Governor Orders Confederate Flag Removed from Virginia State License Plates

Tanya’s Comment: Very good news. The tide seems to be finally turning against the display of the Confederate flag. The flag is not just a symbol of the history of the American Civil War, but has come to be used as a symbol of racism and all its violent manifestations. It has been used to terrify Black people with its promise of lynchings, torture, and murder, and to whip up racist hysteria. Finally, it’s reign is nearly over. 

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(Photo via wtvr.com) Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (Photo via wtvr.com)

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has ordered the Confederate flag removed from Virginia state license plates. The flag is displayed on a specialty plate designed for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The governor’s announcement came in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state of Texas was allowed to reject a license plate design that featured a Confederate battle flag and the removal of the flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds following last week’s fatal shootings at am African-American church in Charleston.

“As [South Carolina] Governor Haley said yesterday, her state can ill afford to let this symbol continue to divide the people of South Carolina. I believe the same is true here in Virginia. Although the battle flag is not flown here on Capitol Square, it has been the subject of considerable controversy, and it divides many…

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Important Victory in Push to Demilitarize Police

Courtesy of FreeFoto.com

Courtesy of FreeFoto.com

“President Obama just banned the federal government’s transfer of certain military vehicles and weaponry to local and state police departments across America.”

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The absent black father myth—debunked by CDC

Tanya’s comment: I admit that I also bought into the black father myth. Unfortunately, many black women have bought into it, too, and often blame black men when family problems arise. I have even heard black women say they hate dating black men for these reasons. I’m pleasantly surprised that the CDC took interest in this issue.

League of Bloggers For a Better World

by Frank Vyan Walton

We’ve been told, quite frequently and repeatedly that the problems in the black community that we’ve seen in Ferguson and Baltimore recently are not the fault of biased, paramilitary, paranoid and violent policing (even if the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that black people are three times more likely to be subject to law enforcement uses of force). They are not the fault of racist red-lining that created these impoverished neighborhoods in the first place. They are not the fault of bigoted lending and hiring practices that create roadblocks for those attempting to escape those neighborhoods. And the fact that black students are disciplined, suspended and expelled far more easily and quickly for the same or lesser offenses, isn’t the problem.

None of that is the problem. Nope.  All of that is just too bad. Life is tough all over. Lots of people have…

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Race Relations with Police worsening in U.S., AP votes it Top Story of 2014

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Relations between minority communities and local law enforcement are rapidly deteriorating across the U.S. in the wake of two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the killing of unarmed black men (Michael Brown, Eric Garner), and the subsequent murder of two NYPD cops.  The most prominent flashpoints have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and now New York City, but worsening race relations are a national problem which has shaken America to its moral foundations.

At the heart of the matter is the dangerous increase in economic inequality that has plagued the U.S. and other western countries since the Great Recession.  As societies become more stratified and segregated along class and ethnic lines, civil unrest intensifies as a natural result.  This pits a stubborn – and predominantly white – administrative establishment against an angrily disaffected – and racially diverse – population with law enforcement…

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Senate OKs First Openly Gay Black Federal Judge

Black Teen Breaks Academic Records

Photo courtesy of chosenfamilies.org

Photo courtesy of chosenfamilies.org

This story is a perfect example of what a young Black person can achieve when given the opportunity.

According to NewsOne.com, a Black teenage girl named Gabrielle Turnquest became the youngest person to pass the Bar exam of England and Wales at age 18, allowing her to practice law there. A native of Florida, Turnquest previously broke the record for the youngest person to graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at age 16.

And she’s not stopping there- she plans to return home to the States to tackle the American Bar exam, as well as the Bar of The Bahamas, where her parents were born.

Conversation Between a Black Man & a White Man About Racial Profiling

This exchange took place on CNN between CNN anchor Don Lemon, who is black, and conservative commentator Ben Ferguson, who is white.

The Raw Story (online news) titled their article about the video, “CNN’s Don Lemon schools white conservative: ‘Your privilege does not allow you to see… certain circumstances in society.’

I applaud The Raw Story for posting this frank, and at times heated, exchange. This is an issue than many feel uncomfortable talking about, but it is absolutely worth talking about. I hope you watch it.

