America First – A Race to be Last!

Wow. This is the future.

https://www.facebook.com/Vox/videos/1181935768660690/

While trump is leading us down a path of isolationism, better known as “America First”, China is crafting an “inclusion” plan to connect their part of the world and become a world economic, and subsequently, a military power as well.

All we have is Amtrak, that clugs along at 40 MPH while the rest of the world speeds along on “super” high speed rails. SMDH!

Okay, so they’re spending trillions of dollars. Well, we have corporate America and the wealthy a trillion dollar tax cut, and we spend almost a trillion a year on the military industrial complex.

Hell, we spend almost a trillion a year on “for profit prisons”.

We are being left behind by our blindness political leaders who are trying to convince us that all we need be concerned about is a stupid trade deficit.

Sure the trade deficit with China is important, but that’s because they’re leading the world in production of consumer goods.

And, that’s because we’re a nation of consumers. We buy more stuff than we make. . I. E. , smartphones. We all have them but none are made here.

We’re walking around with our heads down, texting and tweeting, and have no clue the world is speeding past us at warp speed.

And, that’s because we allow American companies to move their production abroad, to places like China, then buy/import them back, thereby, increasing the so-called“trade deficit”.

It’s the country’s love affair with our multi-nationals and willingness to let them do whatever the hell they want, all because they have bought and sold our politicians.

When we get to the point we’re at now, where 2% of the wealthiest people in the world has more wealth that the bottom half – or 150 million Americans – we have to admit, that’s not sustainable.

The biggest con game of this modern area is our politicians and our government’s willful propaganda of having us believe we’re the greatest country in the world.

That may be true in a military sense, but if anyone believes we’re going to hold that position for long – of of its even true now – has already been bamboozled.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not mad at China as our political leaders, even the Democrats would have us believe. They are spineless and ignorant as well.

Trump’s Slow Burn to Totalitarianism

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Photo Credit: The Huffington Post

Totalitarianism is:

When the state seizes property and paraphernalia, quashes ideas and voices from individuals and groups whose oppose its views.

I’ll say again, these are the types of SLOW BURN actions that go unnoticed by the populous, and then we wake up one day and turn on the TV set and the only channel we can get is STATE TV, better known as FOX lies. When this happens, trump like so many of the despots he admires, and like Hitler, will direct our daily lives as they wish it to be.

What beats the hell out of me is, all of the right-wing blow hearts, pundits, Republican politicians and state run media outlet called FOX, who has vehemently opposed government overreach for the last 50 years, seemingly find no problem with the governments seizure of these face masks being mailed to young people by #BlackLivesMatter.

There was nothing offensive, nothing vulgar, nothing anti-state and nothing terrorist about these face masks. These were being mailed to young people to help protect them from contracting Covid-19.

There were a lot of German people who say nothing wrong with what Adolph Hitler was doing in his early stages of racist ethnic propaganda and ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people, when he seized control of the press, criminalized and punished dissent[ers] and confiscated all communications outlets that were not in favor of his Nazi message.

As a matter of fact, many Germans cheered him on and went about their days and lived their lives as though absolutely nothing was wrong. Sort of like what we are doing now.

They (the German people) all thought what Hitler was doing was okay as long as it was “the other people” he was targeting. The hate-filled right-wingers and trump supporters feel that way currently. As long as trump’s actions trashes Jews, Mexicans, Blacks, other brown and black people, the right is good with his tactics and overwhelmingly supports his march to totalitarianism.

Fast forward to present day. The right-wing nuts, and other lovers of trump are as misguided as the Germans were, if they believe trump cares about them. Those raging nut cases will not become part of his inner circle, any more than those aforementioned ethnic groups he so despises.

Of course, we all know he does not. It is his consumption of power and using that power to further line his pockets and push all of his personal immoral ideologies.

This is a frightening parallel to me.

Trump’s Slow Burn to Totalitarianism

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Photo Credit: The Huffington Post

Totalitarianism is:

When the state seizes property and paraphernalia, quashes ideas and voices from individuals and groups whose oppose its views.

I’ll say again, these are the types of SLOW BURN actions that go unnoticed by the populous, and then we wake up one day and turn on the TV set and the only channel we can get is STATE TV, better known as FOX lies. When this happens, trump like so many of the despots he admires, and like Hitler, will direct our daily lives as they wish it to be.

