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What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.


This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beyond #BlackLivesMatter: police reform must be bolstered by legal action | Matthew Segal | Opinion | The Guardian





"Courts have shaped American policing by defanging the fourth amendment’s prohibition on ‘unreasonable searches and seizures’

Something is missing from the debate over police reform. Though police killings of black men have sparked a nationwide movement to stop police violence, the police can fairly ask whether they deserve all of the blame.



That’s not because current levels of police violence are warranted (they aren’t), or because policing is race neutral (it isn’t). It’s because the chief architects of American policing are not police departments; they’re courts. The movement for police reform should be joined by an equally ambitious movement for court reform.



Will black people ever feel safe around police? I doubt it | Jamilah Lemieux

Courts have shaped American policing by defanging the fourth amendment’s prohibition on “unreasonable searches and seizures”. Because the

Beyond #BlackLivesMatter: police reform must be bolstered by legal action | "



Matthew Segal | Opinion | The Guardian

Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Campaign Songs (HBO)

Racist Trump supporter goes after woman during NYC subway ride [VIDEO]

"Anyone who has ever ridden the subway before, especially in Manhattan, knows that during peak hours it’s not exactly unusual to end up having to stand. The subway is incredibly popular and used by most residents in the city.
What kind of a person would go on a rant all over something that happens commonly, to everybody? Someone who probably thinks they’re a little bit better than everyone else. Someone who thinks that perhaps the color of their skin makes them better than people who, say, have a different shade of skin. A racist. And yes, not shockingly, also a Trump supporter."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cops Shoot Unarmed Caregiver With His Hands Up While He Helps Man - NBC News



Cops Shoot Unarmed Caregiver With His Hands Up While He Helps Man - NBC News

Texas Voter ID Ruling Offers Stinging Rebuke to Law's Backers - NBC News

Wednesday's ruling by a federal appeals court against Texas's voter ID law looks likely to lower a massive barrier to voting that had threatened to disenfranchise large numbers of the state's minority voters. The ruling also offers a stinging rebuke to state lawmakers and officials who enacted and defended the law. And its cogent dismantling of many of the key claims advanced by backers of strict ID laws — all the more remarkable coming from a conservative-leaning court — could have implications beyond the Lone Star State.



Texas Voter ID Ruling Offers Stinging Rebuke to Law's Backers - NBC News

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Brutal Account of Colonialism in Africa Just Showed Up in the Most Unlikely of Places: Hollywood | The Nation

Legend of Tarzan still



 Some time ago I wrote a book about one of the great crimes of the last 150 years: the conquest and exploitation of the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium. When King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was published, I thought I had found all the major characters in that brutal patch of history. But a few weeks ago I realized that I had left one out: Tarzan.



A Brutal Account of Colonialism in Africa Just Showed Up in the Most Unlikely of Places: Hollywood | The Nation

They have to fire somebody,' for Trump speech | MSNBC

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bill Maher: "Police Culture Has To Change"

Stephen Colbert Hijacks Mic at RNC

Convos With Cosmo on Protesting, Oppression, and how to deal with Bullies

NYTimes: Baton Rouge Attack Deepens Anguish for Police: ‘We’ve Seen Nothing Like This’

It is time for American police to clean their own house, get rid of both institutional racism and the many racist cops.  People are tired of these police killings.  This is just like the late sixties.  If they don't wake up they will be facing a "Spook Who Sat By The Door Situation".  "The twin attacks — three officers dead Sunday in Baton Rouge, five killed on July 7 in Dallas, along with at least 12 injured over all — have set off a period of fear, anguish and confusion among the nation’s 900,000 state and local law enforcement officers. Even the most hardened veterans call this one of the most charged moments of policing they have experienced."

