Sunday, May 08, 2011

Democracy Now & PBS Freedom Riders & Jim Crow Apartheid America

Below The Lynching of Laura Nelson 

Is this America's racist  past that Uberconservatives, the GOP and the Tea Party Gang which they idealize want to bring back???
In these so-called good old days lynchings were a common form of rough justice is this the past these American conservatives believe was better than the way things are now in America???
In the good old days the American conservatives argue everyone knew their place in society with white protestant males as deserving of being on the top rung of the social ladder???

Freedom Riders were part of the Civil rights movement in America. Segregation was made unlawful by the US Supreme Court . And yet Southern States defying the law maintained their Apartheid system which segregated blacks from the white community . The laws requiing segregation were referred to as Jim Crow .
Jim Crow laws required seperate schools, hospitals,Cemetery's, hotels and White's Only signs were posted at diners , water fountains,park benches, public washrooms movie theaters .

On public transport such as buses blacks were relegated to the back of the bus.

The Freedom Riders in order to test the federal government 's resolve to enforce the Supreme Court rulling against segregation rode in buses across the deep south with blacks and whites sat beside one another in defiance of Jim Crow laws .

The domestic terrorist organization the Ku Klux Klan and their white supremacist sympathizers which included White politicians, governors, state legislators, mayors, city counsellors ,most police and fire departments and the majority of business men
So over and over again when the buses arrived in a town the local racist would beat up the white and black freedom Riders.
States Rights used to defend Jim Crow and racial segregation.

The white pro-segregationist argued that the US federal government did not have the right to over-rule state segregation laws. So at times these racists would to get more support by appealing to those in favor of state's rights and who characterize the Feds as acting against the US Constitution .

America has once again entered a period in which states are once again insisting on passing various racist, sexist anti-gay , anti-hispanic, anti-immigration laws.

Democracy Now! Amy Goodman

50th Anniversary of the First Freedom Ride: New Documentary Recounts Historic 1961 Effort to Challenge Segregated Bus System in the Deep South

It was 50 years ago today, on May 4, 1961, when mixed groups of black and white students took two public buses from Washington, D.C., and intended to arrive in New Orleans two weeks later. They were risking their lives to challenge segregation, and called themselves the “Freedom Riders.” President Obama has issued a proclamation honoring May 2011 as the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, and called on Americans to celebrate their struggle for equal rights during the civil rights movement. At last year’s Sundance Film Festival, we spoke to Stanley Nelson about his new documentary, which tells the story of what happened to these brave students and how they inspired hundreds of others to join the Freedom Rides and eventually succeed in desegregating public transportation. We also speak to two Freedom Riders featured in the film, Bernard Lafayette and Jim Zwerg. Freedom Riders will air on PBS’s American Experience on May 16.

Freedom Riders Democracy Now! Part 2 of 3

History of Racism in America

In his blog post Frederick Ide traces the roots of racism in America from colonial times to the creation of the Ku Klux Klan after the American Civil War to the racism which fuels the current Birthers including such luminaries as Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, SarahPalin , Sean Hannity, Fox News network and O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh ...
He focuses on not just racism against black americans but also the racism against Native Americans, Asian , Italian ,Germans, Catholics, Jews. Irish, hispanics, Arab and Muslim Americans and so forth.

For instance since 9/11 there has arisen blatant racism against Muslim Americans referred to as Islamophobia which has become a currently acceptable form of racism , prejudice and bigotry.

President Obama for instance being America's first black president has been attacked by raist under the guise of "Birtherism" claimin he was not born in America or is "Not a Real American" who hates all white people and is a "Secret Muslim" and accused of having a hidden agenda to undermine America's cherished values to promote socialism, collectivismMarxism, Fascism and to make America into a Islamic state practicing the most brutal form of Sharia/ Islamic law etc.

