Monday Open Thread | White supremacist: Charleston ‘a preview of coming attractions’

Harold CovingtonDylann Roof refers to Harold Covington’s white separatist group, the Northwest Front, in his alleged manifesto. The rightwing sci-fi writer distances himself from the shooting, but his followers speculate if his work influenced Roof’s actions

One of the shadowy figures who appears to have influenced alleged Charleston killer Dylann Roof is Harold Covington, the founder of a white separatist movement and, within supremacist circles, an influential sci-fi author. Covington, the latest in a long line of rightwing sci-fi writers, has been linked to racist crimes in the past and this week called the massacre “a preview of coming attractions”.

The racist manifesto and photos apparently posted by Roof makes mention of the Northwest Front, created by Covington, a former member of the American Nazi party who traveled to South Africa and Rhodesia in order to agitate for white power. In the accompanying photos, Roof wore patches with Rhodesian and apartheid-era South African flags on them.

Covington, if you believe his website, runs a growing enclave of white supremacists near Seattle called the Northwest Front. The non-profit group is reflected in a series of sci-fi novels, authored by Covington, about a dystopian future in which a white nation is the only answer to US economic and racial woes.

American science fiction has long had a rightward tilt, from the contemporary strain of small-press sci-fi Tea Party fantasias swarming the Hugo Awards nominations all the way back to libertarian deity Ayn Rand. But Covington’s novels are a breed apart.

His followers see conspiracy in Covington’s connections to Roof. “And why did this young man have a flight jacket with flag patches from the old White ruled southern African countries, which is where HAC spent part of his early days in the Cause, hmmm,” wrote a commenter called Wingnut under a recent podcast on the Northwest website. “Wonder if they’ll ‘find’ a pile of NF-HAC stuff in this young man’s home? Then they can pull one of those ‘the devil made me do it’ numbers on HAC.”

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102 Responses to Monday Open Thread | White supremacist: Charleston ‘a preview of coming attractions’

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “BOOK EXCERPT: First African-American to join NYPD suffered the silent hatred of his fellow officers”,204,203,200_.jpg

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    POLITICO @politico
    #Breaking: The Supreme Court has agreed to revisit the issue of affirmative action in higher education.

  3. Liza says:

    I wonder if any of these white supremacists who follow Harold Covington have noticed that we are two and a half years into PBO’s second term and all these things that Covington said would happen have not happened. I guess that’s not an issue with these KKK types, they just make up more bullsh!t.

  4. Ametia says:

    SCOTUS Upholds Citizens’ Right to Define Own Voting Districts, Prevent Gerrymandering

    In one of three major rulings of the day, the Supreme Court found that Arizona’s voter-created system for redrawing state and congressional legislative districts is constitutional.

    In 2000, citizens voted for Proposition 106, which amended the state’s constitution to set up a five-member independent commission with the power to use Census data to define voting districts. This took redistricting out of the hands of politicians who historically—across the nation—have engaged in gerrymandering, which the court’s majority opinion defines as “the drawing of legislative district lines to subordinate adherents of one political party and entrench a rival party in power.”

    In 2012, the Republican-led state legislature sued, saying that the amendment violated a clause that they interpreted as putting it in charge of redistricting. The court disagreed, making it easier for other states to use similar means to block partisan lawmakers from diluting the power of local voters. Justice Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion for Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, and Justices Breyer, Kagan, Kennedy and Sotomayor joined. She cited evidence that nonpartisan and bipartisan commissions generally create competitive districts that are likely to survive a legal challenge and concluded:

    The people of Arizona turned to the initiative to curb the practice of gerrymandering and, thereby, to ensure that Members of Congress would have “an habitual recollection of their dependence on the people.” The Federalist No. 57, at 350 (J. Madison). In so acting, Arizona voters sought to restore “the core principle of republican government,” namely, “that the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    A Refuge for Racists
    JUNE 26, 2015

    In one of the little acts of subversion that creeps into “The Simpsons” every now and then, a helicopter from Fox News was shown in 2010 with a logo, “Not Racist, But #1 With Racists.”

    So it can be said of the Republican Party, a shelter for the kind of dead-enders who used to be Democrats, then Dixiecrats, but have found a home of sorts in the attic of the Party of Lincoln. It’s encouraging to see some party leaders trying to sweep these dark-hearted elements out, but they have work to do yet — starting with Donald Trump.

