Tammy Duckworth

You gotta love her. She has more courage than the people who criticized or questioned her patriotism. She’s an American citizen, born and raised in America. Let’s not treat her and other Asian Americans as foreigners. They’re not foreigners. They are American citizens who contribute to America. It’s time to treat and respect POC as human beings, not as stereotypes.

Abagond

Senator Duckworth in 2018 with daughters Maile and Abigail, via Vogue.

Tammy Duckworth (1968- ) is a US senator from Illinois. A Democrat, she has held Barack Obama’s old senate seat since 2017. In 2013 she became the first Asian American Congresswoman from Illinois. In 2004 she lost both legs fighting in the Iraq War and is the first senator to give birth while in office.

In 2020 she is reportedly on Joe Biden’s short list for vice president. It is possible she could one day become president.

And, as a woman of colour who speaks out against President Trump, she has become, like Ilhan Omar and AOC, a target of Tucker Carlson, a racist fearmonger on Fox News. He even pictured Duckworth alongside Omar as someone who wants to “tear it all down and dismantle” the US. Carlson says Duckworth hates America because she is open…

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The Victims of Henry Louis Wallace and the Failure of the Charlotte P.D. in the early 1990s

The failure of the Charlotte P.D. in solving the murders of 10 young Black women back in the early 1990s. When it comes to Black victims, society and the police department takes a cavalier attitude toward Black victims. Wendy Thompson was murdered by the police back in 1993 and not one officer indicted. That’s evil and sad.

Rayshard Brooks

This is so sad. So many Black men being murdered at the hands of the police and race soldiers.

May Mr. Rayshard Brooks rests in peace and in power.

Abagond

June 12th 2020: Rayshard Brooks talking to police during his last hour on earth.

Rayshard Brooks (1993-2020) was a Black man in the US shot in the back by a White police officer in a Wendy’s restaurant parking lot in Atlanta – while the nationwide protests set off by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by a White police officer, were still going on!

June 13th: the Wendy’s restaurant where Brooks was gunned down burns.

The mayor cried, the (White) police chief resigned, and a White woman burned down the Wendy’s. Garrett Rolfe, the killer cop, was fired, but was not charged with murder till after five days of protest.

On the night of June 12th 2020, Wendy’s, a fast-food restaurant, called the police saying that a car was “parked dead in the middle of the drive-thru” lane. Brooks was asleep at the wheel. Unable…

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Lipps Inc: Funkytown

Gotta make a move
To a town that’s right for me
Town to get me movin’
Keep me groovin’ with some energy

Well, I talk about it, talk about it
Talk about it, talk about it
Talk about, talk about
Talk about movin’

Gotta move on
Gotta move on
Gotta move on

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Gotta make a move
To a town that’s right for me
Town to get me movin’
Keep me groovin’ with some energy

Well, I talk about it, talk about it
Talk about it, talk about it
Talk about, talk about
Talk about movin’

Gotta move on
Gotta move on
Gotta move on

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown?

Take me, won’t you take me?
Take me, won’t you take me?
Take me, won’t you take me?
Take me, won’t you take me?

I wanna go to Funkytown
I wanna go to Funkytown
I wanna go to Funkytown
I wanna go to Funkytown

Source: Songfacts.

The George Floyd protests

Thank you, Abagond. These are sad and wicked times hard to deal with, especially in the age of Trump and the coronavirus. Race relations are getting worse and it’s not going to get better as long as the dominant group stays in defensive mode and in denial of the past and present racism.

Abagond

May 28th 2020.

The George Floyd protests (since May 26th 2020) are still going on two weeks after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a White police officer in Minneapolis. It has led to the worst wave of civil unrest the US has seen since 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated and over a hundred cities burned.

On May 25th 2020 the US was in the grip of a coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 100,000 were dead because they could no longer breathe. The pandemic lockdown had thrown 40 million out of work. And then the teenage son of the owner of Cup Foods at 38th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis called the police on George Floyd, a Black man who stood nearly two meters tall. He said Floyd had tried to use a fake $20.

