Lynching

Yes, everyone has the right to swing their fist; but no one has the right to swing their fist at my nose. The previous statement is a reworking of the old saw—your rights end at the tip of my nose, but vaccinated Americans need to reiterate their rights to life...

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  • September 29, 2021

I took a moment, in the interest of “fair and balanced” reporting, to tune into Fox News’ coverage of the opening of the 1/6 Committee hearing, last week. Of course, the scrolling chyron across the bottom of the screen calling it the Pelosi Committee was an obvious attempt to prejudice...

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  • August 2, 2021

The simplest explanation for lawyer Michael Godwin’s law is that the longer a debate or disagreement extends, it will eventually devolve into an unfounded comparison to Hitler and the Nazis. Godwin’s Law is a current topic because of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Marjorie Taylor Greene may have decisively proved...

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  • May 26, 2021

Oklahoma’s right-wing politicians would like to erase history because that’s what they do, whether it’s the omission of facts or rewriting them to favor those in power. Historical guilt and its associated media effects cooties can’t be part of public school curricula. H.B. 1775  implies that the past prior to 1776...

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  • May 24, 2021

Voter rights legislation is winding its way through Congress with the foregone conclusion that Senate Republicans will scuttle it. Equitable voting rights legislation for blacks in America has been a 400-year exercise in hypocrisy. One man, one vote has been turned on its head so often, Ringling Bros. should have...

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  • May 19, 2021

Senator Tim Scott was willing to allow the Republican Party to make him a sacrificial lamb. Tiffany Cross called out Scott like no other. Tiffany Cross makes minced meat out of Tim Scott’s silly statement. See full episodes here. Tiffany Cross was justifiably not kind to Tim Scott. Nor should...

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  • May 2, 2021

I’m not sure if I liked Republicans better when they were secretly racist or if it’s better now that they’ve decided to wear their racism on their sleeves. Seriously, the way Tucker Carlson is going lately, I expect him to show up on the air in a Waffen SS uniform any...

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  • April 17, 2021
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This is a bad place in history. Apparently half of the GQP thinks the 1/6 insurrection was left-wing activists trying to make Trump “look bad”, accordingly, MSM thinks Biden has “tamed” the left. The administration’s warm relationship with the left is one of the most surprising aspects of the Biden presidency, particularly...

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  • April 6, 2021

Yesterday the state of Georgia defined election integrity as—black people not voting. Republicans love to throw around the image of liberal politicians in hemp-filled rooms manipulating the lives of “real Americans.” Well last night, in a guarded room, Georgia governor Brian Kemp, flanked by a clique of hoodless, conveniently masked...

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  • March 26, 2021

I could spend a lot of time making statistical comparisons about the influx of immigrants at the border starting with the George W. Bush administration through the Trump administration. If that were the real issue, Joe Biden’s current border dilemma numbers would compare favorably. Now that human decency has become solely...

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  • March 22, 2021

So much thick-headed media activity this past week. OTOH Chuck Todd panders to the center again, or perhaps it's the college drop-out demographic. x A @MeetThePress fail today: talking about anti-Asian violence and racism – without any Asians on the panel. I can’t imagine MTP having a discussion about anti-Black...

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  • March 22, 2021

Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy evoked lynching at Anti-Asian American violence at the hearing. Activist Actor speaks on invisibility. Erasing insurrection? Republican Congressman Chip Hoy evokes lynching x YouTube Video Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254...

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  • March 18, 2021

Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy exposed his true racist feelings unapologetically today at the Anti-Asian American Violence hearing. Congressman Chip Roy made it clear he is a racist See full episodes here. Chip Roy made his racist comments and comments that seem to encourage violence at the House Judiciary Committee hearing,...

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  • March 18, 2021

The past two days of Senate committee hearings about the Capitol riot have revealed that the GOP is openly excusing racists. From the unctuous Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) adopting the smug role of victim, Republicans are all but standing on their desk and yelling, but what...

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  • March 3, 2021

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • November 7, 2020

Some good news today out for South Carolina courtesy of Data For Progress: x #SCsen:Harrison (D) 47% (+1)Graham (R-inc) 46%@DataProgress/@IndivisibleTeam (D) LV, 10/8-11https://t.co/TEi0L5YL4G— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 14, 2020 In South Carolina, Democrat Jaime Harrison, the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, is going up against incumbent Republican...

