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The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues
points me today to some data I was looking for last night. Thanks, Vox! It’s from the Southern Poverty Law Center, and it shows us when all those Confederate monuments and statues were erected:
This illustrates something that even a lot of liberals don’t always get. Most of these monuments were not erected right after the Civil War. In fact, all the way to 1890 there were very few statues or monuments dedicated to Confederate leaders. Most of them were built much later. And since I’m not an academic, I feel comfortable squeezing this history into a very short, oversimplified summary:
1861-1865: Civil War.
1865-1875: Reconstruction Era.
1875-1895: Reconstruction Era ends. Blacks are steadily disenfranchised, allowing Southern whites to enact Jim Crow laws. In 1896, Jim Crow is cemented into place when the Supreme Court rules it constitutional.
1895-1915: With blacks disenfranchised and Jim Crow laws safely in place, Southern whites begin a campaign of terror against blacks. Lynchings skyrocket, the KKK becomes resurgent, and whites begin building Confederate statues and monuments in large numbers.
1915-1955: Jim Crow reigns safely throughout the South.
1955-1970: The civil rights era starts after the Supreme Court rules in Brown v. Board of Education that Jim Crow laws are unconstitutional. Southern whites mount massive and violent resistance, and start putting up Confederate monuments again.
Yes, these monuments were put up to honor Confederate leaders. But the timing of the monument building makes it pretty clear what the real motivation was: to physically symbolize white terror against blacks. They were mostly built during times when Southern whites were engaged in vicious campaigns of subjugation against blacks, and during those campaigns the message sent by a statue of Robert E. Lee in front of a courthouse was loud and clear.
No one should think that these statues were meant to be somber postbellum reminders of a brutal war. They were built much later, and most of them were explicitly created to accompany organized and violent efforts to subdue blacks and maintain white supremacy in the South. I wouldn’t be surprised if even a lot of Southerners don’t really understand this, but they should learn. There’s a reason blacks consider these statues to be symbols of bigotry and terror. It’s because they are.
Marco Moran, CEO of Dewmar International Brand Management Company, Inc.,
Marco Moran, CEO of Dewmar International Brand Management Company, Inc., located in Clinton, has been chosen to participate in the White House Business Council and Business Forward. Moran also serves as chair of the Mississippi District Export Council, a regional organization of leaders from the international business community which assists and enhances opportunities to export Mississippi goods and services.
As member of the White House Business Council, Moran offers feedback on job creation and other efforts to stimulate the economy through growth of small businesses. As an added perk, Moran has the opportunity to invite other CEOs or industry leaders to attend council meetings on a variety of issues concerning commerce, public health and economic policies. Earlier this year, Moran was chosen by White House Officials to weigh in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement after a group discussion was held on improvements in international trade.
Additionally, Moran is playing an integral role in developing opportunities to help many U.S. companies understand how to export goods and services to Cuba and 11 other countries. Additionally, Moran is currently developing opportunities to assist many U.S. companies understand how to export goods and services to Cuba and 11 other countries. Moran has also been involved in multiple discussions to find a solution for the Zika virus with White House and Homeland Security officials.
“Many times when I am invited to attend White House Business Forward sessions, I am asked to invite other business leaders from around the country; so far this year, I have invited business leaders representing companies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Colorado. My goal is helping small businesses in the United States increase both their gross sales revenue and corporate footprint across the globe,” says Moran.
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Why a UVa Alumnus Famous for His Violent Arrest Is Urging Freshmen to Stand Up and Fight for Change
“Do not be afraid. You were chosen because you are passionate, driven, and quite capable. We are in this together, and we will win.”
Thousands of University of Virginia students will head back to school on Friday, just a week after white nationalist agitators descended on campus and the town to protest the planned removal of a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee from a local park.
Last weekend’s white nationalist rally, though, was not the first time the university has found itself in national headlines for racially tinged incidents in recent years. During the 2016-17 school year, racist graffiti was found scrawled on walls across Virginia’s campus on least three separate occasions in a single semester. And at the start of the prior school year, in August 2015, the campus was caught up in the throes of a resurgent Black Lives Matter movement following the violent arrest of then-20-year-old black Virginia student Martese Johnson by state police outside a bar near campus. The video of the arrest went viral, sparking the hashtag #JusticeforMartese.
