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ON FREEDOM (1963)

by Oui Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 06:23:47 PM EST

    "So let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. And when this happens, when we let it ring, we will speed that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last, free at last -- Thank God Almighty, we're free at last."

    (TIME: Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929 - 1968)

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Finding the Meaning of Free at Last

On a clear August day 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Addressing a crowd that stretched past the Washington Monument, he spoke about the injustice endured for centuries by African Americans and the importance of not seeking "to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."

King (GRS'55, Hon.'59) drew for his speech from the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, and his own rich pool of experiences, but the speech is best known for its famous refrain, borrowed from a Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

In advance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, BU Today asked faculty, staff, and students to talk about what the iconic speech means to them (see the videos above).

King's famous speech has inspired countless works of art, among them the Free at Last sculpture by Chilean Sergio Castillo that stands at the heart of Marsh Plaza. From its granite base, the sculpture's 50 doves, forged from Corten steel, rise in unison, symbolizing peace in each of the 50 states. From afar, the flock merges to form the outline of a single dove arching toward the sky.

Castillo came to BU in 1975, invited by the late President John Silber (Hon.'95) to teach at the College of Fine Arts while working on the sculpture. "For me, the issue of human rights is very essential in the world," Castillo once said. "It is a human position that appears in many ways in all my work." Two other Castillo sculptures grace the BU campus: Explosion, in front of the Metcalf Center for Science and Engineering, and Earth Orbit, in the School of Management lobby.

Martin Luther King: The Three Evils of Society

Because Martin Luther King opposed the hardship, lies and brutality of Johnson's Vietnam War ...

"Beyond Vietnam" - Event | April 4, 1967 |


The Riverside Church in the City of New York

On 4 April 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his seminal speech at Riverside Church condemning the Vietnam War. Declaring "my conscience leaves me no other choice," King described the war's deleterious effects on both America's poor and Vietnamese peasants and insisted that it was morally imperative for the United States to take radical steps to halt the war through nonviolent means (King, "Beyond Vietnam," 139).

King's anti-war sentiments emerged publicly for the first time in March 1965, when King declared that "millions of dollars can be spent every day to hold troops in South Viet Nam and our country cannot protect the rights of Negroes in Selma" (King, 9 March 1965). King told reporters on Face the Nation that as a minister he had "a prophetic function" and as "one greatly concerned about the need for peace in our world and the survival of mankind, I must continue to take a stand on this issue" (King, 29 August 1965). In a version of the "Transformed Nonconformist" sermon given in January 1966 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, King voiced his own opposition to the Vietnam War, describing American aggression as a violation of the 1954 Geneva Accord that promised self-determination.

In early 1967 King stepped up his anti-war proclamations, giving similar speeches in Los Angeles and Chicago. The Los Angeles speech, called "The Casualties of the War in Vietnam," stressed the history of the conflict and argued that American power should be "harnessed to the service of peace and human beings, not an inhumane power [unleashed] against defenseless people" (King, 25 February 1967).

King's speech, titled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence"

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Searing Antiwar Speech 50 Years Later | The New Yorker |

Martin Luther King Jr. on the Vietnam War | The Atlantic |

King's opposition to the Vietnam War gained national attention on February 25, 1967, when he appeared alongside four anti-war U.S. senators at a daylong symposium in Beverly Hills, California. In a powerful address, King described how the casualties of the increasingly unpopular war had spread beyond its physical horrors to wreck the Great Society and threaten American principles and values. His outspokenness about an issue not ordinarily seen as a question of civil rights brought a storm of criticism.

Lessons not learned and especially after the Fall of Communism, the decade of peace of the 90s, and the attack on America because of acts of previous administrations since the Second World War.

Don't ever speak of Brexit as an act of freedom for men! It will infuriate me because of its absurdity. BoJo could have uttered those words.

Thx for the reminder to Number 6.

