Are you kidding me, San Francisco?!

This is a joke, right?

Apparently not.

According to the KUSI Newsroom (a local San Diego TV station), “San Francisco may remove President Abraham Lincoln’s name from a high school because some in the district say Abraham Lincoln did not demonstrate that “black lives mattered to him.”

Wait, what?!

“If you did not know, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, abolished slavery.”

I think we all know that, unless you went to school in California, apparently.

“Lincoln was also assassinated for it.”

Again, I think we all know that, unless you went to school in California, apparently.

Are these people in San Francisco all on drugs, or are they all just idiots?

The answer, I believe, is “yes.”

“The San Francisco Chronicle reported, ‘Lincoln is one of dozens of historical figures who the city school district’s renaming committee argued led lives so rife with racism, oppression or abuse that their names should not grace its buildings.’”

“Their names should not grace their buildings?!”

I would vote to have Abraham Lincoln’s name removed because he doesn’t deserve to be associated with this embarrassment of a city!

“The SFUSD [San Francisco Unified School District] School Names Advisory Committee’s discussion on the name was made public on YouTube.”

Jill Tucker, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that, “Abraham Lincoln, once a hero, is now a bad guy in some S.F. education circles.”

“Abraham Lincoln, an iconic American hero, could soon be an outcast in San Francisco, his legacy called into question and his name ripped off a high school.”

“Lincoln is one of dozens of historical figures who, according to a school district renaming committee, lived a life so stained with racism, oppression or human rights violations, they do not deserve to have their name on a school building.”

“The debate reflects a nation in turmoil, a reckoning with a racist past that lingers today, toppling Confederate statues from town squares and eliminating a large number of Robert E. Lee street signs.”

Confederate statues and Robert E. Lee street signs are one thing…, and President Abraham Lincoln is a complete other thing.

‘“Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that currently clutter buildings, streets, throughout the city is a worthy endeavor,’ said Jeremiah Jeffries, chairman of the renaming committee and a first-grade teacher in San Francisco. ‘Only good can come from the public being reflective and intentional about the power of our words, names and rhetoric within our public institutions.’”

Again, apparently not.

The only “problematic” name I see here is “Jeremiah Jeffries.”

He should be dismissed and allowed to find work teaching in a fascist country elsewhere.

“But history is not always clear. People are complicated. Heroism and bravery can be obscured by beliefs and behaviors deemed abhorrent when viewed through a modern lens.”

Is “modern” a synonym for “neo-fascist” now?

“Was Lincoln one of the greatest presidents of all time who ended the country’s great shame or a whitewashed historic character with a questionable record related to Native Americans not worthy of memorials, school names and street signs?”

Let’s please recall that the Native Americans were a conquered people in America.  Keeping that in mind, I feel they have been given ample consideration they would not have received from any other country.

“When the committee released the 44 school sites to be renamed, many made sense. Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe were slave owners, and Vasco Nunez Balboa was a murderous conquistador.”

I really don’t care about Balboa one way or the other…, San Francisco is the place that chose to name a school after him for some reason, but Jefferson and Monroe?  Two of the founding fathers of our nation?  And, yes, they may have owned slaves back then, but it was legal then, and over 200 years ago.

“But perhaps the most controversial name on the list was Lincoln. Honest Abe. The Great Emancipator.”

I would say having George Washington on that list is just as disgraceful, if not more so.  

“His inclusion exemplifies the struggle in San Francisco and across the country to balance the good and the bad, in this case, the hero and the 19th century man with many faults.”

Please don’t try and pull the rest of the country into your liberal insanity.

And please, give me names of some people who don’t have any faults.

I’ll wait.

‘“I have so many reactions in the sense of looking at his entire record and the fact of what (Lincoln) did for Africans and slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation,’ said Sherry Black, who worked for more than 40 years in Native American economic and community development. ‘Considering the time period, it’s so difficult to understand how things were at the time. How do you make these decisions?’”

Pulling your head out of your backside would be a good start, Sherry.