In the wake of the latest violence to rock the campus town, Johnson, now a Virginia graduate and an activist in his own right, released a message on Wednesday for the school’s incoming freshman class. In an open letter, first published on NBC.com, Johnson implores: Pick a side, and pick the right one.
“Stand by your commitment to attend the University, and embrace the opportunity to make an impact now,” Johnson writes. “Our community has faced a myriad of challenges in recent years, equipping us with the knowledge and skillset to approach these issues with productive coalition and solutions.”
He added: “Join us in this righteous opposition, learn from our mistakes, and continue to grow the counter-coalition that we’ve built ground-up. With strength in cohesiveness, we will dismantle obsolete institutions that work to oppress people for their innate traits and personal beliefs.”
“Do not be afraid,” Johnson concludes. “You were chosen because you are passionate, driven, and quite capable. We are in this together, and we will win.”
Trump has taken heat from both Democrats and Republicans alike who say the president should have more forcefully denounced the white supremacists involved in last weekend’s violence. It’s voices like Johnson’s that are around to serve as a moral guide in these uncertain times.
How States Could Restrict Use of Food Stamps in Trump Era
Officials in at least two states are preparing to ask the new Trump administration for approval to prohibit use of food stamps to buy junk food and candy—a restriction the Obama administration has opposed.
At least 25 states already prohibit welfare recipients from using Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to pay for alcohol, tobacco, gambling, lottery tickets, guns, or adult venues.
But heading into 2017, states such as Maine and Arkansas are looking to go further.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as soon as Donald Trump is sworn in as president Jan. 20. If approved, it would allow the state to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy sugary items such as candy and soda.
Louisiana Sheriff’s View on Black People: ‘They Needed to be Treated Like Animals’
The sheriff of Louisiana’s Iberia Parish regularly encouraged detectives to enforce their own version of the law through violence and intimidation of Black American residents — according to the testimony of an ex-narcotics detective Tuesday.
The trial is underway for disgraced Iberia Parish Sheriff James Ackal, who faces civil rights charges stemming from an investigation of abuse of power and countless cover-ups, The Advocate reports.
Ackal is accused of creating a culture of abuse where officers rarely feared discipline from the man who sat top of the chain of command. But now the tables are turning against him.
Several former narcotics detectives poured into a Shreveport courtroom Tuesday to testify against their former boss — many of them admitting that abuse and excessive use of force was a regular part of their jobs. In fact, it was encouraged.
Former narcotics team member James Comeaux was one of several witnesses/participants put on the stand. Comeaux, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to beating inmates and then lying about it, said Ackal and his narcotics team had great disdain for the communities they patrolled and the residents who lived in them.
The former detective also testified to roaming Iberia Parish following a shooting and roughing up anyone they saw on the streets. Comeaux noted that some drunken off-duty narcotics agents had unnecessarily beaten up two Black men — which they called n–gger knockin’ — and were barely punished for it.
“They were animals,” he said of the narcotics team’s view of Black residents. “And they needed to be treated like animals.”“They knew if they got out there, they were going to get stopped and get dealt with,” Comeaux added. “[Ackal] told us he didn’t want anyone on the streets.”
According to The Advocate, Comeaux’s damning testimony bolstered the prosecution’s key claim that not only did Ackal direct and/or approve the physical violence, but he was also physically present for the beatings at times.
The former detective said the sheriff stood by and watched as he and two other deputies abused an inmate following a contraband sweep at the jail in 2011. The inmate, who later filed a civil rights lawsuit over the abuse, was beaten in the jail’s chapel where there were no security cameras.
Comeaux later lied in a deposition, saying the inmate was injured during a fight with another man, the paper reports. When the ex-detective told Ackal about the attempted cover-up, he reportedly responded, “F— that n—–. He got in a fight.”
