Have You Seen This Emancipation Statute of Abraham Lincoln With the Slave at His Feet?

by F. Palmer

At my job today and I was listening to a whole bunch of Emancipation memorialyoung non-anglo people getting schooled by a whole bunch of white men in their offices. And although it is more times often than not there is a technical aspect, the fact of the matter is that there are always the undertones of these white men teaching them in professional AND personal aspects, with the personal portion superseding the professional one.

Then as I was being bombarded with this; I started ruminating about how this has pretty much been indicative of most of the non-anglo and anglo interactions I have seen in work environments, especially in the white collar, corporate America world.

Then my mind came across this picture from the Emancipation Memorial of Lincoln freeing a slave, and the slave at his feet. There is so much blatant white supremacy in this statue that I shouldn’t have to explain it to anyone who isn’t a fool or dishonest.

That being said, it illustrates perfectly the relationship between the white male hierarchy and the non-anglo in regard to the mental domination prevalent in the workplace.

The reason this is a perfect representation is simply because this is the president who is supposed to have been the helpful white man by way of his superior guidance.

The person who says he has never seen this in the workplace is generally, without a doubt, the white providing said guidance or the Negro (or non-anglo equivalent) on one knee who is THANKFULLY receiving it.

Sadly, the one who wants the non-anglo standing EQUALLY with the white man or even thinks he is worthy is few and far between.

It pains me to say it, but this is even prevalent amongst a lot of non-anglo folks who will just as soon slit your throat than try and end this unequal relationship.

Tragic…truly tragic…

MLK Did Not Die For Blacks to Murder Each Other With “Reckless Abandon”, and 4 More Things You Never Knew Bill Clinton Did or Said

1. Clinton’s biographer Roger Morris claimed that Clinton was used by the CIA as part of “Operation Chaos” to keep an eye on young anti-Vietnam protesters. As evidence, Morris notes that the Rhodes scholar traveled around Europe and stayed in luxury hotels while earning nearly zero dollars.

2. During a black respectability speech in 1993, Bill Clinton–who gave us a welfare reform bill that gutted the safety net, a crime bill that hastened mass incarceration, and Wall Street deregulation, which led to the recession and the historic erosion of black wealth–told us that Martin Luther King Jr., if he were alive, would say, “I did not live and die to see the American family destroyed. I did not live and die to see 13 year old boys get automatic weapons and gun down nine year olds..” He was speaking to an overwhelmingly African-American crowd.

Clinton’s lecture begins at around the 16 minute mark:

3. In the book  No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton, the late Christopher Hitchens deconstructed Clinton’s use of divisive racial imagery to win favor among white voters:

Clinton took care to have himself photographed at an all white golf club, and also standing at a prison farm photo-op, wearing his shades in the sunshine while a crowd of uniformed black convicts broke rocks in the sun.

4. While many African-Americans are blasting conservatives for supporting the Confederate flag, they should recall that as governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton was in league with the Southern traditions of the Confederacy:

From the Huffington Post:

The state flag of Arkansas sports 25 white stars and four blue ones. And in 1987, while serving as governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton signed a bill affirming that one of those blue stars is there in honor of the Confederate States of America.

5. And in 1992, Clinton took a break from his primary so that he could go home and oversee the execution of Ray Rector, a mentally disabled black man.

8 Black People Who Really Believed That Bill Clinton Was Their Brother From Another Mother

by Yvette Carnell

As Hillary Clinton launches her second presidential campaign and researchers delve into the Bill Clinton years, it is becoming all the more apparent how Bill Clinton seduced the black community with emotive affection, all the while enacting legislation that further disenfranchised us.

Be it mass incarceration, welfare reform, NAFTA or our current housing crisis, Clinton pulled the rug out from under the black community, all the while playing a saxophone on top of it.This would not, however, have
been possible without black thought leaders and celebrities who worshiped Clinton for purely symbolic reasons.

The book Bill Clinton and Black America captures how so many trusted black journalists, businesspeople and celebrities got pimped by Clinton and were willing to forgo policy initiatives in exchange for a president who liked black eyed peas and spending time with them. Here are some of the most cringe-worthy quotes:

1. Tom Joyner gushed over Clinton because he “publicly called Africa the cradle of civilization” and “apologized” for slavery.

2. In a statement absent of political awareness, actor and producer Tim Reid said Clinton and “FDR had the same sort of love and admiration from the black community.”

