Archive for May, 2010

JFK Speech on Jim Crow in the 1960′s

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 24, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Good evening, my fellow citizens:

This afternoon, following a series of threats and defiant statements, the presence of Alabama National Guardsmen was required on the University of Alabama to carry out the final and unequivocal order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. That order called for the admission of two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negro. That they were admitted peacefully on the campus is due in good measure to the conduct of the students of the University of Alabama, who met their responsibilities in a constructive way.

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

Today, we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. And when Americans are sent to Vietnam or West Berlin, we do not ask for whites only. It ought to be possible, therefore, for American students of any color to attend any public institution they select without having to be backed up by troops. It ought to to be possible for American consumers of any color to receive equal service in places of public accommodation, such as hotels and restaurants and theaters and retail stores, without being forced to resort to demonstrations in the street, and it ought to be possible for American citizens of any color to register and to vote in a free election without interference or fear of reprisal. It ought to to be possible, in short, for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color. In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. But this is not the case.

The Negro baby born in America today, regardless of the section of the State in which he is born, has about one-half as much chance of completing a high school as a white baby born in the same place on the same day, one-third as much chance of completing college, one-third as much chance of becoming a professional man, twice as much chance of becoming unemployed, about one-seventh as much chance of earning $10,000 a year, a life expectancy which is 7 years shorter, and the prospects of earning only half as much.

This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union, producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.

The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who will represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?

One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this Nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free.

We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is the land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or caste system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?

Now the time has come for this Nation to fulfill its promise. The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or State or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them. The fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city, North and South, where legal remedies are not at hand. Redress is sought in the streets, in demonstrations, parades, and protests which create tensions and threaten violence and threaten lives.

We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and a people. It cannot be met by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk. It is a time to act in the Congress, in your State and local legislative body and, above all, in all of our daily lives. It is not enough to pin the blame on others, to say this a problem of one section of the country or another, or deplore the facts that we face. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame, as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right, as well as reality.

Next week I shall ask the Congress of the United States to act, to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law. The Federal judiciary has upheld that proposition in a series of forthright cases. The Executive Branch has adopted that proposition in the conduct of its affairs, including the employment of Federal personnel, the use of Federal facilities, and the sale of federally financed housing. But there are other necessary measures which only the Congress can provide, and they must be provided at this session. The old code of equity law under which we live commands for every wrong a remedy, but in too many communities, in too many parts of the country, wrongs are inflicted on Negro citizens and there are no remedies at law. Unless the Congress acts, their only remedy is the street.

I am, therefore, asking the Congress to enact legislation giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public — hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments. This seems to me to be an elementary right. Its denial is an arbitrary indignity that no American in 1963 should have to endure, but many do.

I have recently met with scores of business leaders urging them to take voluntary action to end this discrimination, and I have been encouraged by their response, and in the last two weeks over 75 cities have seen progress made in desegregating these kinds of facilities. But many are unwilling to act alone, and for this reason, nationwide legislation is needed if we are to move this problem from the streets to the courts.

I’m also asking the Congress to authorize the Federal Government to participate more fully in lawsuits designed to end segregation in public education. We have succeeded in persuading many districts to desegregate voluntarily. Dozens have admitted Negroes without violence. Today, a Negro is attending a State-supported institution in every one of our 50 States, but the pace is very slow.

Too many Negro children entering segregated grade schools at the time of the Supreme Court’s decision nine years ago will enter segregated high schools this fall, having suffered a loss which can never be restored. The lack of an adequate education denies the Negro a chance to get a decent job.

The orderly implementation of the Supreme Court decision, therefore, cannot be left solely to those who may not have the economic resources to carry the legal action or who may be subject to harassment.

Other features will be also requested, including greater protection for the right to vote. But legislation, I repeat, cannot solve this problem alone. It must be solved in the homes of every American in every community across our country. In this respect I wanna pay tribute to those citizens North and South who’ve been working in their communities to make life better for all. They are acting not out of sense of legal duty but out of a sense of human decency. Like our soldiers and sailors in all parts of the world they are meeting freedom’s challenge on the firing line, and I salute them for their honor and their courage.

My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all — in every city of the North as well as the South. Today, there are Negroes unemployed, two or three times as many compared to whites, inadequate education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, young people particularly out of work without hope, denied equal rights, denied the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or a lunch counter or go to a movie theater, denied the right to a decent education, denied almost today the right to attend a State university even though qualified. It seems to me that these are matters which concern us all, not merely Presidents or Congressmen or Governors, but every citizen of the United States.

This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. We cannot say to ten percent of the population that you can’t have that right; that your children cannot have the chance to develop whatever talents they have; that the only way that they are going to get their rights is to go in the street and demonstrate. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.

Therefore, I’m asking for your help in making it easier for us to move ahead and to provide the kind of equality of treatment which we would want ourselves; to give a chance for every child to be educated to the limit of his talents.

As I’ve said before, not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

We have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible, will uphold the law, but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair, that the Constitution will be color blind, as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century.

