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Slavery In America, from the end of the Civil Rights Movement to Today

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 13th Amendment to the Constitution

From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that...but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.

This was how Kevin Phillips, chief campaign strategist for Richard Nixon*, explained the "Southern Strategy" for taking over control of the white voting bloc of the deep South in 1970. (http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/books/phillips-southern.pdf )

In the late 60s, Nixon met with Senator Strom Thurmond and other "Dixiecrats", those formerly southern Democrats who had left the Democratic Party after the integration of both the military and the party national convention. Determined to capture the South as an entire voting bloc and capture the Presidency in a nation torn by the Vietnam War and racism, Nixon didn't hesitate to use the very same men who had defended Jim Crow through not even subtly coded dog whistles. 

Today we try and pretend it was a lot more subtle. It wasn't. Nixon didn't try and hide the Southern Strategy one iota. In fact, he depended on it. The more obviously his party abused people of color, especially African-Americans, the more traditional southern Democrats changed parties to follow their racist hearts. 

As payback for his election, Nixon rewarded the Southern Republicans with exactly what they wanted. A clear cut way to continue the economic benefits of their slave system. Civil Rights had made it hard to abuse people of color without good excuse. Nixon was about to give it to them. 

It only took him until June 17, 1971. On that day, Nixon began the ultimate war on people of color. The "War on Drugs". 

His special message to Congress in which he unveiled it started off with an obvious appeal to Southern racists. By identifying New York City (often seen and used as the antithesis of Southern identity) as the #1 problem city full of drug-addicted people (people of color goes quietly without saying), Nixon made it clear to Southerners that he was fully on their side. 

Now minor possessions of drugs of any sort were immediately criminalized, beginning (and continuing) with especially harsh and draconian punishments throughout the South. Possession of a a single "joint" of marijuana, which might get a white Vietnam veteran at most admonished by a policeman became an easy conviction for white prosecutors with black defendants. 

And the US prison slave system continued to grow. And grow. 

In the 80s, we became familiar with "crack". Crack became synonymous for many racists as the drug of choice for people of color. Punishments for possession of crack skyrocketed, while laws dealing with equal amounts of cocaine, seen as a wealthy white person drug of choice did not. 

Even after reform of the obviously racist drug penalties, we still can say today: 

Possession of 28 grams of crack cocaine yields a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first offense; it takes 500 grams of powder cocaine to prompt the same sentence.
( http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/cocaine-and-crack-facts )

President Reagan continued and heavily increased funding for the War on Drugs, still secretly and obviously a war on people of color. 

Then came the final demonization of black men by the GOP. Willie Horton. 

In 1986, a man who had been convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in 1974 (despite no evidence involving him in the actual murder) was given a weekend pass. Desperate for some freedom, he fled and did not return. Nearly a year later, he broke into a home. He tied up the white male occupant to a beam in the basement, and when his white fiancee returned home, raped her several times. 

Both victims were alive. But Horton had committed the single unthinkable crime in the South: a man of color raping a white woman. 

President George Herbert Walker Bush was Vice-President under Reagan when it occurred. The nation was at best very bored with him, and he trailed Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election by a considerable margin. President Bush had as his political strategist a man named Lee Atwater.

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger:. 
(http://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/)

Dukakis was leading by an astonishing 17 points early in the summer. Atwater held a series of focus groups in NJ, where he told the story of Willie Horton raping this white woman (and cutting her fiancee) to white voters. He found that not only did blaming Dukakis for the rape work, but that by making Horton look as dangerous as possible, he could turn around the entire election. 

Atwater told President Bush: We’re 17 points back and they’ll pick up 10 more points at their convention and we won’t win. Even with a good campaign, we won’t win. You can get so far behind that even a good campaign won’t win it for you. 
http://scholar.aci.info/view/14b08ae055b00150009/14d6be6830800010006 )

President G H W Bush obviously agreed. He won the election after the Willie Horton ads turned it completely around for him. And the damage was permanently done. 

Now not only were black men to be seen as dangerous violent drug-fueled rapists/murderers, they could not even be trusted to be freed. So began mandatory sentencing for crimes, and "3 Strikes" laws. Of course the most lobby money towards those comes always from the prison lobby. Private prisons and slave labor contract companies like CCA and Unicor have too much money to ever see a reason to end racism and slavery. 

Its time. Its time to end the phony "War on Drugs", time to call it what it is: racism and hate that have no future in our nation. Stand up and demand that we end this here and now. 

Not one more generation of children in our prison slave system. Not one more. 

*One will note that while at all times I recognize the importance of the title of President, I refuse to apply it to a disgraced bigot like Nixon.


This is part 2 in a continuing series.
Part 1: https://plus.google.com/+RuggerDucky/posts/NZbf9pzXEtT

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+Ellen Lion yes, it's all related. And you are now permabanned, and all your comments are being deleted. I will not have your crazy shit derailing a conversation that is so desperately needed. 
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Fired...sure...My bet is that he's just pretending to dump him for show. 
Earlier today, Business Insider's senior politics correspondent, Hunter Walker, revealed that a senior adviser to GOP front-runner Donald Trump published many racist and otherwise offensive Facebook posts. Specifically, the adviser, Sam Nunberg, called President Barack Obama a "Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser" and "Farrakahn's Messiah." He referred to Al Sharpton's daughter as "N---!" And so on. Given Mr. Trump's history of cont...
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He votes for him 
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Ok, you know the police unions are just all the worst offenders protecting each other. Even if good officers try to get rid of these people, they still defend him.