What beats the hell out of me is, all of the right-wing blow hearts, pundits, Republican politicians and state run media outlet called FOX, who has vehemently opposed government overreach for the last 50 years, seemingly find no problem with the governments seizure of these face masks being mailed to young people by #BlackLivesMatter.

There was nothing offensive, nothing vulgar, nothing anti-state and nothing terrorist about these face masks. These were being mailed to young people to help protect them from contracting Covid-19.

There were a lot of German people who say nothing wrong with what Adolph Hitler was doing in his early stages of racist ethnic propaganda and ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people, when he seized control of the press, criminalized and punished dissent[ers] and confiscated all communications outlets that were not in favor of his Nazi message.

As a matter of fact, many Germans cheered him on and went about their days and lived their lives as though absolutely nothing was wrong. Sort of like what we are doing now.

They (the German people) all thought what Hitler was doing was okay as long as it was “the other people” he was targeting. The hate-filled right-wingers and trump supporters feel that way currently. As long as trump’s actions trashes Jews, Mexicans, Blacks, other brown and black people, the right is good with his tactics and overwhelmingly supports his march to totalitarianism.

Fast forward to present day. The right-wing nuts, and other lovers of trump are as misguided as the Germans were, if they believe trump cares about them. Those raging nut cases will not become part of his inner circle, any more than those aforementioned ethnic groups he so despises.

Of course, we all know he does not. It is his consumption of power and using that power to further line his pockets and push all of his personal immoral ideologies.

This is a frightening parallel to me.

The Slow Burn of Trump’s Totalitarianism

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Photo Credit: The Huffington Post

Totalitarianism is:

When the state seizes property and paraphernalia, quashes ideas and voices from individuals and groups whose oppose its views.

I’ll say again, these are the types of SLOW BURN actions that go unnoticed by the populous, and then we wake up one day and turn on the TV set and the only channel we can get is STATE TV, better known as FOX lies. When this happens, trump like so many of the despots he admires, and like Hitler, will direct our daily lives as they wish it to be.

What beats the hell out of me is, all of the right-wing blow hearts, pundits, Republican politicians and state run media outlet called FOX, who has vehemently opposed government overreach for the last 50 years, seemingly find no problem with the governments seizure of these face masks being mailed to young people by #BlackLivesMatter.

There was nothing offensive, nothing vulgar, nothing anti-state and nothing terrorist about these face masks. These were being mailed to young people to help protect them from contracting Covid-19.

There were a lot of German people who say nothing wrong with what Adolph Hitler was doing in his early stages of racist ethnic propaganda and ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people, when he seized control of the press, criminalized and punished dissent[ers] and confiscated all communications outlets that were not in favor of his Nazi message.

As a matter of fact, many Germans cheered him on and went about their days and lived their lives as though absolutely nothing was wrong. Sort of like what we are doing now.

They (the German people) all thought what Hitler was doing was okay as long as it was “the other people” he was targeting. The hate-filled right-wingers and trump supporters feel that way currently. As long as trump’s actions trashes Jews, Mexicans, Blacks, other brown and black people, the right is good with his tactics and overwhelmingly supports his march to totalitarianism.

Fast forward to present day. The right-wing nuts, and other lovers of trump are as misguided as the Germans were, if they believe trump cares about them. Those raging nut cases will not become part of his inner circle, any more than those aforementioned ethnic groups he so despises.

Of course, we all know he does not. It is his consumption of power and using that power to further line his pockets and push all of his personal immoral ideologies.

This is a frightening parallel to me.

Kennedy Center honors House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as 2019 Profile in Courage honoree!

Kennedy Center honors House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 116th United States Congress – as the 2019 Profile In Courage Award honoree! She put the national interest above her party’s interest to expand access to health care and, against a wave of political attacks, led the effort to retake the majority & elect the most diverse Congress in U.S. history.

Our Speaker of the House is a lady I truly admire.

This prodigious honor is bestowed on a very deserving person.

Courage, coupled with skill and grace – in abundance.

Again, congratulations Madam Speaker.

US Slave and Union Soldier: The Forks of the Road Slave Market at Natchez, Mississippi koi

A fraternity brother of mine recently shared this story with me. What a profound black history story about (freed) African-American men who served as defenders of Natchez, Mississippi, in the Union Army from 1863 to 1866. This, after many were previously slaves at this same location in one of the largest and most active – site of the South’s second largest slave market in the 19th century – slave markets in the South and one of the largest in the United States.