    The accused killer of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., Dylann Roof, appears to have been moved to mass murder by incendiary tracts turned out by a white supremacist group, the Council of Conservative Citizens. The leader of that same group, Earl Holt III, has donated more than $60,000 to various Republican office holders and candidates, including the presidential aspirants Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul.

    The candidates, of course, are shocked — shocked! — that an extremist hate group would contribute to their cause, and most of them have now returned the money or given it to a fund for victims’ families. But it raises an obvious question: why would someone whose ideas belong in the graveyard of history contribute, across the board, to leading Republican conservatives?

    Guilt by association can be unfair, or at least calls out for nuance. So let’s move on to a more overt racial firebomber in the party, Trump, who is polling second — just behind Jeb Bush — in one recent survey of New Hampshire Republicans.

    Trump does not use dog whistles or code words. He’s blunt. And his wealth affords him a halo of respect in some circles that a low-rent racist would not get. In the spasm of surreal narcissism that was his presidential announcement earlier this month, Trump said some things you would expect to hear at a Klan rally — 20 years ago.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Talking Points Memo ✔ @TPM

    Puerto Rico’s governor says the country can’t pay its $72 billion public debt, must prepare for severe budget cuts:

  7. I hope the door hit him in the ass on the way out.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Video: Everyone gets rich from black women’s hair…except black women

    Black women make up only 10% of the hair care market, but they purchase 70% of all wigs and extensions being sold in the United States. This documentary breaks down the money trail on black women’s hair: Who’s spending the money, what they are buying and who gets to keep it.

    It seems that neearly everyone is getting paid from the amount of money that black women are giving away in the haircare industry. Maybe sisters should start getting a piece of that pie too. Take a look at the documentary below and tell us what you think.

  9. This is just too much, Chicas! Who can endure this kind of suffering & remain sane? I want to cry. They’re just young girls. The cruelty! God help them!

    Chibok girls ‘forced to join Nigeria’s Boko Haram’

    Miriam is pregnant with the child of a member of Boko Haram

    Some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria have been forced to join Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the BBC has been told.

    Witnesses say some are now being used to terrorise other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves.

    The testimony cannot be verified but Amnesty International says other girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been forced to fight.

    Boko Haram has killed some 5,500 civilians in Nigeria since 2014.

    Two-hundred-and-nineteen schoolgirls from Chibok, are still missing, more than a year after they were kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria. Many of those seized are Christians.

    Three women who claim they were held in the same camps as some of the Chibok girls have told the BBC’s Panorama programme that some of them have been brainwashed and are now carrying out punishments on behalf of the militants.

    Seventeen-year-old Miriam (not her real name) fled Boko Haram after being held for six months. She was forced to marry a militant, and is now pregnant with his child.

    Recounting her first days in the camp she said: “They told to us get ready, that they were going to marry us off.”

    She and four others refused.

    Click the above link for more.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Colorado Supreme Court strikes down school voucher program
    By Emma Brown June 29 at 1:19 PM

    The Colorado Supreme Court struck down a voucher program in the state’s third-largest school district Monday, finding the program unconstitutionalbecause it channels public funds to religious schools and issuing a blow to advocates of private school choice.

    The ruling reverses a decision by a state appeals court and means that Douglas County School District will not be able to administer its “Choice Scholarship Program,” which allowed families to use taxpayer dollars to pay for private school.

    The decision comes on the heels of several recent victories for school-choice advocates in courthouses and statehouses around the country.

    In March, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld that state’s tax credit scholarship program as constitutional. And this month Nevada became the first state in the nation to pass a law allowing any parent — regardless of income — to pull a child from public school and take tax dollars with them to pay for private or parochial school.

    But opponents of the Nevada law say it is likely to face a legal challenge because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on spending public funds for sectarian purposes. North Carolina’s supreme court is currently mulling whether that state’s voucher program is unconstitutional for similar reasons.

    The Colorado vouchers quashed on Monday were a program of Douglas County, a district of 67,000 students south of Denver. But the decision has implications for school districts across Colorado.

    Cindy Barnard, the president of Taxpayers for Public Education, the lead plaintiff in the case, called the decision “a great victory for public school children in Colorado,” according to Denver’s Fox television affiliate.

    Supporters of the voucher program called it a defeat for families and children who would benefit from the chance to attend private schools.

    • Ametia says:

      Colorado better come on with some common sense now!
      They see it for the scam that it is. Siphoning public funds to benefit the few and line pockets.