NYTimes: Baton Rouge Attack Deepens Anguish for Police: ‘We’ve Seen Nothing Like This’

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Role Models | Hillary Clinton

Filmers of Alton Sterling, Eric Garner killings say police have harassed and detained them - Salon.com





Filmers of Alton Sterling, Eric Garner killings say police have harassed and detained them - Salon.com

Police Arrest the Guy Who Helped the Alton Sterling Video Go Viral | Mother Jones





This is the unjust America most White folks refuse to see.  "An Atlanta man who was arrested after being the first to widely share a viral video of a man being killed by the police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, claims he was detained in retaliation for distributing the recording.



Chris LeDay, a 34-year-old Air Force veteran, did not film the video of Alton Sterling, a husband and father of five who was shot by police outside a Louisiana convenience store last Tuesday. But LeDay used to live in Baton Rouge, and he posted the video—which he says he got from a friend of the videographer—on July 5 after Sterling's death. "I wanted to share it a zillion times and make sure everyone saw it," LeDay told Mother Jones via phone. "The police were already saying their body cameras had fallen off."



"The next day, LeDay was detained by military security while going through a routine checkpoint for his job at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, a security procedure he told Mother Jones he had been through "at least 15 times" without issue. Military officers handcuffed LeDay, a black man, and told him that he met the description of someone wanted for assault and battery. Shortly afterward, officers from the nearby Dunwoody Police Department took LeDay in handcuffs and leg shackles to Dekalb County Jail."



Police Arrest the Guy Who Helped the Alton Sterling Video Go Viral | Mother Jones

Eric Garner's Daughter Calls Obama Town Hall on Race Relations a "Farce Erica Garner, whose father was killed in a police encounter, said ABC News broke its promise to let her speak." | Mother Jones





Eric Garner's Daughter Calls Obama Town Hall on Race Relations a "Farce" | Mother Jones

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

For Whites Sensing Decline, Donald Trump Unleashes Words of Resistance - The New York Times

"The chant erupts in a college auditorium in Washington, as admirers of a conservative internet personality shout down a black protester. It echoes around the gym of a central Iowa high school, as white students taunt the Hispanic fans and players of a rival team. It is hollered by a lone motorcyclist, as he tears out of a Kansas gas station after an argument with a Hispanic man and his Muslim friend.



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In countless collisions of color and creed, Donald J. Trump’s name evokes an easily understood message of racial hostility. Defying modern conventions of political civility and language, Mr. Trump has breached the boundaries that have long constrained Americans’ public discussion of race.



Mr. Trump has attacked Mexicans as criminals. He has called for a ban on Muslim immigrants. He has wondered aloud why the United States is not “letting people in from Europe.”



His rallies vibrate with grievances that might otherwise be expressed in private: about “political correctness,” about the ranch house down the street overcrowded with day laborers, and about who is really to blame for the death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. In a country where the wealthiest and most influential citizens are still mostly white, Mr. Trump is voicing the bewilderment and anger of whites who do not feel at all powerful or privileged.



But in doing so, Mr. Trump has also opened the door to assertions of white identity and resentment in a way not seen so broadly in American culture in over half a century, according to those who track patterns of racial tension and antagonism in American life.



For Whites Sensing Decline, Donald Trump Unleashes Words of Resistance - The New York Times

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Have the Dallas Police Improved? Depends on Whom You Ask - The New York Times

"DALLAS — When Andre Stubblefield leaves his dilapidated apartment complex in southern Dallas, he always carries his work gloves, vest and hard hat, even when he is not going to work. The police have stopped him regularly over the years, asking for identification — about four times in the last four months alone. So he carries his work attire to show that he is a working man, not a criminal.



“I got to fake like I’m wearing my work stuff, so they won’t mess with me,” said Mr. Stubblefield, 30, who works in demolition.



In the wake of last week’s sniper shooting that left five Dallas police officers dead, many people have lamented that it happened in this city, with a black police chief who even critics say has made inroads with the community and worked to steer his force away from its history of racism and abuse. Since Chief David O. Brown took over the department in 2010, excessive-force complaints have dropped 64 percent, and he has started de-escalation training and a successful community policing program.



