Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Racism Without Racists"?: Ferguson, Eric Garner, Police Brutality, and Systemic Racism

David French ― Conservatives and Trayvon Martin


Photo by George Widman/AP

                          
David French is a staff writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, an attorney (concentrating his practice in constitutional law and the law of armed conflict), and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom


(Commentary Magazine) ―Police officers arriving on the scene of an early-evening shooting on February 26, 2012, in the Florida town of Sanford had no way of knowing they were beginning an investigation that would lead to the most racially charged criminal case since O.J. Simpson’s in 1995. At the time, the shooting likely seemed tragic, a bit unusual, but not all that difficult to investigate. An armed neighborhood-watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, shot and killed an unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claimed Martin had attacked him without any justifiable provocation.

After a few days of investigation, the state of Florida declined to file charges. Martin’s family began drumming up publicity to correct what they believed to be a terrible injustice. The Republican governor appointed a special prosecutor who filed second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman two months after the incident—pleasing those in the media and on the left who had quickly taken up the cause of the slain teen. He was killed, they claimed heatedly, for the crime of “walking while black.”

In response, conservatives seem to have developed a rooting interest in Zimmerman’s innocence. Listen to conservative talk radio, read conservative comment boards, read many conservative pundits, and you will see a relentless critique of the state’s evidence against Zimmerman, angry denunciations of the left’s abuse of the case for political gain, and even outright scorn for the idea that Zimmerman might be guilty of any crime at all.

Read full article. (link)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Maze Ft. Frankie Beverly - I Can't Get Over You (Live '98)

Why African-Americans left the south in droves — and what's bringing them back

During the great migration, around 40% of America's black population left the rural south. Today, census data indicates a new shift underway.


Dr. Kiron Skinner ― "America First" Then And Now

A political movement during World War II that would have been disastrous for the West.

Kiron K. Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She also is an associate professor of history and political science at Carnegie Mellon University

(The Hoover Institution) ― The ideas of liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, laissez faire, and democracy constitute the creed upon which the United States was founded. Of course, these were not new ideas when the American Revolution took place; political theorists, statesmen, and politicians had been attempting to infuse them into government for centuries. The ideas were new, however, as the fundamental basis for government and governance.

Thus, speaking non-normatively, Seymour Martin Lipset declared the United States the first new nation precisely because it was the first modern nation to be born of a set of ideas drawn from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century liberalism, now called classical liberalism. The issue is not that the United States is better than other societies; rather, it got there first.

If we agree that the American creed is the doctrinal embodiment of a set of ideas that unify Western societies, then we are on safe ground in saying that at least since the post-World War II era, the United States has been the main defender of Western civilization. The existence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an objective demonstration of America’s leadership of the West. NATO is an enduring mutual security pact for Western protection. Article five remains the organization’s touchstone because it is the clearest statement available of Western societies adhering to collective defense—“an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.” It goes on to say that force may be used by the signatories “to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.” The United States has been at the helm of NATO since it was formed in 1949.

Continue reading → http://www.hoover.org/research/america-first-then-and-now

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dr. Elaina George MD ― Healthcare Reform: A Way Forward

Dr. Elaina George graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology. She received her master's degree in medical microbiology from Long Island University, and her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York


(drelainageorge.com)  The healthcare reform impasse is a distraction. Whether you are for free market or single payer the status quo is designed to keep you locked in the maze where promises of winning at all costs or fixing the broken system is the cheese that everyone is chasing after. Over the past 8 years there has been one constant no matter who is in power – our healthcare system continues to get worse.

Since the passage of the ACA healthcare costs have gone up, choice of doctors has gone down, access has narrowed and our healthcare system is now last among the developed countries for delivering efficient, cost effective quality medical care.

Maybe it is time we step back and ask a few simple questions:


Continue reading → http://drelainageorge.com/healthcare-reform-a-way-forward/

Slavery and State Rights, Economies and Ways of Life: What Caused the Civil War?