      • majiir says:

        I agree about the commonsense, Ametia. Everywhere these charter schools have taken hold, there is misappropriation of funds, a lack of government oversight, mismanagement, and a failure to improve the academic achievement of their students. Some of the charter school CEOs are paid salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The lawmakers who are funneling public education funds to some of these charter schools are trying to help the very wealthy who often sell textbooks, equipment, and tests to these types of schools. I remember Jindal signed a charter school bill into law a couple years ago that doesn’t hold the charter schools accountable for anything.

        I taught public high school in GA for 33 years, and I cannot recall a time when the state wasn’t breathing down public school teachers’ necks demanding extreme accountability from them and threatening our job security in the process. In some states, charter school teachers don’t even have to have college degrees in the subject(s) they teach. This shortchanges students, but the right-wing lawmakers in these states don’t care because they send their kids to the best private schools in the state. They convince a loud, vocal minority of right-wingers to support them, and these individuals shout down anyone with a different opinion about charter schools, making it appear that they have majority support when oftentimes, they don’t.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Big Business enjoys another good year at the Supreme Court
    06/29/15 11:37 AM—UPDATED 06/29/15 12:11 PM
    By Steve Benen
    A year ago tomorrow, the Constitution Accountability Center published an analysis that proved to be quite memorable.
    The Roberts Court’s decision on June 26 in NLRB v. Noel Canning capped off yet another winning Supreme Court Term for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, giving the Chamber an 11-5 record for the current Term (69%), a 32-8 record over the last three Terms (80%), and a 70% success rate overall since both John Roberts and Samuel Alito joined the Court.
    That’s a pretty impressive streak.. When we think about institutions and interest groups that tend to do well at the high court, plenty of entities may come to mind, but as regular readers may recall, it’s Big Business and Corporate America that have consistently found a friendly ear among the majority of the sitting justices.

    And though I haven’t yet seen an analysis of the Chamber of Commerce’s success rate at the Supreme Court in 2015, it seems unlikely to drag down its overall average in the Roberts era.

    For example, though this angle probably didn’t generate as much attention as it should have, Corporate America desperately wanted the Obama administration to win its big fight over the Affordable Care Act. Republicans may like to pretend “Obamacare” is strangling the private sector, but private-sector leaders know better – the ACA is as good for business as it is for working families – and urged the court to side with the White House. It did.

    Corporate America generally wanted the justices to endorse marriage equality, too. That also worked out well.

    A variety of business interests pleaded with the court to block the EPA’s regulations on toxic pollutants, and as we saw this morning, the justices agreed this morning to do exactly that.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Says the man who changed the name given to him at birth…AND his religion….


    Jindal in his super PAC’s first ad: Immigrants ‘should adopt our values…learn English’
    By James Hohmann June 29 at 8:37 AM

    Bobby Jindal’s super PAC on Monday went up across Iowa with a commercial that highlights the Louisiana governor’s hardline views on immigration.

    The 30-second spot from Believe Again is backed up by half a million dollars. It is the group’s first media buy and comes the week after Jindal announced his bid for the Republican nomination.

    “I think our immigration system is broken,” Jindal said in a recent speech, which is showcased in the ad. “If folks want to immigrate to America, they should do so legally. They should adopt our values. They should learn English. And they should roll up their sleeves and get to work.”

    The commercial is also part biographical and includes photographs of a young Jindal with his father.

    “I’m tired of hyphenated Americans. We’re not Indian-Americans or African-Americans or Asian-Americans,” Jindal is shown saying. “We’re all Americans. When my parents came to America, they were coming to be Americans.”

  13. rikyrah says:



    First Same-Sex Couple Marries in Dallas County After 50-Year Wait
    Diane Herbst / People
    June 26, 2015

    Jack Evans and George Harris were the first same-sex couple to wed in Dallas County, Texas

    Jack Evans, 85, and George Harris, 82, waited over half a century for this moment.

    The men, together for 54 years, were the first same-sex couple to wed today in Dallas County.

    Their nuptials came just hours after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision enabling gay couples to marry in all 50 states

    Evans tells PEOPLE of his wedding day: “You would have been blown away by the crowd there, there must have been 450 people there, people waiting to get married, reporters. It was amazing. Just amazing.”

