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DONNA BRAZILE IS NOT GOING TO THE BACK OF THE BUS

. . . .and she tells it like it is.

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REPUBLICAN AD CALLS BLACK WOMEN “HOS”

The ReThuglican Party has done it again, as this article from The Huffington Post points out.

 

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REPUBLICAN AD CALLS BLACK WOMEN “HOS”

 

 

OCTOBER 19, 2008

 

No one can criticize the GOP for failing to produce sophisticated propaganda that successfully exploits the hopes and fears of white middle Americans. But can the right-wing distraction factory woo minorities with the same techniques? Check out the following transcript of a new Republican ad targeting black voters in 10 battleground states this year and you be the judge:

BLACK MAN #1: “If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked.”
 
BLACK MAN #2: “That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed.”
 
 
BLACK MAN #1: “Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican.”
This ad was financed by J. Patrick Rooney, a white billionaire notorious for funding several misleading anti-Kerry ads that ran on urban radio stations in 2004. The money for Rooney’s newest ad flowed through a little-known group called America’s PAC, which was founded by Richard Nadler, a veteran Republican consultant who pushed Intelligent Design in Kansas public schools, declaring, “Darwin is bunk.”
 

 

Nadler has an apparently dim view of the minorities he hopes to court. In 2000, he produced an ad in 2000 for school vouchers in which a white parent declared that his child’s public school “was a bit more diversity than he could handle.” The Republican National Committee flatly denounced that ad as “racist.”

 

But about Rooney and Nadler’s latest creation, which portrays black men as promiscuous misogynists and black women as submissive “ho’s,” the RNC is silent.

SOURCE:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/republican-ad-calls-black_b_32032.html

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AMERICAN TUNE

Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
or driven to its knees
but it’s all right, it’s all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we’re traveling on
I wonder what’s gone wrong
I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it’s alright, it’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest.

 

AMERICAN TUNE, by Paul Simon, from his album, “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”, May, 1973.

 

Lady Liberty at Sunset, New York, NY by Grufnik

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POLICE FIND THE BODY OF JENNIFER HUDSON’S NEPHEW

Very sad news for the beautiful actress Ms. Jennifer Hudson. Her little nephew, Julian King, has been found—-dead. Ms. Hudson also lost her mother and brother who were found shot to death in the home she shared with them.

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POLICE: CHILD’S BODY FOUND IN SUV IS HUDSON NEPHEW

 

 
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Sharita Dickey, center, gets support from Laneka Manson, left, and Monell Manson, right, as she cries out with a prayer for Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson, the mother and brother of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson outside the Donerson home in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. Hudson appealed on Sunday for the public’s help in finding her 7-year-old nephew, missing since the shooting deaths of her mother and brother.

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CHICAGO – Chicago police say singer and actress Jennifer Hudson has identified the body of her 7-year-old nephew, who was found dead Monday morning in an SUV.
 
Julian King had been missing since Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in the home they shared Friday. Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says the boy also had been shot.
 
Julian had been the subject of a frantic search since the killings, which police have characterized as “domestic related.”
 
Police say Hudson was among seven family members and close friends who identified the body from a video image at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Monday.
 
No one has been charged in the slayings. Authorities have been questioning the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister.
 

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Let us all pray for Ms. Hudson, her family, and especially the family of little Julian.  May God grant them strength and solace in their hour of grief.

Rest in peace, little angel. May you find eternal safety in the harms of your loving saviour, Jesus Christ.

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FEDS DISRUPT ANOTHER SKINHEAD PLOT TO ASSASSINATE OBAMA

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This undated photo obtained from a MySpace webpage shows Daniel Cowart, 20 of Bells, Tenn. holding a weapon. Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree, the ATF said Monday Oct. 27, 2008. In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. The men, Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of West Helena, Ark., are being held without bond.

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WASHINGTON – Law enforcement agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday.
 
In court records unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn., federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school in a murder spree that was to begin in Tennessee. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name.
 
Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of ATF’s Nashville field office, said the two men planned to kill 88 people, including 14 African-Americans by beheading. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.
 
The men also sought to go on a national killing spree after the Tennessee murders, with Obama as its final target, Cavanaugh told The Associated Press.
 
“They said that would be their last, final act — that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama,” Cavanaugh said. “They didn’t believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying.”
 
An Obama spokeswoman traveling with the senator in Pennsylvania had no immediate comment.
 
The men, Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark., are being held without bond. Agents seized a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols from the men when they were arrested. Authorities alleged the two men were preparing to break into a gun shop to steal more.
 
The two men were arrested Oct. 22 by the Crockett County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office. “Once we arrested the defendants and suspected they had violated federal law, we immediately contacted federal authorities,” said Crockett County Sheriff Troy Klyce.
 
Attorney Joe Byrd, who has been hired to represent Cowart, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday. Messages left on two phone numbers listed under Cowart’s name were not immediately returned.
 
No telephone number for Schlesselman in Helena-West Helena could be found immediately.
 
Cowart and Schlesselman are charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, and threatening a candidate for president.
 
The investigation is continuing, and more charges are possible, Cavanaugh said.
The court records say Cowart and Schlesselman also bought nylon rope and ski masks to use in a robbery or home invasion to fund their spree, during which they allegedly planned to go from state to state and kill people.
 
For the Obama plot, the legal documents show, Cowart and Schlesselman “planned to drive their vehicle as fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows.”
“Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt,” the court complaint states. “Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt.”
 
Cavanaugh said there’s no evidence — so far — that others were willing to assist Cowart and Schlesselman with the plot.
 
He said authorities took the threats very seriously.
 
“They seemed determined to do it,” Cavanaugh said. “Even if they were just to try it, it would be a trail of tears around the South.”
 
The court documents say the two men met about a month ago on the Internet and found common ground in their shared “white power” and “skinhead” philosophy.
 
The numbers 14 and 88 are symbols in skinhead culture, referring to a 14-word phrase attributed to an imprisoned white supremacist: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” and to the eighth letter of the alphabet, H. Two “8”s or “H”s stand for “Heil Hitler.”
 
Helena-West Helena, on the Mississippi River in east Arkansas’ Delta, is in one of the nation’s poorest regions, trailing even parts of Appalachia in its standard of living. Police Chief Fred Fielder said he had never heard of Schlesselman.
 
However, the reported threat of attacking a school filled with black students worried Fielder. Helena-West Helena, with a population of 12,200, is 66 percent black.
 
“Predominantly black school, take your pick,” he said.
 
 
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Associated Press writers Erik Schelzig in Nashville, Tenn., and Jon Gambrell in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.
 

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IN REMEMBRANCE: 10-26-2008

RUDY RAY MOORE, ENTERTAINER WHO WAS A PRECURSOR TO RAP
 
 
 
Published: October 22, 2008
 
 
Rudy Ray Moore, whose standup comedy, records and movies related earthy rhyming tales of a vivid gaggle of characters as they lurched from sexual escapade to sexual escapade in a boisterous tradition, born in Africa, that helped shape today’s hip-hop, died Sunday in Akron, Ohio. He was 81.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rudy Ray Moore as the title character in “Dolemite” (1975), a cult classic among aficionados of blaxploitation movies.

 

 

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The cause was complications of diabetes, his Web site said.
 
Mr. Moore called himself the Godfather of Rap because of the number of hip-hop artists who used snippets of his recordings in theirs, performed with him or imitated him. These included Dr. Dre, Big Daddy Kane and 2 Live Crew.
 
Snoop Dogg thanked Mr. Moore in liner notes to the 2006 release of the soundtrack to Mr. Moore’s 1975 film, “Dolemite,” saying, “Without Rudy Ray Moore, there would be no Snoop Dogg, and that’s for real.”
 
Most critics refrained from overpraising “Dolemite,” with the possible exception of John Leland, who wrote in The New York Times in 2002 that it “remains the ‘Citizen Kane’ of kung fu pimping movies.” The film, made for $100,000, nonetheless became a cult classic among aficionados of so-called blaxploitation movies — films that so exaggerate black stereotypes that they might plausibly be said to transcend those stereotypes.
 
Very little of Mr. Moore’s work in any medium reached mainstream audiences, largely because his rapid-fire rhyming salaciousness exceeded the wildest excesses of even Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. His comedy records in the 1960s and ’70s — most featuring nude photographs of him and more than one woman in suggestive poses — were kept behind record store counters in plain brown wrappers and had to be explicitly requested.
 
But Mr. Moore could be said to represent a profound strand of African-American folk art.
 
One of his standard stories concerns a monkey who uses his wiles and an accommodating elephant to fool a lion. The tale, which originated in West Africa, became a basis for an influential study by the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., “The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism.”
 
In one of his few brushes with a national audience, Mr. Moore, in a startlingly cleaned-up version, told the story on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in the early 1990s. Other characters he described were new, almost always dirtier renderings in the tradition of trickster stories represented by Brer Rabbit and the cunning slave John, who outwitted his master to win freedom.
 
Mr. Moore updated the story of an old minstrel show favorite, Peetie (which he changed to “Petey”) Wheatstraw, a k a the Devil’s Son-in-Law and the High Sheriff of Hell. Others in his cast were Pimpin’ Sam and Hurricane Annie. Mr. Moore became a master at “toasting,” a tradition of black rhymed storytelling over a beat in which the tallest tale — or most outlandish insult — wins.
 
Rudolph Frank Moore was born on March 17, 1927, in Fort Smith, Ark., where he was soon singing in church. He moved to Cleveland at 15, found work peeling potatoes and washing dishes and won a talent contest. He was drafted in 1950 and performed for his fellow soldiers as the Harlem Hillbilly, singing country songs in R&B style.
 
