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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What a shock, white supremacists lie

I've seen a list endlessly reposted on facebook by white supremacists of white people killed by black people recently, and how supposedly none of these made national news or caused riots. The implication being that it was those subhuman racist darkies who riots when a cop kills a thug. What this list does is present data in an incredibly biased way, intended to further fan the flames of white racist anger. One copy of the list was posted by the Armslist.com facebook page. Another has over 2000 likes on a Fox News facebook page. The original appears to have come from Ted “I shit my pants to get out of Vietnam and adopted an underage girl so I could give myself permission to marry her” Nugent. This makes it a racist piece of shit from a racist piece of shit. 

 Key points:

  1. Many of the items on the list are outright fabrications. Nearly every date is inaccurate, as they refer to the conviction or sentencing dates for crimes committed years ago.
  2. Of the actual crimes and actual suspects, not all of them have been convicted. There is a question of innocence or guilt still. There is no question that Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown. The question is whether or not it was justified.
  3. Nearly all are convicted or in jail awaiting trial. Darren Wilson is not. 
  4. The list, being intended to stoke white anger against blacks, does not list blacks killed by whites in the same time frame, whites killed by whites, etc. It focuses on presenting the image that White America is under assault by the Black Thugs infesting it. 
  5. The outrage behind the Ferguson protests, in addition to frustration at years of systematic and documented racism, is because the police officer involved has not been arrested and (prior to the outcry and national attention) likely would not have faced charges. Meanwhile Michael Brown's body lay in the street for hours.


Here's the list
7/18- Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/18- Terry Taylor, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/17- Cindy Raygoza, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/11- Luis Aguilar, 91 year old hispanic male murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/10- Brittany Simpson, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/6- Sarah Goode, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/6- Jeffrey Westerfield, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/5- Perry Renn, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/3- Laurey Kennedy, white female still in coma from beating by black male. No national news 
7/3 Eric Mollet, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/2 Rupert Anderson, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 
7/2 Jennifer Kingeter, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/30 Jim Brennan, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/29 Paul Shephard, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/27 Shirley Barone, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/27 Penelope Spencer, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/27 Inga Evans, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/26 Jake Rameau, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/25 Gina Burger, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/24 Nathan Dasher, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/22 Jonathan Price, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/20 John Whitmore, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/18 John Yingling,white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/17 Allyn Reeves, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/15 Michael Beaver, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/11 Angela Cook, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/11 Nathan Hall, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/7 Harry Briggs, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/5 Laura Bachman, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/2 Robert Mohler, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 
6/1 William Headley, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

Anytime you see this list, just ask "are the suspected killers in jail"? I did ask that, and I went through the entire list, and briefly researched each incident. 

 7/18- Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news.

 Harlem Lewis is on trial for the murder of Bellaire Police Sergeant Jimmie Norman and MAACO service shop owner Terry Taylor in 2012.
http://www.click2houston.com/news/dash-cam-video-played-at-trial-of-man-accused-of-killing-bellaire-officer/26969150 

 7/18- Terry Taylor, white male murdered by black male. No national news.

 Harlem Lewis is on trial for the murder of Bellaire Police Sergeant Jimmie Norman and MAACO service shop owner Terry Taylor in 2012.
http://www.click2houston.com/news/dash-cam-video-played-at-trial-of-man-accused-of-killing-bellaire-officer/26969150 

 7/17- Cindy Raygoza, white female murdered by black male. No national news.

 Michael Reams -- who was shot by a Fresno police officer Monday after he stabbed a woman to death
http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/07/15/4025743/man-killed-by-fresno-police-woman.html 

 7/11- Luis Aguilar, 91 year old hispanic male murdered by black male. No national news.

 Luis Aguilar was a Border Patrol Agent killed by a Mexican drug runner, who was then sentenced to life in prison. I can’t find *anything* on a “91 year old” Luis Aguilar that was murdered.
http://www.fbi.gov/sandiego/press-releases/2011/man-convicted-in-the-death-of-u.s.-customs-and-border-protection-border-patrol-agent-luis-aguilar-receives-life-sentence-in-federal-prison 

 7/10- Brittany Simpson, white female murdered by black male. No national news.

 Brittany Simpson was killed by two Hispanic men, who are in custody awaiting trial.
http://www.wsmv.com/story/26050981/2-men-charged-with-perry-co-murder 

 7/6- Sarah Goode, white female murdered by black male. No national news.

