Where are the Afro-Brazilians in history books? 17 black people that you never learned about in school

This is an all-too-common practice, unfortunately. The “white-washing” of history is shameful and needless. Ignorant, narrow-minded colonials with supremacist beliefs wish to erase and eliminate the rich heritage and culture of non-white peoples worldwide.

Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s article is short, right to the point and something that my research and experiences on/in Brazil demonstrate why such material is important. The first reason is something I’ve mentioned in a previous post. On my very first trip to Brazil, I went to Salvador, Bahia, a city that is considered the country’s center of African culture. Within a few days of my arrival, one of my friends who was acting as my guide in the city along with a young man I had become acquainted with shortly thereafter took me to a small restaurant in the city’s historic Pelourinho district. In this small restaurant, I saw a photo of the great intellectual and anthropologist Lélia Gonzalez. As I stood in awe of the photo, my two companions wondered why I was looking at the photo. Neither of the two had any idea who…

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Tuesday Tributes: Victims of Hate

Charleena Lyles, a pregnant, 30-year-old mother of four, is the most recent person to be gunned down in cold blood by killer cops. She was murdered by the very police officers she contacted for help, when she called them to report an attempted burglary. From the Seattle Times:

Dozens of people attended a vigil Sunday night for a 30-year-old woman fatally shot by Seattle police as department use-of-force investigators probed how officers wound up killing a woman who had called police for help. Just after 10 a.m. Sunday, Seattle police responded after the woman had called to report an attempted burglary at her Magnuson Park apartment. At some point, police said, she displayed a knife and two officers shot and killed her.

Relatives identified the woman as Charleena Lyles. Family members said she was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for the past year. They said she was concerned authorities would take her children, one of whom they said has Down syndrome. Family members arriving about two hours later were distraught and questioned why police shot her. She was “tiny,” they said, and believe her race — she is African American — was a factor.

Yes, she had a knife. She probably wasn’t allowed to own a gun, or maybe she didn’t want guns around her children. She had armed herself to defend herself against the person who was breaking into her house. She called the police to report it – and they shot HER instead. Executed for having the temerity to, you know, do the right thing instead of taking matters into her own hands. But wait, there’s more…

Remember Philando Castile? He was fatally shot by a cop last year, in front of his girlfriend and their 4-year-old daughter. The aftermath of the brutal murder was live-streamed by Diamond Reynolds, as Philando had been cooperating with the cop’s instructions – but was still shot multiple times. From Reuters:

A Minnesota police officer was acquitted on Friday in the slaying of a black motorist he shot five times during a traffic stop last year, an incident that drew national attention after the victim’s girlfriend live-streamed the bloody aftermath on social media. St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who testified that he feared for his life when he fatally shot Philando Castile last July, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

The jury of seven men and five women, 10 of whom were white and two of whom were black, sided with the officer after deliberating for more than 25 hours spanning five days, acquitting Yanez on all charges. The shooting death of Castile, 32, in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights triggered local protests and fueled debate across the country over the appropriate use of force by law enforcement against minorities.

Friday’s verdict drew an angry reaction from Castile’s mother. “I’m mad as hell right now,” Valerie Castile told reporters after the verdict. “My first-born son died. … Just because he was a police officer, that makes it OK.”

She said the verdict shows “the system continues to fail black people.”

This latest travesty of justice isn’t surprising to myself or other people. I would have been shocked if the officer had been found guilty, because cops get away with murder – especially the murders of non-white people. And, the rampant hate just keeps growing…

17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was beaten to death after she and friends left a mosque in Sterling, Virginia and had breakfast at a nearby IHOP. From the Washington Post:

The death of a Virginia teenager who police say was assaulted and then disappeared after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area isn’t being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday. On Sunday, police found the girl’s remains and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the case.

The mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, and relatives identified the girl as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston. Fairfax County police identified the man charged with murder in her death as Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling. On Monday, they did not release any explanation as to why they weren’t investigating the murder as a hate crime.