But for all the progress that the Dallas police have made, this remains one of the most segregated big cities in the country, with yawning racial gaps in housing, schools and employment. Decades of discriminatory federal, state and local policies have concentrated the city’s black population in deeply poor and underdeveloped neighborhoods south of Interstate 30, which serves as a line of demarcation between opportunity and neglect. While downtown Dallas is flush with glassy skyscrapers and high-priced restaurants, large tracts of the city’s southern sector are empty and ragged.



“People look at the Black Lives Matter movement as people protesting against police brutality,” said Terry Flowers, the executive director and headmaster of St. Philip’s School and Community Center in South Dallas. “I think it is much larger than that. People are protesting against a social engineering of inequity. In the broader community here, there is tension. You get pulled over by a police officer, there is automatic tension.”





Have the Dallas Police Improved? Depends on Whom You Ask - The New York Times

Rudy Giuliani’s Racial Myths - The New York Times





"Here’s a better question: How, we wonder, will the country ever get beyond its stunted discourse about racialized violence when people like Mr. Giuliani continue to try to change the subject? Those who remember Mr. Giuliani as the hectoring mayor of New York know what he has to offer any conversation on race and violence — not a lot. In case you’re unconvinced, here is what Mr. Giuliani on Sunday said he would tell a young son, if he were black: “Be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood and don’t get involved with them because, son, there’s a 99 percent chance they’re going to kill you, not the police.”



Mr. Giuliani’s garbled, fictional statistic echoes a common right-wing talking point about the prevalence of “black on black” violence in America. Homicide data do show that black victims are most often killed by black assailants. (They also reveal that whites tend to be killed by whites.) This observation does not speak to the matter of racist policing and police brutality. Killings of the police have, mercifully, been on the decline during the Obama presidency. But unwarranted shootings by police officers remain a persistent problem, ignored for generations, exploding only now into the wider public consciousness because of bystander videos that reveal the blood-red truth.



Unnerved by black anger, Americans like Mr. Giuliani cling to false equivalencies. They have, for example, defamed the Black Lives Matter movement as a “war on cops.” (Tell that to the protesters in Dallas who smiled for photos with officers who were protecting their march.)



The debate is full of such untruths and misdirections. There is the colossal Texas lie, the one that says a “good guy with a gun” can always stop a bad guy with a gun (in Dallas, where some marchers and bystanders were armed, it took a bomb). There is Mr. Giuliani’s ludicrous suggestion that black people don’t know they need to be careful around cops, or somehow are complicit in their brutalizing. Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile, in a St. Paul suburb, were posing no threat when they were shot. (Far from being ignorant of the ways of the police, fearful black parents long ago learned to impart the advice that Mr. Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, said she gave her son: “If you get stopped by the police, comply. Comply, comply, comply.”) Eric Garner, on Staten Island, was unarmed and outnumbered by the officers who swarmed and smothered him."



Rudy Giuliani’s Racial Myths - The New York Times

Monday, July 11, 2016

Man who saw Alton Sterling death says cops stole video (GRAPHIC) - NY Daily News






The convenience store owner who captured Alton Sterling’s death on video said police stole the surveillance video from his store, took his cellphone and locked him in a car for four hours.



Abdullah Muflahi, who owns the Baton Rouge Triple S Food Mart where Sterling was killed on July 5, claims that police confiscated his phone and locked him in the car, in a lawsuit filed with the Baton Rouge district court.



Sterling, a 37-year-old black father of five, was tackled and wrestled onto the hood of a car, then the pavement, by two police officers around 12:35 a.m. The officers fired five shots at Sterling, who was hit once in the chest and once in the back.



In a 42-second cellphone video taken by Muflahi, one of the two officers takes a gun from Sterling’s right pocket, despite earlier reports that the man had pulled the gun on the officers.



