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After a long and contentious election in which Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, there has been a steady stream of demonstrations across the country with protesters unhappy with the results taking to the streets and breaking out in chants of “We reject the president-elect,” and “not my president.”
The protests are not the only thing to occur in the immediate aftermath of the election. Incidents motivated by racism and hatred have come to the forefront of the national conversation, with an uptick of such incidents being reported across the country. The hateful acts have manifested in schools, college campuses, businesses and places of worship. The Southern Poverty Law Center is monitoring reports of racist harassment and intimidation and has so far recorded 201 such incidents across the country as of Nov. 11. The SPLC pulled the information from news reports, social media and direct submissions sent to them but noted that each incident could not be independently and immediately verified.
“Often times, types of harassment overlapped and many incidents, though not all, involved direct references to the Trump campaign,” the SPLC stated.
The Anti-Defamation League said following the election of Trump, there has been a sharp spike in reports of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalism, including the widespread use of swastikas and other Nazi imagery.
Oren Segal, Director for the ADL’s center on extremism, told Patch that there are more of these incidents being reported and while it is too early to say if there is a spike particularly and it remains difficult to compare them to another time in history, he said the context is different and somewhat unique.
He said it is not uncommon to see Swastikas or graffiti that is anti-Muslim or anti-gay, however, what is uncommon is seeing incidents linked to a particular campaign. He said the incidents seem to be more than just harassment and vandalism and seem to be, “loaded with the country’s anxiety.”
In his first interview as president-elect on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Trump was asked about the racist and hateful acts popping up in his name. Below is the exchange between Trump and CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl from the interview that aired Sunday night.
Donald Trump: I am very surprised to hear that– I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that–
Lesley Stahl: But you do hear it?
Donald Trump: I don’t hear it—I saw, I saw one or two instances…
Lesley Stahl: On social media?
Donald Trump: But I think it’s a very small amount. Again, I think it’s–
Lesley Stahl: Do you want to say anything to those people?
Donald Trump: I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ‘cause I’m gonna bring this country together.
Lesley Stahl: They’re harassing Latinos, Muslims–
Donald Trump: I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, “Stop it.” If it– if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.
Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as White House strategist, the former executive of the news website Breitbart who has an alleged history of anti-Semitism and served as the Trump campaign’s chief executive, might have negated any of Trump’s efforts to call on Americans to stop the hateful acts.
Racial tensions in the country have been heightened lately, and acts of vandalism and violence had already begun to pop up during the general election, such as the vandalism of a black church in Mississippi where the words “Vote Trump” were scrawled on its side or the firebombing of a local GOP office in North Carolina where the words Nazi Republicans leave town or else,” were left on a nearby building. Non-white communities have always dealt with racist acts but there is something about the tone of the incidents that have taken place post-election that sets them apart.
Segal, of the ADL, explained that the impact of these incidents is beyond local. While they always affect local communities, people may think of these instances of racism as a reflection of where America is headed.
“Now it almost has the appearance of something that is broader so it creates anxiety,” he said.
With a country that is still processing what is going on, Segal said there is leadership required from community leaders up to the highest offices in the nation to reject and condemn what is going on and to do so constantly.
Patch has reported on several instances of such incidents and is compiling a list that will be constantly updated as we report on more acts motivated by racism and hatred. (Note: The list is organized based on the date Patch reported on the incident)
MILFORD, MA—About four weeks ago, copies of the KKK newspaper “The Crusader” was thrown in the driveways of one of Milford’s neighborhoods, and residents in another neighborhood are now complaining that it happened again over the weekend.
BOSTON, MA — A young man alleges he was physically and verbally assaulted outside a Boston bar over his support for President-elect Donald Trump, called a “racist” and told him he “took a wrong turn. ‘You know you’re in Massachusetts.'”
WACO, TX — Students at Baylor University at Waco have employed the tactics of love to combat a recent incident of hate on campus, rallying around a student who was shoved off a sidewalk on college grounds by a suspect who said “I’m just trying to make America great again,” a reference to the election slogan used by Donald Trump in reaching the presidency, the victim later recalled.
ABILENE, TX — Two Abilene Christian University students have been expelled after a Snapchat video surfaced on Monday showing one of them in blackface while mimicking a black person with racist exaggerated features.
CLAY, WV — A nonprofit worker in Clay, West Virginia, has been placed on leave and the town’s mayor has resigned after a controversy the two women became involved in regarding an extremely racist Facebook post that was directed at First Lady Michelle Obama.
CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN — An all-white swastika spray-painted onto the sidewalk over the weekend atBrooklyn Avenue and Montgomery Street, in a heavily Orthodox Jewish area of Crown Heights, is one of at least five instances of anti-Semitic vandalism recorded across New York state in the week since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization that tracks anti-Semitism in the U.S.