Monday, September 11, 2017

Debunking the "blacks left the GOP for food-stamps" myth

The “freebies” argument is a wicked and deplorable white-supremacist lie that many conservatives (even black ones) swim in like a pig in shit.



Recently, I went to the Texas GOP's website to do some research on a man by the name of William Madison McDonald (an early African American founder of the Texas Republican Party). While there, I noticed a slight but important oversight on their history section: There was little mention of the role that racism and white-supremacy played in the party’s formative years. One would think that they would have mentioned the role of the "lily-white" movement. At first, I was a little taken back, but given the parties' extreme color-blind views; how can one be surprised? The base's official retelling of black GOP history is that we blacks left the Republican Party for food stamps and government cheese. It's very unfortunate, because by omitting the truth they've allowed a myth,  the 'Blacks Left the GOP for Freebies' myth to become reality.

Nevertheless, in order to get a better feel for that vile and racist history, I’d like to draw your attention to the House Office of Art and Archives. According to their website, “The Office of Art and Archives curates the House Collection, which encompasses the entire sweep of the institution’s history, from the laying of the Capitol’s cornerstone to the present day. The office provides information and guidance on the collection for members and staff, the media, scholars, and the general public.”  

Concerning the issue at hand, the Office of Art and Archives (OAA) states:
Weakened to the point of irrelevancy, southern Republicans after 1900 curried favor with the political power structure to preserve their grasp on local patronage jobs dispensed by the national party. Therefore, southern white GOP officials embraced Jim Crow. Through political factions such as the “lily white” movement, which excluded blacks, and “black and tan” societies, which extended only token political roles to blacks, the party gradually ceased to serve as an outlet for the politically active cadre of southern African Americans.
Gradually, African-American leaders at the national level began to abandon their loyalty to the GOP. While the party’s political strategy of creating a competitive wing in the postwar South was not incompatible with the promotion of black civil rights, by the 1890s party leaders were in agreement that this practical political end could not be achieved without attracting southern whites to the ticket. “Equalitarian ideals,” explains a leading historian, “had to be sacrificed to the exigencies of practical politics.”


“Party Realignment.” history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Historical-Essays/Temporary-Farewell/Party-Realignment/.  




   In other words, the party responded to the concerns of the "we need to start winning again" wing of the party, and to the economic and racial concerns of white-racist-Democrats over the needs of its own black members! I mean, if that ain't white-privilege, what the hell is? This event, on top of the reasons that led to the Great Migration (1916–1930), contributed to the exit of African-Americans out of the party. In addition, it provides us one of; but not the first, documented accounts of a historical working relationship between white-conservatives, white-Republicans, and White Nationalism. 
The "we need to start winning again" and "make a deal" with the devil—that is, with white-nationalism argument ended up hurting the Republican party in the long-run and resulted in the gradual lost of the very racial group that it was founded to defend. 

Rather than stand on principle and defy these white-supremacist-monsters, both Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge capitulated to their demands. And perhaps nothing better illustrates the type of character many black Republicans were up against than Rep. Campbell Bascom Slemp.


In his first weeks in office, President Coolidge made two moves that suggested to all observers he was planning an aggressive run for the 1924 nomination. "The first important act of Dr. Coolidge, after the crown settled over his ears," noted H.L. Mencken, was to appoint as his personal secretary - the equivalent of today's Chief of Staff - Congressman C. Bascom Slemp of Virginia, a man known for his aptitude at securing southern delegates by means both fair and foul. "[W]hatever his merits as a husband and a father," Mencken wrote, Slemp "is surely no statesman; he is a politician pure and simple, and he has specialized in the herding of Republican jobholders in the South. His appointment thus indicates a plain effort to line up these cattle for 1924." The Crisis thought the choice of Slemp - who "has physically kicked Negroes even out of his own party convention" and "brazenly declared himself opposed to Negro suffrage" - "is a blow so serious and fatal that we have not ceased to gasp at it."
Surveying the arguments against Slemp, the recently-established TIME Magazine noted first, "that he was appointed…to round up Southern delegates for Mr. Coolidge," second, "that he is a "Lily White' politician trying to make the Republican organization in the South white, by divorcing it from the Negro element," third, that "he has been accused, not without reason, of selling appointments, if not for his private gain, at least for the Party purse," and, fourth, "that his name is C. Bascom Slemp."

