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  1. rikyrah says:

    @GOPBlackChick lists Kendrick Meek as “hard-core liberal. Why did you donate to his campaign?… …

    @GOPBlackChick lists Bill Nelson as a “moderate liberal.” Why did you donate to his campaign?… …

    @GOPBlackChick How can you call yourself “Conservative Black Chick” and you’ve only been “conservative” ONE midterm election cycle?

    @rolandsmartin @goldietaylor, She —>@GOPBlackChick even worked as a LOBBYIST in support of Meek in 2010. Why won’t @GOPBlackChick fess up?

  2. Liza says:

    An absolutely horrific story from the State of Florida. Somehow I missed this, I just read about it for the first time a couple of weeks ago on NPR’s website.

    Cabinet agrees to let USF exhume bodies at Dozier
    Posted on Tue, Aug. 06, 2013

    They call themselves the White House Boys, but they’re old men now. Gray hair falls from their ball caps. They have bad backs and failing hearts and pictures of grandchildren in their wallets.
    Tuesday morning, they slid into chairs before the Florida Cabinet. In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, Florida carried them away from their families and deposited them at one of the country’s largest reform schools, in the Panhandle town of Marianna, a place where, some of them say, they were beaten so badly they can still feel it.

    Many of them never told a soul what happened inside a dank building called the White House, where the boys bit a pillow and tried to pray the pain away. Their secrets gathered dust. But decades later, when a group of them reunited on the campus and discovered a backwoods cemetery, where crude pipe crosses marked clandestine graves, they set to find out what happened to the boys who never left.

    Their petition, spearheaded by anthropologists and archaeologists at the University of South Florida, finally landed before the top four officials in a state they say has failed them at every turn. And finally, the state didn’t let them down.

    The Cabinet voted to approve a use agreement that gives USF a year to excavate the little cemetery in the hopes of finding all burials and identifying the remains. In some cases, researchers said, they’ll rebury boys in their home towns, beside their families.

    Led by forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle, USF researchers will start excavations this month.

    “We’ve very grateful to [Attorney General] Pam Bondi for helping to make this happen,” Kimmerle said after the meeting. “And we’re thankful to the Cabinet and the governor. It’s been a long process.”

    The researchers have already used ground-penetrating radar to count some 50 burial shafts surrounded by thick pines, 19 more than state investigators found in an earlier investigation ordered by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

    But some believe there are even more, and USF is searching for a second burial site.
    “There’s not going to be enough crime scene tape in the state of Florida to take care of this situation,” said Jerry Cooper of Cape Coral, who received more than 100 lashes during a beating at the school.

    The school opened in 1900 and was shuttered in 2011, after a century of scandals involving claims of sexual abuse, neglect and severe belt beatings. In 2008, five men went public with stories of abuse at the hands of guards. Hundreds more came forward with similar stories. Several recall their classmates disappearing, and a few even claim to have dug boy-sized holes on command.

    Some locals in Jackson County dispute those claims and say the corporal punishment, common at the time, is misremembered, that their friends and relatives and neighbors would never have treated boys in that fashion. A handful made efforts to stop any further research into the graveyard. The USF team, with the backing of the local medical examiner and the state Attorney General’s office, have seen their project delayed by a circuit court judge, and more recently the Secretary of State, who said it wasn’t within his power to allow them to exhume the remains.

    What is known is that school records show nearly 100 boys died on school grounds or while trying to run away, but questions persist about where many of them are buried. Andrew Puel, who was sent to the school in 1966, says he has found the names of 169 boys who school records show were not discharged. He wonders what happened to them.

    Read more here:

    • Liza says:

      Some background on the Dozier reform school:

      At Boys’ Home, Seeking Graves, and the Reason
      Published: February 9, 2013

      MARIANNA, Fla. — Nobody is quite sure how many boys’ bodies lie beneath the grounds of the notorious Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, or which one is Thomas or Owen or Robert.
      Nobody is quite sure how most of them died — the cause is often listed as “unknown” or “accident” — or why a great number were buried with such haste.

      The scattered graves bear no markings: no names, no loving sentiment. The only hint of a cemetery are the white crosses that the state planted in the 1990s, belatedly and haphazardly.