Testimony in the trial, which is expected to last all week, will continue Wednesday in Shreveport, according to The Advocate. The damning case has shed light on the festering racial tensions in the community where Black residents said they’ve long suffered violence at the hands of police officers.
“It’s always been a problem within Iberia Parish,” said local activist Khadijah Rashad. “It’s gotten worse under Sheriff Ackal.”
Per Acadiana’s KLFY, Ackal — who refuses to step down from his post as sheriff — also faces several charges surrounding the mistreatment of prisoners.
His defense lawyers argued he had no involvement in the violence against Black residents and inmates.
TRUMP PROPOSES URBAN RENEWAL AGENDA FOR AMERICA’S INNER CITIES
IN CHARLOTTE, TRUMP PROPOSES URBAN RENEWAL AGENDA FOR AMERICA’S INNER CITIES
**REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY**
It is great to be here in Charlotte to discuss an issue that means so much to me.
That is the issue of urban renewal, and the rebuilding of our inner cities.
Today I want to talk about how to grow the African-American middle class, and to provide a new deal for Black America. That deal is grounded in three promises: safe communities, great education, and high-paying jobs.
My vision rests on a principle that has defined this campaign: America First.
Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a government that puts their jobs, wages and security first.
I’m asking today for the honor of your vote, and the privilege to represent you as your President. Here is the promise I make to you: whether you vote for me or not, I will be your greatest champion. I have no special interest, I take no orders from donors or lobbyists – I work for you, and only you.
Our campaign is about change, optimism, and the future. I am asking people to break from the bitter failures of the past, and to imagine the amazing possibilities for our future.
Our opponent represents the rigged system and failed thinking of yesterday. Her campaign offers only the depressing pessimism that says this is as good as it gets, that nothing can ever really change.
Hillary has been there for 30 years and hasn’t fixed anything – she’s just made it worse.
American politics is caught in a time loop – we keep electing the same people, who keep making the same mistakes, and who keep offering the same excuses.
The fact that our corrupt Washington establishment has tried so hard to stop our movement is just more proof that we represent the kind of change that arrives only once in a lifetime.
Every day I’m out on the trail proposing fresh solutions and new thinking. And every day, the same people, getting rich off our broken system, tell us that we can’t change and that we can’t try anything new.
I have a message for all the doubters in Washington: America’s future belongs to the dreamers, not the cynics.
And it’s time to extend that dream to every African-American citizen in this country.
African-American citizens have sacrificed so much for this nation. They have fought and died in every war since the Revolution, and from the pews and the picket lines they have lifted up the conscience of our country in the long march for Civil Rights.
Yet, too many African-Americans have been left behind.
45% of African-American children under the age of 6 live in poverty.
58% of African-American youth are not currently employed.
African-Americans compromise roughly 13 percent of the population, yet make-up 60% of murder victims under the age of 22.
In 2015, violent crime in Charlotte increased by 18 percent – and it’s expected to rise 24% in 2016.
In the city of Chicago, nearly 3,500 people have been shot since January of this year.
The conditions in our inner cities today are unacceptable.
The Democrats have run our inner cities for fifty, sixty, seventy years or more. They’ve run the school boards, the city councils, the mayor’s offices, and the congressional seats. Their policies have failed, and they’ve failed miserably.
They’ve trapped children in failing government schools, and opposed school choice at every turn.
The Clintons gave us NAFTA and China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, two deals that de-industrialized America, uprooted our industry, and stripped bare towns like Detroit and Baltimore and the inner cities of North Carolina. This state has lost nearly half of its manufacturing jobs since Bill and Hillary’s NAFTA, decimating the African-American middle class.
Democratic policies have also given rise to crippling crime and violence.
Then there is the issue of taxation and regulation. Massive taxes, massive regulation of small business, and radical restrictions on American energy, have driven jobs and opportunities out of our inner cities. Hillary wants to raise taxes on successful small businesses as high as 45 percent – which will only drive more jobs out of your community, and into other countries.