And let's not forget that much of this is happening – before - New Deal “freebies” or Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty. In other words, that tired-looking talking point that many  conservatives bring up must be put to rest – it’s phooey. We, African Americans began the journey out of the Republican Party BEFORE such “goodies” were even envisioned; and the main rationale for our exit then, as it is now: indifference and racism – not “freebies”.
The “freebies” argument is a wicked and deplorable white-supremacist lie that many conservatives (even black ones) swim in like a pig in shit. It's a lie that compliments their fantasy world, one in which the simple act of mentioning race or racism makes one suspect, that to even concede its impact (implicitly or explicitly) on society makes one a “Liberal”. In this almost Orwellian, and intellectually toxic world of make-believe, simply mentioning the truth about race, would be… well, racist.
Like the delusional radical, who wants to throw the past into the fire and start anew, the color-blind-conservative is often incapable of acknowledging the truth about racism. Instead, he/she perpetuates elaborate myths, myths that change the meaning of words, that contrive a world removed from reality, a world in which the black experience is minimized and casually dismissed as irrational and unhinged. In such a delusional and aloof world is it any wonder, then, that we are starting to see something called, the alt-right, or alternative right, emerge?

In such a world, where does the black conservative find respite?

- The Black Conservative


“Party Realignment.” history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Historical-Essays/Temporary-Farewell/Party-Realignment/.  

The Great Migration (1915-1960)

Michael Perman, Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908 (2001)

Donald J. Lisio, Hoover, Blacks, & Lily-Whites: A Study of Southern Strategies (1985)
 
Fauntroy, Michael K. (2007). Republicans and the Black Vote. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 43. "... lily whites worked with Democrats to disenfranchise African Americans.

Lewis L. Gould, The Republicans: A History of the Grand Old Party (2014)

"Black and Tan Republicans" in Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin and Albert Bushnell Hart, eds. Cyclopedia of American Government (1914), p. 133. online   

The Black Founders of The Texas Republican Party

"Throughout Reconstruction, African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership, and 44 African Americans served in the Texas legislature as Republicans."

(TexasGOP.org) ―Today’s Republican Party was founded in 1854 by a group of Mid-Western abolitionists opposed to the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which allowed a choice of slavery in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Texas, which had become a state in 1845, was right in the middle of the heated slavery controversy. Most state leaders were Democrats prior to the Civil War, and thus supported the pro-slavery Confederacy. But President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, gained the support of Texas Republicans and several prominent state leaders, like Sam Houston, Texas’ first Governor. However, most of those who decided to support Lincoln’s decision to defend the Union were forced from office, and Democrats succeeded in allying Texas with the Confederacy.

The effects of the Civil War and its aftermath would be felt for more than a century throughout the South, and especially in Texas. For its first two generations, Texas had known only honor, victory and valor. Though Texans never lost a battle at home during the Civil War, the Union army under orders from a Republican President marched in and occupied the Lone Star State after the Confederacy surrendered. For the first time, Texas would not be victorious. The next four generations of Texans would not forgive the Republican Party.

Early  Support

African Americans were one group of Texans that would consistently support the Republican Party in Texas in those early years. In fact, throughout Reconstruction, African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership, and 44 African Americans served in the Texas legislature as Republicans.


It was through the hard work of a number of dedicated African American men and women that the earliest foundations of the Republican Party of Texas were laid. The first ever state Republican convention that met in Houston on July 4, 1867 was predominantly African American in composition, with about 150 African American Texans attending, and 20 Anglos.