His Great Great Grandfather; George McClain, alias George Washington served in the Civil War as a member of Union Company B, United States Color Heavy Artillery . He was one of the 3,000 soldiers that kept the peace in Natchez, Mississippi (FORKS IN THE ROAD).

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NATCHEZ, Miss.–For the 30 years it existed in the 1800s, Forks of the Road was where white dealers sold black slaves unloaded from riverboats docked at Natchez-Under-the-Hill and herded down St. Catherine Street to what was then the town’s outskirts, according to historical accounts.

At its peak, as many as 500 slaves could be found at the market on any given day. It’s believed to have been the second-largest slave market in the South; the biggest was farther down the Mississippi in New Orleans. The two biggest traders shipped more than 1,000 slaves from Alexandria, Va., to the two markets each year beginning in the 1830s. Trade at the Forks of the Road ended only with the Civil War.

IMG_0814_thumb[1]The last newspaper advertisements for slave sales at the Forks of the Road appeared in the Natchez Daily Courier during the early months of 1863. All slave trading had ceased in Natchez by the summer of 1863 when Union troops occupied the town. Today, the historic intersection, with its familiar “Y” configuration, remains to mark the location of the once-flourishing slave markets at the Forks of the Road.

During the Civil War, Natchez remained largely undamaged. The city surrendered to Flag-Officer David G. Farragut after the fall of New Orleans in May 1862.[11]Two civilians, an elderly man and an eight-year-old girl named Rosalie Beekman, were killed when a Union ironclad shelled the town from the River. The man died of a heart attack and Rosalie was killed by a shell fragment. Union troops under Ulysses S. Grant occupied Natchez in 1863; Grant set up his temporary headquarters in the Natchez mansion Rosalie.

Volunteers began to respond, and in May 1863 the Government established the Bureau of Colored Troops to manage the burgeoning numbers of black soldiers. By the end of the Civil War, roughly 179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy.

Source: US Slave: The Forks of the Road Slave Market at Natchez, Mississippi

https://mississippiriver.natgeotourism.com/content/forks-of-the-road/msp39b830bc4838a7385

https://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?2303-Forks-of-the-Road-Natchez-Mississippi

Forks of the Road Slave Market site, Natchez

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60910-d6661548-Reviews-Forks_of_the_Roads_Monument-Natchez_Mississippi.html?m=19905

http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/11/news/adna-slaves11

US Slave: The Forks of the Road Slave Market at Natchez, Mississippi

Lucy McBath – Georgia’s 6th Congressional District Miracle

27023340_2079986038905413_6646339981118946822_o - copyThere were so many upsets in this past mid-term election, that it’s hard to keep up with them all.

This story, the story of Lucy McBath stands taller than any of the others in my opinion.  Never in a thousand years would I have thought Georgia’s 6th District would go blue.  The racial makeup of the county in 2010 62.2% White, 25.0% Black, 0.3% Native American, 4.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 5.3% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. 14.3% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are several reasons why I marvel at her success by winning this Congressional seat in “red” state Georgia during last year’s mid-term.

First, if you don’t know her story behind why she chose to get into politics in the first place, you should know it because it’s so profound it gives you goose bumps. Her son was brutally murdered at a gas station, while with some of friends, by a white man who said their music was too loud.  The shooter used Florida’s stand-your-ground law as his defense. He was not found guilty of murder in his first trial. In an October 2014 retrial, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Second, to choose to run in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia was about a gutsy as anything a black person could think of. The 6th District, is an affluent suburb North of Atlanta in Cobb County, mainly white. My old district when I lived in Cobb County Georgia. It’s Newt Gingrich’s old district, Tom Price’s old district, the disgraced Health and Human Services Director appointed by trump.  It was always held by a white male until Karen Handel in 2017.

The story of Karen Handel is unflattering to put it mildly.  While I was living in Georgia, I followed her and her politics very closely.  Briefly, Karen Christine Handel Walker; businesswoman, politician, and member of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. In 2017, she became the first Republican woman from Georgia elected to Congress after defeating Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a special election to fill Tom Price‘s vacancy in Georgia’s 6th congressional district; this special election remains the most expensive congressional race in American history.  In the recent 2018 election, Handel lost the election to a full term to Democrat Lucy McBath.

