, I’ll let Don Lemon explain it for me. [More here]

Thoughts?

*Pic from ussatoday.com

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic from buzzfeed.com 

No post.

Been out of pocket field hands, but I will have my Caption Saturday pic today, and my regular posts starting again on Sunday.

"Stay woke", people.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

State of emergency in Charlotte.

Image result for charlotte riot images“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.” — Malcolm X

Now comes Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Another questionable police shooting has ignited a power keg of rage and frustration from underserved people in that city. We could be talking about Tulsa, Oklahoma as well, but fortunately the citizens of that city have remained relatively peaceful. Interestingly, the shooting in Tulsa was even more shocking, because unlike the case in Charlotte we saw the video.  

So now, once again, there will be a call for peace and for open "dialogue" with all members of the community. I think it's interesting that there is always a call for dialogue AFTER the violence and protests start in the streets. Where has the "dialogue" been in these cities throughout the years?  

The usual suspects are saying that this was not a racial issue of black versus white, because the police officer who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott was black.

This is wrong on so many levels, and it  ignores the real issue: Better police training and community policing practices. This should be our focus. So much of this  could be avoided if police officers were properly trained. If you are a racist or color aroused police officer, no one will know if you are properly trained and follow your training in the right way.  If you are not properly trained, you will shoot an unarmed black man on camera for all the word to see.

Anyway, take heart Charlotte, your biggest athletic star will make a statement about all the unrest in your city, soon.

He just has to get some more talking points from Frank Luntz.

We wouldn't want him saying the wrong thing that might make him seem too much like that quarterback in San Francisco,

Finally, today I saw Donald trump in Ohio pandering to some Negroes from a church. And I have to tell you, it was hard to watch.

Don King actually dropped the n word while introducing trump, and I swear I saw a smile on his face. (Penny for your thoughts, Donald.)   

*Pic from youtube.com








Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Color aroused" police officers and the damage they do to all of us.

Image result for tulsa crutcher images    More Americans are starting to see the live and in living color execution of Terence Crutcher.  And, as is usually the case, everyone is saying all the "right things". (Well, everyone except a certain presidential candidates. Really? More dangerous than Afghanistan?)This will go on until the next black man is unnecessarily killed by someone who is paid to protect and serve us.

Fortunately, one of the candidates for president is at least talking about it, but sadly, the other candidate is not. It's  not hard to figure out why. Most of that candidates support comes from a group of people who somehow believe that black men bring it on themselves by simply being....well, black.

You see it's like this: as a black man in America you don't have to be armed to be considered dangerous; just being a black man is in of itself a weapon to some of those "color aroused" folks out there.

Being color aroused makes you refer to a large black man as a "bad dude" without knowing anything about him. Color arousal makes you treat blacks as something other than American. Color arousal makes you lump them all together and treat their communities as somehow being separate and apart from the rest of America.

We might not be able to help being color aroused from time to time, but we should never let it dictate our actions in such a way.

Finally, I have been saying for weeks that Donald trump should release his taxes

Believe it o r not, I am not coming from a bad place with this, I am actually trying to help the guy out.

He is going to need the help if these stories about him giving $258,000.00  to pay off one of his business debts with money from his charity are true. So releasing his tax returns will show the world that his "milk is clean", and that he is being transparent and showing the world that his financial house is in order.    

*Screen print image from newson6.com


Monday, September 19, 2016

Terence Crutcher did not plant any bombs.

Image result for terence crutcher images I am glad that law enforcement caught caught that maniac who was making and planting bombs in New York and New Jersey. We can rest a little easier as a nation now that one less depraved lunatic is off the street.

Having said that, I find it ironic that law enforcement  was able to shoot and take down a terrorist who attempted to cause mass destruction and carnage without actually killing him, while police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma killed an innocent man who actually had his hands raised.

"Video footage released Monday showed Tulsa police shooting an unarmed man to death on Friday night after he approached his SUV with his arms raised.

In footage filmed from a police helicopter, Terence Crutcher, 40, can be seen slowly walking from the edge of a street north of Tulsa toward his vehicle, which authorities said had been reported abandoned at 7:36 p.m. (8:36 p.m. ET) and left running in the middle of the road.

For several seconds, an officer follows Crutcher from behind with a gun trained on him. Three more officers then converge on the scene as Crutcher lowers his hands and approaches his SUV. While standing beside the driver's side door, he suddenly drops to the street. Moments later, blood can be seen saturating his white t-shirt.

The Tulsa Police Department also released dash-cam video of the incident.

During a news conference Monday, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said that Officer Tyler Turnbough tasered Crutcher, and a second officer, Betty Shelby, fired at him after telling a dispatcher "that she's not having cooperation from" Crutcher.

Citing an ongoing investigating, Jordan declined to provide additional details, though he said that no weapon was found on Crutcher or in his SUV. Jordan, who called the footage "disturbing," said that he asked the Justice Department to review the case.

