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David Reid, Black Kos managing editor explains its need at DailyKos (VIDEO)

4 hours 59 sec ago

I met David Reid, Black Kos managing editor, for the first time at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit. David and I sat down with DailyKos writer Armando Llorens for a drink and some positive chatter, this time around at Netroots Nation 2017.  Armando has been one of my most consistent critics, so it was fun talking to him in person. I interviewed David live on my Pacifica NetworkKPFT 90.1 FM HoustonPolitics Done Right show.

David Reid explained his reason for reluctantly creating Black Kos in a community that is Progressive even though he did not blog about racial issues. David alluded to the black blogger's dilemma. I found it refreshing that we saw things similarly.

David blogged about environmental and other issues. He rarely blogged about racial issues. Many place black journalists and black bloggers into a box where they give them notoriety on race issues but not other issues they may be providing substantive coverage of day in and day out. Black bloggers do not want their work judged through the prism of their blackness. Of course, this applies to just about every minority group.

In the early days, no one knew that David Reid was a black guy. David said that after a particular YearlyKos where they discussed the lack of diversity, he came out. Beforehand, he entertained many exchanges online in the DailyKos community when at the time no one knew he was black. David was sure then that at that point they did not filter his words through his race.

David said that the Black Kos members are mostly non-black. This reality fulfills one of his missions, intersectionality to break down self-imposed silos. His Black Kos group centralizes topics that relate to black people. However, he makes an important point.

"We have to get to a point where, ..." David said. "Everybody usually comes to activism because of one or two issues that really motivate you. There is a tendency for everybody to think that's the end-all, be all. That is the most important issue. I think we have to get to the point where we say, this may be my most important issue, but I am still going to support everybody within the movement on their issue."

David points out that because of a limited amount of time, one may not be able to participate fully. If free time is available, one's second and third choices can be chosen to work on effectively.

Interview with Black Kos Managing Editor David Reid

 

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Kelly Macias, a DailyKos writer intent on exploring difficult subjects (VIDEO)

Sat, 2017-08-19 23:08

I met Kelly Macias at Netroots Nation 2017, our relatively new DailyKos writer. I interviewed her live on my Pacifica Network, KPFT 90.1 FM HoustonPolitics Done Right show.

Who is Kelly Macias?

She is a writer, educator, and activist whose work focuses on race, gender, identity, communication, and conflict. She has worked with organizations in the non-profit, education, government and international sectors and has worked in 15 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. She has a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and can often be found working out her own life's conflicts on her yoga mat. Her work has been featured in Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, The Feminist Wire, The Baltimore Sun, Twenties Unscripted,

Macias has a PhD. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and can often be found working out her own life's conflicts on her yoga mat. Her work has been featured in Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, The Feminist Wire, The Baltimore Sun, Twenties Unscripted, Rain, and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism, Teaching Peace Through Popular Culture and The Qualitative Report.

An interview with DailyKos writer Kelly Macias

Dr. Macias said she attended Netroots Nation 2017 to connect with her Progressive colleagues from around the country. She said it also gave her the opportunity to connect with contributors and members of the DailyKos community. Dr. Macias stated that DailyKos is important to the Progressive Movement because it is about news and action where people are not just writing but activating.

Though she writes on several topics, Dr. Macias includes race and gender in her pieces. She said pushback is never far given that our Progressive family is not a monolith. Some sects need to be coaxed on subjects that are not readily discussed.

Dr. Macias presents a new and necessary voice to the DailyKos community

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Deborah Deering Mowrey: Statues? The Rest of the Story …

Fri, 2017-08-18 20:22

by Deborah Deering Mowrey

For many years a certain popular radio personality became well known for taking a story that everyone thought they already knew and presenting it with all the background and details that revealed a completely different understanding. In today’s climate of closed minds and tribalism that can be a tough sell. But I believe there are still many folks who genuinely just want the facts.

So what are the facts about all these Confederate statues scattered across the South? First, almost none were put up right after the Civil War. The vast majority were erected during the Jim Crow era, a time when states enacted laws segregating African Americans dooming them to poor schools, services, extreme voter suppression, and violence. That violence included a documented 186 lynchings of black people in 1893 alone – mostly men but women and children, too. It is widely believed by historians that these statues were primarily a continuation of this display of white supremacy.

“But it’s history! Removing them is erasing history!” That seems to be the reasoning by some to leave them up. Then I would suggest they be put in a museum. Teaching history is the primary function of history museums and we have lots of them. Placing a statue on public property conveys a celebration, an honoring of what that statue represents. This is 2017. Do we really want to communicate that we honor people who sought to destroy our union or who fought to preserve an idea as repugnant as slavery?

“So it’s Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis now. Who’s next? George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? They owned Slaves!” This is so ridiculous that I can’t believe anyone genuinely can’t see the difference in our founding fathers who created this great country and those who fought to destroy it. Come on!!!

“You are trying to destroy our culture!” Seriously? As a fifth generation Texan who grew up in a small Texas town and who has traveled throughout the South enjoying its beauty and hospitality, I have to say that argument for keeping the statues up is probably the worst. If you think a losing insurrection ending 152 years ago is our region’s claim to fame then you don’t know the South! We have produced some of our nation’s greatest artists and writers (how about a statue of Faulkner?), the best cuisine anywhere (ok, I’m prejudiced), and did I mention the first word spoken on the moon was the name of our own Southern city. Wouldn’t it be great to have statues in Herman Park and other prominent public places that celebrate and honor astronauts or scientists or others who had a positive impact on our nation and deserve our respect and admiration … THAT’S what statues are for! … and that’s the rest of the story.

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Deborah Deering Mowrey is a political activist in Kingwood, Texas who is intent on making a difference. She knows that the sum of hundreds of thousands activating will ultimately make a difference.

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Progressive’s message to Conservative friends: He is not your default. He is your fault.

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:59

This post is simply one of the best-constructed rebukes of those who voted for Donald Trump knowing his presidentially fatal flaws. It is civil, yet it pierces like an unsharpened knife.

A friend sent me a Facebook message and told me that I needed to read a post by one of our mutual friends. You must send it to your Facebook, email, Tumblr,  etc. friends.

