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Umstritten war das mit einer Kettensäge gefertigte Abbild von US-Präsidentengattin Melania Trump immer. Aber handelt es ...
10/07/2020

Umstritten war das mit einer Kettensäge gefertigte Abbild von US-Präsidentengattin Melania Trump immer. Aber handelt es sich bei der Tat um politischen Protest?

Damit legt sich der New Yorker Bürgermeister mit dem Präsidenten an.
10/07/2020

Damit legt sich der New Yorker Bürgermeister mit dem Präsidenten an.

Nirgendwo sonst im Land gibt es so viel Gewalt von Links- und Rechtsextremisten. Auch Brandenburg ist vorne dabei.
10/07/2020

Nirgendwo sonst im Land gibt es so viel Gewalt von Links- und Rechtsextremisten. Auch Brandenburg ist vorne dabei.

Der Mohr soll weg. Stattdessen soll Glinka her, dachte sich die BVG und endet in einem Fiasko. Es braucht Zeit und nicht...
10/07/2020
Umbenennung von Straßen: Die Mohrenstraße kann weg, Kolumbus muss bleiben

Der Mohr soll weg. Stattdessen soll Glinka her, dachte sich die BVG und endet in einem Fiasko. Es braucht Zeit und nicht nur Zorn für Veränderungen.

Geschichte ist nicht eingefroren – aber wir können sie auch nicht hastig über Bord werfen. Es braucht Zeit und nicht nur Zorn für Veränderungen. Ein Kommentar.

Gilead verspricht, bis Ende September ausreichende Mengen des Coronamittels Remdesivir zu liefern. So lange reichen die ...
10/07/2020
Coronavirus-Medikament: Spahn hält nichts von Zwangslizenz für Remdesivir

Gilead verspricht, bis Ende September ausreichende Mengen des Coronamittels Remdesivir zu liefern. So lange reichen die Vorräte, hofft der Gesundheitsminister.

Gilead verspricht, bis Ende September ausreichende Mengen des Coronamittels Remdesivir zu liefern. So lange reichen die Vorräte, hofft der Gesundheitsminister.

Dem CDU-Außenpolitiker Röttgen ist die deutsche Reaktion auf Chinas Sicherheitsgesetz für Hongkong zu lasch. Kritik komm...
10/07/2020
Haltung zu China: „Aus der deutschen Regierung wird das Minimum geliefert“

Dem CDU-Außenpolitiker Röttgen ist die deutsche Reaktion auf Chinas Sicherheitsgesetz für Hongkong zu lasch. Kritik kommt auch von Grünen-Chefin Baerbock.

Dem CDU-Außenpolitiker Röttgen ist die deutsche Reaktion auf Chinas Sicherheitsgesetz für Hongkong zu lasch. Kritik kommt auch von Grünen-Chefin Baerbock.

Das Online-Netzwerk Facebook hat mehr als 100 Konten gesperrt, die Falschinformationen verbreiten oder Fake-Profile sind...
10/07/2020
Facebook sperrt Konten von Ex-Trump-Berater und Bolsonaro-Team

Das Online-Netzwerk Facebook hat mehr als 100 Konten gesperrt, die Falschinformationen verbreiten oder Fake-Profile sind.

Das Online-Netzwerk Facebook hat mehr als 100 Konten gesperrt. Sie werden dem Umfeld des brasilianischen Präsidenten sowie Trumps Ex-Berater Stone zugeordnet.

Die britische Musikerin Denai Moore lebt für die Sinnesfreuden. Ihr neues Album „Modern Dread“ wird jedoch von Dämonen b...
10/07/2020
„Modern Dread“: Liebe, Furcht und Eiscreme

Die britische Musikerin Denai Moore lebt für die Sinnesfreuden. Ihr neues Album „Modern Dread“ wird jedoch von Dämonen bevölkert.

Die britische Musikerin Denai Moore lebt für die Sinnesfreuden. Ihr neues Album „Modern Dread“ wird jedoch von Dämonen bevölkert.

