Saturday, January 5, 2019


I am thinking that Darren Sharper, and other NFL players were  rapists before they retired. What likely ended when Sharper and other black players played their last games for the NFL was white male protection.

Feeling Rebloggy

Sharper's rampage of druggings and rapes could have been prevented, according to a two-month investigation by ProPublica and The New Orleans Advocate based on police records in five states, hundreds of pages of court documents and dozens of interviews across the country.
Nine women reported being raped or drugged by Sharper to four different agencies before his January 2014 capture. But police and prosecutors along the way failed to investigate fully the women's allegations. They made no arrests. Some victims and eyewitnesses felt their claims were downplayed. Corroborating evidence, including DNA matches and video surveillance, was minimized or put on hold.
Perhaps most critically, police did not inquire into Sharper's history. Had they done so, they would have detected a chilling predatory pattern that strongly bolstered the women's accounts.
Sharper typically chose victims who were white women in their early 20s, records show. He picked them up in pairs at nightclubs, and took them home to his hotel or residence. Sharper had drinks with them, sometimes lacing drinks he gave the women with drugs that rendered them unconscious.

Jan. 8, 2011: Darren Sharper plays in his final NFL game as a member of the New Orleans Saints, a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He would officially retire at the end of 2011 after 14 seasons, finishing with 63 career interceptions and 13 defensive touchdowns.
March 18, 2011: Two women file a report with the Miami Beach Police Department alleging sexual assault at Sharper's condo.
March 23, 2011: Miami Beach police close the investigation, classifying it as "miscellaneous/non criminal." They later destroy the rape kits.
Feb. 2, 2013: Sharper allegedly helps to drug a woman the night of a pre-Super Bowl party in New Orleans. The woman is allegedly sexually assaulted by Brandon Licciardi, Sharper's friend and a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputy.
Aug. 31, 2013: Sharper allegedly rapes a woman in New Orleans.
Sept. 23, 2013: Sharper and Licciardi allegedly drug two women in New Orleans. Sharper and accomplice Erik Nunez then rape the women, authorities say. One victim files a report with the New Orleans Police Department.
Oct. 30, 2013: Sharper meets two women at a West Hollywood nightclub, takes them to his hotel room, drugs them and rapes one of the women.
Nov. 7, 2013: One of Sharper's victims from West Hollywood reports the assault to the Los Angeles Police Department. Detective John Macchiarella opens an investigation.
Nov. 20, 2013: Sharper drugs three Arizona State University female students in Tempe, Ariz., and rapes two of them. Victims get sexual assault examinations within 12 hours and file report with Tempe Police Department.
Jan. 14, 2014: Sharper picks up two women at same West Hollywood nightclub, drugs both and rapes one at his hotel. Victims report the incident to Los Angeles police and receive rape examinations.
Jan. 15, 2014: Sharper meets two women and a man in a Las Vegas club, drugs all three. With the women back in his hotel room and unconscious, Sharper sexually assaults both.
Jan. 17, 2014: Los Angeles police arrest Sharper on two counts of sexual assault.
Feb. 27, 2014: New Orleans police issue arrest warrant for Sharper on two rape counts.
March 11, 2014: Grand jury in Arizona files criminal charges against Sharper in Tempe case with two counts of administering dangerous drugs and two counts of sex assault.

If you don't believe Sharper was likely a rapist during his football career, the other choice is to surmise that something broke in his head  upon retirement. Or, maybe the stress of not bringing in millions of dollars per year broke him. 

But I think it's  more likely that Darren Sharper was the same man he always was, --during his NFL career and after his NFL career was over -- and the only thing that really changed was that he was no longer pulling down millions of dollars for his NFL owner. 

Sounds Cosby familiar doesn't it? 