Here is Tracy Raymond Brown's Facebook post.

I have read many posts this week from conservative friends and conservative friends of friends in which they are trying to justify voting for the occupant last November. Many are writing that while they did not like him, as conservatives, he was their default vote.

If you want to claim the belief of a conservative he could not have been a default vote.

What has he ever done without lining his pockets with taxpayer money? You knew well before the election that many many small businesses went broke because after performing services for his entities he would not pay them and when they tried through legal means to collect what was due, rather than pay, he out lawyered them.

Prior to the election you also knew his beliefs about women and minorities. By the way, those are not the beliefs of conservatives. If you think they are, you are hanging out with bigots, not conservatives.

Maybe your beliefs as a conservative come from your religious beliefs. Maybe you thought it was okay to vote for him because so many religious leaders stood hand in hand with him. Do you really listen to their sermons? If you are Christian, which part of the Bible do you listen with?

I do not believe you really voted as a conservative. I think when faced with a tough decision, you just took what you thought was the easy way and put party over country.

He is not your default. He is your fault.

I could not have chosen any better words.

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Alex Jones melts down as Seattle resident throw coffee in his face (VIDEO)

Fri, 2017-08-18 16:36

Alex Jones got a little more than he bargained for as he tried to engage people on the streets in Seattle Washington.

If you wonder why the folks that follow Alex Jones are so brainwashed, this is what he does day in and day out. It is deeper than just conspiracy theories.

Jones is attempting to use the expressive disgust that many people have for his form of journalism and politics as the definition of what a Liberal or Progressive look like in general. Jones and his ilk must demonize Progressives for one particular reason, to ensure that they are toxic to his audience.

Alex Jones flipped off, doused with coffee, and more in Seattle

Seattle resident throws coffee in Alex Jones' face. pic.twitter.com/QjSBs2bxgd

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) August 18, 2017

One does not open the mind to anyone deemed toxic. That is the mountain we must overcome. Unless we get Jones' cohort to listen, we can't make a change. Ultimately the only solution is to engage these folks in a manner that is anathema to the impression they have of Liberals. Unfortunately, sometimes Liberals play right into their hands.

I have an approach that works. The only problem is that it is time-consuming. It's call listening and listening even when I hear things that make my blood boil. I then ask them to explain their positions in detail calmly. I followingly ask them for a set of solutions for the problems. For each solution that makes no sense I ask them, again calmly, to detail their solutions. Believe it or not, they ultimately come out with Progressive solutions. I then end with; I can live with that.

The reality is Progressives are on the right side. If we allow people to think, it is the solution that they come out with except for social issues which require a different approach.

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Trump’s brain, Adviser Steve Bannon is OUT!

Fri, 2017-08-18 13:10

It seems that Donald Trump has fired Adviser Steve Bannon. The White House has one less white nationalist in-house. But there remains a major problem The most powerful one stays in the White House.

The Huffington Post is reporting the following.

President Donald Trump has decided to remove Steve Bannon, a senior adviser to the president who was largely credited with shaping the strategy that got Trump to the White House, from his role, according to The New York Times.

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle also tweeted Bannon is “out,” though details of his departure remained unclear. The Times reports Trump and senior White House officials were debating when and how to let Bannon go.

Bannon’s departure comes amid a recent wave of White House staffing shakeups and turmoil. According to Axios, Trump believed that Bannon was behind recent leaks to the press. The president has made stopping leaks a top priority.

Backlash over Trump’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, may have also lead to Trump’s decision on Bannon. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Sunday blamed Trump’s failure to directly call out far-right groups on Bannon, who is the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, a website espousing white nationalist views.

It is not clear what effect this will have on the White House. Keep your eyes out for the response from Breitbart.com.

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Tina Fey knocks it out of the park but don’t miss the last message (VIDEO)

Fri, 2017-08-18 12:29

Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live's weekend update where she destroyed Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and white nationalists. But her parting message is one I hope everyone will heed.

Tina Fey was funny as usual as she told a few inconvenient truths while knocking Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and white nationalists. Watching her stuff her face with cake should not distract from the serious commentary. So here are some important points she made.

  • Make an effort to support a minority business to make a point.
  • When people shout about taking our country back, remind them that technically speaking, the country was stolen from the Native Americans.
  • Remember that when Native Americans protested at Standing Rock, they were met by bullets while well armed white nationalists were allowed to march without police disturbance.
  • Antifa and Neo-Nazi comparisons are false equivalences. Antifa killed no one. White nationalists have.
  • There are over 250 self-trained militias in the United States that are ready to mobilize at any time.
  • Paul Ryan's silence on calling out Donald Trump's racism is deafening.
  • Donald Trump defense of Confederate Statues is disingenuos.
  • Sexism is still rampant (she tied it in perfectly).

Tina Fey's advice for the white nationalist's rallies would likely be more powerful than the shouting exchanges.

"In conclusion, I really want to say," Fey said. "To encourage all good sane Americans, to treat these rallies this weekend like a thoughtful movie with two female leads. Don't show up. Let these morons scream into the empty air."

I could not agree more. If these white nationalists get no attention, then it will give them a body blow. Their notoriety depends on an audience of people screaming and confronting them. Let's do something positive. Go into town and help out at a food bank. Donate some clothes. ...

Tina Fey hits it out of the park

 

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Robert Reich: Trump’s Civil War

Fri, 2017-08-18 01:20

by Robert Reich

Trump’s unwillingness to denounce the white supremacists who came to Charlottesville last weekend bent on violence has been part of his political strategy from the start.

Remember, weeks after he began his campaign by alleging that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists, two brothers in Boston beat up and urinated on a 58-year-old homeless Mexican national, subsequently telling police “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

Instead of condemning the brutality, Trump excused it by saying “people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”

During campaign rallies Trump repeatedly excused brutality toward protesters. “You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”

After white supporters punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester, Trump said “maybe he should have been roughed up.”

Trump was even reluctant to distance himself from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

Since becoming president, Trump’s instigations have continued. As Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, told the Washington Post, “the president has unearthed some demons.”

