The sad story of George Stinney, Jr.

Yes, it is a sad and unjust story, which you’ve probably never heard about.

According to the “All That’s Interesting” website, “The youngest person in the United States to ever be put to death in the electric chair was an African-American 14-year-old named George Stinney, Jr. He was executed in the Deep South in 1944, in the midst of the Jim Crow era.”

“George Stinney Jr. lived in the segregated mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina, where white people and black people were separated by railroad tracks. Stinney’s family lived in a humble company house — until they were forced to leave when the young boy was accused of killing two white girls.”

“It took a jury of white men 10 minutes to find Stinney guilty — and it would take 70 years before Stinney was exonerated.”

“In March 1944, Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7, were riding their bicycles in Alcolu looking for flowers. When they saw Stinney and his younger sister Aime during their journey, they stopped and asked if they knew where to find maypops, the yellow edible fruit of passionflowers.”

“That was reportedly the last time the girls were seen alive.”

“Binnicker and Thames, who were white, never made it home that day. Their disappearance prompted hundreds of Alcolu residents, including Stinney’s father, to come together and search for the missing girls. It wasn’t until the next day when their dead bodies were discovered in a soggy ditch.”

“When Dr. Asbury Cecil Bozard examined their bodies, there was no clear sign of a struggle, but both girls had met violent deaths involving multiple head injuries.”

“Thames had a hole boring straight through her forehead into her skull, along with a two-inch-long cut above her right eyebrow. Meanwhile, Binnicker had suffered at least seven blows to the head. It was later noted that the back of her skull was ‘nothing but a mass of crushed bones.’”

“Bozard concluded that Binnicker and Thames had wounds that were likely caused by a ‘round instrument about the size of the head of a hammer.’”

“When Clarendon County law enforcement officers learned from a witness that Binnicker and Thames were seen talking to Stinney, they went to his home. There, George Stinney, Jr. was promptly handcuffed and interrogated for hours in a small room without his parents, an attorney, or any witnesses.”

“Police claimed that Stinney confessed to murdering Binnicker and Thames.”

“An officer named H.S. Newman wrote in a handwritten statement, ‘I arrested a boy by the name of George Stinney. He then made a confession and told me where to find a piece of iron about 15 inches long. He said he put it in a ditch about six feet from the bicycle.’”

“Newman refused to reveal where Stinney was detained, as rumors of lynching spread throughout the town. Not even his parents knew where he was as his trial quickly approached. At the time, 14 was considered the age of responsibility — and Stinney was believed to be responsible for murder.”

“About a month after the girls’ deaths, George Stinney, Jr.’s trial began at a Clarendon County Courthouse. Court-appointed attorney Charles Plowden did ‘little to nothing’ to defend his client.”

“During the two-hour trial, Plowden failed to call witnesses to the stand or present any evidence that would cast doubt on the prosecution’s case. The most significant piece of evidence presented against Stinney was his alleged confession, but there was no written record of the teen admitting to the murders.”

“By the time of his trial, Stinney hadn’t seen his parents in weeks, and they were too afraid of getting attacked by a white mob to come to the courthouse.”

“Following a deliberation that took less than 10 minutes, the all-white jury found Stinney guilty of murder, with no recommendation for mercy.”

“On April 24, 1944, the teen was sentenced to die by electrocution.”

“George Stinney, Jr.’s execution was not without protest. In South Carolina, organizers for both white and black ministerial unions petitioned Gov. Olin Johnston to grant Stinney clemency based on his young age.”

“Meanwhile, hundreds of letters and telegrams poured into the governor’s office, begging him to show mercy to Stinney. Stinney’s supporters appealed with everything from the basic idea of fairness to the concept of Christian justice. But in the end, none of it was enough to save Stinney.”

“On June 16, 1944, George Stinney, Jr. walked into the execution chamber at the South Carolina State Penitentiary in Columbia with a Bible tucked under his arm.”

“Weighing in at just 95 pounds, he was dressed in a loose-fitting striped jumpsuit. Strapped into an adult-size electric chair, he was so small that the state electrician struggled to adjust an electrode to his right leg. A mask that was too big for him was placed over his face.”

“An assistant captain asked Stinney if he had any last words. Stinney replied, ‘No sir.’ The prison doctor prodded, ‘You don’t want to say anything about what you did?’ Again, Stinney replied, ‘No sir.’”

“When officials turned on the switch, 2,400 volts surged through Stinney’s body, causing the mask to slip off. His eyes were wide and teary, and saliva was emanating from his mouth for all the witnesses in the room to see. After two more jolts of electricity, it was over.”

“Stinney was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. In a span of just 83 days, the boy had been charged with murder, tried, convicted, and executed by the state.”

“It was noted that a man named Wilford ‘Johnny’ Hunter, who claimed to be Stinney’s cellmate, said that Stinney denied murdering Binnicker and Thames.”

“He said, ‘Johnny, I didn’t, didn’t do it,’ Hunter said. He said, ‘Why would they kill me for something I didn’t do?’”

The bottom line, in my mind, is that whether 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr. was guilty or not, he was definitely treated very poorly and unjustly, and no 14-year-old should ever be given a death sentence.   

George Stinney, Jr.’s death definitely marked one of the darker days in the state of South Carolina’s history, and one of the darker days in the history of these United States as well.

You can say this happened 76 years ago, or you can say this happened only 76 years ago.  In either case, I think it’s fair to say that our country has come a long way since then, and that we will not see another case like George Stinney, Jr.’s again.

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The “1619 Project:” What the hell is it, and why the hell is it?

In a nutshell, the “1619 Project” is just more racially divisive, liberal propaganda…, but let’s dissect this “project” a bit more.

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This “1619 Project” may be something new for many of us, or something you may have heard about, but aren’t really sure what it is.  Or, you may think you know exactly what it is.

In any case, here’s what the 1619 Project is.

The 1619 Project is an ongoing project, developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 [Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson!], with the goal of “reframing American history” around slavery and the contributions of African Americans.

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Can we not properly reflect back about slavery, and highlight the contributions made to our country by African Americans, without “reframing American history?”

The answer, of course, is “yes…,” but not if you’re going to use these topics to push an anti-American agenda, and hopefully create racial divisiveness.

The project was timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the Virginia colony in 1619, and suggests that this date represents the “nation’s birth year,” not 1776.

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I cannot see how this could be the case…, in any case!

There was no “nation” present at the time to even be born.

Nor was there even any idea of an independent nation being conceived.

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The 1619 Project is an interactive project [not really] directed by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for The New York Times, with contributions by the newspaper’s writers, including essays on the history of different aspects of contemporary American life which the authors believe have “roots in slavery and its aftermath.”

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Hannah-Jones, who is supposedly an “investigative journalist,” has written about topics such as racial segregation, desegregation and re-segregation in American schools, and housing discrimination, civil rights, and social justice and injustice, and has spoken about these issues on national public radio broadcasts (NPR).

I would call her more of an opinion writer, or an historical fiction writer.

We know that some people see EVERYTHING through racial goggles.

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“The project” also includes poems, short fiction, and a photo essay. Originally conceived as a special issue of The New York Times magazine, for August 20, 2019, it was soon turned into a full-fledged “project,” including a special broadsheet section in the newspaper, live events, and a multi-episode podcast series.

The term “project” seems like it is being used as a cover word for what is an “indoctrination curriculum” and a propaganda vehicle.

The fact is, African Americans would like us all to think they make up about half of America’s population.

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But that simply is not the case.

In 1860, those of African descent accounted for about 14 percent of the population.  In 2020 they comprise about 13½ percent of the population.  Yet they would like their influence and representativeness to look more like 50 percent.

Joseph Carroll for the Gallup News Service reports that, “The latest U.S. Census findings on the increasing diversity of America have received considerable attention this year. Americans seem to realize that the United States is a diverse nation, but recent polling suggests the public thinks the nation is more diverse than it actually is. Americans generally overestimate, to a significant degree, the percentage of the U.S. population that is either Black or Hispanic.”

