Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Georgia could purge 330,000 voter registrations before 2020

"Voters are designated inactive if they did not vote in the past five years, according to the Georgia law enacted this year. Previously, voters had three years before they were deemed inactive. Registrations are canceled if they do not vote in the two general elections after they become inactive, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Georgia election officials reportedly have not decided whether they will release the list of names in advance.

The Hill reached out to the Georgia secretary of state's office for comment."

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The winds in Bulgaria are changing' – how a onetime Nazi ally is confronting its past

While some Eastern European countries are going to increasing lengths to whitewash their role in the Holocaust, Bulgaria is slowly starting to recognize the darker side of its own wartime actions – It’s something Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has long been fond of telling the world. “The Bulgarian people managed to save 48,000 Jews. That is why the Bulgarian people deserve great respect," he said once more in Skopje on Monday.

But there’s also a much darker side to the story. During World War II, Bulgaria occupied parts of what is now Macedonia, Greece and Serbia. Under direction from the Nazis, Bulgarian occupying forces – including the Commissariat for Jewish Affairs (KEV), headed by noted anti-Semite Alexander Belev – helped send more than 11,000 Jews in those areas to their deaths.

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Black Lives Matter Vs All Lives Matter: The Problem with Color Blind Racism | Phil Mazzocco | TEDxMansfield

It's very common to hear people posit that they "don't see color" or that we shouldn't when it comes to race. Social psychologist, Phillip Mazzocco unpacks research revealing that notions of racial "color blindness" actually do more harm than good.

 This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Monday, September 9, 2019

1867 - The First Wars: Lily-White Conservatism vs. Black Conservatism (Texas)

African-American activity in the Republican party focused on preventing the conservative faction from gaining control and driving out blacks, who in the 1880s formed 90 percent of the party's membership. By attracting like-minded whites, conservative Republicans hoped to compete effectively with the Democrats.

 George T. Ruby of Galveston, a Northern journalist and teacher who had moved to Texas to work in freedmen's schools; he became a well-known African- American Republican leader.

In July 1867 twenty whites and 150 blacks attended a Republican convention in Houston, where they endorsed free common schools and free homesteads from public lands for blacks and whites alike. Thus began a decades-long tradition of black Republicanism in the state. Despite widespread violence and intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan and Democrats, many black men registered for the first election in which they could participate-the 1868 referendum on whether to hold another constitutional convention and elect delegates. More blacks than whites cast ballots, and, with their white allies, they overcame the opposition of the majority of white voters and voted to hold another convention. The Convention of 1868–69, dominated by Republicans, included ten African-American delegates out of ninety. Among them was George T. Ruby of Galveston, a Northern journalist and teacher who had moved to Texas to work in freedmen's schools; he became a well-known Republican leader. All ten were active on committees and presented important resolutions. Though frustrated in attempts to secure certain constitutional safeguards for their people, they contributed to the accomplishments of the convention, which paved the way for the readmission of Texas to the Union in March 1870.

Reconstruction ended in 1873 with the defeat of Davis, an event hailed by a former governor as "the restoration of white supremacy and Democratic rule." The number of blacks in the legislature dropped, and white Democrats began reestablishing control of Texas politics. This was accomplished primarily by the Constitutional Convention of 1875, which was accompanied by continuing violence and intimidation aimed at blacks. In a state now controlled by white Democrats, African Americans experimented with three options: involvement in the Republican party, alliance with factions of Democrats, and collaboration with third parties. None of these proved satisfactory, however, given blacks' worsening legal status and shrinking share of the state's population. (Black Texans declined from 31 to 20 percent of the population between 1870 and 1900.) African-American activity in the Republican party focused on preventing the conservative faction from gaining control and driving out blacks, who in the 1880s formed 90 percent of the party's membership. By attracting like-minded whites, conservative Republicans hoped to compete effectively with the Democrats. Norris Wright Cuney of Galveston, an early protégé of Senator Ruby, was the astute leader of the black Republicans from the death of E. J. Davis in 1883 to his own death in 1897. 

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Twitter has a tempraily suspended our account for "suspicious activity" likely due to a post about slavery

We have followed the procedure for suspended Twitter accounts, and decided to wait before pursuing the matter further, at least until Twitter can take a look to see what occurred. Twitter has been a bit more aggressive recently due to Russian bots pretending to be black on Twitter. 