GUNS: The Cold Hard Facts

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The debate about guns in the U.S. has reached fever pitch. Recent massacres, especially that which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, are some of the worst in American history. These events have spurred a new round of debate on how to prevent future gun violence.

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Black Republican Candidate Speaks Against Planned Parenthood and Gay Rights Movement

Bishop E.W. Jackson- courtesy of DailyNews.com

Bishop E.W. Jackson- courtesy of NYDailyNews.com

From RawStory.com:

Watch YouTube video of his speech– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi_KaZ53eDg&feature=youtu.be

A Virginia Republican who on Saturday secured the nomination to run for Lt. Governor said in an online video published last year that he believes “black civil rights leaders” are responsible for a “genocide” of African-American children by supporting Democrats and reproductive choice.

E.W. Jackson, a pastor and Harvard graduate who previous sought Virginia’s senate seat, is the party’s first African-American candidate for statewide office since the 1980s. He’s also part of a trio of fringe conservatives leading the Virginia Republican Party’s statewide ticket, joined by state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli running for governor and state Sen. Mark Obenshain running for attorney general.

“The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions,” he said in a video published to his official YouTube page. “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”

During his last run for public office, Jackson insisted that the so-called 3/5ths clause in the Constitution, which counted slaves as 3/5ths of a man, was “an anti-slavery amendment” designed to reduce the voting power of slave-owning states. That woefully wrong theory was originally floated by Republican conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck and apparently repeated by Jackson without examination.

In the video published last year, Jackson adds that Democrats “and their black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide,” going on to insist the persecution of LGBT people is nothing like the persecution of African-Americans throughout U.S. history.

“They can keep their homosexuality private,” he said. “You and I cannot hide being black. I need not recount to you the painful history of slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings and sterilizations, all because of skin color. Anyone who dares equate the so-called gay rights movement to the history of black Americans is exploiting the black community.”

Interestingly, as he made these comments, a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hung on a wall just over his right shoulder. Dr. King’s wife Coretta, before her death, spoke out passionately in favor of LGBT marriage equality despite a coalition of black pastors who urged that she recognize the civil rights movement and the LGBT movement are fundamentally different.

“I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice,” King said in 1998. “But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

In my opinion:
I found this article on RawStory.com (which has also been reblogged by a few others) and had a very strong reaction to it, which I’d like to recount here. First, I’d like to take a look at the statements made by E.W. Jackson in the article, then analyze them.
In his first statement, he says, “the Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood,” and likens abortion facilities such as Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan. To equate abortion facilities to the KKK with the claim that millions (really, millions?) of black babies die due to abortion assumes the fact that black mothers are disproportionately pressured by society to get abortions. Now, I admit that I don’t know the exact statistics on the proportion of black women to other women in regards to which group gets abortions more, but to say that black babies are being murdered is an extreme statement. Abortion is a choice a mother makes, and with a still strong and aggressive anti-abortion movement, most women feel pressure NOT to go through with the procedure. In fact, the lives of abortion doctors are often threatened by anti-abortion activists.
Therefore, this statement is illogical. It is also hateful- just because you disagree with another person’s values or politics doesn’t make it right to accuse them of such evils as racism and genocide, which he states in paragraph five. How can he be a leader of people, including black people, since he is black and presumably cares about the lot of blacks, if he hates half of them?
In paragraph six, he states that “you and I cannot hide being black” and that “anyone who dares equate the so-called gay rights movement to the history of black Americans is exploiting the black community.” Very bold words, but I only partially agree. As a black women, I know it’s true that no matter what I do, I cannot hide my skin tone. But it makes no sense to compare the experience of the gay community with that of the black community. Both suffer injustice and discrimination, so why build walls between each other when we could be showing kindness and empathy for each other? Which approach really benefits both groups more- hate or love and compassion for our fellow living beings with whom we share this Earth?
To E.W. Jackson and those who share his mindset, I say this: to carry such hate must weigh heavily on your heart and spirit. I can only imagine how it must feel for you to walk around giving off that vibe. When you give out meanness and intolerance, you get it back eventually- people will know what you are doing and will respond accordingly. When you hate, you turn your back against what you are- a member of this planet, a living thing that is made of the very same things your “enemies” are.