  14. Liza says:

    Charleston Council renames library to honor AME shooting victim Cynthia Hurd— Global Grind News (@GlobalGrindNews) June 25, 2015

  15. Liza says:

    ***** I am re-posting this from one of yesterday’s threads. *****

    This interview with Bryan Stevenson is a must read, IMO. It’s long, close to seven printed pages. But it is a rare person who can speak about something as complex as “our real problem with race” with such knowledge, clarity, compassion, and eloquence.

    Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race
    “I don’t believe slavery ended in 1865, I believe it just evolved.”
    By Corey Johnson

    Bryan Stevenson has spent most of his career challenging bias against minorities and the poor in the criminal justice system. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala., an advocacy group that opposes mass incarceration and racial injustice. Stevenson is a member of The Marshall Project’s advisory board. He spoke with Corey Johnson. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    Read the interview…

    • Liza says:

      This picture causes my thoughts to take off in so many directions.

      What could provide more incentive than these children of murdered parents for this country to reverse course from its collective state of denial? Seriously, what does it take?

  16. rikyrah says:

    Bush, Walker eye new ‘nuclear option’
    06/29/15 10:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In his weekly address over the weekend, President Obama made a straightforward vow, intended to set families’ minds at ease: the Affordable Care Act is “here to stay.” His confidence is understandable, since the King v. Burwell case was effectively the anti-healthcare forces’ last real shot to undermine the law and take benefits from millions.

    But, skeptics might say, what about 2017? What about the not-at-all-fanciful possibility that, a year and a half from now, Americans will have elected a Republican president to work with a Republican Congress? It stands to reason that a GOP-dominated federal government might get to work dismantling the current American health care system.

    Democrats believe the law is “here to stay,” however, because of the legislative process – Senate Dems would obviously filibuster any attempt to start taking benefits away from families. Unless GOP senators had 60 votes – an unlikely scenario – a Republican repeal plan would fail.

    Unless, that is, Republicans change the rules. Bloomberg Politics reported late last week:
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Friday he’s open to eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold if it helps Congress repeal Obamacare and enact “free-market oriented” health care reforms.

    Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, the former Florida governor was asked if he’d support invoking the “Reid rule” – also known as the “nuclear option” – to nix the legislative filibuster to replace the Affordable Care Act.
    In fairness, the Florida Republican didn’t explicitly endorse this path, but when pressed on the strategy, Bush told Hewitt, “I might consider that.” He added that if the GOP plan is strong enough, “then I would certainly consider that.”

    The Washington Examiner reported over the weekend that Gov. Scott Walker (R) was even more enthusiastic about the strategy. Asked if he’d call for the end of legislative filibusters in order to “repeal Obamacare,” the Wisconsin Republican replied, “Yes. Absolutely.”

    • Liza says:

      So, I have a question. Once President Obama leaves office, will the GOP continue to obstruct his agenda? When will it stop? Or is this just simply about trying to destroy his legacy? What kind of people deny healthcare to other people AND make that the cornerstone of their presidential campaigns? I would say Mr. Jeb Bush thinks there are enough voting Obama haters to launch him straight into the oval office. He might be surprised.

      • I think his brother’s and daddy reputation might cause people to pause. At least I hope it does.

      • Ametia says:

        What kind of people deny health care to other people? The very same people who vote these yahzoos in office to deny them (the voters of these yahzoos) healthcare.

        It’s called voting against their own best interest, you know because those other peoples BLACKS) are looking for a handout!

  17. rikyrah says:

    The incentive structure of the Republican primary debate cut-off is to promote the crazy even if the goal of the cut-off is to minimize the crazy talk.

    The debate will be on August 6th, and it is split into two parts. The main event will have ten candidates who have filed with the FEC and are in a blended average of the top ten positions in live respondant telephone polls within a given time frame. The second part is the kiddy table event which will have every other filed candidate whose campaigns had sufficient funds to pay for gas to get the candidate to the studio.

    It is structured this way for two reasons. First, it is purely a logistical move, as fifteen to twenty people on stage would mean no one gets to talk for more than fifteen seconds at a time. Now that is not a great loss as the information to time level is fairly low, but it is a reasonable concern. Secondly, the top-ten feature is a public culling method as the invisible primary becomes slightly more visible. Debates are often one of the easiest ways for a low polling candidate to make up ground quickly and cheaply. This is especially true in any primary process where the ideological universe is narrower than in a general election as a voter is not making significant ideological re-evalatuations when they switch their support between primary opponents. This point is esepcially true in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary as the issue space ranges from who will cut some taxes to who will cut all taxes, who will bluster first and then bomb compared to who will just bomb, and how much everyone hates seeing working class people get private market health insurance. The ideological space is fairly narrow. So a good debate that rubs a voter’s button the right way will get a very throaty response to a particular candidate.