Thursday, November 8, 2018


feeling rebloggy

While a record number of women are projected to win House seats in Tuesday's midterm elections, a local judicial race in Houston, Texas brings even more great news: All 19 black women who ran for various judicial seats in Harris County won their races last night, marking the single biggest victory for black women in the county's history.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy

...On the women’s page of the Negro World, black women activists articulated the position Sojourner Truth had emphasized so many years earlier: the struggle for women’s rights cannot be divorced from the struggle for civil and human rights.

Following the ratification of the nineteenth amendment in August 1920, the Jamaican black nationalist Amy Jacques Garvey praised the amendment for expanding opportunities for women in the public sphere. She was not oblivious to its limitations especially as it pertained to black women in the United States. But, [Harvey] saw it as a source of inspiration and a step towards greater liberation for all women.

In [Harvey's] writings during this period, she often drew comparisons to white feminist movements in her efforts to encourage black women to push harder in the fight for their liberation and the liberation of other people of color. 
“White women are rallying all their forces,” she argued, “and [they are] uniting regardless of national boundaries to save their race from destruction and preserve its ideals for posterity.” “We see them in the law courts pleading as advocates; they preside as judges and administer laws; while in less numbers, yet they are to be seen in parliaments, congresses and council chambers legislating for their people.” “Be not discouraged black women of the world,” she added, “but push forward, regardless of the lack of appreciation shown [to] you. A race must be saved, a country must be redeemed….”

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Friday, October 20, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy 

     From Ms. Magazine 
Thanks to a 2010 California law that advances the top two primary candidates, regardless of party, to the general election, we’ve known since June that not just a Democrat—but a feminist woman Democrat—would be replacing Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is stepping down in January after years of spectacular feminist leadership in Congress. 
With her victory over Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, becomes the first black and South Asian woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

On election night, Harris was set to begin. “We know the stakes are high,” she told a crowd in Los Angeles. “When we have been attacked and when our ideals and fundamental ideals are being attacked, do we retreat or do we fight? I say we fight!”

     From Feminist Majority PAC

Coming from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Harris is the first African-American women in the history of California to serve as state attorney general and the first South Asian of Indian descent. As Attorney General, Harris has fought for reproductive rights, marriage equality, and the end of campus sexual assault. She also defended homeowners, winning back $20 billion from the country’s banks after the mortgage crisis. Her Homeowner Bill of Rights is one of the most comprehensive and toughest foreclosure reforms in the country and protects hard-working, middle-class families.
Before she was Attorney General, Harris was the San Francisco District Attorney where she created new initiatives focused on child assault prevention, environmental crimes, LGBTQ rights, and ending gun violence. She also created outreach programs and brought free legal clinics to immigrant neighborhoods. She has won numerous awards for her work and was voted one of the top 100 lawyers in California and one of America’s 20 most powerful women. She received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the National Black Prosecutors Association and was recognized as a “Woman of Power” by the National Urban League.

Positions on Key Issues...

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    Tuesday, August 1, 2017






    Chucklehead will behave as he's probably scared of the stern, half dead looking John Kelly, for a couple of weeks tops. Then it's over. Kelly will stick it out for 4 to 6 months after Chucklehead's lies send him into orbit because he's a military man and he's disciplined. 

    But Kelly has met his match in Chucklehead. And the nonsense has already begun. And a full 48 hours hasn't passed yet.

    Kelly was announced as replacing Preibus on Friday.

    Kelly was sworn in Monday.  He fired Scaramucci hours later

    But Scaramucci may have served his only purpose which was to raise enough of a ruckus (by starting a fight with Priebus) that nobody paid a lot of attention to testimony Bill Browder gave last Wednesday. 
    And that was important.

    On Tuesday we find (officially) find out Kelly is going to have to try to do damage control regarding Trump Sr. having told Trump Jr to say he went to see Putin's point-woman on getting rid of the Magnitsky Act about "adoptions" instead of telling the truth -- which was that he went there to get dirt on Hillary.

    The only thing I find shocking about Trump having told Trump Jr to "be misleading" is that the mainstream media behaving like everybody on the planet didn't know that already.


