Civil Rights: A Look At The History Of The Republican Party

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. -Malcolm X

Are Republicans racist? With Donald Trump as the face of the Republican party, is there any doubt? The party is without scruples and void of integrity. Their supporters believe white people are superior yet somehow are being persecuted and people of color are to blame.

This racist ideology was not always the case. Both the party makeup and its ideology changed over time. Did you know in the 19th century, the Republican party had little to no support in the South? Or that most black people voted Republicans? A reason we should not get bogged down in semantics, as yesterday’s Democrats are today’s Republicans.

The Republican Party was not always the racist party or the party of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis. The party was founded in 1854 by abolitionists. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican US President,1861-1865, and is best known for the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order issued on January 1, 1863, freeing slaves. Let’s be clear, the Republican party was not against slavery because they championed social justice or felt slavery morally wrong; no the party’s motives were economic and political. The South had seceded and Lincoln and company wanted to remove their economic advantage of cheap labor. Further, the Republicans wanted the black vote.

In 1793, over a half-century before the Republican Party, the Democratic Party was founded in the South by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. From the beginning, the Democrats distrusted big government and supported slavery. The first Ku Klux Klan members were Democrats. The Democratic Party was the face of the solid south. The concepts of “state rights” and “traditional” values were code words in support of white supremacy and structural racism.

Following the Civil Rights War and Reconstruction, the South returned to its old ways of exploiting black bodies. By pushing for State rights, the south was able to change the packaging on slavery by creating ‘Jim Crow laws’. These laws employed structural racism to
ensure black people remained at the bottom, serving the needs of white people and working essentially for free. The strategy was ‘Separate but Equal.’ Everyone knew ‘Equal’ was not true. Jim Crow was the law of the South after Reconstruction up until the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In 1948, the southern democrats separated within the Democratic party and became known as the Dixiecrats. The Dixiecrats wanted states rights to continue enforcing Jim Crow laws without federal interference.

President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, signed The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Johnson’s support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 led the solid south to vote for Barry Goldwater, a Republican. In 1968, the Republicans came up with the Southern Strategy, a strategy to maintain white supremacy by employing structural racism (Structural racism limits access to services and goods based on race). The strategy emphasized, “state rights” and “no integration” to woo southern white voters.

The Southern Strategy worked! The Dixiecrats led by Strom Thurmond officially left the Democratic Party in 1964 and joined the Republican Party. The Southern block of politicians joined the Republican Party because it promised to maintain white supremacy. This was accomplished through laws and policies that targeted or limited access based on race.

Today the Republican party is represented by Trump, who while popular among racists at home and abroad, has come to symbolize racism, lack of integrity, lies, inhumanity, and cruelty.

Does the Republican Party still represent American values?

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. -Malcolm X

#FacesOfRacism
#SocialJusticeNPoliticalParties
#StructuralRacismNPoliticalParties

References:

Butterfield, Fox. All God’s Children.

How Republicans and Democrats switched on civil rights

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Why Are There So Many Single Black Women?

Mass Incarceration: What Caused The Dramatic Rise In Never Married African-Americans

Why are so many black women single?  Could this be due to structural racism? Mass Incarceration?  A system that disrupted black families, leaving Black women and children to fend for themselves in an increasingly hostile world.

In general, marriage is on the decline in America.  In 2016, 48% of all Americans married as opposed to 29% of African-Americans.
Approximately 1 in 2  of all African-Americans has never married as opposed to 1 in 3 of all Americans.

Black men marry white women at twice the rate that Black women marry White men.

  • In 2017, 15% of black men were married to non-black women while only 7% of black women were married to non-black men.
  • Of those with non-black spouses,  60%  of black men were married to White women while only 4% of black women were married to white men.

Curiously, in 2012 The U.S Census Bureau did a study on the history of marriage and discovered some surprising statistics.  From 1890 to 1960s,  African-Americans 35 and older were more likely to be married than White Americans.  Then in 1980 something changed.   The number of married African-Americans declined. The number of never-married African Americans began to climb, jumping from 10% in 1980 to 25% in 2010.

In the 1960-70’s mass incarceration began. The chart below shows how the rise in mass incarceration may be related to the dramatic rise in the number of never-married African-Americans.

Why are so many Black women single? Why was there a dramatic rise in never married African-Americans around the same time  mass incarceration started to take hold?   The data suggests a link.  Mass incarceration maybe playing a crucial role in breaking up African-American families,  sentencing many black women to single parenting or single life.  This observation needs further investigation to determine if an association exists.