    A candidate who is not in the first debate will have a very hard time getting into any future debate, and thus will have a very hard time raising their polling.

    Working with that assumption, five groups of candidates shake out of the crowded Republican field. The first group are candidates who are definately in the debate and project that they will be in all debates until the primaries/caucuses start. These candidates just have to not fuck things up in the debates and start to knock out candidates whose supporters are most inclined to choose them as their second choice. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are in this bucket.

    The second group are candidates who have to hold serve, but can safely assume they’ll be in good enough shape for the next couple of rounds. It splits into two groups, the hucksters/self-promoters (Trump and Carson) and actual candidates (Rubio, Paul, Huckabee). (Yes there is overlap here, especially with Huckabee and Paul). The hucksters will throw bombs as that is what they do, while the actual candidates will try not to fuck up while tearing down a front-runner who is closest to them.

    These groups are fairly condifident that they’ll be invited back to another debate. Their incentives are to minimize variance if they are actually running for office as a statement in 2015 can be used against them in 2016. Trump and Carson don’t have this constraint, so they’ll embrace the id.

  18. rikyrah says:

    SI Tennis ✔ @SI_Tennis

    Serena Williams rallies from a break down to take the set 64 over No. 113 Margarita Gasparyan. #Wimbledon

  19. rikyrah says:

    Sam Sanders ✔ @samsanders

    Spent the day @ a black church in SC that burned down Friday. Here’s what @willhuntsberry and I found: Via @nprnews

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      The pastor, who is an electrician, said everything was in good condition as far as the electrical system of the church.

      How many Black churches have to burn before the media and investigators say that these church burnings are hate crimes?!

  20. rikyrah says:

    Ted Cruz isn’t taking the marriage ruling well
    06/29/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    At an event over the weekend, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was asked about last week’s Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. The right-wing Iowan, not surprisingly, wasn’t pleased, calling the court decisions “the heaviest one-two punch delivered against the Constitution and the American people that we’ve ever seen in the history of this country.”

    Of course, Steve King is expected to say things like this. When presidential candidates go over the top in the same way, it’s a little more alarming. MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin reported:
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) went so far as to call for a constitutional convention to overturn the court’s decision while campaigning in Iowa, according to CNN. In an interview with Sean Hannity he called the back-to-back rulings on health care and gay marriage “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.”
    Hannity, incidentally, found Cruz’s rhetoric quite compelling, responding, “I couldn’t say it more eloquently.”

    For what it’s worth, it’s not hard to think of some genuinely tragic 24-hour periods in American history. The Lincoln assassination comes to mind. So does the time British troops burned the White House. There were days during the Civil War in which tens of thousands of Americans died on the battlefield. Just in the last century, we witnessed the JFK assassination, Pearl Harbor, and a corrupt president resign in disgrace.

    For the Republican presidential hopeful, learning that Americans will have health benefits and loving couples will get married belongs on the same list.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Peanut spent the Afternoon with me. We went to the park. I can tell you that I was the only woman there with a kid. All the other kids there were with their fathers. Warmed my heart watching so many Black men with their children.

    • Wonderful. I hope you and Peanut had fun.

    • Ametia says:

      Auntie Rikyrah with Peanut, always warms my heart when you share your time with her.

      The reality of black fathers with the children is REAL, it just doesn’t get the SHINE, because, well, media knows this kind of TRUTH doesn’t SELL.


  22. rikyrah says:

    The 17 Best Television Shows of the 2014-2015 Season

    By Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers | Indiewire

    June 27, 2015 at 8:15AM

    Defining the television season as anything other than the calendar year may seem silly these days, but the Primetime Emmys are still dictated by the old guard. So, with the hopes of helping out an Academy often lost in a sea of options, here are the best series of the 2014-2015 season, for their, your and everyone’s consideration.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Review: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ is Steven Soderbergh’s Striptease Concert Film (And That’s Just Fine)

    Photo of Eric Kohn
    By Eric Kohn | Indiewire

    June 29, 2015 at 9:00AM

    Channing Tatum is back for another adventure involving beefy men taking off their clothes. But is there more to it than that?

