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    Read and Weep....

    Last August, deep in the East Texas woods, I sat at a table with my wife's great Aunt Cleo who had traveled hundreds of miles from the Bay area for our family's 50th reunion. A sharp, spry and still strikingly beautiful woman of 88, the former baby of the family now sat in her full glory as our matriarch. I am still not sure what triggered her sudden recollection, but there, while seated at that table, Aunt Cleo began to tell me about the last time her great-grandmother Mittie's mother, her great-great-grandmother, saw her own mother alive. Great-great-grandmother's last recollection of her mother was seeing her seated on a tree stump weeping hysterically as she was being sold to another slave owner.
    A few years ago, Mittie's mother's story, though painful, could have been received with some emotional and psychological distance, void of any present-day emotional touchpoints for most Americans. This is no longer the case. The tears of Mississippi children whose parents were suddenly taken away from them in an ICE round-up prove otherwise. Today, other children lay in cages, wrapped in foil blankets soiled by their own waste, placed there by a U.S. government that has admitted it cannot guarantee that these children will ever see their own parents again.
    August 2019 marks 400 years since 20 West Africans arrived upon these shores after being stolen from their families, never to see them again. Summer 2019 marks the 100th year since the Red Summer of 1919, a reign of white supremacist terror that actually extended from late winter to early autumn. Racial violence raged in more than three dozen American cities and one rural county resulting in hundreds of deaths. Among the more brutal was the death of Will Brown, a Black man lynched and whose corpse was fired upon hundreds of times before being cut down, tied and dragged behind an automobile before ultimately being doused with oil and set ablaze. Afterwards, bits of Brown's charred body were taken as souvenirs on the streets of Omaha, Nebraska.
    August 2019 also marks just five years since another black person named Brown ó a Black teenager named Michael Brown ó was fatally shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, a tragedy that launched the Black Lives Matter Movement further into the public consciousness. Five years later, a witness to the shooting still alleges that Brown was shot with his hands up. Often forgotten is that a crowdfunding campaign for Wilson received an outpouring of financial support from white supremacists.
    We live in a time when police are frequently called when Black people engage in such mundane activities as meeting at Starbucks, entering their own homes and cashing their paychecks at banks, when a young white supremacist from Allen traveled 650 miles to kill Brown people who were school shopping with their kids. There is a sense that our nation has rapidly reverted to a more frequent and public racist disposition, one some mistakenly thought left behind decades ago.
    Frequently, it appears that one important influence upon this resurgence is the present occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., during whose campaign and under whose presidency hate groups have reached a record high in America, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a 30 percent increase over the last four years. Tweets that degrade cities and countries where the population is majority Black or that refer to Latin people as rapists only solidify white supremacist inclinations.
    Recently, when I picked up my children from school, our second born raced into the car with a burning question, one that she and her classmates must have been entertaining for the day. "Dad," she said, "Is Donald Trump going to send us back to slavery?"
    My response was sudden and strong: "No." In retrospect, the question deserved more authentic engagement. If nothing else, her question revealed a keen sensibility to our current climate where the distance has narrowed between Mittie's mother being snatched from her mother's arms and Mississippi children being snatched from their mothers' arms. We live in an era when the fire of racial terror burns anew.
    It is time to reconsider how far we have actually come.

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    Can someone correct me if I'm wrong? I thought former president Obama deported more illegal immigrants than President Trump has.

    In the 21st century, always focus away from the actual problem (here, illegals coming into the United States----then shift blame to someone else.


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    The "o's" numbers were falsified, he created the ultimate revolving door...


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    August 2019 marks 400 years since 20 West Africans arrived upon these shores after being stolen from their families
    whoever wrote this needs to have a History lesson, these Africans were not "stolen" they were sold by their own tribal leaders, this kind of rewriting history really ****es me off...


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    Exactly Pat, tribes fought tribes and sold their winnings to the slavers, most back then were Muslim slavers and then...


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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxtrotOscar View Post

    Exactly Pat,
    Tribes fought tribes and
    sold their winnings to the slavers,
    most back then were Muslim slavers

    and then...*

    * And then along comes
    TwentyFirstCentury Revisionism History



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    Obamas 8 years in office, put America back 150 years. His obvious attempt to restart racial unrest, is unparalleled in our History. It started with a simple Beer in the Rose Garden, and escalated into an outright racial war.