In May, Trump congratulated body-slamming businessman Greg Gianforte on his special election win in Montana, making no mention of the victor’s attack on a reporter the night before.

Weeks ago Trump even tweeted a video clip of himself in a WWE professional wrestling match slamming a CNN avatar to the ground and pounding him with punches and elbows to the head.

Hateful violence is hardly new to America. But never before has a president licensed it as a political strategy or considered haters part of his political base.

In his second week as president, Trump called Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association to the White House.

Soon thereafter, LaPierre told gun owners they should fear “leftists” and the “national media machine” that were “an enemy utterly dedicated to destroy not just our country, but also Western civilization.”

Since then the NRA has run ads with the same theme, concluding “the only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth.”

It’s almost as if someone had declared a new civil war. But who? And for what purpose?

One clue came earlier last week in a memo from Rich Higgins, who had been director for strategic planning in Trump’s National Security Council.

Entitled “POTUS & Political Warfare,” Higgins wrote the seven-page document in May, which was recently leaked to Foreign Policy Magazine.

In it Higgins charges that a cabal of leftist “deep state” government workers, “globalists,” bankers, adherents to Islamic fundamentalism and establishment Republicans want to impose cultural Marxism in the United States. “Recognizing in candidate Trump an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative, those that benefit recognize the threat he poses and seek his destruction.”

There you have it. Trump’s goal has never been to promote guns or white supremacy or to fuel attacks on the press and the left. These may be means, but the goal has been to build and fortify his power. And keep him in power even if it’s found that he colluded with Russia to get power.

Trump and his consigliere Steve Bannon have been quietly encouraging a civil war between Trump’s base of support – mostly white and worried – and everyone who’s not.

It’s built on economic stresses and racial resentments. It’s fueled by paranoia. And it’s conveyed by Trump’s winks and nods haters, and his deafening silence in the face of their violence.

A smaller version of the civil war extends even into the White House, where Bannon and his protégés are doing battle with leveler heads.

National security advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster fired Higgins. Reportedly, Trump was furious at the firing.

McMaster was quick to term the Charlottesville violence “terrorism.” Ivanka Trump denounced “racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.” Reportedly, chief of staff John Kelly pushed Trump to condemn the haters who descended on Charlottesville.

Let’s hope the leveler heads win the civil war in the White House. Let’s pray the leveler heads in our society prevent the civil war Trump and Bannon want to instigate in America.

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Ali Velshi takes apart Trump’s spokesman: You can’t just lie on TV (VIDEO)

Thu, 2017-08-17 15:10

A Trump spokesman appeared on Velshi and Ruhle and attempted to give Donald Trump credit for jobs, the stock market, and more. In one of the best take downs by cable TV journalists, Ali Velshi ultimately took him apart.

Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle show what journalism looks like

Brad Thomas, a Trump spox, did not know what hit him when he appeared on Velshi and Ruhle. He forgot they weren't Fox News hosts.

Stephanie Ruhle told Brad Thomas that the market was falling on rumors that Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn may quit. Thomas ignored the question and went into his prepared talking points. He claimed he is not a market timer but a long term investor.

Thomas then pivoted. He falsely claimed that the long term catalyst to move the markets is the corporate tax rate. Thomas claimed programs like Velshi and Ruhle don't cover that. He made a mistake by challenging the hosts. They know economic topics very well.

Ali Velshi immediately began to school Thomas.

"You know you are talking to two financial journalists, right?" Ali Velshi asked disgustedly. "This market started going up on March 9th, 2009. And if you have a ruler it is pretty much a straight line. There is nothing Donald Trump has done to cause the market to be where it is."

Velshi then went further.

"You guys keep peddling this myth that Donald Trump is responsible for this market," Velshi said.

Velshi then embarrassed Thomas by asking him if he understood the market, the S&P index. He then asked him if he would give President Obama credit for all the growth that occurred during his administration from March 9th, 2009 to January 20th, 2017.

Thomas reverted to the talking points. Ali Velshi would have none of it and broke in. The best Thomas would say was that Trump is president now. Thomas then tried to give Trump credit for jobs. Velshi annihilated him with the facts. The last four presidents created more jobs in their first six months.

As Brad Thomas continued with his bloviation, Velshi got upset especially when Brad implied he knew more about the subject than Ruhle and Velshi.

"You just can't lie on TV Brad." an exasperated Velshi said. "I don't know if your people told you who you were coming on TV with but you can't lie about the economy to us. ... Again, you should fire your press person because if they didn't tell you that you were coming on TV with Velshi and Ruhle which collectively, we have been doing this for about fifty years. This is just a silly conversation to have with us. You should go to other people's media and say these things, but not to us."

And that is how one does it when liars appear on your program.

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MSNBC Host reacts to Southern woman “Girly Men” comment on CEOs leaving Trump (VIDEO)

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:22

If one wonders why our patriarchal society is so hard to break, this Southern woman's comment about CEO's abandoning Trump says it all.

She believes Girly Men take moral stances?

A Southern woman was upset that CEOs dumped Trump over his statements following the Charlottesville massacre. This host did not take kindly to her comments.

MSNBC's Mariana Atencio went around Memphis Tennessee and asked several Southerners for their thoughts on the CEO's leaving Donald Trump's councils because of his Charlottesville comments. The comment from one resident was striking.

"This country has seen a decline in real men," the woman said. "And I think that is what we have. We have a bunch of girly men is what I call them. Let me go with the flow. Let me do whatever is going to get me a little attention right now. That's what I think of them. I don't think a lot about them."

It was refreshing listening to a millennial who got it. The millennial explained what the country needed to do to move forward.

"I think the first step is admitting there is a problem," the millennial said. "And not chalking it up to people being overly sensitive. Our history is still pretty entrenched in all the racism, especially in this area."

There is no doubt that Stephanie Ruhle would respond and she did.

"Mariana, you did that soundbite just for me," Ruhle said with an attitude. "This country's real men are turning into girly men? You know what? This girly girl, she's got time for girly men. Man, that one killed me."

