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

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    More importantly, why do good Whites stay silent?

    “I’m a Black Southerner Who’s Seen Racism All My Life. Why Do I Stay Silent?”

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Baltimore Will Put Working Cameras in Police Vans”

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      “Feds: Police violated free-speech rights during Ferguson unrest”


      FERGUSON, Mo. — Police antagonized crowds gathered to protest in Ferguson, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report summary obtained by CBS News.

      The summary cited “vague and arbitrary” orders to keep protesters moving that violated their rights of assembly and free speech. It is part of a longer “after-action” report to be delivered this week to top police officials in Ferguson, St. Louis city and county and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

      The after-action report, which then-Attorney General Eric Holder announced in September, looks at the way the four agencies responded in the first 16 days after the shooting and is separate from other federal civil rights inquiries into Brown’s death and the overall policing practices of the Ferguson force, and done by the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services office.

      The new report, which the newspaper said is subject to revision, cited other problems, too: The use of dogs for crowd control incited fear and anger, and the DOJ suggested that the practice be prohibited. The report also said that tear gas was sometimes used without warning on people who had nowhere to retreat.

      There were inconsistencies in the way police used force and made arrests, the report said, having dedicated “officer training on operational and tactical skills without appropriate balance of de-escalation and problem-solving training.”

      The full report is expected to contain about 45 “findings,” each including a recommendation for improvement, the Post-Dispatch reported.

      If anyone here sees the full report, would you please post it?

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Huffington Post ‏@HuffingtonPost 1h1 hour ago
    The Ferguson prosecutor accused of misconduct is still crusading against Ferguson arrestees

  4. eliihass says:

    That moment you find out that the rag the Daily Mail has a White House Correspondent. And that she even gets to be on Hard Ball with Chris Matthews…and not on the Sideshow segment;

    Then we find out her name is Francesca Chambers (there’s a porn star joke someplace), and that she’s black – at least as far as the eye can tell. But then we also find out she worked for Right-wing outlets Red Alert Politics, The Washington Examiner etc. And then it makes sense.

    After all these years of the Daily Mail freely insulting and disparaging the Obamas, perhaps just as with Trump, the world will react appropriately and ensure the exclusion and destruction of the Daily Mail once and for all — at some point. Maybe they’ll publish something insulting about oh say, Mexicans..?

    • Ametia says:

      LOL All these KNUCKLE-DRAGGING Hyenas, book-licking toadies, slave-catching, coons will be making like CASPER, after the Obama’s leave Pennsylvania Avenue.

    • Ametia says:

      Yes siree, and they’ve always been this way. PBO’s ascendency to the Presidency, just became the LIGHTHOUSE BEACON & shone the light on them all.

  5. Just finished cooking…
    roast with gravy
    mashed potatoes

    I’m a southerngirl. :)

    • Ametia says:

      TRUTH-TELLING, Ms. Jarrett, TRUTH.

      Short: “We elected the first black president, WHY YA’LL TALMBOUT RACE?!
      Can’t we stop talking about race now?

      NO, stop spewing racist shit & carrying out racists acts, and AKNOWLEDGE & OWN the EVILS of SLAVERY… and then?

  6. rikyrah says:

    A GOP ‘nuclear option’ would bring sweeping consequences
    07/02/15 12:46 PM
    By Steve Benen
    If Americans elected a Republican White House and a Republican Congress next year, a sharp, national turn to the far-right would be obvious, but there would still be some limits. Most measures would still need Senate approval, and the most radical GOP ideas would struggle in the face of Democratic filibusters.

    But what if a newly invigorated Republican majority decided to scrap legislative filibusters so GOP lawmakers could simply do as they pleased?

    Late last week, Jeb Bush said he “would certainly consider” getting rid of filibusters altogether – executing a new “nuclear option” – in order to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Scott Walker was even more enthusiastic about the idea, saying he would “absolutely” pursue such a strategy if it helped him dismantle the nation’s health care system.