Ray Tensing wants his job back.

Yes, of course he does. He is just like any other white cop who murdered an unarmed black man in a bullshit traffic stop. /s

A police union filed a grievance on his behalf so he can go back to patrolling the University of Cincinnati.

If the grievance is upheld, Tensing will get his job back. If it is denied, the case will go to arbitration.

Either way, the police union is defending this guy's job, and he will get some sort of fair arbitration at the worst. I'm sorry, but we are sick and tired of these stories.

Tensing posted $100,000 bond - 10 percent of his total $1 million bond

Money came pouring in from all over. Because one racist cop always helps protect another. 
<p>CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ray Tensing wants his job back.</p><p>A police union filed a grievance on his behalf so he can go back to ;patrolling the University of Cincinnati.</p><p>The grievance was
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+Georg Tirebiter especially white officers shooting black men.
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Wahoooohhh!

Thanks, +Matthew Inman​, and all the rest of the #Exploding Kittens Crew!
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That means mines will be here soon!
Nipple-spolshuun all over!
And on drugs even moar splody!
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Zimbabwe doesn't have much. Except some of the most beautiful places in the world. And people that are as kind and generous as any I've found anywhere. When people ask you how you are, they are actually expecting an honest answer. Zimbabweans know trouble and hard times are always around, so perhaps maybe their hearts and human empathy grow larger to share each others burdens.

There are a lot of ways this could end. If Cecil hadn't been tagged, we would never have heard any of this story.

I hope the one upside of all of this is that people start traveling as tourists to Zimbabwe to photograph and experience all the rich bounty they are provided by nature. The nation desperately needs every dollar. 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday. In the Zimbabwean…
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Oh yeah.. Sorry about that! It was someone I don't know that well... I told him we should put all the big cats we have in sanctuaries or ship them back to their natural environment. I asked him did he have a better plan? He didn't. I don't even know if that's feasible? I think its a good plan actually to repopulate. I dream alot.. Ha ha
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Doesn't matter what city it is, even liberal San Francisco PD have no problems beating innocent people. Even ones trying bravely to speak up for the abused.

End the senseless abuse of people. Do your fucking jobs actually protecting and serving all the citizens. 

HT +John Carroll​
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In complete contradiction to the jackass that tried to claim that the number of arrests the day after this occurred (this was on Saturday, not Sunday), I just looked at an average month of the SFPD crime stats. They don't seem to me to show any more or less that that number of arrests in SF is even unusual. April 2014.

http://www.sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=4581
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Ah, how nice and quiet things might be if this had been available so long ago.
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Sure, but that whole "damaging the republican brand" thing is actually fun to watch.  
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I am really starting to despise Silicon Valley.

In the 7 years we have lived here, housing costs for rentals have literally doubled. While our incomes stayed completely stagnant. We have gone in 7 short years from being solidly middle class to being barely able to pay bills.

The Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Community will close at the end of the year, the owners confirmed to a roomful of devastated senior citizen residents during a meeting Wednesday night.

Hassett said the company plans to dedicate 111 units for senior or affordable housing, but the 140 seniors living inside Winchester Ranch aren't convinced they can afford to stay.
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+AJ Andrea Hokland they're supposed to do that here. But the developers idea of affordable is not the same thing.

Example: Stanford built a new area of "affordable" homes for staff. Minimum cost for a 2bd townhouse was $750k. That's not affordable. 
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It needs to stop. 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants. "Wooly mammoth ivory," not elephant ivory, Michael Rasoyli said this week of the carved tusks for sale in the store he manages. "Cow bone," Virginia Lo...
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Ethical harvest does not involve killing elephants.
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I don't know why, but somehow this is already my very favorite card.

#ExplodingKittens
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I don't gets mine till Monday, I IZ SAD
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My #ExplodingKittens have arrived!

Commence the unboxing. Let the wailing and gnashing of kitten teeth begin!!!
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I think mine will be here tomorrow, as well!  Can't wait!
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Was surfing some discussions about pain management. Stumbled across this old but beautiful bit. Username of the person has been left off to protect the author. 

Text in the screencap reads:

I have had several areas on my body that I am sure have been desensatized by slight electromagnetic pulse. My skin is crawling. I'm not sure if it is possible or not, but I believe nanochips, silicone chips or fiberoptics were implanted on just beneath my skin to creating continuous pain infliction operated remotely... is that possible? I have areas on my back that have boil type wounds that are severely painful and 2 raised abraisons on my right arm and shoulder. I think I may have been RFID chipped. Is that possible and I also, on many occasions feel like I've been drugged. No one is around, so I think I may have been given some sort of implant releasing drugs in my system. Is that possible?

Please email me back with conclusions if you can. I'd really appreciate the insight.
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Yes, Dr. Hawkins, I knew him well, he put a spell on me once. Now I can't sleep without someone holding my hand. 
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