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  • October 14, 2020

My sympathies to the family of Justice Gingsburg’s family.  My further sympathies for our daughters and granddaughters, POC and the disabled.   Meet  Barbara Lagoa:   He and DeSantis working hand in hand on this one.  She is a real piece of work regarding voting rights. slate.com/… One of Trump’s Top SCOTUS...

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  • September 22, 2020

Rand Paul encounters “angry mob” on the way back from meeting with crazed mobsters. x Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August...

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  • August 28, 2020

This title is not meant to take away from Black Lives Matter.  In fact, it is meant to do just the opposite.   John Lewis was a man who knew Voting rights and the power of the vote.  John Lewis is no longer with us but the spirit of his convictions...

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  • August 20, 2020

“Shpilkes” is a good old Yiddish word meaning “agita” — which is a good old Italian word meaning nerves, anxiety, agitation, butterflies in the stomach. In whatever language, it’s what the GOP (Grumpy Obstreperous Party) leadership is feeling these days. And not just about losing the White House, but about...

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  • July 8, 2020

Trump got himself elected in large part by playing on this country’s racism, exploiting resentment over Barack Obama for not only being the nation’s first Black president, but for being mostly successful at it. He made his opening political gambit with his “birther” claim that Obama was really born in...

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  • July 4, 2020

When you reach the point where absurdity obscures reality, we generally call that jumping the shark. The history behind the phrase dates back to an episode of the tv show Happy Days. Arthur Fonzarelli, The Fonz, dressed in his trademark leather jacket and shorts jumped a shark while water skiing....

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  • June 22, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from Mike Espy’s (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: I must admit that I am a little ashamed that I am writing you an email about making lynching a federal crime in the year 2020. I believe this is something that should have been in place a long...

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  • June 19, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s (D. NJ) re-election campaign: Since the tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, the calls for justice have been loud and clear. Now is the time for policy change and legislative action. That's why I'm a partner in...

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  • June 13, 2020

Trump’s doing the best he can to try to make his election about whiteness, and ax handles do have a meaning in the 1960s. Dixiecrat Lester Maddox was Georgia governor in 1968, and Trump is still crudely trying to use Nixon’s Southern Strategy with all its referents. Future Gov. Maddox (right) brandishing a...

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  • June 12, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D. DE) re-election campaign: People across our nation are hurting. After the brutal killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis (adding to the long list of other Black Americans who have been unjustly murdered), millions of Americans have united in...

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  • June 11, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: Yesterday, Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus, announced sweeping legislation to reform policing in America. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is an important step forward in re-imagining policing and holding law enforcement accountable...

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  • June 9, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Friend — This morning, House and Senate Democrats announced a new bill that could bring transformative change in policing. I am proud to join the Congressional Black Caucus, the House Judiciary Committee, and Senators Cory Booker and...

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  • June 9, 2020

NOTE: I would like to apologize for the use of some archaic language and painfully explicit descriptions in what follows. Difficult as it is to read, I believe it helps highlight true horrors in our past that Americans must confront. Even before the first protesters demanding justice for all took...

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  • June 7, 2020

The contradictory reality-TV of the GOP — Trumpist regime: Jason Miller, who had an extramarital affair and a child with AJ Delgado during the 2016 campaign is now back in Trumpland. x And now I will look at the recent tweet history of @AJDelgado13 and … oy, someone saw the news. And...

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  • June 5, 2020

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, on the heels of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling episode, commented in 2018 on the opinions of basketball players, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. Both Durant and James commented harshly and profanely about the leadership of President Trump, to which Ingraham famously said, “ shut up and...

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  • June 4, 2020

Since Donald Trump is about as soothing as a ghost pepper enema, this is no surprise. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be outraged. The Rev. Al Sharpton interviewed George Floyd’s brother Philonise on MSNBC earlier today, and guess what? Trump flubbed his condolence call, coming off as neither empathetic...

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  • May 30, 2020

I was sitting outside on the patio tonight and boy did I have a huge reflection hit me.   I hear a lot of young folks complain about boomers.  This is not a pie fight, just a little reminder of what we have been through.   You young folks have some real...

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  • March 21, 2020

For the past four days, I have heard Trump loyalists like Wilbur Ross and Larry Kudlow, disaffected Republicans like Megan McCain and Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, ‘woke’ or former  Republicans like Nicolle Wallace and David Jolly use the phrase, “ this is not political.” What they all have been talking about is...