One of the greatest betrayals has been the issue of immigration. Illegal immigration violates the civil rights of African-Americans. No group has been more economically-harmed by decades of illegal immigration than low-income African-American workers. Hillary’s pledge to enact “open borders,” – made in secret to a foreign bank – would destroy the African-American middle class.
At the center of my revitalization plan is the issue of trade. Massive, chronic trade deficits have emptied out our jobs. Just look at what has happened to Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and right here in North Carolina. It’s the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world.
If I’m President, and the executives at Ford Motor Company announce they are moving their plants and jobs to Mexico, I will pick up the phone and make a simple call. I will tell those executives that if they move their factories to Mexico, I will put a 35% tax on their product before they ship it back into the United States. We won’t let your jobs be stolen from you anymore. When we stop the offshoring to low-wage countries, we raise wages at home – meaning rent and bills become instantly more affordable.
At the same time, my plan to lower the business tax from 35 percent to 15 percent will bring thousands of new companies onto our shores. It also includes a massive middle class tax cut, tax-free childcare savings accounts, and childcare tax deductions and credits.
I will also propose tax holidays for inner-city investment, and new tax incentives to get foreign companies to relocate in blighted American neighborhoods. I will further empower cities and states to seek a federal disaster designation for blighted communities in order to initiate the rebuilding of vital infrastructure, the demolition of abandoned properties, and the increased presence of law enforcement.
I will also pursue financial reforms to make it easier for young African-Americans to get credit to pursue their dreams in business and create jobs in their communities. Dodd-Frank has been a disaster, making it harder for small businesses to get the credit they need. The policies of the Clintons brought us the financial recession – through lifting Glass-Steagall, pushing subprime lending, and blocking reforms to Fannie and Freddie. It’s time for a 21st century Glass Steagall and, as part of that, a priority on helping African-American businesses get the credit they need.
We will also encourage small-business creation by allowing social welfare workers to convert poverty assistance into repayable but forgive-able micro-loans.
Then there is the issue of public safety. Making our communities safe again will be a priority for the Trump Administration.
I have heard and have listened to the concerns raised by African-American citizens about our justice system, and I promise that under a Trump Administration the law will be applied fairly, equally and without prejudice. There will be only one set of rules – not a two-tiered system of justice. The best evidence of unequal justice is that Hillary Clinton could violate so many laws, bleach and delete 33,000 emails after a Congressional subpoena, lie to Congress and the FBI – put our national security at grave risk – and not even face so much as a fine.
Equal justice also means the same rules for Wall Street. The Obama Administration never held Wall Street accountable.
We will also police our streets. I want every poor African-American child to be able to walk down the street in peace. Safety is a civil right. The problem is not the presence of police but the absence of police. I will invest in training and funding both local and federal law enforcement operations to remove the gang members, drug dealers, and criminal cartels from our neighborhoods. The reduction of crime is not merely a goal – but a necessity. We will get it done. The war on police urged on by my rival is reckless, and dangerous, and puts African-American lives at risk. We must work with our police, not against them.
On immigration, my policy is simple. I will restore the civil rights of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all Americans, by ending illegal immigration. I will reform visa rules to give American workers preference for jobs, and I will suspend reckless refugee admissions from terror-prone regions that cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. A portion of the money saved by enforcing our laws, and suspending refugees, will be re-invested in our inner cities. It is time to help the American citizens who have become refugees in their own country.
Infrastructure will be another major goal. My contract calls for $1 trillion dollars in infrastructure investment, of which the inner cities will be a major beneficiary.
I will also cancel all wasteful climate change spending from Obama-Clinton, including all global warming payments to the United Nations. These steps will save $100 billion over 8 years, and this money will be used to help rebuild the vital infrastructure, including water systems, in America’s inner cities.
School choice is at the center of my plan. My proposal redirects education spending to allow every disadvantaged child in America to attend the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. School choice is the great civil rights issue of our time, and I will be the nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice in all 50 states. I will also appoint a commission to investigate the school to prison pipeline and to shut it down and create a new pathway that leads from a great education to a great job. My plan will also ensure funding for Historical Black Colleges and Universities, more affordable 2 and 4-year college, and support for trade and vocational education.