So, this might explain why this account gets an unusual amount of attention.

That Being Said...

We alerted our readers/followers some months ago that our blog  (which uses a google geolocation service) that we had discovered a very unusual number of Russian visits to our site: Russia were the second largest country after America coming to see a blog about African American conservatism -- around election time. But, why?

Again, this is not a statement of fact -- just an opinion: 

I suspect for two reason (likely more) The Black Conservative blog/twitter account are powerful - conservative - counter-narratives to the preferred racial narratives that The Trump administration, fame-oriented black conservatives groups/surrogates, and yes, even Russia want. This would make this particular account a prime target for such groups - a problem. In other words, precisely because it is authentic (not black coontastic-opportunist looking for a buck or Russian bot-bobleheads) trying to fake public support for the President -- we could be target.  

The second possible reason? To learn. The Russians, Trump's people, even their black surrogates know very little about Black Conservatism, and they need to fully understand the thing they seek to exploit.  They se value in race conversations, and using blacks who can counter other black opinions is of value to them. They will hire/pay/employ diversity, in order to destroy it. It is sad truth, but a truth nevertheless, that fame-oriented black conservatives know very little about the ideas they claim to represent and, quite a few see authentic black conservatism as a threat to their own influence and money, and whose only ideal is flexibility, that is to say they do not care about black conservatism -- just about using it. This particular type of fame-oriented and coontastic type of black-conservatism will even empower and network with Alt-Right Nazis, even The President's own son (even Twitter's CEO) to wage an information war on any narrative that does not compliment theirs or the President's political objectives. And, we already know that there are so-called "black-conservatives" fame-oriented ones who are closely aligned with the Trump administration who don't like this account. Over the years, others have stealthily sought to take it over -- sabotage @blackrepublican. Why? Control of The Narrative: They want to exploit/weaponize black conservatism for their own selfish objectives -- not for its value and its purpose. 

Since the blogs highlighting of The Lily White Movement (a successful southern-strategy in the Republican party to  colonize and de-negrofy the black legacy and identity within The Republican party (example: Black Republican leaders were barred in 1922 from the Virginia Republican congressional convention; and the state had imposed racial segregation in public places and had disenfranchised most blacks by this time )

This information has angered many white (and even black) conservatives because it challenges the "They Left Us for Food Stamps, & Goodies Myth".... it challenges a racial narrative and lie fervently spread and believed throughout much of the Republican party, today. African-Americans did not leave The GOP because of free stuff, laziness, or being brainwashed, or any other number of ridiculous lily-white arguments that have been put forward to rationalize African-Americans leaving the part of Lincoln. They simply have no real basis in fact. Blacks were leaving before The New Deal, or The Great Society Programs of Lyndon Jonsson.

 The facts show that white-supremacy crept into the early Republican party, and never left, and grew for white objectives - not black. They offer every excuse, but the most obvious one: White Supremacy and indifference to it by white moderate Republicans. This interplay between the two helped to de-negrofy Black Conservatism in the Republican Party.   

At the end of the day, this account is not about Obama or Trump (the blog/account existed before either) but about Black Conservatism. It is an attempt to validate and explain the various strains of ethnic conservatism that spring forth from oppression, and the African American conservatism is one such strain. It is an observable disposition. It is an ethnic and African conservative identity birthed in chains that is trying to make sense out of "the stuff" that oppression and opportunities have thrust on it -- made it.

That is the reality, irrespective of the objectives of others.
That is the reality, irrespective if this blog is here or not.

Lily-white movement from the Handbook of Texas Online

"Virginia Party Politics". Virginia Center for Digital History (University of Virginia). Retrieved 9 October 2009.

1982: Grand Wizard defends KKK policy on segregation

Ex Slaves talk about Slavery in the USA

Friday, August 30, 2019

Quote of the Day

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli

The Phantom “race card.”

First African American women to vote in Ettrick, Virginia, 1920 • These women, left to right, are Eva Conner, Evie Carpenter, Odelle Green, Virginia Mary Branch, Anna Lindsay, Edna Colson, Edwina Wright, Johnella Frazer, and Nannie Nichols

Stacia L. Brown

"The term “race card” is always evoked as an accusation, implying that black people are playing a game when we mention race in conversation. As the metaphor goes, the race card is a supposed trump card that’s used to shut down a conversation, to win some sort of rhetorical victory. But when you’re black in America, race is not just one card in a hand that can be played or not; it’s an integral part of our identity, as inextricable as our nationality, if not more so. So when a white person antagonizes us, we cannot ignore the fact of our skin color or the way our country has treated people of that skin color since its inception.

