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Re: “The banned old flag

Here's the thing. Yes. She has the right to sell the flags.

And yes, those who have experienced the impact of racism and all that comes packed in that word first hand, they have a right to ask her to no longer sell the flag.

The building that Ms. McCoy houses her business, Arkansas Flag and Banner, was once know as Taborian Hall.

In 1918 it housed a number of Black owned businesses. The Clubs at the Hall hosted some of the most famous Black entertainers of the time; Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, and Nat King Cole, etc. all of who entertained crowds at venues in Taborian Hall, usually at the Dreamland Ballroom.

Taborian Hall was built in a time that Black people were forced to establish their own resources. The legendary Black entertainers of the time could not walk through the front door of the establishments they worked in. If they were headlining at a hotel they couldn't eat in the dining room or sleep in the hotel.

Ms. Kerry is cognizant of this history and has done an incredible job to preserve it.

And it is exactly because of the building's history that it seems so offensive to sell and profit from the very flag carrier into battle to defend the institution of slavery.

That flag was the battle banner for men who started a bloody war that killed 620,000 Americans in an effort to keep slavery.

It was the banner of the KKK as they became the enforcement arm of Jim Crow laws and terrorized, brutalized and lynched Black people across the South. And it is because of the KKK's activities that the first anti-terrorism laws were enacted.

This same flag was resurrected in the 1940's by the Dixiecrats who opposed integration and Truman's proposed anti-lynching laws. Over 4,000 (almost all Black) were lynched between Reconstruction and the 1960's. No anti-lynching law was passed due to the obstruction of Southern legislators.

The flag was then raised by Southern Governors and legislatures as an act of defiance as they fought the Civil Rights movement tooth and nail.

The flag has been taken up by the vast majority of white supremacist groups in the nation who violently ascertain their intent to dominate if not eradicate people of color, especially Black people.

This is the heritage of this flag.

Because of this history I believe thatvMs. McCoy should reconsider no longer selling the flag and to stand in solidarity with those whose history lies in the bones of her building.

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Posted by TexMexLez on 07/02/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Privatized prisons back on the Arkansas agenda

Here's the link to the article on Sen. Marco Rubio and CCA. We DO NOT want this company in Arkansas. This company will not fix our broken prison system that desperately needs reform. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverythi…

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Posted by TexMexLez on 05/28/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Privatized prisons back on the Arkansas agenda

Sen. Marco Rubio in FL is a big fan of this company. And let's not forget that these guys require states doing business with them to PAY CCA with OUR tax dollars if there are empty beds! These prison companies trade on the stock market! Incarcerating as many Arkansans as they can and then keeping them in their transition programs will be their goal for the wellbeing of their bottom line! http://www.washingtonpost.com/.../how-for-…

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Posted by TexMexLez on 05/28/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Justin and Marsha Harris: We have "suffered a severe injustice"

Liar Liar pants on fire. He needs to resign. Charged with child endangerment and neglect. Audit the subsidiary payments. Charge with fraud. He gave those girls away like they were strays. One was raped because he gave them away. He gave them to a man he'd already FIRED from his employment for being unreliable. And now the guy is parent material? #RehomeJustinHarris #ARleg

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Posted by TexMexLez on 03/05/2015 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Judge Griffen writes of disparity in police treatment of black suspects

The refusal to acknowledge the truth makes it no less true. As our police forces become increasingly militarized and good people stand by and ignore or defend the over policing of communities of color with "broken windows" tactics just remember, history does repeat itself...and they will eventually come for you too.

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Posted by TexMexLez on 12/04/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “The ironic Jason Rapert open line

Sen. Jason Rapert (R & White) stood on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol today with an assembly of African-American ministers. He claims he is honored to have been invited to participate. This statement is less than truthful, disingenuous at best. Sen. Rapert in fact wrote a letter of invitation for clergy to attend this rally against marriage equality. It is very clear from the photos who he sent that letter to.

Make NO mistake about it, those steps could have been just as easily filled to overflowing with white homo/trans-phobic pastors. This was a nefarious tactic designed to create a greater divide between people who do in fact have more in common in regard to civil rights justice then we are led to believe. And no LGBTQ folks, gay is NOT the new black. BUT, the issue of civil and human rights, that IS both of our struggles. To keep them, to see them enforced and to gain them.

This whole scene on the steps is particularly onerous when Rapert's racism is well known. He has been caught on video uttering racist remarks while pandering to the Tea Party. Sen. Rapert has insulted and called for the impeachment of our president, voted to enact the Voter ID law which will disenfranchise many of the congregants of these pastors, he introduced harmful, restrictive legislation regarding women's reproductive rights, he opposes the Affordable Care Act which is most certainly a benefit to poor working folks, he voted against the renewal of the Private Option in Arkansas. Sen. Rapert has gone so far as to vote to keep the state from providing Arkansans with guidance through the process to access health care via the private option.

To all the LGBTQ folks, allies and those who haven't thought about it; don't buy into what Rapert has tried to make you believe with this picture. It doesn't matter who you are racially or ethnically, if you are a part of organized religion then the chances are pretty good that many of your fellow faith people will be homo/trans-phobic. As for white LGBTQ folks who have been hurt by religion, it wasn't black people that berated you, beat you, taunted you from pulpits and kicked you out of churches and homes. It was your own white families and pastors.

So please dear community, let's not go tripping down this racist rabbit hole that Rapert has presented. Yes, it's true - some black ministers are homo/ trans-phobic just like white clergy, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indigenous, etc. But not all.

And just like people of faith have moved on other social issues that were at one time defined and supported by the Bible, so too shall more and more come to understand that this is a defining social issue of our time. Love and right will ultimately prevail, because we will continue to lead these conversations and we will continue to move the hearts and minds of our fellow Arkansans. A change is gonna come, no matter how many racist stunts Sen. Jason Rapert perpetrates.

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Posted by TexMexLez on 05/22/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Rep. Josh Miller, recipient of significant government assistance, opposes Medicaid expansion in Arkansas

Shameful. And FYI if the Legislature would do a better job of economic development so that the state's residents could actually work for a living wage and get their own health care that would be just dandy!

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Posted by TexMexLez on 02/26/2014 at 4:06 PM

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