Monday Open Thread | The Black Woman

Hello Everyone. This week’s threads will feature vintage videos and articles about Black Americans.

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132 Responses to Monday Open Thread | The Black Woman

  1. rikyrah says:

    Paulie Walnuts was skimming 6% of the Dolt45 SuperPac 2016 monies..says Maddow

  2. Bro made roasted chicken, roasted potatoes with garlic & butter, cabbage, roasted corn with bell peppers and pimentos, cornbread…..😋

  3. rikyrah says:

    Hmmmmm 🤔🤔

    Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) Tweeted:
    Important question just raised by former Fox reporter’s lawyer with @AriMelber: did Rupert Murdoch make an illegal contribution to Trump campaign by killing @StormyDaniels story at Fox before election?

  4. rikyrah says:

    No lie told

    Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) Tweeted:
    Every single day Republicans wake up with a laser focus on cutting Medicare and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts for their wealthy friends.

    Today is just the only day you get to see it in one document. #TrumpBudget

  5. rikyrah says:

    These muthaphuckas 😠😠

    Jiggy Athilingam (@jiggy_ca) Tweeted:
    The Arizona legislature is trying to make it a crime to register voters as part of your job unless you work for a political party.

    ARIZONANS- call your state Senator and ask them to vote NO on HB 2616! Call them now!

  6. It’s Spring break week……………..

  7. rikyrah says:


    Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) Tweeted:
    This little guy told his Dad that he wanted to learn how to train his dog and his Dad said there were lots of dog training videos on YouTube. So here he is, showing them to the dog!

  8. rikyrah says:

    Laura Jenkins (@LauraEWJenkins) Tweeted:
    @docrocktex26 @Honeybeeontime @freeandclear1 @MaggyW5 They fear that without a white male at the top of the ticket, we’ll be stuck with Trump. Really? Did they sleep through the midterms? People mobilized and turned out to vote in droves for Dem candidates that were NOT all old white men.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Chocolate shakes…and, we have a deal 🤗

  10. rikyrah says:

    Yes .
    Walk and chew gum at the same time

    Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) Tweeted:
    I get that our candidates are focusing on telling their own stories and talking about what they will do if they win. That’s smart. But nothing is preventing the rest of us from pointing out that the President just proposed massive cuts to Medicare.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) Tweeted:
    Txt from my mom: Who is O’Roke and what has he done to make him a rockstar for the Dems


  12. rikyrah says:

    Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) Tweeted:
    From a pure political perspective, this is – by far – the most radical, unpopular proposal that any 2020 candidate had put forward thus far.

    Every Democrat should be talking about this every day. Start running the ads now and don’t stop until Election Day.

  13. rikyrah says:


    Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) Tweeted:
    Identity politics weren’t an issue until everyone who isn’t a straight White man/woman started demanding (and winning) a seat at the table and the power/privilege to make policy.

    • Gillibrand forced out @alfranken but won’t handle sexual harassment complaints in her own office properly. She had an agenda! Told y’all she was full of shyt!

  14. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒

    Armando (@armandodkos) Tweeted:
    Maybe I missed it but has a single reporter covered the vicious false negative attacked launched by @SenSanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner on @JulianCastro ? I mean those reporters covered Bernie’s fake e-mail about respectful engagement- why not cover the immediate breach?

  15. rikyrah says:

    Trump budget proposes $845 billion Medicare cutNew w/ @damianpaletta @ericawerner— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) 11 March 2019

  16. rikyrah says:

    I just ordered this book.

    For our ‘ class is more important’ folks….here’s a review of the book.

    ‘The Original Black Elite’: A portrait of the first generation to win freedom
    Wendi C. Thomas
    Chicago Tribune

    The progression of civil rights for black Americans is not like climbing a staircase, where the next step orderly follows the one before, the ascent certain if slow.

    For African-Americans, even the most educated and affluent, the climb has been repeatedly interrupted by angry white people setting fire to the stairwell.

    In “The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era,” author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor chronicles the colored aristocracy’s brief taste of nearly equal citizenship in the nation’s capital in the late 1880s.

    In doing so, she dismantles the narrative of black Americans post-Civil War as a pitiful mass of slavery’s survivors, destitute and undereducated. Particularly in East Coast cities, the black elites formed social and literary clubs, threw elegant galas, had summer homes and sent their children to the most selective colleges.