After his discharge, he resumed his pre-Army act as the turbaned dancer Prince Dumarr. He made some records as a singer under the name Rudy Moore, doing songs like “Hully Gully Papa,” who liked to “coffee grind real slow.”
 
His life changed in 1970 when he found himself listening to the stories of Rico, a regular at the record store in Hollywood, Calif., where Mr. Moore worked.
 
He was particularly captivated by Rico’s rude, rollicking stories of Dolemite, a name derived from dolomite, a mineral used in some cements. Mr. Moore perfected the Dolemite stories in comedy routines, most of which he recorded, then spent all his record earnings to make the movie “Dolemite.” A sequel, “The Human Tornado,” followed. A second sequel, “The Dolemite Explosion,” also starring Mr. Moore, may be released later this year.
 
Fallout Entertainment bought the rights last year to remake the original movie. Bill Fishman of Fallout said some of Mr. Moore’s famous lines would be used.
 
Mr. Moore is survived by four siblings; his daughter, Yvette Wesson, known as Rusty; and his 98-year-old mother, Lucille.
 
Violent scenes in Mr. Moore’s movies included a man’s guts being ripped out by another character’s bare hands in “Dolemite.” Almost none of the dialogue in any of his movies can be printed in a family newspaper, not to mention the language of his more than 16 comedy albums — or even many of their titles.
 
But what is probably his most famous line is also his most typical:
 
 
Dolemite is my name
 
And rappin’ and tappin’
 
That’s my game
 
I’m young and free
 
And just as bad as I wanna be.
 
SOURCE:  The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com
 
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DEE DEE WARWICK, SOUL SINGER AND SISTER OF SINGER DIONNE WARWICK
 
 
 
Published: October 21, 2008
 
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Dee Dee Warwick, a soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, died Saturday in Essex County. She was 63.
 
Her death, at a nursing home, was announced by Kevin Sasaki, a family spokesman, who added that she had been in failing health in recent months and that her sister was with her when she died.
 
Dee Dee Warwick had several hits on the soul and R&B charts in the 1960s and ’70s, including “Foolish Fool,” “She Didn’t Know (She Kept on Talking)” and a version of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” which was later covered by Diana Ross and the Supremes.
 
Ms. Warwick was a two-time Grammy Award nominee and sang backup for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and others before starting her solo career.
 
She was a niece of the gospel singer Cissy Houston and a cousin of Whitney Houston.
 
Born in Newark, Ms. Warwick was a teenager when she began singing with her older sister in the late 1950s. The two performed as the Gospelaires and also collaborated and sang with the Drinkard Singers, a long-running gospel group that also featured some of the Warwicks’ aunts and uncles and was managed by their mother.
 
Most recently, Ms. Warwick provided background vocals for her sister’s recent one-woman autobiographical show, “My Music & Me,” which played to sold-out crowds in Europe this year. She also performed on the title song from Dionne Warwick’s gospel album, “Why We Sing,” released in January.
 
SOURCE:  The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com
 
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ALEX RIVERA, PHOTOJOURNALIST OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
 
 
Published: October 25, 2008
 
 
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Alex Rivera, a photojournalist who spent his career covering the civil rights movement and working at North Carolina Central University, has died. He was 95.
 
Mr. Rivera died on Thursday, the university confirmed. A cause of death was not reported.
 
Mr. Rivera was born in Greensboro, N.C., and grew up immersed in civil rights activism with his father, a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He attended Howard University and worked for The Washington Tribune, the statement said.
 
In 1939, Mr. Rivera was recruited to create the news bureau at the North Carolina College for Negroes, later North Carolina Central. He served in naval intelligence during World War II, then returned to journalism.
 
Mr. Rivera covered the last lynchings in South Carolina and Alabama, and legal challenges to school segregation. He won a Global Syndicate Award in 1955.
 
He returned to the university in 1977 and led the public relations office until he retired.
 
SOURCE:  The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com
 
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MR. BLACKWELL, FASHION CRITIC
 
 
 
Published: October 20, 2008
 
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86
 
 
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He died Sunday of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said.
Mr. Blackwell, whose first name was Richard, was a little-known dress designer when he issued his first tongue-in-cheek criticism of Hollywood fashion disasters for 1960 — long before Joan Rivers and others turned such ridicule into a daily affair.
 
Year after year, he would take Hollywood’s reigning stars and other celebrities to task for failing to dress in what he thought was the way they should.
 
Being dowdy was bad enough, but the more outrageous clothing a woman wore, the more biting his criticism. He once said a reigning Miss America looked “like an armadillo with cornpads.”
 
A few other examples:
 
 
Madonna: “The Bare-Bottomed Bore of Babylon.”
 
Barbra Streisand: “She looks like a masculine Bride of Frankenstein.”
 
Christina Aguilera: “A dazzling singer who puts good taste through the wardrobe wringer.”
 
Meryl Streep: “She looks like a gypsy abandoned by a caravan.”
 
Sharon Stone: “An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille.”
 
Lindsay Lohan: “From adorable to deplorable.”
 
Patti Davis: “Packs all the glamour of an old, worn-out sneaker.”
 
Ann Margret: “A Hells Angel escapee who invaded the Ziegfeld Follies on a rainy night.”
 
Camilla Parker-Bowles: “The Duchess of Dowdy.”
 
Bjork: “She dances in the dark — and dresses there, too.”
 
Spears: “Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill.”
 
Mr. Blackwell acknowledged he had mixed feelings about appearing so publicly mean.
 
Most of the women he put through the wringer, he said, were people he genuinely admired for their talent if not their fashion sense.
 
“The list is and was a satirical look at the fashion flops of the year,” he said in 1998. “I merely said out loud what others were whispering. … It’s not my intention to hurt the feelings of these people. It’s to put down the clothing they’re wearing.”
 
He told The Los Angeles Times in 1968 that designers were forgetting that their job “is to dress and enhance women. … Maybe I should have named the 10 worst designers instead of blaming the women who wear their clothes.”
 
Surprisingly, the woman who topped his worst dressed list for 1982 (announced in early 1983) was the newly married Diana, Princess of Wales. He said she had gone from “a very young, independent, fresh look” to a “tacky, dowdy” style. She quickly regained her footing and wound up as a regular on Mr. Blackwell’s favorites list, the “fabulous fashion independents.”
 
Mr. Blackwell had started out as an actor himself, having been spotted by a talent agent while still in his teens. He landed a job as an understudy in the Broadway production of Sidney Kingsley’s heralded drama “Dead End.”
 
Although he got to the play the role of the Dead End Kids’ leader on stage only one time, it led him to Hollywood where he landed bit parts in such films as “Little Tough Guy” (uncredited) and “Juvenile Hall” (as Dick Selzer).
 
He abandoned his acting career in 1958 after failing to make it in movies and switched to fashion design. He claimed to be the first to make designer jeans for women, and his salon had begun to attract a few Hollywood names when he issued his first list covering the fashion faux pas of 1960. (Italian star Anna Magnani and Ms. Gabor were among his early victims.)
 
It quickly brought him the celebrity he had long coveted, and he became a favorite on the TV talk show circuit. He also became for a time, in his words, “The worst bitch in the world.”
 
He hosted his own show, “Mr. Blackwell Presents,” in 1968 and appeared as himself in such TV shows as “Matlock” and “Matt Houston.”
 
In 1992, he sued Johnny Carson for claiming that he had added Mother Teresa to his list, saying the comment exposed him to hatred and ridicule. NBC’s response was that the “Tonight Show” host was obviously joking.
 
“Did you see what he said about Mother Teresa? ‘Miss Nerdy Nun is a fashion no-no,” Mr. Carson had said. “Come on now, that’s just too much.”
 
During his heyday the issuing of Mr. Blackwell’s annual list was an eagerly anticipated media event.
 
On the second Tuesday in January he would assemble reporters at his mansion for a lavish breakfast before making a dramatic entrance for the television cameras.
 
By the turn of the millennium, however, the list had lost its juice and Mr. Blackwell took to issuing it by e-mail.
 
Born Richard Sylvan Selzer in 1922, he recounted in his autobiography, “From Rags to Bitches,” a troubled, poverty-ridden childhood in which he was variously a truant, thief and prostitute.
 
 
SOURCE:  The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com
 
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SISTER EMMANUELLE, REVERED IN FRANCE FOR CANDOR AND CARING
 
 
 
Published: October 24, 2008
 
 
“When you hear this message, I will no longer be there,” the voice, characteristically spirited, confident, just a little bit cheeky and familiar to all of France, said on a tape released this week.
 
 
 
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Sister Emmanuelle being honored in Brussels in 2005.

 

 

 

The words were those of Sister Emmanuelle, a nun revered for her work with the disenfranchised, especially among the garbage-scavengers of Cairo, and renowned for her television appearances in France as an advocate for the poor. She died Monday at a retirement home operated by her order, the Congregation of Notre-Dame de Sion, in Callian, in the south of France.
 
She was immediately praised by the Vatican, her work and achievement likened to those of Mother Teresa. A spokeswoman for her charitable organization, the Sister Emmanuelle Association, confirmed the death. She was 99 and would have turned 100 next month.
But Sister Emmanuelle, who told an interviewer in August that she was not afraid of death, was not quite through with her earthly work. The tape, part farewell and part public relations coup, was released by the book publisher Flammarion as part of the announcement that her autobiography, written two years ago and held for posthumous release, would be published Friday.
 
“In telling of my life — all of my life — I wanted to bear witness that love is more powerful than death,” Sister Emmanuelle said on the tape, which was recorded at the time she finished the book. “I have confessed everything, the good and the less good, and I can tell you about it.”
 