Taylor faces life in prison without parole if convicted of killing Sarah Goode, 21.
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/dante-taylor-pleads-not-guilty-to-first-degree-murder-in-sarah-goode-s-death-1.8882811 

 7/6- Jeffrey Westerfield, white male murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspect is being held and is awaiting trial.
http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-charged-in-gary-cop-jeffrey-westerfield-killing/216557/ 

 7/5- Perry Renn, white male murdered by black male. No national news.

 The suspect is in custody pending trial, and the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty.
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2014/08/19/prosecutor-seek-death-penalty-murder-suspect-impd-officer-perry-renns-death/14301075/ 

 7/3- Laurey Kennedy, white female still in coma from beating by black male. No national news

 I can’t find any local news story on this. Could be fabricated. Only google returns are reposting of the list. 

 7/3 Eric Mollet, white male murdered by black male. No national news.

 I can’t find any local news story on this. Could be fabricated. Only google returns are reposting of the list. 

 7/2 Rupert Anderson, white male murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspect is in custody pending trial/extradition. Also an Ethiopian national, and not a U.S. citizen.
http://whotv.com/2014/07/03/elderly-man-killed-in-home-invasion/ 

 7/2 Jennifer Kingeter, white female murdered by black male. No national news.

 “A jury found 36-year-old Jamaal Anthony Prince guilty of first-degree murder just before noon Thursday in the slashing and stabbing death of Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter on Dec. 28, 2012.
http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/07/11/berkeley-woman-to-push-for-stiffer-penalties-after-brutal-stabbing-death-of-daughter/ 

 6/30 Jim Brennan, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspects are in custody pending trial.
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/4-suspected-of-murdering-cleveland-heights-restaurant-owner-jim-brennan-plead-not-guilty-in-court 

 6/29 Paul Shephard, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 I can’t find any local news story on this. Could be fabricated.

 6/27 Shirley Barone, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Shirley Barone and Penelope Spencer were stabbed but they both survived. The suspect is in custody. 
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/report-2-women-stabbed-springdale-manor-high-rise/ngTw3/ 

 6/27 Penelope Spencer, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Shirley Barone and Penelope Spencer were stabbed but they both survived. The suspect is in custody.
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/report-2-women-stabbed-springdale-manor-high-rise/ngTw3/ 

 6/27 Inga Evans, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Inga Evans was robbed. By a woman. She’s fine.
http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/25920067/ft-worth-grandmother-robbed-attacked-in-walmart-parking-lot 

 6/26 Jake Rameau, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspect is in custody pending trial.
http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2014/07/robert_earl_gee_30_charged_wit.html

6/25 Gina Burger, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.

 A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Ricki D. Williams IV of Lansdowne Boulevard on Thursday on a charge of aggravated murder with death-penalty specifications in the June 23 stabbing death of Gina Burger in the Compass West apartment complex in Austintown. - See more at: 
http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jul/11/jury-indicts-suspect-in-teen-killing/ 

 6/24 Nathan Dasher, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspects are in custody pending trial.
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2014/07/02/montgomery-homicide-arrests-crime-12/12017441/ 

 6/22 Jonathan Price, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 These suspects are still at large. The only ones on the list that weren’t in custody.
http://www.lex18.com/news/more-details-released-in-shooting-death-of-marine 

 6/20 John Whitmore, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 John Whitmore was a black man fatally beaten by two black women. Police are still looking for the women, who simply blended back into the crowd and escape without anyone trying to stop them.
http://ktla.com/2014/07/22/police-offer-reward-for-help-finding-of-those-who-allegedly-beat-killed-man-at-metro-station/ 

 6/18 John Yingling,white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 The teen convicted of a 2013 Southside crime spree that resulted in the death of an Indianapolis man has been sentenced to 59 years in prison.
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2014/07/11/southside-crime-spree-suspect-sentenced-years-prison/12528229/ 

 6/17 Allyn Reeves, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 I can’t find any local news story on this. Could be fabricated. Only google returns are reposting of the list. 

 6/15 Michael Beaver, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspect is in custody.
http://www.10news.com/news/police-arrest-suspect-in-connection-with-death-of-michael-beaver-in-gaslamp 

 6/11 Angela Cook, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspect is in custody and has been indicted.
http://www.northescambia.com/2014/07/man-indicted-for-murder-after-body-found-in-his-home 

 6/11 Nathan Hall, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspects are in custody. But, to use the terminology used when Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were killed, Nathan Hall “was no angel”.