Until every American acknowledge their worth and believe that every single human being is equal, change will be slow. It is essential that every American understand that no one supersedes another. Every American must be bold and assert their worth.

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We are missing the real story about Trump’s collusion with white nationalists

Thu, 2017-08-17 09:49

Many continue to miss the real story about Trump's response to the Charlottesville. They do not understand how deep it is. The white nationalists are just a tool for the ultimate goal. Trump is dangerous because he believes he can remake America into his infantile interpretation of America where only European culture matters.

It is essential that Americans understand that Trump weaving an intricate path that combines truth, lies, distortions, and economic realities could work.

There are some who believe that Trump is the result of the economic angst of the white working class. Others believe that he just allows those with strong racist inclinations to come out of the light. Others believe it was a f$ck-you to the entire political establishment. That debate, however, should be over. Why, because you are all right. It is all of the above.

The problem is that while at this point the sum of all those still does not make up the majority of the country, it likely still makes up an electoral majority. My contrarian thinking tells me that we are at a tipping point. And Trump said something in his press conference that while those educated in history can discount; it is not so for the vast majority of Americans. I think the following statement he made is deeper than many are willing to accept.

"George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner?" Trump said. "Will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson. What do you think about Thomas Jefferson? Do you like him? Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. So you know what? It's fine. You are changing history. You are changing culture."

The message was not said solely for white nationalists or white supremacists to hear. It was meant to plant a seed in white people overall. He is telling them that they are coming for the Confederate heroes now and that the founders of our nation who had severe immoral flaws as well would be next. He wants to hit the core of what many believe is the essence of being a white American.

But Trump's intent was also to plant a seed in the psyche of those oppressed by the founders and subsequent leaders of the country, blacks, Native Americans, Chinese, etc. He is inciting the belief in the recesses of the minds of these groups to equate these Confederate traitors with the founders. After all, while they condemned the Confederates, were the Union, not just a less vile reflection? His hope is that these groups would progressively get more aggressive in destroying symbols of Americana and thus incite a reaction from white America as they are made to have a whiff of historical discomfort.

There were interesting responses to this narrative when posited in the blogosphere for a few to examine. One stuck.

I think we give "Puppet Heir Drumpf" too much credit for actually thinking, which I am quite sure he does very little of since he has surrounded himself with white nationalists & white supremacists who are putting the thoughts in his head. I agree with your thoughts about putting the seed in certain people's minds about past Presidents being no better than the Confederates who have been memorialized in statues and other means plus they have also done considerable damage to blacks, Native Americans, Chinese, etc so why don't we tear down and destroy those too? I never thought of it that way but you are right past Presidents and governments have done a lot of damage to those people but deep down they were no where near as hateful or evil as any of the white nationalists or white supremacists. Of course, now we have "Heir Drumpf" the prime example of a hateful, evil, racist, bigotted & misogynistic, if you can even call him a person, as a Fake President, for the young people to look at in disgust!

No one is implying that the president is a great tactician or intellect. A mosquito, virus, and bacteria don't have a complex well designed "intellect, " but they are good at the one thing they do. Trump is good at the one thing he does. He does not have to know why it works but that if he tries long enough, he may stumble on the right strategy.

Steve Bannon pretty much corroborated the narrative with his recent interview with the American Prospect. He acknowledged that the white nationalists are but a tool. Robert Kuttner

asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. Bannon, after all, was the architect of the strategy of using Breitbart to heat up white nationalism and then rely on the radical right as Trump’s base. He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: “Ethno-nationalism—it's losers. It's a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.” “These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.

Bannon was also clear on why, which echoes the thought of inciting white fears.

“The Democrats,” he said, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

Democrats must not stop identity politics. Until all "identities" are equally represented and have equal access to success, they have no choice. What Democrats must do is weave it into an economics that removes the either or narrative.

Sadly, race, a social construct with no biological,  existential, or intellectual significance continues to be used to create disruptions to consolidate power by a minority. Unfortunately, in the process, it is re-injuring an unclosed wound.

For those in the know, for those who voted for Trump for other-than-racist reasons, it is time for you to speak up. It is time for you to address your brethren before we fall off the cliff.  Remind folks that while we cannot do anything about the past, we are the ones in control of the future. Explain that animating ethnic angst is a power play. Most importantly, remember that social, criminal, economic, and racial justice is good not just for the oppressed but us all.

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Former Bush Official: We may see this party having committed suicide (VIDEO)

Thu, 2017-08-17 01:08

Once again this former Bush official shows his bravery as he criticized his party. He made it clear the Republican Party was on a suicide mission.

Lawrence Wilkerson sounds the alarm about the Republican Party

Telling the truth about one's party can be liberating. This Bush official has been doing it now for several years.

Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, appeared on All-In with guest host Joy-Ann Reid. Reid and Wilkerson discussed the head of each branch of our military bucking the President by releasing statements reiterating that the military does not tolerate racism. Wilkerson said that was the right thing to do especially to ensure that things do not get out of hand.

Colonel Wilkerson pointed out that Trump's character was no match for Colin Powell whom he respected highly. Reid pointed out that it was ironic that Americans are looking up to these military persons to protect them from an erratic civilian president. Wilkerson implied that the American Empire is behaving like most that have lost their power, they are overdependent on the military.

Joy-Ann Reid asked Wilkerson for his impression of the Trump press conference where Trump defended the Alt-Right. He did not mince his words.

"Joy you know I've said in the past that my party, my Republican Party has racists all over it," Lawrence Wilkerson. "Ever since Nixon's Southern Strategy, when we invited all those hard case Democrats of which one was my grandmother in South Carolina, into the ranks of the Republican Party, we've had that element to deal with. And now we're seeing what dealing with that element over the last thirty, forty years has done to the Republican Party. Now it is responsible in many ways for Donald Trump and yet it doesn't know how to possess him or to disown him. It's stuck with him. And it's going to deal with that. And I'm afraid that at the end of that time, we may see this party, having committed suicide."