The second State GOP Chairman, Norris Wright Cuney, an African-American from Galveston who led the Republican Party from 1883 to 1897, is said by State historians to have held “the most important political position given to a black man of the South in the nineteenth century.
https://www.texasgop.org/overview-and-history/

We Wil Never Forget.

Remembering all those who perished, 16 years ago today.


We will never forget you,
nor that day.


“And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure . . . And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, 'Yes, the stars always make me laugh!' And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you...” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


We will #NeverForget.


Ken Raymond ― Blacks built the GOP in Southern States




William Madison McDonald (June 22, 1866 – July 5, 1950), nicknamed "Gooseneck Bill", was an African-American politician, businessman, and banker of great influence in Texas during the late nineteenth century. Part of the Black and Tan faction, by 1892 he was elected to the Republican Party of Texas's state executive committee, as temporary chairman in 1896, and as permanent state chairman in 1898


By Ken Raymond

Black Politics on the Web – Many former slaves left a political legacy that’s been ignored or completely forgotten by their descendants–even during Black History Month.

Blacks built the GOP in Southern States

This created an opportunity for former slaves to return a tremendous act of kindness to their benefactors and help themselves at the same time. And they did it with great enthusiasm.
According to Dr. Ronnie W. Faulkner, associate professor of history at Campbell University, one-third of the 147 founders of the North Carolina Republican Party were black. Among the black GOP founders were George Henry White, James Young, E.A. Johnson, John C. Dancy, Issac Smith, and James E. Shephard.

George White was elected to the Congress as a Republican from North Carolina’s 2nd District in 1896. Congressman White was one of the first 23 blacks elected to Congress after the Civil War — and they were all Republicans.


As documented in Helen Edmonds’ book, The Negro in Fusion Politics in North Carolina , 1894-1901, the black founders of the North Carolina GOP helped build local organizations and establish Republican voter majorities in 16 counties by 1896. They were Caswell, Greenville, Vance, Warren, Halifax, Northampton, Hertford, Bertie, Pasquotank, Chowan, Washington, Craven, Pender, New Hanover, Richmond, and Edgecombe counties. They also assisted in gaining 40 to 49 percent of voter strength within 47 counties. The Democrats, however, retained control of the remaining counties.


Continue reading → Black Politics on the Web

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dr. Laurie M. Johnson - An Introduction to Classical Conservatism

An introduction to classical conservatism, which is the older conservatism exemplified by Edmund Burke's critique of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution in particular.

Dr. Johnson is a Professor in the Political Science Department at Kansas State University. She was formerly interim director of the MA Program (2004 to 2005).

"Debunking Myths About African Involvement in the Slave Trade"

The first phase of the slave trade began not with a trade, but with a series of raids. -
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)




(Huffington Post) There are many misconceptions about African history and nowhere is this more true than the topic of the slave trade. Very often I see comments by people who argue that Africans sold each other into slavery. There is some element of truth to this, but to speak of the slave trade solely as Africans selling each other t is a gross oversimplification of what was a complex historical event. This also seems to be an attempt to shift the burden of the slave trade on the victims of that very trade. 

In How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Walter Rodney mentions how the white author of a book on the slave trade admitted that he was encouraged by other scholars to blame the slave trade solely on the Africans. This narrative helps to lessen European guilt by making Africans seem just as or even more guilty of being involved in the slave trade. This piece is not an attempt to ignore the African role in the slave trade or to absolve those that were involved, but to to provide a more complete picture of the African involvement in slave trade.

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Other articles on this topic: https://lc5827wdp.com/2013/11/27/white-slavery-practices-in-england-similar-to-american-southern-plantation-slavery-historic-reasons-why-you-see-in-arab-islamic-middle-eastern-countries-people-with-african-negroi/

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Andre E. Johnson, PhD ― Henry McNeal Turner: Church Planter, Politician, and Public Theologian

How America's first black army chaplain fought for freedom, justice, and democracy.