The police arrested Floyd, put him in handcuffs – and then Officer…

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Stop the Global Holocaust

Rest in power, Briana, Ahmaud, and George. #saytheirnames

Stop the Global Holocaust by Darlene Clark Hine. This message was originally published back in 1992 when Rodney King and Latasha Harlin’s accusers were acquitted of murder. It’s still relevant today.

It’s happening in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Berlin, London.

In every region of the globe, the killing of black women’s children, most notably their sons, is escalating.

On the West Side of Chicago, alienated and dispossessed blacks youths and gang members pull triggers on each other. Merchants in Rio de Janeiro hire others to kill homeless black children whose constant begging drives away tourists and customers. In South Africa, white policemen kill young demonstrators against apartheid and in European countries white extremist groups murder people with dark skins.

The causes of this global holocaust against black male children are complex and interconnected. Understanding the problem in all of its complexity amounts to little more than an intellectual exercise unless we break out of our paralysis and act purposefully to end the killing.

I suggest that the American people in general, and black Americans in particular, call a time out and begin the process of national and international mobilization to stop the killing and to renew our commitment to the doctrine that everyone is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The killing of young black males became an in-my-face issue on Sept. 19, when my 15- and 17-year-old nephews were shot in the side and in the knee respectively while standing in the doorway of a friend’s house across the street from their own home on the South Side of Chicago. They had refused to join the local neighborhood gang.

The family decided that to save them and to avoid further bloodshed the nephews had to be relocated, thus irrevocably transforming the lives of the family members.

As a university professor I understand intellectually the crisis, but I considered myself far removed from the killing fields. Silence and inaction I can no longer afford. The killing, shooting, maiming and destruction of black children across this globe must stop. Tomorrow the war zone may be in your face.

Darlene Clark Hine

George Floyd

This needs to end. I’m tired of society excusing cops and vigilantes killing innocent Black citizens all over America.

Abagond

George Floyd (c. 1974-2020) was an unarmed Black man in the US killed by police this week, on May 25th, in Minneapolis. It has led to the worst riots since 2015, when Baltimore burned after Freddie Gray was killed by police. Now Minneapolis burns. Protests have spread across the country to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Memphis, New York and elsewhere.

This comes in the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery making the news.

The arrest: Floyd was arrested after Cup Foods called police saying that he tried to pay with a fake $20. A crime, but not a a violent or life-threatening one. Floyd was a restaurant security guard who had been thrown out of work by the Pandemic of 2020.

Derek Chauvin, a White police officer, had his knee on Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes – after Floyd had been handcuffed!

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Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and MLK aide, dies at 98

Rest in Power, Mr. Joseph Lowery!

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America.

For more than four decades after the death of his friend and civil rights icon, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the fiery Alabama preacher was on the front line of the battle for equality, with an unforgettable delivery that rivaled King’s — and was often more unpredictable. Lowery had a knack for cutting to the core of the country’s conscience with commentary steeped in scripture, refusing to back down whether the audience was a Jim Crow racist or a U.S. president.

“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right,” Lowery prayed at President Barack Obama’s inaugural benediction in 2009.

Lowery, 98, died Friday at home in Atlanta, surrounded by family members, they said in a statement.

He died from natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak, the statement said.

“Tonight, the great Reverend Joseph E. Lowery transitioned from earth to eternity,” The King Center in Atlanta remembered Lowery in a Friday night tweet. “He was a champion for civil rights, a challenger of injustice, a dear friend to the King family.”

Lowery led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades — restoring the organization’s financial stability and pressuring businesses not to trade with South Africa’s apartheid-era regime — before retiring in 1997.

Considered the dean of civil rights veterans, he lived to celebrate a November 2008 milestone that few of his movement colleagues thought they would ever witness — the election of an African-American president.

At an emotional victory celebration for President-elect Barack Obama in Atlanta, Lowery said, “America tonight is in the process of being born again.”

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