“To many, Abraham Lincoln was one of the country’s greatest presidents, the Great Emancipator, a beloved historic figure as well as political mentor to his successors, including Barack Obama, who used the Lincoln Bible for his inauguration.”

Uh…, yeah.

I knew Obama was a closet racist!  He’s half white you know!

“Yet the renaming of Lincoln High School was a slam dunk for the committee, which didn’t even discuss it, according to video of the meetings.”

A “slam dunk,” and they “didn’t even discuss it?!”

Okay…, that’s it!  I’m officially requesting that California be thrown out of the union of states.

California should not be allowed to fly the American flag, and its citizens should not be considered “Americans.”

I mean, either you want to be a part of America or you don’t…, and California obviously doesn’t…, so, just get out then.  

“The members of the committee, appointed by the school board, deemed whether a person’s actions or beliefs met the criteria for renaming, and moved on. The committee’s spreadsheet with notes on their research listed the federal treatment of Native Americans during his administration as the reason.”

Let’s take a look at this disgrace of a school board!

Mark Sanchez, School Board President

Gabriela Lopez, School Board VP

Alison Collins, Commissioner

Stevon Cook, Commissioner

Jenny Lam, Commissioner

Faauuga Moliga, Commissioner

Rachael Norton, Commissioner

These people were all elected by the city of San Francisco.

“The discussion for Lincoln centered around his treatment of First Nation peoples, because that was offered first,’ Jeffries said. ‘Once he met criteria in that way, we did not belabor the point.’”

Again, let’s please recall that the Native Americans were a conquered people in America.  Keeping that in mind, I feel they have been given more than ample consideration that they would not have received from any other country.

“Jeffries, however, said the narrative of Lincoln’s legacy is false.”

Jeremiah Jeffries…, judge, jury and executioner.

He sure wields a lot of power for someone who teaches 6 year olds.

“Regardless of the pop culture myths of Lincoln and his motivations, the Civil War was not fought over slavery or the liberation of Black people, he said.”

Without President Lincoln, Jeffries would be in no position to even utter his “stupidness” at this point.

Just sayin’.

“The San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee used the following criteria to identify school names to be changed:

Anyone directly involved in the colonization of people

Slave owners or participants in enslavement

Perpetrators of genocide or slavery

Those who exploit workers/people

Those who directly oppressed or abused women, children, queer or transgender people [Does this include Joe Biden?]

Those connected to any human rights or environmental abuses

Those who are known racists and/or white supremacists and/or espoused racist beliefs.” [This would historically include most democrat politicians.]

“San Francisco’s district is considering changing the name of schools honoring the following people [this is really only about half of the school names being considered]:

Abraham Lincoln High School, U.S. president

George Washington High School, first U.S. president

Herbert Hoover Middle School, U.S. president

Roosevelt Middle School, Theodore or F.D., both U.S. presidents

Paul Revere K-8, American Revolution patriot

Alamo Elementary, the site of Texas Revolution battle

Garfield Elementary, James Garfield, U.S. president

Jefferson Elementary, Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president

Francis Scott Key Elementary, composer of ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Monroe Elementary, James Monroe, U.S. president

An unwritten criteria for this ignorant list, and the most important factor, apparently, is being a white male.

Just sayin’.

“For the renaming committee, [otherwise known as the “woke” Nazi propaganda ministry], one decision that met the criteria was enough.”

‘“We asked ourselves, did the name under consideration meet one or more of our criteria?  If that name met criteria, they were put on the list,’ Jeffries said.”

“At the same time, labor leader Cesar Chavez didn’t make the list {He was not white.], despite his feelings toward undocumented immigrants, who he called ‘wetbacks’ and other derogatory names. He encouraged his supporters to report them to the authorities for deportation.”

And he was against illegal immigrants too!!!

How did he possibly survive their hit list?!

I’m telling you…, the white male criteria is the overriding factor.

“Jeffries said no one on the committee offered evidence that Chavez met the criteria. He did not say whether anyone on the committee looked for any.”

Alrighty then!

