“From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L.: Ungrateful as the New Uppity” – Jelani Cobb, in The New Yorker

The Vice President engaged in an outrageous, unnecessary, taxpayer-funded political stunt at a football game just this past Sunday. The following excellent article written by Jelani Cobb, dated 24 September, exposes the truths about those who claim to be offended by players kneeling during the anthem.

Sixty years ago, Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, became a flash point in the nascent civil-rights movement when Governor Orval Faubus refused to abide by the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Faubus famously deployed the state’s National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from attending classes at the high school. In the midst of the crisis, a high-school journalist interviewing Louis Armstrong about an upcoming tour asked the musician about his thoughts on the situation, prompting Armstrong to refer to the Arkansas governor as several varieties of “motherfucker.” (In the interest of finding a printable quote, his label for Faubus was changed to “ignorant plowboy.”)

Armstrong, who was scheduled to perform in the Soviet Union as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the State Department, cancelled the tour—a display of dissent that earned him the scorn and contempt of legions of whites, shocked by the trumpeter’s apparent lack of patriotism. As the historian Penny Von Eschen notes in “Satchmo Blows Up the World,” a history of the American usage of black culture as a tool of the Cold War, students at the University of Arkansas accused Armstrong of “creating an issue where there was none,” and joined the procession of groups cancelling Armstrong’s scheduled concerts.

Click here to read full article: From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L. – Ungrateful as the New Uppity

Silent Moment Sunday: #takeaknee

Injustice…

…comes in many forms. The most obvious form is what occurred last Friday, when the cop who murdered Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 was acquitted of the crime. Jason Stockley shot and killed Mr. Smith with an AK-47, then tried to plant phony evidence justifying the murder. He gets off scot-free, thanks to the new “justice” department under klansman Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.

Just yesterday, a racist scumbag was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after murdering two Black men over a two-day period last week. Ken Gleason, 23, shot Bruce Cofield, 59, and Donald Smart, 49. From BBC News:

“A suspect has been arrested in the US state of Louisiana for the murders of two black men, which authorities said were “racially motivated”. Baton Rouge police have also charged Kenneth Gleason with attempted murder after shots were fired at an African-American family’s home.

Investigators say they discovered the 23-year-old’s DNA on pistol shell-casings found at the crime scenes. A lawyer for Mr Gleason, who is white, said his client denies the charges. During a search of the suspect’s home over the weekend, authorities discovered a speech by Adolf Hitler, as well as cannabis and human growth hormone, US media report.

Bruce Cofield, 59, and Donald Smart, 49, were both shot in separate incidents while walking on the streets of the Louisiana state capital last week. Mr Cofield was homeless, and Mr Smart had been walking to his job as a dishwasher at a cafe popular with Louisiana State University students.

Authorities believe the two victims were first shot from a car before the attacker walked over and continued firing at them as they lay on the ground. The attacks happened two days apart, and police say they believe neither man had any previous interaction with Mr Gleason. Police also believe Mr Gleason may have opened fire on the home of a black family in his neighbourhood, where he lives with his parents. Nobody was injured in that attack.

Baton Rouge Interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam said on Tuesday: “I feel confident this killer probably would have killed again, and could have potentially created a tear in the fabric that holds this community together.” Mr Gleason had just posted bail for unrelated theft charges when he was arrested for the killings. He has been booked on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of weapon, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.”

23 years old, and still living with his parents? Typical white-trash loser being enabled by his inbred, white-trash parents. Most likely doing nothing but posting self-righteous bullshit on Facebook and Twitter, while ignoring the festering hatred their words and deeds fertilized. If the narrative follows true to form, the usual empty platitudes of that asshole’s family and friends will be spouted: “We had absolutely no idea…” “He wasn’t raised that way…” “There was no indication that he would do something like this…”

Bullshit. Those empty words ring hollow, because they are complete and utter bullshit. See, injustice also takes a sinister and covert aspect when people actively, and willingly, ignore glaring red flags – especially when those flags are being waved by their own family members or friends. They tune out the people who are trying to say, “Hey – something isn’t right, there.” They shut us out and tell us, “Shut up! You have no clue what you’re talking about! YOU’RE JUST BEING JUDGEMENTAL!!!” Those people then go on and on, justifying the unjustifiable, excusing the inexcusable, and defending the indefensible. Then they act all shocked and surprised when a horror such as this occurs.

Pathetic.