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Wake up and smell the stink that is in your sofa

Wed, 2017-08-16 15:57

by Kate Michael Gibson

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

~Shakespeare

Not long after the Cheetoh Hitler took office, I wrote a piece called “Seam Ripper,” which was about watching my country and culture come apart at the seams. In that moment, many of us were feeling the great swell of apprehension and anxiety about what was manifesting in front of our eyes. Many of us (white people) saying, “WTF? This can’t be happening!” The thing is, what we should have been saying is, “Why the F hasn’t this happened sooner?!”

In the essay, I used the metaphor of ripping open a stitched seam… what happens? The stuffing comes out. Oh, what a mess. But let’s extend that ripped seam metaphor in another direction…

So… say you’re white. And say you are an “American citizen” and that it’s something that you not only take for granted, but also take pride in. You have patriotism. You believe in your country. Great. Now, imagine your country, your “Americanness/Whiteness” is a sofa. It is very comfortable to sit on because the cushions have been so fully stuffed. Over-stuffed, you might say. Every day of your waking life, you flop down into this cozy, comfy, over-stuffed sofa of American Whiteness and relax. Kick your feet up. Grab the remote. Pop a cold drink in a can. Life is good.

Now, you have enjoyed this sofa and your spot on it for as long as you can remember. It is a happy place, a safe place, a kind and comforting place to be. So, it is a horrible shock when one day you begin to detect a scent. It’s subtle, but it is quite unpleasant. You light a scented candle and figure maybe it’s the trash that’s stinking. You’ll take it out. There. That’s better.

But the next day, the stink is still there. In fact, it’s a little stronger and somehow a little more pungent. You spray some air freshener and pull the throw blanket over your legs. It will be alright. Maybe there’s a sewer leak somewhere nearby. Or maybe a skunk got hit on the road outside the window. Hmm.

Day after day, as much as you hate to admit it, the smell gets worse. It gets more fragrant, thicker, more noxious. It fills up the room, and you notice that even the throw blanket has begun to stink. You notice something else, too. The seams along the sofa cushions have begun to break and fray, revealing something dark and secret and terrible inside. You look but do not touch. You are confused. This makes no sense! Weren’t these cushions stuffed with democracy and fraternity and angel feathers and the prayers of the righteous? How could this be?

The next day, the tears in the fabric are worse and the stench is fully nauseating. You can barely breathe the air and this beautiful sofa, this soft and calm and luxurious furnishing is suddenly a place of horror and disgust. The stuffing has begun to escape the cushions and it does not explode in a puff of fluff, but oozes out like dark water, like oil, like melted wax, like lies and secrets. And as the padding which has held you up and supported you and made you comfortable begins to escape, to leak, to flow, you begin to finally see the horror that was sitting underneath you all along.

For this cushion-filling, this foundation of white comfort, it was made with the chopped and tortured bodies of millions of Indigenous women, men, children, and babies. It was stuffed with the broken, beaten, abused, and disposed of Black bodies; women, men, children, babies. It is made up of raped women’s bodies, murdered women’s bodies, raped and murdered gay and trans bodies. It was filled with their hair and teeth, their fingers and toes. The fabric and stitches that weave your cushions are the skin and sinew of stolen peoples. It was stuffed with thousands and thousands of now-extinct species of plants and animals, slaughtered waters. You sit upon torture, terror, rape, sadistic murders, and massive genocides. And no amount of scented candles or denial will obliterate that stench.

Now here we are in America… the truths coming out. The stuffing un-stuffed. The secrets and lies born into the light of day with all their foulness and grotesque lineage displayed for us all to see… not only those born of the tortured, born tortured.

It is horrific!

Yes. You should be horrified.

It is foul!

Yes. There is nothing fouler than mass murder and centuries of oppression.

It stinks!

Yes. To borrow a phrase from the Christians, it stinks to High Heaven.

It is frightening!

Yes. Feel the terror of generations of the beaten and abused.

The only way to build a new America, a new culture, a new world, is to build a “sofa” on which all can sit.  A piece whose innards are not stuffed with rot and cruelty, bigotry and greed and white supremacy, but which is filled with equity, justice, autonomy, a respect for the planet (and all her creatures) and true freedom.

Freedom does not come on the backs of the oppressed. It is not something that can be stolen or hoarded like money or old newspapers. It is a fundamental Law of Nature. It is the divine nature of all beings. And until we recognize that, the seat on which we sit (and I’m talking to you, white America) will continue to be utterly putrid, rancid, festering, and atrocious.

Welcome. You’re invited to the work. You will no longer be cushioned from the reality on which your privilege rests. Nor should you be.

This article originally posted here.

Kate Michael Gibson is a freelance writer and editor and organic vegetable farmer in the northeastern Oklahoma Ozarks. She is an artist, activist, and lover of Earth. Kate enjoys contributing to the work of other writers and makers via editing and dramaturg services, as well as collaborating on new works.  Visit her website at www.katemichaelgibson.com.

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Trump had a resonating message in press conference that will convince many

Wed, 2017-08-16 11:57

As I watched the media rightfully call out Donald Trump for the press conference supposedly about infrastructure spending, that instead, he used to defend white nationalists, I could not help but get a pit in my stomach. Why; because one part of his message partially resonated with the "carnal-uneducated-portion" of my being as a black man.

It is essential that Americans understand that Trump weaving an intricate path that combines truth, lies, distortions, and economic realities could work.

There are some who believe that Trump is the result of the economic angst of the white working class. Others believe that he just allows those with strong racist inclinations to come out of the light. Others believe it was a f$ck-you to the entire political establishment. That debate, however, should be over. Why, because you are all right. It is all of the above.

The problem is that while at this point the sum of all those still does not make up the majority of the country, it likely still makes up an electoral majority. My contrarian thinking tells me that we are at a tipping point. And Trump said something in his press conference that while those educated in history can discount; it is not so for the vast majority of Americans. I think the following statement he made is deeper than many are willing to accept.

"George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner?" Trump said. "Will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson. What do you think about Thomas Jefferson? Do you like him? Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. So you know what? It's fine. You are changing history. You are changing culture."

The message was not said solely for white nationalists or white supremacists to hear. It was meant to plant a seed in white people overall. He is telling them that they are coming for the Confederate heroes now and that the founders of our nation who had severe immoral flaws as well would be next. He wants to hit the core of what many believe is the essence of being a white American.

