Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

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Obsolete Man | The Twighlight Zone

I’ve been watching my favorite show from the 1960s, The Twighlight Zone. My brother and I watched this show religiously. Of all the shows I’ve watched today, this one gets a post.

Does this episode remind you of anyone, an entity, group, organization(s) in 2015?

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Love to read your thoughts, insights on this episode. Thanks

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Happy 17th Birthday to Malia Ann Obama!!

Today is the 17th Birthday of the President’s Eldest Daughter – Malia Ann Obama.

Happy Birthday to someone who is blossoming into a beautiful young woman right before our eyes.

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COLLEGE PARK, MD - MARCH 21:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (R) sits with his nephew Avery Robinson (C) and daughter Malia (L) while attending the Green Bay versus Princeton women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament, March 21, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. President Barack Obama's niece Leslie Robinson plays for Princeton.  (Photo by MIchael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

COLLEGE PARK, MD – MARCH 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (R) sits with his nephew Avery Robinson (C) and daughter Malia (L) while attending the Green Bay versus Princeton women’s college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament, March 21, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. President Barack Obama’s niece Leslie Robinson plays for Princeton. (Photo by MIchael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

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Saturday Open Thread | Klan Training Camp

Klan Camp TrainingThe Ku Klux Klan is encouraging interested citizens to attend a five-day training camp later this month, where students will study leadership skills intended to help them become better advocates of white supremacy in their own communities.

Listed under “national events” on the KKK website is the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute (SCTI), to take place on July 20-25 outside of Harrison, Arkansas.

“The primary focus of this school,” according to its website, “is to train future leaders who can return to their communities with the tools to become actively involved in this struggle for our racial redemption”

The institute’s founder and chief instructor is Thomas Robb, who has acted as the Klan’s “national director” since the 1980’s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. As part of a PR effort to make the KKK more mainstream, Robb did not take the traditional leadership title of “imperial wizard,” and rebranded the white nationalist group as the “Knights Party.”

“Never before in the history of our people have we faced a challenge so threatening,” begins the narrative on SCTI’s homepage. According to the white supremacist organization, there is a “world-wide rebellion against our people.” White people, says the KKK-endorsed summer camp, “are facing genocide.”

“There are few who have the courage,” the SCTI site reads, “to stand before the abyss and point the way to our racial redemption.”

The leadership development school nestled in the Ozark mountains includes some militaristic language in its programming descriptions:

“Even though the hour is late and the night is deep upon us, we are sounding forth this final call to men and women – devout and brave – to rally to the flag and join this New Crusade for race, faith and homeland…. Though the beginnings are small and humble, like the first recruits in a mighty army, the potential is vast and powerful… We must mobilize ourselves into a force for freedom.”

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Friday Open Thread |President Obama greeted by Confederate flag supporters

Tennessee bigots greet PotusAs the national conversation on the Confederate flag continues to unfold, some supporters of the flag took their message directly to the president of the United States by lining the route of his motorcade through Nashville on Wednesday.

President Obama visited Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, to speak about the Affordable Care Act, which a Supreme Court ruling last week kept intact. It was there that protestors gathered, The Tennessean reported.

It was the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17 that ignited the national debate over the Confederate flag. Photos of suspect Dylann Roof and a manifesto attributed to Roof appeared online in the days after the shooting, underscoring the racially-based nature of his alleged crime. Among the photos were several of Roof appearing with a Confederate battle flag, a symbol that has long been defended by white Southerners as part of their “heritage” while serving as a difficult reminder of slavery during the Confederacy for African-Americans.

“For too long we were blind to the pain that the confederate flag stirred in our citizens… The flag has always represented more than ancestral pride,” Obama said during his emotional eulogy for Charleston shooting victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney last week. “For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression. It’s true a flag did not cause these murders. But the flag was a reminder of oppression. By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.”

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Thursday Open Thread | KKK chapter to hold rally on SC Statehouse grounds

KKK RALLYThe Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s Pelham, North Carolina, chapter have reserved the Statehouse Grounds in South Carolina for a rally next month.

James Spears, the Great Titan of the chapter, said the group would be rallying to protest “the Confederate flag being took down for all the wrong reasons.”

“It’s part of white people’s culture,” he added.

Brian Gaines, who runs the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, which oversees reservations, confirmed the scheduling in an email to POLITICO Monday. He added that the group submitted the request on June 23 and, because his office allows any group, regardless of ideology, to reserve the grounds on a first-come, first-serve basis, the KKK will be able to hold its rally.

The event is planned for July 18 from 3-5 p.m., just over one month after Dylann Roof allegedly entered a historic church in Charleston and shot to death nine African-Americans during a Bible study meeting. Reports indicate Roof was attempting to incite a race war and had read 34 various materials from white supremacist groups online before plotting his crime.

Roof’s use of the Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the massacre set off a national debate over the flag and other Confederate iconography on public grounds throughout the South — leading South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, along with a bipartisan cast of state and federal lawmakers, to call last week for the flag’s removal. The South Carolina Legislature is expected to decide on the Confederate symbol’s fate early next month.

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Wednesday Open Thread | Another Historically Black Church in SC Burns

Mt Zion AME burningYet another black church in the South went up in flames Tuesday night, this time historic Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal in Williamsburg County, South Carolina — 20 years after it was burned to the ground by Ku Klux Klan members.

The Clarendon County Fire Department said shortly before midnight ET that the fire was under control, but it released a photo showing the church with its roof apparently completely collapsed.

Williamsburg County Fire Chief Randy Swinton told NBC News it wasn’t known whether the fire was intentionally set, noting that a lightning storm passed through the area about the same time the blaze was reported.

No injuries were immediately reported, but The Kingstree News of Williamsburg County reported that the church was “gutted.”

It’s the latest in a string of fires at predominantly black Southern churches that began after a white gunman killed nine black worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, about 50 miles south of Greeleyville, on June 17.

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