Christianity Today - Tradition holds that Henry McNeal Turner’s grandfather was an African prince. While his royal blood did not save him from slave traders who kidnapped him from his nation and brought him to South Carolina in the late 1700s, his lineage ultimately kept him and his family from slavery. South Carolina was a British colony when the prince arrived, and it was against British law to enslave royal blood. Free—but unable to return to home—the prince stayed and married a local woman. The couple gave birth to Turner’s father, Hardy, and in 1834, their grandson was born.

 From an early age, Turner’s life was marked by dreams. When Turner was eight, he dreamed that he was standing in front of a large, racially diverse crowd who were looking to him for instruction. He interpreted the dream as God “marking him” for great things, and it ultimately catalyzed his passion for education—at a time when it was illegal for African Americans, free or enslaved, to attend school. In spite of this discrimination, Turner began to teach himself through the help of a divine “dream angel” that he believed appeared to him in his dreams to help him learn. As Turner later told author William Simmons:

Continue reading → http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2017/september/henry-mcneal-turner-church-planter-politician-and-public-th.html

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Anita Baker ― You Belong to Me

Akil Alleyne ― Charlottesville, Punching Nazis, & the Folly of Aggressive Political Violence


Crystal Wright - Sad to See Trump Defend the Indefenisble

Certainly there were counter-protestors (some who engaged in physical tactics), including Black Lives Matter advocates, at Saturday’s white nationalists rally. But they didn’t kill Heyer or injure 19 other people.


Conservative Black Chick - Nearly eight months into his fledgling presidency, President Donald Trump seems to be committed to no one but himself and his perverse ideas of what makes America great.

Exhibiting his hallmark brutish behaviour, Trump doubled down in his defense of neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

“There is blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it,” Trump declared angrily, in a freewheeling, impromptu press conference Tuesday.

Answering questions from reporters, Trump blamed the tragedy in Charlottesville on “the alt-left,” rather than on the neo-Nazi, who plowed his car into a crowd of people, killing Heather Heyer.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump barked in reply to a reporter’s question.

Continue Reading - http://conservativeblackchick.com/blog/2017/08/21/sad-to-see-trump-defend-the-indefenisble/

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5 Reasons Why The Middle Class is Disappearing

Give me five reasons why you think the middle class is shrinking. Globalization, de-industrialization, debt, bigger government (pumping money into entitlement programs), advancements in technology (i.e. automation) and an expanding work force are six reasons why I think the middle class is shrinking.

Sir Roger Scruton: How to Be a Conservative

        


In the latest episode from Uncommon Knowledge, Sir Roger Scruton, a formally trained political philosopher, talks about his life and the events he’s witnessed that led him to conservatism. He first embraced conservatism after witnessing the leftist student protests in France in May 1968. During the ensuing riots in Paris, more than three hundred people were injured. Scruton walked away from this event with a change in worldview and a strong leaning toward conservatism. Visits to communist- controlled Poland and Czechoslovakia in 1979 cemented his preference for conservatism and his distaste for the fraud of communism and socialism, initiating a desire to do something about it. From thereon he dedicated himself to helping organize underground seminars for the young people oppressed behind the iron curtain.

Sir Roger examines a brief history of conservatism in the twentieth century of England in regard to Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill. Although he appreciates what Margaret Thatcher stood for, he argues that she had many conservative ideals but never used the conservative framework to organize her overall political strategy. Instead she organized around market economics, which was not always effective in the social, cultural, and legal areas. Peter Robinson argues that Winston Churchill did a much better job of organizing around conservative ideals but eventually lost an election because he didn’t have the vocabulary or the focus on free markets. They discuss the tenuous relationship between free markets and conservative ideals that have not mixed well together in British politics.

Robinson and Sir Roger discuss the 2016 political upset of Brexit in the United Kingdom and how the political analysts failed to predict the vote outcome, much like what happened in November 2016 in the United States. They deliberate how the issues around immigration from Eastern Europe to the United Kingdom contributed to Brexit, in addition to general dissatisfaction with the European Union. Thus, in the cases of both the United Kingdom and the United States, the media and intellectuals ignored the will of the “indigenous working classes” who made their voices known through their votes.