BOERUM HILL, BROOKLYN — A Donald Trump supporter sucker-punched a woman at a Boerum Hill restaurant Saturday night after getting into a political debate with her earlier in the evening, according to widespread reports.
STAFFORD, CT — North Central Connecticut was in an uproar on Monday over a video featuring a party at which some participants wore Ku Klux Klan outfits that has been circulating around social media. State police said they are looking into the matter.
COLUMBUS, OH — An anti-Trump demonstration on the Ohio State University campus was interrupted on Monday when a man wearing a scarlet and gray sweatshirt ran down a flight of stairs and tackled a protester addressing the crowd with a megaphone.
POMONA, NY — Graffiti reading “No Jews” was found spray-painted on a street and on a Realtor’s sign in Pomona. Officers found graffiti at two homes for sale on Carteret Drive, as well as on a Realtor’s “For Sale” sign.
MANGO, FL — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue are looking into a Monday morning arson-related fire at a mobile home in Mango. Investigators also found anti-Donald Trump graffiti at two nearby homes, leading them to believe “both of these locations may be connected to the arson investigation.” One of the vandalized homes reportedly had the words “F— Trump. Burn Everything” spray painted on it.
WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, speaking on the Bronx River bike path under a Metro-North bridge in White Plains Monday, said hateful graffiti is not something he or anyone in the county will tolerate. Anti-Semitic and anti-black graffiti were found Sunday afternoon under the bridge on the bike path.
ANN ARBOR, MI — Police in Ann Arbor are investigating an incident Friday in which a man allegedly forced a Muslim woman to remove her hijab and threatened to set her on fire with his lighter, prompting a University of Michigan campus-wide safety alert, according to news reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — An off-duty Michigan police officer whom authorities said flew a Confederate flag from his pickup this weekend at a demonstration protesting the election of Donald J. Trump as the nation’s 45th president has been suspended, according to news reports.
SILVER SPRING, MD — A sign advertising the Spanish-language Mass at an Episcopal Church in Silver Spring and the wall of the parish’s memorial garden were vandalized with the words “Trump Nation. Whites Only,” the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said in a Facebook post.
NATICK, MA—Natick police are investigating a possible hate crime as a resident reported receiving a series of threatening letters on his doorstep two days in a row over the weekend, said Chief James Hicks.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A student at the University of Oklahoma has been suspended after a number of black freshmen students at the University of Pennsylvania were added to a group messaging account that contained racist images and messages, according to university officials.
BETHESDA, MD — Swastikas were recently drawn on the walls of a boys’ restroom in a Bethesda middle school, according to a letter from the building principal that was sent home to students and parents Friday.
EAST HADDAM, CT — After learning of the results, a local woman felt compelled to make a sign expressing her care toward a number of groups in the country who may feel oppressed by the election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. The sign read, “Dear Muslims, Immigrants Women, Disabled, LGBTQ folks & All People of Color, WE LOVE YOU; boldly & proudly, we will endure.” The sign, however, was apparently vandalized within a day. Overnight, an unidentified person wrote “Trump 2016” over her message in black spray paint.
CANTON TOWNSHIP, MI – A Canton police officer has been suspended with pay amid an investigation into racist remarks he is accused of making against black people on Facebook, according to media reports.
The officer, Kenneth Kleszcz, allegedly told African-Americans to “go home monkeys” during a live feed of an election protest.
MAPLE GROVE, MI — Maple Grove police detectives are seeking information after receiving a report of a racist message written in a Maple Grove Senior High school bathroom. The message was written during the school day on Nov. 9, according to a news release.
NEWTOWN, PA — A school district in Pennsylvania saw vandalism and harassment following Tuesday’s election, Superintendent Robert J. Fraser said Thursday. Fraser said one incident occurred in a girls’ restroom, where on a hanging piece of paper someone wrote “I Love Trump,” a derogatory comment about people who are gay and three swastikas. Another incident occurred in a different girls’ restroom where someone wrote “If Trump wins, watch out!” on a toilet paper dispenser.
ROYAL OAK, MI — Remember the days when all you had to worry about in the school cafeteria was a food fight and getting a Sloppy Joe in the face? Not in 2016 cafeterias. Things got political at the Royal Oak Middle School cafeteria Wednesday, and the whole outburst was caught on video and has taken off on social media, receiving more than 700,000 views in less than 24 hours.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — An unknown individual scrawled “Trump” onto the door to a Muslim prayer room at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn following Election Day, the NYU Muslim Students Association said Wednesday.