“Perhaps because lower-income and non-white Americans are more likely to come into contact with blacks and Hispanics, these subgroups are most likely to overestimate the U.S. black and Hispanic populations. The average non-white estimates that 40% of the U.S. population is black and 35% of the population is Hispanic. Americans earning less than $20,000 estimate the black percentage of the U.S. population to be 42%, and the Hispanic percentage to comprise 37%.”

Anyway…, getting back to “the project…”

“The project” has sparked criticism and debate among prominent historians and political commentators, however. In a letter published in The New York Times in December 2019, historians Gordon S. Wood, James M. McPherson, Sean Wilentz, Victoria Bynum and James Oakes expressed “strong reservations” about “the project” and requested factual corrections, accusing “the project” of putting ideology before historical understanding.

Really?!

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Imagine that!

Followers of MrEricksonRules already know that far be it for any liberal to let those nagging facts get in the way of their prescribed narrative!

In response, Jake Silverstein, the editor of The New York Times Magazine, defended the accuracy of the 1619 Project and declined to issue corrections.

What’d I tell you?!

Jake Silverstein probably still thinks “Russian collusion” is a factual thing!

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In March 2020, historian Leslie M. Harris, who served as a fact-checker for the 1619 Project, wrote that the authors had ignored her corrections, and was told that “the project” was a “needed corrective” to prevailing historical narratives.

Like I said, facts be damned!  The end justifies the means!

“Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary on the 1619 Project.

Oh…, of course she was!

Does winning a Pulitzer prize actually mean anything anymore?

Pulitzer prizes are now solely handed out to liberal propagandists as a reward for being good “useful idiots!”

“The project” addresses “the beginning of American slavery.” which it places in 1619.  It was launched in August 2019 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies and its legacy. The first enslaved Africans in the English colonies of mainland North America arrived in August 1619. A ship carrying 20–30 people who had been enslaved by a joint African-Portuguese war on Ndongo in modern Angola, landed at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.

“The project” was based on a proposal by Hannah-Jones to dedicate an issue of the magazine to a re-examination of the legacy of slavery in America, at the anniversary of the arrival of the first slaves to Virginia.

Please note, the truth is, these 20-30 slaves were brought here to be pedaled, THEY WERE NOT REQUESTED TO BE SENT HERE.

Michael Guasco for SMITHSONIANMAG.COM says, “As historian John Thornton has shown us, the African men and women who appeared almost as if by chance in Virginia in 1619 were there because of a chain of events involving Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and England. Virginia was part of the story, but it was a mere blip on the radar screen.”

The plan of “the project” was to challenge the notion that the history of the United States began in 1776.

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1776 is celebrated in the United States as the official beginning of the nation, with the Declaration of Independence issued on July 4, even though we did not officially declare nationhood with this act.

It wasn’t until 1783 that the colonies defeated the British to gain their independence.

And it wasn’t until 1789 that The Constitution was adopted, and George Washington became our first president.

The initial “project” quickly grew into an even larger project. “The project” encompasses multiple issues of the magazine, with related materials in multiple other publications of the Times as well as a project curriculum developed in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, for use in schools.

So, we’re going to be teaching this stuff in schools, even though, as stated before, “In March 2020, historian Leslie M. Harris, who served as a fact-checker for the 1619 Project, wrote that the authors had ignored her corrections, but that ‘the project’ was a ‘needed corrective’ to prevailing historical narratives,” and that “the project” was accused of “putting ideology before historical understanding.”

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The project employed a panel of historians and had support from the Smithsonian, for fact-checking, research and development. The project was envisioned with the condition that almost all of the contributions would be from African-American contributors, deeming the perspective of black writers an essential element of the story to be told.

Of course…, even though none of these contributors were actual slaves, nor were their parents…, but they were “an essential element of ‘the story’ to be told.

And, oh, what a “story” it was.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has made available free online lesson plans, is collecting further lesson plans from teachers, and helps arrange for speakers to visit classes. The Center considers most of the lessons usable by all grades from elementary school through college.

Wow…, this is really a full-blown indoctrination pity party, designed to make white people feel as guilty as possible, and black people to feel as victimized and as important as possible.

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According to Vox [an internet news site], as of August 19, 2019, the project, harshly criticized by some conservatives, had “largely earned praise from academics, journalists and politicians alike.”

Ahhh, the three liberal amigos! Always ready to worship at the altar of racism and social injustice.

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The positive reviews include the analysis by Alexandria Neason for the Columbia Journalism Review, and the review by Ellen McGirt, published in Fortune magazine which declared the project “wide-reaching and collaborative, unflinching, and insightful” and a “dramatic and necessary corrective to the fundamental lie of the American origin story.”

I guess that would depend on what “American origin story” you’re referring to.

Timothy Sandefur who deemed “the project’s” goal worthy, but observed that the articles persistently went wrong trying to connect everything with slavery. Phillip W. Magness who wrote that “the Project” provided a distorted economic history borrowed from “bad scholarship” of the New History of Capitalism (NHC), and Rich Lowry who wrote there was much truth and much to learn from in Hannah-Jones’ lead essay but it left out unwelcome facts about slavery, smeared the revolution, distorted The Constitution and misrepresented the founding era and Lincoln.

Is that all?

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The World Socialist Web Site criticized what its editors consider the Times’ reactionary, politically motivated “falsification of history” that wrongly centers around racial rather than class conflict, and published a series of interviews with prominent historians critical of the project.

Marxist political scientist Adolph Reed dismissed the 1619 Project as “the appropriation of the past in support of whatever kind of ‘just-so’ stories about the present are desired.”

Let’s be clear…, the socialists and Marxists like using African Americans when it’s convenient, but they definitely have their own agendas.

In February 2020, a rival project called the 1776 Project, published with the support of The Washington Examiner, was launched by a number of African American academics who dispute the narrative of the 1619 Project.

Hmmm…, well isn’t that interesting?

I’m sure they were quickly shuffled off to a corner of some unimportant library somewhere.

In December 2019, five leading American historians, Sean Wilentz, James McPherson, Gordon Wood, Victoria Bynum and James Oakes, sent a letter to the Times expressing objections to the framing of the project and accusing the authors of a “displacement of historical understanding by ideology.” The letter disputed the claim, made in the Hannah-Jones’ introductory essay to the 1619 Project, that “one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” The Times published the letter along with a rebuttal from the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jake Silverstein. Wood responded in a letter by saying, “I don’t know of any colonist who said that they wanted independence in order to preserve their slaves.  No colonist expressed alarm that the mother country was out to abolish slavery in 1776.” In an article in The Atlantic, Wilentz responded to Silverstein, writing, “No effort to educate the public in order to advance social justice can afford to dispense with a respect for basic facts.” and disputing the factual accuracy of Silverstein’s defense of the project.

The publication of the project received varied reactions from political figures.

And these reactions were split along party lines, as you would expect.

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris praised the project, in a tweet, stating “The #1619Project is a powerful and necessary reckoning of our history. We cannot understand and address the problems of today without speaking truth about how we got here.”

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Several high-profile conservatives criticized the project. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized the project as “brainwashing” and “propaganda,” in a tweet, and later wrote an op-ed characterizing it as “left-wing propaganda masquerading as the truth.” Republican Senator Ted Cruz also equated it with propaganda.

In July 2020, Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas proposed the “Saving American History Act of 2020.” prohibiting K-12 schools from using federal funds to teach curriculum related to the 1619 project, and make schools that did ineligible for federal professional-development grants. Cotton added that “The 1619 Project is a racially divisive and revisionist account of history that threatens the integrity of the Union by denying the true principles on which it was founded.”

But wait, there’s more.

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According to Desi Gomez of the Los Angeles Times, “The ‘1619 Project,’ the New York Times’ award-winning multimedia series that examines slavery’s lingering effects on contemporary life, is about to go widescreen with the help of Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate.”

