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Of racism, redemption and forgiveness: George Wallace’s daughter tries to right her father’s wrongs

  
 By Jack Morgan

Peggy Wallace Kennedy speks at San Antonio’s Carver Cultural Center. Credit: Jack Morgan/Texas Public Radio
A special guest spoke at this screening of “Selma” in San Antonio. She was close to the man who was an antagonist for many of the events in the film. 

Her father ran for president. Her father shouted: “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever!”

And on Monday night, George Wallace’s daughter gave a different message: racial reconciliation. 
“The lines that we must stand in to build a new America are those that lead to the ballot box,” says Peggy Wallace Kennedy.
Her drive for racial harmony comes with an unlikely ally: Representative John Lewis. 
“We have become fast friends and have been friends since 2009, a wonderful experience,” she says of the Georgia Democrat.
The experience she’s talking about is that of walking the Edmund Pettus Bridge at his side during a peaceful re-creation of the original event. I asked her if anything stood out in her memory about the event. She smiles.
“Yes, he asked me if they were going too fast for me. And if they needed to slow down for me, which I thought was very ironic. That he wanted to know all about my comfort, when he was the one who had been viciously beaten at the foot of the bridge. And I kept saying, ‘No sir, everything’s fine for me.'”
Walking that notorious bridge wasn’t the end of her time with Lewis.
“He has taught me a great deal about reconciliation and love and how that can heal the human heart,” she says. 
The daughter of the man ultimately responsible for the beating of John Lewis has learned much about peace and redemption from the man who actually took the beating. Their mutual admiration has transcended all that they went through in the now-distant past.  
“He is always in my heart when I go and speak.”
Redemption found its way to the Alabama Governor too, late in life, when he renounced segregation and asked for forgiveness.

This story was originally published by Texas Public Radio.

January 14, 2016 · 2:45 PM EST
 

White Rage: Poll Finds that Whites, Republicans Are the Angriest Americans, while Blacks, the Victims of Racism are Least Angry

  
January 4, 2016

By: David Love

White people are angry, and a poll says they are the angriest in America. It looks as if white America, collectively, is crying white tears.
According to a new NBC News/Survey Monkey/Esquire online poll about outrage in the country, 49 percent of Americans are angry. But not all anger is equally distributed. It turns out that 54 percent of whites are angry, followed by Latinos at 43 percent, and African-Americans at 33 percent. Further, while 73 percent of whites said they get angry at least once a day, 66 percent of Latinos and 56 percent of Blacks responded the same way.
And women (53 percent) are angrier than men (44 percent), with 58 percent of white women saying they are angry, as opposed to 44 percent of Black and Brown women.
Another revealing result of this study is that Republicans are angrier than Democrats, as 61 percent—as opposed to 42 percent of Democrats—say they are angrier than a year ago. According to the poll, Republicans cite Congress and consumer fraud as the issues that set them off the most, while Democrats point to the police shooting of unarmed Black men.
In addition, the poll reveals a sentiment in the loss of the so-called “American dream,” with a majority of people finding it hard to get ahead and saying they are worse off. Middle-aged Americans were found to be the most pessimistic. Not surprisingly, the least angry were those earning higher than $150,000, while the angriest earned below $15,000.
It is curious that those who should be the angriest, however, are the least angry. That, of course, would be Black people. After all, Black folks are the ones who are hunted down, the runaway slaves who pose a constant threat of insurrection in the mind of whites. Black people are the scapegoated and the criminalized, the repository for white insecurity, the personification of white fear, angst, resentment and rage. And as the identified enemy, we pay the price for it in a variety of ways.
At present, we are witnessing white anger playing itself out in the rise of the neo-fascist xenophobe Donald Trump. The rage is rearing its ugly head in all of its grandiosity and dysfunction in Burns, Oregon, where an armed white militia has occupied a federal building, and vows to stay there for years, and kill or be killed. Exactly what is going on here?
It appears there is a confluence of events and circumstances, with the first Black president, and a nation that is becoming increasingly Black and Brown, particularly because Black and Brown people are soon to be a majority. Things were not supposed to be this way, as the idealized, homogeneous America of the 1950s when Black folks were invisible, except when cleaning white folks’ homes or hanging from a tree, is gone.