    Trump discussed adoption policy with Putin one day before 'dictating' son's statement about 'adoptions'

    Monday, July 31, 2017


    Feeling Rebloggy
    Talk about a dream team. Page Six reports that Taraji P. Henson will be the host of BET's Black Girls Rock Awards honoring Issa Rae this August. Held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, Black Girls Rock is an initiative to empower Black girls to take charge and live their life through the arts. These awards serve as a reminder of just how much they can achieve...
    Specifically, 2017's awards will be honoring Issa Rae, creator of HBO's Insecure, which just started airing its second season. Rae will be given the Star Power Award, but many other important women will be receiving honors of their own.

     And adding to the Black Girl Magic, Internet Famous Up and Comer Franchesca "Chescaleigh" Ramsey will be writing some of Taraji's material for her

    Look For Black Girls Rock on BET
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

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    From An Taraji P Henson Interview
    What do you think is the biggest lesson you learned while working on Hidden Figures

    “Don’t complain about your situation, because it is what it is. The question is: What are you going to do about it? If Katherine Johnson sat around and complained and complained and complained, would we be on the moon? Would we be on our way to Mars?" 

    "We all need to stop being lazy and pay attention. As a people, with the last administration, we got lazy. We were like: Everything is going good, we’ve got a Black president, LGBT people are getting their rights, it's all good. We got lazy. And then this happened. So when people ask what to do next, I want to say: Wake up, everybody! We’ve got work to do. Pay attention, read, research, figure out what you can do in your own backyard that will make a difference."

    All I can say to that is, Amen 




    "Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense.

    What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense.

    Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential."
    Junot Diaz
    "The Brief Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao"

    This is true for the Harry Potter Series as well.

    To be specific, the Hermoine Granger character doesn't make sense without her having a history very much like that of black and brown people.

    Hermoine's character is based on her being thought of as, not just an outsider, but a biological outsider. Her story is the story of white supremacy, of eugenics, or of dominant culture racism.  Her story is our story. Hermoine cast as a black girl would have made Hermoine's outcast character make a lot more sense on screen.

    J.K. Rowling wrote her perfectly. Her physical description lends itself well to a black or brown girl with huge, coily, natural hair. And I so wish she'd been cast as black or brown in the movie because the most important thing about Hermoine's character was her character, intelligence, and friendship.

    As it was, it was good to see boys and girls respect one another as equals on screen.  It would have been awesome to see ethnicity and/or race added to that to strengthen black and brown children with positive images and educate white children against the ambient white supremacy their parents and culture are unwittingly bathing them in daily.

    Black Hermoine would have been good for everybody all the way around. 

    Sunday, July 16, 2017


    Ida B Wells sat down to stand up for her rights 71 years before Rosa Parks on a segregated train instead of a segregated bus. However, Ida wasn't a trained activist like Rosa. She made a personal decision to give up her seat for a white man. They had carry her out of the train car she was in. She was kicking and biting the whole way.

    She sued

    Ida wrote about it for a hewspaper

    She lost her case

    She wrote about that loss for a newspaper

    White Ida B was out of town some years later, friends of hers were lynched, ostensibly over a game of marbles being played between a white child and black child.

    When two children started fighting, the black and white adults separating the fight started arguing. Things escalated things until over a day or so three black men were lynched.
    Ida B came back home to find out that the white grocery story owner who had had a monopoly on business in the area wanted the black owners of "The People's Grocery" run off. And it was the white business store owner successfully parlayed the game of marbles into a lynching. 
    White Mission Accomplished: White Store Owner has a monopoly again

    Ida B. wrote about it for her newspaper

    Ida B. wrote about it again and again, no matter who got mad or scared, until she got a protest going.

    The white folk decided to take all the black people's guns away and make it illegal for them to have them.

    This was one of the most significant things that happened that made black people realize that they needed the right to vote. Owning things and property wasn't enough. People with political power can and will take anything they want from you, legally. The people with political power have the power to make and change the laws.