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“Creator Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times Magazine, and the NYT will work with Winfrey and Lionsgate to adapt “The 1619 Project” into a set of feature films and television shows.”

“Hannah-Jones and Winfrey will produce all adapted content alongside Caitlin Roper, an editor of ‘The 1619 Project’ and head of scripted entertainment at the New York Times.”

“Winfrey expressed her honor to be involved in the adaptation in a tweet, recalling that she ‘stood in tearful applause for the profound offering that [the project] was giving our culture and nation.’”

“A timeline for its adaptation has not yet been revealed.”

I can’t wait.

Please remember, while whites in this country are berated on a daily basis by angry African Americans, that 360,222 men died, from the North, in the Civil War, to free the slaves and end slavery in America.

I wonder if that will make it into “The 1619 Project” movie anywhere?

 

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Mirror, mirror…

Yes…, mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most racist of them all?

YOU ARE, DEMOCRATS!

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According to Tyler Olsen of Fox News, “A group of Republican House members, led by Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas, introduced a resolution Thursday that would effectively ban the Democratic Party from the House or force a party name change over past slavery ties — a response to the recent efforts to remove tributes to past members of the Confederacy from the halls of Congress.”

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“It specifically cites the Democratic Party platform’s support for slavery between 1840 and 1856, and other racist actions by party members through the early-to-mid 1900s, before calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to ‘remove any items that names, symbolizes or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy’ from the House and its properties. The resolution also says such a party ‘shall either change its name or be barred from participation in the House of Representatives.’”

Dang, that Louis Gohmert is good!

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“Gohmert, in a statement accompanying the bill, told Democrats they should rebrand to ‘avoid triggering’ anyone.

That’s right, Louis!

I’m sure the democrats wouldn’t want to be responsible for forcing any of these snowflakes into a “safe zone!”

This is too good!

Please continue!

‘“As outlined in the resolution, a great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred,’ Gohmert said. ‘Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan.’”

Whaaaat?!

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Go Louis, go Louis!

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“He added: ‘To avoid triggering innocent bystanders by the racist past of the Democratic Party, I would suggest they change their name. That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur.’”

What goes around comes around!

Yeah, baby!

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“The resolution’s co-sponsors are Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Jody Hice, R-Ga., Randy Weber, R-Texas, and Andy Harris, R-Md.”

“It [the resolution] is unlikely to pass, but appears to be meant more as a criticism of allegedly ‘blatant hypocrisy’ around the House’s approval of a measure removing Confederate busts in the Capitol this week. Weber, speaking on the House floor after Gohmert introduced his resolution, criticized ‘cancel culture.’”

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‘“The cancel culture train, H.R. 7573, that passed yesterday, was wrong on a deep level. I’m not going to get on that cancel culture train that says we have to do away with any mention or remembrance of everybody or everything that we don’t agree with, or that might have said something we don’t like, didn’t like, or that might have stood for something that we don’t stand for,’ Weber said.”

“The legislation to remove statues of Confederates passed 301-113 earlier this week with 72 Republicans and Rep. Justin Amash, L-Mich., voting in favor of it.”

It seems to me that the history of the democrats is much more egregious than the issue of these confederate statues in the capitol building.

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Of course, there’ll be no mention of this on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, NPR, The Washington Post, or The New York Times.

Sometimes, propaganda by omission is the only way they can go.

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Is this a joke, or are these people just completely incompetent?

Oh, this is no joke.

What we have here is a combination of “racism fever,” complete incompetence, and sheer stupidity.

Laura Italiano of The New York Post writes, “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture has a little-known but controversial section on ‘whiteness’ that is creating a stir on Twitter.”

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I would say “creating a stir” is an odd choice of words.

Please continue with the rest of the blog, and then think about what these actions and statements cause you to think.

“The museum’s online description of the exhibit was tweeted out on Wednesday by Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner.”

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‘“The National Museum of African American History & Culture wants to make you aware of certain signs of “whiteness:” Individualism, hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, and more,’ York tweeted.”

Yes…, much more.

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“In an Examiner opinion piece on Thursday, York pointed out the oddity of so many universally positive attributes being ascribed to ‘whiteness.’”

‘“Most of the attributes listed seem to be a recipe for success for anyone,’ he wrote.”

‘“Certainly, millions of black Americans work hard every day, respect individual effort, plan for the future, are polite to others, and so on.  It seems odd to attribute that to “whiteness,” as opposed to, say, the everyday values of trying to lead a successful life.’”

Saying this is “odd” is quite an understatement.

These black Americans are obviously all “Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas,” Mr. York, and would not really be considered “black” by the likes of the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Colin Kaepernick, or even Joe Biden.

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‘“Yet according to the National Museum of African American History & Culture, “whiteness” it is.’”

“The original tweet had been retweeted, and liked, more than 22,000 times by Thursday afternoon.”

Who are these people “liking” this completely racist, bigoted and brainless determinations, be they white, black, or whatever?!

‘“Not gonna lie, they nailed us in the food section: “bland is best,”’ Washington Post data reporter and self-described ‘Born-again Minnesotan’ Christopher Ingraham quipped in response.”

I’m not gonna lie either…, you’re an idiot, Mr. Ingraham.

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When you were “born-again,” were you born without a brain?

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I can’t even begin to comment on the level of assumed stereotypical stupidness and self-importance that it took to make that comment.

Here we have ONE stupid white guy out of 220 MILLION white people, and he presumes to stereotype us all and speak for the entire white population.

All I can say is his level of stupidity is quite impressive.

BUT HE IS NOWHERE, NOWHERE NEAR THE LEVEL OF STUPIDITY DEMONSTRATED BY THESE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE PEOPLE!!!

Do these people working there have ANY qualifications?

Seriously.

Actually, I’m sure they all have very impressive educational resumes…, but what does that tell you about our institutions of “higher” learning?

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“On Thursday, York noted that the DC museum, one of the most successful in the Smithsonian system (at least with all of the liberal tools), gets $33 million in federal funding (I’m paying for this!) and has been supported by ‘the Lilly Endowment, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Express, Bank of America, 3M, Boeing, Michael Jordan, Kaiser Permanente, the Rockefeller Foundation, Target, UnitedHealth, Walmart, and many more.’”

You can’t get much more politically correct than donating tons of money to The National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Just sayin’.

And, how exactly do they measure being “successful?”

By the amount of money they manage to bring in, I assume.

It wouldn’t have anything to do with the quality of their exhibits or anything like that.

Marina Watts for Newsweek [sometimes referred to as “Weaknews”] added, “The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture recently unveiled guidelines for talking about race.”

How nice of you all to assume that responsibility!

And what an invaluable set of guidelines they are!

“A graphic displayed in the guidelines, entitled ‘Aspects and Assumptions of Whiteness in the United States,’ declares that rational thinking and hard work, among others, are white values.”

“In the section, Smithsonian declares that ‘objective, rational, linear thinking,’ ‘quantitative emphasis,’ ‘hard work before play,’ and various other values are aspects and assumptions of whiteness.”

I’m just trying to imagine the collection of racist idiots, sitting in a conference room somewhere inside the esteemed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, kicking around these “assumptions of whiteness.”

“They referred to the website’s page titled ‘Whiteness’ when asked for additional comment. The graphic was later removed from the page.”

I guess “taking responsibility” isn’t a quality that we should attribute to these representatives of African American culture either.

‘“White dominant culture, or whiteness, refers to the ways white people and their traditions, attitudes, and ways of life have been normalized over time and are now considered standard practices in the United States’ the introduction to the section reads. ‘And since white people still hold most of the institutional power in America, we have all internalized some aspects of white culture— including people of color.’”

“Another section says that white values include ‘steak and potatoes: bland is best’ and that white people have ‘no tolerance for deviation from a ‘single god’ concept.’”

“Other subsections deal with ‘family structure,’ ‘rugged individualism,’ ‘Protestant work ethic’ and ‘aesthetics [Concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art.].’”

“The ‘White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack’ section says that white people do not need to worry about certain things, such as doing things alone without being followed or harassed, along with feeling that their race is properly represented.