Maybe. Still, it was FDR who carved blacks out of the New Deal in a concession to Dixiecrats. Blacks are still today trying to catch up thanks to FDR’s deal with the devil. Reid went on to describe Clinton as a “big and loveable” president who was “cut out of the same mold that a lot of black folks’ heroes come from.”

3. White House Correspondent April Ryan: “A lot of black people don’t know the first verse of the Negro National Anthem, but he sang all three verses.”

4. Columnist Vernon Jarrett of the Chicago Defender also gushed over Bill Clinton’s personality, explaining how a lady said to him, “That white boy is really for real about us.” Jarrett said Clinton “did appear like he belonged, you know.”

5. Law Professor and Historian Mary Frances Berry: “You know Bill Clinton could sit at a White House dinner party and engage a bunch of black folks just like he was sitting around a dinner table at home.”

Which shouldn’t surprise anyone since black people don’t speak another language, right? We’re not aliens.

6. Former CEO of BET, Bob Johnson: “The other thing that impressed me about Clinton is that he went into office with a great feel for how to communicate: Black people by and large are an oral people.”

7. Psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint on why African-Americans liked Clinton: “He was the first president to have a black man, Vernon Jordan, as his golfing buddy.”

And drumroll please…

8. Donna Brazile: “When he got to the front of the line, the first food he went to was the black eyed peas and smothered pork chops.”

 

4 Times Ida B. Wells-Barnett Warned Blacks Against Trusting White Media

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Nowadays, some in the African-American community snub their noses at black media just as quickly as they balk at the need for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The idea that black media and black institutions are irrelevant is the canned answer offered by those within the community who see the emulation of mainstream culture as the end game.

Unlike many today, black America’s foremost journalist–Ida B. Wells Barnett–was very clear on the perils of trusting white media to disseminate information.

Wells-Barnett witnessed blacks getting blamed for their own lynchings, in much the same way that blacks today are put on trial whenever they’re gunned down by police or vigilantes.

Here is Ida B. Wells Barnett in her own words, offering reasons for why blacks shouldn’t trust white media:

1.) They’re Biased

“No other news goes out to the world save that which stamps us as a race of cutthroats, robbers and lustful wild beasts.”

2.) They Lie

“The Afro-American papers are the only ones which will print the truth, and they lack means to employ agents and detectives to get at the facts.”

3.) They Ignore the Facts

“The Daily Commercial and Evening Scimitar of Memphis, Tenn., are owned by leading business men of that city, and yet, in spite of the fact that there had been no white woman in Memphis outraged by an Afro-American, and that Memphis possessed a thrifty law-abiding, property-owning class of Afro-Americans the Commercial of May 17,  under the head of “More Rapes, More Lynchings” gave utterance to the following: The lynching of three Negro scoundrels reported in our dispatches from Anniston, Ala., for a brutal outrage committed upon a white woman will be a text for much comment on “Southern barbarism” by Northern newspapers; but we fancy it will hardly prove effective for campaign purposes among intelligent people.”

4.) White Papers Make Excuses for Murdering Blacks:

“In its issue of June 4, the Memphis Evening Scimitar gives the following excuse for lynch law: Aside from the violation of white women by Negroes, which is the outcropping of a bestial perversion of instinct, the chief cause of trouble between the races in the South is the Negro’s lack of manners. In the state of slavery he learned politeness from association with white people, who took pains to teach him.  Since the emancipation came and the tie of mutual interest and regard between master and servant was broken, the Negro has drifted away into a state which is neither freedom nor bondage. Lacking the proper inspiration of the one and the restraining force of the other he has taken up the idea that boorish insolence is independence, and the exercise of a decent degree of breeding toward white people is identical with servile submission.”

The words of Wells-Barnett could’ve just as easily been written in 2015 as they were during the Red Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember When Black People Booed Coretta Scott King for Supporting a Sell Out?

In Black politics, as with life, we tend to create our own sacred cows: ideas or people who are insulated from future criticism. Given the rise of prominent black leaders, as well as leaders who just happen to be black, it is easy to fall into the intellectually lazy trap of believing this is the way it’s always been. Although blacks may have a history of selecting largely symbolic leaders from a designated pool of the Black Elite, it is not true that those leaders have always been viewed as being beyond reproach. I was reminded of this while reading The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics
by Fredrick C. Harris.