      From the time it opened in 1900, as the state’s first home for wayward children, until it closed in 2011, as a residential center for high-risk youths, Dozier became synonymous with beatings, abuse, forced labor, neglect and, in some cases, death. It survived Congressional hearings, state hearings and state investigations. Each one turned the spotlight on horrific conditions, and little changed.

      Read more…

    • Liza says:

      Background information on Wikipedia:

    • Liza says:

      I have to say that I kind of went into shock when I saw this story on NPR a couple of weeks ago and then started reading what was available on the Internet. I grew up in Jacksonville FL and lived there until the mid 1970s. I graduated from FSU in Tallahassee and I can tell you I never wanted to go any further into the panhandle which may as well be southern Alabama or Mississippi, take your pick. I knew that Marianna was a prison town and it was also a KKK stronghold in the first half of the 20th century. There is a reason why institutions like Dozier are located in places like Marianna, because the local townspeople have the stomach for it and they will approve or turn their heads the other way.

      Those USF anthropologists are going to find a lot of bodies buried out there and most of them are going to be black teenage children. Hundreds of living witnesses have come forward in the past few years and their stories are essentially the same about the brutal beatings and the rapes, but some of them saw the dead bodies of murdered children.

      Florida is going to have to own this. These atrocities are state sanctioned crimes against humanity.

    • Liza,

      I read something about this but I can’t remember where. Just bone chilling horror! I’m going to keep up with this story. That got damn Florida!

    • Liza

      Thank you so much for this. If you run across any news on this, please post it. We appreciate all that you do.

      • Liza says:

        I am definitely going to continue to follow this story and I will definitely post the news on this blog. The evil is beyond comprehension. Sadistic monsters and pedophiles ran that reform school for most of the 20th century and it is just so hard to believe that they got away with it. And you know that this isn’t the only “reform” school where these kinds of things happened in the South. Some commenters have been saying that the reform school at Lake Okeechobee FL was just as bad as the one at Marianna.

        If it were not for the public outrage the State of Florida would still be trying to stop the exhumations of the bodies of those children. They know what’s down there and it’s going to add more proof of Florida’s ugly and racist history.

  3. rikyrah says:

    oprah with natural hair

  4. rikyrah says:

    ebony we are trayvon

  5. Ametia says:

    These scenes NEVER get OLD:

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    This is how women ROLLED back in the day. NO, MEANS NO, MOFOS.

  6. rikyrah says:

    From Mississippi to the Ivy League: Two students reflect on their unique journeys

    Evan Puschak

    Travis Reginal and Justin Porter of Jackson, Mississippi, have accomplished something extraordinary by any measure: they were accepted into Ivy League universities. Reginal wrapped up his freshman year at Yale in May; Porter did the same at Harvard. But in parallel pieces for The New York Times Sunday, the two young men wrote about why their success is stained with feelings of guilt.

    “We jump over these hoops in high school. We take the required classes. We take the standardized tests. And they kind of put us on a trajectory,” said Porter on The Last WordMonday. “My entire question, what I was grappling with was, was my trajectory going in a direction that was opposite of that of the people who I love and have been around for my entire life?”

    William B. Murrah High School, where Reginal and Porter got their secondary education, is 97% African American and 67% low income, according to the Times. As African-Americans from low income families, Reginal and Porter are no exceptions. Living within means has made them sensitive to the cost of higher education and all that comes with it. Reginal chose Yale courses with the least expensive textbooks; Porter considered deferring his acceptance for fear that his mother “would not have enough to eat, a safe place to live, loving company to listen to her stories.” His mother insisted otherwise.

    This is another thing Porter and Reginal share: strong, single mothers emphatic about the importance of education. Porter’s mother prohibited television, rap music, even basketball–something Porter admits he resented a little–but this inspired him to spend free time in extracurriculars like the school paper (of which he was editor) and the National Honor Society (of which he was president). He even founded a speech and debate club which Reginal later joined.

  7. rikyrah says:

    THIS -> Mikki Kendall ‏@Karnythia 11m
    Oprah is really saying “Call me a nigger. I will buy your future & feed it to one of my dogs.”