‘“Thinking about race is very different for nonwhite persons living in America,’ the Smithsonian site continues. ‘People of color must always consider their racial identity, whatever the situation, due to the systemic and interpersonal racism that still exists.’”

“On July 15, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture clarified their portal’s intentions and how readers should approach the information. ‘At a time when the soul of our country is being tested, our Talking About Race portal will help individuals and communities foster constructive conversations and much needed dialogue about one of our nation’s most challenging topics: Racism and its corrosive impact,’ the museum began a Twitter thread.”

I’m not sure about helping to “foster constructive conversations,” but I do know you’ve given us an example “racism and it’s corrosive impact.”

‘“America is once again facing the challenge of race, a challenge that needs all of our understanding and commitment,’ it continued. ‘Our portal was designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and how forces shape every aspect of our society.’”

In this regard, The National Museum of African American History & Culture has failed miserably.

Spencer Crew is serving as the Interim Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). He is also the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History at George Mason University.

As the Interim Director, he has some level of responsibility here.

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The Museum Council consists of:

 

Kenneth Irvine Chenault

Chair

Chairman and managing director, General Catalyst

 

Anthony Coles

Vice Chair of Advancement Committee

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cerevel Therapeutics

 

Franklin D. Raines

Vice Chair of Finance Committee

Former chairman and CEO, Fannie Mae; former director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

 

Ruth J. Simmons

Vice Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee

President, Prairie View A&M University; President Emerita, Brown University

 

Elizabeth Alexander

President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 

Rosalind Brewer

COO and Group President, Starbucks

 

Lonnie G. Bunch, III

Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

 

Laura W. Bush

Former first lady of the United States of America

 

Maverick Carter

Principal, LRMR Ventures

 

James I. Cash, Jr.

James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business School

 

Kenneth L. Coleman

Chairman, Saama Technologies, Inc.

 

Edith Cooper

Board Director, Etsy, Slack, and EQT Partners

 

Kenneth C. Frazier

President and CEO, Merck & Co.

 

LaTanya R. Jackson

Actress, director, and producer

 

Linda Johnson Rice

Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.

 

Robert L. Johnson

Founder and Chairman, The RLJ Companies; founder and former Chairman, Black Entertainment Television, Inc.

 

Quincy D. Jones

Producer and CEO, Quincy Jones Productions, Inc.

 

Ted Leonsis

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Monumental Sports

 

Doris Matsui (D-CA 6th District)

Member, United States House of Representatives

 

Brian T. Moynihan

Chairman and CEO, Bank of America

 

Charles Edwards Phillips, Jr.

CEO, Infor

 

General Colin L. Powell

Retired General, United States Army; former Secretary of State, United States of America

 

Earl W. Stafford

CEO, The Wentworth Group, LLC

 

Patrick Swygert

President emeritus, Howard University

 

Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation

 

Anthony Welters

Executive chairman, BlackIvy Group, LLC

 

Oprah Winfrey

Chairman and CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Harpo, Inc.

 

Robert L. Wright

Co-chairman emeritus, SENTEL Corporation

 

Emeritus Members:

Richard Dean Parsons

 

Below are the various curators at the museum:

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Jacquelyn D. Serwer, Chief Curator with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

They all appear very happy, and feeling they’re “all that.”

I would like to know which of these curators are responsible for this display of racist idiocy.

Whoever is responsible should be relieved of their duties at the museum.

The museum should also be issuing a formal apology.

I don’t actually expect either of these things to happen, but I think it is reasonable to expect, nonetheless.

 

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“Your words cut me deeper than a knife.” – Priyanshi Singh   

It’s true that words can “cut” us as sure as a knife can…, but only if we allow them to.

And in this case, it’s my belief that some people are self-inflicting their “wounds” where there need not be any.

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Korin Miller, for Yahoo, reports that, “The growing Black Lives Matter movement has caused many people to rethink how they approach several areas of life, seeping into company policies, police reform, entertainment and education, among other things. Now many of the words and phrases that we regularly use are getting revisited in an effort for linguistic equity.”

“Linguistic equity…,” interesting.

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I suppose, in a world where words and thoughts are more important, and dangerous, than actual actions, “linguistic equity” is a real issue.

And again…, please, please, please, please, please understand that “The Black Lives Matter movement” is not really worried about black lives.  The Black Lives Matter organization is only concerned with destroying America as we know it, and implementing their Marxist/communist ideals.

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All of this “background noise” is being generated by the useful idiots who think the Black Lives Matter organization really cares what they’re offended by.

“Several words that are a common part of the English language are getting reassessed for having racist undertones or origins.”

“Reassessed” by who?

Is there some “panel” of people who determine what is officially racist and what is not?

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“Among some of the more explicit racist terms are ‘master bedroom,’ which can evoke the imagery of master-slave relations on plantations.”

Oh…, “it can evoke the imagery.”

How dare they evoke that kind of imagery!”

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“Tech engineers have used the words ‘master’ and ‘slave’ to describe software and hardware in which one process controls another, and a ‘blacklist’ is a term that refers to a collection of people who are excluded.”

‘“The English language is filled with these references, and many people don’t even think twice about where they came from or what they mean,’ Kristen Syrett, presidential term chair in experimental linguistics at Rutgers University, tells Yahoo Life. ‘But what happens is that the language we speak, having had those influences in it, implicitly influences the way we think about people,’ she says.”

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I beg to differ, Professor Syrett. People will only be offended by these benign references in language if they are actively looking to be offended by terms that don’t intend to offend anyone.

And you are the “chair” in “experimental linguistics?”

I hope you don’t mind me asking, “What in the hell is experimental linguistics?”

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And the department is big enough that it needs a chairperson?

Just sayin’.

“The Houston Association of Realtors announced in late June that it would be replacing the term ‘master bedroom’ with ‘primary bedroom’ in its listings.”

Bravo!  Bravisimo, Houston Association of Realtors!

What a bold and life-changing step!

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“The Court of Master Sommeliers, a prestigious organization that grants the coveted title of ‘master sommelier’ to select wine experts, announced in a letter in late June that it would stop using the term ‘Master’ before a sommelier’s last name. ‘Part of what brought us all to the hospitality industry and to the Court of Master Sommeliers is a deeply ingrained desire to serve others. That desire we know was a crucial guiding light on our journey to becoming Master Sommeliers,’ the letter reads. ‘Let us use that light now to do our part to effect the change we know is possible and necessary.’”

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Really?

Are these people really serious?

“A leader on Twitter’s engineering team shared on the platform that the company would be dropping the use of the terms ‘master,’ ‘slave’ and ‘blacklist’ from its code, noting that ‘words matter.’”

I’m not sure where these words would appear in “its [Twitter’s] code,” but, whatever.

“How did these words become such a part of our culture, anyway?”

“This doesn’t just happen around subjects of race. Patriarchy, gender and other factors of everyday life also seep into language, Syrett says. ‘We take what’s familiar to us — our culture, our society and our immediate environment — and that finds its way into language,’ she says.”

Ohhhhh reeeeeally???!!!

And rightly so!

I can see now why you’re a professor in this area.

‘“It’s a very natural thing that happens, and we might not even think of it as being connected to relationships with people, but it infiltrates our language in subtle ways.’”

‘“Over time, people forget the origins of the word or maybe never even realized they existed in the first place,’ Syrett says.”

How is it possible to be offended by these words, then…, if these people never even realized the existence of the word’s origins…, unless they are mistakenly superimposing meaning onto words that have no intentions of offending anyone.

“These words are allowed to continue to exist because they indicate a larger societal problem,’ Gabriel Torres Colon, a cultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in race, politics, sports and intellectual history at Vanderbilt University, tells Yahoo Life. ‘The most important insight in the study of language and racism is that in order for racism to be embedded in language, linguistic terms need not be explicitly racist,’ he says. ‘This is an important point of departure because we need to be aware that when we debate the need to remove racist phrases from everyday language use, we are not necessarily addressing the entire problem of how racism is embedded in language.’”