And so she has. In the book, mischievously titled “Confessions of a Nun,” Sister Emmanuelle wrote seriously of a life of faith and service. “Remember the simple soul of your brothers and sisters in rags,” she counseled herself. “Do not turn yourself to the ‘beautiful world’ unless it is useful for the slums; do not let your original vanity carry you off to the heights.”
 
She wrote as well of having to overcome what she described as an early fear of Jews, though her grandmother was Jewish. (Her order was founded, in 1843, to promote the conversion of Jews to Christianity.) But “little by little,” she wrote, “I went from rejection of, to pride in, my origins.”
 
She also wrote frankly of her lifelong feelings of lust, of masturbating as a girl, of falling in love and having to renounce physical love for the love of God.
 
As a girl, she wrote, “when desire assaulted me, only some outside presence had the power to stop me; otherwise I was powerless against the avidity of pleasure. A penchant for voluptuousness and an obsession for sensuality developed in my flesh, the intensity of which is difficult to describe. The fact that the needle has not left my old woman’s body is a source of constant surprise and humiliation. I thought that, with the years, its tip of fire would completely disappear. Not at all.”
 
Such energetic candor always characterized Sister Emmanuelle, who was known to favor allowing priests to marry, who was benignly indifferent to homosexuality and who wrote to Pope John Paul II in defense of the use of contraceptive pills, telling him about the slum-dwelling Egyptian girls who were marrying as young as 12 and having babies every year. It was a characteristic that endeared her to the French; last year, Le Journal du Dimanche named her the nation’s fourth most popular person behind the former tennis player Yannick Noah, the soccer star Zinedine Zidane and the actress Mimie Mathy.
 
She was born Madeleine Cinquin on Nov. 16, 1908, in Brussels into a family that ran a lingerie business; her father drowned when she was 6. She earned a degree in philosophy at the Sorbonne and expressed a desire to be a nun from an early age, but she was not all work and no play. The stories of her youth create a portrait of a highly sociable and flirtatious young woman.
 
“I loved dancing, particularly with nice-looking boys,” she wrote in an earlier memoir. “My mother used to say to me, ‘You want boys to like you, to surround you, to admire you.’ ” She added: “And I told her, ‘For God I will leave the boys alone.’ ”
 
After she took her vows — in either 1929 or 1931, according to varying reports — she taught in schools in Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt. In 1971, when she was 62, she received permission from her order for what had long been her desire, to move to Cairo and live among the poorest of its citizens in Ezbet El Nakhl, a slum whose residents, known as zabbaleen, share space with refuse, sorting and recycling it for the city, and scavenging in it, too. There she lived in a one-room hut for 22 years, while helping to establish schools, clinics and play areas.
 
The Sister Emmanuelle Association, which she founded in 1980, eventually extended its work to Brazil, Burkina Faso, Haiti, the Philippines, Senegal and Sudan.
 
She returned to France in 1993 and became an outspoken advocate for the rights of the poor.
 
On Wednesday, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, who called her “a woman of faith with high convictions, but also a woman for whom charity existed through concrete actions,” and Suzanne Mubarak, wife of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, along with thousands of other mourners, attended a memorial service for her at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.
 
In 1996, Sister Emmanuelle appeared on the popular television program “Bouillon de Culture,” on which she was asked by the host, Bernard Pivot, to name her favorite word. (Mr. Pivot’s interview technique was borrowed by James Lipton for “Inside the Actors Studio.”) She replied with the Arabic word that, idiomatically translated, means “Let’s go.”
 
“Yallah,” she said.
 
Then he asked for a word she hated, and she replied in English.
 
“Stop,” she said.
 
 
Basil Katz contributed reporting from Paris.
 
SOURCE:  The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com
 
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BEN WEIDER, WHO HELPED POPULARIZE BODYBUILDING
 
 
Published: October 20, 2008
 
 
Ben Weider, who with his brother Joe brought bodybuilding into the international spotlight by organizing professional competitions like Mr. Olympia and by grooming stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, died Friday in Montreal. He was 85.
 
 
 
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Ben Weider in 1998. He and his brother Joe had a fitness empire.

 

 

The death was confirmed by Charlotte Parker, a family spokeswoman.
 
As a founder and longtime president of the International Federation of Body Builders, Mr. Weider (pronounced WEE-der) spread the gospel of competitive bodybuilding, which he dreamed might one day become an Olympic sport.
 
“He had a slogan, ‘Bodybuilding is important for nation building,’ ” said Frank Zane, a three-time Mr. Olympia. “He was a real diplomat.”
 
While his brother concentrated on expanding Weider Health and Fitness, an empire built on muscle magazines, exercise equipment and nutritional supplements, Mr. Weider roamed the world, creating branches of his federation in about 180 countries, organizing contests and lobbying a resistant International Olympic Committee. In 1998, the I.O.C. met him halfway by granting bodybuilding provisional status as an Olympic sport.
 
“He had an amazing career promoting this crazy sport,” said Mike Steere, the author of “Brothers of Iron,” a biography of the Weiders. “It’s largely through his efforts that it was legitimized around the world.”
 
Benjamin Weider was born in Montreal, where his parents had settled after leaving Poland.
 
The family was poor, and he dropped out of school after the seventh grade to work in restaurants and in garment factories. In 1942, he enlisted in the Canadian Army, in which he did intelligence work.
 
In the meantime, Joe, a former 90-pound weakling tired of being picked on by neighborhood bullies, had parlayed his enthusiasm for weight lifting and fitness into a magazine, Your Physique, whose pages became a vehicle for selling exercise equipment.
 
Ben joined the business, and in 1946, the brothers founded the body builders’ federation to sponsor a new style of competition in which contestants, rather than bending iron bars or snapping chains, would lift weights and display their bodies so audiences could appreciate the balance and proportions of their muscular development. Mr. Weider was the president of the organization, now known as the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, from its founding until 2006.
 
In 1965, the brothers organized the first Mr. Olympia contest, which was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and quickly became the professional counterpart to the Mr. Universe competition. In Mr. Schwarzenegger, whom they called the Austrian Oak, the brothers found their first star. The film “Pumping Iron,” released in 1977, brought the contest and the sport to a general audience. In 1980, the brothers created a competition for women, Ms. Olympia, which generated its own celebrities.
 
In 1959 Mr. Weider married Huguette Derouin, who survives him, along with their three sons: Louis, of Montreal, Eric of Los Angeles, and Mark, of Miami; his brother, Joe, and his sister, Freda Yankofsky, both of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren.
 
Mr. Weider published several books on Napoleon, who, he was convinced, did not die of cancer but at the hands of associates who poisoned him with arsenic. He presented his argument in “The Murder of Napoleon” (1982), written with David Hapgood. He also published a revisionist history, “The Wars Against Napoleon” (2007), written with Gen. Michel Franceschi, which sought to prove that Napoleon, rather than monomaniacally pursuing military glory, waged a defensive struggle on behalf of Enlightenment ideals against reactionary regimes.
 
Less surprisingly, with Robert Kennedy, he wrote “Superpump: Hardcore Women’s Bodybuilding” (1986).
 
“A body is a body is a body,” Mr. Weider once told The Toronto Globe and Mail. “It has muscles, it has blood, it has bones, it can be built.”
 
SOURCE:  The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com
 
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VITTORIO FOA, ANTI-FASCIST, LABOR LEADER AND ITALIAN SENATOR
 
 
Published: October 21, 2008
 
 
ROME — Vittorio Foa, an anti-Fascist intellectual, labor union leader and senator whose life traced the trajectory of the Italian left in the 20th century, died Monday at his home in Formia, outside Rome. He was 98.
 
 
 
Massimo Sambucetti/Associated Press

Vittorio Foa in 1996.

 

 

Walter Veltroni, the leader of the center-left opposition, announced his death to the ANSA news agency, speaking on behalf of the Foa family.
 
Born in 1910, Mr. Foa came of age under Fascism. In the 1930s, when he was in his 20s, he joined Giustizia e Libertà, or Justice and Liberty, an underground group of anti-Fascist activists in his native Turin. Many of them were Jewish, as he was, including Leone Ginzburg, the husband of the politically active novelist Natalia Ginzburg. Mr. Foa was also close to Carlo Levi, who wrote “Christ Stopped at Eboli.”
 
In 1935, the Fascist authorities arrested Mr. Foa, with other Justice and Liberty leaders, and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. The Allies freed him in 1943.
 
In 1948, Mr. Foa became a leader of the left-wing CGIL labor union. In the 1950s, he was elected to Parliament as a member of the Socialist Party and later became a senator for other left-wing parties. A leading intellectual of the non-Communist left, Mr. Foa in the 1960s inspired some extra-parliamentary leftist groups. Over the years, he published dozens of books, articles and memoirs.
 
Mr. Veltroni called Mr. Foa “the model of a militant for democracy.”
 
Mr. Foa’s survivors include his wife, Sesa Tatò; a daughter, the historian Anna Foa; and a son, the politician and journalist Renzo Foa.
 
On Tuesday, Italian newspapers were filled with tributes to Mr. Foa. In La Repubblica, the journalist Miriam Mafai recalled his impatience when asked what today’s beleaguered Italian left should do.
 
“It’s a waste of time and sense to try to define a leftist identity,” Ms. Mafai recalled Mr. Foa’s saying. “You have to do what’s right and necessary for the country. It’s up to posterity to decide whether it came from the right or the left.”
 
SOURCE:  The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com
 
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JOSEPH AND AGNES REIS, MARRIED 63 YEARS, DIE 37 HOURS APART
 
 
By Lynwood Abram
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
October 24, 2008
 
 
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Joseph and Agnes Reis will be remembered on Monday at Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston.
 
 
Joseph and Agnes Reis, who were married for 63 years and had known each other for 75 years, have died. Joseph was 90 and Agnes was 89.
 