WELLESLEY, MA – Two people were removed from the Wellesley College campus Wednesday after driving around in a pickup truck and waving a Donald Trump flag. Lisa Barbin, chief of campus police at Wellesley College, said the “disruptive” individuals were asked to leave campus without incident.
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA —The fairway at Trump National Golf Course suffered undisclosed damage, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, just hours before the Republican candidate’s surprise win in the presidential election.
Long before she let Benghazi happen, Hillary Clinton was the center of a swirl of inventive rumors about sex, drugs, and murder. For entertainment purposes only, we’ve rounded up some of the greatest (i.e., most scurrilous). We’ll add more as they inevitably bubble up in the run-up to the 2016 race.
BENGHAZI ON THE BRAIN
Concussiongate Rumor: Then-Secretary of State Clinton faked the flu and a concussion in December 2012 to avoid testifying to Congress about Benghazi. Rumormongers: 2016 presidential dark horse John Bolton and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley #TCLOT Rumor: As if a phony head injury wasn’t bad enough—Hillary faked a blood clot, an even more serious medical condition, to further delay her Benghazi testimony. Rumormonger: Glenn Beck, who added that “if she really had some weird thing in the hospital, then it should prohibit her from ever becoming president.”
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Brained by Bush’s brain Rumor: The clot was real, and Hillary suffered lingering brain damage that could render her unfit for office. Rumormonger: Fox News analyst Karl Rove, who backtracked the next day.
THE CLINTON BODY COUNT
Fostering doubts Rumor: Various theories hold that former Clinton White House chief of staff Vince Foster didn’t commit suicide in Virginia’s Fort Marcy Park. One posits that he was killed because he was having an affair with Hillary Clinton. Rumormongers: Former Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) once shot a watermelon (or a pumpkin—it’s unclear) to prove that Foster was shot by someone else. Accuracy in Media founder Reed Irvine took out an ad in the New York Times to note that the FBI had failed to investigate “semen in Foster’s shorts, blond hair on his T-shirt and trousers and multicolored carpet fibers on all his clothing.” (Bonus: Anne Coulteronce joked, “If you attack the Clintons publicly, make sure all your friends know that you are not planning suicide.”) Ron Brown’s body Rumor: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others were killed in a plane crash orchestrated by the Clintons to prevent him from spilling the beans to special investigators about selling seats on trade missions. Rumormonger: The Clinton Body Count, a website linking the first family to more than 90 deaths. Whitewater whitewash Rumor: After agreeing to cooperate with special investigator Ken Starr, Whitewater partner James McDougal died in prison—allegedly at the hands of Clinton henchmen. “Chalk up another body to Clinton,” as one Rush Limbaugh caller put it. An alternative theory: McDougal faked his death to avoid ratting out his benefactors. Rumormonger: The Clinton Body Count Kittycide Rumor: Former Clinton aide Kathleen Willey alleged that after her cat went missing, a suspicious-looking jogger told her to watch what she said. Then her new cat turned up dead. Rumormonger: Willey, in the the 2007 pseudo-documentary Hillary: The Movie(which triggered the Citizens United Supreme Court decision).
The condoms must be on the other side of the tree. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
THE SEX STUFF
Gay until inauguration Rumor: After majoring in lesbianism at Wellesley, Hillary entered into a sham marriage with Bill Clinton to cover up the truth. At one point, a former classmatemoved to Little Rock to continue an affair with Hillary. Rumormonger:Edward Klein, author of The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President Bisexual after inauguration Rumor: Bill confided that his wife was a bisexual who, as she put it, “had eaten more pussy than he had.” Rumormonger: Former Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers, in a 2013 interview with the Daily Mail Webb of lies Rumor: Associate attorney general Webb Hubbell was really Chelsea’s father. (And Vince Foster was possibly killed because he knew.) Rumormonger: This guy on the Internet who keeps emailing me and every other DC journalist. Bermuda shorts Rumor: Forget Webb Hubbell. Chelsea was conceived when Bill forced himself on Hillary during a vacation in Bermuda. Rumormonger: Klein, keeping it classy. Troopergate Rumor: Hillary looked the other way when then-Gov. Bill Clinton used Arkansas state troopers to set up sexual liaisons with dozens—maybe hundreds—of women. Rumormonger: Former right-wing operative-turned-Media Matters honcho David Brock, who later wrote in his book, Blinded by the Right, that “none of the trooper allegations that could be independently checked turned out to be true.” Bill’s black love child Rumor: Bill fathered a son after after luring a prostitute into a cocaine-fueled orgy. Hillary dutifully covered it up. Rumormongers: Little Rock businessman Robert McIntosh circulated a flier noting the resemblance between 13-year-old Danny Williams and a young William Jefferson Blythe during the 1992 campaign. A 1999 Drudge Report exclusive featured Williams’ mother’s on-tape confession. “What becomes immediately obvious to the viewer watching the videotaped confession is that this is clearly not gossip, rumor, or anonymous charges being maliciously directed at a politician,” wrote Drudge, before learning three days later that the child was not Clinton’s. Come all ye faithful Rumor: As first lady, Hillary decorated the White House Christmas tree with condoms, cock rings, and lords-a-leapin’ with erect penises. Rumormongers: Disgruntled former FBI agent Gary Aldrich, in his 1996 tell-all,Unlimited Access; and Texas activist “Doc Marquis,” who seized on Aldrich’s claims as “proof positive that Hillary Clinton is a power, practicing witch.” Sexual pagan Rumor: No, it’s not the name of my new metal band—it’s Hillary Clinton’s orientation. Rumormonger: Southern Evangelical Seminary president Richard Land, wholeveled the charge in response to the secretary of state’s advocacy for gay rights in Africa.