This is what we’re talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens.

Thank you very much.

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Draw Prophet Mohammed POH Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 21, 2010 by sweetangel16175

See Past Sexuality and Appearance

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 by sweetangel16175

The Original Tyler made a video about this topic.

And I totally agree with it. 🙂

Gays don’t deserve this

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 4, 2010 by sweetangel16175
Gays don’t deserve this

Posted By Jerold LeBlanc/Editor

Posted 5 days ago

An Edmonton lesbian is recovering from serious injuries following what she described as being on the receiving end of a hate crime.Shannon Barry, who freely admitted she was intoxicated, was walking home with her friends at 3:25 a.m. Saturday in Edmonton, when they encountered a group of what they thought were young men.

Apparently when Barry’s group spurred their advances, even telling them they were gay, the group of guys hurtled homophobic slurs at Barry and her friends, something that is not new to Edmonton’s gay community, or other gays throughout the world.
Yet, that was only the start.

The situation got out of control when the group descended upon Barry and her friends, and soon she found herself being kicked in the face by one of her perpetrators.

The end result?

Barry, suffered a broken nose, as well as the bone below her eye socket, has undergone reconstructive surgery, where two metal plates have been inserted into her face, and the prognosis is she may have permanent nerve damage.

A lot has been made of the fact that the Edmonton Police Service dropped the ball during the initial handling of the case.

Instead of filing a report immediately, the officer took a couple of days off.

Barry was outraged when she discovered this type of treatment of her case, and later Edmonton Police Service chief Mike Boyd publicly apologized to Barry for the department’s lack of action.

The most surprising element of the entire issue, however, is Barry’s alleged perpetrator – a 14-year-old boy.

While in a perfect world, a 14-year-old boy wouldn’t be wondering the streets at 3:25 a.m. – even if it is on a weekend – little has been written about the parents of the accused, if he has parents at all.

As for the homophobic slurs, one could dismiss them as drunken ramblings of a bunch of guys who with too much testosterone, yet when have you ever heard someone yelling “hetro, hetro” at a bar fight, or a fight anywhere else for that matter.

However, what if the homophobic fears run a lot deeper than words, which appears to be the case in this instance?

We hope it’s an isolated, alcohol-fuelled incident, but considering hate crimes that do occur against members of the gay community – here in Alberta, and throughout the world – we doubt it.

People need to realize that the gay community is not a bug that should be crushed under a heel of a boot, but, instead, be embraced for who they are –human.

http://www.wetaskiwintimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2554729

Revolution.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 3, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Revolution: The sixties and now.
by Josh Chicarelli

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately from the 60s. Everything from Jefferson Airplane, to the Beatles, to Grateful Dead, etc. And I’ve been reading up a lot on the 60s and I started thinking back over the past decade and noticed several startling parallels between then and now. In the 60s, they had so many grassroot movements starting up in opposition to the Vietnam War and all the scandals of the White House. Guess what! In the past decade, we seen that same kind of mentality arise in my generation. Even with help from those from that generation. We oppose the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, which are still going on. Many have called both the “New Vietnam”. In the 1960s, you saw an uprising of newfound artistic freedom and creativity with the music and culture as a whole. We’re seeing that again now as musicians are stepping outside their genres and fusing them together to create new sounds. Also, the cultural landscape is changing faster than ever with the rise of alternative media taking over from the corporate media which was the “norm.” Back in the 60s, you had the civil rights movement marching for equal rights and nowadays, non-white citizens are now being taken seriously as possible Presidential candidates. You had Richard Nixon in the 60s showing the corruption of the government when the Watergate scandal hit and now there’s scandal after scandal coming out and the people are getting fed up with it! A revolution is happening right now, just like in the 60s.

When it comes to the grassroot movements like the 60s had with the Acid Tests. Now we’re on the verge of almost having marijuana legalized. Back then, you had the marches in Washington D.C., which we have now. But you also see the Libertarians start up the Tea Party movement (before the Republicans hijacked it), and more importantly We Are Change. Both with the intent to stop over taxation and to stop the covering up of government lies. Hippies are also making a big return across the country. Now outside the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco as more people of my generation are looking back and discovering the works of people like Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Phillip K. Dick, among others. I mean, hell, even the Beatles are making a comeback, almost 40 years after they broke up with the re-releases of their albums selling and the Beatles: Rock Band video game opening up new generations to 60s counterculture. Right now, in my illogic, it’s like “What if the 1960s fucked the start of the new millennium and had a bastard child? This period in time would be that bastard child.” Dissent and distrust towards the government is rising more and more every day, just as it had in the 60s, and right now people like me, Alex Jones, Jason Bermas, Webster Tarpley, George Noory, Luke Rudowski, Mark Dice, my chicka Roxy Lopez, and others are right in the middle of it leading the way.

