Monthly Archives: August 2017

THE MIND OF THE RACIST WHITE SUPREMACIST: GEORGIA RACE SOLDIER SAVAGE: “WE ONLY KILL BLACK PEOPLE”

The following New York Times article covers news that is old to every woke and conscious Black woman, man and child in living in the Great Whore of Babylon known as the United States of America.

Gregg Abbott, the race soldier has been fired.

Nothing new there.

They are showing their putrid filth and venomous hate daily as they are very aware that black life means nothing in this so-called nation and black life never will.

The so-called police have been paddyrollers and race soldiers over Black people for five centuries and always will be. Race soldiers know they have the sanction and condoning of their fellow White families, neighbors, co-workers and every White man, woman, and child who sits back in silence and does nothing to fight against this racist degradation.

Obviously, the White  woman passenger was not a Black woman. The race soldier assured this White woman that she will not be treated as a nigger bitch, a phrase created by White men at the time of the theft of this nation centuries ago. The race soldier assured the White woman she need not fear that her life will be torn from her body. He assured her that he and all race soldiers stand for the protection of white life, the upholding of whiteness, and for the destruction of all black life.

“Officer was only trying to get that woman to comply”.

Lie.

He stated openly what he truly felt and was raised to do all his life, whether in or out of a uniform.

“Sarcasm”, my ass.

The truth divulged from the lips of this race soldier.

Oh, and let’s have more “training sessions” for race soldiers to even better murder Black people.

If she were a Black woman, she would have been riddled with bullets, cocaine and crystal meth planted in her vehicle, and lies about her character fabricated by news media painting her as a threat to civilized society.

But, America is not a civilized society.

And the White people viewing this video will give not a damn about what Black people go through. They could give a fuck less. Their non-action speaks loud and clear. As long as it is not happening to them and their precious whiteness, they could give a rat’s ass even when they know that Black women, men and little children are slaughtered by race soldiers daily.

We are in the grasp of war, Black people.

What does it take to wake you up?

America is a vicious monster that has always hated her Black citizens and all that America does to Black people will come back to tear her apart.

And payback is a bitch………..Bitch.

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POLICE OFFICER WHO SAID: ‘WE ONLY KILL BLACK PEOPLE’ WILL BE FIRED

AUG. 31, 2017

A still photo from dashboard camera video footage of a traffic stop last year near Marietta, Ga. Credit via WSB-TV

A police department in Georgia is firing one of its officers after he was recorded on a dashboard camera trying to convince a white woman that she had nothing to worry about during a traffic stop because she was not black.

The video, obtained by WSB Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta, shows Lt. Greg Abbott of the Cobb County Police Department standing at the side of a car during a traffic stop last year. He tells the woman, a passenger, that she could use her cellphone.

“It’s in your lap right there,” he says. She replies that she does not want to move her hands, saying she has seen “way too many videos” about how the police behave at traffic stops.

“But you’re not black,” Lieutenant Abbott replies. “Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?”

Georgia cop to driver: “We only kill black people.” Video by WSB-TV

WSB-TV published an excerpt from the interaction on Thursday after it obtained the video through an open-records request.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Chief Mike Register of the Cobb County Police Department said the comments were “inexcusable and inappropriate.”

“I’ve known Lieutenant Abbott for a number of years, and I’ve always perceived him to be an honorable man. But he made a mistake,” Chief Register said, adding that the department had begun the process of firing him.

Ben Williams, the president of the Cobb County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, praised the decision at the news conference.

“There will be other instances of police misconduct,” he said. “But we have hope here in Cobb that we have a chief and leadership that is serious about bringing this department to be one of the better ones in the nation.”

Chief Register was appointed to lead the department in June.

The police in Cobb County, which is northwest of Atlanta and is Georgia’s third most populated county, with about 741,000 people, have come under scrutiny for race relations in the past. A report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police gave the department a high community approval rating, but also mentioned a perception of discriminatory and biased policing, WSB reported.

The traffic stop took place on July 10, 2016, at about 3 a.m. on Interstate 75 near Marietta, the county seat. The male driver was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, his lawyer, Surinder Chadha Jimenez, said in a telephone interview on Thursday. The woman was a passenger in the car, he said.

Mr. Chadha Jimenez said he had watched the video to prepare for his client’s case. He said that it appeared the officer “didn’t like the way” the woman was talking to him during the arrest of the man, and that “they kept going back and forth.”

“From my perspective of the video, she was being truthful about her fear and the cop took it as a joke or an insult,” he said. He added that he did not think the officer had “meant malice” and that he had “made a bad joke.”

“The Cobb County police are addressing it appropriately,” Mr. Chadha Jimenez said.