Man who saw Alton Sterling death says cops stole video (GRAPHIC) - NY Daily News

Help purge bad cops, black Dallas police leader urges Obama

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Horrified By Possible Donald Trump Presidency - NBC News

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rarely pulls punches, but even by her own standards of fierceness, she recently took things to a new level of frankness.
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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington. Cliff Owen / AP
In separate interviews with the Associated Press andThe New York Times, Ginsburg took the unusual step, for a justice, of weighing in on the current presidential election.
"I can't imagine what this place would be — I can't imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president," Ginsburg told the Times in an interview posted online on Sunday.
"For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don't even want to contemplate that," she said, joking that her husband, who died in 2010, would have said, "'Now it's time for us to move to New Zealand.'"


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Horrified By Possible Donald Trump Presidency - NBC News

Sunday, July 10, 2016

MALCOLM X ON THE CONSTITUTION

Racial resentment and police misconduct: The factors driving personal perception of cop violence - Salon.com

Racial resentment and police misconduct: The factors driving personal perception of cop violence



"Police violence in the United States is endemic. An investigation by the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah finds that more residents in the state were killed by police than gang members or drug dealers. Between Jan. 1 and May 3 of 2015, 1 in 13 of the gun killings in the U.S. were committed by police. However, it does not fall equally across racial groups. According to the Guardian, people of color make up 38 percent of the population, but 47 percent of those killed by police. People of color make up 63 percent of those who are unarmed when killed by police.



Using the American National Election Studies 2016 (ANES 2016) survey, which includes a battery of questions on police violence, I find that racial resentment strongly predicts attitudes about police conduct. I also find differences across party lines, race and support for major presidential nominees.



Racial Resentment and Attitudes About Police Use of Force



To explore attitudes about police violence, I use the ANES 2016 survey, which I’ve discussed in more detail here. ANES 2016 asks respondents, “In general, do the police treat whites better than blacks, treat blacks better than whites, or treat them both the same?” Among all respondents, 37% answer “the same” (2% say black people are treated better, 60% say whites are). Among white respondents, 42% say police treat whites and blacks equally, compared with a mere 19% of Black respondents (and a quarter of Latino respondents). There were large partisan differences as well: less than a fifth of Clinton supporters say police treat black people and people equally, compared to more than half of Trump supporters (53%).



Using a model created in collaboration with San Francisco State political scientist Jason McDaniel, I explore the effects of racial resentment on attitudes towards police behavior (see here for a discussion of racial resentment). In a model that controls for party identification, ideology, family income, education, age and gender, racial resentment strongly predicts white attitudes towards police violence. The charts below show that as resentment increases, respondents are less likely to say that whites are treated better by the police, more likely to say that police treat both white and black people the same."



Racial resentment and police misconduct: The factors driving personal perception of cop violence - Salon.com

New debate emerges after tragedies | MSNBC




New debate emerges after tragedies | MSNBC

Rudy Giuliani: Black kids have 99% chance of killing each other - NY Daily News

Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani. Capping off his weekend of inflammatory comments after the Dallas police shooting, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that black children have “a 99% chance” of killing each other — so they shouldn’t worry so much about police brutality. He also dismissed Black Lives Matter — the group and the phrase itself — as “inherently racist” and “anti-American,” and accused the movement of calling for the murder of police officers. Appearing on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Giuliani had little to say about the deadly police shootings that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide protests — including the one in Dallas that was ambushed by a cop killer. Instead, he said it is up to the “blacks” to show respect to police.

Rudy Giuliani: Black kids have 99% chance of killing each other - NY Daily News

Dumb, dumb and dumber Protestors Arrested for marching in Atlanta streets even though the sidewalks could not hold them - Day 3 of Atlanta protests, at least ten arrested | 11alive.com



Day 3 of Atlanta protests, at least ten arrested | 11alive.com

Day 3 of Atlanta protests, at least ten arrested | 11alive.com



Day 3 of Atlanta protests, at least ten arrested | 11alive.com

Police shootings: Louisiana and Minnesota protests near boiling point - BBC News

Demonstrators gather after marching at the Louisiana Capitol to protest the shooting of Alton Sterling on July 9, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.



