Friday, October 20, 2017

KAMALA HARRIS ON HER BIRTHDAY

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     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!”
http://msmagazine.com/blog/2016/11/17/new-feminist-office-kamala-harris/




     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.


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    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    CAN JOHN KELLY STABILIZE THE WHITE HOUSE?

    THAT IS THE QUESTION OF THE HOUR




    CAN HE STABILIZE THE 
    KREMLIN 
    WHITE HOUSE 
    CLOWN CAR STAFF?


    BUT
     CHUCKLEHEAD McTWITTERWIT HIMSELF?


    NOT A CHANCE

    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.

    headline

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




    Monday, July 31, 2017

    TARAJI P HENSON TO HOST BLACK GIRLS ROCK

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    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.

    ~Refinery29.com

     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

    * * * * * 
    From An Taraji P Henson Interview
    with Refinery29.com
    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."
    http://www.refinery29.com/2016/12/133485/taraji-p-henson-movies-hollywood-pay-diversity-interview

    All I can say to that is, Amen 

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    J K ROWLING NEVER SAID HERMOINE GRANGER WAS WHITE AND SHE KINDA WASN'T

    WITHOUT PEOPLE OF COLOR A LOT OF OUR STORIES DON'T MAKE SENSE

    EVEN J.K. ROWLING'S "HARRY POTTER" DOESN'T WORK
    "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.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/alannabennett/what-a-racebent-hermione-granger-really-represen-d2yp?utm_term=.amYwBpMv7#.xub9DROKM 


    Sunday, July 16, 2017

    IDA B WELLS ON HER BIRTHDAY


    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.



























    Monday, June 26, 2017

    HOW THE MIKE BROWN 1.5 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT THAT HELPS DARREN WILSON GET AWAY WITH MURDER


    "U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber....ordered the settlement agreement sealed, writing that its disclosure "could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators," the newspaper reported."





    In case you missed this news from a few months back:

    The Ferguson police were very selective about which part of the store surveillance video they showed the public.
    You remember the video right? The one where they showed Mike Brown shoving a man that grabbed him, turned out to be the person running the store. Well, Brown was at the store hours before that more "damning" piece of video that the Ferguson police called a "strong arm robbery.


    This new section of the same video makes it look like Brown might have been retrieving something that was ALREADY HIS.  
    This, in turn, might mean that the older gentleman who grabbed Brown hours later -- during what the Ferguson police called a "strong arm robbery-- didn't understand what was going on.  
    And if it was a misunderstanding, maybe this is why the store owner never called the police; a customer in the store called the police about the incident in the store.  

    Now lets go back and remember the sequence in which the information about Mike Brown's murder was revealed

    When I first heard of Mike Brown's shooting, Wilson had stopped Brown and his companion because of jay walking.
    Then when the incident started getting national attention and therefore national heat, then the Ferguson police said Wilson stopped Brown because he matched the description of the "strong arm robber."
    Then when it started looking like Wilson couldn't have known about the incident in the store before he stopped Brown and killed him, that's when the crazy n-word story starts to take shape.
    Wilson didn't give his official statement, as far as I know, until after the autopsy. Was he waiting for the autopsy results to come back to see if any of the bullets hit Brown in the back? Was he waiting to see if he'd blown a hole in Brown's raised hands?  
    Wilson was panicked by the big black demon, remember? He probably didn't know where he hit Brown at all.
     When the strong arm robbery story gets wobbly -likely because Wilson didn't know about the robbery when he killed Brown- that's when white Ferguson law enforcement starts with the crazy n**ger story 
    You remember the crazy n-word story right?
    In the racist white mind, if a person is black and also willing to snatch cigarillos in broad daylight they must be crazy violent enough to reach down into a cops car grab his gun for no reason.
    That's why holding back that other piece of surveillance tape was important. The trumped up robbery story makes the crazy n-word story work for a wider variety of white folks.

    No matter which way you turn Mike Brown's death was a murder.

    In my opinion, hiding a part of the surveillance video was white law enforcement helping make Wilson's ridiculous story more solid. And now we have a judge ordering 1.5 million dollar settlement sealed when such settlements aren't usually sealed ...so as to protect all the lying white supremacists that helped Wilson get away with murder, maybe?

    FERGUSON POLICE THEORY OF MIKE BROWN SHOOTING HAS BEEN SHOT TO PIECES...EVEN FOR WHITE PEOPLE


    http://blackchickrocked.blogspot.com/2017/03/ferguson-police-theory-of-mike-brown.html 

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    OFF-DUTY BLACK COP SHOT BY WHITE COP AS HE TRIES TO ASSIST FELLOW OFFICERS

    "A “friendly fire” incident in which an off-duty St. Louis policeman was shot while coming to the aid of fellow officers has taken on racial overtones after an incendiary claim by the injured officer’s attorney: The officer was viewed as a threat because he was black.
    The St. Louis Police Department has not identified any of the officers involved in Wednesday night’s incident. The officer who shot the off-duty policeman is white. All seven officers involved are on administrative leave as the department sorts out what happened..."
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/25/a-black-off-duty-cop-tried-to-help-stop-a-crime-another-officer-shot-him/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.4799175c69b9



    This country's police departments are the leading edge of white supremacy. Don't ever forget that institutionalized racism is institutionalized deepest in police departments. And everybody that works for them is potentially affected. That's why I don't instantly feel safer if I see a black face in a police uniform.  

    I had an Uncle that was a good black man and a good police officer. But I also know that mini-me versions of Sheriff David Clarke exist  -- and I knew before I saw a good depiction of a internalize racism suffering black cop in the Spike Lee's movie DO THE RIGHT THING 
    In case you've forgotten Sheriff Clarke is the Sheriff who has had black people die in his jail of things like dehydration...and nearly got a position in Trump's administration BECAUSE of the dead black bodies he tends to tap dances over while he sings *I'm tough on crime*


    Everybody should know that SOME black cops that have internalized white racism down to their bone marrow exist and are dangerous.

    That's how I know that off-duty black cop was attacked by a white supremacy soaked police department, no matter what color face was attached to the man that attacked him for no reason -- same as Sandra Bland, same as Philando Castile.  

    A white cop shot did shoot this off-duty, black officer on in this case. But I would not have been surprised if it had been a Clarke mini-me.

    I am not confused about where the deadliest forms of anti-blackness reside in this country -- no matter what it looks like.

    Again, the cop that shot the black, off-duty police officer was white.  But I will not be surprised if the other cops around the shooter WHO WERE NOT WHITE got close to shooting the off-duty, big, scary, black guy as well.

    I refuse to be surprised if the other officers, regardless of race, defend the shooter. Don't you be surprised either.




    This white man in the photograph above is slightly less rare than hen's teeth  I need to see a lot more of this tor trust police in general. 


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    ***APPRECIATING SUPREME COURT FEMINIST JUDGE SONYA SOTOMAYOR

    Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society.
    I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government.
    Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.