During the 1984 Democratic Convention, Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s people attempted to yield concessions from Walter Mondale. They wanted, among other things, support for the elimination of an electoral rule that disadvantaged black candidates in the South. Mondale refused, then he sent Andrew Young out to make a speech defending him at the convention. Young was “met with boos and hisses by Jackson delegates” for behaving as a sellout.

coretta scott kingIn another meeting, the late Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., defended Andrew Young, and King was met with a similar response:

In a meeting before the Black Delegate Caucus the next day, Coretta Scott King chastised Jackson delegates for mistreating Young…

Catcalls, boos, and hisses erupted from the floor. When Mrs. King mentioned her long involvement in the civil rights movement, a heckler shouted, “What about today?” When she stated that everyone was entitled to free expression, another heckler quipped, “It don’t justify prostitution.”

Based on his own words,  Young received little for defending Mondale at the convention:

Even Andrew Young, who had stuck his neck out for Mondale on the second primary plank, expressed dismay, complaining that Mondale’s advisors were all “smart-ass white boys who think they know it all.”

 

13 Very Good Reasons Why African-Americans Are Fed Up With America

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by Yvette Carnell

I wouldn’t advise anyone to argue with a racist, but if you’re going to do it, do it with numbers. Any time black people exchange our masks, i.e. those big watermelon smiles we wear to work, for a glimpse into our most genuine selves, the racists among us chime in with ridicule. To be black in America, a country born in violence, that maintains its power through violence, is to be constantly relegated to submissive servitude. Because if you lift your head in anger, you’re immediately caricatured as a savage. But for those of us who are honest enough to gaze into the abyss, we see that any African-American in this country who isn’t the least bit angry is wholly unaware of the circumstance in which he or she is surrounded.

Here are 13 very good reasons why African-Americans have every right to be outraged:

1.) As Pew reported in 2013, the unemployment rate for blacks has been consistently higher than that of whites:

In 1954, the earliest year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has consistent unemployment data by race, the white rate averaged 5% and the black rate averaged 9.9%. Last month, the jobless rate among whites was 6.6%; among blacks, 12.6%. Over that time, the unemployment rate for blacks has averaged about 2.2 times that for whites.

 

2.) Not only are African-Americans being targeted by the criminal justice system, but we’re being financially soaked by it as well, paying fines and fees as the state passes on the cost of maintaining the unfair justice system over to those who can least afford it:

“They tend to be people of color, African-Americans and Latinos,” Harris says. “They tend to be high school dropouts, they tend to be people with mental illness, with substance abuse. So these are already very poor and marginalized people in our society, and then we impose these fiscal penalties to them and expect that they make regular payments, when in fact the vast majority are unable to do so.”

 

3.) Marginalized groups suffer from loneliness more often than non-marginalized groups and loneliness destroys the body, according to The New Republic:

They’re the outsiders: not just the elderly, but also the poor, the bullied, the different. Surveys confirm that people who feel discriminated against are more likely to feel lonely than those who don’t, even when they don’t fall into the categories above. Women are lonelier than men (though unmarried men are lonelier than unmarried women). African Americans are lonelier than whites (though single African American women are less lonely than Hispanic and white women). The less educated are lonelier than the better educated.

 

4.)  Racism is bad for black and brown bodies:

Discrimination has been shown to increase the risk of stress, depression, the common cold, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and mortality.

 

5.) White people talk a good game, but when it comes down to it, they look out for their white friends and family, it’s the white version of the “hook-up’:

The way that whites, often unconsciously, hoard and distribute advantage inside their almost all white networks of family and friends is one of the driving reasons that in February just 6.8 percent of white workers remained unemployed while 13.8 percent of black workers and 9.6 percent of Hispanic workers were unable to find jobs, DiTomaso said.

 

6.) Blacks who do the right thing and get a degree still earn less than whites:

The unemployment rate has been higher for black college graduates than for all graduates for decades, but the gap widened since 2007, according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Black students who graduated during the recession fared even worse. 

 

7.) We got robbed by the big banks who engineered this recession and targeted African-American homebuyers, but nobody cared. Banks got only a slap on the wrist and then it was back to business as usual. Why should blacks be outraged when a QT gets looted given that nobody gets upset when we’re robbed?

8.) According to the National Urban League, underemployment for African-Americans is at 20.5 percent, compared with 18.4 percent for Hispanic workers and 11.8 percent for white workers.

