Monday Open Thread | Black American Patriotism

I was reading this tweet and it just sucker punched me. Mr. Serwer just NAILED IT in a tweet:

I have said before that one of the few things that I will NEVER accept in my presence is the questioning of Black Americans’ patriotism.

Other groups give lip service and platitudes to the belief in the American ethos.

WE, as a community, have had to dig deep and find the reasons to believe in this country…and, we did.

While others mouth platitudes about what this country is about, WE have felt it in our bones.

AND, by our existence and persistence, we have pushed this country to go beyond platitudes, and live up to its ideals. I have always believed that this is the reason for the contempt towards our community. We force you to go beyond platitudes, which are easy, and push the hard work of actuality.

The era of Dolt45 had been revealing. Because, so many have revealed themselves to be frauds who believe in nothing but White Supremacy.

The so-called Christians who support the most un-Christian like policies towards the least of these by this Administration.

The so-called economic experts, who were on so concerned with the ‘fiscal health’ of this country while the Black Man was President, but seemed to have completely forgotten the word ‘DEFICIT’ since Dolt45 was inaugurated.😒😒

The so-called patriots who support a man who was put into place by a hostile foreign power. And, who they themselves can’t stop taking money from or stop visiting said hostile foreign power. They are ok with treason against this . What they have in common with the hostile foreign power is White Supremacy.

Their racism is now most obviously a National Security issue.
We, as a community, have dealt with racists in the White House before. What is new is dealing with someone who is obviously not acting in the best interests of this country. Someone that we don’t believe, even if we vehemently opposed the policies, we thought that their concern first and foremost, was the United States of America. Not some hostile foreign power. It is not a coincidence that this community is the most stridently against this Administration: we are defending our home.



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Sunday Praise & Worship | House of Prayer

Eddie James 3Eddie James, born in Phoenix, AZ, accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of 8. He entered into music ministry at the tender age of 9 and it is for this reason that Eddie recognizes the gifts of God inside of young people. God has placed a burden inside of Eddie James, to minister to those who are hurting and lost, with an extraordinary emphasis on youth and young adults. As a result of his efforts, God has established Eddie James as a leader of music and ministry in the nation and around the world.

Higher with The Phoenix Mass Choir was Eddie James his first recorded national album. Higher debuted at number 10 and went to number 3 on the national charts. Since then he has recorded ten other projects that have impacted our nation and our world. His group ColourBlind, a culturally diverse group of five young men, released an album called, The David Story. This album contains twelve chapters of the book of Psalms put to music. They also recorded a soundtrack to their musical production called, Break the Walls. Break the Walls is a musical production designed for high school and college youth that deals with the issues of drugs, violence, pre-marital sex, racism, and dysfunctional families. Eddie James along with ColourBlind has reached over 200,000 youth in America with this musical drama presentation. Through this message of hope, countless numbers of lives have been changed.

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Saturday Open Thread | Oliver N’Goma | Barre

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Friday Open Thread | White Arkansas woman arrested after pulling gun on black teens fundraising for football team

I drove my kids around to raise money for band trips, selling band calendars, cookie dough, raffle tickets. No way in hell I’d let my kids do this now….. the world has gone mad.

A white Arkansas woman earlier this week was arrested and charged after allegedly pulling a gun on a group of black teenagers who were going door-to-door to raise funds for a high school athletic program.

Jerri Kelly, the wife of Cross County Jail Administrator Joseph Kelly, is facing four counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to The Associated Press.

The news service noted that Kelly turned herself in on Monday, just days after she pulled a firearm on four African American teenagers. Police in Wynne, Ark., said in a statement that officers on Aug. 7 responded to a “suspicious persons” report and found Kelly standing with a gun over a group of teens lying on the ground, Memphis TV station WMC noted.

Wynne Police Chief Jackie Clark said that an officer allowed the teens to stand up after appearing on the scene. The teens then told him they had been selling cards to raise money for a school athletic program when Kelly pulled a weapon on them.

The Wynne school system told WMC that two of the teens were wearing their football jerseys while they were fundraising.

Kelly turned herself in after the Cross County Sheriff’s Department put out a warrant for her arrest. She was released on Monday night on a $10,000 bond, AP noted.

Cross County Sheriff’s Department Captain Jeff Nichols told AP that Kelly did not receive a mugshot during her booking because of a “medical emergency” and added that he could not release more information because of medical privacy laws.

“She was afforded the same booking process and procedures as anyone that’s brought into our facility,” Nichols contended, apparently referencing her relationship to a county jail administrator. “She received no preferential treatment.”

Kelly was scheduled to make her first appearance before a judge on Thursday, WMC reported.

Wynne School District Superintendent Carl Easley has said that the district may stop door-to-door fundraising efforts in light of the incident.

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Thursday Open Thread | 12 Black Elected Officials In Charlotte Receive Trump Inspired Racist Letters

At least 12 local elected officials, including black county commissioners, Charlotte City Council members who are people of color, and the black chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board, received similar letters in recent days, according to representatives of those bodies. The letter, which the Observer obtained a copy of from a City Council member, is also addressed to the local police and fire departments.

The letter to Leake invoked the name of President Donald Trump, said blacks need to “assimilate” to Charlotte and the United States and blamed “twisted media” for problems.

“Nothing good will come to you if you don’t change,” the letter to Leake and other commissioners stated. “You need to go back to where you came from … Your freedom was born on the backs of great Americans, white Americans, who fought for you, so get over it. Assimilate.