Lieutenant Abbott’s lawyer, Lance LoRusso, said in a statement that the 28-year veteran of the force was cooperating with the internal investigation, Channel 2 reported. He could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

“He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger,” Mr. LoRusso said. “In context, his comments were clearly aimed at attempting to gain compliance by using the passenger’s own statements and reasoning to avoid making an arrest.”

At the news conference on Thursday, Chief Register said Mr. Abbott’s comments might have been made “from a sarcastic standpoint,” but were inappropriate regardless of context.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES: AUGUST 30, 2017

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The United Nations (UN) observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 each year.

Women in Bolivar Square, in Bogota, Colombia, holding photos of victims of enforced disappearance.
Mothers at Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia, holding photos of their children, who are victims of enforced disappearance.
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What Do People Do?

On August 30 each year, organizations such as the UN and Amnesty International play an active role in raising awareness that enforced disappearance is a crime and should not be used as a tool to deal with situations of conflict. Many activists openly share personal stories, via the media or public event, about victims of enforced disappearances and the impact that these disappearances have on their families and communities.

Public Life

The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Enforced disappearance is used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. It occurs when people are arrested, detained or abducted against their will and when governments refuse to disclose the whereabouts of these people. Enforced disappearance is a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world.

In December 2010, the UN officially declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 each year, starting from 2011.

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Tue Aug 30 2011 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Thu Aug 30 2012 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Fri Aug 30 2013 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Sat Aug 30 2014 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Sun Aug 30 2015 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Tue Aug 30 2016 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Wed Aug 30 2017 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Thu Aug 30 2018 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Fri Aug 30 2019 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance
Sun Aug 30 2020 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances United Nations observance

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INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS: AUGUST 29, 2017

International Day against Nuclear Tests

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear Tests brings public awareness and education about the effects of global nuclear weapon tests. The day aims to end nuclear testing and to promote peace and security.

International Day against Nuclear Tests
International Day Against Nuclear Tests aims to educate and bring awareness about the effects of nuclear testing.
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What do People Do?

The International Day against Nuclear Tests aims to raise people’s awareness on the need to prevent nuclear catastrophes to avert devastating effects on humankind, the environment and the planet. Many people use the day as an opportunity to share their perspective on the issue of nuclear weapons and testing.  Different organizations may host educational and public activities to bring awareness of the use of nuclear weapons and the dangers involved with nuclear weapons testing and usage.

Public Life

The International Day against Nuclear Tests is a global observance but it is not a public holiday.

Background

The history of nuclear testing began on July 16, 1945, when an atomic bomb was used at a desert test site in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the United States. More than 2000 nuclear tests were carried out worldwide between 1945 and 1996. Nuclear weapons tests are generally broken into different categories reflecting the test’s medium or location:

  • Atmospheric tests.
  • Underwater tests.
  • Underground tests.

Over the years, there have been calls to ban nuclear test to ensure the protection of people’s lives and the environment around them. The UN approved a draft resolution in late 2009 for an international day against nuclear tests to raise public awareness about the threats and dangers of nuclear weapons.  It was also hoped that UN’s member states would move towards the idea of nuclear disarmament.

Licorne test, 1971, French Polynesia. Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream

Licorne test, 1971, French Polynesia. Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream

The International Day against Nuclear Tests was declared to be annually held on August 29, which marks the closing of one of the world’s largest nuclear test sites (in Kazakhstan) in 1991. The day is devoted to enhancing public awareness and education about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. It also promotes the need for a nuclear weapon-free world. The day’s first official observance was marked for August 29, 2010.

International Day against Nuclear Tests Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sun Aug 29 2010 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Mon Aug 29 2011 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Wed Aug 29 2012 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Thu Aug 29 2013 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Fri Aug 29 2014 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Sat Aug 29 2015 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Mon Aug 29 2016 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Tue Aug 29 2017 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Wed Aug 29 2018 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Thu Aug 29 2019 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance
Sat Aug 29 2020 International Day against Nuclear Tests United Nations observance

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLAVE TRADE AND ITS ABOLITION: AUGUST 23, 2017

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is annually observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods, and the consequences of slave trade.

UN International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
The UN’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition reminds people of the tragedy of slave trade.
©Bigstockphoto.com/Mikhail Uliannikov

What Do People Do?

Each year the UN invites people all over the world, including educators, students, and artists, to organize events that center on the theme of this day. Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians, and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance, and drama.

Educators promote the day by informing people about the historical events associated with slave trade, the consequences of slave trade, and to promote tolerance and human rights. Many organizations, including youth associations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, actively take part in the event to educate society about the negative consequences of slave trade.