Great Depression -- Ku Klux Clan racism against Jews, Negroes and Catholics

Notes on Writing the History Of the Ku Klux Klan, 1866-1954

It would not be until the 1920s, that the Supreme Court would begin thinking seriously about the protection of civil rights. The New Deal response to the depression, and the following war years, grew a new role and powers for the national government. With the 1954 school desegregation decision (Brown v. Topeka et. al.), a civil rights revolution would begin. The hesitantly interventionist federal government would undertake to keep the promise of the Reconstruction Era's Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. Faced with the black civil rights movement out in the streets and violence from a revived Ku Klux Klan, the national government, with Supreme Court approval, would find a use for the Reconstruction Era's long forgotten Enforcement Laws.

For a hundred years the memory of the Klan, and sometime its behavior, lingered on. Its saga as the hero and great folk legend of the white South stemmed partly from the fact that the night riders appealed to a sense of excitement, adventure, mystery, and violence. The Klansmen were aristocrats, they were heroes, and they were a hell of a bunch of fellows. The high estate of the memory of the Reconstruction Klan also stemmed from the fact that it was the action of white southerners who believed that the color of the South was and had to be white. The resulting view of the Klan as a regulating force for protection in lawless times captured the hearts of those who rode and later generations of southerners--as well as many northerners.

Ku Klux Klan: A History of Racism | SPLC |

New York Jews and the Great Depression

This remarkable chronicle of New York City's Jewish families during the years of the Great Depression describes a defining moment in American Jewish history. Beth S. Wenger tells the story of a generation of immigrants and their children as they faced an uncertain future in America. Challenging the standard narrative of American Jewish upward mobility, Wenger shows that Jews of the era not only worried about financial stability and their security as a minority group, but also questioned the usefulness of their educational endeavors and the ability of their communal institutions to survive. Wenger uncovers the widespread changes throughout the Jewish community that enabled it to emerge from the turmoil of this period and become a thriving middle-class ethnic group in the post-World War II era.

Responses to the Great Depression set in motion new forms of Jewish adaptation and acculturation in the United States. Jewish families pooled their resources, says Wenger. Children remained in their parents' homes to pursue education when jobs were scarce and postponed marriage and childbearing. Jewish neighborhoods nurtured a sense of Jewish community and provided support networks for working-class families. Although the New Deal and the welfare state transformed ethnic politics, Jewish political culture remained intact and actually facilitated Jewish entry into the new Democratic coalition. Jewish leaders preserved private Jewish philanthropy in New Deal America by redesigning it as a vehicle to strengthen ethnic culture and commitment. In struggling Depression-era synagogues, Jewish leaders consciously addressed social, economic, and political needs and expanded secular and cultural activities. The changes inaugurated during the Great Depression decisively shaped the character of American Jewish life in the twentieth century.

America's Forgotten Pogroms In the 1940s
Seattle's Jews during America's Great Depression

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1910-1920s US Immigration Defining Whiteness

TRUMP SR. THE REINCARNATION OF BARRY GOLDWATER REPUBLICANS - 1964

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Slave Songs book 1867 (William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, Lucy McKim Garrison)



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by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 06:48:03 PM EST
Hillary Worked for Goldwater?

"I wasn't born a Democrat," Hillary Rodham Clinton writes on page one of her autobiography, "Living History."

She grew up in Park Ridge, Ill., a Republican suburb of Chicago, and describes her father, Hugh Rodham Jr., as a "rock-ribbed, up-by-your-bootstraps, conservative Republican and proud of it" (page 11). Her 9th-grade history teacher was also a very conservative Republican who encouraged her to read Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater's 1960 book, "Conscience of a Conservative," which inspired Clinton to write a term paper on the American conservative movement.

Hillary Clinton ("Living History," page 21): I was also an active Young Republican and, later, a Goldwater girl, right down to my cowgirl outfit and straw cowboy hat emblazoned with the slogan "AuH20." ... I liked Senator Goldwater because he was a rugged individualist who swam against the political tide.

Goldwater is remembered for saying, in his speech accepting the Republican nomination for president in 1964, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice ... and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." He lost to President Lyndon Johnson in a landslide, eking out only 38.5 percent of the popular vote.

Clinton writes that she began to have doubts about Goldwater's politics even before she left high school, when a teacher forced her to play President Johnson during a mock presidential debate in order to "learn about issues from the other side" (page 24).

