The Anonymous story about leaking the names of Political figures that are allegedly associated with the KKK needs to be understood in a larger context (*Even if the leak is unfounded).
#1. The History of the KKK in America is an organization of White Supremacy and Racist Violence aimed at Black Americans in the wake of the abolition of Slavery.
– The Klan’s existence began immediately after the Civil War in the late 1860’s, and it flourished, fractured, and expanded from then on, and throughout the 20th Century. It was a driving force to Oppress and Kill Black Americans in the South during the height of the Jim Crow era, from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s.
#2. The KKK was originally founded and led by Rich White Men, White Businessmen, Political figures, Military leaders, Law Enforcement, Lawyers, Doctors, Farmers, etc.
– Notable Southern General Nathan Bedford Forrest was the first Grand Wizard of the Klan. Throughout the South in the 20th Century businessmen and prominent figures such as Police Chiefs and Politicians put the White Hood on to cover up their association with the violent Hate group. This was not a “backwoods” organization founded and led by poor white “rednecks.” These were “1 percent” types so to speak.
– The fact that we saw a “Black Power” movement in America, in addition to MLK’s Civil Rights movement, was not an attempt to go to war with White America, rather it was to attempt to physically wrestle power away from Racist Systems, Politicians, and Police, as well as to become self-sufficient and stand up to forces that were attacking the Black community without Law enforcement doing anything about it – because often times Law Enforcement was in on it. From local Police all the way up to the FBI.
#3. Racism in 2015 is much trickier and far more insidious than simply being associated with groups like “the Klan.”
– Our entire Justice system in AMERICA, from profiling and targeting, to a Racially Bias “War on Drugs,” to our School to Prison pipeline where children of color are set-up to fail; the entire structure is very much an ‘AmeriKKKan’ institution at this point.
– You don’t have to be an outwardly Racist person, or have a White Hood hanging in your closet to be a supporter of Systemic Racism.
This is why we must ALL work to end the New Jim Crow, the War on Drugs, and the School to Prison pipeline. It’s not enough to simply expose Racists, we need greater awareness about policies and legislation that shape these Racist institutions. This is why “Black Lives Matter” is so important. This is why History is always relevant.
* Note: I’m not claiming to support the Anonymous story as true or false. If these claims are true, let them come out. If they are not, they are not only damaging to someone whom might not actually be associated with the Klan, but more so damaging to the bigger perspective of what REAL INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM looks like in the 21st Century. You do not need a White Hood to be knowingly (or unknowingly) supporting these racist systems and structures. Politicians that accept money from Private Prison lobbies (Hillary Clinton), or work to uphold mandatory minimum sentencing (Bill Clinton, Diane Feinstein) are doing more damage to the Black and Brown community than any coward in a Klan outfit.
– Nate Mezmer
FEW MAY KNOW
I watched this Video earlier today several times via Shaun King’s Twitter. It is one of the most powerful things I’ve viewed in a long time. It shows the father of a student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, very angrily (and eloquently) address the school board and the Sheriff’s department in the wake of a viral video showing a Black Teenage girl being body slammed by an on-campus Police officer named Ben Fields.
This South Carolina father KEEPS IT REAL on the victimization …These 3 minutes, from this angry father in South Carolina, are about the realest 3 minutes anybody has spoke in 2015. Must see stuff.
Posted by Shaun King on Sunday, November 1, 2015
When watching this video each of his points speak volumes, however I believe it is the question that this man poses at the end, about the “reaction” that is most important. Indeed it runs parallel to the conversation that I spoke about on my Twitter and personal Facebook page in the wake of uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore.
That is: Riots are not actions in the name of justice, they are reactions to extreme levels of injustice.
In that context, when the board member witlessly says not to “make threats,” he not only misinterprets this man’s very righteous level of anger, he misses the entire point being made. The bigger picture question is not “what is the point?” of such rage, but rather “how did it get to that point?” And what are WE as a Nation going to do about inequitable conditions that foster these types of situations.
This is why BLACK LIVES MATTER is so necessary, not just as a movement to bring about awareness and conversation, but actual political change to push forward policy and legislation.
Because reprimanding this particular officer is merely symbolic, if policy and protocol within the School District and Sheriff’s Department does not change. After all the officer was eventually fired but if there was any semblance of fairness or justice, he would’ve been charged with assault. Moreover, the fact that the School Board member perceives this father’s anger as a threat, and responds to him with a highly unexamined level of reproach sums up the great Racial divide in this country. Indeed it’s a level of ignorance to injustice and oppression that often correlates directly with White privilege and systemic inequity. The same goes for all my fellow White people yelling about Black folks “rioting” and “burning down their own neighborhood” instead of trying to understand the conditions of injustice that have led to this point.
As I’ve said before, in historical context, this is sort’ve the equivalent of Berlin taking down the Nazi flag in the year 2095.
If you want to better understand why America still struggles with the racial wounds of its past, look no further than the refusal to take down this awful flag.
If ‘Black Lives Mattered’ in this country, all these flags would’ve come down GENERATIONS ago.
If you want to better understand the difference between ‘Racism’ (as a social construct) and simply being Prejudice, look no further than this flag. Racism is the power to execute and maintain Prejudicial laws and oppressive systems. If Blacks had any real institutional power, they would have brought these flags down years ago. But, that’s not how this particular country works. They have had to wait for institutions Historically controlled by Whites to catch up.
From this old confederate flag in Mississippi, to newly racist Voter ID laws in Alabama, to racially bias Police targeting and disparate sentencing of people of color from California to New York, they are still waiting for us to catch up.