    This week, as Bloomberg Politics reported, two more Republican presidential hopefuls – Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina – said they, too, would urge GOP senators to rewrite Senate rules in order to “repeal Obamacare.”

    Republican senators themselves, however, say they’re not interested. The Hill reported this week:
    Senate Republicans appear to be closing the door on gutting the filibuster, brushing aside calls from GOP presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Scott Walker to consider lowering the 60-vote threshold for repealing ObamaCare.

    Sources close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) say there’s virtually no chance he will go along with abolishing the filibuster, something he has strongly criticized in the past.
    Even Ted Cruz is cool to the idea, telling Hugh Hewitt this week, “I believe ending the legislative filibuster would ultimately undermine conservative principles.” The Club for Growth also voiced skepticism.

    In theory, that should effectively end the conversation, but there’s still a little more to it.

    For now, it’s largely an academic exercise, speculating about a hypothetical. But imagine if Republicans found themselves in 2017 and 2018 in the same boat as Democrats for most of 2009 and 2010 – American voters gave them control of the levers of power, but their agenda was stymied by the minority.

    Is it possible that Republicans might change their mind about filibusters after a few months or years of Democratic obstructionism? Of course it is. Paul Waldman had a good piece on this yesterday for the Washington Post.
    [C]onsider this scenario. It’s the spring of 2017, just months after Republicans achieved their victory at the polls. President Walker (or Rubio, or Bush) is moving to implement the agenda that he ran on. Republicans in Congress are eager to pass the bills they’ve been fantasizing about for the last eight years. And there’s a full docket of them: tax cuts, a national ban on abortions after the 20th week of a woman’s pregnancy, eliminating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, forbidding the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, lightening Wall Street’s terrible regulatory burden, block granting safety net programs, and, of course, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Yet Democrats and their filibuster stand in the way of it all.

    It isn’t hard to imagine that the pressure from Republican legislators, the party’s base and a new president eager to make his mark, all of whom would be urging McConnell to get rid of the filibuster, would be overwhelming.

  7. Rolls eyes..

    • rikyrah says:

      where’s our Sista giving the side eye while drinking…LOL

    • Liza says:

      Wow, he must be getting advice from a very, very small group of folks. Amazing.

    • eliihass says:

      “…Webb has been married three times, and has four grown children and one younger child with his current wife Hong Le, and he is the stepfather to Le’s daughter, Emily, from her previous marriage. Hong Le Webb, born in South Vietnam, is twenty-two years his junior.

      His second marriage was to health-care lobbyist Jo Ann Krukar in 1981 who also assisted in his 2006 Senate campaign. They have three children: Sarah, Jimmy, and Julia. Jimmy Webb was a rifleman and Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and served a tour in Iraq with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion 6th Marines. In tribute to Jimmy Webb and “all the people sent into harm’s way”, Webb wore his son’s old combat boots every day during his 2006 Senate campaign.

      His first marriage was to Barbara Samorajczyk, who is a member of the Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Council. They divorced in 1979. They have one daughter, Amy Webb, who was eight at the time of the divorce

      Mr. Webb has faced criticism for making improper payments from his political action committee to his wife Hong Le and daughter; he has expressed skepticism about affirmative action; and his appreciation for firearms has been seen as out of step with a Democratic Party that has made gun control a core value…”

    • Ametia says:

      3 3 CHICS side eyes to this dude

      SIPS Dr. P

      SIPS Dr. P

      SIPS Dr. P

    • eliihass says:

      I think most people have short memories. Twitter was always suspect..

      Actually, when it took off in 2008, the young guys who started it were more Libertarian than anything, and seemed much more pro- McCain than Obama.
      Right-wing-ism populated Twitter in its early days – which was one of the reasons I never embraced it. It was also decisively anti-Obama than it was pro- And the horrid sentiments spewed on Twitter were more or less allowed to stand those earlier days..