Later, as a junior at Wellesley College, she writes, "I had gone from being a Goldwater Girl to supporting the anti-war campaign of Eugene McCarthy," driving to New Hampshire on weekends to stuff envelopes and walk precincts (pages 32-33). Even so, she also worked as a Washington, D.C., intern for Gerald Ford, who was then the Republican leader of the House, and she attended the 1968 Republican convention to work for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's unsuccessful effort to get the GOP presidential nomination (pages 34-35).

Hey HRC ... my oldest brother was a Nixon supporter in the 1960 debates and presidential election. I wasn't! At an early age it was clear to me I would support Kennedy, a Democrat.I can imagine as a privileged girl, you have tunnel vision of the world we live in. Even four years later, you believed in this shit from Barry Goldwater and his nuclear rhetoric?

Goldwater, Barry M.

In 1952, Goldwater was elected to the Senate on a pledge to reduce federal spending and fight communism. Reelected in 1958, Goldwater opposed social welfare programs and continued to criticize the Supreme Court on its school integration stance. He voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King said of Goldwater's voting record, "While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives aid and comfort to the racists" (King, 16 July 1964). King feared that Goldwater's position that "civil rights must be left, by and large to the states" meant "leaving it to the Wallaces and the Barnetts" (King, "The Republican Presidential Nomination"). Electing Goldwater, King said, would plunge the country into a "dark night of social disruption" (King, 21 September 1964).

    Until the 1960s, many Mississippians linked segregation to the Bible. Ross Barnett, a Baptist Sunday school teacher, declared "The Good Lord was the original segregationist. He put the black man in Africa."

In the month before the election, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference launched a nationwide "get out the vote" drive. Although King called the campaign "bipartisan," he wrote: "The principles of states' rights advocated by Mr. Goldwater diminish us and would deny to Negro and white alike, many of the privileges and opportunities of living in American society" (King, 9 October 1964). When Johnson defeated Goldwater, King declared, "The American people made a choice ... to build a great society, rather than to wallow in the past" (King, "A Choice and a Promise").

From an "anti-war campaigner in '72" to a fervent supporter of the Iraq War led by the Bush/Cheney administration, to backer of regime change in Syria and Libya by use of foreign jihadists fighters from across the globe. What a farce she has been!

Related reading ...

Political Virtues: Goldwater vs. the Clintons
International Coalition to Defeat Democrats and Hillary in 2016
God's Chosen People

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by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 11:27:46 PM EST
As I have stated before, I was proud of the House of Representatives and Sam Ervin leading the investigation of the role of Richard Nixon in the Watergate break-in. Quite a suspense and a drama for the role if the Presidency and the abuse of power. Using former CIA agents or "plumbers" in an attempt to steal the policy papers of the Democratic National Committee, using funds of the Republican re-election committee. Corruption at the highest levels of three presidential advisors. In comparison I dare say, today's corruption in both parties are beyond repair.

The impeachment of Richard Nixon never went to trial in the Senate. The Republican in the highest position of Executive power resigned in disgrace. His replacement Gerald Ford stumbled through his Presidency to be defeated by the best "former president" America ever had. His 1980 defeat based on an act of treason by incoming Republican candidate Reagan and his gang. Leaving the American hostages to suffer at the hands of the brutal forces of militant students of Ayatollah Khomeini during the upheaval of the Islamic Revolution.

The 1980s were marked by years of revolts in the America's and death squads to keep tyrants in place with support from the CIA, State Department and the US Army training camps at the SOA. Tactics used were taken from the Phoenix Program of the Vietnam War.

During the Reagan Years, the treasonous acts continued by assisting Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein with CIA intelligence an delivering chemicals on the battle field after the invasion of Iran.

With the echec of the mistrial in the impeachment of president Trump today, U.S. Congress failed its responsibility of the U.S. Constitution. This path will lead to further abuse of Executive Power and a 46th President with a path leading to dictatorship.

The Supreme Court is politicized further and a horrendous 21st Century America lies ahead of us.

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by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 05:59:34 AM EST
Jerusalem - Al Quds (the Holy City)

Jerusalem (in Arabic called al-Quds, "the holy") is sacred to the three major monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. As a result, it has been a focus of conflict for centuries.

