Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Identity politics for white people ....

"When we talk about white identity, we’re not referring to the alt-right fringe, the white nationalist movement or others who espouse racist beliefs. Rather, we’re talking about everyday white Americans who, perhaps for the first time, are racially conscious."



(The Nation) -- The concept of “garden variety” white racial identity stands in contrast to conventional wisdom. In the last three decades of scholarship on whiteness as a race, the prevailing view has been that most whites fail to notice their own whiteness. In a society dominated by white people, whiteness simply fades into the background. Just as fish fail to notice the water around them, whites are unlikely to think about how they are members of a distinct group.

Our research shows that the era of “white invisibility” is coming to a close.

Read more: https://newrepublic.com/article/138230/rise-white-identity-politics

Historian Liam Hogan exposes yet another example of 'Lily-white" lies on Twitter ...

In order to reclaim their "Lost Cause" narrative for white-identity objectives -- white-identity-politics aka identity politics for white people is forever seeking to set other people's reality and history on fire — burn down any DISSIMILAR histories and identities' that do not compliment its "lily-white" delusions.

They seek to lay waste to the black identity and every rationale that ever forged it. They can lie and say, “You blacks, you Jews — because our histories are equal you’ve no unique special claim — nothing unique happened to you."

But, we know better.

They will NOT be successful.

--- The Black Conservative

Tina Turner & Eros Ramazzotti - The Best - Live Munich 1998 (HD 720p)


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Solution-Oriented Black Conservatives vs Fame-Oriented Black Conservatives


Tasha Cobbs Leonard - You Know My Name (Live)


Lawrence Goyot Recalls The Black Church In The Civil Rights Movement

Lawrence Goyot was a great civil rights leader and back in 1964, an activist in Mississippi helping Black Americans to fill out all the forms so they could get the right to vote. I will be posting other clips from his interview, done by me in 1989, as a part of my 6 part PBS television series, Making Sense Of The Sixties. Back in the mid-sixties I did several films on the civil rights movement and found the black church totally supportive and many white churches equally supportive.


Kanye West Walks Away From the MAGA Movement and Candace Owens

This video will prove how Candace Owens lied about Kanye West being associated with Blexit and the real reason why he walked about from her and the MAGA movement.

Quote of the Day

Reggie Williams | Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Harlem Renaissance


Pro-Trump Activists Blame Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens for Losing Kanye West

West’s exit from politics set off a flurry of despairing messages in internal group chats used by young conservatives, who were watching their party lose one of its last prominent voices over a dispute about T-shirts.
 

(The Daily Beast) -- Pro-Trump activists are fuming after Kanye West’s announcement that he’s “distancing” himself from politics, with the blame falling on two right-wing personalities—Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens—who fellow conservatives say used West to push their personal brands at the expense of the conservative movement.

“They really over-grifted that situation,” said Lucian Wintrich, a former White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit.

Continue Reading: https://www.thedailybeast.com/pro-trump-activists-blame-charlie-kirk-and-candace-owens-for-losing-kanye-west

Lily-White-Evangelicalism: Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right - The Boston Globe


How much of antiabortion rhetoric is really about the unborn, and how much is a convenient and even cynical cover for white evangelicals to support, as they did, a white supremacist like Roy Moore, in Alabama, or Trump himself, leader of the American birther movement and defender of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va.?

 

(The Boston Globe)  --  In 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, the biggest white evangelical group in America, the Southern Baptist Convention, supported its legalization. The group continued that support through much of the 1970s. And the late Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, did not give his first antiabortion speech until 1978, five years after Roe. 

Though opposition to abortion is what many think fueled the powerful conservative white evangelical right, 81 percent of whom voted for Donald Trump, it was really school integration, according to Randall Balmer, chairman of the religion department at Dartmouth. The US Supreme Court ruled public school segregation unconstitutional in 1954. In 1976 it ruled against segregated private schools. Then courts went after the tax exemptions of these private all-white Southern schools, or so-called segregation academies, like Falwell’s Liberty Christian Academy.

Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/02/05/race-not-abortion-was-founding-issue-religious-right/A5rnmClvuAU7EaThaNLAnK/story.html?event=event25 via - Boston Globe

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"The "Lily Whites' are trying to drive us [black Republicans] from the party councils" -- Scipio Africanus Jones

Scipio Africanus Jones (August 3, 1863 – March 2, 1943) was an African-American educator, lawyer, judge, philanthropist, and Republican politician from the state of Arkansas. He was most known for having guided the appeals of the twelve African-American men condemned to death after the Elaine Race Riot of October 1919.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Commentary: A black Republican feminist? Eunice Carter's story shows how times have changed

Eunice Carter, shown in 1944, was the first black female prosecutor in New York. A prominent Republican, she warned of the evils of sexual harassment back in the 1930s.