    Taylor’s protagonist is Daniel Murray, born free in Baltimore in 1851. He became an entrepreneur, self-taught historian and staunch civil rights activist. He developed real estate, ran for office, petitioned presidents and was a patron of the arts.


    “They saw themselves as cultural brokers,” writes Taylor, “their success and gentility would inspire the black masses while proving to whites that, given education and opportunity, all African Americans would follow in their footsteps.”

    Their mission was futile and as naive as respectability politics always is. Black excellence, then and now, proved no match for racism.

    In the late 19th century, African-American congressmen from the South began to be replaced by white men. And when President William McKinley sought to appease Southern legislators under the guise of national unity, he welcomed in the virulent racism they brought with them and allowed it to spread throughout the country. Integrated restaurants and hotels were segregated. Federal appointments for black men to stable jobs became scarce. And in 1883, the Supreme Court gutted the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which had guaranteed access to public accommodations regardless of race.

  17. rikyrah says:


    If interested:

    Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
    Kindle Edition
    Sold by HarperCollins Publishers

    On sale for $ 1.99 at Amazon right now.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Y’ALL didn’t tell me that Meeks has been on Bernie’s azz since 2016😂😂

    Dem Rep.: Where Were the Staffers of Color for All Sanders’ Years in Congress? via @mediaite

  19. rikyrah says:

    Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) Tweeted:
    I handed @CFPBDirector Kraninger a calculator and asked her to calculate the APR on a payday loan. She couldn’t. And she’s supposed to be the top government official protecting consumers from predatory lending practices?

  20. rikyrah says:

    Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) Tweeted:
    I handed @CFPBDirector Kraninger a calculator and asked her to calculate the APR on a payday loan. She couldn’t. And she’s supposed to be the top government official protecting consumers from predatory lending practices?

  21. rikyrah says:

    Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) Tweeted:
    On immigration, does @JulianCastro believe in abolishing ICE?

    “I believe in breaking it apart and reconstituting it.”

    If people think abolishing ICE means no more enforcement, “then no. We’re always going to have enforcement.” It will be more “compassionate,” he says. #SXSW19

  22. rikyrah says:

    Pragmatists and Moderates Must Take a Stand for Democracy and for the Democratic Party


    But at the end of the day, in all truthfulness, the ideologues get away with hogging the limelight and the microphone because we, the pragmatists who outnumber them 5:1, let them. We, the pragmatists who understand that government is to be used to do good things and not just talk about breaking things, see ideologues, who are a small minority within our movement, harass and hound the rest of us and we decide it’s not worth standing up and dogwalking them. We see them peppering the rest of us about what they want and decide we’d rather not get into a fight about how to accomplish things. We allow them to pretend that “feeling” resolutions that take no legal steps, spend no money, mandates no action, is somehow an audacious and ambitious plan to fight a planetary existential threat.

    We don’t assert our claim on a movement that we comprise the vast majority of, and we let the ideologues represent a movement they clearly do not. We act like we’re the minority, and we surrender to the ideologues whatever they want, including the fantastical claim that they, the 15%, and not us, the 80%, are the righteous gatekeepers of what even counts as progressive.

    Stop. We need to stop. Pragmatists and moderates need to stop ceding ground to extremist ideologues. We need to take back our movement, our party, our country. We need to speak up so that conversations in person and on social media do not feel like a void being filled by high pitch decibels from ideologues from either side. We need to warn that Donald Trump is the logical conclusion to ideological extremism. We need to act. We need to recruit candidates, volunteer, donate. We need to demand that the media give voice to the 4 in 5 pragmatists in our movement rather than allowing the 1 in 7 ideolgues to suck out all the oxygen. We need to support the media that does so, and politicians who care more about results than about screaming matches.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Women’s Health Care and Medicare for All: No Deal Without Abortion Coverage

    Abortion is one of the ten most common medical procedures performed in the United States. There are more abortions each year than blood transfusions or knee replacements. It’s high time we started treating abortion without the usual taboos and with the respect, dignity and deference it and the women who choose it deserve.

    Today, March 10, is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. In preparation, I have been conducting some interviews that I plan on publicizing throughout the month.