Agnes Reis died Sept. 9 in the Hallmark retirement center in Houston, where she and her husband had lived for 12 years. Thirty-seven hours later, on Sept. 11, Joseph Reis died at Methodist Hospital.
 
“They were childhood sweethearts,” said Agnes’ niece, Neville Lassotovitch of Barrington, R.I. “They were extremely devoted. It was my feeling that when (Agnes) realized he was dying, she didn’t want to live without Joe. I think maybe he knew that she had died, but at that point he was pretty much out of it.”
 
Lassotovitch said the Reises were “extremely charming, elegant and fun-loving. I loved them all my life, but my husband and I liked them as friends. We enjoyed being with them.
 
Age didn’t matter one bit.
 
“They wanted to have children, but it wasn’t in the cards,” Lassotovitch added.
 
Agnes Neville Reis was born in Baltimore, the daughter of James N. Neville and Felicia Leonard Neville. She graduated from Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, Md., and from Eaton and Burnett Business College in Baltimore.
 
Agnes Reis was a volunteer worker with children’s groups and with people with mental problems. She also was a volunteer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
 
Joseph Reis also was born in Baltimore, the son of Joseph C. Reis and Catherine Beckman Reis. He graduated from Mount St. Joseph College in Baltimore.
 
In 1946, Reis joined Ayerst Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company. He was transferred to Houston as district sales manager in 1953 and retired in 1983 after 37 years with the company.
 
Reis was a volunteer for the Houston chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit association that promotes formation, growth and success of small businesses.
 
In addition to Lassotovitch, survivors include another niece, Candace Flatt Thornton of Arnold, Md.; and two nephews, the Rev. Guilford Flatt of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Joseph Charles “Mike” Flatt of Savannah, Ga.
 
Funeral arrangements were delayed by Hurricane Ike and the need to find a time when all family members could attend, Lassotovitch said.
 
A memorial Mass for the Reises is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road. Burial will be in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
 
 
 
SOURCE:  The Houston Chronicle:  http://www.chron.com
 
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WALTER ASHBY PLECKER: AGAINST RED AND BLACK

Unknown to many people are the ties that binded the Native Americans of this nation to enslaved and freed Africans who were brought to this country against their will.

The following articles attest to the severe attacks that native First World People and Black American people suffered in America due to racist white supremacy to annihilate any trace of African blood as well as to destroy any alliances that had occurred between native people and Black Americans.

In the case of the state of Virginia—and the racist demagogue Walter Ashby Plecker—they succeeded.

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BATTLES IN RED, BLACK, AND WHITE

VIRGINIA’S RACIAL INTEGRITY LAW OF 1924

Walter Ashby Plecker was unassuming in appearance: a small-town doctor whose penchant for number-crunching earned him the position of registrar in Virginias Bureau of Vital Statistics in 1912. But appearances were indeed deceiving. With Plecker at the helm, the bureau went on an all-out war against “amalgamation”.

Plecker was not the author of the Racial Integrity Law of 1924–Virginia’s infamous “one drop” statute, which created two racial categories, “pure” white and everybody else. But he–and allies such as John Powell of the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America–pushed hard to enforce the act’s provision for “ancestral registration”.

Virginians shied away from compliance in that area, according to J. David Smith in The Eugenic Assault on America: Scenes in Red, White, and Black. Indeed, “passing” might have been commonplace among whiter-skinned African- Americans since at least 1662, when the first anti-miscegenation laws were passed in Virginia, but even for allegedly “pure” whites, proof of racial purity might have been difficult to obtain.
And at least one group of whites who had been proud of their so-called impurity lobbied successfully to have the act revised. The aristocratic descendants of Pocahontas– resentful of being lumped in with “Negroes, Mongolians, American Indians, Malayans, or any mixtures thereof, or any other non-Caucasian strains”–twisted arms until the legislature decreed that persons with no more than one-sixteenth Native American ancestry might still be considered white.

But Plecker’s power to grant birth, death, and marriage certificates gave him unprecedented and awesome powers over Virginians who had less clout than the Pocahontas contingent. With the stroke of a pen, Plecker could write an individual into “Negro” status–and legal and social oblivion. Plecker was only too willing to exercise that power, thus making him a figure of dread to Indians in general, but particularly to the Powhatan remnants in Rockbridge and Amherst counties, until his retirement and subsequent death in 1946.

According to Helen Rountree, a Old Dominion University professor who has written extensively on Virginia’s Powhatan tribes, Plecker believed that all Indians had “polluted” their blood by mingling it with free African-Americans–or “free issues”, in the local vernacular. Plecker thus saw those who claimed Indian ancestry as opportunists seeking what Rountree called a “way station to whiteness”– in other words, he saw all Indians as blacks attempting to “pass.”

Plecker’s beliefs placed him squarely in the mainstream of the American eugenics movement, which assaulted the rights of poor whites as vigorously as those of racial minorities. (Compare, for example, the case of Carrie Buck, an 18-year-old Caucasian girl from Lynchburg who was believed, it now appears erroneously, to be “feeble- minded.” In a case that went before the Supreme Court, the state vigorously pursued and won the right to sterilize Buck to prevent her from passing on her “imbecility.”) But the desire to make Native Americans simply “vanish,” whether into the African-American population or into thin air, had much deeper roots.

Peter Houck, author of Indian Island in Amherst County, cites Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676 as the first sustained and coordinated effort in Virginia to drive the Powhatans from their land. But we cannot forget that the nation’s Indian removal policy was formulated by that great defender of liberty Thomas Jefferson and carried out by that great defender of the common man Andrew Jackson. Indeed, long before Ulysses S. Grant had developed “vanishing” into an official “Peace Policy,” Virginians had mastered the mechanics.

“In time, you will be as we are,” Jefferson promised in his 1809 Indian address. “You will become one people with us. Your blood will mix with ours; and will spread with ours over this great Island…” Absorption into the white race–a consummation devoutly to be wished from one perspective–was the lure Jefferson tossed before the tribes.
As for those who “mingled their blood” with African-Americans, they, too, would be absorbed–though they might not like the consequences. Let us consider the example of the Gingashins. This eastern tribe had two strikes against it: Its members refused to give up their traditional lifeways; even worse, they intermarried freely and unashamedly with blacks.

This was anathema to Virginia elites. Intermarriage with whites could be, and was, tolerated. Intermarriage with blacks, however, was an intolerable challenge to the arbitrary color line that had been in place since the first chattel slavery law passed in 1661. Thus, in 1813, the Gingashins made their way into the history books, becoming the first U.S. tribe to be terminated.

Needless to say, Gingashin identity did not die with the legal decree. As late as 1855, Rountree notes, county maps showed an “Indian Town,” an Indiantown Creek, and a settlement of seven houses. Eventually, however, white antagonism, not to mention opportunism, forced the Gingashins to merge into a sympathetic African-American community. Tribes such as the Pamunkeys, Mattaponis, Upper Mattaponis, Nansemonds, Rappahannocks, and Chickahominies took note of the lesson–and learned how to resist.

A century later, armed with the awesome power of the state, Plecker declared war on these people. Consulting a listing of surnames associated with Native American ancestry– such as Beverly (from beaver), Sparrow, Penn or Pinn, Fields, Bear, and so on–and drawing his authority from century-old census records that were likely to list Indians as “mulattoes”–particularly if the census were taken in summertime, Houck notes– Plecker embarked on a crusade to re-classify every Native American in the state as an African-American.

Plecker intimidated mid-wives, wrote threatening pamphlets, editorialized in newspapers, and trained an entire generation of county clerks and health service workers in his methods. When all else failed, he simply changed records to suit his prejudices, striking out the designation “Indian” and replacing it with “Negro” or “colored” or “mulatto”–or writing notations on the back.

But while Powhatans suffered under Plecker’s tyranny, they refused to vanish. When necessary, they sacrificed both family ties and good will in the African-American community by refusing to attend Jim Crow schools or segregated churches.

These isolationist tactics cost them–Indian communities in Amherst were often poor and poorly educated–but they appear to have worked. It is worth noting that Amherst Indians who successfully held themselves aloof from “black contamination” regained tribal recognition in the 1980s. Another group, also living in Amherst County, which proudly claimed African, Native, and Caucasian ancestry–the Buffalo Ridge Cherokee–did not.

SOURCE:  http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/POCA/POC_law.html


 

 

RACIAL INTEGRITY ACT OF 1924

AN ACT TO PRESERVE RACIAL INTEGRITY

1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia, That the State Registrar of Vital Statistics may as soon as practicable after the taking effect of this act, prepare a form whereon the racial composition of any individual, as Caucasian, negro, Mongolian, American Indian, Asiatic Indian, Malay, or any mixture thereof, or any other non-Caucasic strains, and if there be any mixture, then the racial composition of the parents and other ancestors, in so far as ascertainable, so as to show in what generation such mixture occurred, may be certified by such individual, which form shall be known as a registration certificate. The State Registrar may supply to each local registrar a sufficient number of such forms for the purpose of this act; each local registrar may personally or by deputy, as soon as possible after receiving said forms, have made thereon in duplicate a certificate of the racial composition as aforesaid, of each person resident in his district, who so desires, born before June fourteenth, nineteen hundred and twelve, which certificate shall be made over the signature of said person, or in the case of children under fourteen years of age, over the signature of a parent, guardian, or other person standing in loco parentis. One of said certificates for each person thus registering in every district shall be forwarded to the State Registrar for his files; the other shall be kept on file by the local registrar.

Every local registrar may, as soon as practicable, have such registration certificate made by or for each person in his district who so desires, born before June fourteen, nineteen hundred and twelve, for whom he has not on file a registration certificate, or a birth certificate.