THE DRUG STUFF
Powder hungry Rumor: When Bill was governor, the Clintons covered up a multimillion-dollar cocaine smuggling ring based in Mena, Arkansas. Rumormonger:The Clinton Chronicles (below), a 1994 pseudo-documentary distributed by the Reverend Jerry Falwell Boys on the tracks Rumor: Seventeen-year-olds Kevin Ives and Don Henry weren’t hit by a train after passing out on an Arkansas railroad track; they were brutally murdered after witnessing a Clinton-assisted drug drop. Rumormongers: Former Rep. William Dannemeyer (R-Calif.) and The Clinton Chronicles
ASSORTED POWER MADNESS
Four martini punch Rumor: Reporter LJ Davis didn’t, as he claimed, pass out on his floor after drinking one too many martinis—he was assaulted in his Arkansas hotel room in 1994 by Clinton goons and robbed of four “significant” pages from his notebook. His crime: Asking too many questions about Clinton’s work at a Little Rock law firm. Rumormongers: The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which cited the incident as evidence that Arkansas is a “congenitally violent place,” and Rush Limbaugh, whotold his listeners, “journalists and others working on or involved in Whitewatergate have been mysteriously beaten and harassed in Little Rock; some have died.” PC police Rumor: As first lady, Clinton formed her own clandestine police force. Agents embedded in the FBI, the CIA, and the IRS harassed and eliminated critics. Rumormongers: Richard Poe, author of Hillary’s Secret War, and American Evitaauthor Christopher Andersen Con air Rumor: Hillary purged the White House Travel Office in order to set up a system of kickbacks for an Arkansas airline helmed by a childhood friend of Bill’s. Rumormongers: Brock and current Virginia congressional candidate Barbara Comstock Red, not blue Rumor: A “meticulously documented” report exposed the Clintons’ links to a Marxist terrorist plot to take over the country, inspired by the Italian communist and grad-student favorite Antonio Gramsci. Exhibit A: Hillary’s failed health care reform plan. Rumormonger: WorldNetDaily columnist Samuel Blumenfeld Filegate Rumor: Classified FBI files were requested and misused by first lady Hillary Clinton to target enemies of the administration. White House Office of Personnel Security Craig Livingstone took the fall when Republican investigators caught wind. Rumormonger: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who demanded FBI files be swiped for the first lady’s fingerprints. Brazilian whacks Rumor: The Clintons forced former Hillary donor Peter Paul to spend two years in a Brazilian prison—including two months in a cellblock known as the “Corridor of Death”—after he filed a lawsuit against the couple claiming they knew about his illegal campaign finance dealings. Rumormonger: Paul, in the 2007 pseudo-documentary Hillary Uncensored Black helicopters Rumor: Team Hillary used helicopters to surveil the Southampton home of 2006 Republican Senate challenger—and current Fox News contributor—K.T. McFarland. Rumormonger: McFarland, at a campaign event on Long Island Rush to judgment Rumor: Rush Limbaugh’s 2006 drug bust for painkillers possession was a set-up by the Clinton machine. Rumormonger: Poe again
Dressed to kill in 1993 AP Photo/James Finley
THE MUSLIM STUFF
Muslim Sisterhood Rumor: Clinton and top aide/alleged lover Huma Abedin (wife of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)) are in cahoots with the ladies’ auxiliary of the Muslim Brotherhood. Which explains why Clinton has been secretly pushing us to spread Sharia law in America. Rumormongers: “Huma’s mom is best friends with the new so-called first lady of Egypt, who is also a member of the Sisterhood,” explained Rush Limbaugh. “Folks, it’s Peyton place—it’s too much to keep up with.” Rep. Michele Bachmann’sallegations of collaboration between Clinton and the Brotherhood was cited by protesters in the streets of Cairo. Mullah moolah Rumor: Clinton’s Islamofascist sympathies were secured with a bribe from Iran. Rumormonger: Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman, who conscientiously adds, “I cannot prove it at this time.” Ban on churches Rumor: Clinton was working with Islamists to shut down Christian houses of worship in the United States before she left office in 2013. Rumormonger: Conservative speaker and self-described “former terrorist” Kamal Saleem
Hillary Clinton with fellow Muslim sympathizer Barack Obama in Cairo, 2009. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