In the mind of the angry white man, sharing the nation with people of a darker hue, with those whose native language is other than English, and who are not Christian is unacceptable.
Meanwhile, when Black people, who have suffered for the centuries they’ve been in America, receive even a modicum of justice, just a taste of what has been denied to us, whites respond with rage and a feeling something was taken away from them. In comes the white tears, the hurt feelings, the insecurity, an unwarranted feeling of white persecution, of being aggrieved for something Black folks supposedly did.
As Damon Young wrote in The Root, this irrational fear among whites that they lose out when Blacks gain anything has had dangerous, violent consequences for Black people throughout history. For example, the Ku Klux Klan was a direct response to the political and economic gains of Black people following in the post-Civil War reconstruction era.
“It [has] white people so upset that this still relatively small percentage of the population had made some incremental progress, and so threatened by that thought, that they created a terrorist organization to quell it,” Young wrote.
Fareed Zakaria made an excellent point in the Washington Post—whites are in self-destructive mode. They are killing themselves, with mortality rates rising, as rates of death for Blacks and Latinos are declining steadily. The main causes of death among whites, are suicide, alcoholism, and drug overdoses, brought on by depression, despair and stress, particularly among uneducated whites.
Moreover, this is not being experienced in other countries. Zakaria attributes this to the fact that people of color “might not expect that their income, standard of living and social status are destined to steadily improve. They don’t have the same confidence that if they work hard, they will surely get ahead.” He added that “after hundreds of years of slavery, segregation and racism, blacks have developed ways to cope with disappointment and the unfairness of life: through family, art, protest speech and, above all, religion.”
As the poll indicates, white people are angry and they direct their anger against the least angry, those victims of white supremacy who should have the most to be angry about. Welcome to America.

Source:

Atlanta Black Star

How to politicise a tragedy

Atrocity demands solidarity.

https://samkriss.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/how-to-politicise-a-tragedy/

#Mizzou: To those who dismiss us…..

  
By Paige Julia Fernandez

I am so incredibly disappointed in the United States media for dismissing and blatantly disregarding the voices of the students of color at Mizzou and Yale. From headings such as “Missouri Confirms It: US Campuses Are Sliding into PC Chaos” to “The Most Expensive Day Care in the World” to “The Yale-Missouri Virus is Spreading” to “After Yale and Mizzou we Should Raise the Voting Age to 25” to “Yale, Mizzou, and the death of liberal toleration,” media outlets throughout the United States have successfully managed to belittle the painful experiences of students at Yale and Mizzou. These ludicrous articles accompanied by the senseless interviews taking place on talk shows and discussions on newscasts have all overlooked the real issues of institutionalized racism and the violent threats people of color face every day. Even with thousands of students screaming “our lives are in danger,” these sources (and people throughout the United States in general) continue to overlook the struggles of people of color. This is not a case of “sensitivity,” students are not being absurd or intolerant because they take offense to the racist rhetoric employed by both students and teachers alike, and they are definitely not being irrational or foolish for fearing for their lives. 

I am scared for the state my country, I am scared for my brothers and sisters of color, I am scared for our ability to speak out against racist actions and not receive such a ridiculous onslaught of criticism and so little support. But most of all, I am scared for our lives. 

To the students of color at Yale and Mizzou and other colleges throughout the United States and the world, I hear you. We, students of color throughout the US and the world, hear you. You are valid. Your opinions are valid. Your fear is valid. 

To those who dismiss us: 

We will rise up. We will be victorious. 
 #ConcernedStudent1950 #InSolidarityWithMizzou

Racist’s Fear

Howard Stern Calls For Israel To “Wipe Palestinians Off The Face Of The Earth”

Posted by: Mary Carmel Dr. David Duke. Phd Howard Stern calls for Israel to “wipe Palestinians off the face of the earth” — That’s ok, right? Commentary —This article from the Times of Israel says it all about the double standard whereby Jewish privilege allows Howard Stern to call for the genocide of an entire […]

https://wikkorg.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/howard-stern-calls-for-israel-to-wipe-palestinians-off-the-face-of-the-earth/

HERE ARE 10 WARNINGS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. GAVE BLACK PEOPLE ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE

  

After Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, he was immediately homogenized by people seeking to co-opt his legacy. King was, however, an icon who thought deeply about the issues that plagued the black community and the role white America had played to bring about those circumstances. Listed below are some of the criticisms King made of white America, may of which still feel relevant today.

1.) White People Never Truly Sought an End to Discrimination
With Selma and the Voting Rights Act one phase of development in the civil rights revolution came to an end. A new phase opened, but few observers realized it or were prepared for its implications. Forthe vast majority of white Americans, the past decade—the first phase—had been a struggle to treat the Negro with a degree of decency, not of equality. White America was ready to demand that the Negro should be spared the lash of brutality and coarse degradation, but it had never been truly committed to helping him out of poverty, exploitation or all forms of discrimination.
2.) White People Will Abandon You

When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared.
3.) Never Take White People at Their Word

The Negroes of America had taken the President, the press and the pulpit at their word when they spoke in broad terms of freedom and justice. But the absence of brutality and unregenerate evil is not the presence of justice. To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood. The word was broken, and the free-running expectations of the Negro crashed into the stone walls of white resistance.