Police shootings: Louisiana and Minnesota protests near boiling point - BBC News

Dallas Shootings Deal Black Police Officers A Double Heartbreak





"Preston Gilstrap, 64, was a Dallas police officer for over 41 years before he retired in 2013. Earlier this week, he saw the two brutal videos of police officers killing black men ― Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ― that shook the nation.



And Friday morning, Gilstrap, who is black, woke up to news of the horror that had visited his hometown: at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest Thursday night over the killing of Castile and Sterling, a lone gunman opened fire, killing five Dallas police officers and wounding nine other people.



“My heart has been totally torn out of my chest by both violence perpetrated on officers and violence perpetrated by officers,” Gilstrap told The Huffington Post Friday.



“These officers were there to protect the protesters and make sure their expression of discontent and freedom of speech were protected,” added Gilstrap, who has long advocated for police reform. “They were taking selfies [with the protesters.] There was nothing wrong with the protest.”



Dallas Shootings Deal Black Police Officers A Double Heartbreak

China's Supreme Court And Supreme Procuratorate Issue Interpretation On Bribery Laws - Criminal Law - China

"1. Types of Payments that May Constitute a Bribe



Articles 385, 386, 388, 389 and 390 of China's Criminal Law prohibit payments of "money or property" to public officials for the purpose of obtaining improper benefits, or public officials from accepting such payments.  The Interpretation provides examples of types of "money or property" whose provision to public officials may violate these articles, including currency, property, and "proprietary interests."  The proprietary interests category is intentionally broad and includes any kind of material interests that could be converted into currency.  Examples of proprietary interests include house decorations, discharges of debts, provision of travel, or memberships.  The Interpretation provides that the value of such proprietary interests will be calculated based on how much has actually been paid or how much the recipient would otherwise have paid for the underlying interests.



China's Supreme Court And Supreme Procuratorate Issue Interpretation On Bribery Laws - Criminal Law - China

Saturday, July 09, 2016

She speaks the truth that so many of us have been saying for over a hundred years. The sad thing is that White America has a vested interest in not listening. - Ongoing racial tensions in the U.S. | MSNBC




Ongoing racial tensions in the U.S. | MSNBC

Sydney Schanberg, who inspired 'The Killing Fields,' dead at 82 - NY Daily News

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Sydney Schanberg, who inspired 'The Killing Fields,' dead at 82 - NY Daily News

This confirms my decades long refusal to spend one red cent in Walmart. - Penn. town outraged after disabled Walmart greeter gets fired - NY Daily News

Daniel Ockenhouse, who has cerebral palsy, was let go from a Walmart in the Poconos because he could no longer meet the new demands his position required.



Penn. town outraged after disabled Walmart greeter gets fired - NY Daily News

Police shootings of Americans on the rise | MSNBC



Police shootings of Americans on the rise | MSNBC

Police shootings of Americans on the rise | MSNBC



Police shootings of Americans on the rise | MSNBC

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) | Twitter I wrote this YEARS ago, and it still reads as urgent. It shouldn't. It SHOULDN'T!!!







Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) | Twitter

What Will It Take to Actually Convict a Cop?

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"The numbers are simply staggering. While there is no federal database that records police-related shootings or deaths (problem No. 1), some sources have determined that despite annual police-related killings averaging well into the hundreds—we already have 600 peoplekilled by police just halfway into 2016 alone—since 2005, we have seen just 13 police convictions.
Thirteen convictions. In over 10 years, spanning the deaths of several thousand people killed through encounters with those sworn to protect and serve.
Certainly, not every death that occurs at the hands of police warrants a criminal prosecution or conviction. It goes without saying that law enforcement has an incredibly difficult job that requires a unique combination of instincts, discretion and sound judgment. But while not every case warrants an officer being indicted and tried, let alone convicted, it’s unimaginable that more aren’t.
In 2015, police killed at least 102 unarmed black people. That is a rate of nearly twice a week.Unarmed. Nearly 30 percent of black people killed by police had no weapon, and that’s just in instances where the ultimate result was death of a suspect. So police are using deadly force nearly 30 percent of the time when dealing with people who aren’t even in possession of anything that would have posed a threat to those officers’ lives."
What Will It Take to Actually Convict a Cop?