    • Ametia says:

      Like just about everything that has been created, cutting-edge, and successful in this country has the HANDPRINTS of BLACK PEOPLE.

      Twitter might have started off for the LIBERTARDS, but we bring our chill, savior faire, and creativity to Twitter like nobody’s business. Black folks are who is keeping that boat sailng and making $$$$.

      And bringing the honest to goodness TRUTH-TELLING that the cable networks and local tv stations could never bring even if they were sitting in a church confessional booth.

      This kind of TRUTH-TELLING is priceless, in my opinion. Twitter founders might not care for all those NEGROES on Twitter, but here we are!

  8. rikyrah says:

    Lilly Workneh ✔ @Lilly_Works
    Black women-owned businesses SKYROCKET by 322% since 1997, now the fasting growing group of entrepreneurs!! Boom.

  9. rikyrah says:

    SCOTUS Just Eviscerated Obamacare Opponents – and Ridiculed their English Language Skills

    Spandan Chakrabarti | June 25, 2015

    It would seem ordinary under any other set of historical circumstances, but the fierce ideological opposition to the President’s crowning achievement in office – the health care law that is now responsible for insuring 17 million additional Americans and dropping the uninsured rate to the lowest in history – has been no less virulent, vicious and cruel than the Tea Party White Supremacist movement’s conspiracy theory that President Obama conspired to alter his birth certificate from the womb.

    The Supreme Court’s decision today upholding subsidies to purchase health insurance in all states’ exchanges, regardless of whether such an exchange was established by the state or failing that, by the federal government, was a unambiguous thumping victory for the Obama administration and millions of Americans who depend on that subsidy to be able to afford health insurance for themselves and their children. But it was more than that: it was a devastating blow to Obamacare opponents in which the Court went so far as to mock their language skills.

    First, a little “I told you so.” All the way back in 2011, I previewed the case and asserted that the opponents who claimed that the law only allows premium tax credits (the subsidies) for only exchanges created by a state authority was about the dumbest argument anyone could make, given the law’s express authorization to the HHS to establish “such exchanges” in cases where a state failed to do so. “Such exchanges”, I said, would clearly have all the regulations and benefits as any other exchange (i.e. those established by a state authority).

  10. rikyrah says:

    It Bends Towards Justice: The Role of Patient Pragmatism and Fierce Advocacy in #MarriageEquality

    Spandan Chakrabarti | June 26, 2015

    The Supreme Court’s decision today upholding the equal protection guarantees of the 14th amendment for same-sex couples – thus extending the fundamental right to marry to all Americans – was somewhat anticipated, but that anticipation itself is as historic as the decision itself.

    In writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy was mindful that he wasn’t merely penning a decision, he was writing history. And so he says:

    “The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest.”

    Manifest. Obvious. Self-evident. In other words, the injustice perpetrated by the denial of equal access to society’s most fundamental institution of family is so clear, so raw, so evident that it requires no further explanation.

    But the outcome wasn’t so manifest even a decade ago. A decade ago, the country was grappling with the fresh second term of a president who made writing discrimination into the Constitution a part of his platform, and LGBT people and our families and allies were reeling from the stinging rebuke from our own fellow citizens at the ballot box state after state, after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized marriage equality in that state.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Monday, June 29, 2015
    From “Lame Duck” to “Fourth Quarter”

    It seems to me that the job of political scientists is to identify patterns in political history as a way to predict the future. One of those patterns that has been pretty generally accepted is that once a presidential campaign begins to replace a second-termer, the White House occupant goes into “lame duck” status. That is certainly what everyone was expecting from President Obama after the huge losses Democrats suffered in the 2014 midterms.

    But as we all know by now, the President decided he’d start a new pattern…one that saw his remaining two years as a “fourth quarter” in which he vowed to play to the end. His success in being able to do that hinged on several factors.