According to accounts from police and a mosque official, a group of four or five teens were walking back from breakfast at IHOP early Sunday when they were confronted by a motorist. All but one of the teens ran to the mosque, where the group reported that the girl had been left behind, according to Deputy Aleksandra Kowalski, a spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

“Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS’ personnel notified both Loudoun County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl,” the mosque said in a statement. Loudoun and Fairfax police jointly conducted an hours-long search around Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive in Herndon, which is in Fairfax. Remains thought to be the girl’s were found about 3 p.m. Sunday in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling. During the search, an officer spotted a motorist driving suspiciously in the area and arrested Torres, police said.

So…she was attacked and killed, but it isn’t a hate crime? Sorry, but it doesn’t qualify as “road rage” to me. “Road rage” implies that all people involved were in vehicles; in this case, the teens were on foot and were “confronted by a motorist.” How in the hell is this NOT a hate crime?

I’m just so weary of all the hate, the mindless rhetoric, and the general shit being spewed by the fearful and the xenophobic. There’s no sense or reason to it. Nobody is interested in talking about the problems, and they certainly can’t be bothered to attempt to think about solutions. “It’s not my problem,” they say, “so it’s not my job to find a solution.” I suppose that’s all well and good – but, I wonder what those same people would say if a tragedy like the ones listed here hit them close to home? Would they still say that it isn’t their problem, or would they be galvanized into action?

I wonder…

Midweek Memes: ROFLMAO!!!

This random mish-mash of memes covers everything that I’ve noticed happening since the beginning of the month: from gaming, to politics, to racist pseudo-science and the surging hatred against Muslims and those who identify with the religion of Islam. The psychotic word-salad the pseudo-scientists use is beyond laughable – it’s one of the obvious symptoms and identifiers of the ‘reasonable racist.’ They’ve been coming out of the woodwork more and more…they’re like cockroaches!

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The final pillar of the debunked ‘racial democracy’? Post-doctorate research project exposes racism and racial hierarchies within interracial families

Too few people ever truly examine the disease of racism within themselves, much less how they became infected with it. This article discusses how bigotry, racism, and self-hatred manifest in multi-cultural families. I’ve certainly seen it up close and personal in my own family!
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, I don’t know why this research would come as a surprise to anyone who has studied the issues of race and racism in Brazil. Maybe if one were to seriously believe the rhetoric about race relations it could come as a surprise. After all, popular discourse among millions of Brazilians posits that racism cannot exist because of the existence of so many interracial couples. Or that, as Brazilians are all mixed, “somos todos iguais” (we are all equal). We’ve already seen so many examples of how racism functions in Brazilian society (in the labor market, in the media, or in schools, for examples)  that anyone who seriously denies the existence of white supremacy would come across as either blatantly lying, in denial or openly attempting to cover up the facts. 

In reality, the truth about how racism…

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Tribute Post: Richard Collins III

A promising young life was cut tragically short on Saturday, 21 May. Richard Collins III, a student at Bowie State University (BSU) in Maryland, was visiting friends at the University of Maryland (UMD), enjoying a weekend celebrating his upcoming graduation. At around 0300, while waiting for an Uber near a UMD bus stop, he was approached by a hostile man screaming racist obscenities who ordered him to “step left if you know what’s best for you.” From the Huffington Post:

The FBI is considering the fatal stabbing of a black college student a possible hate crime after learning the suspect is a member of a white supremacist Facebook group. Sean Christoper Urbanski, a 22-year-old student at the University of Maryland, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault following the recent slaying of Richard Wilbur Collins, a senior at Bowie State University. The UMD Police Department enlisted the help of federal law enforcement after discovering Urbanski’s connection to “Alt-Reich: Nation,” a racist Facebook group that posts disparaging content about African Americans and other minority groups.