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Baton Rouge store owner on Sterling killing NBC News' Tammy Leitner speaks with Abdullah Muslahi, the owner of the store outside of which Alton Sterling was killed by police on Tuesday.

The eyewitness owner of the saw the murder. Alton did not pull a gun. The police took the gun out of his pocket after he was dead. The police took the storeowners video without presenting a search warrant. Store owner said Alton Sterling was a good guy and did not cause problem. Mysteriously the police claim the two officers body cams did not work. American justice at work.

6 Eye-Opening Facts About How Differently Black And White People View Race Or Why Are Most White People Dumb and I mean Dumb When It Comes To Race?

"Black people believe institutional racism is a critical problem while more white people say individual instances of discrimination are a bigger concern.
An overwhelming number of white people, 66 percent, say that individual instances of discrimination in America are a bigger problem than institutional racism while only 19 percent of white people feel the latter is a larger concern. However, the black opinion is more evenly distributed (48 percent and 40 percent, respectively). Despite the large number of white people who don’t see institutional racism as a problem, it has a real effect on black men and women who believe they are treated less fairly than whites in dealing with the police (84 percent), when applying for a loan mortgage (66 percent), in the workplace (64 percent), in stores and restaurants (49 percent) and when voting (43 percent).
“Across all of these realms, whites are much less likely than blacks to perceive unequal treatment,” the study says."


6 Eye-Opening Facts About How Differently Black And White People View Race

The sad saga of Trump's anti-Semitic tweet A sheriff's star is not the same thing as a Star of David, guys. - All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC



All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

After Attacks on Muslims, Many Ask: Where Is the Outpouring? - The New York Times





"PARIS — In recent days, jihadists killed 41 people at Istanbul’s bustling, shiny airport; 22 at a cafe in Bangladesh; and at least 250 celebrating the final days of Ramadan in Baghdad. Then the Islamic State attacked, again, with bombings in three cities in Saudi Arabia.



By Tuesday, Michel Kilo, a Syrian dissident, was leaning wearily over his coffee at a Left Bank cafe, wondering: Where was the global outrage? Where was the outpouring that came after the same terrorist groups unleashed horror in Brussels and here in Paris? In a supposedly globalized world, do nonwhites, non-Christians and non-Westerners count as fully human?"



After Attacks on Muslims, Many Ask: Where Is the Outpouring? - The New York Times

Private Prisoner Vans’ Long Road of Neglect - The New York Times







Why doesn't America do a better job in sorting out the brutal sadist from law enforcement candidates.  "The body of William Weintraub, 47, where he died in 2014: in the back of a Prisoner Transportation Services of America van. A former physics professor, he died from a perforated ulcer after complaining of stomach pain. Credit Georgia Bureau of Investigation.



In July 2012, Steven Galack, the former owner of a home remodeling business, was living in Florida when he was arrested on an out-of-state warrant for failing to pay child support. Mr. Galack, 46, had come to the end of a long downward spiral, overcoming a painkiller addiction only to struggle with crippling anxiety. Now, he was to be driven more than a thousand miles to Butler County, Ohio, where his ex-wife and three children lived, to face a judge."





Private Prisoner Vans’ Long Road of Neglect - The New York Times

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Racially-charged Obama float defended as free speech. This ls a White problem. White folks have to stop silently condoning this behavior. | WISH-TV



Racially-charged Obama float defended as free speech | WISH-TV

Donald Trump riles 2016 race with anti-Semitic imagery | MSNBC

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally on June 18, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty)



"The list of American constituencies that Donald Trump has alienated during his presidential candidate isn’t short. At various points over the last year or so, the Republican candidate and his operation have alienated women, Latinos, African Americans, Muslims, veterans, people with disabilities, and Native Americans, among others.