Eunice Carter, shown in 1944, was the first black female prosecutor in New York. A prominent Republican, she warned of the evils of sexual harassment back in the 1930s. (Gordon Coster/Getty)

(Chicago Tribune) -- "I wonder what my grandmother would have made of the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation. This isn't idle speculation. Although largely forgotten today, during the 1930s and 1940s, Eunice Carter was one of the most prominent black women in the U.S. At a time when so much was closed to those of her race and gender, she accomplished extraordinary things. She was a prosecutor in New York City, where she helped convict Lucky Luciano, the nation's most powerful mobster. She's been much on my mind the past few years, because I've spent the past several years writing a book about her. She is, in a sense, in my head.

Here's why I'm wondering where she would stand on Kavanaugh: Eunice was a tireless campaigner for women's rights. She even warned of the evils of what we now call sexual harassment back in the 1930s, when few people imagined that the treatment of women in the workplace mattered.

At the same time, she was a prominent Republican, heavily involved in national and local campaigns. She could, literally, get GOP presidential candidates on the telephone. And before you recoil in partisan horror, let's bear in mind the strange inversions of our tortured racial history. Eunice's Republican Party was not the party of today. She was born in 1899, and for most of her life, the Republican Party was the pro-civil rights side, and the Democrats — who at one convention in the 1920s made black delegates sit behind chicken wire — manifestly were not."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Black Conservatism - The Response is Not a Replica

"I maintain that Malcolm X was, for much of his public life, a black conservative."

― Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic



Black conservatism for the most part has always been a race-conscious response to White Supremacy - not a replica of it!


While black-conservatism can in theory be/become racist, it doesn't mean it is. For most of it's history it has maintained an inclusive (not exclusive) approach to integration, while maintaining its race-conscious identity. One outlier would be the Nation of Islam - a black conservative separatist religious movement.


"Burkean" or "classical" conservatism is not about race. It is an ideological response to the consequences of rapid change in a society. Black conservatism is a response to rapid changes in society brought on by scientific racism, the Atlantic slave trade, and white supremacy.

It is a rationale attempt to righteously engage evil -- not a facsimile of it.

Atlantic Starr - Always (1987)


Girl you are to me, all that a woman should be,
And I dedicate my life to you always
The love like yours is grand,
It must have been sent from up above
And I know you'll stay this way, for always
And we both know, that our love will grow
And forever it will be you and me
Ooh your life is sun,
Chasing all the rain away,
When you come around you bring a brighter day
You're the perfect one
For me and you forever we'll be
And I will love you so for always

David Boyle's Critique of David Horowitz's "Uncivil Wars: The Controversy over Reparations for Slavery"

excerpted from:  Unsavory White Omissions: A Review of Uncivil Wars , 105 West Virginia Law Review 655 (Spring 2003) (165 Footnotes Omitted) Book Review: Uncivil Wars: The Controversy Over Reparations for Slavery. By David Horowitz. San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2002. Pp. 147. $21.95.


by David Boyle

"Some might regard this book as an act of literary masochism. In the spring of 2001, I attempted to place an ad in college newspapers opposing the idea of paying reparations for slavery . . . (b)ut when my ad appeared on college campuses, the reactions were volcanic and the attacks on me were savage." With this opening passage of Uncivil Wars, author David Horowitz has taken the obvious trouble to position himself as a martyr; whether he is truly a martyr or not is another question.
Uncivil Wars relates the story, from the point of view of Horowitz, of his placing in campus newspapers an advertisement opposing payment of reparations, whether by the United States government or by anyone else, to African Americans for the slavery that their ancestors endured in this country and in the colonies which existed before the Declaration of Independence n 1776. The title of the book refers to the rancor and debate which surrounded the publication of the advertisement, including massive public criticism of Horowitz, and actions such as those of university students who destroyed, en masse, copies of the newspapers containing the advertisement. In an ironic fashion which counter poses "uncivil" to "civil," the title also refers to the American Civil War which led to the freeing of the slaves--though the war did not lead to the restitution which could or should have been theirs, or their descendants,' for the slaves' hundreds of years of unpaid or badly paid labor.

A black conservative journalist responds to David Horowitz's article, "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea and Racist Too".

In 2001, the Baltimore Times and former Sun columnist Gregory Kane offered a fair and generous critique of David Horowitz's article, "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea and Racist Too". While conceding that Horowitz had some points, he nevertheless challenges some of his core claims.

Below are his responses to a few of those claims.

Gregory Phillip Kane (c. 1951 – February 18, 2014) was a black conservative American journalist, professor and political and social commentator. In 1997, Kane was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism for a three-part series about slavery in Sudan.

