Friday Open Thread | Don’t Question Black Patriotism

Just thought that I would begin today with a positive story. Bravo, gentlemen, and thank you. Donโ€™t ever talk to me about Black Patriotism. We have served this country from the very beginning.



11 brothers from Alabama, 158 years of US military service

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) โ€” The sons of Ben and Hattie Davis give special meaning to the term โ€œband of brothers.โ€
Eleven in all, their combined 158 years of service to the U.S. military make them brothers in arms as well as brothers raised on a family farm in rural Alabama.
Seven of the 11 gathered in mid-July at a hotel and casino in Mississippi for a reunion thick with brotherly love and military pride. They laughed together, told stories from their days growing up and serving the country and reminisced about what it was like to be black in the U.S. military in the 20th century in America.
But in the end, they talked less about racism than the lack of respect all veterans feel from their fellow Americans.
โ€œBeing in the military, it was a fine thing,โ€ said Lebronze Davis, who fought in the Vietnam War and has survived cancer and heart surgery. โ€œWe all think weโ€™ve done an outstanding job.โ€
In 2017, the Davis men were honored by the National Infantry Museum Foundation. The names of the 11 brothers and their uncle are engraved on four paving stones installed at the museum.
โ€œWhat these brothers did out of love for both family and country is nothing short of remarkable,โ€ foundation president Pete Jones said in a statement to The Associated Press. โ€œTheir sense of duty is unrivaled, and is the kind of spirit that makes our nationโ€™s armed forces the greatest in the world.โ€
Sixteen siblings โ€” the 11 veterans, plus three sisters and two brothers who did not enter the military โ€” grew up on a 60-acre (24-hectare) cotton farm in Wetumpka, Alabama, where their parents worked hard to put food on the table. Mom was the disciplinarian, dad had a softer approach.
โ€œTheir moral and ethical values were pristine,โ€ said Arguster, the youngest at 67 years old.
When the boys graduated high school, it seemed natural to enter the military.

Military experience runs long in the Davis family. The brothersโ€™ uncle, 99-year-old Master Sgt. Thomas Davis, survived Pearl Harborโ€™s surprise attack.
Ben Jr. was the first brother to enlist. He joined the Navy in 1944, while World War II was still raging.
Arguster served in the Air Force for four years and then the Air Force Reserve until 1998.
Lebronze, 70, saw the heaviest fighting of the group: He survived jungle ambushes as an Army soldier in Vietnam, where he developed advanced napping skills.
โ€œI can go out in any bushes and sleep like a Holiday Inn,โ€ Lebronze said. โ€œYou learn how to do it because you are so tired. But guess what, you can hear a gnat go by you.โ€
The brothers talk often, and try get together every year. This year, seven of them traveled to Tunica, Mississippi, for some gambling and buffet action to celebrate three July birthdays. They spoke with an Associated Press reporter in a meeting room at the Horseshoe hotel.
The Davis roll call features a mix of personalities.

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70 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Don’t Question Black Patriotism

  1. rikyrah says:

    Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) Tweeted:
    Nothing different, white progressives have convinced themselves that attacking Obama is a good primary strategy. Its like Black folks donโ€™t exist. They should come to a Black church in the south and say what theyโ€™re saying #onhere

  2. rikyrah says:


  3. rikyrah says:

    Does anyone watch the CBS Summer Fluff Adventure series Blood and Treasure?
    I’m surprised that I like it as much as I do.
    If anyone else watches:
    I was surprised by the turn of events last night. I never saw him being the truly bad guy, over it all. When he killed the woman at the end, I was like ….WHAT?

  4. Murderers belong in prison. That’s where Daniel Pantaleo should be. But white supremacy!

  5. Folks are tearing McConnell a new one with Moscow Mitch!

  6. rikyrah says:

    Tsunami warning for Indonesia :(

  7. Breaking

    A disgrace it took this long to be fired. And it took 5 years? Daniel Pantaleo should be in prison for murder.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) Tweeted:
    I’ve often read descriptions like “Midwestern, All American type” & I know damn well they dont mean me or my family. We are from Omaha, Nebraska. Dont get more middle America than that. And we’ve been there for over a century ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿค”

  9. rikyrah says:

    Yesterday, I went to the recital for Peanut’s Summer Dance Camp. I thought back to when I was a girl and had dance recitals, and you can see how things have so fundamentally changed, with regard to beauty, and its standards. When I was a girl, our mothers would have spent the day, taking us to the beauty shop to get our hair permed or pressed, and we ‘ better not’ mess with it. I felt like crying yesterday, watching all those beautiful Black girls, 85-90% had some variation of natural hair. The girls were allowed to have their hair in buns or ponytails. The number of beautiful single Afro-Puffs, to braids made into a bun, or twists up into a bun, or braids/twists pulled back into a ponytail. The standard for beauty has absolutely changed, and I see that as nothing but a positive for Black girls. :)

  10. rikyrah says:

    Nearly half of all House Democrats support impeachment inquiry

    Joy Reid reports that the number of House Democrats who now support beginning an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump is now at 117, with 118 being the symbolically significant crossing of the line to support by a majority of the House Democratic caucus.