    Despite its salacious focus on the hedonistic lives of male strippers, Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 Channing Tatum vehicle “Magic Mike” foregrounded the title character’s assertion that his stage career was merely a vessel for his domineering attitude. “I am not my job,” he insisted.

    Revisiting Mike and his merry band of beefcakes three years later, the freewheeling “Magic Mike XXL” aims for no such subtleties. Within the opening minutes, several pals from Mike’s former ensemble the Kings of Tampa show up at his modest furniture shop to cajole him into joining them for one last romp at a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach. Is there any doubt he’ll join the fun?

  24. rikyrah says:

    What I find galling is that they write this hateful garbage, yet, when their hateful vision become reality, they want to distance themselves from it.

    Naw, muthaphucka, own your shyt.

    That massacre was the product of your hate.

    You are an architect…stand up and take credit for your work.

  25. rikyrah says:

    The Pulse: Obama denied the respect he deserves

    Michael Smerconish, Inquirer Columnist
    Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015, 1:08 AM

    ‘Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this,” President Obama said to a heckler who interrupted him Wednesday in the midst of remarks he was making in his own house, a residence that belongs to all Americans. It was the latest of many slights endured by a man deserving of more veneration than he has received.

    The exchange reminded me of a question I was asked last week while speaking to a business group in North Carolina. My standard “stump speech” often concerns political polarization. I talk about how we got here and what it will take to reverse the trends. I share data about the exodus of moderates from Washington in the last three decades and contrast their absence from the nation’s capital with data showing that a plurality of Americans desires more common ground. “Passion rules,” I argue, while blaming incivility and gridlock in Washington on those who have ceded public debate to the loudest voices.


  26. rikyrah says:

    StevenD at Booman Tribune is celebrating his wedding anniversary. I admit, when he writes about his wife and family, I usually wind up with tears in my eyes, and this piece is no different.


    A Love Story

    by Steven D
    Sun Jun 28th, 2015 at 05:51:58 PM EST

    We have called ourselves partners forever, it seems. She wasn’t fond of the term girlfriend, or later wife, and it never mattered to me. But partners, she liked. It made us equals, and if there is one thing I know about my partner, it’s that she insists on being treated as the equal of anyone.

    We met at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, CO, during our first year. My earliest memory of her is me approaching her to bum a cigarette because I noticed she was a smoker. I had quit – sort of – by which I mean I’d stopped buying cigarettes for myself. I learned she smoked menthols (for the record I hate menthols). I smoked it anyway. Her smile, when it appeared suddenly was wide, beaming and infectious. She had beautiful long, blue-black hair that hung down below her waist. Yeah, I noticed her more after that.

  27. rikyrah says:

    The Blackademics were quiet after POTUS did the Eulogy in Charleston, but you knew they would have to talk smack.

    Here’s some thoughts about them from POU


    I’m tired fam.

    I knew it was going to happen. Saw it coming a mile away. And these Blackademics as always never disappoint. This President can never ever enjoy a win or get any credit for anything at any time. Now I knew some fuckery was going to be afoot this weekend after PBO gave that stirring eulogy for Rev. Pinckney and Black folks responded the way they did. I knew these petty jealous jackasses couldn’t let that stand. So I wasn’t shocked when MHP lectured PBO about throwing that heckler out of the WH. Combined with Coates, Marc Lamont Hill and that no neck gnome RoRo trying to low key shade what the President said I’m done with these Negro Concern Trolls. They can’t write enough think pieces to come back from this bullshit for me. This is coonery pure and simple and I’m tired…of all of them. In the words of Bernie Mac (RIP) “FUCK EM!”


    This is from my own experience both personally and professionally….

    White liberals may like you, invite you to their parties, support you at work but you must follow one unspoken rule….you and your people can never be enough just as you are. You have to acknowledge that they know better and or just a bit more.

    MHP and MED live in that world and their mortgages are dependent on it. For all their talk of the black community, I’ll bet they are alone and isolated at work. Maybe not in the lunchroom but in the room where someone white has the power to make decisions based upon their livelihood.

