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Re: “Arkansas Capitol draws crowd for Charlottesville-inspired unity rally

Gopher and Razorblade illustrate the false logic of equating white supremacists with the counter protest movement that formed to denounce and condemn white supremacy.

The woman murdered and the 19 other people wounded by the driver of the car that rammed into counter protestors are victims. The driver of that car is not.

The counter protestors had every right to assemble and mount a peaceful counter protest to white supremacy, white nationalism, white supremacists, and white nationalism. The white nationalists who terrorized and assaulted counter protestors on Friday with torches and pepper spray were law breakers. The counter protestors who refrained from violence acted lawfully.

Gopher and Razorblade seem incapable of understanding this reality.

19 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Thinking on 08/14/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Arkansas Capitol draws crowd for Charlottesville-inspired unity rally

Thank you, Poison Apple, for making the point that a Trump rally is a white supremacist rally.

Judge Wendell Griffen made a related point, on a larger scale, in his book, The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope, about the intersection of white supremacy and white evangelicalism, in these words:

"White evangelicals, who are offended by being identified as white nationalists, pretend they do not knnow that the voting history of "good" white Christian evangelicals is functionally the same as white supremacists, such as David Duke and Thom Robb, people who also claim to be followers of Jesus. Despite their shared voting history, "good" white Christian evangelicals believe themselves politically different from people like Duke, Robb, and Stephen K. Bannon, the president's Chief Strategist - whom many people consider to be clear examples of bigotry.

"However, others understand that white Christian evangelicals and white Christian supremacists traditionally vote the same way. Those self-proclaimed white evangelical Christians overwhelmingly voted for the president in 2016, knowing they were supporting the exact candidate endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and Duke...

..."Good" white evangelicals and white supremacists like Duke, Robb, and other white nationalists who claim to be followers of Jesus have supported the same race-baiting, patriciarchal, militaristic, imperialistic, homophobic, sexist, materialistic, and xenophobic candidates for two generations -- since President Lyndon Johnson pushed through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. President Trump's personal and commercial racism, white male supremacy and patriarchy, racist and misogynist bigotry, xenophobia, and pathological penchant for violence, oppressiveness, and fear of others will shape US policy for one reason: because "good" white evangelical Christians and white supremacists--white Christian nationalists--embraced his candidacy and elected him. Therefore, white Christian nationalists--the Christian evangelicals and Christian supremacists--will be the US voters viewed as morally and ethically accountable for what happens during Trump's presidency, including the injustices, injuries, and other wrongs that may occur during his tenure."

19 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Thinking on 08/14/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Pay attention

Adawson's comments attribute the plight of black people in the United States to the War on Poverty programs begun during President Lyndon Johnson's presidency and the minimum wage. That perspective is historically false. Black people have been targets of systemic physical, economic, social, environmental, political, and emotional violence throughout the history of this society.

Adawson does not mention that ongoing and longstanding violence. That failure demonstrates another type of violence that Antwan Phillips poignantly addressed -- the intellectual violence of white pundits and commentators such as Rex Nelson, John Brummett, and Mayor Mark Stodola and others who think and act as if the historic violence of white supremacy has no role in our present dilemna.

The at-large director positions on the City of Little Rock Board of Directors demonstrates political violence.

Planned destruction of black business areas and deliberate efforts to create pockets of poverty and residential segregation by constructing Interstate 630 demonstrate political violence.

Blaming black parents and students for the systemic refusal by state and local politicians and business people to support inclusive quality public schools in all neighborhoods is another sign of that violence.

Antwan Phillips and Heather Wilson are correct. Adawson is wrong.

Posted by Thinking on 07/22/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Wendell Griffen: Thoughts on July 4

Investigator, your concern about "black on black" crime demonstrates your ignorance and your racism. Have you ever used the expression "white on white" crime?

Did you use it about the Charles Manson killings?

Do you use it when poor white people kill other poor white people?

Did you use it concerning the Nazi genocide against Jews?