Claim - (1) Reparations to African-Americans have been paid. Since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts and the advent of the Great Society in 1965, trillions of dollars in transfer payments have been made to African-Americans in the form of welfare benefits and racial preferences (in contracts, job placements and educational admissions) - all under the rationale of redressing historical racial grievances.
It is here that Horowitz left himself open to the charge that his ad was racist. He's guilty of muddling a bit of history as well. Welfare payments didn't start with the Great Society in 1965. They started during the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt as the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. And it isn't only blacks who receive welfare payments. Plenty of whites do. To call them "reparations" for blacks is just downright silly, and preferential jobs and admissions for blacks are no more reparations than similar preferences given to veterans.

Claim - (2)
What about the debt blacks owe to America? Slavery existed for thousands of years before the Atlantic slave trade, and in all societies. But in the thousand years of slavery's existence, there was never an anti-slavery movement until white Anglo-Saxon Christians created one.
More muddled history from Horowitz. The American anti-slavery movement started on these shores when the first African started the first slave revolt, and the first Maroon bolted and hit the bushes rather than be held in bondage. Horowitz goes on to say in this passage that Abraham Lincoln "gave his life to sign the Emancipation Proclamation." That's a strong argument that he should have left his ninth point off the list completely.

Dimensions of Black Conservatism in the U.S.: Made in America

Dimensions of Black Conservatism in the US is a collection of twelve essays by leading black intellectuals and scholars on varied dimensions of black conservative thought and activism. The authors have provided a historical context for the reader with several articles examining the origins and development of black conservatism.

Introduction / Gayle T. Tate and Lewis A. Randolph --

1. Black Creole Cultures: The Eighteenth-Century Origins of African American Conservatism / Rhett S. Jones --
2. The American Moral Reform Society and the Origins of Black Conservative Ideology / Robert E. Weems, Jr. --
3. "There is no refuge in conservatism": A Case Study of Black Political Conservatism in Richmond, Virginia / Gayle T. Tate and Lewis A. Randolph --
4. The Politics of the Anti-Woman Suffrage Agenda: African Americans Respond to Conservatism / Rosalyn Terborg-Penn --
5. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it": Thomas Sowell on Black Women, Affirmative Action, and the Death of Discrimination / Rhonda M. Williams --
6. The Neoconservative Assault on Black Males: Origins, Objectives, and Outcomes / James B. Stewart --
7. The Individual Ethos: A Defining Characteristic of Contemporary Black Conservatism / Sherri Smith --
8. Remaking African American Public Opinion: The Role and Function of the African American Conservatives / Hanes Walton, Jr. --
9. The Lonely Iconoclast: George Schuyler and the Civil Rights Movement / Oscar R. Williams, Jr. --
10. Neoconservatives, Black Conservatives, and the Retreat from Social Justice / Frank Harold Wilson --
11. Black Conservatives and Class Relations / Marcus D. Pohlmann --
12. Beyond Black Neoconservatism and Black Liberalism / James Jennings.

https://www.library.illinois.edu/afx/subject-bibliographies/black_conservatives/

A Brief Introduction to Black Marxism

How Communism Failed in the Soviet Union and China Economic Systems Exp...

Richard Spencer is a Ridiculous Person (RE to White Nationalism)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Journey - Faithfully (Official Video)

They say that the road ain't no place to start a family
Right down the line it's been you and me
And loving a music man ain't always what it's supposed to be
Oh, girl, you stand by me 
I'm forever yours...
faithfully

Quote of the Day

First they came for the Jews,
but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew.
Finally, they came for me.


Makala – Official U.S. Trailer


Makala (Swahili for "charcoal"), the new documentary by Emmanuel Gras, is a powerful testament to one man's commitment to his family, and his endurance in working to provide them with a brighter future. Kasongo, a 28-year-old man living in Congo with his wife and daughters, dreams of purchasing a plot of land on which to build his family a home. He sees his opportunity to earn money by selling charcoal, culled from the ashes of a mighty hardwood tree that he has felled and baked in an earthen oven.

Loading up the bags of charcoal onto the back of his bicycle, Kasongo sets off on a daunting journey – up steep hills and across treacherous roads – to sell the charcoal at market. Featuring stunning cinematography that finds beauty in this tireless labor, Makala won the 2017 Grand Prize and Golden Eye Special Mention for Best Documentary at International Critics Week in Cannes.

Opened on August 24 at MoMA before expanding to select cities: bit.ly/makalafilm

Ancient Africa: How Europeans have it wrong - Prof. Kevin MacDonald, UCL African Studies

Dr. Anthony Bradley -- How D.C. has criminalized black teen entrepreneurship

Dr. Anthony Bradley is a professor of religious studies, chair of the program in Religious and Theological Studies, and director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King’s College. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad.