    1. A scandal-free presidency

    During my lifetime, no two-term president has managed to escape the drag of either scandal or terribly flawed policies at the end of their second term. Johnson had Vietnam. Nixon had Watergate. Reagan had Iran/Contra. Clinton had impeachment. Bush had torture, the war in Iraq and the Great Recession.

    Recently David Brooks noted that the current administration is the exception to that pattern.

    I have my disagreements, say, with President Obama, but President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free.
    That means that not only does the President maintain the good will of most Americans, but he doesn’t have to devote an inordinate amount of time to defending himself or attempting to fix policy failures.

    2. Previous work is bearing fruit

    Last December President Obama sat down for an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. In response to questions about some of the bold moves he’d already taken since the 2014 midterms, the President said this:

    But at the end of 2014, I could look back and say we are as well-positioned today as we have been in quite some time economically, that American leadership is more needed around the world than ever before — and that is liberating in the sense that a lot of the work that we’ve done is now beginning to bear fruit. And it gives me an opportunity then to start focusing on some of the other hard challenges that I didn’t always have the time or the capacity to get to earlier in my presidency.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Daily Caller Headline: “Barack Obama, Wife Beater”

    Conservative blog The Daily Caller posted an article with the headline: “Barack Obama, Wife Beater.”

    The July 1 post, posted just before midnight with an anonymous “Daily Caller contributor” byline, featured just five words — “He’s wearing a wife beater” — accompanied by two pictures of President Obama, in which a “wife-beater” sleeveless shirt is visible under his white dress shirt. The headline read “Barack Obama, Wife Beater.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Republicans take aim at Obama’s overtime policy
    07/02/15 09:25 AM
    By Steve Benen
    President Obama will be in Wisconsin later today, delivering remarks on his new overtime policy, which is probably a bigger deal than much of the political world realizes. This is, after all, a policy that will likely put more money in a lot of workers’ paychecks.

    As we talked about the other day, under the status quo, there’s an income threshold for mandatory overtime: $23,660. Those making more than that can be classified by employers as “managers” who are exempt from overtime rules. The Obama administration’s Labor Department has spent the last several months working on the new plan, which raises the threshold to $50,440 – more than double the current level.

    Republicans and some business groups won’t like the policy, but there’s not much they can do about it – this falls within the Labor Department’s regulatory powers, so the policy will be implemented whether GOP critics like it or not.

    The estimable E.J. Dionne Jr. makes a persuasive case, though, that there’s no reason for Republicans to reflexively oppose a policy like this one.
    In discussing rising inequality, we often act as if the trend is a natural development about which we can do nothing. Of course, big economic forces are at work. But government rules and laws – on pay, health care, labor rights and taxes – can improve workers’ standing or they can make the disparities worse. Government has a choice, and there is no purely neutral ground on this question. […]

    In a very crowded Republican presidential field, will any candidate find it in his or her interest to break with the party’s orthodoxy on government regulations and labor rights? Will any of them have the temerity to appeal to their party’s many working-class supporters by making the point that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and other Democrats are sure to advance: that reinforcing our “conservative” values about the honor of work often requires what are usually seen as “progressive” measures by government to keep workers from being short-changed?
    Those are excellent questions. The answer, at least for now, appears to be, “No.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    Kasich tries an unconventional route to GOP nomination
    07/02/15 10:18 AM
    By Steve Benen
    During the fight for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago, then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) generated quite a bit of attention with his “oops” moment in November 2011. But for those who followed the race closely, the truth is the Texas Republican was already in trouble before his memory failed him.

    Two months earlier, at a different GOP debate, Perry was forced to defend his state-based policy allowing undocumented kids already in Texas to pay in-state tuition rates at state universities. “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they have been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry said at the time.

    The response was ugly. Republican voters don’t like benefits for undocumented immigrants, but they get even more annoyed by allegations that they’re heartless. Perry was booed aggressively.

    Four years later, it seems Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is playing with the same fire.
    Ohio Governor John Kasich, the latest Republican to say he’s interested in running for his party’s nomination for president, attracted a crowd of about 200 people in Des Moines [last week].

