The hard-boiled sons of Emmitt Till

Sixty one years ago today, whites in Money, Miss., murdered a 14-year-old boy in Money, Miss., for whistling at  a white woman. He was from Chicago, visiting family for the summer. His name was Emmitt Till:

They put Till in the back of a pickup truck and drove to a barn at the Clint Shurden Plantation in Drew. Till was pistol-whipped and placed in the bed of the pickup truck again and covered with a tarpaulin. Throughout the course of the night, Bryant, Milam, and witnesses recall their being in several locations with Till. According to some witnesses, they took Till to a shed behind Milam’s home in the nearby town of Glendora, where they beat him again and tried to decide what to do. Witnesses recall between two and four white men and two and four black men who were either in or surrounding the pickup truck where Till was seated. Others passed by Milam’s shed and heard someone being beaten. Accounts differ as to when Till was shot; either in Milam’s shed or by the Tallahatchie River. The group drove with him in the truck to Bryant’s store, where several people noticed blood pooling in the truck bed. Bryant explained he killed a deer, and in one instance showed the body to a black man who questioned him, saying “that’s what happens to smart niggers”.

In an interview with William Bradford Huie, published in Look magazine in 1956, Bryant and Milam said they intended to beat Till and throw him off an embankment into the river to frighten him. They told Huie that while they were beating Till, he called them bastards, declared he was as good as they, and had had sexual encounters with white women. They put Till in the back of their truck, drove to a cotton gin to take a 70-pound (32 kg) fan—the only time they admitted to being worried, thinking that by this time in early daylight they would be spotted and accused of stealing—and drove for several miles along the river looking for a place to dispose of Till. They shot him by the river and weighted his body with the fan.

His mutilated body was recovered and taken to his mother in Chicago. Where she held an open casket funeral so the world could see what the white Mississippians did to her boy. Thousands viewed the body. It was one of the major events of the civil rights era.

There was a trial, but this is Mississippi in the 1950s. The murderers were found not guilty.

They were murderers though. Several months after the trial, they were interviewed by Look Magazine. Here’s what one of them said:

Well, what else could we do? He was hopeless. I’m no bully; I never hurt a nigger in my life. I like niggers—in their place—I know how to work ’em. But I just decided it was time a few people got put on notice. As long as I live and can do anything about it, niggers are gonna stay in their place. Niggers ain’t gonna vote where I live. If they did, they’d control the government. They ain’t gonna go to school with my kids. And when a nigger gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he’s tired o’ livin’. I’m likely to kill him. Me and my folks fought for this country, and we got some rights. I stood there in that shed and listened to that nigger throw that poison at me, and I just made up my mind. ‘Chicago boy,’ I said, ‘I’m tired of ’em sending your kind down here to stir up trouble. Goddam you, I’m going to make an example of you—just so everybody can know how me and my folks stand.’

Today, this guy would be called a member of the alt-Right. He’d attend a rally for a megalomaniacal yam, chanting “Make America Great Again,” and throwing sucker punches at people standing quietly holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution in their hands.

The ultimate GOP rewrite of history

I can’t believe the words coming out of Rudy Giuliani’s mouth:

What the hell did he just say? In the eight years “before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.” Am  I dreaming? Was he not the fucking mayor of New York City on Sept. 11, 2001?

This is Republican rhetoric at its purest form. The country today is a bleak hellscape because nothing bad happened until  Barack Obama became president.

Let’s go through the list of Republican “truths”:

  1. The economy was in great shape before Obama took office:

2. The stock market was running on all cylinders until Obama was elected:

3. The auto industry was booming and its jobs were secure until  Barack Obama screwed it up:

4. There were no natural disasters before Obama took office:

5. Obama doesn’t deserve any credit for capturing Osama bin Laden:

6. And now, there were no terrorist attacks on American soil before the Kenyan usurper with the fake birth certificate moved into the White House:

What the hell is wrong with Giuliani? What the hell is wrong with people in the GOP base who believe all these lies? Do they really think you can erase history just by saying the things that happened didn’t happen?

Obviously, they do.

