Watch Party 2021

Emmett Till died on Aug. 28, 1955 at the age of 14. 1955 is not that long ago. What was called the “last lynching in America” took place in Alabama in 1981. At least, it was until Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while jogging in Georgia last year. The tally expands every day.

When you hear of parents telling school boards to stop teaching the accurate history of racism in America, we wonder if it’s not just about critical race theory, or the 1619 project, about which they’ve been deliberately misled. We wonder if they’re not just worried that their kids will look at the dates of these not-so-long-ago events, and put two and two together – how people they know – their parents, their grandparents and great-grandparents, could be culpable of racism too…like protesting the teaching of the accurate history of racism in America, for a start.

Tell Fox News to fire Laura Ingraham.

The four officers testifying at the Jan.6 commission were savagely attacked by Trump’s minions. Her mocking comments were an Orwellian attack on the truth, indoctrinating her viewers into a group that’s willing to ignore or disbelieve eyewitness and videotaped corroboration. (See: Trump, crowd size and “alternate facts.”)

In our comment, we added that they should fire her production team as well, as they helped her put together the broadcast, including the insulting graphics.

Watch this great lecture by Bryan Stevenson, public interest lawyer and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

“…We are all carrying this illness, this disruption that has been created by a narrative of racial difference. Our parents and our grandparents didn’t talk about things we needed to talk about and because of that, we continue to suffer. So I believe we actually have to have conversations that we haven’t had. I think we need to talk about slavery in America. You see, I think the legacy of slavery continues to haunt us. We are shadowed by this era that did destructive things. The great evil of American slavery, for me, was not involuntary servitude or forced labor, I don’t believe that. I think the great evil of American slavery was the narrative of racial difference that we created to legitimate it. It’s the ideology of White supremacy that we made up to make ourselves feel like enslaving these black people was okay.

You see, slavery in America wasn’t like slavery in other parts of the world. In Africa, there were slaves, in Asia, there were slaves, there were parts with slavery everywhere. But in America, in those countries they were societies with slaves. In America, we became a slave society. We created an ideology to make ourselves comfortable with slavery. And that Ideology was an ideology of white supremacy. It was an ideology that was racialized. We said these black people are different, they’ve got deficits, they’re not even fully human. And because of that, we can enslave them and feel moral and just and Christian. And that narrative was the great evil of American slavery.

And the 13th Amendment doesn’t deal with that narrative. The Emancipation Proclamation doesn’t talk about the ideology of white supremacy, and because of that, I don’t believe slavery ended in 1865. I think it just evolved….”

Heritage Foundation, a hard-right think tank, has shown ZERO cases of election fraud for Texas in 2020-21. (Oh, wait, they’re planning on prosecuting a man with a 20 year sentence for mistakenly thought himself eligible to vote in the Democratic primary while still on parole.)

A text version of the full speech is available here.

Play this loud and dance!

Say what you will, Senator Scott, but America’s racism is public policy set in wood and concrete, built into our homes, our streets and our neighborhoods. If the short video below inspires you to look further, there are lectures with Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law” here (with EPI) and here (with Ta-Nehisi Coates).

New video with some truth in jest. Another good video here with Joy Reid, 1619 Project creator Nikola Hannah Jones and trans activist Charollot Clymer.

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Beau of the Fifth Column

Watch or read the transcript. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s first speech on the Senate floor inspires the chamber to a standing ovation

Wednesday 03/17/21 – Jaquita Wilson on Atlanta slayings.

This is interesting: “An odd provision  the American Rescue Plan Act that President Biden signed yesterday deems that anyone who receives any unemployment insurance income this year will be deemed to have income of no more than 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), qualifying them for a free silver plan in the ACA marketplace. 

Silver plans at that income come with the highest Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR), raising the plans actuarial value to 94%, which translates to an average deductible of about $200 and an average cap on annual out-of-pocket costs of about $1100. The plan is free because ARPA zeroes out premiums for a benchmark silver plan at incomes up to 150% FPL.

ACLU – How do we End Racism in Policing?

The ACLU has changed it’s mind! Instead of focusing on making police departments better, they are now firmly on the side of divesting functions, power and responsibilities from police departments and tranferring them to life-giving non-police-dependent alternatives. This video covers qualified immunity, police union influence, and use of force standards, as well as the big questions on how we can stop police from being such an outsized presence in Black communities. One example of redirection – the changeover from police transport of medical emergencies to ambulances, which took place in the 1960’s. Share all these resources with your friends and family, along with the ACLU’s series of short videos called “100 Years of Racism in Policing.

Today’s video: Trump-ublicans are the Modern Confederates: Let’s not repeat 150-year old mistakes.

Link here. “Shadow President Trump, Cruz, Hawley, McCarthy, the Qanon congresswomen, etc – are the cultural reincarnations of the civil war confederates the union let off the hook 150 short years ago. We cannot afford to make the same mistakes. And the words of Frederick Douglass are ever more urgent.

147 Congress members committed treason when they voted to overthrow our democracy…Those 147 traitors who made every effort to subvert, stir, move and incite insurrection and rebellion against our country must be expelled from public office, tried and convicted in a court of law. Their sponsors, enablers and promoters must all face boycotts, and cancellations and be hauled into court on charges of sedition.

For the millions of descendants of African slaves and the survivors of Native American holocaust, for every citizen of our migrant nation, who believes in equality for all people, “It is for you to teach them that those who sow the wind must reap the whirlwind, that clemency and mercy to them would be cruelty and murder to the innocent and unborn.” In the words of Frederick Douglass, “If this was is to be forgotten, I ask in the name of all things sacred, what shall men remember? We must never forget that victory to the rebellion meant death to the Republic.”


1. Comparing BLM and capitol riots
2. MLK TAUGHT US: how to overcome racism and poverty 
3. ROOSEVELT SHOWED US: how to defeat fascism and inequality 
4. LINCOLN DEMONSTRATED: how to create a stimulus pkg
5. PRESIDENT JOHNSON failed to prosecute Robert E. Lee

This history is so important to know – and generally not shared in proper context in schools due to pressure and suppression from an anti-culture that is not sustainable and never was. The power and clarity derived from understanding these major events during the Civil War, WW2 and the civil rights movements cannot be over overstated. Hearing the words of MLK, James Baldwin, Roosevelt directly are healing and instructive on what we must stand for and what must never stand for — as individuals and a nation.” 

(Click on the video link here if the “age restriction” shows)

Watch Party – NAACP leader on the importance of Black History Month

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