The Slave Route Project

Public Life

The UN’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is a United Nations observance worldwide but it is not a public holiday.

Intangible Heritage

Brochure

Background

In late August 1791, an uprising began in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that would have a major effect on abolishing the transatlantic slave trade. The slave rebellion in the area weakened the Caribbean colonial system, sparking an uprising that led to abolishing slavery and giving the island its independence. It marked the beginning of the destruction of the slavery system, the slave trade and colonialism.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement.

The History of Africa

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

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Watch on BBC World News: nine-part series based on UNESCO’s “General History of Africa” book collection

Zeinab Badawi delves into the history of Africa for a brand new, nine-part series on BBC World News. The continent of Africa has a long, complex history, and its people built civilizations which rivalled those that existed anywhere else in the world. However, much of the continent’s history is not widely known, and what we are presented with often projects a distorted and partial picture.

General History of Africa

Symbols

UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. Underneath the temple are the words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”. This logo is often used in promotional material for the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Mon Aug 23 2010 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Tue Aug 23 2011 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Thu Aug 23 2012 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Fri Aug 23 2013 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Sat Aug 23 2014 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Sun Aug 23 2015 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Tue Aug 23 2016 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Wed Aug 23 2017 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Thu Aug 23 2018 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Fri Aug 23 2019 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance
Sun Aug 23 2020 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition United Nations observance

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CONGRESS QUIETLY PASSES BILL ALLOWING WARRANTLESS SEARCHES OF HOMES – ONLY 1% OPPOSED IT

CONGRESS QUIETLY PASSED A BILL ALLOWING WARRANTLESS SEARCHES OF HOMES; ONLY 1% OPPOSED IT

Rachel Blevins of The Free Thought Project

A bill that will allow homes to be searched without a warrant was passed with overwhelming support by the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Trump—and it happened with no media coverage and very little fanfare.

On the surface, House Joint Resolution 76 looks harmless. The title of the bill claims that its purpose is Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.”

“Whereas the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, an interstate compact agency of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the State of Maryland, provides transportation services to millions of people each year, the safety of whom is paramount; Whereas an effective and safe Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system is essential to the commerce and prosperity of the National Capital region; Whereas the Tri-State Oversight Committee, created by a memorandum of understanding amongst these 3 jurisdictions, has provided safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.”

The proposal for a safety commission to act as a wing of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority may sound logical, when its power includes thing such as the ability to Adopt, revise, and distribute a written State Safety Oversight Program” and to “Review, approve, oversee, and enforce the adoption and implementation of WMATA’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan.”

However, there is one major red flag buried within the text of the bill that stems from the list of “powers” given to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, and it violates one of the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution.

“In performing its duties, the Commission, through its Board or designated employees or agents, may:Enter upon the WMATA Rail System and, upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon any lands, waters, and premises adjacent to the WMATA Rail System, including, without limitation, property owned or occupied by the federal government, for the purpose of making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing as the Commission may deem necessary to carry out the purposes of this MSC Compact, and such entry shall not be deemed a trespass

The text gives the Commission the authority to enter property near the Metro Rail System “without limitation” and without a warrant, for the purpose of “making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing.”

This clearly goes against the Fourth Amendment, which states that Americans’ rights to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.”

When the bill was brought to a vote in the House of Representatives, there were only five Congressmen who voted against it: Representatives Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan; Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina; Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky; Alex Mooney, a Republican from West Virginia; and Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina.

Amash called out the hypocrisy surrounding the fact that even though this legislation is in clear violation of the Constitution, it was passed by Congress with overwhelming support. Only 5 of us voted against bill allowing govt to enter/search private property in parts of VA, MD & DC w/o warrant,” He wrote on Twitter.

This is not the first time Congress has quietly passed a bill that will take away some of the most basic rights from law-abiding citizens in the U.S., and it won’t be the last. One of the most important things to remember about this legislation is that it was ignored by the media, and while it may only affect the Washington D.C. metro area now, it could be laying the blueprint for future legislation across the country.

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“All legislation that violates the U.S. Constitution is void”.

Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, #78, 1788

H.J.Res.76 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) clearly states that upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon any lands, waters, and premises adjacent to the WMATA Rail System they may enter said premise, along with any federal buildings nearby, without need for warrants and it will not be deemed as trespassing, or as I would prefer to say, breaking and entering with intent to commit habitation.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5] (Introduced 02/16/2017) is just one of many violations of the United States Constitution and a trampling on the rights and privacy of citizens.