JUST PLAIN BIZARRE
Cold-blooded Rumor: Like most of the Washington elite, Hillary is in fact a blood-drinking extraterrestrial lizard in disguise. Rumormonger: “Reptoid hypothesis” creator David Icke Everything is Illuminati’ed Rumor: Wake up, sheeple. The Clintons belong to an 18th-century secret society that controls global governance and finance. Rumormongers:Lots of crazy people on YouTube Contra dancing Rumor: In the 1970s, Hillary worked at a Little Rock law firm that helped funnel weapons to the Contras. Rumormonger: The late Nation columnist Alexander Cockburn Blood money Rumor: The Clintons consented to the harvesting and selling of HIV- and hepatitis C-positive blood from prison inmates to China in the 1980s. Rumormongers: Klein and WorldNetDaily conspiracy guru Joseph Farah Starr crossed Rumor: Why did the Clintons enjoy impunity for their myriad crimes? Easy: Ken Starr, the man tasked with investigating them, was a secret Clinton crony. Rumormonger: Poe again Get behind me, thetan Rumor: Why did the did the movie version of Primary Colors, in which John Travolta plays a thinly-veiled Bill Clinton, go so easy on the first couple? Maybe because President Clinton pressured the German government to extend religious protections to the Church of Scientology. Rumormonger: The New York Post reported that Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C.) demanded an investigation into the matter; Faircloth denied this. It’s a tax! Rumor: As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was pushing a secret United Nations takeover of the Internet, to be paid for by a secret tax on American billionaires. Rumormonger: Former Clinton aide Dick Morris Goo goo for Gaga: Clinton’s State Department betrayed its true function as an “agent for Lady Gaga” when it helped the “Bad Romance” singer secure a gig at a gay pride event in Italy. Rumormonger: Mission: America founder Linda Harvey
HERE WE GO AGAIN…
Face the nation Rumor: Clinton got a face-lift after leaving the State Department to “glam up” for 2016. Rumormonger: Fox and Friends’ Steve Doocy, who tweeted afterwards that he was referring only to Clinton’s website. Hey sole sister Rumor: Clinton hired a mentally ill woman to throw a sneaker at her while giving a speech to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las Vegas in April. Rumormongers: Limbaugh and former Republican presidential front runnerHerman Cain Hill’s angels Rumor: Hillary is a tool of the Dark Lord Lucifer sent to oppose Jesus Christ in the Last Days. Rumormonger: Montana Republican congressional candidate Ryan Zinke, who called Clinton the “anti-Christ” at a January campaign event. It takes a child Rumor: Chelsea Clinton became pregnant at the behest of her parents, who believe that the former secretary of state will be viewed more favorably if she has grandkids. Rumormongers: Fox News host Howie Kurtz, the Washington Free Beacon‘sMichael Goldfarb, and the New York Times‘ Andrew Ross Sorkin. Vanity press Rumor: The Clintons arranged for Vanity Fair to publish Monica Lewinsky’s recent essay two-and-a-half years before the next presidential election, so it would be forgotten by 2016. Rumormonger: Prolific children’s author Lynne Cheney, who asked Bill O’Reilly, “Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t want in Vanity Fair?” (Yes.)
I am Black/African American. It appears that there is a fundamental disagreement between myself and many Black People on what the core problems within the Black Community are. Many view the problem as Racism and I view the core problems as our own Poor Morality, Misplaced Values and Poor Ethical Behavior, which gets me in a lot of trouble. However, I am the type to call it the way I see it. While there are certainly Systemic Racial problems in this nation that result in unequal justice, disproportionate poverty, poor schools, Racial Profiling, Mass Incarceration and other problems that create barriers for Black People to succeed; In my humble opinion, Racism is not the core of the majority of the misery Black People experience in the US.
Our moral fabric in this nation, including the Black Community, is weak; therefore, everything we build upon it is weak and crumbling. And now, we need to fix that foundation. However, it is very difficult to fix a foundation while it has a building sitting on it. It will take a lot of work and everyone will have to take their share of the responsibility for the situations we find ourselves in, these days.