Handel previously served as Secretary of State of Georgia. A member of the Republican Party, Handel worked in business before entering politics. First elected in 2003, she chaired the Fulton County Board of Commissioners until 2006, and then was elected and served as Georgia’s Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010.

In 2011, Handel was appointed Senior Vice President of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a charity in the cause of fighting breast cancer,  and left on February 7, 2012, following the foundation’s controversial decision to eliminate and then later restore funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization to which she was opposed. Handel sought a second term in the 2018 midterm elections but was defeated by Democratic challenger Lucy McBath.

Finally, to beat Karen Handel after Handel trounced John Ossoff in the special election this year for Tom Price’s old seat, is nothing short of miraculous to me.  John Ossoff was a great candidate and ran a great campaign, but even he couldn’t unseat Karen Handel.  Never in a million years would I have thought that district would go blue, not to mention going blue with the seat being won by a black woman.  The districts demographics haven’t changed believe it or not.  It’s still predominantly white and Republican.  What has changed is obviously the number of forward-thinking white voters who decided – in this year of the women – to look beyond their past political biases and cast their ballots for the (best) candidate.  This is very encouraging to say the least.

My only regret is that voted in the district for thirty years and never, nor did I think I would ever have, the opportunity to vote for a man or women of color with the hope of them winning. It took courage – inspired in part by the tragic death of her son I am sure – for her to run and answer her calling to do something to try and help make a difference in our society’s woes.

Now a newly appointed member to House of Representatives 116th Congress Rules Committee by the Honorable Nancy Pelosi and twice elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.  How awesome.

My new hero, Lucy McBath.

 

The Word Of A White Woman Can Still Get Black People Killed

It was true when Emmett Till was lynched, and it’s true today.

www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-daniels-emmett-till-case_us_5b4e4aace4b0b15aba8972d4

Now Carolyn Bryant is 82 years old, in the “throes” of death, having lived a wonderful life, I am sure. Now she admits she lied about some of statements, but most astonishing of all, she didn’t repent for her part in the death of this young man.

On the witness stand, Carolyn Bryant, the 21 year old wife of Roy Bryant,  had asserted that Till had grabbed her and verbally threatened her. She said that while she was unable to utter the “unprintable” word he had used (as one of the defense lawyers put it), “he said [he had]’”—done something – “with white women before.’” Then she added, “I was just scared to death.”  Emmett Till would be later murdered by two white men, J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant, husband of Carolyn Bryant—the country-store owner.  Later she confessed that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony. “That part’s not true,” she told Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar and author of the new book,  The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon & Schuster),   about her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her.  Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.”

This story is very haunting to me because at the time this happened (August 1955), I was five years old the day Emmett Till’s body was found, and pulled from the Tallahatchie River, was August 31, 1955.  I was five years old; nine days shy of my sixth birthday.  I had already been in school a year now, as back then, you could start school at five if your sixth anniversary of your birthday was on or before December of that year.

I remember sitting on the porch as I listened to my mother and several other ladies were talking and I heard my mother say “they pulled that poor boys body from the river this morning.”  Bear in mind I was barely six years old, and even growing up in Mississippi and with all of the ills of racism and Jim Crow so ubiquitous at the time, I didn’t fully comprehend the magnitude of the incident then.  It’s hard for some to believe, especially if you didn’t grow up in the segregated Deep South, but black parents did a really good job of insulating their children from becoming a similar statistic as Emmett Till.  They did so then, as many do now, by having conversations with them about how we “deported” ourselves.  They talked then, as they do now, about how to respond when confronted with angry white men and the need to be extra careful about our interactions with white women.  They knew that even a casual association with white girls and women could cause us great harm, if only due to mere casual acquaintance, or the expected (Southern) gentlemanly courtesies children were expected to display to all adults, white and black.

So, pardon me if I share the same empathy for Carolyn Bryant, and the hell she faces for being a willing co-conspirator – and I don’t use the word lightly – in the death of this innocent young man.  He was eight years older than me, but he and I were in the same general age group.  The number of black men, and children, during the reign of terror by (the) Jim Crow Southern terrorists will never be fully counted, or accounted for.  The number of white women who either through sheer hatred or fear, or both, who knowingly helped to murder black men, then and now, is incomprehensible and unforgivable.