In this case, the Fourth Amendment:

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Fourth Amendment was originally enacted to enforce that each woman’s home is her castle, secure in the belief that she was protected from unreasonable searches and seizures of her property by the city, county, state or federal government.  It protects against arbitrary arrests, and is the basis of the law regarding search warrants, stop-and-frisk, safety inspections, wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, as well as being central to many other criminal law topics and to privacy law.

This new law is just another paddyroller/slave patrol law to control the movements, actions, and whereabouts of Black women, men, and children. Now, just who do you think will be affected the most by this draconian travesty? If you guessed White people, I can find a broken, malfunctioning feces-filled toilet to sell to you.

Black people have always been under surveillance in this lie of a nation. In the segregated Bantustan we live in, our actions were watched, documented, compiled, researched to find ways to destroy us. That still holds true.

Hell, this is already happening in Houston, TX.

Anyone, and I mean anyone, who rides the Metro Train Rail is subject to a violation of the Fourth Amendment. You can be randomly stopped, demanded of your boarding pass/bus card for transit fare. The Host High help you if your fare has run past the time limit. Do you have the right to refuse showing your fare and drivers licence? Well, if you want to dispute the transit cops, go ahead. I’m sure the Fourth Amendment will mean nothing to them as I have seen them detain people and ask for a transit fare proof. If unable to give proof, they will demand your ID, write down the number, keep it in a file and after three no-shows on the fare, will put it in a record against you. As for these searches on the train, comes with the territory. It is what it is.

I draw the line on the searching of “any” premise near or adjacent to any metro rail facility/line.

Now, as for the entering any building (homes included) on the Metro Rail system, this is a test case.

If it works, it will be implemented throughout metro rail systems all within the 50 states.

This rolling up into Black people’s homes is nothing new.

And just what is “reasonable notice”. A gentle Avon Lady knock on the door? A battering ram SWAT team door kick-in? A flame thrower blast from the past on the domicile? A Gatlin gun-type bombardment that riddles the home into looking like Swiss cheese? Hmm? Excuse us, we are not here for civil forfeiture; we are just here for some tea and crumpets? Just what is reasonable notice?

Let’s take the word adjacent. “Adjacent to” is not the same as attached to.

ad·ja·cent
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adjective
adjective: adjacent
  1. 1.
    next to or adjoining something else.
    “adjacent rooms”
    synonyms: adjoining, neighboring, next-door, abutting, contiguous, proximate; More

Any domicile or business next to the WMATA is subject to unreasonable searches and seizures.

Whites, whether law official or not, have had carte blanche to this vile and sick behavior for centuries, and this will never stop.

Black people, we are still in the grasp of war. War against us has never let up nor will it ever cease.

Oh, and for those of you who did not pay close attention to the beginning of my assessment, realize that all Demobats in Congress voted for this bill with only 5 Rethuglicans voting against it.

What I want to know is this:  where was the mind of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee when this KKK bill was pushed through? Where was the conscious of Rep. Al Green when this filth was implemented?

(Crickets).

Oh, let the roll call speak for itself.

Now, what does that tell you about those who are sworn in to uphold and protect the citizens they are elected to serve?

‘Nuff said.

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SKYWATCH: SO, WHEN’S THE NEXT ECLIPSE? EXPERIENCING TOTALITY, S&T’S ECLIPSE STORIES, AND MORE

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Wasn’t Totality Great?! So, When’s the Next Eclipse?

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The Great American Eclipse may be over, but that just has us asking about the next eclipse. There are some exciting destinations getting ready for their own dances with darkness. Read more…

MODERATOR:  For those of you who can’t wait until 2024, here is a little teaser for you:

 

Visibility

Animation of path

Totality will be visible in a narrow strip in North America, beginning at the Pacific coast, then ascending in a northeasterly direction through Mexico, the United States, and Canada, before ending in the Atlantic Ocean.

Mexico

In Mexico, totality will pass through the states of Sinaloa (including Mazatlán), Durango (including Durango and Gómez Palacio) and Coahuila (including Torreón, Matamoros, Monclova, Sabinas, Ciudad Acuña and Piedras Negras).