Jon Watkins ― Exposing The Paula White Heresy

“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.”– C.H. Spurgeon

Jon Watkins

After reading several recent articles, I was prompted to address the Jezebel Paula White. In one of the articles she claimed she led Trump to Christ. I know that is not true for two reasons. One being that Trump obviously has not been born again. The other being, you cannot give away something you do not have to give. Paula White does not even know what salvation is, or what it means to be born again, so she could not lead anyone to Christ! “If you do not get Jesus right, it does not matter what else you do get right!” – Mike Muzzerall.

 Ms. White believes that Jesus died a sinner, went to the burning side of hell for 3 days, and was at the mercy of Satan until God said enough. He then became the first born again person and came out of hell victorious over Satan! That is the Word of Faith in a nutshell. It is not Scripture and is Blasphemy!


Continue Reading - http://www.exposingsatanism.org/paula-white-heresy/

Monday, July 3, 2017

Glenn Loury & John McWhorter [The Glenn Show]


 


00:00 When the Glenn Show audience bites back
05:14 Whither the black conservative?
09:11 Does bias cause racial inequality?
17:20 What the Chicago attack reveals about modern morality
33:40 Is countering the liberal narrative on race and bias worth the trouble?
44:52 Debating whether the Trump cabinet is a 'cesspool'

Glenn Loury (Brown University) and John McWhorter (Time, Columbia University, Talking Back, Talking Black)

John H McWhorter ― When People Were Proud to Call Themselves ‘Neoliberal’

Today, neoliberal is used to refer to someone who bills themselves as a liberal but promotes ideas that actually inhibit individuals’ well-being. In the 1930s, the neo- in neoliberal meant “new.” But with this new meaning, the neo- prefix takes on a more specific connotation: “fake.”

The Atlantic -- There are words that in quiet moments one might feel one does not quite grasp the meaning of, despite encountering them on a regular basis and perhaps even using them. I’ve heard some include epistemology in this category; I would add dating, for its magnificent ambiguity.

Another, for many, is neoliberal. Today the word is generally used as a critique from the left to refer to capitalism run amok. Recently, the essayist George Scialabba described neoliberalism as “the extension of market dominance to all spheres of social life, fostered and enforced by the state,” a rather nefarious-sounding proposition, including “investor rights agreements masquerading as ‘free trade’ and constraining the rights of governments to protect their own workers, environments, and currencies.”

It is hard to imagine anyone openly espousing such goals. Yet many once did embrace the neoliberal label, even including thinkers still considered to be eminently reasonable: The renowned mid-20th century politics writer Walter Lippmann was an outspoken proponent of neoliberalism. A typical statement from him on the subject was that neoliberalism “relies upon the development of the latent faculties of all men, shaped by their free transactions with one another.” This orientation seems conservative only in its Burkean value of institutions and wariness of top-down solutions—as in, the type of conservatism readily taught at universities and seen by liberals and centrists as the “smart” kind.

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Stephen L. Carter ― The Supreme Court Is the Last Leakproof Institution

The last day of the term was full of news, as always, but none of it slipped out ahead of time.

Stephen L. Carter is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is a professor of law at Yale University.


BloombergView --- With another term of the U.S. Supreme Court behind us, full of decisions both predictable and surprising, perhaps we should take a moment to consider a question very much of the moment: Why doesn’t the court leak? The rest of Washington has reached the point where confidentiality is a joke. So why not the Supreme Court too?

I’m not saying that no secrets ever trickle down from our sacred legal mountain. Back in 2012, CBS News ran a story that Chief Justice John Roberts had changed his vote in the decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. Court-watchers were suitably shocked. Experts speculated on who the leaker might have been

Yet in and of itself, the leak wasn’t interesting. Justices change their votes all the time; in a deliberative, reflective body, one would even hope that this is true. Although disclosing the internal processes three days after a decision is handed down was treated justifiably as a big scoop, what’s proved harder for reporters is to discover the outcome of a pending case. 1  What made the Roberts story news was not its content but the fact that the court seems all but leak-proof.