Collins was visiting UMD during graduation weekend when Urbanski allegedly stabbed him early Saturday morning. The BSU student was waiting for an Uber near a UMD shuttle bus stop with a couple of friends when a screaming Urbanski allegedly approached the group around 3 a.m. Witnesses told police that Urbanski was intoxicated and incoherent as he shouted at Collins to “step left if you know what’s best for you,” according to court documents obtained by News 4 Washington. After Collins refused, Urbanski allegedly thrust a “3 to 4 inch silver blade” into the victim’s chest. When police arrived on the scene, they found Collins bleeding and laying on the sidewalk as Urbanski sat on a bench roughly 50 feet away.”

Richard had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army just two days prior to his brutal, senseless murder. Today would have seen him graduate with honours from Bowie State University. Instead, his father accepted his degree, which will be posthumously conferred on another student. A moment of silence was held during the commencement ceremonies, and an empty chair draped with his graduation gown was in the front row seating.

I know that this offends many, but I don’t really give a shit. Me talking about racism when it horribly impacts whole families, not just myself, isn’t “overtly focusing” on it or being “racially charged.” The hate-filled, shit-spouting coward who committed this crime is the one keeping racism alive – not me. A useless, inbred shitstain on the fabric of humanity felt the need to take the life of another human being because of a diseased belief that skin colour makes one superior or inferior. The sickest thing in all of this, are the people who directly contribute to this nonsense by spewing lies in offices, schoolrooms, houses of worship, and / or the privacy of their own homes. A father and mother are mourning their son tonight, hearts breaking as they see that empty chair. Joy and dreams shattered in an instant, all because of the rampant disease of racism – and very few seem genuinely interested in even trying to find a cure.

And So It Goes…Again, & Still…

A tiny bit of justice came about yesterday. I say ‘tiny’ because, while it was unexpected, it was overshadowed by the colossal injustices which have occurred in the past week. Since there’s not been a peep about these events, I figured I’d post them here.

First off, the bit of justice was for the family of Walter Scott. Remember him? Of course you don’t. Let me refresh your short, collective memories. He was the unarmed Black man, shot multiple times in the back by a hate-filled cop who claimed that he was acting in “self-defense.” The cop pleaded guilty, but only after some pathetic plea deal was reached. The plea deal dropped two other charges against the murderer, who will most likely get a slap on the wrist when he is sentenced. Those of us who know how things work in the real world will be surprised if he gets life in prison, because the likelihood of that is slim to nil.

Next up, this little tidbit out of Texas. On Saturday, 29 April, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by yet another racist cop. He was shot in the head while leaving a party with his friends and one of his siblings in Balch Springs. The cop was fired, but that is probably as far as it will go. Texas isn’t known for being a bastion of good sense, that’s for sure!

Next, the travesty surrounding the cold-blooded murder of Alton Sterling in Louisiana. He was shot point-black in the chest as multiple cops held him to the ground. The excuse? He was reaching for one of the officer’s guns. Yeah, right. I believe that just like I believed the cop claiming he shot Walter Scott in the back because he “feared for his life.” At any rate, the Department of (in)Justice, now headed by that inbred, racist, white-trash sack of shit named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, is refusing to charge the officers involved in Alton’s murder. Sad to think that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Fame doesn’t protect us from being harassed by hate-filled fucks, either. Adam Jones, a center-fielder for the Baltimore Orioles, was treated to Boston “civility” when Red Sox fans hurled peanuts and racial slurs at him during a game on Tuesday. The Orioles won the game, so Bostonians showed their true colours that night. Adam was given a standing ovation at last night’s game as a token ‘apology.’ Gee. How mighty white of you, Boston! That makes it all better, right? 70 years after Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in Major League Baseball, and this is still the bullshit that Black players have to deal with.

Even here, on my humble little blog, racist assholes still try to get their silly, inane, nonsensical comments through. The overt ones are almost comical in their attempts, while the covert ones insult my intelligence, make subtly condescending remarks, and go overboard with verbose word-salad. I guess they think that if they throw enough words around, I’ll get confused. Sorry, that trick doesn’t work on me. When you know how a trick works, the magic and mystery of it vanishes. It doesn’t hurt that I grew up in a part of the USA that allowed me to encounter both overt and covert racists, so I can smell either a mile away. You’d think that they’d be too busy starching and ironing their crinoline petticoats, pointy white hats, and long white robes for their weekend “re-enactments” to bother with me! Just goes to show how little sense those people have.

