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How Millions of White Americans Have Bought Into a Racist Myth About Black America

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Black-on-black crime is a myth that was decades in the making.


Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet

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October 27, 2017 | Days after President Donald Trump mocked professional athletes taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality inflicted upon communities of color, namely former San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick who first kneeled in 2016, others followed suit. As national media coverage of the athletes’ protests intensified and the president doubled down on his provocations, which soon gave way to threats, the condemnation came. Outlets like the Washington Times implicitly questioned why did the athletes not turn their attention to a more pressing cause: the danger of “black-on-black crime.”

The Washington Times article is only the latest in a long line of attempts to use the racist trope of black-on-black crime to specifically discredit the Black Lives Matter movement and to invalidate very real concerns about police treatment of black communities across the country. Implicit in those attempts is a suggestion of the inherent criminality of black Americans.

This argument is a lie decades in the making.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson is a freelance writer and a former research assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, U.S. News and World Report, Equal Voice News, and Common Dreams.

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John Kelly’s Historical Amnesia About the History of the Civil War  and Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem
  • Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”
  • Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy
  • Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

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Help enlighten your fellows. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

 

AIM Leader Dennis Banks Walks On

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Dennis J. Banks: 1937 – 2017 Dennis Banks addresses the rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Native News Online photo by Weldon Grover.

Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul twin city area. At the tail-end of the Civil Rights Movement, AIM became a powerful force in Indian Country bringing attention to the dismal living conditions and abuse American Indians faced in the United States.

Levi Rickert, Native News Online

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October 30, 2017 | Dennis J. Banks (Ojibwe), whose American Indian name was Nowa Cumig, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), actor, lecturer and author, has walked on and has begun his journey to the spirit world from complications developed after open heart surgery last week. He was surrunded by family and friends at the time of his death. He passed away at 10:10 p.m. – CDT. Banks was 80 years old.

His family released this statement:

“Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.

Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online.

John Kelly’s Historical Amnesia About the History of the Civil War and Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy

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  • Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem
  • Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”
  • Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy
  • Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem

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John Kelly(Credit: AP/Wikimedia/Salon)

Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”

Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

11.01.2017 | If White House chief of staff John Kelly had any self-respect or integrity he would be embarrassed right now. Despite his distinguished service as a Marine Corps general, Kelly apparently jettisoned such values when he went to work for President Donald Trump.

During an interview on Laura Ingraham's new Fox News show on Monday night, Kelly told the host that he viewed Confederate general Robert E. Lee as  “an honorable man. ... He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy

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Neo-Nazis and white supremacists encircle counter-protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches. (AP Photos / Shay Horse)

Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

Mychal Denzel Smith, the Nation

August 15, 2017 | n 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday, but I didn’t celebrate it by that name until the year 2000. My family moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1993, where my father, a lieutenant in the US Navy, was stationed after a three-year deployment to Naples, Italy, which is where I started school. Second grade was my introduction to the American school calendar and the set of holidays that would be welcomed vacations from the classroom. As a seven-year-old, I didn’t think to ask anyone why January 15 marked Lee-Jackson-King Day.

The Commonwealth of Virginia began observing the January 19 birthday of Confederate General Robert E. Lee around 1889, and in 1904 added to this the recognition of General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson’s birthday (January 21). Up until 1983, it was known as Lee-Jackson Day. That year, in accordance with the new federal law, Virginia began observing Martin Luther King Day, only the Virginia legislature voted to combine it with the nearby Lee-Jackson Day, giving us Lee-Jackson-King Day, which I celebrated for seven years of my life.

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To many, America’s racial wealth gap remains invisible.

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  • Economic progress has been agonizingly slow for black Americans — but many whites don’t see it that way
  • Related: The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

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09.21.2017 | In 1992, Andrew Hacker described the state of race relations in America as "separate, hostile, unequal." He could have easily added "delusional" and "confused." 25 years later, such a description remains all too accurate.

New research from Yale University psychologists Jennifer Richeson and Michael Kraus demonstrates how many white and black Americans possess radically different perceptions -- and lived experiences -- on the economy, wealth and income.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Paul Street | The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism, Paul Street, Counterpunch / Dandelion Salad 

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  • Can reparations, and the demand for a shift to an ecologically sustainable economy and society be introduced under the existing U.S. regime of class rule called capitalism? It must therefore be considered a revolutionary demand and be combined with multi-racial working-class struggle to remove the “One Percent” not just from its wealth but also and above all from its command of the structuring and purpose of “our” (their) political economy. It must be interwoven with the struggle for the broad redistribution of wealth and power and for peoples’ socialism. This is very different from the reactionary, “divisive,” and zero-sum way in which reparations is advanced by its bourgeois champions both white and Black.
  • Related: To Defeat Racism, We All Need to Dismantle Racial Capitalism

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