But Trump's intent was also to plant a seed in the psyche of those oppressed by the founders and subsequent leaders of the country, blacks, Native Americans, Chinese, etc. He is inciting the belief in the recesses of the minds of these groups to equate these Confederate traitors with the founders. After all, while they condemned the Confederates, were the Union, not just a less vile reflection? His hope is that these groups would progressively get more aggressive in destroying symbols of Americana and thus incite a reaction from white America as they are made to have a whiff of historical discomfort.

Sadly, race, a social construct with no biological,  existential, or intellectual significance continues to be used to create disruptions to consolidate power by a minority. Unfortunately, in the process, it is re-injuring an unclosed wound.

For those in the know, for those who voted for Trump for other-than-racist reasons, it is time for you to speak up. It is time for you to address your brethren before we fall off the cliff.  Remind folks that while we cannot do anything about the past, we are the ones in control of the future. Explain that animating ethnic angst is a power play. Most importantly, remember that social, criminal, economic, and racial justice is good not just for the oppressed but us all.

A message to our Trump voting friends

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Salem Witch Trials an analogy for removing all confederate statues

Tue, 2017-08-15 23:40

by Danny Cardwell

In the winter of 1692, Massachusetts Bay Colony was rocked by allegations of witchcraft. In January, a group of young girls from Salem Village claimed to be possessed by the devil. The girls were taken to a doctor who determined they had been “bewitched”. The girls aged 9 and 11 accused a local slave named Tituba of witchcraft.

In early February Tituba was arrested and admitted to being a witch. During her confession, she accused other women in the village of being witches. By May of 1692 governor, William Phips established a special court to handle the trials of those accused of witchcraft. On June 2nd, Bridget Bishop was convicted of witchcraft and hanged eight days later. This was the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials.

If you travel to Salem, Massachusetts you can visit the Witchcraft Victim’s Memorial, take tours of the jail and visit several preserved structures in Danvers and Salem related to the trials. What you won’t find are monuments built to honor the brave men who had to hang and torture the women and men accused of witchcraft. This bothers me. They were husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers. They did what they had to do to protect their way of life. They are part of history. Where are their statues?

This is a ridiculous argument, but not really. The officers of the court who arrested, questioned, prosecuted and executed the accused were acting under the legal authority granted to them by their government. They are no better or worse than the Confederate soldiers who participated in the attempted overthrow the United States government. Americans have no problem condemning the evil committed in the Massachusetts Bay but have a much more complicated relationship with the evil committed in the name of the Confederacy.

On Friday, August 11th torch bearing mobs of white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. The pictures taken that night are a visual representation of the kind of mob mentality, hysteria and hatred that fueled the atrocities committed in Salem, Massachusetts. Angry white men assembled at night with torches have historically been the recipe for castrations and hangings. This assembly ended the next day when one member of the lynch mob drove his car into a crowd of people injuring 19 and killing a 32-year-old woman.

The tragic events in Charlottesville were 325 years and 573 miles removed from the Witch Trials in Salem, yet both American horror stories share roots in hatred and hysteria. The people behind the Salem Witch Trials and Charlottesville weaponized the fear and anxiety of their allies. Once a mob is formed and their inhabitations have been lowered it becomes that much easier for them to kill those dehumanized by their ideology.

Charlottesville wasn’t about monuments. The removal of Confederate Monuments is to racism what not having dinner on the table is to domestic violence. Issues related to race often remain hidden under the surface; sometimes they just need a spark. Too often in America, we confuse the absence of large racial outbursts as signs of transcending our racial past, but this is an illusion. We live in a country that continues to struggle with the legacy of white supremacy.

Dr. Eddie Glaude writes and talks extensively about the value gap in America. The value gap is the belief that white people matter more than the rest of us. His thesis is a retelling of American history and an examination into how this belief continues to shape our society. What we saw in Charlottesville was another attempt by white supremacists to reshuffle the socioeconomic order of our society through fear and intimidation.

The scapegoating of racial, religious and sexual minorities is a necessary recruitment tool for hate groups trying to grow their numbers. The images of torch wielding xenophobes and bigots are disheartening but not nearly as disheartening as the social media posts of seemingly normal people who have tried to justify their actions. The soft bigotry at the core of their need to understand, justify and even sympathize is just as damaging to race relations as the people walking up and down American streets with Swastikas.

America was able to preserve the history of the Salem Witch Trials without canonizing the villains who committed the evil acts. 99.99% of our society can’t name one person responsible for the hangings, stoning, and torture that defined that dark period of American history, yet we all know what happened. If the statues stay we should at least be honest about the terror they represented for 22% of America’s population at the time of the Civil War.

Danny Cardwell was born to love, read, think, write, and die. He's a Deacon at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Virginia. For the last fourteen years he has preached, tutored, lectured, and mentored to at risk youths in churches, group homes, and inside the Virginia Department of Corrections. He serves on the board of directors for Preservation Bath- a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the architectural and historical integrity of Bath County. He blogs at dagblog and at Thoughtwrestler.

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Trump comes out swinging in interview defending Charlottesville white nationalists (VIDEO)

Tue, 2017-08-15 16:53

In an explosive interview that was supposed to be about Donald Trump's infrastructure, he allowed it to evolve into an attack on the Left. He attempted to create a false equivalence between the protesters in Charlottesville on the Left with the white supremacists / white nationalists / KKK.

Donald Trump in defense of Charlottesville white nationalists

Donald Trump decided he was no longer going to toe the line. He decided to channel the white nationalists in his base in an explosive fashion.

The president claimed he did not wait too long to respond to Charlottesville. He said he was waiting for the facts.

Trump refused to call the evil act of the white nationalists killing the young protester a terrorist act. He called him a murderer.

He then started to defend the Alt-Right.

"You had a group on one side that was bad," Trump said. "And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I will say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very very violent."

Trump then seem to support keeping the statues of the American traitors.

"So this week it is Robert E. Lee," Trump said. "I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder. Is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after. You really have to ask yourself, where does it stop. They were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee."