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    and of course it's all TRUMP'S FAULT..... all of the racial unrest that began with that "Rose Garden Beer Summit" as it was called, is now portrayed as being TRUMP'S FAULT. It all started with TRUMP'S ELECTION, even though the incidents in question started and occurred during the 8 years before the man became president!!!! Somebody please do the math, and then explain to me how all of this racial unrest and discord can possibly be TRUMP'S FAULT, just what am I missing here????? I am beginning to think more and more that there is a particular gene in the human DNA sequence that should be called the STUPID GENE... this gene is responsible for most of the really stupid $hit that human beings are capable of, but most of all, it is responsible for an individual's total lack of COMMON SENSE... is seems that the STUPID GENE has mostly been dormant for many generations, however it has now awakened in far too many people and began to multiply and consume those individuals like a ravenous cancer, leaving them so utterly gullible and slack jawed that they can even be convinced that an event that they witnessed first hand was totally opposite of what their own eyes observed... these same individuals can also be convinced that HISTORY is totally different from what has been recorded at the time, simply based on a fabricated sequence of events concocted by someone with a vested interest in creating a "new reality".... as far as is known, there is no cure for the activation of the dormant STUPID GENE, but hopefully, science will be able to identify, isolate, and if not eliminate, perhaps inoculate for the STUPIDS that develop when this gene is no longer dormant... if one wants to see first hand what happens when the STUPID GENE becomes DOMINANT in humans, one has only to observe the once great state of California, where it is now OK to use illegal intravenous drugs and defecate in the streets, but not to use words like FELON; JUVENILE DELIQUENT, DRUG ADDICT, ILLEGAL ALIEN or CRIMINAL... where the "rights" of foreign citizens illegally in this country supersede the rights of CITIZENS of the US IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY....


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    "I am still not sure what triggered her sudden recollection, but there, while seated at that table, Aunt Cleo began to tell me about the last time her great-grandmother Mittie's mother, her great-great-grandmother, saw her own mother alive."

    Of course the great-great-grandmother was most likely only about 40 years old back in the day. Those breeding factories had a fast turnaround.



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    Quote Originally Posted by advanced View Post
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    Of course the great-great-grandmother was most likely only about 40 years old back in the day. Those breeding factories had a fast turnaround.

    are you trying to say that they were "butchered as soon as they bled, and rode until they were dead"???

    "A sharp, spry and still strikingly beautiful woman of 88"
    hard to buy that one, by that age they can't even find SPANDEX that'll fit.... it's mostly "mu-mu's" and spry means she can stand up on her own..... just sayin.....


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    One day in the future....we'll have Archeologist trying to excavate and retrieve things long ago was changed and banned, to reveal the authentic truth about the History of America.


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    "August 2019 also marks just five years since another black person named Brown ó a Black teenager named Michael Brown ó was fatally shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, a tragedy that launched the Black Lives Matter Movement further into the public consciousness. Five years later, a witness to the shooting still alleges that Brown was shot with his hands up."


    And the above crock of bull is what REALLY pizzez me off. 5 years, multiple investigations, topped off by an investigation by the most racist FBI in our nation's history, controlled by a left wing racist AG, under a racist , left wing, cop hating president, AND they STILL could not find one witness, video, or evidence of ANY KIND that the above statement is true.... even the dirtbag that made it admitted he was lying about Brown's hands being up... yet these so called "truthful exposers of hidden historical events" continue to push this lie as if it were written in the Gospel of the Bible...

    Once again, those that would destroy us are using the protections guaranteed by our CONSTITUTION against us to destroy that same document and all it stands for...



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    Take a look sometime at the Michael Brown video where he and others are hanging around their apartment complex and Brown sucker punches a much older man in the side of the head, knocking him down etc-----a real honest to goodness model of a savage man. And of course he was completely at fault in the cop incident. Brown was a fkg azzhat from day one. Only morons would champion him or his savage compadres.


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    Quote Originally Posted by USMC 2571 View Post
    Take a look sometime at the Michael Brown video where he and others are hanging around their apartment complex and Brown sucker punches a much older man in the side of the head, knocking him down etc-----a real honest to goodness model of a savage man. And of course he was completely at fault in the cop incident. Brown was a fkg azzhat from day one. Only morons would champion him or his savage compadres.
    with his mom sitting there and laughing about it


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    with "those people", it's all about (1) black against WHITE and (2) black against POLICE.... everything else is secondary.... things were bad enough before Obozo began his "community organizing from the white house", which totally trashed race relations in this country and set same back 75 to 100 years.... Tayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and thugs like them became national idols and instigators of unrest nationwide because they began a series of events that resulted in them being removed from the gene pool..... in time past, both of these idiots would have been top "DARWIN AWARD" candidates... under a racist, whitey hating administration, they became "heroes" in the fight for anarchy and lawlessness... not to mention being a convenient "excuse" for "like minded individuals" to riot, loot, and burn homes and businesses without interference from Law Enforcement, who were handcuffed , hogtied, and BLAMED for the problem by racist or racially intimidated city and state administrations that allowed the rioters to "vent their anger" until they were so exhausted they could steal and burn no more.... of course, it's almost impossible to get a journalist of any kind to state that the problems originated under Obozo, instead, it is easier, and more politically correct to "blame it on TRUMP", and give the dummycraps in congress some fabricated ammunition to shoot at our president.....


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