United States

In the United States, totality will be visible through the states of Texas (including parts of San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth and all of Arlington, Dallas, Killeen, Temple, Texarkana, Tyler and Waco), Oklahoma, Arkansas (including Hot Springs, Jonesboro, and Little Rock), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana (including Bloomington, Evansville, Indianapolis, Muncie, Terre Haute, and Vincennes), a very small area of Michigan, Ohio (including Akron, Dayton, Lima, Toledo, Cleveland, Warren, Newton Falls and Austintown), Pennsylvania (including Erie), Upstate New York (including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the Adirondacks, Potsdam, and Plattsburgh), and northern Vermont (including Burlington), New Hampshire, and Maine with the line of totality going almost directly over the state’s highest point Mount Katahdin. The largest city entirely in the path will be Dallas, Texas. It will be the 2nd total eclipse visible from the central United States in just 7 years, coming after the August 21, 2017 eclipse. The cities of Benton, Carbondale, Chester, Harrisburg, Marion, and Metropolis in Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Farmington, and Perryville in Missouri, as well as Paducah, Kentucky, will be within the intersection of the paths of totality of both the 2017 and 2024 eclipses, therefore earning the rare distinction of being witness to two total solar eclipses in 7 years.[3]

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Experiencing Totality: S&T‘s Eclipse Stories

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With Sky & Telescope‘s editors and writers scattered across the eclipse path, we have dozens of stories to share. Here are a few. Read more…

Best 2017 Eclipse Pictures from Our Readers

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We’ve curated a selection of some of the best eclipse images our readers submitted to our online gallery. Read more…

Amazing Views of the Solar Eclipse From Earth… and Space

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Satellites, aircraft, and the International Space Station provided great views of Monday’s solar eclipse, near and far. Read more…

The Eclipse as Seen by Citizen Scientists

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Some academic and citizen-science groups came up with neat initiatives for eclipse day. Let’s find out how they did. Read more…

Total Eclipse Vs Solar Power

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In addition to clogged roads and crowded hotels, the 2017 solar eclipse had another big effect on U.S. infrastructure: reduced solar power production. Read more…

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 25 – September 2

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Look low in the west in twilight for the waxing crescent Moon. It forms a triangle with Jupiter and Spica below it. Read more…

Tour August’s Sky: Jupiter & Saturn Shine

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There’s more to look for this month than the solar eclipse. As you’ll discover in August’s astronomy podcast, Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot in the evening sky. Read more…

Low-Tech Astrophotography: Game Boy Camera

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Inspired by his love of astronomy and struck by the unique ways in which the Game Boy Camera had been harnessed, Alex Pietrow took to the internet to see what photos of space it had taken. When he found none, he took his own. Read more…

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THE MIND OF THE RACIST WHITE SUPREMACIST: VIRAL POST GETS IT WRONG ABOUT EXTENT OF SLAVERY IN 1860—–AND THEN SOME

VIRAL POST GETS IT WRONG ABOUT EXTENT OF SLAVERY IN 1860

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“At the PEAK of slavery in 1860, only 1.4% of Americans owned slaves. What your history books (don’t) tell you is that 3,000 blacks owned a total of 20,000 slaves the same year.”

Viral image on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 in social media feeds

 

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More Confederate Statues Face Removal

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The Confederacy is memorialized in statues, monuments and other historical monuments throughout the United States. The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, and while some stay these are monuments that mark history and honor heritage many others argue that they’re racist symbols of American slavery. Most recently tensions flared last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia when a group of white supremacists marched last weekend to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, resulting in the death of a counterprotester. States across the country are voting on whether to remove any tributes to the Confederacy they might have. In the wake of the Charlottesville attack some states, including California, Florida, and Louisiana have already taken down statues.
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The Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Va., has influenced the debate over removing confederate statues.
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Viral post gets it wrong about extent of slavery in 1860

The slaves of Gen. Thomas F. Drayton. (Wikimedia commons)

Confederate-themed posts are cropping up on social media in the wake of the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Va.

The march was sparked by efforts to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and included some marchers carrying Confederate symbols.

One viral post sent to us by a reader said, “At the PEAK of slavery in 1860, only 1.4% of Americans owned slaves. What your history books doesn’t tell you is that 3,000 blacks owned a total of 20,000 slaves the same year.” The post is signed, “Proud Southern Deplorable – Southern Rebel” and goes on to say, “If you’re sick of the race baiting, please LIKE and SHARE.”

 

When we took a closer look, we found that the percentage of slaveholding families was dramatically higher than what the meme said, and that the number of slaves owned by blacks was presented in a misleading way.

‘At the PEAK of Slavery in 1860, Only 1.4% of Americans owned slaves.’

The primary source of data about slaves and slaveholding in 1860 is that year’s census.

Census data from 1860 isn’t perfect, said University of North Carolina historian Joseph T. Glatthaar, author of Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee. But it remains “the best evidence we have.”

In the big picture, the 1860 Census counted a total of 31,443,321 people, of which 3,953,760 were slaves. So slaves accounted for 12.6 percent of the national population.

However, to address the assertion in the post requires more detailed data. Many states had outlawed slavery by 1860, so the national population figure dilutes the measurement by including many Americans whose states did not allow them to own slaves. The national population figure also includes slaves and children, and it doesn’t account either for family groupings or how many slaves a given family owned.

