Silent Moment Saturday…Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia of last night and today leave me heartsick, speechless, and sadly, unsurprised. It was only a matter of time, what with the hateful and vitriolic language and attitudes spanning the internet. Pointing out the obvious was labeled as “ranting” by others and deemed unworthy of listening to, while those who spread the racist rhetoric are adored and fawned upon. The amount of sickness out there is staggering, to say the least. The articles below are testament to how little is really being done to address this madness, which has long been festering in the hearts and minds of many.

Charlottesville: One killed in violence during U. S. racist rally (link to BBC article)

Fascist, neo-nazi groups on the march in Charlottesville chant: “Blood and soil,” echoing the words of their hero (link to HuffPo article)

One dead as white terrorists march through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (link to CBC article)

Last Week Tonight: How Is This Still A Thing?

In this installment, I selected five clips from “Last Week Tonight” in which John Oliver poses the excellent question: “How is this still a thing?”

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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

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.

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