    August 6th, 2013 – By Jazmine Denise Rogers-

    On if she’ll be sitting down with Paula: “I think Paula Deen was used sort of like a symbol, but I think a lot of people use that word inappropriately, all the time.” “Uh, I don’t know [if I’ll be sitting down with her]. When she’s ready to talk. Just like when Lindsay [Lohan] was in a position where she wasn’t ready to make a decision about moving forward, I think you have to let the dust settle and figure out where you are in all of that before you can have a real conversation.”

    On if she’s ever been called the N-word: “I would have to say that racism for me doesn’t show itself that way. Nobody in their right mind, unless they’re a Twitter thug, is going to call me the N-word. You see those fools on Twitter, sometimes they say ridiculous things, but nobody in their right mind is going to do that to my face. True racism is being able to have power over somebody else, so that doesn’t happen to me that way. It shows up for me this way. Sometimes I’m in a boardroom and I’m the only woman and the only African-American person within a 100-mile radius and I can see the energy of the people there. They don’t sense that I should be holding one of those few seats. I can sense that. But I can never tell if it’s racism or sexism. Often it’s both. The sexism thing is huge. The higher the ladder you climb, it gets huge. Men are used to running things.”

    On being discriminated against while in Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding: “I was in Zurich the other day at a store, whose name I will not mention. Now, I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear, but obviously, the Oprah Winfrey Show isn’t shown in Zurich. So I’m there for Tina Turner’s wedding and I decided I was going to leave the hotel, just me by myself. Stedman wasn’t there and Gayle wasn’t there, no friends. I go into a store and I say to the woman, ‘Uh, excuse me, may I see that bag right over there above your head?’ and she says to me, ‘No, it’s too expensive.’ I said, ‘No, no, no, the black one, up there, it’s folded over,’ and she said, ‘No, you don’t want to see that one, you want to see this one because that one costs too much money.’ I said, ‘No, I really did want to see that one,’ and she refused to get it. She started to show me these other little bags. I tried one more time and said, ‘I really do want to see that bag,’ and she said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much, you’re probably right. I can’t afford it,’ and I walked out of the store.” No why did she do that? Now I could’ve had a big blow up and thrown down the Black Card, but it just shows you that it [racism] still exists.” –

    • Ametia says:

      Oprah is the BIZNESS. She knew how to get those white wimmens to lay down their make up bags and follow her tv show for decades.

      I know OWN will succeed, just like her tv show on CBS. They were really “THE HELP.” Helped her to become a BILLIONAIRE.

    • Can you believe that ISH? A store owner telling Oprah a purse is too expensive for her to afford?

      Stupid stupid bish!

      • Ametia says:

        That bitch is Stuck on STUPI. It’s white entitlement all the way. No matter what one’s station in life, or how much achieved, white privilege thinks IT rules the day.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Public Pensions Up 12% Get Most in 2 Years as Stocks Soar
    By Martin Z. Braun – Aug 6, 2013 12:01 AM ET

    U.S. state and local-government pension investments gained the most in two years in fiscal 2013, overshadowed by intensifying scrutiny of underfunded municipal-retirement plansfollowing Detroit’s record bankruptcy.

    Public pensions booked a median gain of 12.4 percent for the 12 months through June, powered by a surge in U.S. stock prices to a record, Wilshire Associates said today in a report. The funds chalked up an annualized three-year median return of 11.4 percent while their assets surpassed a pre-recession peak to reach $2.9 trillion, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.

  9. rikyrah says:

    ‏Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoes a bill that would have let victims of wage discrimination sue in state court.… …

    – – ☺@keithboykin
    Today’s Boston Herald front cover features Charlotte Golar Richie, a black woman running to be mayor of Boston.
    View photo

    – -☺@keithboykin
    The 7 Craziest Obamacare Conspiracy Theories. And why they’re wrong.… …

  10. ‘It’s Better To Eat, Than Starve’- JOHN BOYD On The Black Farmers Settlement

    Roland Martin talks with John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, about the settlement for over 18,000 black farmers; each farmer will receive $62,000 according to Boyd.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Ametia, SG2,
    Can you do a video of the segment on Larry O from last night on the two young men from Mississippi who were the children of single mothers