The fundamental solution to the overwhelming majority of the misery that Black People in particular suffer, in my humble opinion, based on the years of research, studies, surveys and the documented success our organization, Unlimited Education, has had in turning whole communities around, I believe that Morals, Values and Ethics Education is the core problem and the core solution to most every social and economic challenge we face in the entire world, especially in the Black Community.
In my view, the problem is as follows:
A young man, whose morality is weak, decides to stick his ‘Pecker’ where ever he wants and a young girl, whose morality is also weak, decides to open her legs for him. Then, she becomes pregnant and he runs the opposite direction. She is forced to put her plans to go to College on hold and then makes the immoral decision to move a Drug Dealer into her home, because she needs financial help and because his Bad Boy persona is kind of hot. Now, her son is being mentored by a Drug Dealer. Her new boyfriend begins selling drugs out of the house and then goes to Prison for it. She loses her son, for a while, but manages to get him back.
But, now, the son, who has spent his life being mentored and reared by a Drug Dealer and various temporary parents in the Foster Care System, grows up angry and takes on the morality of his parents, who have taught him that he is oppressed, the system is against him, that this is a racist society. So, this young man, who is now a teenager, sees no hope. He sees no point in going to college, getting a job or trying to work within the system, which he views as the enemy.
So, he joins a gang and begins selling mind numbing drugs to the other black people in his community, perpetuating the madness in his own people. He sells to the pregnant girl, who morally, shouldn’t have opened her legs to some jerk and ends up birthing a crack baby; he sells to the guy with 6 kids, who, morally, he shouldn’t have created, because he is an unfit father. Now he becomes an addict and can’t pay his child support. And then, because someone was selling drugs on this young man’s corner, he makes the immoral decision to improve his street cred by killing his Black Brother and one stray bullet accidentally hits a young girl playing Hop Scotch, ending her life. So, her parents are beside themselves with grief and so is her angry older brother, who decides to get revenge. So now, this murdering teen goes to Prison, as his mother is financially devastated trying to pay an Attorney to keep him out of prison, and he becomes a daddy while in Prison, because he had sex with a crack head for a rock, who ends up pregnant.
The guy he killed has kids who will grow up without a father, his girl friend, now has to make ends meet, alone. His brothers and sisters and parents are beside themselves with grief and his dad ends up turning to the bottle and becomes an alcoholic, out of pain and grief. He loses his job, there is a divorce and their home gets foreclosed on. The property values go down in the neighborhood because of the gang violence and drugs, so the wealth of the community takes a nose dive. Mrs. Johnson can’t refinance her house and fix the raggedy back porch and Mr. Jones wants to move, but can’t sell his house.
White People, who want to help, see the solution as locking up all the Drug Dealers and ‘Gang Bangers’, which, on the surface, sounds perfectly reasonable. But the result is Racial Profiling and Mass Incarceration. The Mayor, Police Chief, the City Councilman and even the Senator for this Black Community should all be Black, but they are all White, because the Black People in this community have been taught their votes don’t count and the system is rigged and racist and against them, so they don’t participate in the political system. So, they get angry and burn down their neighborhood to protest the recent Police Brutality that resulted from the Police Department being run by people who don’t understand the community.
Now, the elderly lady on the corner can’t get her prescriptions filled unless she can get all the way across town, because they burned down the Drug Store. Sally, with the three kids, use to work there and now she’s unemployed. She has to go on Welfare and get Food Stamps. The kid’s father is locked up.
I could go on and on and on….
This is the type of dysfunction that perpetuates the misery exponentially throughout the Black Community. The results are self genocide to the tune of 4 to 6,000 Black Men killed by Black Men, unproductivity, lost wages, severe property damage, mind damage, poverty, teen pregnancy, fatherless children, crime, violence, drugs, low property values and run down communities, poor education, grief, pain and suffering on a massive scale. All self perpetuated. And Racism is at the core of none of this.
Now, one can argue that this all stems from the social and economic conditions that result from hundreds of years of social engineering, brainwashing and oppression and blah, blah, blah…. Yes, I get it. We have studied it all. But in the end, we have to take responsibility for our own bad behaviors, today. What was done to us in the past, is no excuse for the bad behaviors we engage in, today. And White People/Caucasians can’t fix it. We have to take responsibility and fix it ourselves. Their solution is to simply lock up the bad guys. But we see how that solution has worked. It has simply perpetuated more problems.
So, we can continue to finger point at a systematically racist system; but the overwhelming majority of the misery Black People suffer, is of our own doing….