    During a forum at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Kasich distinguished himself from the rest of the field. He criticized the pro-ethanol renewable fuel standard, and called for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
    As the Iowa Public Radio report noted, Kasich added that the idea of deporting undocumented immigrants is “inhumane.”

    Less than a week earlier, Politico reported on an appearance the Ohio governor made at a Koch brothers event, where he was pressed to explain his support for Medicaid expansion.

    “I don’t know about you, lady,” he responded, his voice rising. “But when I get to the pearly gates, I’m going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor.”

    By some accounts, “about 20” members of the audience walked out of the room in disgust.

    These anecdotes offer some hint of the kind of national campaign Kasich will run after launching his presidential bid on July 21. The Ohio Republican, for all intents and purposes, will apparently give “compassionate conservatism” a try.

  15. Ametia says:

    PLEASE, MOFOS! They want us to believe that these burnings are just RANDOM? GTFOH

    Brunings of BLACK CHURCHES, according to media & articles,
    6. BURNING

    As many as 84 percent of church fires across the country are not intentionally set, according to data on such events. Between 2007 and 2011, about 31 congregations burned weekly, according to an estimate by the National Fire Protection Association. Of those, about five per week were arsons, but even fewer of them were determined to be hate crimes. The NFPA’s statistics don’t break out how many fires occurred at black and white congregations.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Still waiting for that GOP alternative to Obamacare
    07/01/15 04:59 PM
    By Steve Benen
    At least on the surface, congressional Republicans were optimistic of a Supreme Court victory in King v. Burwell. For months, GOP lawmakers talked openly and repeatedly about the prospect of taking a sledgehammer to the Affordable Care Act, stripping millions of families of their health care benefits. It was only a matter of time before conservative justices delivered.

    What’s more, Republican leaders tried to be reassuring, insisting there was no reason for the public to panic – the GOP’s alternative to “Obamacare” would be even better than the effective reform law. Once the Supreme Court gutted the U.S. system, Republicans would, they claimed, rush in with their superior solution. Indeed, some prominent, far-right lawmakers urged governors to ignore obvious fixes and instead wait for the GOP’s remedy to be available.

    Last week, of course, the high court disappointed Republicans and rejected the ridiculous lawsuit. But I’m still curious about that GOP alternative that was waiting in the wings. Wasn’t it all set to go? Where is it? Can we see it?

    National Journal reported the other day:
    For months, Republicans have been crafting a post-King v. Burwell strategy, confident the Court would rule in their favor and strike down the law’s insurance subsidies in 34 states using the federal insurance marketplace.
    Of course, we’ve been hearing talk about Republicans “crafting” their own health-care package for many years now, meeting behind closed doors for a half-decade, trying to find an ideologically satisfying proposal to rival President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. At least so far, they’ve come up with exactly nothing.

    The Huffington Post’s Jeffrey Young has gotten quite a bit of mileage out of a joke, documenting all of the many, many times in recent years GOP officials have said they’re finally ready to unveil their big health care solution, only to fail quietly every time.

    • Ametia says:

      Still BOGGLES my mind that some man has to sit behind a desk and sign a piece of paper giving BLACK HUMAN BEINGS the same rights as WHITES.

  17. rikyrah says:

    No Future in Southern Heritage

    by BooMan
    Thu Jul 2nd, 2015 at 04:45:49 AM EST

    I got curious and decided to take a look at how Mitt Romney did outside of the Confederacy in the 2012 presidential election. The Confederate States of America were Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Romney carried all these states except Florida and Virginia, winning 118 of their 160 Electoral College votes. Those 118 votes represented more than half of the 206 total votes that were awarded to Romney.

    Another way of looking at this is that there are 538 total votes, so 420 votes are from outside of the historical Confederacy. Romney won 88 of them.