"I will make this promise to you, we will achieve justice," he said.

Shelby, who was hired in 2011, was placed on routine administrative leave with pay.

During a news conference Monday, a Crutcher family lawyer, Melvin C. Hall, said that Crutcher was only having problems with his SUV before he was shot to death. "They treated him like a criminal," added a second lawyer, Benjamin Crump. "They treated him like a suspect. They did not treat him like somebody in distress who needed help. Instead of giving him a hand, they gave him bullets."
Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany, described him as a brother and father who was enrolled in Tulsa Community College and loved singing at church.

And she criticized one of the officers in the chopper who can be heard telling a second officer aboard that Crutcher looks like "a big bad dude."

"That big bad dude — his life mattered," she said." [Source]

Of course his life matters, but when we remind people of that we are told that "all lives matter," and that we shouldn't just single out the blacks ones.

Still, when you see what happened to Terence Crutcher, you have to wonder if some folks in law enforcement got the all lives matter memo.

And folks, if you are having a  Déjà vu  kind of feeling after reading this article, your instincts are not failing you.

"A jury found a sheriff's deputy guilty of second-degree manslaughter Wednesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect.

Robert Bates, who was a volunteer reserve sheriff deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office last year at the time of the shooting, never denied shooting Eric Courtney Harris.
    Bates, 74, said he meant to use his Taser stun gun, not his revolver, on the suspect, who had been tackled by other deputies and was being held on the ground." [Source]

    We will soon be getting that feeling again, because sadly, some lives still matter more than others. Even the lives of terrorists.   


    *Pic from rawstory.com

    Sunday, September 18, 2016

    A black writer tries to help the republican nominee get some black votes.

    Image result for trump imagesThe Field Negro education series continues.

    The following essay was written by Maya Rockeymoore  for theroot.com. 

    "Donald Trump, thank you for thinking about us in the black community so much over the past few weeks. It means a lot to know we’ve got a true winner fighting for us on the road to the White House. But listen: You’ve stumbled a few times before, so I want to make sure you’re armed with a foolproof plan for winning over the skeptics among us. Yes, it’s a little late in the game, and yes, it’s going to be an uphill battle, but I’ve condensed your to-do list into three easy steps that will get you the black vote in no time.

    Step 1: Take back everything you’ve said about race since you announced your presidential campaign. And ever, actually.

    It may come as a surprise, but some of your comments on race have made black folks wonder if you have the slightest clue what it’s like to be a person of color in America in the 21st century.

    For example: In November you tweeted an image with a number of false “statistics” about homicide rates, including one claiming that blacks had killed 81 percent of white homicide victims in 2015, that came from the fictitious “Crime Statistics Bureau” in San Francisco. That same month, you told Fox & Friends that a Black Lives Matter protester deserved the physical beating he got from your supporters during a rally in Alabama.

    Then, in February, you refused to say whether you’d reject the support of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, a noted white supremacist and a hate group.

    In May you implied that a federal judge could not fairly preside over a case on Trump University because of his Mexican heritage, which House Speaker Paul Ryan called “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”

    Now that I’m thinking about it, let’s not limit this to just the past year. Your thinly veiled racist business practices have led to lawsuits by everyone from black casino workers in Indiana to the Justice Department—twice. You’ve openly voiced an opinion that “laziness is a trait in blacks.” You encouraged New York to reinstate the death penalty in order to execute five teenagers of color who were accused—falsely, as it turned out—of raping a woman in Central Park.

    Once you’ve taken every single one of those positions back—unequivocally—you’ll be in a great position to launch into the next step. Only two more to go!

    Step 2: Speak to some black people.

    And I’m not talking about Omarosa.
    The campaign staff with which you’ve surrounded yourself doesn’t have a good record when it comes to race. And the audiences you’ve chosen to address are overwhelmingly white—even when you first discussed your plan to get black voters on your side in Wisconsin.

    By “speak to some black people,” I mean seriously engage with black thought leaders, policymakers and families and incorporate their perspectives and experiences into your platform. Swaying to the music at a black church doesn’t count. Maybe then, black voters will understand that you’re “the least racist person” out there.

    So if you really want the black vote, get out there and speak to some black people. You can start with me, which leads to the final step.

    Step 3: Adopt a progressive and inclusive policy platform that includes real reforms to reduce inequality and lift up communities of color.

    In December I asked you to specify the steps you would take to close this country’s racial wealth gap, in which white households have a median net worth more than 15 times larger than that of black households and more than 13 times that of Latinos. This gap is the result of centuries of second-class citizenship and is perpetuated by the economic and physical exclusion of people of color in every community. It has bred and reinforced segregation in education, housing and opportunity and contributed to a violent culture in which black Americans are more than twice as likely as whites to be killed by the police.

    You didn’t answer.

