Reese’s Council Vote Helped Obstruct Citizens from Speaking at City Council Meetings

With Shirley Green Reese’s help, the Americus City Council voted to stop citizens from addressing the Council unless three of their members approve. Shirley Reese went further by having Attorney W.T. Gamble of Dawson, GA write a letter demanding retractions of articles and cartoons in the Americus Sumter Observer about her. The citizens who have presented to the Americus City Council criticizing the anti-Black decisions by Shirley Reese were former NAACP vice president Craig Walker, current Americus NAACP president Rev. Matt Wright, and the publisher of the Americus Sumter Observer, Dr. John Marshall. “The Black community deserves to be informed of actions that impact their rights” said, Reverend Matt Wright who filed a lawsuit challenging the gag rule against our citizens to speak at the City Council without permission from three members.

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Inner Racism Revealed

Charles M Blow

NYTimes.com

Allow me a moment of personal indulgence: When I began writing a column many years ago, it quickly dawned on me that although I had strong and firm views on some things, there were many others about which my opinions weren’t fully formed. I believe that many of us have areas in our lives where our opinions are fungible. It was only through my experience in this job that my own opinions became so clear to me. Doing the job honed me, revealed me, exposed me. I believe that something similar, but on a much grander and much more consequential scale, happens with presidents. As Michelle Obama said: “Being president doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are.” That is what is happening with Donald Trump. He has in the course of his life been on all sides of many issues, although he was always a liar, bully, misogynist, opportunist and economic isolationist. But his racial hostility and white supremacy seem to have blossomed with his entry into politics and his Russia-aided election.

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Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?

Paul Krugman

When the tweeter-in-chief castigated Senate Republicans as “total quitters” for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, they showed zombie-like relentlessness in their determination to take health care away from millions of Americans, shambling forward despite devastating analyses by the Congressional Budget Office, denunciations of their plans by every major medical group, and overwhelming public disapproval. Put it this way: Senator Lindsey Graham was entirely correct when he described the final effort at repeal as “terrible policy and horrible politics,” a “disaster” and a “fraud.” He voted for it anyway — and so did 48 of his colleagues. So where did this zombie horde come from? Who ate Republicans’ brains? As many people have pointed out, when it came to health care Republicans were basically caught in their own web of lies. They fought against the idea of universal coverage, then denounced the Affordable Care Act for failing to cover enough people; they made “skin in the game,” i.e., high outof-pocket costs, the centerpiece of their health care ideology, then denounced the act for high deductibles.

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Can We Rebuild Black Wall Street?

FinalCall.com

Montoya Smith, host of the Atlanta talk show, “Mental Dialogue,” asked, “Can we rebuild ‘Black Wall Street?’” “No, really,” he added, recognizing the depth of his question and
assuring folks he was not kidding or just being rhetorical. So, what was Black Wall Street? Most of what I have learned about it was obtained from a book by John Sibley Butler titled, “Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black Americans, A Reconsideration of Race and Economics,” which contains an exhaustive section on Tulsa, Oklahoma’s history and a detailed account of what took place in its Greenwood District. Some of the information below comes from Dr. Butler’s book. I also learned from face to face conversations with six of the survivors of the Tulsa Riot.

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White Supremacy: America’s Original Sin

By Final Call News

Many may feel comfortable condemning the Alt-Right, neo-Nazis, Klans-men and White Supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Va., but the true problem is America’s underlying cancer of White Supremacy etched into the DNA of this nation. The torch carrying, swastika waving, black-shirted, Nazi saluting supporters of the Alt Right, who openly voice their disdain and hatred for Blacks and others, are not the choice for expressions of White Supremacy today. Their look and their tactics are outmoded, draw too much attention and draw too much of an emotional response. What is preferred today is “Make America Great Again” White Supremacy, an ideology and expression that couches Whites as the group suffering and losing in the United States. It was that sentiment that President Clinton played to in the 1990s as a welfare-bashing, prisoner executing, missile into Africa launching New Democrat.

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How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

By Chirs Hedges Truthdig.com

Workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., picked a bird in the hand when they recently voted against forming a union, and that’s understandable. Veteran workers, who generally opposed the union, make $26 an hour. That is less than the nearly $30 an hour for similar auto workers in unions at the major American carmakers — but almost twice the median hourly wage in Mississippi. This, in a nutshell, is what has made it so difficult to organize workers in the South. With employers and anti-union politicians telling them that unionization would threaten their jobs, Southern workers choose to stick with what they have rather than risk sharing the fate of their poorly paid neighbors. And while the threat does not square with reality, since major car plants worldwide are typically unionized, a majority of workers are not willing to call this bluff and organize for better wages and conditions.

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