When asked if he believed the left and the white nationalists were comparable, Trump altered reality.

"I am not putting anybody on a moral plane," Trump replied. "You had a group on one side. And you had a group on the other. They came at each other with clubs and it was vicious. And it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side. There was a group on this side --- you can call them the left, you just called them the left, --- that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want. That's the way it is."

Trump then sort of mocked George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to make a point.

"George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner?" Trump said. "Will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson. What do you think about Thomas Jefferson? Do you like him? Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. So you know what? It's fine. You are changing history. You are changing culture."

Notice how the president conflates the civil war with the original sin of the country. It is a complex comparison. But it is important to remember these statues represented traitors to America.

Former KKK leader David Duke has already thanked the president for his press conference.

Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa https://t.co/tTESdV4LP0

— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 15, 2017

This was an unbelievable press conference. This is our president. Really.

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Robert Reich: Making America Hate Again

Tue, 2017-08-15 11:04

Two days late, Donald Trump has finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage at his initial failure to do so in the wake of deadly violence to Charlottesville, Virginia.

But it’s too little, too late. Trump’s unwillingness to denounce hateful violence has been part of his political strategy from the start.

Weeks after he began his campaign by alleging that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists, two brothers in Boston beat up and urinated on a 58-year-old homeless Mexican national, subsequently telling police “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

Instead of condemning the brutality, Trump excused it by saying“people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”

During campaign rallies Trump repeatedly excused brutality toward protesters. “You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”

After white supporters punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester, Trump said “maybe he should have been roughed up.”

Trump was even reluctant to distance himself from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

Since becoming president, Trump’s instigations have continued. As Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, told the Washington Post, “the president has unearthed some demons.”

In May, Trump congratulated body-slamming businessman Greg Gianforte on his special election win in Montana, making no mention of the victor’s attack on a reporter the night before.

Weeks ago Trump even tweeted a video clip of himself in a WWE professional wrestling match slamming a CNN avatar to the ground and pounding him with punches and elbows to the head.

Hateful violence is hardly new to America. But never before has a president licensed it as a political strategy or considered haters part of his political base.

In his second week as president, Trump called Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association to the White House.

Soon thereafter, LaPierre told gun owners they should fear “leftists” and the “national media machine” that were “an enemy utterly dedicated to destroy not just our country, but also Western civilization.”

Since then the NRA has run ads with the same theme, concluding “the only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth.”

It’s almost as if someone had declared a new civil war. But who? And for what purpose?

One clue came earlier last week in a memo from Rich Higgins, who had been director for strategic planning in Trump’s National Security Council.

Entitled “POTUS & Political Warfare,” Higgins wrote the seven-page document in May, which was recently leaked to Foreign Policy Magazine.

In it Higgins charges that a cabal of leftist “deep state” government workers, “globalists,” bankers, adherents to Islamic fundamentalism and establishment Republicans want to impose cultural Marxism in the United States. “Recognizing in candidate Trump an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative, those that benefit recognize the threat he poses and seek his destruction.”

There you have it. Trump’s goal has never been to promote guns or white supremacy or to fuel attacks on the press and the left. These may be means, but the goal has been to build and fortify his power. And keep him in power even if it’s found that he colluded with Russia to get power.

Trump and his consigliere Steve Bannon have been quietly encouraging a civil war between Trump’s base of support – mostly white and worried – and everyone who’s not.

It’s built on economic stresses and racial resentments. It’s fueled by paranoia. And it’s conveyed by Trump’s winks and nods haters, and his deafening silence in the face of their violence.

A smaller version of the civil war extends even into the White House, where Bannon and his protégés are doing battle with leveler heads.

National security advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster fired Higgins. Reportedly, Trump was furious at the firing.

McMaster was quick to term the Charlottesville violence “terrorism.” Ivanka Trump denounced “racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.” Reportedly, chief of staff John Kelly pushed Trump to condemn the haters who descended on Charlottesville.

Let’s hope the leveler heads win the civil war in the White House. Let’s pray the leveler heads in our society prevent the civil war Trump and Bannon want to instigate in America.

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Trump’s infantile reaction to Merck’s black CEO resignation from his manufacturing council

Tue, 2017-08-15 10:23

One of America's CEOs quit Trump's Manufacturing Council on Monday over the president's inadequate response to the attack by white supremacists in Charlottesville Virginia. The speed of and the message of Trump's tweet proves everything one needs to understand about the infantile and dangerous president governing America.

Donald Trump took two days to condemn the KKK and other white supremacist organizations. It took him less than three hours to respond to the CEO. Merck's Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Frazier resignation. He sent the following tweet.

Statement from Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman, and chief executive officer, Merck:

"I am resigning from the President's American Manufacturing Council. Our country's strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs. America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to American ideal that all people are created equal. As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

https://twitter.com/Merck/status/897065338566791169

Trump responded to the Merck's CEO in less than three hours with the following tweet.

.@Merck Pharma is a leader in higher & higher drug prices while at the same time taking jobs out of the U.S. Bring jobs back & LOWER PRICES!

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/897218560937922564

Since Kenneth C. Frazier's resignation from the council, the CEO of Intel Brian Krzanich and the chief executive officer of Under Armour  Kevin Plank resigned. Interestingly, Donald Trump called out neither one of them as he did Mr. Frazier. What is the difference? Frazier is black while the other CEO's are white. The President continues to show his colors.

The President continues to show that in fact, he is a prejudice person. No amount of bloviating can change that reality. His actions speak much louder than his words.

 

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Trump’s foot was on that accelerator in Charlottesville

Tue, 2017-08-15 01:39

by John Young

Where was Sebastian Gorka to set us straight?

When a Nazi sympathizer ran down people protesting a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia, why didn't the Trump administration have Gorka speak for it like he did when a bomb destroyed a mosque in Bloomington, Minn.?

At that time, Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, cautioned us about making assumptions. It might have been a "fake hate crime," one of a "series of hate crimes" that "turned out to actually have been propagated by the left."

You've heard of those fake hate crimes, no doubt. No?