I mean, last year, we even got to see the reunion of Cheech and Chong, and Sublime (with Rome)! Even two of the biggest movies in the past decade were stoner movies featuring the characters of Harold and Kumar. It’s like the 60s for the new age! I mean, shit! Just look at the new Alice in Wonderland movie. That was like an acid trip to hell and back. Then we have Thompson’s Rum Diary hitting theaters soon as well. So it looks like the counterculture is becoming the mainstream and the mainstream is becoming the old hat.

….After a statement like that, I wouldn’t know how to end this blog so I repeat it again. Right now it looks like the counterculture is becoming the mainstream and the mainstream is becoming the old hat.

this is totally true. 🙂

Balt. Co. Family In Fear After Possible Hate Crime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 1, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Balt. Co. Family In Fear After Possible Hate Crime
Reporting
Kelly McPherson

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) ― A Baltimore County family wakes up to a gruesome sight, a dead raccoon, hanging from a noose tied to their front porch, and police think it may have been a hate crime.

A Baltimore County family wakes up to a gruesome sight, a dead raccoon, hanging from a noose tied to their front porch.

Kelly McPherson explains investigators believe it could be a hate crime.

Imagine waking up to a dead animal hanging on the porch.

“At first, I didn’t know what it was, so I just ran back into the house because it looked like a body. It was really big,” said Sherrie Hicks-Rose, neighbor.

It was the carcass of a large raccoon strung up from the porch rafter with a noose around its neck, blood-drenched.

“I was just thinking in case my door wasn’t locked probably the person was going to hang me and not the raccoon,” said Victoria Vonty, victim.

Baltimore County Police are now investigating this incident because if the person who hung the racoon on the Vonty’s porch intended to intimidate the family for their background or religion, this would be a hate crime.

“This case is a bit unusual. It’s not a normal case of something that we usually see, and that’s why we’re concerned and why we’re following up on this case,” said Lt. McCollough, Baltimore County Police.

The homeowner is originally from Liberia. She told police that her son recently had been in a fight with another boy, but she doesn’t know who could have done this.

“What happened this morning is telling me that somebody’s against me. That’s what it tells me. It’s a sign of communication that this is how I’m going to treat you,” said Vonty.

“We’re not sure what’s going to happen next. If you go as far as to come into someone’s property and hang a dead animal, we don’t know if that’s a message. We don’t know if that’s a threat; we’re not sure,” said Hicks-Rose.

The homeowner says she’s now telling her boys to be home earlier than before. The neighbor believes others in the community should come forward to solve this crime.

http://wjz.com/local/raccoon.hate.crime.2.1667957.html

FBI investigates Gaston hate crime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by sweetangel16175

FBI investigates Gaston hate crime

April 30, 2010 9:21 PM
Corey Friedman

LOWELL — A hangman’s noose stopped Allen Doug McGee from tying the knot.

Tension that followed the discovery of violent threats scrawled on the side of McGee’s home and a noose and brick left on his front porch strained his relationship with fiancée Cyd McDaniel to the breaking point. She recently gave him his ring back.

“She broke my heart,” McGee said Friday. “I still love the girl. It’s off. It’s done. It’s over.”

The white auto mechanic became the target of vandalism because of his relationship with McDaniel, who is black. Police and federal investigators call the case a hate crime, but more than a month after a hanging stick figure and the words “We will burn you out” were found spray-painted on McGee’s home, no arrests have been made.

“My personal opinion is they’re never going to catch anybody,” McGee said, “because I’m sure whoever it is is going to keep their mouth shut. I hope they do catch whoever done it, I really do.”

On Feb. 23, McGee found a noose, note and brick on his front porch. He said the note stated, “We don’t approve. End it.”

That discovery wasn’t reported to Lowell police until the morning of March 25, after McGee’s then-11-year-old son noticed the graffiti on the side of the house.

Police Chief Mark Buchanan said officers were unable to develop any strong suspects. McGee wasn’t as cooperative as he could have been, he said.

“I think there’s some personal information he doesn’t want to tell us,” said Buchanan. “He knows more than he’ll tell, and it sort of ties our hands.”

McGee maintains that he doesn’t know who wrote the note left with the noose or who vandalized his house. He quickly set straight an FBI agent who expressed similar skepticism.

“They asked me if I knew who it was,” McGee recalled. “I said, ‘No, if I did, I’d be in jail.’”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Charlotte field office requested a copy of the Lowell Police Department incident report two days after the hate crime was reported, Buchanan said.

An FBI agent interviewed McGee April 19 at the Charlotte auto body and paint shop where he works. The mechanic said he spent about an hour with the investigator, who “doesn’t know if there’ll be much more out of it.”

McGee said he’s even done his own sleuthing, but his efforts have turned up more questions than answers. So he’s repainted his house and workshop and is trying to move on with his life.

“I just want it calmed down,” he said. “I want everything to go back to the way it was.”

A sturdy, barrel-chested man with thick arms, McGee isn’t afraid of whoever threatened his life. He warns the “coward” to stay away for his or her own safety.

“Ain’t nobody going to run me out of my house,” he said. “If I catch someone, I’m not going to call the cops. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That’s the way it should be.”

http://www.gastongazette.com/news/lowell-46641-crime-fbi.html