When a black person believes her experience—a white person yelling and throwing things at them, or using a derisive tone—has racist implications, she shouldn’t have to convince others of this. If there is any convincing to be done, the onus should be on the attacker, not the assaulted. By accusing Knowles of racism, or of “pulling the race card,” critics are not only erasing the original offense; they’re attempting to victimize the victim yet again, by accusing her of wrongdoing."

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Anthony Bradley on The Eric Metaxas Show talking about criminal justice reform and mass incarceration

James Baldwin - Precious Lord

Brookings Scholar Refutes Trump’s Portrayal of "Black Unemployment"

“For many Black Americans, the unemployment rate is significantly higher now than during the recession,” he said. “The national unemployment rate is the lowest in 50 years but it primarily reflects white employment dynamics. As for Black communities, they’re already in a recession.”

(The Washington Informer)  -- He notes that the national employment rate does not account for differences among racial groups, geographic areas or other specific characteristics which collectively paint a much different picture of the economy than the president reports. Further, he adds that despite the U.S. economy growing closer to full
employment – that is, when job opportunities exceed the number of available workers – Blacks now face unemployment levels akin to those reported during the Great Recession (Dec. 2007 – June 2009, according to economists).

Brookings Scholar Refutes Trump’s Portrayal of Black Unemployment

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Socialism IS NOT Communism


Donna Summer - My Life

Bradly Mason -- What Does 1619 Have To Do With 2019? A Crash Course

The creation of “Whiteness” and “Blackness” itself, with their attendant racist ideas, stereotypes, and natal hierarchy, is America’s true original sin.

(Also A Carpenter) - "There is widespread belief that racism and racist ideas as we know them today have been a feature of mankind since the fall of Adam. Many uncritically assume that if anything has significantly changed over the last several centuries, it has been from originally bad to increasingly good. But this is far from the truth. Accurate history reveals, rather, that racist ideas—as we know them in America—have largely been developed as justifications for pre-existing racial exploitation. The Atlantic slave trade was well under way before there even was such a thing as the “Black Race” or the “White Race,” both previously being a host of various nationalities, ethnicities, religions, cultures, languages, and phenotypical features. In fact, before the appearance of the most powerful justifications for exploitation, those of African descent had already become the only people group subject to lifelong servitude, viz., property; they and their children."

Thursday, August 15, 2019

After Slavery: The Camp Logan Mutiny

The Camp Logan Mutiny (also called the Houston Riot of 1917) was a reaction by 156 soldiers of the Third Battalion of the all-black Twenty-fourth United States Infantry Regiment after members of the Houston Police Department harassed members of the local black community and the black soldiers who attempted to intervene were also violently accosted. It took place over a single night, and resulted in the deaths of 11 civilians, five policemen, and four soldiers. The soldiers were tried at three courts-martial for mutiny. Nineteen were executed, and 41 were sentenced to life imprisonment.

 (Scope and content: The full caption for this item is as follows: Largest Murder Trial in the History of the United States. Scene during Court Martial of 64 members of the 24th Infantry United States of America on trial for mutiny and murder of 17 people at Houston, Texas August 23, 1917. Trial held in Gift Chapel Fort Sam Houston. Trial started November 1, 1917, Brigadier General George K. Hunter presiding. Colonel J.A. Hull, Judge Advocate, Council for Defense, Major Harvy S. Grier. Major D.V. Sutphin, Assistant Advocate. Prisoners guarded by 19th Infantry Company C, Captain Carl J. Adler.)