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Chidike Okeem ― Model Minorities and Colorblind Cowardice

Group differences, whether real or apocryphal, can be used to discriminate and harm, but that does not make noticing genuine differences inherently problematic.

Image source: Chelsea Beck/NPR

 Voice of Chid --- Yesterday, I did an interview on Connections with Evan Lawson on NPR. The discussion focused on my recent Intercollegiate Review interview; however, other topics were addressed. Other than forgetting Sebastian Gorka’s name and a moment of inarticulateness, it was a decent performance for an extemporaneous interview, especially since I do not do them often. For the past few years, I have turned down several interview requests because I have been extremely busy.

During the interview, I defended Dr. Ben Carson against the unfair criticism he received for pointing out that poverty is partly a mindset. (See my Twitter thread on the topic.) Had Carson said that poverty is solely a state of the mind, I would have joined anti-poverty activists in their vigorous denunciations of his comment. However, what Carson said is patently accurate. In order to escape poverty, there is a wealth-building mindset that one ought to have, especially in a free-market economy. Carson, a man who grew up poor and became one of the most prominent pediatric neurosurgeons in the world, should be listened to on the topic of poverty. This does not mean that everything he says on the topic is beyond critique, but the idea of dismissing his comments with a wave of hand and heinously distorting his point is wrong.

Advancing the idea of a poverty mindset is not an attempt to dispute the existence of oppressive structures. Only someone being willfully uncharitable to Carson would suggest that is what he meant. Racism and discrimination exist. In defending Carson, I also made the point that there are older Chinese immigrants who arrive in America with nothing and work extremely hard to create opportunities for their children. (Kay Hymowitz’s piece Brooklyn’s Chinese Pioneers describes this very well.) Many immigrants do not subscribe to the notion that discrimination and oppression are unconquerable, which is why immigrant groups in America outperform the national average in many areas of educational and economic achievement. For highlighting this, I was told I was perpetuating the “model minority myth,” and I was also laughably accused of racism.

Let us start with racism.

How is racism promoted when one points out that both black Dr. Ben Carson and certain poor Chinese immigrants have the mindset required for the building of wealth in a free-market society? Which group did I suggest was inferior or superior because of their race? How can it be considered racist to praise the grit and determination of a certain demographic and argue that those characteristics are worthy of emulation? In a sociopolitical climate where the sitting President of the United States was rewarded with that office for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, using the term “racist” to describe someone earnestly praising immigrants is the zenith of absurdity.

As for the model minority point, I do believe that Asian Americans are used to castigate and pillory other ethnic minority groups. I have written on the strategic use of the success of Asian-American groups as a ruse to deny white supremacy. (See my piece from three years ago addressing Bill O’Reilly’s use of Asian Americans in this way, and the way in which statistics on Nigerian Americans expose his sophistical reasoning.) However, there is a fundamental difference between using Asian Americans and their successes as a tool of white supremacy and simply pointing out that there are some objectively salubrious attitudes and behaviors that some Asian-American groups demonstrate that are worthy of emulation. Unlike white supremacists, I am capable of acknowledging the fact that many immigrant groups have these characteristics, and I praised Dr. Ben Carson for also exhibiting these characteristics. Simply repeating “the myth of the model minority” is not a refutation of the fact that there are groups that have shown the behaviors needed to socially climb in a free-market society. (For more on this, Dr. Thomas Sowell’s The Economics and Politics of Race is fantastic.)

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John C. Frémont: Obscure Hero

John Charles Frémont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890) was an American explorer, politician, and soldier who, in 1856, became the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. During the 1840s, when he led four expeditions into the American West, that era's penny press and admiring historians accorded Frémont the sobriquet The Pathfinder.