So experts say that a more accurate measure of slaveholding in 1860 America would focus on states that allowed slavery, and would zero in on family or household units, as a way of limiting the statistical noise caused by counting slaves and children.

“The number that really matters is how many American households in the South had slaves,” said Adam Goodheart, a Washington College historian and author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening

Using Census data to research his book, Glatthaar calculated that 4.9 percent of people in the slaveholding states owned slaves, that 19.9 percent of family units in those states owned slaves, and that 24.9 percent of households owned slaves. (Households are a broader category than families.)

Each of these figures is significantly higher than the 1.4 percent cited in the social media post.

State-by-state figures show some variation. In Mississippi, 49 percent of families owned slaves, and in South Carolina, 46 percent did. In border states, the percentage was lower — 3 percent in Delaware and 12 percent in Maryland. The median for slaveholding states was about 27 percent.

Using the same data, it’s possible to calculate the statistic of dubious value cited in the viral image — the percentage of all American families that owned slaves. The answer: 7.4 percent, which about five times greater than what the meme says.

It’s also possible that the Census data is misleadingly low, Goodheart said.

“Many non-slaveholding whites in the South rented slaves from wealthier slaveholders,” he said. “So it was very common for a white Southerner to be a ‘slave master’ but not technically a ‘slave owner.”

‘3,000 blacks owned a total of 20,000 slaves the same year.’

We were unable to find hard data to debunk — or support — this figure.

The most solid data we found was published in an article in the Root by Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard University historian. Gates cited research by Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian who died in 1950. He found that in 1830, a total of “3,776 free Negroes owned 12,907 slaves.”

With three more decades of population growth, it’s plausible that the number of black-owned slaves could have grown to 20,000 by 1860, historians told us.

“I’d imagine that the (20,000 figure) quoted in the meme is probably not that far off from being true,” said Junius Rodriguez, a Eureka College historian and author of Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia.

But the 20,000 number is not necessarily as eye-popping as the meme makes it out to be.

For starters, even if the number is accurate, it would still account for just a tiny percentage of all slaves held in the United States in 1860 — specifically, one half of 1 percent. That runs contrary to the post’s framing.

“That’s a very small number compared to Latin American or Caribbean societies,” said Stephanie McCurry, a Columbia University historian and author of Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South.

In addition, the figure is almost certainly inflated by a legal quirk in most antebellum southern states.

It includes “many ‘owned’ family members whom they had purchased to become free,” said Eric Foner, a Columbia University historian and the author of such books as The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. “You could not free a slave in most southern states without sending them out of the state.”

Gates, writing in the Root, noted that the late historian Thomas J. Pressly used Woodson’s statistics for 1830 to determine that about 42 percent of these black slaveholders owned just one slave. To Gates, this suggests that many — though hardly all — black “slaveholders” legally needed to “own” a family member such as a wife or child.

As Woodson wrote in his 1924 book Free Negro Owners of Slaves in the United Statesin 1830, “In many instances the husband purchased the wife or vice versa. … Slaves of Negroes were in some cases the children of a free father who had purchased his wife. If he did not thereafter emancipate the mother, as so many such husbands failed to do, his own children were born his slaves and were thus reported to the numerators.”

In other cases, Woodson wrote, “Benevolent Negroes often purchased slaves to make their lot easier by granting them their freedom for a nominal sum, or by permitting them to work it out on liberal terms.”

Our ruling

The viral post said that “at the PEAK of slavery in 1860, only 1.4% of Americans owned slaves. What your history books doesn’t tell you is that 3,000 blacks owned a total of 20,000 slaves the same year.”

In reality, far more than 1.4 percent of families in slaveholding states — the most reasonable way to measure it — owned slaves. The number was between 20 and 25 percent, and in some states, the rate was twice as high. As for black-owned slaves, they certainly existed, but they represented a tiny fraction of all slaves in the United States, and many were likely “owned” by their spouses or parents due to the prevailing laws in many slaveholding states.

We rate the statement False.

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My question…………where did the racist white supremacist alt-wrong savages get their “1.4” number from?

Which part of the digestive system did they pull it from?

Anyone who is familiar with the history of race-based slavery in the United States would by now know that there were many people who owned enslaved Black people.

The two biggest lies that swirl around in party circles, on the Internet, and anywhere are:

The trope that only a few rich White men and rich White women owned Black women, men and children, is one of the biggest lies ever perpetuated about American race-based enslavement.

The trope that not all Whites benefitted from race-based slavery, which is the second and most evil of lies.

FACTS:

  • The state of Mississippi was once the richest state in the entire nation at the time of 1860.