After Slavery:The History of Jim Crow - The Wilmington Massacre of 1898

The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Liam Hogan -- White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America Debunked

"False equivalence and an endless dishonest minimisation are characteristics of both Racial slavery denialism and Holocaust denialism. The system of racialised perpetual hereditary chattel slavery that was developed in the New World by Europeans has no equivalent in history.” - Liam Hogan

"Reducing race-based hereditary slavery (unique in world history) to a just another form of forced labour is a neo-Nazi narrative, other forms have been hereditary and durante vita, it's the racialised element (& its legal architecture) that has no parallel."-- Liam Hogan

“This is what underpins the far-right's endless whataboutery and tendency to equate slavery in different contexts across different millenia. The goal is to empty the history of the transatlantic slave trade of its unique racial element and thus remove its legacy as a determinant." -- Liam Hogan

Reviewing the fallout from an influential but fatally flawed work of popular history about “white slaves”

"To put it mildly these are simplistic, decontextualised and historically problematic assertions. Despite the author’s haphazard disclaimers to the contrary, their argument unavoidably draws a false equivalence between colonial slavery and colonial servitude. The book’s sensationalist and oversimplified approach to this complex topic means that this attempt at a relative comparison becomes an absolute equivalence in a general discussion. Since its publication ten years ago White Cargo has helped popularise the reductive fallacy that “slavery was slavery” in the history of British America. It has thus aided the growth of a deep misunderstanding and confusion about this history in wider society and has been seized upon at the fringes by White Nationalists and Neo-Confederates as “evidence” in their attempts to legitimate their racist worldview."

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Dr. Chidike Okeem -- White Nationalism: The Reason the Right Will Lose on Amnesty

A black, conservative professor explains the reason the Right will lose the immigration debate.

The problem isn’t that white nationalists don’t like illegal immigration; the problem is that they don’t like where these immigrants are emigrating from—and what the arrival of these immigrants is doing to the ethnic composition of the United States.

(Voice of Chid) -- The fundamental reason why serious conservatives oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants to the United States is because (a) we believe in the rule of law, and (b) we understand the threat it poses to our national security. However, it is becoming increasingly rare to hear this commonsensical viewpoint represented by popular conservatives in the media. Rather, “Amnesty will mean the death of the Republican Party!” seems to be the principal argument articulated by anti-amnesty commentators. This talking point, as I will explain, has more to do with white nationalism than it does conservatism.

While the rule of law and national security are central to serious conservative objections to amnesty, white nationalists, by contrast, primarily oppose illegal immigration because most of these immigrants are black and brown people from “Third World” countries. Since most minorities in the United States currently vote Democratic, many anti-amnesty political observers believe that more black and brown immigrants will increase the Democratic vote. Without question, if America ever has a problem of white, Western European people immigrating illegally to the United States in the future, some of the most vociferous critics of illegal immigration would be hypocritically mum on the subject. The problem isn’t that white nationalists don’t like illegal immigration; the problem is that they don’t like where these immigrants are emigrating from—and what the arrival of these immigrants is doing to the ethnic composition of the United States.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Boyz II Men - Doin' Just Fine (Official Music Video)

Scott Lawence -- The Question of Lead: A Thought on Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap

"I listened to this conversation between Dr. Glenn Loury and Coleman Hughes with great interest.  I found it to be at times thoughtful, challenging, frustrating, and maddeningly incomplete.  One example of the incompleteness, if not flawed nature of the conversation was the discussion of correlation between blood lead levels and levels of crime.  Hughes cited a book titled Lucifer Curves on this subject, but there is additional scholarship that seems to support lead-crime hypothesis (with lead as a contributing, but not the only factor in crime increasing and decreasing).  The incompleteness and the frustration I had with the argument was how quickly Hughes tossed off the assertion that “we’ve already removed lead from fuel”.  Absent from this throwaway line are factors like:

  • Sources of lead well beyond just fuel, including pipes, paint, dust, toys, pottery, imported canned goods, industrial waste, and batteries.
  • In addition to being highly-toxic, there isn’t really a “safe” level of lead exposure.  Damage from lead exposure is cumulative.
There are thousands of communities (not just Flint, Michigan) with lead in older housing stock (in paint dust or other sources).  Fairly often, these homes are where poor people live.  Fairly often, these poor people are black and brown.  And despite Dr. Loury’s stated desire for social remedies to be implemented on individual terms instead of racial ones, arguments about culture have been (and still are) used to stigmatize black and brown people who are poor as lazy and morally inferior in terms rarely applied to white people who are poor.  This “deserving poor” framing makes it that much easier to deny social remedies (and the government funds that enable them) to such communities–including remedies like lead abatement.  It also makes it easier to police such communities disproportionately compared to others, as seen in the case of Freddie Gray (who came from a community in Baltimore with a much higher prevalence of lead poisoning than elsewhere in my home state).  It’s also worth noting that in a previous episode of The Glenn Show, his guest  (Thomas Chatterton Williams) made a point about the history of arguments for class-based social remedies being undermined by racism."