Am I the only one who is irritated by Trump’s Campaign Slogan: “Let’s Make America Great Again..”?
Before reading this, I want to point out that I love this country! I am a loyal American who wouldn’t want to live in any other country in the world. There are, without a doubt, a lot of great things about this nation, today and we have a long way to go. But I look at how far we have come, as evidence of how far we can go. And my motto, adopted from my old Jr. High School Slogan is “Forward, Ever; Backward, never. However, Mr. Trump seems interested in taking us back….
And as he courts Black People and Hispanic People, he should recognize that this slogan represents a return to a glorious time in American History for Caucasians, that was far from glorious for anyone else.
What great American time does he speak of? The time the Native Americans were slaughtered and their land was systematically taken away from them? The time Black People were slaves or Serfs or the time we were being hung from random trees or the time we were being hosed down in the streets and dogs were being sicked on us and we were not allowed to vote or eat at certain places or maybe that time during the 60’s and 70’s when our kids attended segregated schools and we weren’t allowed to live where we wanted and were discriminated against in housing and financing and so on? Was it that great time when we rounded up all the Japanese Americans and put them in camps, the way the Nazi’s did the Jewish People?
You see, when he says he wants America to return to one of these great times in American History; I don’t get excited; I cringe and get worried and a little angry, even. Especially when he follows up this slogan with talk about banning entire groups of people, based on their religion, all while touting the Constitution, which clearly supports Freedom of Religion. And he has talked about rounding up Hispanics and shipping them out like old Nazi Germany, but, now, wants us to forget he ever said it.
So, he and his core supporters wonder why the polls show that his support among every group in America other than Older, Non-College Educated, White People, is in the single digits… We want to keep moving forward to a better kind of Greatness and are not interested in going back to that old kind of Greatness.
You and your spouse have a car accident. You survive, but your spouse doesn’t. You get charged with murdering the person you love most. The evidence gets mishandled, there’s Prosecutor Misconduct, Witnesses and Professionals change their testimonies and the entire small town turns against you. You go to Prison. What now? Who will tell your story and who will listen? Who will help you?
Part I told the story; but now we will highlight the improprieties and we tri those who committed them in the Superior Court of Public Opinion. In addition to Mr. Wlasiuk, those on trial also include:
Judge Howard Sullivan; Judge Martin Smith; Judge Joseph Cawley; Prosecutor Joseph McBride; Lead Investigator James Lloyd’ Joyce Worden; Defense Attorney Frederick Neroni; Sheriff Deputy C.T. Ellingsen; Dr. Terzian and Sheriff Deputy Richard Cobb…
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I was using a public restroom and just as I began to piss, a voice from the next stall said, “Hi! How are you?” Embarrassed… I said, “I’m aight!!” The voice said, “So what are you up to?” I said, “Just doing the same as you, …I guess!” Then I hear, “Can I come over?” Annoyed… I said “Yoo, what the f*ck?!?!.” Then the voice said, “Listen, I will have to call you back, there’s an idiot in the next stall answering all my questions!”
When will the people who support Trump wake up? The President of the United States is Head of State. That means he is the face of America. People outside of the US will hang on every word he says and every action he takes as being representative of our nation, every person in it, our intent as a nation and as a clue to our future actions. And they will respond to those words in ways that will affect our world’s opinion of the US, our world economy, world stability and world peace.
People within our nation will hang on every word as our Leader. And many of us will take his lead. Leaders have followers and they follow their Leader. The most radical, the most extreme and the most racist and violent among us sit back and wait for their Leader to utter any one word they can interpret as a signal to take action.
We cannot have a President who simply says anything that comes to mind, rather he means it or not. When you study Government, as I have, you learn that the President’s power most prominent power, are in the words he speaks. His words have power. We need a President who understands that power and knows how to be responsible with it.
Washington (CNN)Fifty prominent Republican foreign policy and national security experts — many veterans of George W. Bush’s administration — have signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and pledging not to vote for him.
Its signatories include former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Eric Edelman, who was Vice President Dick Cheney’s national security adviser and has worked closely with Michele Flournoy — a candidate for secretary of defense in a prospective Clinton administration — to forge a centrist group of defense experts on key military issues.
It also includes two Homeland Security secretaries under Bush, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Robert Zoellick, a former World Bank president, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state.
The Trump campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.
Many of the same leaders wrote an open letter in March during the Republican primaries condemning Trump and pledging to oppose his candidacy, at a time when other GOP candidates remained in the race.
The letter acknowledges that many Americans “have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us.”
“But Donald Trump is not the answer to America’s daunting challenges and to this crucial election,” it says.
In the new letter, the group warns Trump “lacks the temperament to be President.”