2. It shall be a felony for any person wilfully or knowingly to make a registration certificate false as to color or race. The wilful making of a false registration or birth certificate shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary for one year.

3. For each registration certificate properly made and returned to the State Registrar, the local registrar returning the same shall be entitled to a fee of twenty-five cents, to be paid by the registrant. Application for registration and for transcript may be made direct to the State Registrar, who may retain the fee for expenses of his office.

4. No marriage license shall be granted until the clerk or deputy clerk has reasonable assurance that the statements as to color of both man and woman are correct.

If there is reasonable cause to disbelieve that applicants are of pure white race, when that fact is stated, the clerk or deputy clerk shall withhold the granting of the license until satisfactory proof is produced that both applicants are “white persons” as provided for in this act.

The clerk or deputy clerk shall use the same care to assure himself that both applicants are colored, when that fact is claimed.

5. It shall hereafter be unlawful for any white person in this State to marry any save a white person, or a person with no other admixture of blood than white and American Indian. For the purpose of this act, the term “white person” shall apply only to the person who has no trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian; but persons who have one-sixteenth or less of the blood of the American Indian and have no other non-Caucasic blood shall be deemed to be white persons. All laws heretofore passed and now in effect regarding the intermarriage of white and colored persons shall apply to marriages prohibited by this act.

6. For carrying out the purposes of this act and to provide the necessary clerical assistance, postage and other expenses of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, twenty per cent of the fees received by local registrars under this act shall be paid to the State Bureau of Vital Statistics, which may be expended by the said bureau for the purposes of this act.

7. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with this act are, to the extent of such inconsistency, hereby repealed.

Appendix (excerpt)

Alexander Francis Chamberlain, A.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Clark University…says: “In some regions considerable intermixture between negroes and Indians (Science, New York, Vol. XVII, 1891 pp. 85-90), has occurred, e.g., among the Pamunkeys, Mattoponies, and some other small Virginia and Carolinian tribes.” “It is also thought probable that many of the negroes of the whole lower Atlantic coast and Gulf region may have strains of Indian blood.” This probably accounts for the increasing number of negroes who are now writing to our Bureau demanding that the color on their birth certificates and marriage licenses be given as “Indian.”

The Amherst-Rockbridge group is the most notable example.

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WALTER PLECKER LETTER TO LOCAL OFFICIALS

 

January 1943

Local Registrars, Physicians, Health
Officers, Nurses, School Superintendents,
and Clerks of the Courts

Dear Co-workers:

Our December 1942 letter to local registrars, also mailed to the clerks,
set forth the determined effort to escape from the negro race of groups of “free
issues,” or descendants of the “free mulattoes” of early days, so listed prior to
1865 in the United States census and various types of State records, as distin-
guished from slave negroes.

Now that these people are playing up the advantages gained by being
permitted to give “Indian” as the race of the child’s parents on birth certifi-
cates, we see the great mistake made in not stopping earlier the organized pro-
pagation of this racial falsehood. They have been using the advantage thus gained
as an aid to intermarriage into the white race and to attend white schools, and
now for some time they have been refusing to register with war draft boards as
negroes, as required by the boards which are faithfully performing their duties.
Three of these negroes from Caroline County were sentenced to prison on January 12
in the United States Court at Richmond for refusing to obey the draft law unless
permitted to classify themselves as “Indian.”

Some of these mongrels, finding that they have been able to sneak in
their birth certificates unchallenged as Indians are now making a rush to register
as white. Upon investigation we find that a few local registrars have been per-
mitting such certificates to pass through their hands unquestioned and without
warning our office of the fraud. Those attempting this fraud should be warned
that they are liable to a penalty of one year in the penitentiary (Section 5099a
of the Code). Several clerks have likewise been actually granting them licenses
to marry whites, or at least to marry amongst themselves as Indian or white. The
danger of this error always confronts the clerk who does not inquire carefully as
to the residence of the woman when he does not have positive information. The
law is explicit that the license be issued by the clerk of the county or city in
which the woman resides.

To aid all of you in determining just which are the mixed families, we
have made a list of their surnames by counties and cities, as complete as possible
at this time. This list should be preserved by all, even by those in counties and
cities not included, as these people are moving around over the State and changing
race at the new place. A family has just been investigated which was always
recorded as negro around Glade Springs, Washington County, but which changed to
white and married as such in Roanoke County. This is going on constantly and can
be prevented only by care on the part of local registrars, clerks, doctors, health
workers, and school authorities.

Please report all known or suspicious cases to the Bureau of Vital
Statistics, giving names, ages, parents, and as much other information as possible.
All certificates of these people showing “Indian” or “white” are now being rejected
and returned to the physician or midwife, but local registrars hereafter must not
permit them to pass their hands uncorrected or unchallenged and without a note of
warning to us. One hundred and fifty thousand other mulattoes in Virginia are
watching eagerly the attempt of their pseudo-Indian brethren, ready to follow in
a rush when the first have made a break in the dike.

Very truly yours,

W. A. Plecker, M.D.
State Registrar of Vital Statistics

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SURNAMES, BY COUNTIES AND CITIES, OF MIXED NEGROID VIRGINIA
FAMILIES STRIVING TO PASS AS “INDIAN” OR WHITE.
Albemarle: Moon, Powell, Kidd, Pumphrey.

Amherst (Migrants to Alleghany and Campbell): Adcock (Adcox), Beverly (this family is now trying to evade the situation by adopting the name of Burch or Birch, which was the name of the white mother of the present adult generation), Branham, Duff, Floyd, Hamilton, Hartless, Hicks, Johns, Lawless, Nuckles (Knuckles), Painter, Ramsey, Redcross, Roberts, Southards (Suthards, Southerds, Southers), Sorrells, Terry, Tyree, Willis, Clark, Cash, Wood.

Bedford: McVey, Maxey, Branham, Burley. (See Amherst County)

Rockbridge (Migrants to Augusta): Cash, Clark, Coleman, Duff, Floyd, Hartless, Hicks, Mason, Mayse (Mays), Painters, Pultz, Ramsey, Southerds (Southers, Southards, Suthards), Sorrells, Terry, Tyree, Wood, Johns.

Charles City: Collins, Dennis, Bradby, Howell, Langston, Stewart, Wynn, Adkins.

King William: Collins, Dennis, Bradby, Howell, Langston, Stewart, Wynn, Custalow (Custaloe), Dungoe, Holmes, Miles, Page, Allmond, Adams, Hawkes, Suprlock, Doggett.

New Kent: Collins, Bradby, Stewart, Wynn, Adkins, Langston.

Henrico and Richmond City: See Charles City, New Kent, and King William.

Caroline: Byrd, Fortune, Nelson. (See Essex)

Essex and King and Queen: Nelson, Fortune, Byrd, Cooper, Tate, Hammond, Brooks, Boughton, Prince, Mitchell, Robinson.

Elizabeth City & Newport News: Stewart (descendants of the Charles City families).

Halifax: Epps (Eppes), Stewart (Stuart), Coleman, Johnson, Martin, Talley, Sheppard (Shepard), Young.

Norfolk County & Portsmouth: Sawyer, Bass, Weaver, Locklear (Locklair), King, Bright, Porter, Ingram.

Westmoreland: Sorrells, Worlds (or Worrell), Atwells, Gutridge, Oliff.

Greene: Shifflett, Shiflet.

Prince William: Tyson, Segar. (See Fauquier)

Fauquier: Hoffman (Huffman), Riley, Colvin, Phillips. (See Prince William)

Lancaster: Dorsey (Dawson).

Washington: Beverly, Barlow, Thomas, Hughes, Lethcoe, Worley.

Roanoke County: Beverly. (See Washington)

Lee and Smyth: Collins, Gibson (Gipson), Moore, Goins, Ramsey, Delph, Bunch, Freeman, Mise, Barlow, Bolden (Bolin), Mullins, Hawkins. — Chiefly Tennessee “Melungeons.”

Scott: Dingus. (See Lee County)

Russell: Keith, Castell, Stillwell, Meade, Proffitt. (See Lee & Tazewell)

Tazewell: Hammed, Duncan. (See Russell)

Wise: See Lee, Smyth, Scott, and Russell Counties.

IMAGES OF LETTER:  http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/encounter/projects/monacans/Contemporary_Monacans/letterscan.html

SOURCE:  http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/encounter/projects/monacans/Contemporary_Monacans/letter.html

 

RELATED LINKS:

 

“Racial Integrity or ‘Race Suicide’: Virginia’s Eugenic Movement, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the Work of Walter A. Plecker”, Derryn E. Moten, Negro History Bulletin, April-September 1999, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1157/is_1999_April-Sept/ai_70872606/pg_2

“THE BUFFALO RIDGE CHEROKEES (AN EXCERPT):  http://www.aagsnc.org/columns/mar99col.htm

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WALT DISNEY’S “THE FROG PRINCESS”

Last year I found out that Walt Disney Studios was working on a fairy tale entitled, “The Frog Princess”, based upon the classic fairy tale The Frog Prince, with a scheduled release date of December 25, 2009, with the studio using Disney’s 2-D animation. It will be the first traditional animated feature (2-D) since 2004’s Home on the Range. When finished, it will take its place as the 48TH animated feature by Walt Disney Animation Studios. This is to be a return to the studio’s fairy tale legacy, as well as hand-drawn animation, only this time it would have a Black girl as the lead character, unlike the many non-Black female characters from the past. Here is the press release that Disney Studios gave on the upcoming cartoon in March of last year:
  
  
March 08, 2007
 
 
DISNEY’S 2009 ANIMATED RELEASE “THE FROG PRINCESS” TAPS INTO STUDIO’S RICH FAIRY TALE LEGACY
OSCAR-WINNER RANDY NEWMAN TEAMS UP WITH ACCLAIMED VETERAN DIRECTORS MUSKER & CLEMENTS
 
 
“NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – (March 8, 2007) — The Walt Disney Studios will continue its fairy tale legacy in animation by taking moviegoers on an all-new “once upon a time” musical adventure with its 2009 release of “The Frog Princess,” it was announced today by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. A musical set in the legendary birthplace of jazz – New Orleans — “The Frog Princess” will introduce the newest Disney princess, Maddy, a young African-American girl living amid the charming elegance and grandeur of the fabled French Quarter. From the heart of Louisiana’s mystical bayous and the banks of the mighty Mississippi comes an unforgettable tale of love, enchantment and discovery with a soulful singing crocodile, voodoo spells and Cajun charm at every turn.
 