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A Movement or a Troll? "Why claims that Kamala Harris “is not an American black” are suddenly everywhere."

"Beyond ADOS’s more fundamental issues, experts have also raised the alarm at how easily it could be hijacked for other purposes. Malcolm Nance, a counterterrorism and intelligence consultant for the U.S. government, warned on Twitter that “For 5 months a small group of black cyber security experts have been watching a bunch of black Trumpers using #ADOS & warning it was the leading edge of a racist Russian cyber attack on Kamala Harris."

- Rachelle Hampton -

(Slate Magazine) -- Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican,” read one of a dozen similar tweets questioning Harris’ identity sent in the moments after she, while confronting Joe Biden’s record of opposing desegregation, recalled being bused to school as a little girl. Another read, “KAMALA HARRIS IS NOT BLACK” and featured a photo of Harris with a “Kamala Dolezal” emblazoned across her face, referencing Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who claims to be “transracially” black. Yet another read, “Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. She’s not an American Black. Period.” That last one, written by black right-wing provocateur Ali Alexander, was retweeted by none other than Donald Trump Jr., along with a question: “Is this true? Wow.”

By the end of the night, Trump Jr.’s tweet had been deleted. But it was too late: The message of a fringe movement had been elevated to his millions of followers and, at least briefly, gone mainstream. The moment was months, or even years, in the making.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jeffrey Osborne - Only Human

From The Album Only Human 1991

Coerced to Confess: The Psychology of False Confessions

(The Psych Report) -- The reason why people confess to crimes they did not commit is because they are subject to pressures of interrogation, a highly aggressive form of social influence. In the interrogation, especially in American style interrogation, people can become so stressed and so broken down and they start to feel so hopeless about their current situation that they come to believe in a rational way a confession is in their best interest. In some cases, they get so confused by the fact that American police are permitted to lie about evidence — and I mean lie about DNA, prints, surveillance footage, polygraph results — that in some cases people accused of crimes, particularly kids and others who are limited intellectually, become so confused by the lies that they actually come to believe they have committed this crime they did not commit. They wonder why it is they can’t recall it. They are led to believe that it is possible for people to transgress without awareness, for people to do something terrible and repress it. So they develop basically an inference that they must have committed this crime.

Source: The Psych Report. Read full article.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Glenn Loury vs. Coleman Hughes on Slavery & Black Wealth

The Black Conservative View: When they want the pathology to be unique to black culture they are race conscious; but, when evidence suggest "the earliest most capital-intensive forms of Atlantic interaction.... The largest intercontinental migration in history before the mid-1800s" they are color-blind. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Ella Mai - Makes Me Wonder | @mikeperezmedia @mdperez88 Choreography

The History of Black Montreal

Concordia University history students share the results of their research into the history of the now-defunct Negro Community Center, a former pillar of the Black community of Montreal, Canada.

What If You Live in a Bad City?

(The American Conservative) -- This is something I’ve thought about a lot. And it applies to living in a “bad” town or rural area, as well. What if you live in a place that is ugly, broken-down, dangerous, bereft of community? Is it better to leave? And if you stay—how do you help transform such a place?

There are different kinds of “bad” cities, and thus different ways of trying to involve oneself in the betterment of those cities. If any commenters have thoughts on “bad” cities or towns they’ve lived in, and how they’ve worked to get involved in those places, I would love for you to share your thoughts.

One of the first sorts of “bad” cities that comes to mind would be the dangerous one—a city that has enough crime and hostility within it to make inhabitants feel uncomfortable and alone, a city in which it’s difficult to trust people. There are rural areas like this, too—indeed, cities aren’t any more dangerous than rural areas, according to the numbers. How to build community here is a difficult question, one that I don’t have a holistic answer to (and it’s probably a question that doesn’t have a perfect answer).

But one potential answer comes from Why Place Matters, an excellent book recently published by The New Atlantis. William A. Schambra, director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, wrote an essay for the volume about “Place and Poverty,” in which he tells the story of Family House, a ministry in inner-city Milwaukee.

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