    As you can hear me say at the end of this clip, I agree. We cannot accept any plan that compromises away medical care for women, specifically abortion care. Today in many states abortion is paid for privately and through charitable funding as those states ban the use of Medicaid money to pay for abortions, and some states, like Texas, even bans insurance companies in the state from covering abortion. The government has no business practicing medicine.

    The newest Medicare for All plan, unveiled by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, does cover abortion. However, Congress has, for decades, attached riders to all federal funding bills barring federal dollars from paying for abortions. This is known as the Hyde amendment.

    If and when Democrats are in a position of power to make changes to health care again, abortion funding is likely to become a contentious issue. Already, a few grassroots folks who back Bernie Sanders’ presidential ambitions have told me that they want single payer health care, and abortion funding is not that important, that it would be worth trading away coverage for abortion in order to eliminate insurance companies.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) Tweeted:
    This would be a very big deal, and would presents a real possibility of reducing the undemocratic impact of the Electoral College. As Rachel @Maddow would say, “watch this space…” More on Delaware’s vote here:

  25. rikyrah says:

    WGBY (@wgby) Tweeted:
    Here’s a preview of Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, a new series hosted by @HenryLouisGates. The documentary series will tell the full story of this misrepresented and misunderstood chapter of American history. #ReconstructionPBS

  26. rikyrah says:

    Absolutely outrageous 😠😠😠

    Miss InsulinDependent (@msinsulindpndnt) Tweeted:
    Picking up my insulin:

    Pharmacist: (finds rX, frantically reenters info in cash register, nervously steps back) Um, it’s $728.40, did u want it?

    Me: yes, I *need* it.

    P: (lowers eyes) Right. Insulin. I’m so sorry.

    We’ll do this sad little dance again next month. #insulin4all

  27. rikyrah says:

    Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) Tweeted:
    Big Mueller week here – By Friday, Paul Manafort will know his full prison term; Roger Stone will know when his trial starts; and status reports will be turned into court saying whether Michael Flynn and Rick Gates are still cooperating. @politico

  28. rikyrah says:

    Peter Daou (@peterdaou) Tweeted:
    The entire national debate is conducted on the right’s terms and with their frames.

    Are Dems all socialists?
    Are Dems anti-Semitic?
    Do Dems favor infanticide?

    Instead of:

    Are Repubs authoritarians?
    Why do Repubs kidnap migrant babies?
    Why do Repubs shrug at gun massacres?

  29. rikyrah says:


    Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) Tweeted:
    A black man in St. Louis:
    – shot in the back
    – over a parking space
    – by a person with a permit to carry
    – while driving for a firm run by the wealthiest living American
    – … and the firm didn’t enroll him in its health insurance.

    It’s like a Lego tower of America’s social ills.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Fandango (@Fandango) Tweeted:
    #CaptainMarvel went higher, further, faster than any female-fronted film before it; it earned $153M over its 1st US weekend and globally—at $455M—became the biggest worldwide opening of all time for a female-fronted film, as well as the 2nd largest comic book opening gross ever.

  31. rikyrah says:

    ReclaimingMyTime (@MonieTalks_1) Tweeted:
    Cenk Uygur was writing about his opposition to Affirmative Action & his stance as a “deficit hawk” during the last administration, He also named Ron Paul one of this most admired politician in recent years. The same Ron Paul who published rabidly racist newsletters. So stop.

  32. rikyrah says:

    The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) Tweeted:
    @RealSaavedra Really? Okay, here goes.
    Racism: Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act. The drug war targeted non-whites, punishing them far more severely. He demonized people on welfare and gutted programs to help minorities.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Gina Harkins (@GinaAHarkins) Tweeted:
    Another active-duty Marine is officially under investigation for his alleged ties to a white-supremacist group. The Hawaii-based Marine’s alleged posts were first shared by @DEdwardBeck

  34. rikyrah says:


    NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) Tweeted:
    A Pennsylvania man claims he was cleaning out an old videotape collection inside his home when he found a tape of a man who appeared to be R. Kelly sexually abusing girls:

  35. rikyrah says:

    Fighting Back: What Vanity Fair and Vox Get Wrong About The Clinton-Sanders Divide

  36. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane with the truth👏👏👏

    This thread

  37. rikyrah says:

    reptile that he is…has been exposed even more😠

  38. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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