But let’s not leave out Jewish voters.



In December, Trump spoke at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum, where he told attendees, “I’m a negotiator, like you folks. Is there anybody that doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room?” The GOP candidate added at the time, “You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money.”



Over the holiday weekend, however, Trump made matters vastly worse.

An image of Hillary Clinton that was widely criticized as anti-Semitic after it was tweeted by Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president, appears to have originated two weeks ago on a Twitter account devoted to bigoted memes.



Trump tweeted the graphic on Saturday attacking Clinton in an image that included what appears to be a Jewish Star of David layered over $100 bills. The tweet calls Clinton “the most corrupt candidate ever.” Painting Jews as corrupt money-grubbers out to secretly control the government has been a well-worn anti-Semitic trope since long before World War II.

Trump deleted his Twitter message on Saturday, and did not comment on the controversy he created until yesterday – two days after publishing the initial message – when he complained about the “dishonest media.” Trump added that his critics have tried to “depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff’s Star, or plain star!” (Last night, Dan Scavino Jr., the campaign’s director of social media, said he was responsible for lifting the image without attribution.)



It’s difficult to take such a response seriously. We know, for example, that the star of a sheriff’s badge has globes on the points, and the image Trump tweeted did not. We also know if Trump’s tweet was a harmless symbol connected to law enforcement, he wouldn’t have been so quick to delete it on Saturday morning.



But perhaps most important is the fact that the image Trump published had been circulated and promoted by white supremacists. The Washington Post noted the pattern: “For at least the fifth time, Trump’s Twitter account had shared a meme from the racist ‘alt-right’ and offered no explanation why.”



Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Post, “We’ve been alarmed that Mr. Trump hasn’t spoken out vociferously against these anti-Semites and racists and misogynists who continue to support him. It’s been outrageous to see him retweeting and now sourcing material from the website and other online resources from this crowd.”



And that broader takeaway is arguably the most important point. Trump and “this crowd” have been ringing alarms for quite a while now, with white supremacists attending Trump rallies, registering as Trump delegates, offering to provide Trump security, and creating content that Trump has, on multiple occasions, been only too pleased to promote through his social-media accounts.



And earlier this year, Trump hedged when asked to denounce support from David Duke and other white supremacists.



The most charitable interpretation is that Trump is blisteringly incompetent. Pro-Trump voters might choose to believe that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his aides saw an anti-Clinton image with an anti-Semitic subtext, they weren’t observant enough to recognize why it’s offensive, and so they shared it with the world without thinking. Maybe, the argument goes, the GOP candidate has no idea why all of these white supremacists are gravitating towards his candidacy, and isn’t deliberately encouraging them.



The uncharitable interpretation is that the Trump campaign is peddling racist and bigoted propaganda on purpose.



Neither of these explanations is reassuring.



Reader M.W. emailed me over the weekend to remind me of something Politico noted a month ago: “To minority voters, Trump’s candidacy feels like an existential threat.” Every time the Republican candidate promotes a message with white supremacist ties, the severity of that threat intensifies."







Donald Trump riles 2016 race with anti-Semitic imagery | MSNBC

Monday, July 04, 2016

Echoes from Marian Anderson's defiant performance

Marian Anderson Sings the Star Spangled Banner 1942, Lincoln Memorial 1939

Trump’s Star of David Hillary Meme Was Made by Racist Twitter User - The Daily Beast





"The image using an anti-Semitic trope to attack Clinton appeared on 8chan after a vile Twitter user created it two weeks ago.
The meme Donald Trump put on Twitter on Saturday that has been called anti-Semitic for featuring a six-point star like the Star of David was first created by a racist Twitter account.
On Saturday, his campaign tweeted an image co-opting a graphic depicting Hillary Clinton proudly looking off into the distance with the words "History made" emblazoned across it. Except this version featured a background made entirely of money and prominently included what appeared to be a red Star of David with the words "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" written inside. On Monday, however, Trump tweeted that “Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a sheriff’s star, or a plain star!”
The earliest iteration of the questionable picture seems to have come from the Twitter account @FishBoneHead1, which tweeted the image on June 15. "