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Thank you, Professor Colon.

I feel I am stupider now for having read that.

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“Explicitly racist words ‘always exist’ alongside ‘implicit linguistic racism,’ Torres Colon says. For example, he points out that there is a lot of attention right now on the term ‘master bedroom,’ but not as much on terms like ‘plantation shutters’ and ‘plantation’— and ‘colonial’-style homes, which he says are ‘equally as problematic.’”

No, Professor Colon, the only thing that’s “problematic” is your hyper-racial sensitivity that is seeing “racial ghosts” where there aren’t any.

“While words matter, Torres Colon says that actions carry an even greater impact.”

This guy is brilliant!

Brilliant, I tell you!

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‘“What is crystal clear is that there is no reason to believe that changing the way we speak will likely lead to measurable social change,’ he says.”

So, after all of this whining and crying, he’s now admitting that none of this will probably make any difference, socially, one way or another?

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It’s just such a typical, idiotic, liberal activist, social endeavor.

These professorial “experts” should maybe take a look in the mirror.

How about some potentially offensive terms that exist in their own world of education?

Like, Master’s degree.

Bachelor’s degree.

School Master.

Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior?  Why not just first year, second year, etc.?

Gender exclusive and discriminative fraternities and sororities.

Well…, if you’re going to go there, let’s go there.

 

From Merriam-Webster.com, let’s look at all of the possible definitions associated with the word “master.”

Master as a noun:

1a: (1): a male teacher

(2): a person holding an academic degree higher than a bachelor’s but lower than a doctor’s

also : the degree itself

b: often capitalized : a revered religious leader

c: a worker or artisan qualified to teach apprentices

d: (1): an artist, performer, or player of consummate skill

(2): a great figure of the past (as in science or art) whose work serves as a model or ideal

2a: one having authority over another : RULER, GOVERNOR

This decisive battle left him master of Europe.

b: one that conquers or masters : VICTOR, SUPERIOR

In the new challenger the champion found his master.

c: a person licensed to command a merchant ship

d: a person who is in control of something (such as a situation)

She wanted to be the master of her own fate.

e: an owner especially of an animal

They looked around for the dog’s master.

f: in historical contexts : the owner of a slave

g: an employer especially of a servant

h: (1)dialect : HUSBAND

(2): the male head of a household

3a(1)archaic : MR.

(2): a youth or boy too young to be called mister —used as a title

b: the eldest son of a Scottish viscount or baron (see BARON sense 2a)

4a: a presiding officer in an institution or society (such as a college)

b: any of several officers of court appointed to assist (as by hearing and reporting) a judge

5a: a master mechanism 1) or device

b: an original from which copies can be made

especially : a master recording (such as a magnetic tape)

 

Master as an adjective:

: being or relating to a master: such as

a: having chief authority : DOMINANT

b: SKILLED, PROFICIENT

a prosperous master builder

— Current Biography

c: PRINCIPAL, PREDOMINANT

d: SUPERLATIVE —often used in combination

a master-liar

e: being a device or mechanism that controls the operation of another mechanism or that establishes a standard (such as a dimension or weight)

f: being or relating to a master from which duplicates are made

 

Master as a verb:

1: to become master of: OVERCOME

Mastered his fears.

2a: to become skilled or proficient in the use of

master a foreign language

b: to gain a thorough understanding of

Had mastered every aspect of publishing.

3: to produce a master recording of (something, such as a musical rendition)

 

There are quite a few ways to take this word, aren’t there?

But not for these people.

For these racial “guard dogs,” focused on race and “racism” around the clock, “master” can only mean the “master” of a slave.

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You see, it doesn’t matter what anyone’s intentions are.  The only thing that matters is their perception.

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What if some people told you they were offended by the term “Black Lives Matter?”

I mean, who’s level of being offended trumps anyone else’s?

Where does it end?

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In a truly free country, you can choose to use, or not use, whatever words you want…, but you should not be free to impose your choices on anyone else.

 

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“Tis but thy name that is my enemy.” – Shakespeare

Yes…, your name, and your picture too!

According to Janine Puhak of Fox News, “Aunt Jemima is being rebranded with a new name and image, parent company Quaker Oats has announced, acknowledging that the face of the brand was ‘based on a racial stereotype.’”

“It was announced on Wednesday morning that the line of pancake mix, syrup, and other breakfast foods will be debut a new look as part of Quaker’s push to ‘to make progress toward racial equality.’”

‘“We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype,’ said Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker Foods North America, in a statement shared with Fox News. ‘As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers’ expectations.’”

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“Kroepfl added that while the parent company has tried to ‘update’ the Aunt Jemima brand through the years to be ‘appropriate and respectful,’ the time has come to scrap the current product in favor of a complete makeover.”

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‘“We acknowledge the brand has not progressed enough to appropriately reflect the confidence, warmth and dignity that we would like it to stand for today,’ Kroepfl stressed. ‘We are starting by removing the image and changing the name. We will continue the conversation by gathering diverse perspectives from both our organization and the Black community to further evolve the brand and make it one everyone can be proud to have in their pantry.’”

So, you want to “appropriately reflect the Black community?”

Maybe the new “Aunt Jemima” should be a rioter with a mask on?

Maybe on the back of the box, you could include instructions for making Molotov cocktails?!

“The 130-year-old breakfast brand’s logo features a black woman named Aunt Jemima.  The logo has evolved over time, with Quaker dropping Aunt Jemima’s kerchief in recent years, per NBC News.”

St. Joseph Gazette editor Chris L. Rutt and his friend Charles G. Underwood developed the pancake mix 1888 and later appropriated the “Aunt Jemima” name and image from lithographed posters seen at a vaudeville house, there, in St. Joseph, Missouri.

The inspiration for “Aunt Jemima” was Billy Kersands’ American-style minstrelsy/vaudeville song “Old Aunt Jemima”, written in 1875. The “Aunt Jemima” character was prominent in minstrel shows in the late 19th century.

“Aunt Jemima” is based on the common stereotype of the “mammy” character who was hired to do the cooking and housework, back in the day.

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The Quaker Oats Company purchased the Aunt Jemima Mills Company in 1926, and formally registered the Aunt Jemima trademark in April 1937.  It remains one of the longest continually running logos and trademarks in the history of American advertising…, at least up until now.

“Following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, however, social media critics denounced Aunt Jemima’s problematic history and demanded that Quaker make a change.”

“Social media critics?”

That’s liberal code for racial activists and propagandists.

“It was announced on June 17 that the line of pancake mix, syrup, and other breakfast foods will be debut a new look as part of Quaker’s push to ‘to make progress toward racial equality.’”

“The new packaging will be unveiled in fall 2020, with the product line’s new name revealed at a later date.”

Ooooh. I can’t wait!

Won’t it be great that the Black community will finally experience racial equality as a result of ditching Aunt Jemima?

“Through the next five years, Quaker said, the food conglomerate will donate at least $5 million to ‘to create meaningful, ongoing support and engagement in the Black community.’”

Translation:  Quaker will be donating $5 million to the democrat party…, for which none of the money will benefit the Black community directly.

“Earlier this year, Land O’ Lakes removed the ‘racist’ image of a Native American woman from its packaging, a logo featured on the butter brand’s label for nearly 100 years.”

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Again…, pathetic.  There was nothing “racist” about the image.

Let’s see…, who’s next?

The Lucky Charms’ leprechaun?

Colonel Sanders (an obvious plantation owner)?

Eskimo Pies?

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And what about sports team names?

The Washington Redskins?  This one should go.  Redskins?  Really?  And this is our nation’s capitols’ team?

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It doesn’t seem to bother these black guys.

The Cleveland Indians?  This one should go as well.

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The Atlanta Braves?  Debatable,

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish?  The Irish don’t seem to mind, sooo?

The Kansas City Chiefs?

The Chicago Blackhawks?

The Cleveland Browns?  Would The Washington Whites be okay?