Conquered by the Romans before Christ's birth, Jerusalem was in the hands of Byzantine rulers when it fell to a Muslim army led by Caliph Umar in 638. In 1071, the Seljuk Turks took control of Jerusalem and--by cutting pilgrim routes from the West--gave impetus to the First Crusade. This crusade brought Jerusalem under Western control in the "Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem," which held the city from 1099 to 1187, when Saladin reconquered Jerusalem for Islam. Later crusades brought Jerusalem briefly under Western control from 1229 to 1239, and from 1243 to 1244, when it was sacked by the Tatars. In 1247, the city fell to the Egyptian Mamluks, under whose control it remained until 1517, when Ottoman sultan Selim I conquered the city.

Jerusalem remained under Ottoman control for almost exactly four centuries. In 1917, during World War I, General Allenby and the British army defeated the Ottoman Turks and entered the city. In November of that year, the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, which declared Britain's intent to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine, with the understanding that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine."

In 1947, the United Nations partitioned Jerusalem and the city was divided between Arab and Jewish control. In May 1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared Israel an independent state. Israel successfully defended itself against the attack of the Arab League. During the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel captured all of Jerusalem, putting it fully under Jewish rule for the first time since the Roman destruction in 70AD.

FROM REVELATION: THE END OF TIMES

FALSE PROPHETS AND KIBUKI THEATER BY ACTOR TRUMP



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by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 08:16:50 AM EST

Historic or hysteric? Trump's peace plan a Rorschach test for both sides

US President Donald Trump's peace plan read like a Rorschach test: more indicative of its observers than of its own merits.

Judgment of the plan within each of Israel's opposing political camps hinges on the following question: Is the Trump administration sincere in implementing a far-reaching, detailed peace deal with the eventual consent of the Palestinians, or is the plan nothing but an elaborate wink to the Israelis to get on with annexing significant chunks of the West Bank unilaterally, under the guise of diplomacy and multilateralism?

"We are at a historic moment for the state of Israel," tweeted Ayelet Shaked, a former justice minister and chairperson of the New Right party. "The Israeli government should immediately extend its sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria.

"The dangerous part of the plan, meaning the establishment of a Palestinian state or recognition of one, won't happen."

Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich began his Facebook post on the deal with a quote from Psalm 126, glorifying the return of the Babylonian exiles to Zion. The redemption of Israel, he opined, comes gradually; with "light and dark mixed together."

But despite the "bad and dangerous" parts of the deal, Smotrich was optimistic: "As far as we're concerned it's (Israeli) sovereignty (over the West Bank) now, an Arab state never."

Arab students at Tel Aviv University protest against Trump's "Deal of the Century" #delusional #hoax #FreePalestine

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by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 09:40:12 AM EST
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Brexit Festivities: BoJo on Trump's ME Peace Plan

So many important events and getting Brexit done for MBGA ...

Boris Johnson praises Trump's Middle East peace plan at PMQs  

Boris Johnson has lavished praise on Donald Trump's vision for Middle East peace, after Jeremy Corbyn criticised the plan for failing to gain the support of any Palestinians.

The prime minister said Trump's plan "has the merits of a two state solution", even though it has been criticised for offering Israel a wishlist of its long-held demands while promising Palestinians a potential "state" with severe restrictions.

Donald Trumps not so peaceful "peace plan" | Amnesty Int'l |




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by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 11:00:31 AM EST
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Zion: The Hill of Jerusalem, A Biblical City Gifted by Trump

Beyond the Headlines: the Middle East peace plan explained | The National - UAE |

On January 28, Donald Trump unveiled his vision for peace [Jared Kushner - Oui] in the Middle East in a 181-page report called Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People.

Welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it has been rejected by Palestinian officials.

On this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines, we delve into the plan, what it means and what its rejection by Palestinians means for the region.

The peace process has been ongoing for 27 years, since the Oslo accords in the early 1990s. No vision has made it to a final deal that sees the formation of an independent Palestine and an end to one of the longest-running conflicts in the world.

Mr Trump's announcement is still just a vision, but unlike past proposals, it starts off with a final deal that Israel accepts and the administration will now have to work backwards to get Palestinians to agree.