Finally, today, my agenda includes the protection of religious liberty, the promotion of family, and support for the African-American church.
This is just the beginning. Because I will never, ever take the African-American community for granted. It will be my mission to prove to this country that yesterday does not have to be tomorrow. The cycle of poverty can be broken, and great new things can happen for our people.
But to achieve this future, we must reject the failed elites in Washington who’ve been wrong about virtually everything for decades.
The people opposing us promised that passing NAFTA, and opening our markets to China, would bring a new era of prosperity and job creation. Instead, they brought only poverty and heartache.
The people opposing us are the same people who’ve wasted $6 trillion on wars in the Middle East that have produced only more terrorism, more death, and more suffering – imagine if that money had been spent at home.
My opponent unleashed ISIS on the world. She tried to build Democracy in Libya, and failed. She tried to build Democracy in Iraq, and failed. She tried regime change in Egypt, and failed. She pressed regime change in Syria, and failed. She tried a Russian Reset that failed. She tried an Asia Pivot that failed. Now, Hillary Clinton wants to confront nuclear-armed Russia with a shooting war in Syria that could lead us into World War III.
Finally, our opponents passed a healthcare law, embraced by Hillary Clinton, over the furious objections of the American voter. Obamacare is now destroying our healthcare system – premiums are skyrocketing double-digits and are surging by more than 100% in the great state of Arizona. Doctors are quitting, insurers are leaving, and companies are fleeing. Every prediction they made about this law was a lie. If we don’t repeal and replace this disastrous law, we will lose our healthcare system forever.
Now is the time to embrace a New Direction.
I’ve been very lucky and have led a great life. Now I want to give back to the country which has been so good to me. I just left a hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., delivered under budget, and ahead of schedule, creating thousands of jobs, including construction. It will be one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world, and a great symbol for our country. I took two hours to fly into Washington, to cut the ribbon with my children, and then jump on the plane to be here with you. I wanted to be there for my children, who worked so hard on this hotel -- parents must stick with, encourage, and support their children. They did a great job on the hotel, and I told them so. Likewise, the workers did a magnificent job -- without them, it could never have been built so quickly and so beautifully. The rebuilding we did of the Old Post Office is the rebuilding I want to do for our country.
I want to go into the inner cities, the poor rural communities, and the failing schools, and I want to work on a national plan for revitalization. I’m tired of the excuses from our politicians. I’m tired of being told what can’t be done. I’m tired of people asking Americans to defer their dreams to another day, but really another decade.
Enough waiting. The time is now. There is nothing we can’t accomplish. There is no task or project too great. There is no dream outside our reach.
Everywhere I go in this country, all I see is untapped potential waiting to be set free. But we will never realize that potential if we continue putting our faith in a broken political system that has let us down time and again. We have to choose the more optimistic path – we have to choose to believe not in our politicians, but to believe in ourselves and in our country. If we do that, anything is possible.
I’m asking America to join me in dreaming big and bold things for our future. Let’s close the history books on the failures in Washington, and let’s open a new chapter of success and prosperity for everyone.
I am humbled beyond words to be the nominee for the Party of Abraham Lincoln. And it is my highest and greatest hope that the Republican Party can be the home of the African-American vote once again.
Together, we will have a government of, by and for the people.
And we will Make America Great Again For All Americans.
Presidential Debate Recap: Interjections, interruptions, and talk times for subjects covered
The presidential debate has wrapped up and Graphiq has analyzed the talk times the candidates spent on each subject, as well as the interruptions made by the candidates and moderator Chris Wallace.
Clinton wins all three debates
According to a CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers, Clinton won the third and final presidential debate, although by a smaller margin than the previous two debates.
WikiLeaks release offers glimpse of Clinton team's early thoughts on Trump
The website WikiLeaks dropped its third installment of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Tuesday, providing an inside look into the campaign’s discussions over everything from her private email server to Donald Trump.
Samsung stopping production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones as more phones ignite
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