“One of these days, someone … will round you up. All of you. And send you screaming to the concentration camps where you belong … Be very careful.”

A Mecklenburg County commissioner says she has asked the FBI to investigate who sent her and other black elected officials a racist, threatening letter that said “Black Democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town” and sent “screaming to the concentration camps.”

The letter, which Commissioner Vilma Leake read aloud at a recent public meeting, was received by mail at her county office address. It is a nearly two-page-long rant that threatens “someone” may “blow up” a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., and also says, “I would love it if they would blow you up.”

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Wednesday Open Thread | Stacey Abrams announces new voter protection program

Lets be clear. Stacey Abrams WON Georgia’s Governor’s race but Brian Kemp cheated in broad daylight while we watched, then declared himself the winner. The brazen arrogance of white supremacy. Kemp STOLE the Georgia Governor’s race.

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she’s launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020.

Abrams revealed plans for the initiative, called Fair Fight 2020, during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas that was livestreamed on Facebook. The multimillion-dollar project will staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of next year’s elections.

The announcement follows months of speculation over what Abrams’ next move in politics might be, including whether she’d join the crowded field of 2020 presidential hopefuls as she had mused.

But that notion was put to rest as Abrams expressed optimism that Democrats could make gains in the next election.

“We’re going to win because there are only two things stopping us in 2020: making sure people have a reason to vote and that they have the right to vote. Well I’ve decided to leave it to a whole bunch of other folks to make sure they have a reason to vote,” Abrams said, referring to the field of Democratic candidates.

“But I’m here today to announce Fair Fight 2020 to make sure everyone has the right to vote,” she said.

Abrams spokesman Seth Bringman confirmed that Abrams was not running for president and would instead focus on the new initiative.

Abrams, former minority leader of the Georgia House, faced Republican Brian Kemp during her unsuccessful bid for Georgia governor last year. Kemp was secretary of state during their race, and Abrams frequently accused him of using his position to suppress votes, especially in minority communities.

Kemp vehemently denied the claim.

Voters in that election reported a myriad of problems casting ballots including malfunctioning voting equipment and long wait times that caused some voters to give up in frustration.

In the days following Kemp’s narrow victory, Abrams refused to concede the race. She quickly founded a political organization that filed a federal lawsuit that said state elections officials “grossly mismanaged” the election in a way that deprived some citizens of their right to vote.

Abrams said her new group will fight “systematic” voter suppression across the country.

A statement from Fair Fight says the initiative will “either directly fund, or assist in raising the funds for, robust voter protection operations, which will be run by Democratic state parties and allies.”

“Fair Fight staff will provide ongoing support to these operations,” it says.

In February, Abrams was tapped to deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.

A few months later she announced that she would not run in 2020 for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, after being heavily recruited by Senate Democratic leadership to run.

Her decision to remain on the sidelines leaves her as a prime potential vice presidential pick and keeps the door open to a possible 2022 rematch against Kemp.

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Tuesday Open Thread | FBI raids Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pedophile island’ estate

On the same day Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on arrival at a New Jersey airporton sex trafficking charges, federal agents bashed in the door of his $77 million Manhattan mansion and seized evidence to aid in his prosecution. But the multimillionaire’s Virgin Islands hideaway, where the wealthy hedge fund manager allegedly trafficked girls for sex and entertained politicians, businessmen and scientists, seemingly remained untouched by the law.

That changed Monday.

FBI agents — accompanied by Customs personnel, local police and New York City officers, according to a Virgin Islands source — fanned out in golf carts across Epstein’s estate on Little St. James Island. They scooped up evidence just two days after Epstein was found dead in his jail cell of an apparent suicide while in federal custody in Manhattan.

The raid underscores that the criminal investigation into Epstein will continue despite his death while awaiting trial in New York City. Ultimately, prosecutors could expose an alleged sex trafficking conspiracy with tentacles across the financier’s vast real estate holdings, including opulent homes in New York, Palm Beach, New Mexico and Paris.

Federal prosecutors had said in an indictment that they intended to confiscate Epstein’s properties if they were used to facilitate the sexual abuse of minors. That hasn’t changed, although Epstein’s death before he could be brought to trial may complicate matters.

The secluded spit of land, sometimes referred to as “pedophile island” in the aftermath of Epstein’s initial prosecution in 2007-2008, has hosted Epstein’s rich and famous friends and associates over the years in addition to his ever-present entourage of young women.

Epstein, who developed an intense interest in scientific discovery, also invited renowned scientists to join him there for conferences.

He bought the island for $7.95 million in 1998, and built an extravagant estate with a 24,000-square-foot private home, swimming pools, cabanas and other structures on a 70-acre swath of oceanfront land studded with palm trees.

Any evidence seized in the raid could prove key to prosecutors as they seek to press charges against Epstein’s associates, as Attorney General William Barr promised they will. The earlier raid of Epstein’s Manhattan home following his arrest yielded a passport under a fake name, assorted diamonds, nude and semi-nude photographs of possible minors and other evidence suggesting a complex criminal enterprise.

It was not clear why authorities waited more than a month between Epstein’s arrest and the raid on his island home.

Epstein, 66, was found dead Saturday morning in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, one day after a federal court unsealed nearly 2,000 pages of Epstein-related documents that offered sordid details of the alleged trafficking of girls by the financier and his ex-girlfriend and purported madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.

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