But there's a catch - the US closed the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington and cut ties. It already recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upending decades of US policy that the final status of the holy city should be agreed in talks.

It also lays the groundwork for the US to recognise the annexation of parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley by recognising the Jewish settlements that much of the world deem illegal under international law.

For Palestinians, it might offer a route to statehood, but it is not on territory they accept.



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by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 12:32:26 PM EST
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Jordan's King Abdullah II did so much to support the jihadists bootcamps on the border with Syria at the behest of the UK and US in 2011. Such betrayal ... or is it stupidity, lack of vision, or simply holding a gun to the King's head?

It's personal: How Trump betrayed both Abbas and Abdullah of Jordan | MEYE - Dec. 15, 2019 |

On 21 August 1969, an Australian citizen called Denis Rohan set fire to an 800-year-old wooden pulpit, a gift to al-Aqsa mosque from the Islamic hero Saladin (1137-1193), who led the military campaign against the Crusaders.

Apart from being considered mentally ill, Rohan thought he was acting on divine instructions. These were to enable the Jews to build the temple on the ruins of the mosque, thus hastening the second coming of Jesus Christ.

A galvanising effect

The arson attack which destroyed the ancient pulpit and part of the roof had a galvanising effect. A month later, 24 leaders and representatives of Muslim countries met in Rabat and created the precursor of a group now known as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

This group, now 57 nations strong, met in Istanbul. Just as it had 48 years ago, Al Aqsa galvanised them - once again - into action. Instead of being attacked by an Evangelical Christian from Australia, Al Aqsa was threatened by a U.S. president pandering to similar messianic Christians in America.

The conference achieved a number of goals. It made an historic decision to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, thus pitting 57 states against Israel's express intention to unify the city of Jerusalem.

Capital of the State of Palestine



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by Oui on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 08:54:25 PM EST
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in UN Decade of People of African Descent, or Y0 D1 of US "Civil Rights and POC" History Month.
USAToday | 10 must-read Black History Month book recommendations: Zora Neale Hurston, Kiley Reid and more fiction for "women and minorities"
AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose reparations for slavery
"An apology for slavery would help the country move on, said Reuben Miller, assistant professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration."
Meanwhile ...
'Inconvenient Reality': AFRICOM Chief Says US Troops Needed in Africa to Fight Al-Qaeda
because Muslim extremists and China are re-colonizing Africa
by Cat on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 12:10:14 AM EST
The situation here is more psychotic than you might imagine.

since history is a four-letter word.
by Cat on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 12:31:13 AM EST
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and I believe I have tracked down the source of the "labor camp" euphemism for private property and "enslavers" for chattel ownership, Edward Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told (2014), 57 pp excerpt. Clever, no? The transformation from captive savage to human capital to unfortunate immigrant is nearly complete.
by Cat on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 01:23:22 AM EST
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eij calendar, US-Eng.
by Cat on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 07:57:48 PM EST
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I did mention, most Americans oppose reparations for slavery. Does anyone wonder, Why?

Pity the evil foreigners. That's all you read?


Not "curated" by a USAToday editor. Red Summer Race Riots of 1919. Never happened.

by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 06:13:41 AM EST
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The situation here is more psychotic than you might imagine.

"Trump's Bantustan-Lite Palestine Plan Shows the 'Two State' Solution Was Always a Lie" says Craig Murray. Suffice to argue that 'Two State' solution was always a lie. Still no other image but Bantustan, black homeland, could definitively set aside what he is afraid of. Why is that?

James Baldwin explained: Your invention reveals you.

Never happened. Not for USAToday's book club. The Black Laws in the Old Northwest: A Documentary History. $101.60

by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 07:07:23 AM EST
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Only in America could RED SCARE end up on someone's backside to advertise Fifth Wave Patreon Democratic Party fundraisers. Why is that?

From 1946 to 1953, Friedan worked as a reporter for the UE's newspaper. Her 1952 pamphlet "UE Fights for Women Workers" was a classic statement of left-labor feminism, offering a strong argument for equal pay as well as recognizing the "double bars" that African American women faced.