see for instance USA the Most racist Nation at Arthur Frederick Ide's Blog April 29, 2011
Racism has been the backbone of USA history long before there was a USA. The colonies were racist from the beginning, viewing anyone who was not white or Protestant as being unfit for heaven or equal treatment. Black people, especially in Oklahoma were primary suspects when ever a crime was committed; it was common and standard practice throughout Oklahoma in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to seek out a Black person who could have been anywhere near the scene of the crime, and arrest the individual “for questioning” even if the Black suspect was with family, in a church, or visiting with friends. In Oklahoma, Black people were considered to be guilty before any trial and it was the obligation of the accused to prove his or her own innocence, as court appointed defending lawyers were lackluster at best (as became a subject for the books by John Grishom). Once accused by a Oklahoma sheriff, the Black person has two options: go peacefully and face either judicial murder or to be lynched by a gang of white Oklahomans who would be allowed to enter the jail where the Black was being held and remove the accused while the sheriff went to lunch, or to strike back and either kill or disable the sheriff and flee. 105 Blacks were lynched in 1901, and 85 om 1902, and so forth (see:; Oklahoma refused to let the story of Black suffering appear in its textbooks until recently: Little has changed since 1900:

and about the current situation Frederick Ide argues thusly:

oday the fires of racial hatred are fanned by would-be-president of the USA, real estate mogul Donald Trump who shields his well-heeled superrich on luxury golf courses behind foreboding forests and thick underbrush. Donald Trump’s racism is, and has been easily exposed but the media refuses to call Trump’s spade that turns over trash for what it is: garbage. At the Daily Beast, Andrew Sullivan observes that Trump had thrown down “the affirmative action card to pump up the GOP base,” and it’s time to take stock: “We might as well concede it: these are racist smears.” ( Sullivan notes, furthermore, “We can and should dismiss this man as a clown. But what’s so riveting is that he is testing just how powerful a clown can be when pressing every populist, racist button the GOP has deployed for years – and doing it with a crudeness that Karl Rove would never quite deploy.” Donald Trump questioned, repeatedly, how Obama, as a black man from a modest background could enter Columbia and Harvard–while conveniently, like most Birthers and racists, ignore that Obama was the editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated from Harvard magna cum laude (with the highest honors).

Alex Pareene, at Salon‘s War Room blog, wrote a crisp lede in his story on the emergence of SATs on Trump’s publicity tour: “Donald Trump added a blatantly race-baiting component to his already racially charged campaign against Barack Obama’s Americanness this week….based on things he heard”:

“How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records,” he said, without providing backup for his claim.

Trump added, “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard.”

rump trounced what he sees as the affirmative action of Harvard for someone who is unqualified (Obama, because he is Black) but never mentions that there truly was one male who was so dull, and such a below-average student who (without any explaination) made his way into Harvard: Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kushner’s father, real estate developer Charles Kushner, bought Jared his Harvard acceptance, which cost the senior Kushner $2.5 million (after bribing jurors and evading taxes–for which reason he was sent to jail; commenting on Daniel Golden, The price of admission : how America’s ruling class buys its way into elite colleges–and who gets left outside the gates; 1st pbk ed., New York : Three Rivers Press, c2007). The junior Krushner went on to buy the New York Observer with additional “dirty money” gleaned by money laundering.

Over on cable, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has been especially strong in calling out Trump, noting that he has become a “hero” to racists, O’Donnell charged on Wednesday’s “The Last Word” that NBC knows if Trump will run for President. He insisted that NBC settle the question right away and avoid being part of what he called Trump’s “campaign to legitimize hatred and racism.” (

CNN blogger, Fareed Zakaria, opting for truth than the fake “balance” defined by the network, flatly dispatched Trump’s birther crusade as “shame[ful] coded racism” ( In this he is joined by former Philadelphia mayor Wilson Googe, and numerous other national figures including Bob Schieffer who has been at CBS since 1969.

It is no surprise that Donald Trump tells no one that the Department of Justice of the government of the USA is suing him over racial discrimination in housing when he was in his 20s, and openly refused to rent to Blacks.

The Government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals “because of race and color.” It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available. While he claimed that he had nothing to do with the actual renting of homes, certificates, titles and other papers has his name and signature as the lessor. While he has falsely claimed he settled with the US government, even into the 1980s charges were brought that at least 95% of all residences in his Trump Villages were rented by white people. (See:

Categories: Adolf Hitler, Bible, Black Americans, Church history, Education, Evangelical Christianity, GOP, Iowa, Martin Luther, Nazis, Robert Vander Plaats, Tea BaggersTags: racism, Osiris, Egypt, Lynching, racial hatred, Donald Trump, Jared Krushner, Barack Obama, Oklahoma racism, Louisiana racism, Arizona racism, racism in the USA, Biblical mythology, Prescott Bush and Adolf Hitler

and so it goes,
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