I want to take this time to recognize Donald Trump for his courageous admission today that it’s important we preserve longstanding Democratic Socialist programs within our American system of Capitalism.
And I quote, directly from The Donald’s twitter:
Ben Carson wants to abolish Medicare – I want to save it and Social Security.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2015
Let me repeat that again…
“Ben Carson wants to abolish Medicare – I want to save it and Social Security.”
Even Donald Trump is feeling The Bern.
-Nate Mezmer (Few May Know)
p.s. – If you’re unfamiliar with Socialism in an American History context, understand that ‘Social Democracy’ is 100% American, and it’s also very Christian as well. Recall, the great American author Kurt Vonnegut musing about what what would Jesus do in regards to Socialism:
“How about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes?
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
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This is Crony Capitalism.
Democracy is supposed to be ‘by the people, for the people.’ It’s not supposed to be ‘Corporations buy the politician.’
Hillary Clinton’s Top 10 cumulative donors between 1999 and 2016: Citigroup ($782,327), Goldman Sachs ($711,490), DLA Piper ($628,030), JPMorgan Chase ($620,919), EMILY’s List ($605,174) Morgan Stanley ($543,065), Time Warner, who owns CNN ($411,296), Skadden Arps ($406,640), Lehman Brothers ($362,853) and Cablevision Systems ($336,288).
“In four years as the nation’s top diplomat, Clinton made dozens of sales pitches on behalf of U.S. companies. In 2009 she toured a Boeing plant in Moscow and met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to persuade state-owned Russian Technologies to buy 50 Boeing 737s instead of jets made by Airbus. That $3.7 billion deal was one of several large contracts Clinton helped clinch for Boeing (BA). In December 2011, Lockheed Martin (LMT) announced a $7.2 billion deal to upgrade Japan’s aging fighter jet fleet, beating out Eurofighter. Clinton advocated for the contract with her Japanese counterpart at the United Nations General Assembly. In February 2012, Space Systems/Loral, which builds communications satellites in Palo Alto, won a contract for equipment to create a national broadband network in Australia. Clinton met with former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd several times to press for the deal. Last summer, Clinton’s undersecretary for economic growth, Robert Hormats, a former Goldman Sachs (GS) vice chair, took executives from Google (GOOG), MasterCard(MA), and Dow Chemical (DOW) to Myanmar to network with government officials, the first such meeting since sanctions against the country were lifted in 2012.” – Source: Bloomberg News
“Hillary Clinton made $3.15 million in 2013 alone from speaking to firms like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and UBS, according to the list her campaign released of her speaking fees.” – Source: CNN Money
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If you kick people out of the their neighborhoods by brute force, bulldoze their homes and build over them with yours, and then dance around on top of their sacred places. You’re not a settler. You’re an Occupier.
This is the story of Israel’s violent and oppressive subjugation of the Palestinian people. The Palestinians are treated like cattle on their own land, and then the Israeli’s cry foul (and shoot them) when the cows go Mad.
Father: “Please wake up, wake up, no please leave her with me.” She was killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza, along with her mother, Nour Hassan, who was 5 months pregnant.
Posted by Omar Albach on Sunday, October 11, 2015
The United States in return fully supports the behavior with Billions of dollars and pathetically weak paternal advice. Much like bad parents would tell a spoiled child to please stop jumping up and down on the sofa. But the child does not listen and instead begins to throw toys at the dog. This goes on for years and the parents never properly reprimand the kid, continuing to supply the child with candy and more toys. Then when the animal finally bites the child the solution is to have the animal put to sleep.
They tell themselves, “It was bound to happen, the animal was a rescue.”
Of course, this is just a simple analogy. It’s actually much worse than that. For greater accuracy, the metaphor would need to involve dropping one-ton bombs on the neighbors. Years later, the surviving children of the neighbors grow up and return for retribution armed with a knife, so you shoot them with an M-16 rifle.
Was there really a media ‘Blackout’ of the 20th Anniversary of the #MillionManMarch yesterday in DC? If so, would that really surprise you at this point? Hundreds of thousands of Black folks organizing peacefully to demand Justice Reform and changes in their own community. That doesn’t sell on Corporate Media Entertainment channels.
But perhaps its not just a Media ‘Blackout,’ as it is also a Blackout within your own personal Timeline. That is, unless you are connected to people that are interested, or were participating in the MMM in DC, I think it’s safe to assume that your “feed” on a Saturday afternoon might only feature things like: Brunches, Drinks, Outdoors, Weddings, Sports, and Nightlife.
Maybe instead of it just being a ‘Media Blackout’ it’s also a Social Media Whiteout.
EXCEPT, I must say this… Shouts out to #SnapChat for featuring the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in their Featured Feed! If it wasn’t for that I personally wouldn’t have seen much of anything on it until the following day.
Quite literally, #FewMayKnow.
One of the great humans of the past century passed away yesterday. Grace Lee Boggs was 100 years old. I did not know her personally but she was very much a personal hero of mine. An American revolutionary who helped lead the Black Power movement in Detroit in the 1960’s with her husband Jimmy Boggs, and would go on to become one of the leading activists for social change in this country for over 7 decades.
Grace was truly one of the most influential voices I’ve ever come across, with a smile that will enlighten you and inspire you to lead. Please take some time to watch “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” the documentary on her life. You will be more than inspired! (links below)
“We are the leaders we’ve been looking for” – Grace Lee Boggs
Rest in peace, and power.
LA Times obituary: Grace Lee Boggs