    But I think the most insidious part of this game, that in exchange for paying into black people aren’t good enough you can start to believe that you’re that special black person who is good enough. They’re going to learn soon enough (maybe they are learning it now) that they will never be.

    itgurl_29 >

    And this is why we can’t win. Too many Black elites have issues with jealousy. And jealousy “crab in a barrel” logic is rampant in the ranks of Blackademia, which is why they can’t even get together to form an all Black think-tank. Their “knowledge” is useless because they can’t work together because they’re all jealous of each other. It’s this thing were they feel a sense of pride for being that one negro at the fancy cocktail party. They want to be the first to break a barrier, but don’t want to turn around and help the next Black person rise up. And when they see someone who is better than they are in every way, whose level they won’t ever be on, they simply can’t deal with it. This man is the most consequential Black American since MLK. There’s no disputing that. He is one of the most significant figures in American history, period. Easily in the top 10. Easily. And he is one of the most important figures in world history. And they know this.

    They’re delusional behinds really believed they were on his level, that he was no different from them. They thought he’d run just to make a point, like Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al., and then join them at the next State of the Black Union to complain about racism and talk smack, and then do nothing about it. The minute he won Iowa, they turned on him because he had reached heights far beyond their tiny and defeated little imaginations.


    The thing that burns them is that Barack Obama got to where he is by just being himself. Like I said the other day the reason all these attacks against him flop is because people see the authenticity. Yes he’s the President now but he’s the still the same community organizer who walked the streets until he had holes in his shoes. People see that and they get that. These Blackademics have for all their OMA GOWA BLACK POWA BS kissed Mr. Charlie’s behind and done as much to prop up White Privilege as any 2520 has. POTUS and FLOTUS are a threat to their hustle. I see it in the eyes of Black kids who have only ever known that their President and First Lady are Black. The Obamas are showing us the art of the possible if we’re willing to fight for it and the Blackademics who’ve made a living selling defeatism on behalf of Mr. Charlie hate them for it.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Some good thoughts from POU on the Blackademics:


    The blacker than thou crew can get on tv and bash PBO but I’ve seen none of them speak on this or what’s happening in the DR.

    David Sheen
    Israel ramps up ethnic-cleansing, moves from coercing African refugees to self-deport > to straight-up deporting them


    And that’s the tell that these Blackademics and Negro Concern Trolls are not here for Black people either here in the USA or abroad. These coons know they won’t get on TV or get clicks for their articles by bringing attention to how Black folks are being treated in the Dominican Republic and Israel and if they do eventually say something it’ll only be to the extent that they can use those issues as a crutch to attack the President. Like I said…straight coonery.


    Yep. They’re forever chastising PBO about what he needs to say and how forcefully he needs to say it but I bet their asses won’t say boo to the lilly White organizations and institutions that do business with Israel.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Gus ‏@Gus_802 Jun 27
    Texas Board of Education to be headed by a homeschooler. This is like putting a faith healer in charge of the health department.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Gregory Krieg (Mic): The Time Has Come to Recognize President Obama’s Game-Changing Liberal Legacy

    It wasn’t supposed to go down like this. In the aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections, when Democrats ceded control of the Senate and saw their deficit steepen in statehouses across the country, President Barack Obama was widely expected to set aside his ambitions and map out a more cautious agenda.

    That was eight months ago.

    After a thrilling and fraught week in Washington D.C., and South Carolina, Obama’s legacy is coming into plain view — and emerging as one of the sharpest and most significant in the last century of liberal politics.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Michael Cohen (The Guardian): Ten days that turned America into a better place\

    Some day, people are going to write books about what happened over the last 10 days in the United States. It began with a depressing reminder of what is, perhaps, the worst of America. A disturbed young man, armed with an easily obtainable and high-calibre handgun, shot down nine people in cold blood. It was a shocking act, but largely because Americans have become so inured to the daily carnage of gun violence that the only types of incidents that stand out are those that are uniquely horrific.

    Of course, what made the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, so particularly notable was the where and why – a white gunman, nine African-American victims, a historic black church in the cradle of the former Confederacy. Dylann Roof’s crime was distinctively evil, but the sentiments underpinning it were depressingly familiar. They reflect the original and ongoing sin of this nation – the more than two centuries of mistreatment, prejudice and discrimination visited by white America upon black America.

    But then something amazing happened. Practically overnight, America had a national epiphany.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Vice President Joe Biden draws strength from Emanuel AME Church during Sunday visit

    A month after enduring his own tragedy, Vice President Joe Biden stood at the front of Emanuel AME Church and spoke from the heart to a full house.

    Dressed in a black suit and purple tie, Biden said he and the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney had been at a prayer breakfast at the church not long ago. Pinckney was among nine people gunned down June 17 in the basement of the place of worship during a Bible study.