    • Ametia says:

      Republicans Seek to Decriminalize Rape and Other Crimes Against Women
      By: Rmuse-Aug. 6th, 2013


      For two-and-a-half years Republicans sought to assuage the crime of rape whether it was redefining it to prevent women from abortion services, claiming it is a blessing from a malevolent deity, or legislating medical instrument rape to teach women their place and dissuade them from choosing their own reproductive health. This week another form of rape was exposed and it is little surprise it occurred in Texas where Republicans have made it their business to insert themselves into women’s vaginas against their will and deny them the right to choose when they give birth.

      There are multiple reports of Texas highway patrol officers captured by dashboard cameras performing unconstitutional cavity searches on women’s genitals during traffic stops that lawyers and civil rights advocates claim are all too common. In two separate cases hundreds of miles and six weeks apart, women reported, and video-tapes confirm, that Texas state troopers pulled women over for questionable traffic violations and summoned female troopers to perform anal and vaginal cavity searches hunting for marijuana. To make matters worse, the trooper-rapes were committed on camera on public highways, and are deemed illegal by Texas law and any civilized human being outside conservative misogyny circles. According to the Texas Penal Code Section 22.011, Sexual Assualt; “(a) A person commits an offense if the person: (1) intentionally or knowingly: (A) causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent.” In the Penal Code it specifically cites the illegality of a “public servant who coerces the other person to submit or participate,” and it makes both the physical rapist and the trooper directing the rape guilty of what Texas Penal Code labels “sexual assault” that is legalese for “forcible rape.”

  12. Ametia says:

    I am an angry Black man
    August 4, 2013
    by Joseph Debro

    I am an 84-year-old angry Black man. I am Mississippi born, Mississippi bred and Mississippi fled. I am the son of former slaves. My parents and I rode in the back of the bus. We rode in the front of the trains. We drank from water fountains designated for coloreds only. We picked cotton in fields owned by White people.

    My parents attended separate but equal schools in Mississippi. I attended separate but equal schools in Mississippi and in Oakland, California. My wife was educated in Oakland public schools and at the University of California at Berkeley. She could not get a job teaching in Oakland Public schools in Oakland in 1954. I hold an undergraduate and a graduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. I was profiled at a Washington, D.C., hotel in 2010, forced to sleep in a homeless shelter overnight.

    I saw nothing in the Zimmerman case that surprised me. The system worked as it was intended. Zimmerman, a White man, was tried by a White justice system for killing a Black boy. The outcome was predictable. Many White people saw this as a non-racial event.

    The O.J. Simpson jury found for the defense. The jury found reasonable doubt. The George Zimmerman jury found for the defense. The six White women on the jury found reasonable doubt. Zimmerman admitted that he killed Trayvon Martin. Simpson denied that he killed anyone. The press excoriated the Simpson jury. The Zimmerman jury was praised.

  13. Ametia says:

    4:05 PM: President Obama delivers remarks President Obama Speaks on Restoring Security to Homeownership WATCH LIVE

  14. TyrenM says:

    Good Morning 3Chics,
    Thank you Ametia! I got the IDS Center jamming this morning. This brings back memories of Smokey at the Taste of MN circa 2005. After seeing that, I swore off $100+ concert tickets to rap concerts. So I gave a Kanyeshrug when the “Watch the Throne” show didn’t make it to Minneapolis. Now having watched that “Picasso Baby,” I’ll look to see if “Magna Carta” show makes it here or if I have to travel for it. Have a good day all.

  15. Loving Smokey Robinson this morning! ..He’s so handsome! :)

    • Ametia says:

      Rev. William J. Barber II is TRUTH-TELLING right here.

      • Yahtc says:

        The reason these extremists are doing what they are doing is not because we’re weak.

        It’s their reaction to our STRENGTH.

        They are doing what they’re doing because we’ve been successful. They are doing what they’re doing because they know that if you open up elections and everybody votes, their narrow-minded agenda cannot win. That’s why every time they critique the movement, they engage in political paranoia.

  16. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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