“The Frog Princess” is based on an original story written by Disney’s acclaimed filmmaking duo John Musker & Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Hercules”), who will also direct. Oscar®-winning songwriter/composer and New Orleans native Randy Newman (“Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars”) will write songs and the score for this project. Peter Del Vecho, a 12-year Disney animation veteran, will produce.
 
Commenting on the announcement from The Walt Disney Company’s 2007 Annual Meeting of shareholders, Cook said, “We’re pleased to be here in the heart of New Orleans to announce ‘The Frog Princess,’ a great story with all the ingredients that go into making an extraordinary motion picture experience. Like many of Disney’s most popular fairy tales, it has elements of magic, fantasy, adventure, heart, humor, and music. The film’s New Orleans setting and strong princess character give the film lots of excitement and texture. We’re also thrilled to have John Musker, Ron Clements and Randy Newman lending their talents and creative energies to this project. John and Ron helped to usher in Disney’s second golden age of animation nearly two decades ago with ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and are on track to create the Studio’s next great fairy tale adventure.”
 
John Lasseter added, “Aside from being longtime friends and colleagues, John and Ron are two of the most influential and imaginative filmmakers in the animation medium, and I am so excited to be working with them in bringing their creative vision
for ‘The Frog Princess’ to the big screen.
 
They’ve come up with an original story that is deeply rooted in the fairy tale tradition, and it’s filled with great humor, emotion, and musical moments. Randy Newman brings fun and excitement to every project, and I couldn’t think of a better choice to deliver some wonderful New Orleans style music.”
 
John Musker & Ron Clements have directed and produced five feature films for Disney including “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin.” Additionally they received story and/or screenplay credits as well. Musker began his career at Disney in 1977, after studying character animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He started as an assistant animator and went on to animate on “The Fox and the Hound.” Clements started at Disney in the Talent Development Program, and went on to serve a two-year apprenticeship under Disney animation legend, Frank Thomas. He moved from in-betweener to assistant to animator/storyman with credits on such films as “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,” “The Rescuers,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Fox and the Hound,” and “The Black Cauldron.”
 
Randy Newman is a 17-time Oscar® nominee and winner (in 2002) for his song, “If I Didn’t Have You,” from the Disney/Pixar film, “Monsters, Inc.” Among his many achievements, he has contributed songs and musical scores for such other Pixar animated features as “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.” Newman’s impressive list of film credits also includes scores for “Ragtime,” “The Natural,” “Parenthood,” “Awakenings,” and “Pleasantville.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, and his other career milestones include three Grammy Awards, an Emmy, the first Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, and an Annie Award.
Peter Del Vecho began his association with Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1995, following a 15-year stint working as a stage manager, production manager and associate producer in the world of live theater. From 1986-95, he worked for the renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, leaving there as associate producer. At Disney, Del Vecho was the production manager on “Hercules” and associate producer on “Chicken Little,” among other projects. A native of Boston, he received a degree in Theatre Arts from Boston University.
 
Maddy, the animated heroine in “The Frog Princess,” will also join The Walt Disney Company’s venerable court of beloved Disney princesses as they continue to enjoy the royal treatment at Disney’s theme parks, consumer products, publishing, Internet and other businesses worldwide.”
 
 
  

 

 

Disney's The Frog Princess
Walt Disney will soon have a new heroine — a black princess.
(Original animation of The Frog Princess.)

 

 
Fot those of you not familiar with the tale of the frog prince, it is based on a Grimm’s Brothers fairy tale of a spoiled princess who reluctantly befriends a frog, who magically transforms into a handsome prince. In modern versions of the story the transformation occurs when the princess kisses the frog. In the original Grimm version, the frog’s spell was broken when the princess threw it against the wall in disgust. (The throwing of the frog against the wall might seem barbaric, but, this was an act to remove the spell against the frog. In some other versions of the story, the princess had to chop the frog’s head off to turn him into a prince.)
  
When I first heard of this movie, many red-flags came to mind. How would Disney Studios handle a film with a Black girl as the lead? Then, there was that title: Frog princess. Okay. “Frog” princess. Why name her frog princess? Haven’t there been enough frogs kissed by other princesses? Should a little Black girl have to kiss a frog to be a Disney character? Could she have had a more original story?
  
Then there was the moniker they had given the Princess:  Maddy,  which made me a bit peeved, since it sounded too much like Mammy.  Then there is a question I would ask Disney Studios:
  
What took you (Disney Studios) so friggin’ long?
  
Seventy one years later, after all of your heroines, you finally see fit to make a cartoon about a little Black girl. I guess your conscious finally caught up with you or probably because you see that you can make more money off Black people, but, whatever the reason, here’s my take on this upcoming fairy tale.
  
Back to the title:  Frog Princess. The first thought that came to mind was a little female frog that was a princess, not the image of a human being (leave it to Disney to call a Black human being by an animal’s name).
  
Then there was the statement from Disney that she was to be a chambermaid.
  
Okay, I guess we Black women and girls will never get past being everyone’s maid, chamber or otherwise. I guess in everyone’s eyes, including Disney’s, we are destined to always carry out everyone’s slop jars.
  
Then there is the statement that voodoo abounds, since all of us Black people are such voodoo experts (I prefer the spelling Vodoun, ‘kay)? Oh, yeah, I remember. I did my best Vodoun spell last night. So silly of me, to forget.
  
Then there is the villanous Voodoo priest, named Duvalier, no less.
  
Okay, so I guess Disney Studios never heard of the infamous Duvaliers of Haiti. Let me guess:  Disney was trying to imply that Black people are sinister and voracious like the Duvaliers. Else, why would they name one of the characters Duvalier?
Oh, and the Princess has a er, uh, Prince…who happens to not be Black. Wow, talk about opening up a can of worms with the Black community:

  
Disney began to feel the heat from the public (Black people): 
  
  
One of Disney’s representatives gave a press release on the name change of the movie and the lead character, and the storyline:
  
  
“The story takes place in the charming elegance and grandeur of New Orleans’ fabled French Quarter during the Jazz Age. … Princess Tiana will be a heroine in the great tradition of Disney’s rich animated fairy tale legacy, and all other characters and aspects of the story will be treated with the greatest respect and sensitivity.”
 
 
 
 
(Even then, Disney was more worried about the title being a slur against the French. Nevermind how Black Americans felt about the title.)
 
Anyhoo, after much anger from some Black people who contacted Disney——presto, chango!—–and voila, the title of the movie has now changed:  “The Princess and the Frog”:
 
 
 
“Much like Uncle Walt, Lasseter believes a director’s vision is the key to superior animation. So he wooed Ron Clements and John Musker, the writing/directing dream team behind the 1989 hit that kicked off Disney’s last 2-D golden age, The Little Mermaid, to oversee The Princess and the Frog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The film’s characters have undergone changes as well:
 

 

  1. Originally named “Maddy” on the casting call sheet and listed as a chambermaid. Both details have been confirmed as having changed in development. The princess has a new name: Tiana.
  2. The villain’s name was originally “Dr. Duvalier” and was going to be a black Voodoo magician/fortune teller. In a recently updated script, he is both a palm reader and a Voodoo practitioner.
  3. The prince’s original name “Harry” has been replaced by “Naveen” in a revised script.
 
 
This is a list of the film’s major characters, all of them are now revealed on the official website:
 

 

Name Description Voice Actor/Actress
Princess Tiana1 The 19-year-old heroine. Anika Noni Rose
Charlotte La Bouff An 18-year-old spoiled, southern debutante and diva. Tiana’s main rival. Jennifer Cody
Dr. Facilier2 A palm reader and A Voodoo practitioner. The villain of the movie. Keith David
Mama Odie A 200-year-old Voodoo priestess/fairy Godmother. Jenifer Lewis
Ray A lovesick Cajun firefly. Jim Cummings
Louis Jazz singer alligator. Comic, manic, high-strung. Has a trumpet.
Michael-Leon Wooley
Prince Naveen3 A gregarious, fun-loving Prince who comes to the French Quarter for the Jazz scene and who Tiana and Charlotte had fallen in love with, in his early twenties. Bruno Campos
Lawrence Prince Naveen’s pompous valet. Peter Bartlett
Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff Wealthy, Southern Sugar Mill owner and father of Charlotte La Bouff. John Goodman
Eudora Tiana’s mother. In her fifties. Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 SOURCE:  http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/princessandthefrog/

 
Tiana is officially now The Princess and the Frog.
 
 
 
 
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A screenshot of Tiana attempting to kiss a frog in the upcoming Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog”.
 
 
 
 
So, now Disney seems to have a story that is not wrought with ethnic/racial problems. The princess and the frog. We’ll see how this story works out, upon release.
 
But, first things first. Let’s review Disney’s female lead characters and how they have become a part of American culture through the years.
 
First off, we will start with the previous Disney heroines ( and I state heroines with much hesitance because I consider Disney Studios as not much into making their female cartoon stars heroines, more like wimpy victims to me, but, I digress), and I will review how they have handled life’s tosses and turns and whether or not they are true heroines or wimps, and what type of Disney character will Tiana be?
 