And that’s why Republicans selected a habitually lying. moldy, worm-infested tangerine for their presidential candidate, and why deep in their reptilian brains they thrive on campaign rhetoric that reinforces their view that the Democratic opponent is a crooked, lying bitch.

Whatever happened to the truth?

America’s export to Nazis everywhere

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Maybe Nazis fly it because they’re fully committed to states rights?

Here’s a list of other reasons from Historymaniacmegan’s post “Worst Excuses for Keeping a Confederate Flag“:

  1. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of Southern heritage and pride.
  2. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of freedom and states’ rights.
  3. My ancestors fought under that flag.
  4. Even if it is racist, the meaning of words and symbols is relative to the individual.
  5. Taking down the Confederate Flag will rewrite history.
  6. Even if it is racist, meanings of words and symbols can change over time.
  7. Just because I keep a Confederate Flag doesn’t mean I’m racist.
  8. The Confederate Flag has nothing to do with racism.
  9. The Confederate Flag doesn’t represent hate and violence.
  10. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of the proud, distinctive heritage and gentility of the Old South.
  11. The cry to take the Confederate Flag down is unjustified.
  12. If the Confederate Flag was used as a national flag, then how could it represent slavery and racism?
  13. The Confederate Flag is a quaint historical artifact and a memorial to those who’ve fought gallantly and bravely (even in a service of a cause no longer considered virtuous).
  14. Slavery and racism wasn’t just limited to the Old South.
  15. But slavery existed in America long before the Confederate Flag.
  16. But the Confederate Flag is on the state flag of Mississippi.
  17. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of resistance against an oppressive authority.
  18. But you see many black people with a Confederate Flag. So how can it be racist?
  19. But various Southern Rock groups used the Confederate Flag like Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  20. The Civil War’s been over for 150 years so why waste our time over arguing about the Confederate Flag?

Those are the excuses, but go to the post for see full explanations on why they’re lame excuses. One image though really sums the matter up:

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An Olympic moment tied to civil rights in America

This is a major moment is sports, but the way NBC played it, you would have missed it (I did, and I watched most of last night’s coverage). Here’s why:

With her victory in the 100-meter freestyle, she became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.

The 20-year-old Manuel upset world-record holder Cate Campbell of Australia and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada at the Rio Games on Thursday night.

And why has it taken so long for a black woman to win an Olympic swimming medal? Time for a history lesson (click on image below):

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This happened 71 years ago today

On Aug. 6, 1945, 140,000 people were killed when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

Meanwhile, the Republican party has nominated a rust-colored ball of gas posing as a human who wonders why we build nuclear weapons if we’re not going to use them:

This coming election means something, folks. Take it seriously.

First the protesters, now the babies

Let’s have a brief summation.

He said Mexicans were rapist and murderers.

He wants to ban Muslims from entering the country.

He says blacks are responsible for the crime in America.

He calls women pigs and dogs.

He talked about the size of his dick during a presidential debate.

He encouraged his followers to beat up protesters at his rallies.

He attacks the parents of a decorated American Muslim veteran who was killed in Iraq saving his fellow soldiers.

He says Sen. John McCain of Arizona is a loser because he was a POW.

He says that if he loses the election, the results should be ignored because it was rigged.

And today, he says he’s not willing to endorse at least three leaders in the Republican Party for re-election this year who have criticized his actions: McCain, House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Sen Kelly Ayote (N.H.).

Have we reached the low point in the presidential campaign of Elmer Fudd’s illegitimate nephew with Tourette syndrome?

Hey, it’s still a long way to Election Day. I’m betting he can go much lower.

The Republican nominee for president has no decency

I wonder what the tiny-fingered, faux billionaire tax avoider has been up to recently?

Republican Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at two Muslim American parents who lost their son while he served in the U.S. military in Iraq and who appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week, stirring outrage among critics who said the episode proves that Trump lacks the compassion and temperament to be president. …

[L]ast week, Khizr Khan blasted Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims and immigrants. Pulling his pocket version of the Constitution from his jacket, he questioned whether Trump has read the document.

“You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khan said in a halting and forceful voice.