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For black families, this tough conversation can be the difference between life or death.

 

 

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Devin C. Hughes, Upworthy

March 28, 2016 | A 2007 study by the Department of Justice found that blacks and Hispanics were about three times as likely to be searched during a traffic stop. Blacks are also twice as likely to be arrested and nearly four times as likely to experience the threat or use of force during interactions with police.

Devin C. Hughes: I'm a speaker, author, and storyteller who works with a variety of leaders, groups, organizations, and teams that have a desire to break down enterprise-wide cultural barriers, improve personal and organizational performance, and enhance communication through greater self-awareness and understanding of one another.

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The Democratic Road to Black Ruin

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Democratic Party operatives claim that Blacks are voting “strategically” when they support the corporate warmonger Hillary Clinton for president. The reality is, Blacks believe only Clinton has the money and organization to beat the White Man’s Party – the GOP.  But, only two outcomes are possible from such a “strategy”: “either the triumph of the White Man’s Party, or electoral victory for Black people’s worst enemies among the Democrats.”

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

http://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/GLEN_hillary-clinton.gif?itok=5sWb7Whv Wed, 03/23/2016 | Without overwhelming Black support, especially in the South, Hillary Clinton could not have achieved her insurmountable lead over the Democratic challenger from her left, Bernie Sanders. Although Blacks are the most left-leaning ethnic bloc in the United States – the most pro-peace constituency and the group that most closely resembles Sander’s beloved “Scandinavian Social Democrats” on economic issues – the bulk of Black voters have aligned themselves with the right wing of the Democratic Party, leading corporate pundits and pollsters to categorize Blacks as a “moderate” constituency within the Democratic sector of the duopoly electoral structure. Based on national voting behavior, the “left” side of the Democratic Party spectrum is now dominated by younger whites, who are locked in a struggle with their elders, Blacks and, to a lesser degree, Hispanics, for the “soul” of the Party.

Of course, the Democratic Party has no soul; it is a rich man’s machinery controlled by Hillary Clinton’s patrons on Wall Street – a fact that most Black voters understand quite well. They are fully aware that Clinton is deeply connected to the “fat cats” with the resources to mount a billion-dollar-plus campaign against the Republican/White Man’s Party, in November. The likelihood that the GOP candidate will be the unapologetically racist Donald Trump lends urgency to their allegiance with Clinton, the cackling war criminal and former “Goldwater girl” who co-championed all of her husband’s mass Black incarceration and poor Black family-crushing initiatives the last time they were in the White House.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report

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Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report <> 

  • http://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/Three%20Prez.jpg?itok=8b_143QU The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

 

AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics.

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  • AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics: racism, inhumanity, fear-mongering, and entrenched commitment to the status quo.
  • Clinton has just announced a diction and a set of policies toward the Middle East that differ in no particular from those of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • Part 1: If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC's
  • Part 2: Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians

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Part 1: If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC's

AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics: racism, inhumanity, fear-mongering, and entrenched commitment to the status quo.

Samantha Brotman, Common Dreams

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Monday, March 21, 2016 | The 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference is currently underway in Washington, DC. The conference is no small affair; as is the case every year, there is a star-studded speakers list. This year, nearly all of the American presidential candidates are scheduled to speak, each no doubt hoping to convince conference goers that they love Israel more than their competitors in the presidential race.

All of this would be business as usual were it not for the controversy stirred up by Donald Trump’s participation in the conference. Many Jewish and non-Jewish groups and individuals plan to protest Trump at AIPAC this week because he does not reflect their values. Trump’s flagrantly racist statements and violent and exclusionary rhetoric are deeply troubling to many across the political spectrum. But it is important to note that AIPAC inviting Trump is not an aberration, it is in line with AIPAC’s mission to support Israel regardless of how illegal and repressive its policies are.

Samantha Brotman is the Membership Coordinator for Jewish Voice for Peace.

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Part 2: Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians

Clinton has just announced a diction and a set of policies toward the Middle East that differ in no particular from those of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Juan ColeCommon Dreams

http://www.juancole.com/images/2016/03/map-story-of-palestinian-nationhood-750x500.jpgTuesday, March 22, 2016 | I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as US policy toward the Mideast doesn’t change much. She was still a senator then. Much of the audience was Middle East experts, who could barely keep themselves from gagging.

Clinton used her speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting, the gathering of some of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington, to lambaste Donald Trump for saying he’d try to be neutral in heading up negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Donald Trump should be lambasted. He is wrong on everything most of every day. But, like a clock, he is right twice a day and this a point on which he is correct. The US cannot be an honest broker in the Mideast conflict if it is more Israeli than the Israelis, which it typically is. Palestinian negotiators over the years complained that they’d get an Israeli proposal, then go to the US to tweak it, and get back the same proposal from Dennis Ross or some other American partisan of Israel who had been put in a position to shape negotiations on the American side.

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His new book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (Simon and Schuster), will officially be published July 1st.

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American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

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How the Republican party’s dog-whistle appeal to racism, refined by Richard Nixon and perfected by Ronald Reagan, led inexorably to Donald Trump.

Ben Fountain, Guardian

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To put it in Trump terms: you could say it started with a deal. Or more precisely, a big deal with various side deals attached, all of it amounting to one grand, dark bargain whose payment may be coming due at last. If one was inclined to reach for metaphor, you could say it was a deal with the devil. Or you could say it started with this, a plank adopted by the Democratic national convention of 1948:

The Democratic party commits itself to continuing efforts to eradicate all racial, religious, and economic discrimination.

That was enough to bring the devil howling out of his hole, that foot-on-the-neck-of-the-b

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lack-man devil of the Jim Crow, hookworm, lynch-prone south – “the solid south” that reliably delivered its votes to the Democratic party every four years.

Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters With Che Guevara and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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8 Sneaky Racial Code Words and Why Politicians Love Them, Jenee Desmond-Harris, the Root 

  • A guide to manipulating bigotry to support an agenda, while insisting you didn’t mention race.
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Racism and Gun Control

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  • Guns in the United States have always been about race: controlling black males and protecting white privilege and power.
  • My gun violence story could become your gun violence story.

Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator

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February, 2016 | From the antebellum slave patrols, to post-war black lynchings and chain gang detention; from terrorist Klan raids, to "stop and frisk;" and from the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and the Black Lives Matter movement, guns have been used to terrorize and control black males and protect the white population from the perceived threat that black people pose if they were to do to us what we have been doing to black people since the inception of this country.

Jeff Dietrich, Editor, Catholic Agitator

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My gun violence story could become your gun violence story, Think Progress

  • We spoke with gun violence survivors about gun violence prevention, Obama, and the NRA. This is what they had to say. And take a good look at Yanceyville, North Carolina: It's an extremely poor town that almost got a big break -- until corrupt officials completely screwed it over. ThinkProgress dives deep into its history, its residents, and its future.
  • A powerful message on gun violence

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