Why?

Because it had the most members of the elite planter class in all of the American South slave states. This class enslaved tens of thousands of Black people, and grew rich and fat off the blood-soaked/kidnapped/stolen free labor of enslaved Black women, men, and children. Hard to believe that once upon a time, Mississippi was the richest state in the Union, but, it was.

Now it is just a poor dried out former shadow of its vicious racist history. Karma, anyone?

There were many people involved in the slave trade, and rich plantation masters and mistresses were not the only ones.

  • Those involved in the race-based slave trade include those in the Upper South states were those who sold enslaves to those who would transport them down to the Deep South (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi). These paid “Negro traders” grew fat and filthy like ticks and fleas, off the stolen bodies of Black people—Black women sold from their children they carried for nine months close to their heart, children they bore, children they would never see again. Black men who loved and cared for Black women they desired to spend their lives with, were ripped from the loving arms of women whom they could not even protect and cherish, sold far away from their loved ones. Little Black children—yes, little Black children— stolen from their mothers while the children were only six-, nine-, and twelve-years old. Little children who faced a life of a living hell. The Negro traders would sell these Black people to slave coffles.
  • These paid coffle owners forced/death marched these enslaved Black people who were put into the infamous slave coffles and marched on foot hundreds of miles to their final destination: beaten, raped, sodomized, starved, and facing the most perverse abominations that a human mind, body, and soul can bear—they finally arrived at the jails where they would be quartered before being put on the slave auction block that week.
  • The holders of these jail cells received monies for jailing these innocent enslaved Black souls. From there the enslaved Black people would be pawed over as less than an animal by prospective buyers, oh, I’m sorry—future rapists, thieves, and murderers who put their disease-ridden claws on the private body parts of Black women, men, and children to assess their so-called chattel slavery worth.From there they would be sent to the obscene birdcage of a plantation to live out the rest of their lives under the lash of the whip and the humiliation of being subjugated to a venomous system that would never, even to this day, ever see them as human.

Others grew fat like lice on the stolen lives and labour of enslaved Black people.

  • Paddyrollers, or slave patrollers, who made money off of patrolling the environs around the plantation—any Black person found off the plantation after dark/curfew, would be savagely beaten and returned to the plantation.
  • Negro breakers, that Frederick Douglas speaks of, were paid to break the minds, bodies, and spirits of enslaves who fought against race-based slavery and were runaways. Enslaves who suffered from the infamous disease known as drapetomania were sent to these psychotic monsters.
  • Then there are the buyers.

Whether 500 enslaves, 250 enslaves, 100 enslaves, 20, 0r 10, 0r 1-5–anyone who enslaved Black people were pieces of feces not fit to walk among the living.

  • Oh, must not forget the overseers, many of whom were poor lowlife who beat, raped, murdered, cut to pieces, and drove into the ground so many innocent enslaved Black women, men, and children.

They too were paid to destroy many, many, many innocent enslaved Black people.

So…..no, liars.

The entire system of American race-based slavery was built on and maintained on the backs of enslaved-for-life Black women, Black men, and little Black children.

Therefore, many Whites benefitted from this sick, twisted, perverted, sadistic system.

Now………..

————-on to the statement about Blacks owning slaves.

In the article, Professor Carter G. Woodson is quoted as follows:

“As Woodson wrote in his 1924 book Free Negro Owners of Slaves in the United Statesin 1830, “In many instances the husband purchased the wife or vice versa. … Slaves of Negroes were in some cases the children of a free father who had purchased his wife. If he did not thereafter emancipate the mother, as so many such husbands failed to do, his own children were born his slaves and were thus reported to the numerators.”

In other cases, Woodson wrote, “Benevolent Negroes often purchased slaves to make their lot easier by granting them their freedom for a nominal sum, or by permitting them to work it out on liberal terms.”

I will have to respectfully disagree with the late Professor Woodson (PBUH).

True, the number of enslaved Black people owned by Black slave owners pales (pun intended) in comparison to those enslaved by Whites. True, documentation shows that they did not own tens of hundreds of enslaved Black people. True, many owned less than five Black people. Nothing but a drop in the bucket.

But, one question that is not mentioned in the article nor even hinted at is this:  Where did these Black (?) slave holders get the money from to purchase (free relatives) and enslave Black people (non-relatives)?

They did not have it handed over to them by poor Whites. Yeoman Whites hated and despised enslaved Blacks, and because of race-based slavery, were shut out of some professions (carpenter, blacksmith, etc.). White slave master used the free labor of enslaved Blacks to do many jobs in, on, and around the plantation.

They did not find money lying around on the ground.

They certainly did not find it growing on trees.