“The committee is expected to formally recommend renaming the 44 school sites in January, which will also include an alternative name chosen by Jeffries and the other members.”

“School communities have an opportunity to suggest a new name this month.”

Ooooh, I can’t wait to see what names they come up with!

Fidel Castro?

Karl Marx?

Vladimir Lenin?

Joseph Stalin?

Mao Zedong?

Don’t laugh…, I’m serious!

I’m sure Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, and Eric Swalwell are high on their list of replacement names.

Oh, wait…, Schiff and Swalwell are white…, we need to take them off the list!   

“The school board is expected to vote on the recommendations early next year.”

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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 choice is really quite simple.

Our presidential election is only a few weeks away. 

We have the choice between the democrat/liberal, Joe Biden, and the republican/conservative, Donald Trump.

Yes, we have to vote for one of these two men, but we also need to consider what these two men represent.

Let’s review what you apparently support by voting for either the democrat/liberal, Joe Biden, or the republican/conservative, Donald Trump.

Democrats/liberals believe it is a woman’s right to abort a baby right up to the moment before birth.

Republicans/conservatives believe all babies have a right to be born and live. 

Democrats/liberals support defunding police departments.  All criminals are fans of this!

Republicans/conservatives believe if anything, police department support needs to be increased.

Democrats/liberals support taking guns away from law abiding citizens. Again, all criminals are fans of this!

Republicans/conservatives believe law abiding citizens have the right to protect themselves and bear arms, as guaranteed in The Constitution.

Democrats/liberals believe anyone from anywhere should be able to freely walk right into our country whenever they feel like it.  The drug cartels and human traffickers love this.

Republicans/conservatives believe our borders should be secure, limiting who can and who can’t come in at any given time, while affording us an orderly and managed legal immigration process.

Democrats/liberals believe in tearing down monuments to our history as a country.

Republicans/conservatives believe in honoring and learning from our history, not trying to erase it.

Democrats/liberals support “sanctuary” cities and states, where illegal immigrants can live without fear of being taken into Federal custody and charged with crimes or be deported.

Republicans/conservatives believe illegal immigrants are “illegal” and are here illegally, and should be treated as such. Republicans/conservatives also believe that the concerns of legal citizens should come before those of illegal immigrants.  

Democrats/liberals support raising taxes across the board.  They claim working class people won’t be affected, but we all know higher tax rates for companies and corporations are just passed down to us.

Republicans/conservatives support the continued reduction of taxes across the board.

Democrats/liberals immediately take money from the military at their earliest opportunity, weakening our nation’s defense.

Republicans/conservatives believe a strong military is an absolute necessity in today’s global environment.  The defense of our country is also the federal government’s primary responsibility per The Constitution.

…   

Democrats/liberals love implementing a seemingly never-ending list of federal regulations designed to suffocate construction, business operations, and whatever else they can think of to stifle our civil liberties.

Republicans/conservatives believe some regulations are necessary, but that less regulation is preferable in order promote businesses and maintain a strong economy.  

… 

Democrats/liberals feel it is a good idea to allow anyone living in our country to vote, regardless of whether they are here legally or not, and regardless of whether the voter has any proper ID to prove who they are.  

Republicans/conservatives believe only legal citizens should be allowed to vote, and that an ID should be required.

Democrats/liberals believe that government should be the “end all be all” for anyone living in America.

Republicans/conservatives believe that government is a “necessary evil,” and that most things are done more efficiently and cheaper by the private sector.

Democrats/liberals believe in a person’s dependence on government, and that having some form of a socialist government is more desirable that our capitalist system, even though no socialist government in the past can be pointed to as a successful government.  

Republicans/conservatives believe in our capitalist way of doing things, providing for ourselves as a rule, and system which allows individuals to rise to any level of success, dependent on the individuals’ desire to attain it.

 … 

Democrats/liberals believe in free speech as long as your speech agrees with their beliefs, if not, they have no problem with censoring or silencing you.  

Republicans/conservatives believe in the 1st Amendment, and that everyone has a right to their own opinions and that they have a right to voice those opinions. 