That kind of explanation will be difficult to prosecute in Charlottesville. We know who the killer was.

Driver aside, however. We also know who stomped on the accelerator: President Trump.

He didn't drive the car. He just provided the fuel.

If you consider that an unconscionable claim, his handling of events in Charlottesville say everything.

It was an equal-opportunity abomination, he said, blaming "many sides" for what might emanate when young Nazis, Klan members and white supremacists gather to do – you know – what they do.

Then after two days and a penumbra of surrogates trying to explain away his feckless explanation, he said something that actually sounded condemnatory toward white supremacists and hard-right terrorists.

If he had condemnation in mind, he wasn't just two days late. Why didn't he say something the night before when torch-bearing white supremacists shattered the sanctum of the University of Virginia?

Let's face it. In condemning this flammable hatred, Trump is months in arrears.

Why didn't he send Gorka out to say the events in Charlottesville were concocted by the fake news media?

Then-candidate Trump, who is "very smart" – ask him -- acted dim when asked about being endorsed enthusiastically by former Klan Grand Hoo-Hah David Duke. Trump said he didn't know much about the man.

What's to know except the cone of the man's cap?

Saturday after the incident at Charlottesville, Duke sounded like he wanted Trump to send out the National Guard to protect his fellow salamanders from themselves.

"It was White Americans who put you in office," tweeted Duke to Trump in what sounded like an SOS to a blood brother.

I know that Trump apologists are going to say that "guilt by association" is an unfair slur. But, my goodness, it's not simply a matter of association when an avowed right supremacist like Steve Bannon is one of the president's most trusted advisers.

And then there's Gorka.

At Trump's inaugural ball, Gorka wore something that is stunningly symbolic of the team he was joining.

The Vitezi Rend cross signifies a group to which Gorka's father belonged and which was identified by the State Department as having collaborated with Nazis. Its members have denied or dismissed the dimensions of the Holocaust.

Fake news, you know.

This is the caliber of counsel our president has sought out. The other day when Trump made his reckless and rash statements about "fire and fury" aimed at North Korea, and when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to tamp down matters as a diplomat should, Gorka basically said Tillerson should clam and let the war mongers talk.

"The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical," said Gorka.

When Gorka had to explain himself, he blamed the "fake news industry" for putting Tillerson in a position to have to say something. Actually, we should assume Tillerson is in that position because he is secretary of state.

What a gallery of scoundrels our president has assembled, from Bannon, to Gorka, to Stephen Miller, who presumes now to speak for the Statue of Liberty about immigration. And don't forget the segregationist Trump appointed attorney general.

But when it comes to fanning the flames of race-based hatred, understand that Donald Trump can do it all by himself.

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Old must-see anti-fascist video still valuable in exposing those that divide us (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-08-14 16:04

My daughter shared this video she found that is very applicable now. I cleaned it up to sync the video with the sound. The anti-racist & anti-fascist message is very succinct, important, and well designed to get the message about how otherness is used to divide for an ulterior motive.

It is important that Americans see that what is occurring has happened before. We have the means to mitigate it before it metastasizes. It seems many are getting the message and helping to get it out. The embedded two-minute video is the perfect encapsulation of what we must get across.

As reported in the Washington Post,

In the aftermath of the weekend’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, scores of Americans wondered how they should respond to the hate-fueled violence that left three people dead and dozens of others injured. Some found an answer in a nearly 75-year-old anti-fascist propaganda film.

“Don’t Be A Sucker” is a 17-minute cautionary tale about complacency in the face of hatred and xenophobia. Produced by the U.S. War Department in 1943 and rereleased in an updated form in 1947, it found new relevance with a 21st century audience horrified by the neo-Nazis and white nationalists gathering in central Virginia.

Among those to share the film was Michael Oman-Reagan, a Canadian researcher and anthropologist, who tweeted a clip of “Don’t Be A Sucker” that has since been shared nearly 120,000 times. Another clip of the film reached the top of Reddit’s home page Sunday night. Celebrities tweeted it out, as did Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who told his followers “PLEASE WATCH THIS!”

A very important anti-fascist video before our times for our times

Following is the transcript as I heard it. If I missed a few words let me know and I will modify.

White Demagogue: I see Negroes holding jobs that belong to me and you. Now I ask you if we allow this thing to go on, what's going to become of us real Americans.

Immigrant to White Listener: I have heard this kind of talk before. But I never expected to hear it in Ameria.

White Listener to Immigrant: This fellow seems to know what he is talking about.

White Demagogue: What really matters, are we going to do something about? You'll find it right here in this little pamphlet. The truth about heroes and foreigners. The truth about the Catholic Church.

Immigrant to White Listener: Do you believe in that kind of talk?

White Listener to immigrant: All in all, it makes pretty good sense to me.

White Demagogue: And I tell you friends we will never be able to call this country our own until it's a country without. Without what?

Random audience member: Yeah without what!

White Demagogue: Without negroes. Without alien foreigners. Without Catholics. Without freemasons.

White Listener to Immigrant: What's wrong with the Masons. I am a Mason. Hey, that fellow is talking about me.

Immigrant to White Listener: And that makes a difference doesn't.

White Demagogue: These are your enemies. These are the people who are trying to take over our country. Now you know them. You know what they stand for and it's up to you and me to fight them. Fight them and destroy them before they destroy us. Thank you.

Immigrant to White Listener: Before he said Masons, you were ready to agree with him.

White Listener to Immigrant: Ah yes, but he was talking about, what about those other people.

Immigrant to White Listener: In this country, we have no other people. We are American people, us.

White Listener to Immigrant: What about you. You are not American. Are you?

Immigrant to White Listener: I was born in Hungary, but now I am an American citizen. And I have seen what this kind of talk can do. I saw it in Berlin.

White Listener to Immigrant: What were you doing there?

Immigrant to White Listener: I was a professor at the University. I heard the same words we have heard today. But I was a fool then. I thought Nazis were crazy people; stupid fanatics. But unfortunately, it was not so. You see they knew that they were not strong enough to conquer a unified country. So they split Germany into small groups. They use prejudice as a practical weapon to cripple the nation.

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