Timothy Caughman: Victim of Domestic Terrorism

This is Timothy Caughman, the 66-year-old Black man who was brutally murdered in New York City on 20 March. His killer, James Harris Jackson, is a self-described “white supremacist” who harbored intense hatred for Black people in general, but Black men in particular. He turned himself in to the local authorities in the wee hours of 22 March, after stabbing Mr. Caughman multiple times with a 24-inch, double-edged sword:

On his Twitter page, 66-year-old Timothy Caughman described himself as a “can and bottle recycler” as well as an “autograph collector.” He hoped to visit California one day and expressed his deep love for this country on Election Day by standing in line and taking part in the democratic process. However, Caughman lived in a country where everyone did not love him back. Since the election of Donald Trump as president, the nation has seen a rise in hate crimes and bigotry. On Monday, Caughman became a victim of one of those hate crimes.

On March 17, Army veteran James Harris Jackson, 28, took the Bolt Bus from Baltimore to New York City with an extremely disgusting plan in mind: to kill Black men. Days later, Jackson crossed paths with Caughman as he collected bottles close to the Midtown homeless shelter where he lived. The altercation turned deadly when Jackson pulled out a sword and stabbed Caughman multiple times in the torso.

After the brutal attack, Caughman stumbled into a nearby police precinct with wounds to his back and chest, said Assistant Chief William Aubry, the commander of Manhattan South detectives, as reported by the New York Times. Caughman was then transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

A quiet man who was minding his own business became a victim of domestic terrorism, yet no buildings will dim their lights for him. Only the people who knew and cared about Mr. Caughman will be holding a candlelight vigil, or placing flowers near the place where his life was taken. The standard, ridiculous excuses of “insanity” are already being bandied about by heartless lawyers. They offer up that lame defense as if it were a valid excuse, but there is no defense or excuse for the inbred cretin who murdered Mr. Caughman in a most up-close-and-personal way.

I lit a candle for Mr. Caughman – it’s the least I can do. Doing a little bit, sometimes, is better than doing nothing at all. Many people don’t seem to understand or respect that. It’s a shame.

Funny Sunday Memes: 5 March 2017!

I was inspired to do this post due to some recent conversations with others, both online and IRL. It amuses me when a person says something sarcastic to me, so I respond in kind – and their response is, “Why are you so offended?” I would ask this: Why do you assume that I’m offended when I treat you in the same way that you chose to treat me? If you say something sarcastic, then expect a sarcastic response – right? If you come at me foaming-at-the-mouth mad over nothing, then expect a big “FUCK YOU” in response. That isn’t being offended, that is me ridding myself of your psychotic presence as quickly and efficiently as I know how. If you’re trying to offend me with sarcasm for some reason, then that’s on you. Incidentally, it takes a hell of a lot more than a snarky / barbed / insulting comment to offend me…just sayin’.

On that note, enjoy these funny memes – I have an excellent Monday post in mind, now!

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#NotMyPresident

Re-blogging one of my own posts, since it is just as deserving of more views as the posts of others that I re-blog! Also, I included a link that is worthy of reading…no re-blog option, so this is the next best thing.
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Well, the day has arrived. Here in the states, some groups of people are elated. They give their ‘white-power’ salutes as they goose-step along, waving their confederate flags and nazi banners, screaming “Sieg Heil!” and “Heil Drumpf!” They are tickled pinker than they already are, now that their “chosen one” has been sworn in. I’m surprised that the bible didn’t burst into flames and turn into a heap of ashes when the tiny, baby-like hand of the illegitimate one was placed on it.