Did you use it concerning the Unabomber, John Wayne Gacy, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, or any other white killer of white people?

Thank you for exposing your ignorance and racism. We will expect more of the same from you and the Idiot in Chief who now occupies the White House.

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Posted by Thinking on 07/04/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Little Rock native to lead Oberlin College

Please note that the incoming president of Oberlin College is the daughter of public educators. Not only did her parents attend Philander Smith College, note also that her education formation occurred in public schools.

Do not allow this success story to be told without giving credit to public education. Ms. Twillie is not the product of the neo-apartheid private voucher/charter school education assault now underway in Arkansas and elsewhere across the US, and led at the federal level by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and in Arkansas by Commissioner of Education Johnny Key, thanks to their selection by President Donald Trump and Governor Asa Hutchinson, respectively.

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Posted by Thinking on 05/31/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “City of Little Rock passes resolution requesting state remove Robert E. Lee from MLK Day; Joan Adcock votes no

Ms Adcock's unfortunate perspective is an excellent example of why the term "evangelical Christian" is increasingly considered synonymous to "white supremacist."

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Posted by Thinking on 12/08/2016 at 3:57 AM

Re: “An open line and a time for song

For "flyairplanes" and any other "get over it" thinkers, here goes.

I don't owe you a reprieve. I'll never give you one.

You aren't getting off the hook for nominating, cheering, electing, and now being forever identified with a white Christian nationalist, racist, sexist, misogynistic, imperialistic, homophobic, xenophobic, and cavalier military adventuristic person named Donald John Trump to become the 45th President of the United States.

You knew he was a white supremacist.

You knew he was a bigot.

You knew he was a fear monger.

You knew he was a hate monger.

You knew he cheated in his business deals.

You knew he was a narcissist.

You knew he was a misogynist.

You knew he was, and is, a sociopath with no sense of empathy, remorse for the wrongs he commits and harms he causes, and no commitment to inclusion, justice, peace, and truth.

So I will not "get over it."

I will respect your deliberate choice to impose fascism as the governing principle for this nation.

And I will see your fascism, and raise you a Constitution.

I bet that the First Amendment which ensures your freedom to elect a fascist also guarantees my freedom to oppose, protest, and work to frustrate and defeat his fascist ideas, policies, programs, and people by any legitimate means necessary.

I bet that the First Amendment that ensures your freedom to embrace white Christian nationalism guarantees my freedom to denounce white Christian nationalism as heresy to the religion of Jesus and the love of God.

I bet that the First Amendment that ensures your freedom to publish hateful messages and spout xenophobic slogans ensures my freedom to publish messages of love, inclusion, and hospitality.

I bet that the First Amendment that ensures your freedom to embrace cultural destructiveness, incapacity, and blindness, and pre-competence guarantees my freedom to embrace and affirmatively practice cultural competence and proficiency.

I bet that the 14th Amendment guarantees of equal protection under the lgoaw and due process of law apply to the people Donald Trump's white Christian nationalism chooses to treat as inferior, undeserving, un-welcomed, and targets of politically-sanctioned terrorism.

I bet that we who rejected Donald Trump's fascist ideas and rhetoric during his campaign will resist his fascist policies, programs, and the people he chooses to implement and represent them.

Get over it? You must think the Trump election means I'm obliged to accept the "Trump Revolution" and meekly go along with its fascism, racism, militarism, imperialism, xenophobia, materialism, and techno-centrism.

Not hardly.

The radical and extravagant love of God that inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to call for a "radical revolution of values" inspires and equips me to mount a counter-offensive against the evils promised by Donald Trump and white Christian nationalism.

You wanted a revolution. News flash. Mr. Trump and white Christian nationalists have declared war on love, truth, hospitality, mercy, justice, liberty, and peace.

I'm not going to "get over it." I'm not going to allow you to do so either.

I know that love trumps hate.

Game on.

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Thinking on 11/14/2016 at 1:21 AM

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