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…

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.”

 

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.