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Levar Burton Enters the Pity Olympics

On the first day of this new year, LeVar “Kunta Kinte” Burton told all of Twitter that he wouldn’t tolerate any racial gaslighting in the new decade. The acclaimed actor, author and advocate released the first installment of This is My Story, a video series where he shares individual stories that capture some of the racist experiences most Black people in the U.S. “have in common.” On Twitter, Burton wrote:

American Descendents of Slavery

The Russians and other counties are going to attack the 2020 elections. One obvious way to do this is by spreading discord. They will be aided in this effort by Moscow Mitch who is slow walking efforts to combat foreign interventions into our voting process. The African American community will be a prime target. A recent debate about reparations is a possible way to sow division within the black community. The discussion revolves around who should receive these hypothetical reparations. Should reparations go to all blacks, or just blacks who are descendants of slavery?

Virginia and Humpty Dumpty

The New Year rolls in with movement towards removing Confederate statues representing the state of Virginia.

Governor Northam is offering a bill to remove General Robert E. Lee, the overrated Confederate general is from it's place as one of Virginia 's contributions to the statuary in the U.S.Capitol. 
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/virginia-governor-seeks-removal-of-confederate-statue-from-us-capitol/2191799/

Earl Landgrebe 2.0

At the height of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon was running low on friends. When the U.S. House voted to begin impeachment hearings, for example, the vote was 410 to 4. One of the four was an Indiana Republican named Earl Landgrebe.

Nikki Haley and the Confederacy

Nikki Haley was hailed as one of the adults in the room when she joined the Trump administration. She went to disappoint expectations by becoming another Trump toadie.

I’d thought Haley was better than that. I was wrong. She was one of the heroes in my 2016 book, Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Went from the Party of Reagan to the Party of Trump. Even after accepting a job in the Trump administration as ambassador to the United Nations, I hoped Haley could walk the tightrope of maintaining her dignity and reputation as a serious conservative while remaining relevant in a party that has become dramatically more populist and nationalistic in the Trump era. 

Time for an Emmett Till Photo In 2019

Nothing is going to change despite the multiple mass murders due to high powered weapons. The country is numb. The NRA is still in control. What could turn the tide? In 1955, the mother of Emmett Till allowed photographs of her murdered son appear in the media. She wanted the world to see what happened to her child. It helped energize the modern Civil Rights movement. Perhaps a photograph of a person slain by a high capacity or other high powered weapon would force a change. Maybe the country would still remain unchanged in forcing changes in gun laws.

It’s Juneteenth and a White Nationalist is President

DC and countless cities across America have many events that are open to the public for Juneteenth and it’s great to see new people join those events, but we cannot embrace the celebration and overlook the continued struggle. Cookouts, celebration, and community are great, but Juneteenth should prompt profound questions about American identity and what is required to build an equitable society. 

Adam Serwer Writes About the American Creed

Black Americans did not abandon liberal democracy because of slavery, Jim Crow, and the systematic destruction of whatever wealth they managed to accumulate; instead they took up arms in two world wars to defend it. Japanese Americans did not reject liberal democracy because of internment or the racist humiliation of Asian exclusion; they risked life and limb to preserve it.

Movie Commemorating Mother Emmanuel Terrorist Attack Debuts Today

On the evening of June 17, 2015, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof marched into what was typically thought to be the purest form of sanctuary—a church—and terrorized a group of black worshippers. Nine people, including senior pastor and South Carolina State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel L. Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson were murdered that evening.

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