Democrats/liberals believe rioting, burning, and looting are acceptable forms of “peaceful protesting.”  They believe in deferring to the desires of “the mob” as opposed to following the law.

Republicans/conservatives believe in law and order, and that no one has the right to harm other people or their property as part of their “protest.”

Democrats/liberals prefer to operate in a way that highlights a person’s racial identity, gender identity, or sexual preference above all else…, except their political leaning.  

Republicans/conservatives prefer to identify people by the quality of their character and by their actions and beliefs, without concern for race, color, or creed.

Democrats/liberals believe the United States’ industry, people and economy need to be punished and restricted due to “climate change,” while the rest of the world is allowed to keep right on polluting and taking advantage of us.

Republicans/conservatives believe if “climate change” is real, it wasn’t caused by us and we have no real way of affecting “climate change” one way or the other.

Democrats/liberals believe fossil fuels are evil and need to be done away with.  

Republicans/conservatives believe fossil fuels are still the energy souce of choice right now, at least until other options become viable. Republicans/consrvatives like the US having energy independence, not having to rely on the Middle East for anything, contolling our own energy pricing.

Democrats/liberals believe it’s okay for the “media” to operate as an arm of the democrat party, reporting only things that support their narrative, while attacking republicans/conservatives, and especially President Trump on a daily basis.  

Republicans/conservatives believe the “media” should report from an unbiased point of view, acting as a watchdog against all government improprieties, regardless of which party it is. 

And what about the economy?

Democrats/liberals point to the economy after China, and the democrats I believe, dropped the coronavirus bomb on us.  

Republicans/conservatives point the hottest economy in history, prior to the China virus, and believe President Trump can get our econmy humming again. Without the release of “The virus,” the democrats would not have stood a chance in this election.  

So, like I said in the beginning, “The choice is really quite simple.”  

The differences between democrats/liberals and republicans/conservatives have never been more obvious. 

The question is which side are you on?

If you’re having a hard time deciding who to vote for, you are obviously one confused individual!

There should be no undecided voters at this point. 

If you really are undecided, then maybe you shouldn’t even bother voting.

Just sayin’.       

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Do you think police lives don’t matter?

Hopefully you’re not one of these pathetic, conscienceless, neo-fascists.

But, who do we have to blame for remaining silent about this abhorrent behavior?

Who do we have to blame for encouraging these brutal executions of innocent men and women, moms and dads, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, who are just out there doing their jobs and hoping to get home alive after their shift?

I’ve heard the agitators, paid and otherwise, cry for the death of all cops.

I’ve heard the racial parasites from BLM, the NAACP, the ACLU, and more, call for revenge against the police.

And I’ve heard the passive and silent liberal leaders and democrat politicians thusly condoning these actions.

These are the co-conspirators in the deaths and injuries to many of our law enforcement officers.

And make no mistake about it…, these are “hate crimes,” based solely on an individual wearing a police uniform.

If they’re white, all the better, but that’s not a definite prerequisite.

Let’s take a look at one of the big, bad, racist cops who was deemed worthy to be executed recently.

Her name is Claudia Apolinar.

Claudia Apolinar is smiling here for a photo with LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva at her July 2019 graduation (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Facebook).

She is a single mom who was a librarian before joining the police force only 14 months ago.

“According to Stephanie Pagones of Fox News, “One of the sheriff’s deputies ambushed Saturday night by a brazen gunman previously worked as a librarian before she applied to join the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department three years ago, according to a report.”

Describing this person as a “brazen gunman” seems too complimentary to me. I would use the words, cowardly, sub-human, and disgusting.

“Claudia Apolinar, who is being guarded by fellow members of the sheriff’s department while she and her partner – a 24-year-old deputy – continue to recover, worked as an aide in a Los Angeles Country library starting in 2011. In 2017, she applied to be a sheriff’s deputy, the Daily Mail reported.”