It was also one of the last pieces of overtly class-conscious writing that Friedan ever published. Dismssed from UE News when McCarthyism forced the union to downsize, she spent ten years as a freelance writer before publishing The Feminine Mystique. In a recent work on Friedan, cultural historian Daniel Horowitz suggests that her book's main weakness, its single-minded focus on the problems of a relatively privileged, middle-class white suburban housewives, is a legacy of the McCarthy era and her fear that red-baiting might undermine her book's influence.

Why has this feminist icon continued to cover up her years as a party activist? What is it with progressives? Why do they feel the need to lie so relentlessly about who they are?
The experiences of Carl and Anne Braden illustrate how conveniently anticommunism bolstered segregation. The couple had the kind of connections to the left that would have created problems even in the North.
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Invoking an old statute left over from the post-World War I red scare, the local grand jury that investigated the explosion indicted Carl Braden and six of the Wades' other white supporters for sedition. The prosecutor deployed the standard paraphernalia of anticommunism, importing big-time professional witnesses to identify the subversive literature found in Braden's home and explain how Communists were ordered to incite racial unrest.

Though Carl Braden eventually won an appeal, he spent eight months in jail before he could rase the $40,000 bail that the trial judge had imposed. He lost his job, of course. His employer, the ostensibly liberal publisher of the Louisville Courier Journal, decided that his controversial copy editor did "not possess and cannot exercise the objectivity which must characterize the handling of news." Two years later, Braden, by then a field secretary for the Southern Conference Education Rund, was again under indictment, this time for contempt of Congress. HUAC had been investigating the civil rights movement and subpoenaed him for its 1958 hearings in Atlanta. Braden took the First Amendment in a conscious attempt to test the Supreme Court's willingness to uphold free speech. He lost, primarily because his appeal did not reach the Court until 1961, by which time some of the justices had pulled back from their more liberal position of the late 1950s and so ruled 5-4 against him. "This is a decision," Hugo Black tellingly noted in his dissent, "which may well strip the Negro of the aid of many of the white people who have been willing to spak up in his behalf." [Schrecker: 388-392]

Never happened! Many Are the Crimes. Not a USAToday book club selection.
by Cat on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 09:53:49 AM EST
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I did mention, most Americans oppose reparations for slavery. Does anyone wonder, Why?
More than 50% of homeless families are black, government report finds
all "unhoused," as the DSA children say now, lives matter
The 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, 104 pp
Never happened! The Color of Law. Not a USAToday book club selection.
by Cat on Wed Feb 5th, 2020 at 04:00:12 AM EST
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THE NUMBERS ARE SO LOW that growth does indeed seem flat unless you look carefully at the labels. In fact, though, the share of black millionaires has tripled from 0.64 percent in 1992 to 1.9 percent in 2016. The share of Hispanic millionaires has gone up by half, from 1.53 percent to 2.26 percent.
228 more years just to break even, because Most Americans oppose reparations for slavery.
by Cat on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 04:37:43 AM EST
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Make no mistake. This ABC News feature controversy isn't who is "black". This story is not about Ms Erivo's out-sized opinion of her reception in Hollywood for accepting a role no other "African American" would. It is not about a red-baiting @digitalsista playing the fool for Maddow's BFF. It is not about grooming model "women and minorities" into Becoming presenter buppies like Ms Linsey Davis. Nor is it about 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act that divided the old money from the new, the old freedom from the new freedom. This 13-minutes is an introduction to a very old justice claim that 71% of Americans don't want to see, don't want to hear: A ponzi scheme founded on US chattel slaves' lives and their descendants whose median household, generational net worth approaches $1,700.00 today. And zero by 2053. But simply, these "blacks" have no other "homeland", no hyphenated nationality nor or other heritage to claim but the poverty in which 71% of Americans hope to bury them.

reference
William Darity and Dania Frank, The Economics of Reparations

by Cat on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 05:47:30 AM EST
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Arab slavery persisted until 1970 ... or yet exists today in abject disregard for human rights in workplace of foreign employees.

Blackface: the ugliness of racism in Arab media | Al Jazeera |

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by Oui on Sat Feb 8th, 2020 at 08:19:15 PM EST


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by Oui on Fri Feb 21st, 2020 at 04:52:50 PM EST
Revisiting the trauma of 1960s white supremacy


The 16th Street Baptist Church served as a meeting place during the civil rights moment. It was declared a national historic landmark in 2006.