A rather interesting find: One of Frémont's reports from an expedition inspired the Mormons to consider Utah for settlement.[16]



Friday, June 30, 2017

What to The Slave is 4th of July? -- 1841 Speech by Frederick Douglass

James Earl Jones reads excerpts from Frederick Douglass' speech "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" (July 5, 1852). --DemocracyNow: July 5, 2004. It is a dramatic reading from excerpts of Howard Zinn's "The People's History of the United States"


Black Unsung Heroes of Independence Day - Lafayette, James Armistead (1760-1832)

Lafayette, James Armistead (1760-1832)
 
 
James Armistead [Lafayette] was an African American spy during the American Revolution. Born in Virginia as a slave to William Armistead in 1760, he volunteered to join the Army in 1781. After gaining the consent of his owner, Armistead was stationed to serve under the Marquis de Lafayette, the commander of French forces allied with the American Continental Army.  Lafayette employed Armistead as a spy.  While working for Lafayette he successfully infiltrated British General Charles Cornwallis's headquarters posing as a runaway slave hired by the British to spy on the Americans.

While pretending to be a British spy, Armistead gained the confidence of General Benedict Arnold and General Cornwallis. Arnold was so convinced of Armistead's pose as a runaway slave that he used him to guide British troops through local roads. Armistead often traveled between camps, spying on British officers, who spoke openly about their strategies in front of him. Armistead documented this information in written reports, delivered them to other American spies, and then return to General Cornwallis's camp.

In the summer of 1781, General George Washington sent a message to General Lafayette, instructing him to keep his forces strong and to inform him of Cornwallis's equipment, military personnel, and future strategies.  Lafayette sent several spies to infiltrate Cornwallis's camp, yet none proved able to produce valuable information for him until he received Armistead's reports dated July 31, 1781. The information in these reports helped Lafayette trap the British at Hampton. Later that summer Armistead's reports helped the Americans win the battle at Yorktown, prompting the British to surrender.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Black Past ― Beckwourth, James Pierson (c. 1805 - 1866)

If any man of any color attained the ranks of legendary in the American West, it was James Beckwourth
 

 
(BlackPast.org) If any attest to his fame is necessary, one only needs to read the description under the accompanying lithograph and note that even in France, his fame preceded him. Coming to St. Louis, Missouri in the mid-1800's as the mulatto slave of his blacksmith father (who, according to the laws of the time actually owned his own son), the young man quickly set out to conquer the West as a mountain man. For at least two decades he roamed the mountains and plains of the West and Northwest as part of the French fur trade, colleague of men like Jim Bridger and Kit Carson.

According to his autobiography, he spent most of his adult life with Apaches, Crows and Sacs, who gave him the appellation Dark Sky. During these years he states that he fought in the
Mexican War, led the Crows in battles against Blackfeet Indians, helped arranged a peace treaty with the Apaches, and hunted elk, buffalo and bear all the while as he traveled from Kansas to California. Near Lake Tahoe he discovered a mountain pass that bears his name to this day.

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Crystal Wright ― 'Russian thing' quite the mess for Trump

This “Russia thing” has turned into such a mess.

Crystal Wright is a writer for The Toronto Star, and author of the newly released book Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division. As a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C, some would say she is a triple minority: woman, black and a Republican living in a Democrat dominated city.

The Toronto Star :At last! An independent counsel has come along to deal with the “Russia thing,” as President Donald Trump characterized his imbroglio with Moscow.

U.S. justice officials did what they should have done months ago — appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate whether the Trump campaign somehow colluded with Russia to win the election.

Serving under two presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — Mueller also holds the distinction of having served as director for 12 years, the longest tenure of any FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover.

You can’t get more bipartisan or trustworthy than this man.

“In my capacity as acting attorney general, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter. My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

This “Russia thing” has turned into such a mess.

In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has turned the most powerful position in the world into a buffet of scandals — of his own making.

Read more: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/18/russian-thing-quite-the-mess-for-trump