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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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+DH Queen I suggest reading through part 1 of this then. You might find yourself learning a lot. 
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Americans love the story of The Lone Ranger. Riding his white horse, hunting outlaws with his Native American guide and sidekick. Never firing his gun except when absolutely necessary, and never missing when he did.

Did you know almost all those stories are actually true? That there really was a Lone Ranger? Who traveled through Indian Territory finding outlaws and bringing them to justice on a white stallion? With his trusted guide?

His name was Bass Reeves. He successfully captured over 3,000 outlaws. He was a master of disguise, choosing carefully when to surprise and subdue the outlaws he was hunting. He was barred from competitive shooting, because no one else had a chance. Yet he only shot when there was absolutely no other way.

So why is it today is the first time I've ever heard of Bass Reeves?

Because the real Lone Ranger was black. And a former slave.

#WhitewashedHistory
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Great find. I knew the Lone Ranger was based on an actual US Marshal but I had no idea he was a black man.

I just posted a similar whitewashing story. 
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If this poem by the Somali poet Warsan Shire doesn't rent your heart, then Alex Andreou's reading of it will. Do listen. I'm still shaking.
https://audioboom.com/boos/3532876-home-by-warsan-shire

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey
no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well your neighbors running faster than you breath bloody in their throats the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory is …
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So you're a liberal white person who recognizes that there is still systemic oppression of people of color in our society. Great. It's a good start.

But you feel...awkward, and put off by the in your face direct actions #BlackLivesMatter conducts.

So fucking what. Your discomfort with their tactics shows its working. We are all starting to pay attention. Like MLK did, they are speaking out. Marching. Protesting.

Dominique Hazard does an amazing job of explaining the hows and whys of white discomfort, and how (in my words now) your chafing and riding underpants don't matter a little tiny bit when people are dying and being unfairly imprisoned on a daily basis.

People like me can't lead this movement, because the risk is not ours. The only gain is for the United States of America to be truly a land of the free.

Dominique urges people early on to read (or refresh) with Martin Luther King Jr's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Here's a nice easy link:
http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Many thanks to +Steve Pirk​ for showing me this. 
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Thanks +Melody Polson​.
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And for this bullshit ad, pop-up blocker goes on for Google ads too.

Seriously, you want to make me LOATHE you, try shoving Koch anything down my throat. 
After more than 30 years as a warfighter, an Army colonel faces perhaps his most intimidating mission yet. Landing a private sector job.
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+Rugger Ducky Bah.
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It's a Tiny Hippo kind of day.
 
Posted this when it came out, but feeling a little bit like tiny hippo today.


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pops corn
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Oh gods I want this.

Maybe I should sell some other toys. 
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+Rugger Ducky Have you never seen the original theatrical cut? 

edit: I guess you have. I try to forget it was ever revisited.
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Resharing because limericks always tickle me.
 
There once was this bigoted clerk.
At gay marriage, she just went berserk.
The judge said, "Contempt!
You are not exempt.
Stay in jail 'til you'll go back to work."
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+Rugger Ducky
That's just crazy.  You elect public servants?  May she rot in gaol forever.

BTW, in German news sites one of the side stories to the refugee crisis is her nose hair.  Not sure of the newsworthiness, but it's an expression of contempt at the most redneck level.
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Spent a wonderful day with my dear wife.

If you are in the Bay Area and you've never taken the time to go up to Lick Observatory, just go. So much to see just on the way up and back. 
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+Rugger Ducky /somuchhate

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Good read. 
Black Lives Matter has been demonized following the unrelated murder of a police officer. Here's why
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In the 60's & 70's, training occurred with the folks intending to protest, precisely to avoid either word or deed that the authority might read as aggressive. 
They did it on purpose, because everyone was aware that the authorities were looking for an excuse to open fire-- even when only with fire hoses. (Only-- like a fire hose doesn't rip skin off a body...) 

The Black Lives Matter protest/protest_ors_ make white folk in general, and white authority figures specifically-- very, very, VERY uncomfortable. The exposure of racism by the practices of these police departments, civil municipalities... and the courts, puts ALL those figures in a hot seat they are unaccustomed to occupying. They want the organization to go away. And they'd really like not to change... as long as the organization exists, their world view is at risk. They will defend it. 

BLM needs to coordinate... they need something like SNIC... (Student Non-Violent..... committee?) I remember the organization, and that they did a lot of the prep work for protests. I was at the tail end, and too young to participate at the time.
But back down? No. The problem is very real. The lives of Black young men are being cut short or subverted by a small group that is feeling insecure. The small group needs to get mental health support... not public office. 
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+Nello Jennings Thanks will do.
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+mary Zeman​ this is a recent cobbler, but completely gluten and corn free for a good friend.

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When I bake, I bake for my good friend who can't. I call him Spoon.

I have to help Spoon eat, and you know it's rude to eat alone!
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