(Washington Examiner) -- On a hot and humid 88-degree summer day in Washington, D.C. in June, three teenagers were handcuffed and detained for selling water.

Yes, water. The teens were not selling drugs, stolen merchandise or bootleg cigarettes. They were selling water on the National Mall.

According to the U.S. Park Police, the teens were handcuffed for illegally vending without a license. They were detained by police but eventually released to their parents without charges. While this might seem like a minor incident, it is one all too frequent example of government taking away opportunities from young entrepreneurs.
These teenagers should have been celebrated for their initiative, not handcuffed. They saw a real human need and took action to meet it. On hot, humid days, people need water. These teens were not exploiting people or taking advantage of the needy; they were being creative problem-solvers. Isn't that what we want teenagers to aspire to become?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Toni Braxton - Long As I Live

George B.N. Ayittey, PhD -- Myths about African Participation in the Slave Trade

"History can be written from three perspectives: from that of the victor, a neutral observer and that of the vanquished. Much of Africa’s history was written by the colonialists (the victors) and obviously the victims of colonialism see things differently."

 Much of Africa’s history was written by the colonialists (the victors) and obviously the victims of colonialism see things differently. For example, seeing no boxes with “ballots” written on them or a building with “Parliament” written on it, many European colonialists jumped to the conclusion that Africans were laboring under horrible and despot chiefs. Therefore, colonialism was good for the Africans because it liberated them from their terrible rulers. This was one monumental nonsense.
True, there were no boxes with ballots written on them and no building with Parliament written on it but that did not mean the essence of democratic governance was unknown. That mythology was as nonsensical as the claim that since there were no hamburgers in the village, so Africans did not eat.
 That mythology originated from their failure to make a distinction between the existence of an institution and different forms of the same institution. There are different types of food. The absence of one type – hamburgers – does not mean a complete absence of other types of food. Similarly, there are different types of democracy. Democratic decisions are taken by majority vote or by consensus. In traditional Africa, decision-making is by consensus. The absence of voting did not mean Africans were living under terrible despotic Chiefs.
 There are many other myths about Africa – in particular, African participation in the slave trade. Written from the African perspective, the following seeks to demolish these myths.

MYTH No. 1: Africans were selling themselves off into slavery before the Europeans on the continent.
 It is true there was slavery in Africa but not the inhumane chattel variety. Slaves in Africa enjoyed certain rights and privileges. Generally, there were no slave markets in black Africa because of the value black Africans place on humanity. The slave markets that were in Africa, according to historians, were in North Africa (or Arab North Africa) - in such places as Fez and Tripoli.
 Slaves generally were principally war captives from inter-tribal warfare. Say there was a war between two neighboring tribes – the Ashanti and the Fante – and 5,000 Fantes were taken prisoner. The Ashanti King had the following options:
 1.     To keep the 5,000 Fantes in prison, which means he would have to feed, clothe and shelter them - an expensive economic proposition;
2.     To kill them, a very inhumane prospect; or
3.     Sell them off as slaves and use the proceeds to purchase weapons to defend his Ashanti people;
4.     Absorb and integrate the war captives into Ashanti society, a long, arduous and dangerous process since safeguards must be put in place to ensure that former combatants would pledge allegiance to a new society and authority.
 Which option do you think the Ashanti King would take? If you said the third option, you are right because it was the most humane and economically expedient. The Ashanti also chose option 4, absorbed former war captives (slaves) into their society. To make their
integration into Ashanti society as smooth as possible, even the Ashanti King was forbidden to disclose the slave origins of any of his subjects.
 Now, the more important issue is this. YES, the Ashanti King did sell Fante prisoners of war as SLAVES and therefore participated in the slave trade. BUT the Ashanti King did NOT sell his own people - an important distinction. It was the Europeans who failed to make this distinction, which has been the source of much mythology about the slave trade.
 The Europeans made no distinction between the Ashanti King and the Fante slaves. To the Europeans, it was a BLACK African King selling BLACK Africans. Therefore, Black kings and chiefs were selling their own kind or people. Nonsense. To the Ashanti King, the Fantes were NOT his people but rather the Ashanti.
 Recall that about that time in history, medieval Europe was also fighting tribal wars -  between the Flemish, French and the Germans. They were also enslaving one another. But you don’t hear the expression, “The Europeans were enslaving their own kind?” do you? Rather, you read of Germans taking French slaves and vice versa.  So make the same distinctions in Africa - The Ashanti King taking Fante slaves, etc.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

“For I am my mother’s daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.”

— Mary McLeod Bethune, African American educator



Bruno Mars - Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] [Official Video]