NYC Police Officers Rally in Support of Colin Kaepernick

With the racist shit-storm swirling around the Drumpf’s golden-shower tower, brought on by his incendiary remarks and his support of murderous, hate-filled facists, an important event was missed by most – even by those who claim to report the “Good Black News” which I usually enjoy reading.

In case you didn’t know, many current and former officers from the New York Police Department rallied in Brooklyn yesterday to show their support for embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is still an unsigned free agent. From the New York Times:

Dozens of current and retired officers from the New York Police Department rallied on Saturday morning in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers player lionized and reviled for refusing to stand during the national anthem.

The gathering in Brooklyn Bridge Park was organized by Sgt. Edwin Raymond and attended by about 80 officers who wore black T-shirts emblazoned with “#IMWITHKAP.” Frank Serpico, a former officer who exposed corruption in the New York Police Department in the 1970s, attended.

Speakers, including City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, Democrat of Brooklyn, linked the backlash against Kaepernick’s gesture — no team has signed the quarterback for this season — to the violence last weekend during a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va., and more generally to issues of police accountability. Kaepernick, 29, stopped standing for the anthem last season, saying he was protesting violence against minorities, particularly by the police.

“As members of law enforcement, we can confirm that the issues he is saying exist in policing, and throughout the criminal justice system, indeed exist,” Sergeant Raymond said of Kaepernick. In 2015, he joined 11 other officers in filing a class-action lawsuit against the Police Department for policing practices they said discriminated against minority communities.

Colin Kaepernick is clearly being punished for taking a stand against racism. He isn’t the first athlete to do so, nor will he be the last, as long as people keep sticking their collective heads in the sand and refusing to talk about the issue of racism. It’s always a lonely fight when you speak out against racism and other divisive issues. Those of us who do so still sleep well at night, in spite of the morons who wish to shut us up and silence us. We’re still here, and we will continue to speak out!

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem in Raiders Pre-season Game

Marshawn Lynch has always been a person of honour and integrity, who rates a high degree of support and respect.

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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to the team’s NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

by Jeremy Woo via si.com

Oakland Raiders player Marshawn Lynch appeared to stage a silent protest before Oakland’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, taking a seat during the playing of the national anthem. AP photographers snapped Lynch taking a seat on a cooler on the sidelines as the anthem played.

Lynch’s apparent protest comes in wake of this weekend’s violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Va. and falls in line with what Colin Kaepernick started around the NFL last season as players found ways to protest racism and police brutality during the playing of the anthem before games.In Charlottesville, white nationalists with torches marched, chanted racial slurs and attacked counter-protestors in Charlottesville on…

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Procter & Gamble Releases Powerful Video “The Talk” to Increase Awareness Around Bias as Part of “My Black is Beautiful” Campaign

This…this, right here. Very timely, and very much needed!

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(image via “The Talk” by Procter & Gamble)

by Lilly Workneh via huffintonpost.com

A new video released Monday titled “The Talk” compellingly tackles the impact of racial bias through the lens of black parents in America. The video ― which was released by My Black Is Beautiful, a beauty brand owned by Procter & Gamble ― is a powerful two-minute clip that explores racial bias by depicting some of the burdens placed on parents of black children, who are challenged with having necessary but difficult discussions with their children about their survival and self-esteem.

The video follows several black parents who have talks with their children about the ways in which their skin color can affect how they are perceived and treated by others. In one scenario, a mom asks her son if he has his ID before heading to practice, in case he is stopped by police. In another…

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Musical Interlude: 5 On Friday

July is nearly over; August peeps ’round the bend. This day in history marked one of the first marches protesting the lynching and murders of African-Americans in Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, and other southern states. The “Silent Parade of 1917” was held in New York City. It’s a shame that white teachers in public schools don’t feel the need to teach this part of history to their students! This is why I put informative and educational posts here on my humble little blog from time to time – they are sorely needed. 100 years later, and things are still more or less the same. We’ve come a long way, and have much farther to go, but some are heavily invested in turning the clock back.

The weekend approaches, so how about some music? I will be gaming like a maniac as well, so tune in to my Twitch channel and watch the madness of Mid-Year Mayhem! I keep the laughter in slaughter on a regular basis…in-game, that is!

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Tribute Post: Bakari Jaward Henderson

Again. I have to write another one of these tribute posts, yet again. This one is to honour 22-year-old Bakari Henderson, who had his promising young life tragically and brutally cut short on the streets of Zakynthos, Greece. He was in a sports bar on Thursday night / Friday morning, celebrating his recent graduation from the University of Arizona and preparing to launch his own clothing line, when he was attacked and beaten by six white men of Eastern European descent. From the Washington Post:

Authorities are continuing to investigate the death of an American tourist who they say was brutally beaten outside a bar in Greece.