“He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood. He does not encourage conflicting views. He lacks self-control and acts impetuously. He cannot tolerate personal criticism. He has alarmed our closest allies with his erratic behavior,” the letter claims. “All of these are dangerous qualities in an individual who aspires to be President and Commander-in-Chief, with command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.”
Trump has met with other GOP foreign policy bigwigs, including former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and James Baker. Neither signed the letter.
I am in 100% agreement with the idea that Gun Control is not the solution to Gun Violence and Terrorism. Blaming a gun for murder is like blaming a pencil for a Dear John Letter. A gun is simply a tool that can be used for either good or evil, depending on the user. It can be used to protect and defend or to murder, depending on the morality and values of the user.
But it is important to understand that the call for tougher Gun Control measures is not about blaming the gun for the problem and is certainly not about eliminating guns as the solution, as much as Conservatives enjoy framing it that way.
It is about sensible regulation. Take automobiles, for example: The mortality rate in Automobile Accidents use to be ridiculous! So, the government did what it is designed to do, which is regulate things that present a public hazard. They required better seat belts and shoulder belts, required child seats and air bags, tougher standards on tires and breaking systems, stronger windshields and so on… and so on… They even required better Driver’s Education in schools and tougher Driver’s Tests and developed tough DUI Laws and much more… And today, the mortality rate in Auto Accidents is much, much better. What didn’t happen, was that they took all of our cars away. There are more cars on the road than ever. But even with more cars; driving is much safer, than ever before.
Common sense gun laws isn’t about blaming the gun and it isn’t about taking our guns away, it is about common sense regulation that will make the usage of guns, safer. For example: There are so many accidental deaths, each year, by kids and others who find guns. The proposal for the Gun Safety to become Finger print or thumb print activated is a great way to almost completely eliminate these types of accidental injuries and deaths, without limiting effective speed and functionality. Usage is as quick and functional as flipping a normal Gun Safety Switch. Once activated, it remains functional for the person you hand it or toss it to. Another example is the elimination of the ability for a person who is being investigated for Terrorism being able to buy an Assault Rifle that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction. Or the ability of people who have a history of violent mental illness from being able to purchase a gun, etc…
None of these proposals are designed or will result in taking any sane and law abiding citizen’s gun away and none of them blame the gun; but simply restrict access by people who should not have access. So, we should not allow ourselves to get caught up in the Conservative rhetoric, which accuses Liberals of trying to take away our right to bear arms. There is a Public Hazard, right now. The government’s job is to regulate that hazard away, as much as possible. And I agree that government can only do so much. But clearly it has an obligation to do something, the same way it did something by regulating Automobile Usage. Again, which did not result in taking away everyone’s car. The key is to recognize that almost none of life’s problems and solutions are as simple as either black or white. Most problems and their solutions can be found in shades of grey. In other words. It is not a mater of rather to regulate guns away or not to regulate them at all; it is a matter of finding the correct level of sensible regulation that makes us all safer, without tampering with the right of law abiding, mentally sane citizens to purchase and use firearms.
With all that said… It is our position (Unlimited Education) that although common sense Gun Legislation does make sense; we are fooling ourselves if we think that this legislation will be the absolute solution to gun violence in our society. The root cause of this violence is not the availability of guns, but is based in the moral fabric of our union. Place a table full of Assault Rifles in front of a moral person, with a strong value of life and everyone is safe. Place it in front of an immoral person, who does not value life and everyone is in danger. The guns are not the problem; but the morality and sense of values of many of the people who use them are the core problem.
Until we re-institute Morals, Values & Ethics Education back into our Public Schools, we will never be able to successfully change the violent culture in our society. The idea that violence is the solution to our problems is unconsciously ingrained into our psyche by unqualified parents, TV, Radio, Music, Internet and even within our schools, where our kids spend 6-10 hours per day, for 13 plus years of their lives. They grow up, run into adversity and are way too easily influenced into a life of crime, gangs, drug sales, violence and radical ideology, because their sense of morality and values is weak. And this is simply because the very basic morals, values and ethics that God Almighty intended to be the very basic foundation we build our relationships, businesses, communities, government and society on, are not being properly taught and reinforced within our families, schools and communities. And it is a difficult thing for us to admit, let alone work to change. Our moral foundation is weak and therefore, so is everything we have built upon it. Now, we must rebuild our moral foundation; which is difficult, because we have already built upon it. How difficult is it to repair a foundation that has a building sitting on it?
In summary: Take away guns? No. Sensible legislation? Yes. Buying into Gun Legislation as the ultimate solution? No. Morals, Values and Ethics Education as a solution? Yes.