    Ida B. wrote about the reduction of black rights in town until the protest went from WE DEMAND THE RIGHT TO LIVE **to** WE ARE OUTTA HERE She scoped out a location in Oklahoma, came back, and managed to get black people to pick up and move west.

    The whites relatively new railway stopped getting black business

    White Businesses started drying up.

    Ida B started getting death threats

    Ida B did research on lynching from state to state and wrote about it. (A sociologist long before most if not all of the famous European Sociologists)

    One of the most interesting things that she found was that black men were only ever accused of rape in 1/3 of all cases. Rape was made up/played up by white men in the white news papers as an excuse for lynching. And southern white men needed an excuse for lynching, whether there was a white woman available to lie or not, because the white south needed Northern money and European money for investment in the south after having lost the Civil War.

    As for the real sex happening between white women and black men? Ida B reported on the savagery and suggested that some of the "rape cases" were actually interracial relationships between white women and black men.

    White women's virtue having been called into question led to white folk wanting to Lynch Ida.

    Ida B had to move.

    Actually Ida B was out of town when word of her planned lynching reached her. She found out she couldn't go back to Mississippi 

    Ida B would write for newspapers and also wind up making 102 speeches while in Great Britain, calling on the people there to start Anti-lynching Societies. Translation: She  got the British to stop buying southern white cotton from southern white murderers who tried to justify lynching. She would eventually be one of the founders of the NAACP.  And the NAACP would take up anti-lynching as one of it's first causes.

    Seventy years later Martin Luther King would expose the south in the same way that Ida did, except he wouldn't have to take newspaper articles he'd written and pictures of lynchings and carry them on a boat overseas to get anti-lynching commitments.  Martin Luther King would get international support for equal rights by using television to show the world what was going on in the United States.

    That concludes my thumbnail sketch of Ida B Well's activism and leadership. But my favorite thing about "Sword Among Lions" by Paula J Giddings is that it told the entire human story of Ida B. Wells.

    Ida would be broke as a church mouse, get depressed, and go put money down a really nice dress.

    She'd get indignant about class issues too. She'd worry about people looking down on her due to her lack of formal education. She could be touchy. She spent real time worrying about other folks maligning her character. And she rarely let a slight go unremarked. Some of this may have the times she was living in. But she was solidly in the camp of folks who believed that (what we now call) "respectability politics" was the way forward to equality with white people.

    ...UNTIL the lynching of three of her friends

    I haven't read Ida B. Wells' autobiography, but reading her personality in the "A Sword Among Lions" biography it isn't hard to imagine that in writing about herself most of her heroic victories would have been left in and some of the humanity left out -- much like writers of textbooks have been doing to the history books in this country for decades.

    The other human thing in "A Sword Among Lions" is the sexism black women endured.

    Ida B. Wells needed the support of mostly male run black newspapers while she was in the U.K. stumping for Anti-Lynching Resolutions and she didn't get it. Some black newspapers and politicians went so far as to say she was making things sound worse than they were in order to secure their current standing in the cities they were living in at the time or simply because they didn't have faith that her approach was going to come to anything.

     And she called them on it, publicly.

    Frederick Douglass himself, wanting to stay on the good side of a white women's suffrage group---a group that needed southern white women in its numbers-- did not fully commit himself to her or her campaign while she was Britain. He was the only one she didn't call on the carpet, hero abolitionist that he was in her eyes.  But according to Giddings, she did slyly let him know, in private, that she did not appreciate his occassionaly mealy-mouthed support.

    The contributions of IDA B WELLS are not be missed. She was a feminist before the word "feminist" caught on. And she managed worked harder than most to secure the vote for women. In fact, Wells' Chicago was one of the first places where women were allowed to vote.

    A SWORD AMONG LIONS is a long dense book. But it conveys so much about the black women's club movement and black women's history in general.