9.) Black women haven’t seen any economic improvement during the current “recovery.”

10.) Two words: Stop and frisk.

Here are a few more, from a piece Bob Herbert wrote for Jacobin:

11.) Voter suppression:

“Black people are angry about voter suppression — the relentless, organized, years-long effort to prevent African-Americans from freely exercising their fundamental right to cast a ballot for the candidates of their choice.”

 

12.) The school to prison pipeline:

“I will never forget traveling to Avon Park, Florida, a few years ago to cover the case of an African-American girl in kindergarten who was arrested by the police, handcuffed, and taken to the police station in the back seat of a patrol car because she had thrown a tantrum in the classroom.”

 

13.) And finally: In America, 12 percent of white children live in areas of concentrated poverty, but 45 percent of African-American children do.

 

 

 

 

9 Things You Never Knew About Hitler’s Black Victims

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As an Israeli offensive against the Palestinian civilian population winds down due to a cease fire, many observers are revisiting the circumstances that loosed white Holocaust survivors onto the Arab world. What people rarely speak of, however, are the Afro-Germans and Africans who were also victims of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi campaigns.

In the books Hitler’s Black Victims and Hitler’s African Victims, the ways in which blacks suffered is detailed.

1.) German scientists, as well as American researchers, looked to eugenics to solve the Negro problem:

In 1921, at the Second International Congress of Eugenics, where U.S. and German
representatives dominated, papers were presented with titles such as “Some Notes on the Negro Problem,” “The Problem of Negro-White Intermixture,” and “Intermarriage with the Slave Race.”

2.) Afro-Germans struggled to make a living due to racist laws:

Older Afro-Germans faced the fundamental issue of how to make a living. This concern was complicated by both the economic depression facing the nation and the laws that were passed in 1933 and 1934 banning “non-Aryans” from an endless array of occupations and professions in the private and public sectors.

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3.) Once Jews were fired from teaching positions, however, space was made available for blacks.

4.) Many African soldiers were killed on the way to POW camps, prior to that they were depicted as savages with German propaganda films (see picture above, film below.)

5.) The biggest proponents of German eugenics programs
learned their craft in the U.S. and one was a great admirer of white racism in the South.

Alfred Ploetz, the acknowledged founder of German eugenics, spent time in the United States where undoubtedly he solidified his admiration for the South’s segregation laws and popular practice.

6.) Blacks were sterilized under Hitler’s regime:

While information concerning black sterilization exists about Afro-German and African men, there were also a significant number of sterilizations of black women although exactly how many were done is unknown.

7.) Some blacks were even sterilized without the benefit of anesthesia, as was Hitler’s Black Victim Thomas Holzhauzer:

 He was picked up along with his sister and taken to the Elizabeth Hospital in Darmstadt. He remembers distinctly that the doctor, who was wearing a Nazi uniform, “made two cuts around my testicles” during the procedure. There is more than a little anger when he tells the filmmakers, “Sometimes I’m glad I could not have any children.”

8.) For the most part, Afro-Germans who were victimized by Hitler have not been compensated:

It has been a struggle, mostly unsuccessful, on the part of older Afro- Germans to benefit from these victories because of the difficulty in proving their repression and specific targeting by the Nazis. The denial of compensation to Afro- Germans is due in part to the lack of a popular moral outrage over their experiences at the hands of the Nazis.

9.) Hitler only spoke kindly of two blacks — Paul Robeson and Booker T. Washington.

Quotes taken from the two books mentioned above.

E. Franklin Frazier Explains Why Faith in Black Business Is a Social Myth

One of the most striking indications of the unreality of the social world which the black bourgeoisie created is its faith in the importance of  ‘Negro business’…” E. Franklin Frazier

Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

America is a country with a capitalist economy, so it is no surprise that Americans of all stripes view entrepreneurship as the road to freedom. What is left out of the conversation, however, are the limits of capitalism. Although most mainstream scholars don’t touch on this issue for fear of being labeled radical or socialist, E. Franklin Frazier wasn’t
afraid to attest to what he called the “social myth” of Negro business.

In his book Black Bourgeoisie, Frazier offers a scathing critique of the black upper class reliance on business:

One of the most striking indications of the unreality of the social world which the black bourgeoisie created is its faith in the importance of “Negro business,” i.e., the business enterprises owned by Negroes and catering to Negro customers. Although these enterprises have little significance either from the standpoint of the American economy or the economic life of the Negro, a social myth has created that they provide a solution to the Negro’s economic problems. 