There is only one way the free blacks obtained money to purchase slaves of any kind (freed relatives or enslaved non-relatives).

They obtained it by buying slaves.

But, how did they obtain money to buy slaves?

Many of these “black” slave holders were mulattoes, the sons and daughters of White baby daddies who through their rapacious sexual abuse of enslaved Black women, raped into existence these mulatto sons and daughters. Feeling guilty (some of them) over the mixed-blood children they raped into existence, these white baby daddies would give their sons an apprentice education to learn a trade, earn some money, secretly free them, even set them up in a business to take care of themselves, and to ultimately buy property.

But in order to buy land to build a home, they needed the free labor of enslaved Blacks just like white baby daddy.

Yes, I am familiar with the statement that some free Blacks bought relatives, and there is some historical documentation for that, but, even if according to the bogus racist meme claim that 3,000 blacks owned 20,000 slaves (which is still a huge drop in the bucket compared to the millions of Black people enslaved by Whites), that is a hell of a lot of relatives. Keep in mind, the 1860 census declared that mulattos were a separate racial group from those who declared themselves free-white-and-21, and those declared black, subhuman, three-fifths of a human and chattel property.

Mulattos were a buffer class in parts of the South where they kept enslaved Blacks, and it is yet to be proven to me that many of the enslaved Blacks were benignly bought out of altruistic reasons.

They were bought for the same reasons Whites bought and enslaved Black people.

Case in point, April Ellison, of South Carolina:

“Ellison’s defense of slaveholding may have been as much a jumble of myths as whites’. At the bottom, however, his answer to the question of how he, a free man of color, could own slaves had a hard-edged precision no white man needed. No white person ever had to fear that his freedom could be alienated. No free Afro-American could ever be confident that his would not be. For Ellison, mastering slaves was central to his drive to master freedom. Patriarch of three generations of free Ellisons, he saw his primary responsibility as the preservation of his most precious asset. His family’s freedom, like that of all free people of color, rested on a trap door, and white hands gripped the lever. Free Negroes could do little to influence their destinies other than to impress whites with their economic achievement, to persuade them that they were respectable and useful members of society, and to assure them that they were trustworthy and loyal Southerners. In the antebellum South, nothing was more lucrative, more respectable, and more patriotic than owning slaves. Along with his land and shop, Ellison’s slaves formed a barrier against degradation and an endowment that he hoped would guarantee that his family continued to live as free people. Ellison did not make the rules of Southern society. Owning slaves attached him and his family to the dominant class of the South, who, if they would, could protect and defend his family’s freedom.”

Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South, Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roark, W.W. Norton & Company, 1984. Chapter IV, “Wisdom Hall”, pgs. 142-143.

In the end, it did not matter that Ellison owned Black people. It did not matter that he tried so hard to stave off degradation. After the Civil War, Ellison, like so many mulatto slave masters were relegated to the bottom rank of society, right along with the many Black people they had formerly enslaved.

I lay that travesty at the feet of White people. The garbage, trashy, tacky, trifling, terroristic plague of racist white supremacy has made this nation into a cesspool of racial vomit and monstrosities of lies built on top of lies.

For those racists white supremacists who love to believe the lies, misinformation, and disinformation bandied about on American race-based slavery, I have nothing but contempt.

After all that racist White men and women have done to Black people in this so-called nation, there is nothing they can say that can ever change the truth of history.

Any White person who has the audacity to tell Black people to “Shut up!” “Get over it!” had better learn to keep their mouths shut and STFU.

Except for the few Whites who can be counted on one hand who tell the truth of this nation’s history, the rest of Whites who believe and follow lies had better not even think about lording it over Black people where slavery is concerned.

No White person in these United States can say a damn thing whatsoever to Black people about slavery, Reconstruction, or Jane Crow segregation.

They do not have a leg to stand on—-they damn sure as hell do not have a pot to piss in and a window to through it out of concerning White people’s brutalization of Black people, past, present, or future.

Oh, Man God, I beg that this that I ask for my enemies shall come to pass: That the South Wind shall scorch their bodies and make them wither and shall not be tempered to them. That the North Wind shall freeze their blood and numb their muscles and that it shall not be tempered unto them. That the West Wind shall blow away their life’s breath and shall not leave their hair to grow, and that their fingernails shall fall off and their bones shall crumble. That the East Wind shall make their minds grow dark, their sight shall fail and their seed dry up so that they shall not multiply.

-An ancient Negro folk curse recorded by Zora Neale Hurston

This nation, this Whore of Babylon has a lot to answer for and the day of reckoning is nigh and this nation will burn and rot for all the cruelties it has done to Black women, Black men, and Black children.

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