The Redskin’s ownership has said they are finally ready to change their name.

Keep your eyes on the rest.  After the Redskins, the others will probably start dropping like flies as well.

Alexandra Deabler of Fox News reports that, “Uncle Ben’s rice may be getting a new logo after Quaker Foods announced it would be changing the name and image on its Aunt Jemima brand in a bid to “make progress toward racial equality.”

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“Mars Inc., which owns Uncle Ben’s, told Fox News on Wednesday that it was looking into updating the rice brand’s image.”

‘“As a global brand, we know we have a responsibility to take a stand in helping to put an end to racial bias and injustices,’ a spokesperson for Mars, Inc., said in an emailed statement to Fox News. ‘As we listen to the voices of consumers, especially in the Black community, and to the voices of our Associates worldwide, we recognize that now is the right time to evolve the Uncle Ben’s brand, including its visual brand identity, which we will do.’”

“Mars, Inc., meanwhile, has previously expressed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Ohhh, they support the Black Lives Matter movement?

Perhaps they should change the name to Uncle Karl’s and use the image of Karl Marx on their products?!

Black Lives Matter (BLM) isn’t really concerned about black lives at all.  They are only concerned with destroying America and establishing communist rule.

Mars, Inc. are obviously a bunch of uninformed and misguided fools.

‘“Racism has no place in society,’ the company said. ‘We stand in solidarity with the Black community, our Associates and our partners in the fight for social justice.’”

So, they’re saying every other race are racists, except blacks?

‘“We know to make the systemic change needed, it’s going to take a collective effort from all of us – individuals, communities and organizations of all sizes around the world.’”

FYI, Mars, Inc., the rest of the world really has no interest in doing anything about social injustice or racial inequality.

Just sayin’.

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Hey…, was Uncle Ben married to Aunt Jemima?!

“Since 1946, Uncle Ben’s products have carried the image of an elderly African-American man dressed in a bow tie, said to have been a Chicago maître d’hôtel named Frank Brown. According to Mars, Uncle Ben was an African-American rice grower known for the quality of his rice. Gordon L. Harwell, an entrepreneur who had supplied rice to the armed forces in World War II, chose the name Uncle Ben’s as a means to expand his marketing efforts to the general public.”

How dare they!

Maybe everything should be called “Rainbow” whatever?

Although, there isn’t any white in a rainbow.

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But there isn’t any black or brown in a rainbow either.

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So, “rainbow” wouldn’t work.

Maybe we should just package stuff in a plain white box or bag with plain black lettering?

Well, maybe not…, you know, the whole white and black thing.

Argh!  So, what are we to do?

Maybe just put everything in clear bags or boxes without any writing!

That way we can see what’s inside, and we don’t need any advertising or writing on the package!

In the case of pancake mix, we would just have to guess what the powder is.

Isn’t the advancement of civilization great?!

 

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Hey Yale, y’all got any more of that “veritas” (truth)?   

The “Yale” I’m referring to is, of course, Yale University.

You know…, THE “holier than thou” Yale University…, although most Yale’s administration and faculty would downplay any interest in God.

And THE “smarter than thou” Yale University.

And THE “more socially correct” and the more “politically correct” than you Yale University.

Yes…, that Yale University.

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This is also THE Yale University with like a $40 billion tax free endowment fund under its belt, but still found its way to inappropriately apply for the small business aid package from the government in response to the coronavirus effects on our economy.

This is also THE Yale University that felt it couldn’t afford to pay many of its “non-professorial,” servant class, employees during the covid-19 shutdown, even though the amount they would pay would be less that 1% of just the daily interest they earn on their endowment.

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From Yale’s own website, “…our school motto is “Urim and Thummim,” which is Hebrew for “Lux et Veritas,” which in turn is just Latin for “Light and Truth.” Emblazoned in the Yale seal, in these two ancient languages, the words convey the most concise and rudimentary expression of the University’s mission: to enlighten the minds of its young students and impart to them truth through knowledge.”

Ahhh, the truth.

The truth, in Yale’s case, and in the case of most of our schools of “higher learning,” is a moving target.

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The truth is in the hands of the disseminators, intent on influencing these young people.

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They are in fact squashing freedom of thought and poisoning these kids against their own country.

“Yale University traces its roots all the way back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a local college in the tradition of European liberal education.”

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They had no way of knowing how “liberal” that education would become!

“The school officially became Yale College in 1718, when it was renamed in honor of Welsh merchant Elihu Yale, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I.”

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A gift like that wouldn’t even get you in the front door these days!

And after 300 years of history, Yale University’s hypocrisy has finally come back around to bite it in its own, privileged, derriere.

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What we find at Yale is, “an astounding tale of slavery and deceit,” according to the “NewsMinute.com” (TNM) Staff.

“Following years of debate and protests, Yale University recently announced that it will rename one of its colleges named after John Calhoun, a former US vice-president, who is remembered as an advocate of slavery.”

Hmmm?  An advocate of slavery, and Yale felt it was wise to name one of its undergraduate colleges after him?

Interesting.

“The Calhoun College, one of the University’s 12 undergraduate residential colleges, will now be named to honor Grace Murray Hopper, a computer pioneer who went on to become a US Navy rear admiral.”

‘“The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly, but John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values,’ Yale President Peter Salovey said.”

And Yale just discovered “Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a ‘positive good?’”

That’s either not very scholarly, or it not only didn’t bother Yale until now, but they thought enough of him to name one of their school’s after him!

“Just last year, Salovey [Yale’s President] had said that the name of Calhoun college would not be changed.”

That’s quite defiant in your racism, Mr. Salovey.

“Referring to it [his comment about not changing the name], he told Yale News, ‘At that time, as now, I was committed to confronting, not erasing, our history. I was concerned about inviting a series of name changes that would obscure Yale’s past. These concerns remain paramount, but we have since established an enduring set of principles that address them. The principles establish a strong presumption against renaming buildings, ensure respect for our past, and enable thoughtful review of any future requests for change.’”

Well that’s a typical bunch of mealy-mouthed, liberal, gobbledygook.

“Founded in 1701, Yale is the third oldest institution of higher education in the United States.”

“The University got its name from Elihu Yale, a British merchant who served as the governor of the East India Company settlement in Fort Saint George in Madras, India.”

“Born in 1649 in Massachusetts, Yale moved to London with his family when he was around three years of age. After finishing his education, he started working for the East India Company in 1671, and reached Madras [a city in eastern India, now called Chennai] a year later.

“Though one of the most prestigious institutions in the world today bears his name [Yale University], Elihu’s reputation however was not exactly a good one.”

“This is how historian Vakula S. Varadarajan described Elihu, according to a piece in ‘The Hindu.’ ‘Arrogant, ruthless braggart (his garden-house was known for his scandalous relationships), Welshman Elihu Yale was born on April 5, 1649 in Boston, joined the East India Company in 1671, became president/governor of St George Fort in 1687, but was removed from the post for indulging in private trade.’”

“The reason for Elihu’s removal from office was self-aggrandizement at company expense. He was accused of amassing huge wealth, by cheating both his employers and the people of India, and made to pay a fine; he had to stay in Madras till 1699.”

“A blog titled ‘Elihu Yale was a Slave Trader’ on Digital Histories at Yale tells of a dark side of Elihu Yale that not many may know of.”

‘“In the 1680s, when Yale served on the governing council at Fort St. George on the Madras coast, a devastating famine led to an uptick in the local slave trade. As more and more bodies became available on the open market, Yale and other company officials took advantage of the labor surplus, buying hundreds of slaves and shipping them to the English colony on Saint Helena,’ it said.”

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‘“Yale participated in a meeting that ordered a minimum of ten slaves sent on every outbound European ship. In just one month in 1687, Fort St. George exported at least 665 individuals. As governor and president of the Madras settlement, Yale enforced the ten-slaves-per-vessel rule. On two separate occasions, he sentenced “black Criminalls” accused of burglary to suffer whipping, branding, and foreign enslavement. Although he probably did not own any of these people– the majority were held as the property of the East India Company– he certainly profited both directly and indirectly from their sale,’ it stated.”