    Biden’s attendance, along with his son and daughter-in-law Hunter and Kathleen, was meant to be a show of solidarity, he said, but it also was an effort to lift him and his family up during their time of grief.

    “The reason we came was to draw strength from all of you, draw some strength from the church,” he said, noting that he had spoken and or met with each of the nine victim’s families since their losses. “I wish I could say something that would ease the pains of the families and of the church. But I know from experience, and I was reminded of it again 29 days ago, that no words can mend a broken heart. No music can fill the gaping void.”

  33. rikyrah says:

    Obama’s ‘best week’ likely to advance his legacy
    Christian Science Monitor
    Brad Knickerbocker

    10 hrs ago

    Years from now, as he thinks back over his presidency, Barack Obama is likely to remember this as one of his best weeks. Maybe the best week.

    A trade bill passed in a Republican-led Congress. Massively important Supreme Court decisions on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. A healing eulogy for slain black church members, toward the end of which – astonishingly, to many of the thousands who listened at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and the millions who watched on live TV or later on YouTube – the president led those assembled in the singing of “Amazing Grace.”

    Much of Obama’s presidency has been a grind, during which he’s been criticized from both political directions.

    The right never liked him in the first place, and as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell famously said during Obama’s first term, Republicans’ main priority was – not cooperating to fix a damaged economy the new president had inherited from a Republican administration – but working to see that Obama was not reelected. The left – enamored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other liberals – thought he hewed too much to the political center. The tea party (especially its racist element), the powerful National Rifle Association, “birthers,” and others mocked and reviled him.

    But by Friday night, at least, the impression – or at least the imagery – had changed as the White House was bathed in rainbow lighting, a celebration of Obama’s recent political wins as well as the US Supreme Court’s legalizing same-sex marriage for all Americans no matter where they lived.

    • Ametia says:

      Interesting all these articles about PBO’s’ amazing week, his policies, his words, etc.

      His actions to serve Americans didn’t just start 10 days ago.

      We’ve all had our eyes & ears open to what President Obama has done & achieved.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Hillary Clinton Just Hired A Top Black Pollster
    The race to engage black voters and stakeholders in Clinton’s campaign ramps up Monday.

    posted on Jun. 29, 2015, at 12:29 a.m.
    Darren Sands
    BuzzFeed News Reporter

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has hired veteran pollster Ron Lester to conduct black research and polling, BuzzFeed News has learned. The news comes as LaDavia Drane is set to join the campaign Monday in her official role as black coalitions director.

    Lester joins the polling team that is led by former Obama strategist
    Joel Benenson, who helped Obama craft his message against Clinton in 2008. That team of pollsters and strategists also includes John Anzalone and David Binder.

    …Drane, meanwhile, starts from national headquarters Monday. She declined a request for an interview, but a Clinton campaign official said

    Drane’s first priorities will be connecting with national civil rights organizations and stakeholders, as well as black elected officials at all levels of government.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Final paragraph of Kennedy’s majority decision on the gay marriage case:

    No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

  36. Ametia says:

    Murdering JOE did a hit job on PBO this morning. Eloquent eulogy, then went right in saying VP Joe Biden was ahead of same-sex marriage before him and that he was literally scared.
    The WH is saying “look what we did” WHAT A PIECE-O-SHIT.

    What happen in your office to that DEAD INTERN, JOE SCARBOROUGH?

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Joe Scarborough needs to just come out and tell his viewers what ideology he subscribes to. This is more than just parroting the message of his handlers.

  37. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Melissa Carino pulled down a Confederate flag from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across from the State House on Sunday…. The 54th Regiment was commissioned by Governor John A. Andrew shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation. It was the inspiration for the 1989 movie “Glory.’’

    …Melissa Carino, 37, of Lowell said she saw the flag hanging from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across the street from the State House at about 8 p.m. Carino said she left and returned to the location later, angered that it had not been removed.

    …Passersby expressed displeasure at what they called a racially motivated act, with some citing the outrage over the controversial flag after the murder of black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., earlier this month.

    “Such an expression of hate is not acceptable,” said Dara Poulten, 34, of Medway.

  38. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    We called it didn’t we? These groups have proliferated since January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was sworn in as our 44th POTUS. These acts of killing BLACK folks is part of their plan of genocide.

    Nothing but white fear of a BROWN PLANET.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Thank you for informing us about this. Knowledge is power.

  40. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone.

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