4.) White People Believe in a Fantasy World

The majority of white Americans sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity. Overwhelmingly Americais still struggling with irresolution and contradictions.
5.) White People Are Bonded to the Status Quo

As the nation passes from opposing ex-tremist behavior to the deeper and more pervasive elements of equality, white America rearms its bonds to the statusquo. It had contemplated comfortably hugging the shorelinebut now fears that the winds of change are blowing it outto sea.

6.) White People Want Equality for Blacks, So Long as It Doesn’t Cost Them Anything

The practical cost of change for the nation up to this point has been cheap. The limited reforms have been obtained at bargain rates. There are no expenses, and no taxes are required, for Negroes to share lunch counters, libraries, parks, hotels and other facilities with whites.
7.) White People Don’t Even Understand What Equality Means

But most whites in America in 1967, including many persons of goodwill, proceed from a premise that equality is a loose expression for improvement.
8.) White America Really Only Seeks to Hide Inequality, Not Fix It

White America is not even psychologically organized to close the gap—essentially it seeks only to make it less painful and less obvious but in most respects to retain it.
9.) White People Don’t Believe They Have Anything to Learn

Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn.
10.) Whites Believe Blacks Have Come Far Enough

He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.
Sources

All of Martin Luther King’s quotes were taken from Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy)

http://blacklistory.com/2014/06/here-are-10-warnings-martin-luther-king-jr-gives-black-people-about-white-people/

The NRA: Ignorant Rednecks Hard At Work To Kill Your Kids

Originally posted on Gun Control Now USA:Kids, Guns and the NRA Ignorant Rednecks Endangering American Children The NRA: Hard At Work To Put Guns That Kill Your Kids On American Streets The Children’s Hour has come to the gun fight. Social media is giving disparate stories of children killed by, or killing with, guns a currency,…

http://theobamacrat.com/2015/09/19/the-nra-ignorant-rednecks-hard-at-work-to-kill-your-kids/

Police Oppression is Police Privilege

This was written by an amazing man who has sacrificed much in his fight against racism. I  grateful for his presence.

By Blake Hayner

“Man is stuck with his lack of knowledge about himself until he can learn to look beyond apparent causes.”

“Instead, it’s necessary to identify the conditions that underlie ostensible causes; and these conditions exist only within man’s consciousness itself.”

“There are no causes within the observable world; the observable world is a world of effects.”

Power vs. Force The Hidden Determinates of Human Behavior by David R Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. Page 27 Paragraph 1.
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago announces that police officers will be taken off of desk duties and dispersed into city neighborhoods to repress the current escalation of violence; to the point stopping the shootings.

Any #BlackLivesMatters Activist and ally know that this action means more violence directed toward young black men and boys by Chicago Police; simply and directly put more police oppression. 

Force is how America has dealt with all their enemies, Communist, Socialists, religious and most importantly Natives and all people of color. While the religious Right and the Atheist Left punch it out in a brawl that has lasted 600 years and counting the world has been fighting each other over scraps of land and precious metals and resources. Chicago is just one of those battlegrounds. 

White people like me have typically dealt with these conditions by ignoring the causes and attacking the people that have been impacted by our white privilege with blame and shame. This behavior cannot continue. Giving police cart’ blanch to steamroll communities that have been created by white flight, Red Lining, and discriminatory lending practices by banking institutions run by white men of privilege and law enforcement agencies that care little or nothing about the poor and homeless and more about corporate greed and a broken sense of pride while enforcing a racist drug war policy. Force isn’t working and has never worked because tribalism is stronger than any gun, bomb, or political ideal.

People of color have survived murder, lynchings, rape, destruction, political and social injustices because they unlike me know that as long as we white people use force they will always have the power. 
Police have privilege too for they are composed of many colors and different sexes. The police can run a red light, speed, jaywalk, beat up and terrorize anyone they choose even one of their own and get away with it Scott Free. Police have privilege to kill you and makeup any story they want. Police can shoot first and forget about asking your permission they can harass you, incite you, and basically spit on you with no consequences. 

I as a citizen can call a cop a pig, I wouldn’t suggest it. I can give him/her my middle finger, again, not a good idea. I can scream, rant and swear at a cop these are my 1st Amendment rights to free speech and police will in most cases kick my ass and arrest me for disorderly conduct. 

Of course being white I get a pass on most of these lewd behaviors; I can even shoot at a cop and wound him and get a pass as a white man. But, if you’re a person of color especially a black man or woman or live in a State with a Reservation in it like South Dakota and you are Native American you will be arrested and disappear then pop up in a body bag with no investigation.

This is Police Privilege, the victims of which are the result of police oppression. FORCE! Why do you think we call the institution of law enforcement a Police Force? 

My humble opinion: The people who have the power are the ones that continue their lives even after America uses Force. People that find it in their hearts to be love are the true power in the world of Force and violence. These are the Meek, those that will inherit what’s left of the Earth after the idiots with their guns, knives and bombs are gone and dead or just tired with fighting.