“Apolinar, who is a 31-year-old mother to a 6-year-old boy, and her partner were ambushed Saturday night while sitting in their car at a metro center in Compton. They were rushed to the hospital in serious condition.”

These cops weren’t harassing anybody.  They weren’t displaying any racist or socially unjust behavior.

They were just sitting there in their car.

For all we know, these two officers may be shining examples of what law enforcement officers should aspire to be.

But they were just randomly selected to be terminated…, just because they were cops.

“Moments after the shooting, the passenger door opens and a deputy stumbles out, hand on head, according to the newspaper. The driver-side door opens soon after.”

“Apolinar was struck multiple times in her face and torso but tended to her partner, who was also wounded after they were able to climb out of the police car.”

“In dispatch audio from the moments following the shooting, a weak-sounding voice can be heard saying: ‘998 Compton Pax,’ which is the code to signify a deputy-involved shooting, according to the Mail. When the dispatcher asks if it just happened, the barely-there voice reportedly responds: ‘Compton Pax, deputies down. Compton Pax 998.’”

“A reporter from local affiliate FOX LA shared a graphic image that shows the bloodied female deputy peering out from behind a pillar in the aftermath of the shooting.”

“Both deputies underwent surgery after the shooting Saturday evening and were expected to recover, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Sunday.”

To tell you the truth, I’m sick and tired of hearing about cops being shot, and seriously injured, or killed.

It’s way past the time that justice needs to be impressed upon these punks.

The cops are being forced to do their jobs with one, or even both, hands tied behind their backs.

It’s time we insist their hands be untied.

It may also be time to install bullet proof glass into these squad cars.

Just sayin’.

 

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Looting…, it’s not just for criminals anymore…, radical liberals, Marxists, and opportunists in general like it too!

Natalie Escobar for National Public Radio (NPR), reports on “One author’s argument in defense of looting.”

Hmmm…, someone who feels they can defend looting?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKYpS_Ro13U

I’m not sure why anyone would want to defend that, but be that as it may…

“In the past months of demonstrations for Black lives, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about looting. And just this week, rioters have burned buildings and looted stores in Kenosha, Wis., following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, to which Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has said: ‘Peaceful protesting is a constitutionally protected form of free speech. Rioting is not.’”

I would say the rioting and the looting have been downplayed and, even ignored, to a great extent by the complicit, liberal propaganda, news media, who have followed the lead of their democrat friends and democrat co-conspirators.

I you recall, the democrats made no mention of the civil unrest happening across our country at their convention.

Propaganda by omission.

If we (the democrats) don’t acknowledge it, or talk about it, it didn’t happen.

“Writer Vicky Osterweil’s book, ‘In Defense of Looting,’ came out on Tuesday. When she finished it, back in April, she wrote (rather presciently [with foresight]) that ‘a new energy of resistance is building across the country.’”

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Please note that Vicky Osterweil used to be Willie Osterweil, just in case Vicky looked familiar.

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“Now, as protests and riots continue to grip cities, she argues that looting is a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society.”

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Oh…, it’s going to bring about change alright…, but not the kind of change that any of the looters are going to like.

They are not doing themselves or any associated “movement” they may have any favors.

“The rioters who smash windows and take items from stores, she says, are engaging in a powerful tactic that questions the justice of ‘law and order,’ and the distribution of property and wealth in an unequal society.”

Otherwise known as “stealing.”

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Vicky apparently doesn’t know it, or doesn’t care, but these are the same principles that were promoted by the Nazi’s prior to World War II.

Natalie Escobar continues, “I spoke with Osterweil about this summer’s riots, the common narratives surrounding looting, and why ‘nonviolence’ can be a misleading term.”

No…, I would say that “nonviolence” is a pretty understandable word that means something not involving violence.

“For people who haven’t read your book [and that would be 99.999999% of America], how do you define looting?”

“’When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot.’”

Ha!

“Mass shoplifting!”

That would be “stealing,” in other words.

‘“That’s the thing I’m defending. I’m not defending any situation in which property is stolen by force. It’s not a home invasion, either. It’s about a certain kind of action that’s taken during protests and riots.”