Bakari Henderson, 22, was with friends at a bar in Laganas, a tourist village on the island of Zakynthos, when the fight occurred early Friday morning. It began when another customer approached Henderson, and the confrontation quickly escalated to a fistfight outside, where more people beat Henderson, according to state news agency ANA-MPA. It is not known whether his friends were involved in the altercation.

It remains unclear what prompted the fight. At least eight people have been arrested and charged in connection with Henderson’s death, authorities said. Tiara Henderson, Bakari Henderson’s cousin, said in a Facebook post Friday that his death was the result of a “senseless crime” and “horrendous actions by the perpetrators.”

Surveillance videos from nearby shops showed the suspects beating Henderson even after he was unconscious, ANA-MPA reported. The recent University of Arizona graduate later died at a hospital.

I can only speculate as to why he was attacked, but I’m more than certain that it had to do with the colour of his skin. Europeans, especially those from the Slavic areas, are notoriously and irrationally hateful towards anyone with skin darker than a manila envelope; seeing a Black man with his arm around a white woman no doubt sent the inbred, racist sacks of filth into paroxysms of rage.

I hurt for his family and friends. For a parent to lose a child, that is a pain that I can’t begin to fathom. Losing your child in such a horrible manner? Even more frightful, sickening, and anguish-inducing. Waving good-bye to your kid at the airport, wishing him a safe trip and to return home soon from a fun-filled holiday – instead, having to contact a foreign office to request the return of his lifeless body. All because a pack of inbred animals felt justified in provoking a violent confrontation and ending the life of another human being. Ending the life of a bright, talented, dedicated young man who had so much to offer the community and the world. It isn’t lost on me that Drumpf the nazi is completely silent about this murder, but had all sorts of things to say about the mysterious coma and death of the young criminal who was imprisoned in Korea. He and his base don’t really give two tin shits about the killing of a young man who had committed no crime.

So sickening. So senseless. So wrong.

#BlackLivesMatter

Tribute Post: Bianca Roberson

I wish that I didn’t have to do these types of posts. It saddens me greatly to see this useless hatred, which explodes in violence and takes innocent lives. Another promising future snuffed out at the hands of a hate-filled, inbred, racist piece of filth. For what? Some imagined slight from a young girl in a car?

I’m speaking, of course, about the senseless, brutal murder of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson, who was shot and killed in an incident of “road rage” on (date). From the BBC:

A 28-year-old man has turned himself in to police investigating a suspected road rage attack on a teenager shot dead in Pennsylvania last week. David Andrew Desper surrendered to authorities on Sunday, accompanied by a lawyer, and was charged with first-degree murder.

Bianca Roberson, 18, sustained a fatal gunshot to the head in the attack.

The suspect is also charged with third-degree murder, possessing an instrument of crime and and reckless endangering. Gunfire rang out last Wednesday during evening rush hour as Mr Desper’s red Chevrolet truck attempted to merge on to a lane in Chester County at the same time as Ms Roberson’s car, say officials.

Yes, the white-trash cretin finally turned himself in for the deed, but not out of any sense of responsibility or morality. He only did it so that he can get a lighter sentence by appearing contrite – and he’ll only get a slap on the wrist for this reprehensible deed, if he gets any punishment at all.

My heart hurt too much to post about this immediately. I’m tired of seeing these incidents. I’m tired of mourning the senseless loss of another young life who had hopes, dreams, and goals. Losing another who would have done so much good for her family and community. Murdered by a racist fuck who only saw the colour of her skin…and promptly saw red.

#BlackLivesMatter

#SayHerName

Philando Castile Family Reaches $3M Settlement with City of St. Anthony, MN

My heart goes out to Valerie Castile, Diamond Reynolds, Philando’s daughter, and all of his family and friends. This is a small bit of justice, at the very least…

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Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile (photo via eurweb.com)

by Amy Forliti via thegrio.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile, the black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile, who is the family’s trustee, was announced Monday and comes less than two weeks after officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges connected to her son’s death.

Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, was shot five times by Yanez during a traffic stop after Castile told the officer he was armed. Castile had a permit for his gun. The shooting gained widespread attention after Castile’s girlfriend, who was in the car with her then-4-year-old…

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