 Will the Black Princess be a cowering, wimpering, sniveling milquetoast? Will she be a tired-out rehash of the classic damsel-in-the-distress waiting for her Knight-in-Shining-Polyester to show up?
 
What kind of princess will Tiana be?
 
So, let’s go down memory lane and rackup the heroines/wimps that Disney has presented to the public over the decades.
 
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Pocahontas (“Pocahontas”):
 
Pocahontas. She builds a tenuous bridge between whites and her people. She puts the needs of her people before her desire to be with Cap. JohnSmith. She is self-sacrificing; she thinks of others and of ways to help them.
 
Out of all the Disney female characters, this one alone is based on a true person, Matoaka, an actual historical figure, who really lived. She is also Disney’s only official Princess.
 
In the movie, Pocahontas is shown as a 20-something babelicious young woman. Pocahontas also has two lovers in the Disney film, Smith, and John Rolfe.
 
 
 
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Pocahontas of the movie Pocahontas 1995.
 
 
 
In real life, Pocahontas was just a young girl, and was the daughter of a Native American chief, Powhatan (also known as Wahunsenacah), who was leader of the Powhatan Confederacy.
 

The age of Pocahontas in 1607 at the time of John Smith’s arrival was much younger (closer to 10 or 11 according to accounts), creating a vast age gap between the two. While the real Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life from her father, there was no romance involved. With their ages being what they were, a romance would be irregular and unlikely. The real Pocahontas was not an only child; her father, Chief Powhatan, had an estimated fifty wives and an undetermined number of children. While she did indeed go to London in her lifetime, it was as a hostage, not as a diplomat. Pocahontas married John Rolfe in real life. However, this was against her will. He took an interest in her while she was a hostage, and took her as his wife (no romance involved). Her name was changed to Rebecca Rolfe (she was the first Native American to be baptized). When she did go to England, Ratcliffe (who in the Disney film shoots at her father, but instead shoots Smith, who pushes Pocahontas’s father out of the way, and wounds Smith) had already been dead for three years, therefore making a reunion and controversy between the two impossible (Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World). Her going to England did however allow peace between the Europeans and Powhatan people for many years, which was the basic point of her going there in the film as well. Around 1612 she was married to Kocoum (who asked for her hand in marriage) where as in the film he was killed shortly after their marriage was planned.

 
 
 
 

 
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Princess Mataoka (c. 1595-March 21, 1617).
 
A 1616 engraving of Pocahontas by Simone van de Passe.
The original English caption (not visible here) reads “Matoaks als Rebecka daughter to the mighty Prince Powhatan Emperour of Attanoughkomouck als Virginia converted and baptized in the Christian faith, and wife to the wor.ff Mr. John Rolfe .”
The inscription under the portrait reads “Aetatis suae 21 A. 1616”, Latin for “at the age of 21 in the year 1616”.
 
 
 
 
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Princess Jasmine (Aladdin”):
 
 
Princess Jasmine is is a problem solver, free-spirited, and definitely speaks her mind. She does not sit, snot and cry, and wait for someone to bail her out of life’s troubles. When caught in a trap or danger, she thinks her way out of it. (Okay—–with a little help from Aladdin.)
 
 
 
 
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Princess Jasmine.
 
 
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Mulan (“Mulan”):
 
 
This little girl may not be a princess, but, she is smart, brave, and fearless. She defys local customs, at great danger to herself, to fight in the Chinese army, disguised as a man (she takes her elderly father’s place) to fight the invading Huns. This Disney story is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The story can be traced back to The Ballad of Mulan.
 
 
 
 
 
Mulan. Definitely not a wimp.
 
 
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Mulan
 
 
 
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Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”):
 
 
At first meeting, Belle seems like your classic damsel-in-distress, but, don’t let that fool you. Belle offers her own life for her father’s when he is imprisoned in a castle with a beast. She keeps an upbeat attitude while under duress.  Belle is smart and has a mind of her own (She loves to read, and this is considered unusual for a woman by her fellow townspeople.) Her love towards the Beast in the end is a sign of her nonconformity and compassion for others.
 
 
Belle.
 
Heroine. Yes.
 
Wimp. No.
 
 
 
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Belle.
 
 
 
 
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Ariel (“The Little Mermaid”):
 
 
This little princess is feisty, zesty and rambunctious. She knows how to have a good time. She doesn’t sit around moaning and groaning, waiting for the Prince to come for her—she goes out and gets him. She goes for the gusto and grabs life to get what she wants from it.
 
Ariel.
 
 
 
 
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Ariel, as portrayed in The Little Mermaid.
 
 
No wimp material there.
 
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Sleeping Beauty . Spends much of the movie in a comatose trance. Does not awaken until kissed by her prince.
 
 
 
 
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Princess Aurora under a sleeping spell cast by the evil fairy in Walt Disney’s version of Sleeping Beauty.
 
Wimp.
 
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Cinderella. Spends much of her time having things done to her. She is not very proactive. Only when her Fairy Godmother helps her get a life, does she liven up, and only because she loses her shoe for the prince to find.
 
 
 
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Cinderella, 1950.
 
 
Wimp.
 
 
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Snow White.
 
 
 
 
 
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs poster.
 
 
Hangs out in the woods with a bunch of dwarves. While they go off hi-ho-hi-ho singing to the woods, she sits around crooning, “Someday My Prince Will Come”, as if some man is supposed to magically appear at her doorstep. She gullibly eats an apple from her arch nemesis, the Evil StepMother Queen, falls into a sleeping stupor, is kept in a coffin in the woods by the dwarves, and is awakened by a kiss from a prince. Boring.
 
 
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Snow White.
 
 
Queen of the Wimps.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

It remains to be seen what kind of princess Tiana will be. It remains to be seen if there is more racial insensitivity that Disney may present on the silver screen in this movie. Racial insensitivity that is intentional—or unintentional.
 
Only when it is released will the final verdict be known.
 
 
 
RELATED LINKS:
 
 
“Disney Films Go From Snow White To A Black Princess”:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1528077.ece
 
 
“Rhett Wickham: It’s Baaaack!”:  http://www.laughingplace.com/News-ID510530.asp
 
 
“Pocahontas:  Interpretive Strategies: Race, Sex, Other”:  http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/POCA/POC-theory.html
 
 
“Pocahontas, Half-Raced, and Fully Sexed”:  http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/POCA/POC_race.html
 
 
 
BrainFall.com – Which Disney Princess Are You?Find out which Disney Princess you are at BrainFall.com, the first personality quiz website for Facebook!

http://www.brainfall.com/quizzes/which-disney-princess-…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: BLACK IRAQIS HOPING FOR A BARACK OBAMA WIN

 Here is an article from the LA Times that speaks of the hopeful aspirations that black Iraqis have that Barack Obama has a landslide win in this year’s presidential election. Many of them are pinning their hopes on Obama, but, are they letting themselves in for a big letdown (if he is elected), and their needs and concerns in Iraq still go unnoticed and alleviated? Are they setting themselves up for a big disappointment if what Obama does with the leaders of Iraq will be more of still the same ‘ol same ol’ that does nothing for the average Iraqi citizen, much less the Black Iraqi citizens?

Obama in the end is just a man, and it will be up to the government and society of Iraq to do right by its black citizens.

Then again, 1,000 years of racial hatred against the black Iraqis will definitely not be eradicated in a few months, whether or not Obama is elected.

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IRAQ: Black Iraqis Hoping for a Barack Obama Win

August 14, 2008 | 7:02am
 
Abdul Hussein Abdul Razzaq laughs wearily when asked if racism is a problem in Iraq. As a black Iraqi, Razzaq says, he faces job and social discrimination and has little chance of getting a political appointment or being elected if he ran for public office.That’s why Razzaq, a longtime journalist from the southern city of Basra, is hoping that Barack Obama becomes the United States’ next president. Not only will it be better for Americans, he says, it will help blacks the world over. “It will prove that Americans are recognizing that black people are just as capable as white people. It will be a historic accomplishment for black people all over the world if Barack Obama wins,” Razzaq said.Racism isn’t new in Iraq. Blacks were brought here as slaves from Africa more than 1,000 years ago to work for wealthy landowners in Basra, where most of Iraq’s black population still lives. Today, one of the insults sometimes hurled at black people is “Abd,” which means servant or slave in Arabic, said Razzaq, who has founded a political organization called the Free Iraqis Movement to press for equal rights for black people.Its goal includes amending Iraq’s constitution to ban discrimination against blacks, who Razzaq says number about 2 million here, and getting blacks elected to the national parliament.He admits the effort so far has been frustrating. The movement is too broke to have a website, and it is having trouble generating support from Iraqis who fear rocking the boat during these politically volatile times. A recent visit to Baghdad to lobby political leaders to support his cause was futile, with most people advising Razzaq that his movement could be seen as sowing divisiveness at a time when Iraqis need to set aside their ethnic and religious differences to recover from the war.

Another problem, according to Razzaq, is that many of Iraq’s most powerful people still think of blacks as servants. Some tribal sheiks still keep blacks as slaves, he says.

Razzaq regrets not launching his movement five years ago, after the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime. “We didn’t do it then because we were worried about being accused of trying of trying to stir up trouble at a time of nation-building,” he said. “We had hoped the new parliament would come to include black people, but that did not happen.”

As he travels through the country, Razzaq carries with him the resumes and biographies of black Iraqis who he says have been denied jobs and high political appointments because of their race.

If Obama wins in November, he’s hoping Iraq’s leaders will take a closer look at the documents and give some black Iraqis a chance. And if John McCain wins? “It will be a big disappointment,” Razzaq says.