Police Oppression will end when we the people have no more use for police, soon to be obsolete like the black and white TV’s law enforcement will stop. Not by force, police crave people that like to use force; by power. Police respect power as they respect being treated like people not animals with fangs and claws.

Police were created by the wealthy to protect their wealth and to gain the illusion of power by forcing people to respect laws, laws designed by the wealthy as standards of morality that according to the rich everyone could respect knowing their place in society. Women, Queers, Indians, Chinese, Irish, Polish, Italians, and most importantly slaves had to know their place, if they stepped out of line the police were there to oppress, punish, lynch, torture, murder all forms of force for their millionaire, white, male, privileged handlers.

Today, nothing has changed except now the wealthy own all our judges, Prosecutors, Juries, lawyers, and all the politicians that are a part of the illusion of law making, justice, enforcement and with the development of private prisons, punishment.

Another form of force the wealthy control is information, the wealthy have for centuries owned and controlled the media which includes all the obvious sources, television, radio, film, print, and soon if not already parts of the internet for thousands of years the wealthy has controlled all the major and minor religions with the power of their little god and their minions, the clergy the wealthy have force fed us everything they want us to think and believe so that they can sell us everything including clean air and water.  

With the control of the governments by bribing wealthy people in everywhere and creating worldwide debt in every country the world’s entire population are now slaves to the wealthy billionaires as now they have control over everyone and everything. 

These wealthy families are like the Spanish system back in old Mexico where no one was a citizen except 13 families that owned everything. The peasants had nothing, no land, no businesses, no money unless the 13 families agreed to it and of course bribery, favoritism, and ancestry had everything packaged up nice and neatly.

American’s, even though they stole, enslaved, raped, murdered, and abused the land, ownership flourished and the local economies rose. Americans became wealthy while their Mexican counterparts starved.

The industrial revolution came and people’s income increased, education rose, entrepreneurialism created goods and services. There was no income tax so the government was ineffectual to support the growing population of immigrants that flowed into our ports and yet the Military Industrial Complex was born as the government controlled by the wealthy forced Mexico to give up Texas and Americans threw out all the people of color and stole their land; how thoughtful and proud Texans must be.

Later in our history after several more forced incursions into other countries America’s wealthy felt that Jim Crow would have to suffice for the loss of free labor and the exclaves’ became a problem that the wealthy needed more police oppression to force down those uppity Negros.

Ghetto’s thrived thanks impart to abolitionists that promised slaves freedom in the North only to stuff tens of thousands of blacks into shanty towns providing us whites with cheap penny a day laborers. If the Slaves had only known to go south to Florida freedom and equality would have been guaranteed by the Spanish.

Ghetto’s caused problems as the occupants rioted and fought the wealth’s unjust and racist police force. People died, building burned, lives had to be rebuilt and nothing changed. 

Now it’s the 21st Century, nothing has changed in the ghetto thanks to the oppression and mass incarceration by a system of force. White people of privilege wait for the crime to get so bad, the death so many and so horrible they sweep in buying up the cheap properties and building another white enclave forcing the invisible to leave. The police though must stay strong because the whites are scared that they will lose everything to the thugs, perpetrators, drug addicts and homeless that were left behind by gentrification. FORCE them out! Force them to change! Force them to be educated, employed, and nonviolent. It’s their fault that they are where they are. Piss on them if they don’t want to change. OH! I don’t want them living in my neighborhood!

Go west with the rest of your kind, not in my backyard. I’m not giving you any of my money you get it by working for it like my grandfather did and my father did and now I am doing, there are no free rides for the likes of you! Privilege, privilege, privilege force, shame, guilt, punish, imprison, felon, worthless, no-account lazy piece of crap.
The Left wing and the right wing are the same bird! The wealthy make the rules and the poor cleanup their messes. Power comes from within! Force is something that is outside of you. I am a white man of privilege that holds my brothers and sister hearts using force to make the organ beat. No more. Now is time for power. Power is Love. Force must die! Oppression must die! Privilege must be destroyed at any cost.
Instead of gentrification, using force to subdue the invisible for white profit why not use the powers of love to bless the ghetto’s and rebuild the people thereby constructing self determination and respect throughout the community of the existing inhabitants the money coming from social equity of the wealthier neighborhoods. 

People pitching in to empower the poor and homeless giving them the power to choose what is best for themselves. Free accessible, good housing and healthy food prepared by the fortunate passing their successes to those that ache for another chance to show that they are visible, strong, and important.

Greed is gone, favoritism is disappeared, Force is dead and power is alive in everyone. The police are servants once again no weapons, no anger, no shame, no more white privilege; People Privilege!

“Are these extravagant promises? We think not! Some of them will appear quickly, some slowly they will always appear if we work for them.” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 84 Paragraphs 1.
BLHAYNER 10/09/2015

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