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  • February 28, 2020

It was either three years prior to her birth, or when my great-grandmother (GG) was three years old, that the Wright Brothers flew for 12 seconds in a field just outside Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  My late great-granny was born at home in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, sometime between December...

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  • February 24, 2020

Today was a weird day as the Trump campaign tried to accuse minority whip of advocating an IMPOTUS lynching, reminding us of the George W. Bush campaign's use of push polling to plant the idea that John McCain had a secret, illegitimate black child. Like the CT of pedophile rings in the basements of pizza...

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  • December 20, 2019

As many of you know, the filibuster has been the top issue for me in the 2020 Democratic Primary. I support Elizabeth Warren because she has called for eliminating the archaic 60 vote rule that has constantly killed progress time and time again. Her, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro,...

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  • November 11, 2019

Nancy Pelosi called the GOP's impeachment bluff this week, and in doing so she completely undercut the “process” attacks they have been making about the House inquiry. Demanding that a formal House vote be held on impeachment, Republicans have insisted the lack of a vote represents a tell-tale sign that...

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  • October 29, 2019

The racial slot machine Donald Trump has used, since he trundled down an escalator in the late Spring of 2015, reached its’ newest low yesterday.  Starting in the late 1880s through the 1960s, when black lives were deemed even worth counting, over 4,700 lynchings took place in the United States....

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  • October 23, 2019

Other than a rhetorical diversion into the use of “lynching”, Lindsey Graham is one of a few Senate Republicans unencumbered by the possibility of sitting as an impeachment juror. RWNJ pundits have taken to attacking Graham to fill the space of media reaction and in the absence of many Trump...

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  • October 23, 2019

A steady rise in sentiment for impeaching and removing Individual-1, as today marks the first day he has used “lynching” in a tweet.  x CNN poll – highest level of support for impeaching and removing each president: Clinton 29W Bush 30Obama 33Trump 50 This is one case where Trump can...

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  • October 22, 2019

To many, Omaha Nebraska is where you could buy insurance from the company that sponsored the Wild Kingdom TV show.  Henry Fonda and Johny Carson were from Omaha.  The liberal billionaire, “Oracle” Warren Buffet, lives in Omaha. Yet for 50 years, Omaha also became the most segregated city in the US,...

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  • September 22, 2019

The assistant finance director for Florida’s Seminole County Clerk of Courts was once a man named Stan McCullars. Emphasis on “was.” A little background: In January 2017, Aramis Ayala became Orange-Osceola State Attorney. She’s also the first African American to hold the office in the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, this historic achievement has been...

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  • April 27, 2019

Received this e-mail from Democracy for America in support of Mike Espy’s (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: Five hundred and eighty one. That’s the number of lynchings that occurred in Mississippi between 1882 and 1968. Five hundred and eighty one mothers lost their sons. Five hundred and eighty one fathers...

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  • November 21, 2018

AUTHOR’S NOTE #1: This story does not make or imply any endorsement by Bob Uecker, the Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball, or the Miller Brewing Company, and is reflective of the opinions of the author of this story and no other individual or organization. Many people who are older than...

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  • November 12, 2018

Unfriggin’believable. x Hold up. Hold up. Stop EVERYTHING. A sitting United States Senator, IN MISSISSIPPI just said “If he invited me to a public hanging I’d be on the front row.” REALLY? She just said this in the heart of lynching country. SHE’S RUNNING AGAINST A BLACK MAN! Unthinkable. https://t.co/UTfKiVsF0P...

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  • November 11, 2018

Botham Jean was shot in his own home by an off duty Dallas cop who claimed she thought she was in her apartment but who told conflicting stories about how this supposedly happened. This was sufficiently bizarre that the Dallas PD turned over the investigation to the Texas Rangers who dutifully...

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  • September 14, 2018

In an age of “both sides do it” and “teach the debate,” some issues are simply black and white. So it was this week in Alabama, where truth and myth, hate and hagiography collided in two stories of the ongoing legacy of the Civil War and white supremacy. On Monday,...

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  • April 29, 2018

In “Donald Trump is the First White President,” Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a tour de force take down of the always absurd argument that Trump’s presidential victory was attributable to economic anxiety of the White working class, as opposed to plain old, ingrained White racism: The triumph of Trump’s campaign of...

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  • September 7, 2017

There is a rather disconcerting idea touted by so-called progressives on the order of: Islamophobia is on the rise in the West: most particularly in Europe and the United Sates. The idea itself presupposes that there is such a phenomenon as Islamophobia and that it is some nefarious and specious...

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