It isn't a leap to say that Jerry Mitchell's new book "Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era" is a piece of real-life horror. After all, as the subtitle suggests, it grapples not merely with the dead but with how, for decades, the normalized bigotry of the 1960s that killed so many innocent Americans went largely unpunished, in turn haunting those desperate for even a scrap of justice.

Yet "Race Against Time" is more than a book about the past. It speaks to today, arriving at a moment when history and its repetitions are very much on Americans' minds.

Days after the book was published, for example, more than 100 masked white nationalists paraded through Washington's National Mall, chanting "Reclaim America!" and "Life, liberty, victory!"

The march was uneventful. But it was one of several such spectacles since President Donald Trump's election in 2016 to illuminate the reemergence of white nationalism in the country's public spaces.

To coincide with Black History Month, I recently spoke with Mitchell, who after three-plus decades at The Clarion-Ledger left and founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, about "Race Against Time" and how its stories insinuate themselves into the current political season.

Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley; Medgar Evers; James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner; Vernon Dahmer. Over the course of 400-some pages, Mitchell revisits, in diaristic detail, the four notorious instances of Ku Klux Klan violence that stole these lives and his efforts -- dating back to the '80s, when he was a rookie journalist in Mississippi -- to put some of the men responsible behind bars.

Never forget the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing - Sept. 15, 1963 | Tampa Bay Op-Ed |
MLK: Birmingham Campaign 1963

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by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 01:58:15 PM EST

Mississippi's War: Slavery and Secession | MPB |

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by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 01:58:54 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 08:50:59 PM EST
Unknown to me before ...

Still exists under the Trump regime? U.S. Department of Arts and Culture ...

USDAC: The Revolution of Values

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by Oui on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 11:49:34 AM EST
A Ritual of Joyful, Thankful  Resistance | The Shalom Center |

By now it is a tradition for me to retell the Yarmulke story every Thanksgiving. It carries deeper meaning this year, as we build a new Resistance, than it has for decades.

In 1970, I was asked by the Chicago Eight to testify in their defense. They were leaders of the movement to oppose the Vietnam War, and they had been charged by the Nixon Administration and Attorney-General John Mitchell (who turned out to be a criminal himself - see under "Watergate") with conspiracy to organize riot and destruction during the Chicago Democratic National Convention in 1968.

I had been an alternate delegate from the District of Columbia to the Convention - elected originally as part of an anti-war, anti-racist slate to support Robert Kennedy. After he was murdered, we decided to nominate and support as our "favorite son" the chairperson of our delegation - Rev. Channing Phillips (may the memory of this just and decent leader be a blessing), a Black minister in the Martin Luther King mold.

[...] - back to 1968 -- besides being an elected delegate, I had also spoken the first two nights of the Convention to the anti-war demonstrators at Grant Park, at their invitation, while the crowd was being menaced by Chicago police and the National Guard. This is what the demonstration looked like, clustered nonviolently in the park:

Although the main official investigation of Chicago described it as a "police riot," the Nixon Administration decided to indict the anti-war leaders. So during the Conspiracy Trial in 1970, Tom Hayden, David Dellinger, Abby Hoffman, and the other defendants figured I would be reasonably respectable (as a former delegate) and therefore relatively convincing to the jury and the national public, in testifying that the anti-war folks were not trying to organize violence but instead were the victims of police violence.

As the trial went forward, it became clear that the judge - Julius Hoffman, a Jew - was utterly subservient to the prosecution and wildly hostile to the defense. (Some of us thought he had become possessed by the dybbuk of Torquemada, head of the Inquisition. --- How else could a Jew behave that way? We tried to exorcise his dybbuk. It didn't work.)

Judge Hoffman browbeat witnesses, ultimately literally gagging and binding Bobby Seale, the only Black defendant, for challenging his rulings - etc. Dozens of his rulings against the Eight were later cited by the Court of Appeals as major legal errors, requiring reversal of all the convictions the prosecution had achieved in his court.

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