So, breaking windows and breaking down doors isn’t considered “stolen by force” in Osterweil’s opinion?

Escobar continued by asking, “Is Looting a Loaded Word?”

Vicky Osterweil responded, ‘“Looting is a highly racialized word from its very inception in the English language. It’s taken from Hindi, lút, which means ‘goods’ or ‘spoils,’ and it appears in an English colonial officer’s handbook [on ‘Indian Vocabulary’] in the 19th century.”

Excuse me, Vicky…, but, so what?

What does the word being taken from a Hindi word have to do with your claim that the word is highly racialized?

I don’t view the word “looting,” or “looter” to be racial at all, and I don’t think most people do either.

I view the word “looter” negatively…, but that’s about it.

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“Can you talk about rioting as a tactic? What are the reasons people deploy it as a strategy?”

‘“It does a number of important things. It gets people what they need for free immediately, which means that they are capable of living and reproducing their lives without having to rely on jobs or a wage—which, during COVID times, is widely unreliable or, particularly in these communities is often not available, or it comes at great risk. That’s looting’s most basic tactical power as a political mode of action.’”

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How are these people supposed to live without 15 pairs of Air Jordan’s?

How are these people supposed to live without 25 Rolexes?

How are these people supposed to survive without a couple big screen TVs?

I mean, c’mon…, let’s be reasonable!

‘“It also attacks the very way in which food and things are distributed. It attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions. It points to the way in which that’s unjust.’”

Excuse me, Vicky…, but it’s called MAKING A LIVING!

It’s what most people have to do, unless you spend all of your time “protesting,” rioting, looting, or playing video games during your downtime, while living with mommy, mommy and daddy, grandma, grandpa, or grandma and grandpa.

‘“And the reason that the world is organized that way, obviously, is for the profit of the people who own the stores and the factories. So, you get to the heart of that property relation, and demonstrate that without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free.’”

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Huh!  Ya…, we could all have these things for free.  If it wasn’t for the evil people who own the stores and factories, we could all just pick the big screen TVs off of the big screen TV trees!

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‘“Importantly, I think especially when it’s in the context of a Black uprising like the one we’re living through now, it also attacks the history of whiteness and white supremacy. The very basis of property in the U.S. is derived through whiteness and through Black oppression, through the history of slavery and settler domination of the country.”’

Ya…, I don’t know of ANY black people who actually own anything, or ANY black people who aren’t oppressed!

Please, give us all a break from your idiotic, racial, stupidness.

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‘“Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police. It gets to the very root of the way those three things are interconnected. And, also it provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure and helps them imagine a world that could be. And I think that’s a part of it that doesn’t really get talked about—that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.’”

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Wow…, where do I begin here?

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First, YOU, Vicky, racialize the situation by negatively stereotyping both Blacks and Whites.

Secondly, when you say, “And, also it [looting] provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure,” I honestly want to throw-up.

And then you go on to say, “And I think that’s a part of it that doesn’t really get talked about—that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.’”

I can tell you, Vicky, that riots and looting are not a “joyous” occasion for those who get assaulted, or even killed, while attempting to protect their livelihood and their property.

I can tell you, Vicky, that riots and looting are not a “joyous” occasion for people to see their community burn to the ground, taking jobs and places to shop and do business with it.

“What are some of the most common myths and tropes that you hear about looting?”

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‘“One of the ones that’s been very powerful, that’s both been used by Donald Trump and Democrats, has been the outside agitator myth, that the people doing the riots are coming from the outside.’”

This is not a myth, and it has been demonstrated and documented to be absolutely true on numerous occasions during many of these riots.

‘“Another one is that looters are just acting as consumers. Why are they taking flat screen TVs instead of rice and beans? Like, if they were just surviving, it’d be one thing, but they’re taking liquor. All these tropes [a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression] come down to claiming that the rioters and the looters don’t know what they’re doing. They’re acting, you know, in a disorganized way, maybe an ‘animalistic’ way [definitely in an “animalistic” way]. But the history of the movement for liberation in America is full of looters and rioters. They’ve always been a part of our movement.’”