Frazier continued, adding that this myth was partly buttressed by low self esteem among Negroes and that “desires for recognition and status in the white world that regards them with contempt” and leads to this “make-believe” thinking.

By accepting business as the answer to the ills suffered by Negroes, Frazier said that Negroes had accepted the “values of the white bourgeois world.”

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Frazier was in no way admonishing people for wanting to own businesses, but he was calling into question those who viewed Negro entrepreneurship as a savior. He also says that belief in Negro business has been encouraged by whites who want blacks to believe that they can fix their own problems, which conveniently doesn’t take into account white racism.

The myth of the Negro business, according to Frazier, was propagated by upper class blacks:

The myth of Negro business is fed by the false notions and values that are current in the isolated social world of the Negro, a world dominated by the views and mental outlook of the black bourgeoisie. The extent to which these false notions influence the outlook of Negroes cannot be better illustrated than by the case of a Negro Pullman porter who owned his home and four shares of stock, valued at about eighty dollars, in a large American corporation. He declared that he was against the policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal because they taxed men of property like himself to assist lazy working men.

Frazier’s book is a phenomenal read which flies in the face of canned notions of black entrepreneurship that we hear even today.

8 Ways to Be More Like James Baldwin

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1.) Take care of yourself at all costs:

“I knew what it meant to be white and I knew what it meant to be a James Baldwin 3n*gger, and I knew what was going to happen to me. My luck was running out. I was going to go to jail, I was going to kill somebody or be killed. My best friend had committed suicide two years earlier, jumping off the George Washington Bridge.”

2.) Know thyself. Evolve.

“I had to go through a time of isolation in order to come to terms with who and what I was, as distinguished from all the things I’d been told I was. Right around 1950 I remember feeling that I’d come through something, shed a dying skin and was naked again.”

3.) Understand who people are and what they want from you:

“People don’t have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of love. Then, when you’re dead, when they’ve killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn’t have any character. They weep big, bitter tears – not for you. For themselves, because they’ve lost their toy.” Another Country


4.) Never view yourself as a victim:

“All of this had quite a bit to do with the direction I took as a writer, because it seemed to me that if I took the role of a victim then I was simply reassuring the defenders of the status quo; as long as I was a victim they could pity me and add a few more pennies to my home-relief check.” The Paris Review.

5.) Embrace who you are and where you come from:

“People can’t, unhappily, invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, anymore than they can invent their parents. Life gives these and also takes them away and the great difficulty is to say Yes to life.”Giovanni’s Room (Vintage International)

 

6.) Use your history to empower you:

“To accept one’s past – one’s history – is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” The Fire Next Time

7.) You become what you hate, so it’s best not to give quarter to hate:

I was very wounded and I was very dangerous because you become what you hate. It’s what happened to my father and I didn’t want it to happen to me. His hatred was suppressed and turned against himself. He couldn’t let it out—he could only let it out in the house with rage,…

8.) Remember that no matter what you say, or how eloquent, you still don’t speak for all black people:

I don’t consider myself a spokesman—I have always thought it would be rather presumptuous.

You’ll Weep When Listening to Toni Morrison’s Nobel Lecture From 1993

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In Toni Morrison’s phenomenal 1993 Nobel speech she discusses the process by which “the language she dreams in” is “put into service” and how that language is used as “agency… an act with consequences.” Of her major concerns during the speech are forms of “narcissistic” and “policing” language that do nothing to hasten the evolution of the individual by way of storytelling. In contrast, such language preserves privilege, thereby becoming a “husk” of what language once was and what it was used on behalf of.

Language should not “provide shelter for despots”, but should instead be used for three main reasons; “grappling with meaning, providing guidance, or expressing love.” Language itself is violence when wielded as agency for oppression, misrepresentation, or the dumbing down of the populace. Here Morrison describes how use of language can skew and subjugate:

The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation. Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux-language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified language of the academy or the commodity driven language of science; whether it is the malign language of law-without-ethics, or language designed for the estrangement of minorities, hiding its racist plunder in its literary cheek – it must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability and patriotism as it moves relentlessly toward the bottom line and the bottomed-out mind. Sexist language, racist language, theistic language – all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.

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