— Raheem Salman and Tina Susman in Baghdad

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HATEWATCH: WHITE SUPREMACIST MOVEMENT SHIFTS MARKETING TO BROADEN APPEAL TO “MIDDLE AMERICA”

The white-power movement is changing its marketing strategy to broaden its appeal.

The USA’s largest neo-Nazi group is ditching its trademark brown Nazi uniform with swastika armband for a more muted look in black fatigues.

 

In Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Skinheads is changing its name to Keystone United to attract members.

 

The nation’s largest white-power website, Stormfront, has a new feature that lets members create social-networking pages. The site has had as many as 42,700 unique visitors in a 24-hour period this month, a steady rise since it started in 1995.

 

Supremacist groups are on the rise as they market themselves to middle America, according to leaders of the groups and organizations that monitor them. They are fueled by the debate over illegal immigration and a struggling economy.

 

“Many white supremacist groups are going more mainstream,” says Jack Levin, a Northeastern University criminologist who studies hate crime. “They are eliminating the sheets and armbands. … The groups realize if they want to be attractive to middle-class types, they need to look middle-class.”

 

Levin estimates fewer than 50,000 people are members of white supremacist groups, but he says their influence is growing with a more sophisticated approach.

 

From 2006 to 2007, the number of such groups rose by 5% to 888, says the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks them through news reports and other sources.

 

The number is up 48% since 2000.

 

The FBI knows of about 24 domestic terrorist groups. Spokesman Richard Kolko would not say how many are white supremacists.

 

Jeff Schoep, head of the National Socialist Movement, says the government classifies his group as a domestic group of interest, not domestic terrorists. The FBI would not comment.

 

Interest in the group “has really spiked up,” says Schoep, who would not say by how much.

 

“Historically, when times get tough in our nation, that’s how movements like ours gain a foothold,” he says. “When the economy suffers, people are looking for answers. … We are the answer for white people.

 

“And now this immigrant thing in the past couple of years has been the biggest boon to us,” Schoep says. “The immigration issue is the biggest problem we’re facing because it’s changing the face of our country. We see stuff in English and Spanish. … They are turning our country into a Third World ghetto.”

 

The National Socialist Movement is the largest neo-Nazi group in the USA, according to the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League, which works to fight bigotry. The NSM has chapters in 38 states, its website says.

 

Mark Potok, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, says the debate over immigration has led to a rise in hate groups.

 

In Pennsylvania, where the Hispanic population increased by 41% from 2000 through 2007, Keystone United has been busy.

 

Members distribute fliers calling on residents to fight crime they say is committed by illegal immigrants, gangs and drug dealers. In September, members joined a rally against illegal immigration in Shenandoah that was organized after four white teens were arrested in connection with the beating death of a Latino illegal immigrant.

 

“A lot of these small working-class towns are being invaded by different types of people,” says Douglas Myers, one of Keystone United’s founders. He says the group speaks out for the rights of whites being pushed aside by newcomers.

 

“It appears they are tapping into and fanning the flames of mainstream America’s fear of immigrants,” says Ann Van Dyke of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. “They are increasingly using the language of Main Street, things like, ‘We want safe communities to raise our children.’ “

 

Myers says the group is organizing family-friendly activities, rejecting the violence that made skinheads notorious. For example, they plan gatherings in public libraries.

“It’s not the footage from the ’80s with people burning crosses. It’s a very healthy environment,” Myers, 26, says.

 

The renewed activity includes a boom on the Internet, says Don Black, creator of the Stormfront website. The site has 144,000 registered members.

 

“Many people in this country, even if they were upset with the country’s immigration policies, never felt that threatened until now,” Black, 55, says. “White people were the majority. That’s rapidly changing.”

 

Black says the candidacy of Barack Obama has raised his site’s profile.

 

In the past year, members have posted 337 entries on Stormfront related to Obama, ranging from whether an Obama victory will start a revolution among whites to whether the candidate will take away gun rights.

 

Black’s son, Derek, 19, was elected to the Palm Beach County, Fla., Republican committee in August. Local Republican leaders are trying to unseat him after learning of his white supremacist ties.

 

Don Black, once a Ku Klux Klan leader in Alabama, says he’s encouraged by the enthusiasm he sees.

 

“We see a lot of people coming out of the woodwork,” he says.

 
 
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“In Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Skinheads is changing its name to Keystone United to attract members.”

 

As if changing their name changes their group’s history: 

 

 

http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=607

 

and here: 

 

 

http://www.adl.org/racist_skinheads/states/pennsylvania.asp

 

 

and here:

 

http://www.adl.org/learn/extremism_in_the_news/White_Supremacy/Marovskis+7-08.htm?LEARN_Cat=Extremism&LEARN_SubCat=Extremism_in_the_News

 

 

Change your name, eh? Let’s see you change the hate and murder you have committed. That I have got to see.

 

 

 

“Many white supremacist groups are going more mainstream,” says Jack Levin, a Northeastern University criminologist who studies hate crime. “They are eliminating the sheets and armbands. … The groups realize if they want to be attractive to middle-class types, they need to look middle-class.”

 

 

“Attractive to middle-class types, they need to look middle-class”.

 

 

WTF?

 

 

They do not have to appeal to any economic class of people. Self-hating people who agree with the filth that WS groups excrete will agree with them no matter what their economic station in life. It’s not as if only poor whites run with the Klan or Aryan nation racist groups. It’s not as if white supremacist racists with ties to the Klan and Aryan supremacists do not live in upscale neighborhoods, don’t live in all white towns/suburbs/exurbs or all white gated communties, or have never run for government or had sympathetic ties to supremacist groups, and have not been elected.

 

Past and present.

 

 

As for getting rid of the sheets, armbands. . . .clean up a pig, and it is still a pig (apologies to the real pigs of the world).

 

 

There is no telling how many WS/Klans members that are in office now. They do not have to burn a cross or lynch anyone to get their message across. Fillibustering to death important legislation that helps minority communities, steering the construction of hazardus waste sites to minority neighborhoods, gutting social programs that can help disadvantaged neighborhoods—-those are things that WS sympathizers can do.

 

No need to run defenseless Black citizens through the streets underneath the carriage of their vehicles (as if that has stopped; it hasn’t), to prove their racist hatred. It is the skulking, hiding sneak-racist that should be looked out for, as well as the out-in-the-open haters.

 

 

WS are a threat to this country, for they are the enemy within.

 

Homeland Security alerts for terrorists outside of America. Yeah, okay.

 

But, don’t forget about the vicious enemies that reside within this country.

 

The Terry McNichols and Timothy McVeighs are increasing, and they are not going away.

 

 

No matter what wardrobe they decide to dress in before they leave the house.

 

 

 

“The FBI knows of about 24 domestic terrorist groups. Spokesman Richard Kolko would not say how many are white supremacists.”

 

 

What! “Knows about.”

 

 

Okay, so the FBI knows about these 24 groups, but, they do not know how many are white supremacist?

 

So, riddle me this. . . .the FBI is not capable of infiltrating any of these WS groups? Oh, they can spin and weave lies about Dr. Martin Luther King, The Black Panthers, the N.A.A.C.P., SNCC, and many former Civil Rights groups, but, they are incapable of investigating these 24 domestic terrorist groups?

 

 

Seems to me, the FBI does not want to exercise any extra effort to surveil these domestic terrorist groups any more than they want to. Seems to me the FBI would rather let racist groups like this forment so they can build in numbers and be able to attack more non-whites. If the FBI was so gung-ho on doing its job, they would know how many of these 24 domestic terrorist groups were white, or otherwise.

 

Seems to me, the FBI is still operating as if J. Edgar is still in charge.

 

 

 

“Jeff Schoep, head of the National Socialist Movement, says the government classifies his group as a domestic group of interest, not domestic terrorists. The FBI would not comment.”

 

 

“Domestic group of interest“.

 

 

What the hell is a domestic group of interest? Seems to me the FBI wants to see these groups escalate in their hatred:

 

 

“We (FBI) are interested in you (racist group), but we (FBI) don’t have the balls to aggressively investigate and gather evidence to prosecute you (domestic group of interest) that advocates racist hatred.”

 

 

“The FBI would not comment.”

 

Of course  they will not comment. What can they say? Maybe they will grow some balls and realize the egg on their face is rotten and festering.

 

 

“Historically, when times get tough in our nation, that’s how movements like ours gain a foothold,” he says.”

 

 

When times get tough, the real test of a person’s character comes out. The best.

 

And the worst.

 

 

“When the economy suffers, people are looking for answers. … We are the answer for white people.”

 

 

No. You are the answer for weak-minded people who harbor the same beliefs as you.

 

 

 

“In the past year, members have posted 337 entries on Stormfront related to Obama, ranging from whether an Obama victory will start a revolution among whites to whether the candidate will take away gun rights.”

 

 

And what “revolution” would that be? That whites will go crazy because they elect a black man whose father hailed from Kenya? Black people have had to vote for whites for forever, and have survived those elected whites. I am sure that whites will survive Obama.

 

Hell, if they can survive the AntiChrist President  Shrub. . . .they (and the rest of America) can survive anything.

 

As for Obama “taking away guns” only a fool would espouse such a stupid statement.

 

No  elected official in their right mind will take away guns from any group of U.S. citizens. At least not in this day and age (even though such hatred was done to Black U.S. citizens during Reconstruction and segregation).  (The last time I looked, the 2ND Amendment still is in effect.) Take away guns. That is political suicide of the worst order. Now as for rights taken away. . . .that has already happened, Mr. White Supremacist, under your beloved President Shrub with the Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act. . . .

 

 

 

“We see a lot of people coming out of the woodwork,” he says.”

 

 

Yeah, vermin usually does.

 

And what vermin needs is a good insecticid fogging.

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