Since a majority of black women will not consider dating a non-black man, what does that mean for the future of African-Americans as mass incarceration becomes the American way of life?  Was the war on drugs that led to mass incarceration intended to be a war on African American families?

#SingleBlackWomen

#MassIncarceration

#BlacknNeverMarried

References:

Black Demographics

Marriage In Black America

 

 

 

FFT: Why POTUS Is Still POTUS

Food For Thought:  MBA’s View On Why POTUS Is Still POTUS

This FFT  brought to us by MBA (Mr. Bad Ass) aka Roald Michel, was inspired by   FFT: Does Trump’s Personality Disorder Make Him A Pathological Liar

“We the people must act quickly before…….”? Well……act then. Keep in mind, though………

There are (a lot of) people with the same personality traits as that German Gringo (Trump), but lack the guts to show them off openly regularly. As a result, they adore their Supreme Leader to no end, and pat him on the shoulder whenever possible, which…..um….. is constantly.

Others, and indeed the mass media, merely love sensationalism. It’s their way to compensate for their own dull, dreary and dry existence.
Self-proclaimed vanilla activists/revolutionaries/world healers thrive on POTUS’ activities. They wouldn’t want him to act differently at all. He is their bread, butter, and prime steak. He is their lightning rod.

And if he really would ride off in the sunset one day, they would silently mourn his demise in secret, but certainly would find another scapegoat in no time.

That’s what people suffering from ego-weakness always need and do.

And why POTUS is still POTUS.

 

MBA knows

 

Roald Michel is the Owner/Director of Profar Consultancy NV. Mainly busy with making people own their life, actions, and thoughts (again).

 

 

 

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FFT: Does Trump’s Personality Disorder Make Him A Pathological Liar

How many are tired of Donald Trump’s lies? I am. I’m tired of reading his daily lies without him being held accountable. He is an established liar and I would add a pathological one. Why does the media print his press releases and statements without warning Americans? Shouldn’t there be a disclaimer on any comment made by Trump?

The average person can easily prove Donald Trump’s dangerous lies. A disclaimer would remind Americans and the international community that whatever comes out of Trumps’ mouth cannot be accepted at face value as accurate, further research necessary to find the truth. Such a warning would not affect Trump’s base followers who have an uncanny ability to remain ignorant in the face of facts.

In his commanding position as POTUS, why would a leader lie as much as Trump when his lies are quickly exposed?

What is a pathological liar?

Pathological lying (also called pseudologia fantastica and mythomania) is a behavior of habitual or compulsive lying. [1][2] It was first described in the medical literature in 1891 by Anton Delbrueck.[2] Although it is a controversial topic,[2]pathological lying has been defined as “falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime”.

 

 

Lying is the act of both knowingly and intentionally or willfully making a false statement.[8] Normal lies are defensive and are told to avoid the consequences of truth telling. They are often white lies that spare another’s feelings, reflect a pro-social attitude, and make civilized human contact possible.[6] Pathological lying can be described as a habituation of lying. It is when an individual consistently lies for no personal gain.

There are many consequences of being a pathological liar. Due to lack of trust, most pathological liars’ relationships and friendships fail. If this continues to progress, lying could become so severe as to cause legal problems, including, but not limited to, fraud.

(Pathological lying https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathological_lying)

How does pathological lying relate to Personality Disorders?

A pathological liar is an habitual, compulsive liar.  Pathological lying is both a symptom and a diagnosis.   Many personality disorders including narcissism have pathological lying as part of their symptomatology.  However pathological lying is a disorder on its own.

Knowing this, how much longer do Americans tolerate a pathological liar for #POTUS?  How long would you stay loyal to an employer who chronically lied? How can a brand or company found on lies be successful? Surprisingly, Trump managed to keep his base followers supportive by telling bolder and more offensive lies. Not much reporting on the harm done to Americans or the risks to American lives caused by Trumps’ lies.

 

1500 missing immigrant children
1500 missing immigrant children

 

 

 

 

 

 

America is divided. Hatred and distrust for each other are rising. This rising animus is the work of Trump and his lies. Why aren’t his lies considered a national security risk?  Fifteen hundred immigrant children missing because of Trump’s policy on immigration.

If there is anything we can learn about Trump being #potus is that the constitution is flawed and needs extensive revision. How could the founding fathers not foresee a pathological liar like Trump at the helm?  Or his replacement even worse?