And “The history of the movement for liberation in America” IS NOT “full of looters and rioters, and they [rioting and looting] have NOT “always been a part of our movement.”

I would challenge you, Vicky, to actually document these fraudulent and libelous claims against our American heritage.

‘“There’s also another factor, which is anti-Blackness and contempt for poor people who want to live a better life…’”

What in thee hell are you talking about?!

I don’t know anyone who has “contempt for poor people who want to live a better life.”

In fact, most people admire people who want to make a better life for themselves, as long as it’s legal and through being resourceful and/or through hard work.

‘“One thing about looting is it freaks people out.’”

Uh…, ya…, and pisses them off in most cases as well.

‘“But in terms of potential crimes that people can commit against the state, it’s basically nonviolent. You’re mass shoplifting. Most stores are insured; it’s just hurting insurance companies on some level. It’s just money. It’s just property. It’s not actually hurting any people.’”

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Well, Miss Vicky, I must say your level of confusion is quite impressive!

I guess if you have never created something through hard work and sacrifice, you can’t appreciate its value.

And, “It’s not actually hurting any people,” except the owners, like I just mentioned, the people who worked at these places who are now out of jobs, and the people who may have liked patronizing these businesses, which may or may not ever reopen.

No…, it’s not actually “hurting” any people.

Idiot.

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Hershel Walker and Kim Klacic at the RNC: The whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Caleb Parke of Fox News reports, “Raised a Democrat and a longtime friend of President Trump, former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker told ‘The Ingraham Angle’ [a nightly news and opinion-based talk show on the Fox News channel] Monday night he wanted to give people a picture of who the president really is on the first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.”

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‘“What this president has done for America needs to be known, and I think it’s not being known,’ the former Heisman Trophy winner told Laura Ingraham.”

“Host Laura Ingraham praised Walker for one of the ‘most powerful and memorable speeches of the night’ in which the former NFL player shared advice Trump gave him many years ago and why he is such a strong supporter now.”

‘“I don’t think people really know Donald Trump. I think they look at Donald Trump from a tweet or look at from what he says, and they’re not looking at what he does,’ Walker told Ingraham.”

On top of that, many Americans get a distorted impression of President Trump from the fake news, liberal propaganda media.  The media declines to give this president credit for doing anything positive, while at the same time focusing on negative witch hunts, hoaxes, and personal attacks.

‘“Donald Trump has done more in three years than most presidents have done in eight, and what’s so special about him is he cares about people and that’s what I wanted people to know.’”

“The Trump-supporting football legend spoke about his friendship and how he prays the president gets more time in office.”

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‘“I’ve had a personal friendship with Donald Trump for 37 years, and during all this time he has never, never, never asked Herschel Walker to speak for him, and after they’ve called him all types of names, and I know Donald Trump,’ Walker said. ‘I’ve been with him in very, very special moments and I’ve never seen that in him and that’s why I wanted to speak for him.’”

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Walker noted that he “grew up in the deep south” and that he “knows what racism looks like,” and that “Donald Trump is no racist.”

So, here’s a respected, genuine, and sincere Black man, who has had a “personal friendship with Donald Trump” for 37 years, but the racist and disingenuous commentators and talking heads at CNN and MSNBC continue to attack The President without and basis for their attacks, and claim to know him better.

“He [Walker] added, ‘What this president has done for America needs to be known, and I think it’s not being known. People do not want to mention even the things he’s done in three years … normally when you run for a political party, you don’t know what you say. This president here has done almost everything he said that he was going to do and that counts.’”

“Responding to Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones’ comments about being attacked by his own party and given Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s controversial comments about Black Americans voting for him, Walker said, ‘I’m not going to call him what even his vice president called him during the debate, he had some racist tendencies.’”

“Walker, 58, said he’s not calling Biden a racist but questions how Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, can support him now after what she said about him in the primaries [regarding race and sexual assault claims].”

Good question!