    And I think we’re being a tad generous here. After all, there were border states with divided loyalties. Romney lost some of them, like Maryland and Delaware, but he also won several of them, like Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia. And, of course, the territories had complicated histories during the Civil War Era. Oklahoma wasn’t a state in the 1860’s, but its sympathies definitely lay with the South. If we eliminate the border states and the territories where slavery was a hot issue at the time of the Civil War, Romney’s Electoral votes plummet to virtually nothing.

    We can, of course, argue about how to precisely define this, but I have Romney with 36 votes, coming from Indiana, the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and Alaska. If you want to give him Arizona, I suppose you can.

    The point is, if a state had nothing to do with the Confederacy, its chances of supporting the Republican candidate were pretty small. Mostly, we’re talking about a few lightly-populated states in the West where there is no black population to speak of, Latinos don’t vote their weight, and Mormons have a lot of influence.

    The more interesting thing is that Romney, like McCain before him, could not sweep the Confederate states. The next Republican candidate is more likely to lose North Carolina (not to mention Indiana) than he is to win anywhere outside of Romney’s base. The states closest to flipping blue are Georgia, Arizona, and Missouri (which was bluer than Michigan was red).

    Of the states that Obama narrowly won, only Ohio was a Union state.

    So, I think it’s pretty obvious from looking at these results that the Republican Party isn’t going to get any mileage out of tying their brand to the Confederacy. They need to break out of that culture and that mentality, and the states they need to win are not states that have any sympathy for Southern Honor.

    The Democrats are chipping away at the Confederacy in any case, with Virginia and Florida going blue in the last two elections and North Carolina going blue in 2008. Georgia is on the cusp of turning blue and Mississippi could go that way, too, if a Democratic candidate could miraculously win more than 18% of the white vote there.

    The conservatives can complain all they want about their culture being under assault but when the Dukes of Hazzard becomes taboo, you know that you’ve truly lost the war.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL@ DUkes of Hazzard.

      I see and her daily from folks around me and what is happening aorund the world. Change is a CONSTANT, and folks who fight it, well that is there right, but if they infringe on my rights to adapt and flow with CHANGE, by assaulting my basic human rights…

      IT’S ON & POPPIN’

  18. rikyrah says:

    Everytime the economic report comes out, I continue to ask the question:

    What would it look like if one political party had not decided to commit ECONOMIC TREASON against this country beginning January 20, 2009?

  19. CarolMaeWY says:

    Good morning.

  20. rikyrah says:

    a beautiful story about our Vice President:

    When Branden “Skip” Brooks was in eighth grade, he went on a class trip to the U.S. Capitol building, where his class from Delaware got to listen to a presentation from then-Sen. Joe Biden. Afterward, Biden took questions.

    Brooks told BuzzFeed News he has a stutter, which was apparent when he asked Biden a question. After the presentation, Biden pulled him aside and told him he once had a stutter too, but he never let it hold him back…

    He took Biden’s advice, and began giving speeches as much as he could. Brooks is now a father and lawyer living in St. Louis, and works for a Christian nonprofit offering legal services…

    On Wednesday, Brooks felt compelled to share, on social media, a letter Biden wrote to him after the trip in 1994 encouraging him to never give up. “Remember what I told you about stuttering,” Biden said. “You can beat it just like I did.”…

    To his shock, Biden tweeted back…

    After getting the tweet, Brooks shared with Biden another special part of their story. In 2008, after he followed his dreams and became a prosecutor in Delaware, he was sworn in by Biden’s son, Beau…

  21. rikyrah says:

    Thank you for informing us about this.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

  23. The stains on America’s history is ground in so deep there may never be a detergent to fade its ugly shame.

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, Ladies & Everyone.

      The irony is that the racists & confederacy are talked about & harped on endlessly throughout history… SLAVERY? NOT SO MUCH.

      The wounds & ugliness, and crimes of SLAVERy have not been addressed in this country, and will NEVER be healed until WHITE FOLKS DEAL.

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