  11. rikyrah says:

    McConnell loses sense of humor over ‘Moscow Mitch” ahead of roast

    Joe Sonka, staff writer at Insider Louisville, talks about how Mitch McConnell has lost his sense of humor over criticism that he is blocking election security legislation in deference to Russia, and the likely abuse he’ll face at the upcoming Fancy Farm Picnic in Kentucky, a raucous political event where heckling is part of the tradition.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Manhattan D.A. subpoenas Trump Org beyond Barr’s protective reach

    Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks about the legal dynamics at play in breaking news that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has subpoenaed the Trump Organization as part of an investigation into hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, noting that the local jurisdiction is beyond Attorney General Barr’s reach and Trump’s pardon power.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Obama legacy takes friendly fire in debate attacks on Joe Biden

    Karine Jean-Pierre, chief public affairs officer for, and Adrienne Elrod, former senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign, talk with Joy Reid about how Democratic candidates, in the zeal to attack Joe Biden at the send primary debate, may have given fodder to the Trump campaign with their criticism of the Obama/Biden legacy.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Booker takes care to keep criticism of Biden apart from Obama

    Senator Cory Booker, 2020 Democratic candidate for president, talks about trying to win the support of African American voters, particularly when so many are backing former Vice President Joe Biden because of his affiliation with President Obama, and the need for Democrats to pick a candidate who can unify the party against Donald Trump.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Biden’s front-runner status makes him a target at second debate

    Joy Reid reports on the themes and points of contention among the Democratic 2020 presidential candidates at the second night of the Democratic Party’s second primary debate.

  16. Look at this trashy mofo, y’all. Beating up an old man. Who raised this monster? He need to get on fast track train to hell for this. Lock his no home training sorry ass up and toss the key.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) Tweeted:
    Do you know how much anger black women have to hide in this world that kicks us down every second?! We should be rewarded for staying as calm as we do but instead we just get high blood pressure and hypertension. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

  18. rikyrah says:

    Angry Black Woman ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 
    Phuck Outta Here ๐Ÿ˜  ๐Ÿ˜

  19. rikyrah says:

    Nothing but a muthaphuckin’ grifter ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

  20. rikyrah says:

    Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) Tweeted:
    I’ve heard from die hard Dems from all over the country who have volunteered for many elections who told me they shut off the debate or watched in anger. And this last debate lost 50% of its audience from the first one. Politics is about addition; the debates seem to be repelling

  21. rikyrah says:


    Unapologetic Madow Lover (@gabariskufilan) Tweeted:
    Women who desire to be childfree and single are more scrutinized than deadbeat dads who create broken families. Lol misogyny.

  22. rikyrah says:

    He needs an opponent…. like YESTERDAY ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

  23. rikyrah says:

    Kurt Nice (@KurtNiceHHL) Tweeted:
    My takeaways from the debates

    1. CNN earned its spot on the trash heap of media outlets.

    2. Bernie has no charm gene.

    3. Liz is woefully overrated after doing nothing more than hiding under Bernieโ€™s skirt.

    4. Biden and Kamala are the only ones getting hard personal questions

  24. rikyrah says:

    Needle of Arya (@Needle_of_Arya) Tweeted:
    “Vote blue, no matter who,” is coming a full presidential cycle too late, mainly from people who didn’t follow their own fkn advice WHEN IT ACTUALLY FKN MATTERED.

    So saying it this time to me gets on my last m-f-king nerve. Y’all had your chance to not have Trump the first time.

  25. Why is he gloating? Did he have something to do with it?

  26. rikyrah says:

    Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) Tweeted:
    Calling Obama a bad President is fine if you are going after the small leftist Twitter vote. If you actually need the Black primary voters in the south who determine the nominee its probably the worst strategy you could possibly have

  27. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) Tweeted:
    Let’s make it even simpler for Democrats:
    1. Tell us how Trump has failed and explain the danger of giving him four more years.
    2. Tell us how you’d fix what he has broken.
    3. Win and fight amongst yourselves later.
    Oh, and it would be helpful to focus on winning the Senate. :)

  28. rikyrah says:

    We don’t need this remake๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

  29. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) Tweeted:
    Will Hurd bailing on his seat is not a good sign for the Republican Party. It’s becoming a place where fewer and fewer people want to be, particularly people of color. His exit means Republicans will have exactly ONE black elected official in the entire congress: Sen. Tim Scott.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) Tweeted:
    Reminder: The only Republicans to cross party lines on the House bill that condemned as racist Trumpโ€™s attacks against four congresswomen of color: Rep Fred Upton, Susan W. Brooks (not running for re-election), Brian Fitzpatrick and Will Hurd (not running for re-election).

  31. rikyrah says:

    Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) Tweeted:
    Reminder: it was Hurdโ€™s specific q about Russian elex meddling that led to this striking response from Mueller:
    โ€œIt wasnโ€™t a single attempt. Theyโ€™re doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign.โ€
    Compare that to Rep. Radcliffeโ€™s line of questioning.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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