 “Early on the morning of April 16, around 1 a.m., Nathan Hall pedaled his bicycle to a designated spot along North Adams Street, carrying an eighth of an ounce of marijuana and $80 cash.”

 http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/second-arrest-made-in-nathan-hall-shooting-death/article_8b63c02c-f184-11e3-87f5-001a4bcf6878.html 

 6/7 Harry Briggs, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Suspect is in custody pending trial.
http://fox59.com/2014/07/16/police-make-arrest-in-gas-station-clerks-fatal-shooting/ 

 6/5 Laura Bachman, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.

 Laura Bachman died unexpectedly of apparently natural causes. In 2010. 
http://www.twincities.com/ci_16643963 
http://www.startribune.com/local/east/109537674.html 

 6/2 Robert Mohler, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 The prosecutor is seeking aggravated assault charges, not murder charges, and the suspects are in custody.
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/No-Murder-Charges-in-Homeless-Mans-Death-261528441.html  

 6/1 William Headley, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

 I can’t find any local news articles on a “William Headley” murdered by anyone. There are two obituaries for William Headleys that died in the last few years, one of a long illness and the other of cancer. 

As you can see, a lot of these are questionable. Many are openly dishonest. Why would somebody distribute racially charged dishonest information, either knowingly, or intentionally? 

Friday, April 25, 2014

"Well, most of the members of the KKK were Democrats"

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists. They were a liberal and progressive party at their inception, being openly abolitionist was an outrageous and extremist position at the time, on par with advocating gay marriage in the 1990s.

During and after the Civil War, socially liberal Republicans found themselves allied with economically conservative wealthy business owners in the North. The political power of the crony capitalists in the Republican Party led to the "Gilded Age" that followed the Civil War. Teddy Roosevelt opposed this, and after his presidency, he took a lot of the progressive Republicans with him to the Bull Moose party. This followed a lot of drama between him and Taft with Taft taking the Republicans in a more economically conservative direction.

Those progressive former Republicans found a new home in the Democrats, especially the northern Democrats who had never been that much into the whole slavery gig. By the 1930s under the New Deal coalition of FDR, the Democrats had adopted a socially liberal and economically liberal platform. The corruption of the Republicans (inescapable because of the political power they'd wielded while Democrats were on the downswing, see "Teapot Dome Scandal") meant that the Democrats were able to get FDR into office, and he was a wildly popular president. The socially liberal Democrats were the ancestors of the abolitionist Republicans, and they began pushing for an end to segregation. They got support in many cases from moneyed interests, because the Socialists and Communists were doing a good job of pointing out the lack of racial freedom in America and tying it to capitalism, so a restoration of racial freedom would weaken the cause of those damned dirty reds. And so it did.

A big first step in establishing racial freedom was Truman's desegregation of the Armed Forces. This was pushed for heavily by returning black WW2 vets. This 1948 desegregation and wider pushes for the same by the national Democratic Party led to a splinter faction of segregationists breaking off from the Democrats in 1948, a group called the Dixiecrats. These guys assumed control of the state-level parties in nearly all of the Southern states. In the 1948 election, they took Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi. They continued to be an electoral force up until George Wallace in 1968 took Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia.

It's key to note that the 1948 Democratic Convention is the main switching point. This is the point that people who seek to associate present day Democrats with the KKK and Southern racism most often ignore. It's pretty simple, actually.
1. Hubert Humphrey, the Democrat mayor of Minneapolis, said the Democrats should "get out of the shadow of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights"
2. A bunch of Southern Democrats, led by Strom Thurmond, walked out of the convention as a direct result.
3. Strom Thurmond was originally a Democrat. In 1964, as a direct result of the 1964 Voting Rights act, he switched to the Republican Party.
4. In modern American politics, which political party is talking the most about "states' rights"? Yeah, I thought so.

During the height of the civil rights movement, the Republican Party realized they had a political opportunity, particularly the wealthy economic conservatives. They could go after all these alienated Southerners who were former Democrats, and bring them over to the Republicans. It had been a hundred years since that most hated Republican, Abraham Lincoln, had left the scene. And now under the direction of northerners, the Democrats were definitely coming on strong for racial equality. This led to the Southern Strategy, and it's why there was never a George Wallace style run past 1968. The segregationists and white supremacists had a new home. As Nixon's political strategist Kevin Philips put it:
From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that...but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.

His words were prophetic. By courting the Negrophobe whites, the Republicans have never since got more than 10 to 20 percent of the vote. Every state that was part of the Democrat "Solid South" is now part of the Republican "Solid South", and the only thing that changed is which party has the segregationists and its descendants as its members.

This is why when people say "Well the KKK was mostly Democrats" or "Republicans are the Party of Lincoln!", they're right in a way, but wrong if you know anything about 20th century American electoral and party politics.