Trump’s Star of David Hillary Meme Was Made by Racist Twitter User - The Daily Beast

‘Donald Trump Has a Decency Problem’: MSNBC Panel Clashes Over Anti-Semitic Trump Tweet - AM Joy on MSNBC








MSNBC host Joy Reid and Mother Jones‘ David Corn battled Donald Trump supporter Amy Kremer this morning over Trump posting an image of Hillary Clinton and the Star of David that was shared on a Neo-Nazi white supremacist message board.

During the segment this morning, Reid said sharing or RT’ing material from white supremacists and Neo-Nazis has been kind of a pattern with Trump this election cycle. Kremer rolled her eyes, blamed a staffer, and said Trump just gets blamed for anything these days.

She called it a “slight error” and said we should all “move on,” because in the grand scheme of things this isn’t that important.

Corn jumped in to point out the disturbing origins of the image Trump tweeted. He wondered why Trump never bothers to make sure he’s not sharing messages from anti-Semites on Twitter before doing so. Kremer defended Trump by saying no one has time to check the entire history of everyone they want to RT.

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass - The 4th of July "What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. Own a full-size, 3D Rosetta Stone replica There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour. Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms- of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Trump deletes tweet with image of the star of David, Hillary Clinton and money | US news | The Guardian - Trump finally plays his anti semitic-card. I have been waiting for this. The racist is almost always anti-semitic, misogynistic and a homophobe. This sums up Trump

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Donald Trump deleted an image of Hillary Clinton and a six-pointed star from social media, following accusations of antisemitism on Saturday given the star’s placement over an image of money and his repetition of the controversial phrase “America first”.

The original graphic, which depicted the Democratic presumptive nominee over a pile of money, contained the text “most corrupt candidate ever” in a six-sided star, reminiscent of the Jewish star of David

Almost four hours later, Trump tweeted out a second image, with the text inside a circle instead of a star, though the star’s points were still visible on the edge of the circle. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment."

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Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87 - The New York Times





We have lost a truly great humanitarian.
"Elie Wiesel, the Auschwitz survivor who became an eloquent witness for the six million Jews slaughtered in World War II and who, more than anyone, seared the memory of the Holocaust on the world’s conscience, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.
Menachem Rosensaft, a longtime friend and the founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Survivors, confirmed the death in a phone call.
Mr. Wiesel was the author of several dozen books and was a charismatic lecturer and humanities professor. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But he was defined not so much by the work he did as by the gaping void he filled. In the aftermath of the Germans’ systematic massacre of Jews, no voice had emerged to drive home the enormity of what had happened and how it had changed mankind’s conception of itself and of God. For almost two decades, both the traumatized survivors and American Jews, guilt-ridden that they had not done more to rescue their brethren, seemed frozen in silence."


Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87 - The New York Times

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Friday, July 01, 2016

U.S. claims drones only killed 116 civilians; experts say it's way more

"According to the Obama administration, just 64 to 116 civilians have been killed in its secretive drone program.

The U.S. government published a report on Friday, July 1 that claims that the counter-terrorism airstrikes it conducted outside of conventional war zones between January 2009 and the end of 2015 only killed scores of so-called non-combatants.

Experts say the number is likely much higher.

The report, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, analyzes 473 U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, the vast majority of which were carried out by drones. It says 2,372 to 2,581 combatants were killed in these attacks.

The U.S. government is not clear about how it defines combatant. The New York Times reported in 2012 that President "Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties" that "in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent."

For years, the U.N., Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have criticized the U.S. government's secrecy in its drone assassination program, and have even implied that the Obama administration may be guilty of war crimes."

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