    I encourage you to do so now, and to pledge to fight for inclusive policies that will move our society toward the equal-opportunity nation you claim to desire. That means taking bold actions like closing the wage gap, expanding Social Security, preventing the restriction of voting rights and pushing other elected officials to value America’s diversity instead of pushing it aside.

    And that’s it. Who knew it would be so easy to court the black vote? Just three steps and I have no doubt you’ll get, as you predicted, “over 95 percent” of us on board in no time. No need to thank me. Just stop trying to plant the false idea that voter fraud—which is largely nonexistent—in majority-black areas is going to cost you the election, and focus on making these last two months count. See you in November!" [Source]

    I could add a few more to that, but for now I will just add one: Apologize to the president for your disgusting birther charade. 

    *Pic from politicsusa.com

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    CAPTION SATURDAY.

    Image result for trump little miss flint images

    I need a caption for these pics.

    *Pic from jetmag.com



    Friday, September 16, 2016

    The head birther comes clean. Sort of.

    Image result for birther image       In a way, trump's press conference and statement that the president was born in America was even more offensive than his ridiculous birther campaign to say that he wasn't.

    He was forced to do so after letting his true colors show to the Washington Post , which left his handlers scrambling to play clean up.  

    What he did not do was apologize, and he had the audacity to blame his years of race baiting and dog whistle messages ---sent to his David Duke like friends--- on his general election opponent.

    He carried it on for years, and he tweeted about it, and he talked about it to anyone who would listen or read. So now, sadly, this disgusting episode in American life--- which was a sordid attempt to delegitimize the first African American president in the history of this country--- falls squarely in the lap of  Herr trump. 

    Today, with the rest of the country looking on, he was forced to pivot, and to declare to all the world that the president was in fact born in this country.  He crusaded for seven years as the leader of the birther movement, and he took two minutes to tell us to just let it go, and in doing so, told another big lie.

    Watching that spectacle that was supposed to be a press conference (just trump promoting his new hotel) you got to see trump's arrogance on full display. 

    He did not have the decency to apologize to the president for being the leader of this reprehensible and racist movement over the years, and he quickly got through his proof of life type delivery as if his handlers were holding a gun to his head. 

    To black folks this entire birther sham  was personal. I say shame on him. And shame on every  American who supports him as well. 

    *Pic from mediamatters.org.

      

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Open thread Thursday.


    MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Thursday field hands, and I am interested to hear your thoughts about a few political related subjects.

    Why is Donald trump still refusing to acknowledge that the president was born in the United States?

    Does trump Jr. believe that Nazi references are cool?

    Does trump himself believe that it's funny to make fun of children whose health have been damaged because of poisoned water? 

    Is there anything that Hillary will open up and be more transparent about?



    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Angry people.

    Image result for trump angry supporters images
    I wonder what the rest of us did to make the deplorables so angry. I mean they are an angry bunch.

    If you are brave enough to go to one of their rallies you will see what I am talking about.


    I must admit that I have never understood where all the anger comes from. I mean, let's face it, most of them are white men of a certain age, and they are therefore afforded certain privileges that the rest of us can only dream of here in America. And still, they are angry and full of hate. 

    "Donald Trump and those who support him always say they aren’t racist in the least, they just want to “make America great again.”
    But then you see the video below of a truck convoy of Trump acolytes traveling in a convoy from Wrentham to Foxboro, Massachusetts, and it confirms every suspicion you ever had about those who are on Team Trump.
    On CB radios, thinking that no one was listening in, one of the truckers exclaims:
    “Lynch the ni**ers by their d*cks!”
    Another driver proudly declares:
    “Burn every single ni**er!”
    Then a third driver joins the hate speech and tells the others:
    “All I know is we got plenty of trees to hang ni**ers from.”
    Nah, Trump supporters aren’t racist at all, are they? Bullshit! All you have to do is watch or listen to a group of them when an African-American or Hispanic person walks by and you’ll quickly discover that they are among the most hate-filled bags of feces to ever drag their knuckles across the ground." [Source]
     
    Just wow.
     
    These people are serious, folks,they are no joke.
     
    Now I am really worried. I mean what happens if trump loses come November?
     
    "Right-wing radio host Michael Savage has warned Donald Trump supporters to stock up on ammunition and gun for two reasons.
    “If Hillary Clinton gets elected she may ban guns and we might need them if the country devolves into civil war,” said Savage on his radio show.
    Savage is like several other Trump supporters who are warning of violent revolution. Last week, Trump said his supporters might have to take 2nd Amendment measuresif the election is rigged.
    According to Right Wing Watch, Republican activist Larry Klayman said the country is on the brink of civil war.
    “It’s a war. It’s a war between left and right. They’ve created a race war, regrettably, between black and white. Hillary Clinton is about ready to do it between men and women,” said Klayman in an interview with Newsmax.
    In a World Net Daily article, former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan said a Clinton win could lead to a revolution." [Source]
    I bet this right-wing revolution will be televised on FOX.
    *Pic from huffingtonpost.com