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“Last year, when Yale announced the creation of a ‘Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming’, Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of the ‘New Criterion,’ in an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, wrote how Calhoun was just an ‘amateur’ when compared to Elihu [Yale].

‘“In the great racism sweepstakes, John Calhoun was an amateur. Far more egregious was Elihu Yale, the philanthropist whose benefactions helped found the University [Yale]. As an administrator in India, he was deeply involved in the slave trade. He always made sure that ships leaving his jurisdiction for Europe carried at least 10 slaves. I propose that the committee on renaming table the issue of Calhoun College and concentrate on the far more flagrant name, “Yale,’” he wrote.”

Wow.

Out of the millions and millions of people to name a college after, you picked thus guy?

And just a reminder to all of you “Yalies…,” I didn’t open this can of worms…, you and your liberal propagandist, gestapo, friends did.

Now you have to deal with it.

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May I suggest you change the university’s name to honor a proud, but not an elitist, Indiana family, from America’s heartland, which originally immigrated from Germany?

Specifically, you could honor a proud member of this family, Francis “Frank” Anthony Eff.

You could change your college’s name to Eff University…, or Eff U!

 

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Oh, Howard, you’re such a tool…, and such a fool!

Yes, Howard, you’re such a confused, racist, ignorant, liberal tool.

At least that’s what my anonymous sources tell me!

Hey…, if it works for The Washington Post, CNN, etc….

Yes, I’ve heard Howard Stern, and the cast of aging turds on his show, return to berating people who choose to not wear masks.

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They label these people as “irresponsible,” “dangerous,” and even as potential murderers!

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Just because they balk against the foolishness of wearing a mask 24/7.

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It’s mind-numbing how Howard and his sidekicks can say nothing about how dangerous rioters and looters are, and have been, in the City of New York and around the country, but God forbid some poor person chooses to not wear a stupid mask!

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The shame!

People can riot, loot, burn, vandalize, attack police officers and others without being arrested…, but don’t you dare refuse to wear a mask…, unless you’re a protester that is!

But it’s not just being a protester…, you have to be the right kind of protester, in their eyes.

Hey, I know!

Maybe what these people who don’t want to wear masks should do is, get some of their friends together, show up and protest the store, loot it, take what they want, and then burn it down!

That would be acceptable behavior in the eyes of these liberal zealots.

Anyway…, let’s get back to Howard.

I know Howard has been hiding in his home, deathly afraid of the coronavirus, for over three months.

And now, he finally has a valid reason to go into hiding!

According to Mike Fleming Jr. for “Deadline.com,” “The war of words between Howard Stern and his former friend (I believe using the word ‘friend’ is stretching it a bit), President Donald Trump, and the president’s son Donald Jr. escalated last weekend when Junior retweeted a conservative missive that the SiriusXM broadcaster appeared in blackface and used the N-word multiple times in a pay-per-view New Year’s Eve special — in 1993.”

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“Trump Jr. has been jabbing at Stern since the radio host has spoken critically of his father’s slow response to the pandemic [that’s Howard’s opinion], and his polarizing comments in the wake of the George Floyd murder and subsequent protests [that’s also in Howard’s opinion]. Stern in turn has jabbed back.  Then, Trump Jr. retweeted the clip of the performance.”

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What “polarizing comments?”

All of the comments I’ve heard from The President have been completely appropriate.  President Trump called the Floyd video “hard to watch” and “a disgrace.”  He has called for equal justice under the law and fair treatment by the police.  He also said, “We can’t let what happened to George Floyd happen again.”

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“Polarizing?”

I guess what Mr. Fleming must be referring to as “polarizing” would be President Trump’s desire to avoid these cities from being vandalized, looted and burned.

“Polarizing,” only, I guess, in the sense that you have Pro-America people on one side and Anti-America people on the other.

“The clip [of Howard Stern using the “N” word] was first posted by filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, and it was interspersed with Stern’s recent appearance on ‘The View,’ where he claimed during the appearance that he’d never used the racial slur.”

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You have obviously intentionally “misremembered” this , Howard.

“In the clip, Stern was reportedly playing the part of Ted Danson, with Sherman Hemsley playing Whoopi Goldberg, Danson’s girlfriend at the time. It was picked up by the unabashedly pro-Trump newspaper New York Post.”

Now, honestly…, do we ever hear the New York Times or The Washington Post defined as “unabashedly” anti-Trump newspapers?

No.

Just sayin’.

“Stern addressed the retroactive controversy this morning on his show. He expressed some regret for lampooning Goldberg and Danson’s decision to dress in blackface for a Friar’s Club roast, but said that he has evolved. He charged that the Trumps have not.”

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Oh, so, Howard has “evolved,” and along with his evolution he has gained the wisdom to pass judgement on others as to their level of racial evolution.

Does anybody else the level of this pompous ass’ hypocrisy?

Howard goes on to say, ‘“Over the years, I did change the show. A lot of people who did like that humor, where I was completely pulling my pants off, those people are pissed off at me now. They think I’m a sellout and I’m not doing a good show anymore.’”

And those people would be right.

You have become a liberal “sellout,” and your show really isn’t very good anymore…, at least the shows you bother to actually be there a couple times a week.

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‘“Attacking me during the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter is absolutely f***ing crazy, concentrating on me.’”

I’m sure you think it is, Howard.

You know what they say about people who live in glass houses, don’t you?

‘“You want to concentrate on me and bully me, and expose me, with all the TV shows I’ve done?”

Oh, so, just because you’ve done a lot of shows, that somehow makes any criticism of you unjustified?

I’ve heard you freely throw around words like “racist and “liar” where The President is concerned.

Well…, right back at ya big guy!

How fast do you think all of your “Hollywood friends” are running away from you at the moment?

We should probably use the term “ran away” at this point, because it’s already a done deal.

‘“I paid a fortune to fix me, it ain’t easy,’ Stern continued.”

Some would even suggest that you may need to spend a little more money in this area.

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“Said longtime radio partner Robin Quivers: ‘I have long been a proponent of free speech…’”

“Free” meaning speech that you agree with, obviously.

Yes…, we all wish we could be as enlightened as you and Howard, Ms. Quivers.

Please let me remind you that your idea of “entertainment” includes watching one of your staff Neanderthals sip wine through his a$$hole!

You and your crew also likes listening to “Fartman” expel gas on your show, while you joke about the Columbine students after their nightmare, and refer to one of your usual contacts as Gary “the retard.”

And you perceive yourselves as being enlightened and the rest of us as clueless hillbillies?

Just sayin’.

 

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Liberals like everything to be free…, except thought and speech!  

The First Amendment to The Constitution guarantees our freedom of speech.  If our freedom of speech is guaranteed, then by default our freedom of thought and beliefs are also protected, since our speech is just a verbalization of our thoughts.

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We may not like or agree with other people, but we must allow them to exist and say what they want, and vice versa.

For example…, The KKK and The Nazi Party are generally disliked, but they must be allowed to exist. The same could be said about Pro-life supporters versus Pro-Abortion supporters, depending on your stance here.

In America, we are allowed to dislike or hate whoever we want and for whatever reason(s).

Just as we are allowed to like or approve of whoever we want for whatever reason(s), or for no reason at all.

Racism is the latest inexcusable social infraction du jour…, but there are many forms of discrimination and -isms we all face every day regarding:

Ethnic culture.

Religion.

Geographic origins.

Current Geographic situation.

Wealth.

Politics.

Gender.

Sexual preferences.

And Education…, just to name a few.

Expressing unacceptable beliefs, in any of these areas, as determined by the liberal speech and thought police, can be detrimental to your livelihood, and social freedoms, like losing your job, being boycotted, and being harassed and even assaulted in public.

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And many of these “belief infractions” are not even close to radical in nature.

Take the latest liberal hissy fit, for instance, regarding professional football player, Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints.

