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.

Who’s that man with the tiny hands in the tank?

So what’s the latest with the Republican Party’s ill-fitting suit filled with chickens come home to roost? (Thanks, John Oliver.)

Ha, ha! A pretend Trump going into different ethnic neighborhoods saying bad things about people in other ethnic neighborhoods. That would never happen, right?

In this election, Donald Trump has used a grieving black father’s loss to try to pit black voters against Mexican immigrants. He employs black spokespeople to tell black voters that immigrants are taking their jobs. He tweets false crime statistics as a ploy to get black people to talk about “black-on-black” crime and distract from the hate crimes at his rallies. …

The Queens, N.Y., native, who won the majority of his state’s Hispanic primary voters last month, will appeal to chasms among Hispanics: of income, citizenship status, national origin and exiles vs. immigrants (“Nothing against immigrants, but my parents were exiles. And the exile experience is different than the immigrant experience,” Marco Rubio has said). Trump will employ a strategy, as candidly described by one senator, “to divide and conquer the people … on assistance,” to get them “to look down at” each other.

This is how Trump—a man who wants to ban Muslims from the country—got the leader of the Nation of Islam to say about him, “I like what I’m looking at,” on the strength of Trump’s giving the most anti-Semitic speech of any presidential candidate since David Duke (who, not coincidentally, has endorsed Trump).

Satire is dead. It was killed by the reason why Melania has an “I’m with stupid” T-shirt.

Trump supporters in action: These are bad people

I can’t criticize enough the skid mark in an IBS sufferers underwear who’s also the Republican nominee for president, but let’s take a look at his supporters;

Like this guy:

Daniel Rowe was apparently enraged at the sight of a black man and a white woman kissing on the streets of Olympia, Wash., Tuesday night. But police say he hid his violent intent behind a stony face until he was close enough to strike. …

Rowe, 32, walked up to the couple and, without warning, yelled a racial slur and lunged with his knife, police say. The blade grazed the woman and went into the man’s hip, according to a news release from Olympia police.

No one involved had life-threatening injuries, but police said Rowe’s behavior grew stranger as officers tried to wrestle him into the back of a patrol car.

“He tells them, ‘Yeah, I stabbed them. I’m a white supremacist,’” Lower said. “He begins talking about Donald Trump rallies and attacking people at the Black Lives Matter protest.”

And officers were scratching their heads at Rowe’s comments about fighting Black Lives Matter during a Donald Trump rally. Neither had events planned in Washington this week.

An aberration, some Trump supporters would say? OK, then what about this:

A Massachusetts convoy of Trump supporters drove from Wrentham to Foxboro in their trucks, RVs and SUVs on July 31 and were caught on tape spewing racist epithets and calls for anti-black violence.

“Lynch the ni**ers by their d*cks!” said one driver, according to Winning Democrats, which highlighted a YouTube video of what the “Make America Great Again” convoy talked about on its CB channel when they thought no one was listening.

“Burn every single ni**er!” said another driver.

“All I know is we got plenty of trees to hang ni**ers from,” said another.

The convoy drove five miles from one township to another with their U.S. and Confederate flags waving.

Another aberration? Maybe you didn’t see this:

Donald Trump has a new obsession: comparing Hillary Clinton to Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany. During a Monday speech, Trump denounced the “massive immigration” to Germany under Merkel, for which he blames crime rising “to levels that no one thought would they would ever see.” He followed up this speech with press releases and a hashtag aimed at equating Clinton and Merkel. …

To white nationalist communities that fervently support Trump, Merkel has been a popular villain. Sites like the Daily Stormer, the White Genocide Project, American Renaissance, and The White Resister have posted constantly about her since the Syrian refugee crisis began escalating earlier this year. They have accused her of making a “deliberate attempt to turn Germany from a majority White country into a minority White country.” They have called her a “crazy childless bitch,” an “anti-White traitor,” and “a patron saint of terrorists.” They have asked, in articles about Merkel, “Why would you allow a woman to run a country, unless you were doing it as a joke?” …

It’s yet another example of how Trump is mainstreaming white supremacist sentiment. But by making two women the center of an attack, he is also highlighting the way that antifeminism and white supremacy are tied into each other, since people in alt-right, white supremacist circles like to blame feminism for what they see as the “decline” of the white race.

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If you haven’t noticed it already, some people are pointing out that these instances are just examples of Trumpism. That’s a lie. This is the base of the Republican Party. And when the  human urinal cake gets his ass kicked by a girl in November, when you hear the talk about the repudiation of Trumpism, replace that made up word with what it really is: core Republican belief.

And don’t think the losers have integrity and would never do anything like that. It happened when Barack Obama was elected president, and instead of pointing out that people saying “I want my country back” were Republicans, they were deceptively called “Tea Party Patriots.” Don’t believe me? Click here.

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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Trump supporters, uncensored

As the Republican candidate for president and Yosemite Sam’s anger management therapist says: “I am your voice.”

And this is their voice. If the New York Times is putting something like this up of its site uncensored, you know things are bad. (Click on the photo)

Meanwhile, Trump supporters in Maine this week booed people holding up copies of the Constitution.

Welcome to life with Republicans.