But remember, we’re talking about politicians here, and more specifically, democrat politicians. They have NO shame and NO moral standards.

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‘“We have a Democratic Party, today, not telling anyone where they stand on anything,’ he said. ‘That is the honest truth, but they want you to go to a voting booth and make an emotional decision.’”

The democrats don’t want to advertise where they stand on issues because they stand with Communist China, and socialist/communist/fascist regimes all around the world, and they know they can’t get elected if this ugly truth is let out of the bag.

“Walker said he wants young African Americans to be free thinkers and educate themselves on the issues.”

‘“I was raised Democrat, and I didn’t know any better, and what’s strange is I’m not saying the Democrat Party is bad, I’m saying it doesn’t fit what I believe,’ he said.”

That’s okay Hershel, but I’ll say it…, I’ll say the democrat party is bad without any reservation.

‘“First of all, I believe in God, I believe in family, I believe in the American flag, I believe in the national anthem. I believe in law and order. While the Democrat Party has not said that they believe in any of those things. That’s what made America beautiful.’”

Walker also believes we can be patriotic and supportive of social justice at the same time.  It doesn’t have to be one or the other.

“The former running back for the [University of Georgia], Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants says sports and politics should be separate.”

“It seems like we have a political civil war right now where people are afraid to speak their mind and that’s sad.’”

And in many cases, people aren’t “afraid to speak their mind,” but they’re being attacked, shunned, boycotted, censored and cancelled.

It is an all-out attack on the first amendment rights of all Americans who won’t bow down to the prescribed liberal narrative.

You can watch Hershel Walker’s speech via the link below.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/6184232613001

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Megan Henney of Fox News reports, “Baltimore [congressional] candidate Kim Klacik puts Dems on notice over Black support: ‘You’ve Ignored us for too long.’”

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“Kim Klacik says, “The days of Black voters blindly supporting Democrats are coming to an end!”

“Kim Klacik, a GOP congressional candidate who suggested that Democrats don’t care about Black voters in a viral campaign ad, took aim at Joe Biden in a speech during the first night of the Republican National Convention, accusing the Democratic nominee of believing that Black Americans ‘can’t think for ourselves.’”

You can check out her campaign ad below.

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“Klacik, who is Black, is the Republican nominee running to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional district, a Democratic stronghold that was represented for years by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.”

You know…, Elijah Cummings the saint, Elijah Cummings the fearless fighter for civil rights and justice, Elijah Cummings the African American icon.

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Now ponder his perception with the reality of the condition of his congressional district.

What we’re really talking about here is Elijah Cummings the fraud.

I’ll give Elijah Cummings one thing though…, he sure was good at pulling the wool over the eyes of all of his constituents’ and keeping his flock of democrat sheep on the plantation!

‘“Joe Biden believes we can’t think for ourselves — that the color of someone’s skin dictates their political views,’ she said in her remarks. ‘We’re not buying the lies anymore — you and your party have ignored us for too long.’”

“Black voters as a whole helped Biden clinch the Democratic nomination after a decisive victory during the South Carolina primary. But that success hinges on his support among older Black voters.”

“Klacik rose to national prominence last week when President Trump shared one of her campaign ads, which shows her marching by abandoned rowhouses in a red dress and matching stilettos, lambasting Democratic politicians for abandoning Black Americans.”

‘“Black people don’t have to vote Democrat,’ she says at the end of the 2.5-minute video. Baltimore’s population is about 60% Black, according to the Census Bureau.”

“The ad, titled “Black Lives Don’t Matter to Democrats,” has been viewed more than 11.4 million times.”

“Klacik hit that same theme again on Monday during her address, accusing Democrats of running Baltimore — and other major cities across the country – ‘into the ground,’ despite high taxes.”

And who can dispute that claim?

‘“And yet, the Democrats still assume that Black people will vote for them, no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted,’ she continued. ‘Nope. We’re sick of it and we’re not going to take it anymore. The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end!’”

Amen, Kim…, and let’s hope you’re right!

 

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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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