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According to Ryan Gaydos of Fox News, “Drew Brees created an uproar Wednesday when he defended his stance against players kneeling during the national anthem…”

“While Brees was getting hammered from the likes of LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers, former wide receiver Joe Horn told ‘The Athletic’ that people like the Los Angeles Lakers superstar should get to know Brees first before making any decision.”

‘“People should not be throwing Drew Brees under the bus, and they definitely need to pump the brakes on labeling him a racist,’ Horn said. ‘I know Drew Brees. Drew has done a lot to help black families and the black community in New Orleans. If Drew Brees didn’t love black families and low-income families he wouldn’t have helped the way he has over the years. People that are criticizing him like LeBron James and other celebrities don’t know him. They need to check his resume.”

I’m sorry, Joe, but don’t you know what you say is way more meaningful than what you actually do these days?

Where you been, man?

‘“I love my race. And I love New Orleans to death. But I know Drew Brees. And Drew is a good person. And until you have walked beside him and gotten to know him, his wife and family, you definitely have to give him a pass on this one and allow Drew a chance to think about what he said and come back and make this right. And I know he will.’”

“I love my race?”

I’m sorry, again, but I can’t even relate to what that means.

Good for you though, I guess.

And you think Drew will “think about what he said and come back and make this right?”

Make what right?

Even the people defending Drew Brees are misguided, confused and displaying their own level of racism.

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“He was reacting to [LeBron] James’ comments on Twitter which read, ‘WOW MAN!! Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap [Colin Kaepernick] was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those.’”

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Here’s an idea SheBron…, why don’t you quit crying, put your big boy pants on and realize everyone has a right to their own beliefs and their own opinions. We don’t need you to tell us what we need to understand either.

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Personally, I don’t believe someone who plays a game for a living should be paid like they won the lottery every year…, but hey, that’s just me.

“Marcus Davenport, who is currently Brees’ teammate, tweeted his defense of the quarterback.”

‘“Drew wasn’t talking about the current protest, the riots or really anything besides HIS feelings on kneeling during the National Anthem,’ Davenport wrote. ‘He even explained what they were, the basis and that he actually stands with us. Do we have to entirely agree with him, no.’”

You better watch it, Marcus…, because OH, YES HE DOES have to agree with EVERYTHING the left professes!

I’m sure we’ll be seeing Marcus issuing a clarification of his remarks very soon, if he hasn’t already done so.  That goes for Drew Brees as well.

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“Brees told Yahoo Finance that he would never agree with players protesting during the national anthem.”

‘“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States,’ he said.”

‘“I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So, every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about,’ he said.”

‘“And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.’”

This Drew Brees just sounds like such a terribly insensitive racist, doesn’t he?

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These protesters can try and explain their protests anyway they want, but that doesn’t stop anyone from feeling how they feel about their protests, and that is their right.

You have the right to protest anyway you like, and I have the right to not like it.

You have the right to dislike anything I say, but you don’t have the right to silence me, nor I you.

That’s it.

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Please…, don’t be an “American Idiot.”

Like the band Green Day says, “Don’t wanna be an American Idiot.”

Based on most of the polling I see, a solid 35%-45% of Americans could be considered “American Idiots.”

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The funniest poll response I see show that only 55%, or so, of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of the economy!

Really?!

So 45% of Americans, according to these polls, don’t approve of the way President Trump is handling the economy?!

Seriously?!

He has only set every possible, positive, measurable, record regarding the economy in the history of our country!

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So what does this tell us?

About 45% of Americans either:

Have no clue what’s really going on, thanks mostly to the “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media” and the ever disingenuous democrats.

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Don’t really care what’s going on…, and they just hate President Trump.

Are just plain ignorant and/or stupid.

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Promote the phony liberal narrative to remain socially acceptable within their liberal dominated environment.

Don’t care about the American people, and are only concerned with maintaining and attaining power and control.

Are anti-American, and want to see America do poorly and ultimately fail.

I also talk to my share of “American Idiots” all of the time.

When they discover I like President Trump, they immediately start verbally throwing erroneous charges they’ve “heard from somewhere” in my face.

The first one is always, “He’s a racist!”

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Then, “He’s a sexist!”

I respond, “Why do you say that?”

Their answer usually is, “Because he is.”

They obviously aren’t aware that Donald Trump has a great record of promoting and empowering women at his companies.

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The GOP website points out, “​The Washington Post Headline: ‘Donald Trump, A Champion Of Women? His Female Employees Think So.’”

“Women who have worked with Trump say he was ‘Ahead of his time in providing career advancement for women,’ and he ‘Promoted women in a male-dominated industry.’”

“Louise Sunshine, former Trump Executive Vice President: ‘From the standpoint of being a woman, I just thought he was phenomenal, so supportive and encouraging.’”

“There are more women than men holding executive positions in the Trump Organization, heading such departments as human resources, golf and hotel management, and global licensing, even though women make up just 43 percent of the overall workforce.”

My over-riding response to all of the “American Idiots” would be, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Check out what President Trump has actually done versus the words of his detractors.

In only his first three years in office, President Trump has these tangible accomplishments to point to:

Created 7 million new jobs.

Set an all-time record of more than 158.5 million Americans employed.

Overseen the reopening/opening of 10,000 more factories in America today than on Election Day in 2016.

The unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma is at the lowest rate ever recorded.

The unemployment rate for disabled Americans is at the lowest rate ever recorded.

The youth unemployment rate has reached the lowest rate in nearly 50 years.

Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.

African-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.

The jobless rate for African-American youth, ages 16 to 19 fell to 19.3 percent last month, the lowest rate on record.  Black teenage unemployment peaked at 48.9 percent in 2010, in the heart of the Obama years!

Asian-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.

Women’s unemployment is at the lowest rate in over 65 years.

Income per household has increased $5,205 since 2017 and is still growing.

Average wages have been on the rise for the first time in over 20 years and are still on the rise.

The U.S. is now the largest producer of oil and natural gas, surpassing Saudi Arabia and Russia. We are a net exporter of energy for the first time since 1957.

Established 8,764 “Opportunity Zones” to promote new jobs in low-income communities.

Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached new all-time lows.

In addition to all of these historical accomplishments, the President has:

Donated all of his quarterly salaries to different departments within our government,

Seen all-time highs in the stock markets on his watch,

Lowered personal and corporate tax rates, which brought trillions of investment dollars back to America, and put more money back in the pockets of working Americans,

Seen over 7 million people come off the food stamp program,

Signed the “Right to Fire” VA bill, which has seen 500 incompetent employees fired, 200 suspended, and 33 demoted,

Signed the VA “Choice” law, which allows veterans access to private medical care if their VA care is unresponsive or inadequate,

Renegotiated unfair trade deals with China, Canada, Mexico, Japan and South Korea,

Rebuilt our military,

Established the creation of the U.S. Space force, a new sixth military branch of the armed forces,

Signed the Criminal Justice reform Bill, which reforms the system by reforming sentencing for a wide range of first-time misdemeanors or by eliminating incarceration time. It also got rid of mandatory minimum sentences for felony drug offenses.

Signed the “Right to Try” law giving critically ill patients access to potentially life-saving cures,

Been the first U.S. President to meet with a leader of North Korea, and the first President to actually step foot in North Korea.

Removed thousands upon thousands of business and progress strangling federal regulations.

And many more I’m not taking the time to mention.

Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Well, isn’t it?!

My point is…, there has been no other president in our nation’s history who can produce a list of accomplishments (in only his first three years no less) that even comes close to that of President Trump.

Promises made…, promises kept…, PLUS!

Like I said…, don’t be an “American Idiot.”

Be an informed American.

Be an American who thinks independently and thinks critically.

Be an American who can identify the true enemies of our country and our way of life and an American who will hold these enemies accountable.

Be an American who realizes that President Trump is one of the few people in Washington without an ulterior motive.

Be an American who realizes the President Trump’s only desire is to do what is best for the American people and to do what is best for America.

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