My thoughts on this matter haven’t changed one iota. I will give that thing the same respect and honour that he and the Rethuglikkkans gave President Obama. I will treat him the same way that his supporters treated Hillary and the entire Obama family. He will get all of the support from me that he’s earned: ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NONE. It’s going to be a very long four…

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As the World Turns…

So, I was busy last month with the NaNoWriMo challenge – anyone who actually reads my blog knows this, and doesn’t hold my temporary absence from their blogs against me. My writing and the occasional family event, though, didn’t keep me from being aware of goings-on in my country or around the world. Even the insanity of the general election and its continuing aftermath wasn’t, and isn’t, lost on me. I’m fascinated at how emboldened certain people have become since the Drumpf became president-elect! Amazing to me that people have lost the ability to apply critical thought when it comes to doing basic research – that is, if they ever had that ability to begin with. I used to give people the benefit of the doubt regarding intelligence, basic social skills, and etiquette, but that is changing drastically – especially now that an internet troll will be sworn in as POTUS on January 20th. I generally do my best to be respectful when commenting on other people’s blogs, and hoped that the same courtesy would be extended in return. Some out in cyberspace, unfortunately, are incapable of common courtesy and seem to lack basic common sense. I won’t stoop to their level, but neither will I let those types pollute my blog with their mental and verbal diarrhea. I have expressed my feelings in my ‘About’ page, and on the ‘Open Thread / Comment Policy’ section of my blog, so it isn’t a mystery how I feel about trolls, catfishers, and phonies in general.

With that out of the way, onto the goings-on in the real world! First off, in my tiny corner of the world, it’s freaking COLD today. There is a fur of frost covering the grass and roof-tops, the friendly doe is bedded-down in the back yard, and a squirrel is having at the seeds in the bird-feeder outside of my window. Funny to watch his acrobatics – I call him “Half-Tail” because his tail is a bit shorter than it should be! He escaped from a cat, a dog, or some other predator back when he was a kit, I’d say.

There was a mistrial in the murder trial of that racist cop down in South Carolina, the scumbag who shot Walter Scott in the back multiple times, and then attempted to plant evidence near his dead body. This is one reason why I have no faith in the intellectual capabilities of my fellow humanoids. If you’re threatened by someone running away from you, then you have serious mental issues and shouldn’t be in possession of anything sharper than a Nerf ball. 11 of the 12 people on that jury panel didn’t want to be late for their Klan rally, or needed to get to the speech that Richard Spencer is giving today. White sheets freshly starched and ironed, I’m guessing!

In Charleston, West Virginia, a 62-year-old man shot 15-year-old James Means in the stomach, twice, after supposedly being ‘mocked’ by James and two of his young friends. William R. Pulliam is another George Zimmerman who chose to escalate something minor so that he could use his gun on another human being and feel like a ‘big man’ or something. Pulliam is another guy who shouldn’t have owned a gun, because of a previous domestic violence conviction.

Just like that scumbag in Louisiana, who escalated a road-rage incident and murdered 28-year-old Joe McKnight last Thursday. Ronald Gasser is another guy who shouldn’t have been able to own a gun, given the fact that he was involved in another road-rage incident AT THAT VERY SAME INTERSECTION a decade ago. He shot Joe McKnight, and wasn’t even arrested that day – he was held momentarily, and then released. Only yesterday was he FINALLY arrested on manslaughter charges, but we all know how that will play out. I guess the local authorities have to pretend that they’re actually doing their jobs.

People with fragile egos are falling out of the woodwork lately, causing scenes in stores, coffee-shops, and on airplanes for no reason that any normal person can see. This is what happens when people have no clue of what it’s really like to be genuinely discriminated against, harassed, threatened, or marginalized. Imagine the horror of – *GASP* – being asked if you want to buy a re-usable shopping bag! ERMEHGERD!!! Are you fucking KIDDING ME?!? THAT is what some woman went on a 45-minute tirade about, apparently! Some ‘special snowflake’ got her Tenas in a twist and decided to freak out, have a shit-fit, and call the store employee an “animal,” among other things. That’s just so beyond FUBAR I can’t even wrap my mind around it. The freak-show has begun, folks…myself and a few other bloggers have already been getting pushed at by people with nazi sympathies, with those feeble-minded asshats claiming that we are ‘promoting racism’ with posts that we’ve re-blogged. Pretty pathetic, if you ask me!

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