#TrumpLies #LiarTrump #LiarInChief #TrumpAPathologicalLiar. Would letters, petitions and visits to Congress and the DOJ  jumpstart the impeachment process while helping Mueller complete his investigation? We the people must act quickly before Trump turns America into another WWII Nazi Germany or worse.   Just think his base followers become our law enforcement.  What will you do?

Sign Petition To Disbar Aaron Schlossberg

Aaron Schlossberg is no professional. Not only should he be disbarred any case he touched should be reviewed.  Let’s inundate NY with petitions to disbar him.  (How to Complain About Lawyers and Judges in New York CityDisbarment)

The following is a petition to disbar Aaron Schlossberg:

I’m Ronen Kauffman, a fellow MoveOn member, and I started a petition after seeing some absolutely despicable video footage of a racist and xenophobic lawyer in New York City cursing at, threatening, and otherwise berating members of the public on multiple occasions.1

Sign the petition demanding the New York State Unified Court System investigate and disbar Aaron Schollberg for his unprofessional, unethical conduct.

Aaron Schlossberg was caught on camera multiple times making hateful, racist comments to complete strangers. His unethical and dangerous conduct makes it clear that he is not fit to be a credentialed lawyer. He must be investigated and disbarred.

Sign Ronen’s petition

Schlossberg is on camera yelling at women for speaking Spanish and says that they should be “kicked out of my country.” Another video shows him yelling at a couple on the street, “I’m a citizen here. You’re not. You’re an ugly, f***ing foreigner, so f**k you!”2

It should come as no surprise that Schlossberg donated hundreds of dollars to the Trump campaign and is now apparently one of the many bigots emboldened by the administration’s racist and xenophobic agenda.3

Sign my petition now to demand a full investigation into Schlossberg’s racist and xenophobic history and for him to be disbarred, so that he can no longer practice law.

Thanks!

–Ronen Kauffman

Sources:

1. “New York attorney in racist rant has history of confrontations,” CNN, May 17, 2018

https://act.moveon.org/go/39600?t=17&akid=207008%2E27882242%2EqScSBF

2. Ibid.

3. “Lawyer who threatened to call ICE about Spanish speakers is now target of complaint,” The Washington Post, May 17, 2018

https://act.moveon.org/go/39601?t=19&akid=207008%2E27882242%2EqScSBF

 

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FFT: Could Fake News Help Us Unravel The Truth?

Food For Thought (FFT)

Today during a conversation about fake news with a friend, it occurred to me that instead of calling news we disagree with fake, we should presume all news and information are biased and embedded with lies. In the last decades, our sources of information and news ballooned, leading to disinformation and #fakenews becoming dominant forces of manipulation. We need the ability to accept any information–false or facts– then decide its veracity.

All fake stories have a basis in fact even if the only truth was the story was false. Why did some entity or someone create the #fake news? Gleaning motives for false news may prove invaluable in understanding society and ultimately lead to the truth that some want to avoid.

Perhaps, the solution to disinformation is to embrace it by understanding its motive as well as content. Such an approach to news could lead to a literate society with insight and understanding of each other and the world.  If you understood the motive for a story,  could you unravel the truth?

Who Decides The News

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Supreme Court: It’s Legal For Police Officers To Kill Americans When They FEEL Threatened

Some days it’s not worth getting out of bed. The news always seems terrible, and as a woman of color, I feel estranged from the greater society.

The stories I read are insane. This morning I read a story that the Supreme Court made it legal for trained cops to murder unarmed civilians if a cop feels threatened. Cops only need to utter the words without proof. Cops cannot be sued and officially have a license to murder innocent people by just uttering the phrase, ‘I felt threatened.’ Police officers are public servants trained and paid by tax dollars to protect and serve the public not themselves. Do you think the supreme court made the right decision in giving police officers the right to murder Americans at will?

Do you think self-defense can be employed to protect Americans against police violence?

How can an armed and trained cop feel threatened by a kid running away from him? How can an armed and trained cop feel threatened when they outnumber the suspect? Why are armed and trained cops mostly threatened by unarmed POC and not by armed whites?

If armed and trained cops can feel threatened by an unarmed black man, can you imagine how threatened an unarmed black man feels when he sees a cop? Can a black man who feels threatened by a white police officer murder him in self-defense? Wouldn’t that equal justice?