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    Wir berufstätigen Privat Personen der #berlinerbäumewässerer begrüßen die Initiative "Berlin4Future", die künftig an jedem ersten Montag im Monat abends ab 18:00 Uhr auf dem Alexanderplatz für den Klimaschutz demonstrieren will. Somit haben wir berufstätigen ein Gehör. Aus kurzfristig organisatorischen Gründen schafften wir es nicht zur Premiere und sind jedoch mit Montagabend, den 14. Juli 2020 jeden Montagabend hier präsent, um auf die Notlage der Jung Bäume Wässerungen in ganz Berlin aufmerksam zu machen. Unsere Anmeldung bei der Polizei hierfür ist soeben rausgesendet. Jung Bäume-Wässerungen gehören zum Klimaschutz. Zusätzlich sind wir so jeden ersten Montag im Monat hocherfreut, uns solidarisch mit der Initiative "Berlin4Future" hier zusammen zu schließen. Berlins Jung Bäume vertrocknen! *Nutzt bitte überall Eure öffentlichen Wasserpumpen im Kiez, *Klickt zur Vernetzung für gemeinsame Wässerungen unsere erste öffentliche Facebook Gruppe #berlinerbäumewässerer, die auf die Dramatik um die Jung-Bäume aufmerksam macht und zur Orientierung wo welche Bäume und wo die Wasserpumpen stehen giessdenkiez,.de-wir tun dies.
    FCK TRMP! (macht den laden doch gleich ganz dicht)
    Lieber Tagesspiegel, wie kann es sein, dass ihr über die heutige BLM Demo, die Demon von Atila Hildemann sowie eine 150 Mann Demo vor dem Kanzleramt berichtet, aber nicht über rund 2.000 Motorradfahrer, die im Korso durch ganz Berlin fahren, um gegen das drohende Sonn- und Feiertagsverbot für Motorräder zu demonstrieren, inkl Kundgebung zwischen Brandenburger Tor und Siegessäule? 🧐🧐🧐 2.000 Motorräder kann eigentlich nicht übersehen. Findet ihr das nicht auch ein wenig selektiv oder ist dass das Verständnis von unabhängigem Qualitätsjournalismus bei dem Tagesspiegel? Viele Grüße Patrick
    Hi Tagesspiegel, ihr berichtet über BLM, Atila Hildeman und eine 150 Mann Demo vor dem Kanzleramt - die rund 2.000 Motorradfahrer, die im Korso durch Berlin gefahren sind und eine Kundgebung vor der Siegessäulebis hin zum Brandenburger Tor gehalten haben und gegen das drohende Sonn- und Feiertagsverbot demonstriert haben, habt ihr glatt übersehen, was? #qualitätsjournalismus
    Warum ist es schlimm wenn Trump keine Maske trägt aber bei Merkel nicht schlimm? Wer raucht und nicht raucht darf doch auch frei entscheiden und da deutlich mehr mit reingezogen die keinen Qualm abbekommen möchten.
    The Black Lives Matter Dossier New Normal XII: A Gathering of the Tribes By John Burl Smith The fact that Donald Trump re-tweeted, a video of a wealthy white St. Louis couple waving guns at protesters, just one day after re-tweeting and later deleted, a video of a supporter in Florida scheming “white power,” was topped by him berating efforts to remove names and statues of known racists, like Woodrow Wilson, and John Wayne, from places of honor, speaks louder than his denials. GOP operatives reacted in horror at what some described as “incredible stupidity,” then had to pick themselves up off the floor, when Fox’s Gasparino opined “Trump could drop out of race,” if polls do not rebound. Top roamer mill generators, though many are loyalists, spoke volumes, about why Trump looked, as I described in my last post, “Trump and Desperation.” GOP stalwarts, looking for exits, seem like Covid-19 rats, leaving a leaky ship. Trump funked up Tulsa’ struggling medical posse’s efforts, which they had been trying to ride the pandemic out of town on a rail. Trump's MEGA Funk factory was an invitation to every carrier from all the COVID-19 hot spots in the West to the party. Exploding like smoke bombs among peaceful protesters, the coronavirus is blowing up Sun Belt states from Florida to Arizona. Insiders assess the situation, as though an albatross hangs around Donald Trump’s neck, approaching reelection, they describe the aforementioned events, with probably the astonishment Bubby Watson experienced, when he first saw the dangling garage door opener. A further example of the shaky three legged stole—race baiting, attacking protesters and a “law and order president”—on which Trump is trying to balance himself with such a heavy-handed one-sided approach of brash and bizarre policies, governing a very diverse citizenry. Some GOP pundits are sounding like John Ehrlichman talking to John Dean, regarding L. Patrick Gray, “Let him twist slowly, twist slowly in the wind.” That thought is amplified by the fact the coalition including leads in the “Black Lives Matter” movement protested together with other activists groups—Detroit Will Breathe, BAMN, ACCESS and the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation—marched and gathered at Patton Park for a rallied in Southwest Detroit over the weekend (6-28-20). Seeing what is happening with young people in this movement reminds me of black power sleepovers on HBCU campuses across the South, when we were trying to develop a philosophy and psychology that defined black power in the late 1960s. This gathering, of over 300 people, is building a coalition that presently includes 29 groups. Leaders of protest marches and organizers called their rally, “Your fight is my fight.” They are coming together, like a “gathering of the tribes,” to unite communities of color in protests to pursue a host of issues—including systemic racism, and police brutality, as well as militarization, deportation, water shut-offs, evictions, health care needs, an affordable and better living environment. Organizer Nakia-Renne Wallace helped launch this protest and gathering by christening it with a speech, championing “solidarity.” “This is us, acting on what we said we were going to do, by organizing a coalition of organizations!” Next, Tristan Taylor, a leader of Detroit Will Breathe said, “It’s important that people get a first-hand experience of what this movement is. A lot of us, before this day, heard of one another, but never worked with each other because we had an issue and that issue stemmed from our ego. Everyone here is here, because George Floyd was murdered. We witnessed it, (via video).” Kevin Mack of the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers told the gathering, “It’s important to maintain momentum for change. If marchers hear about a rally or a protest, they need to spread the word,” he urged. “If there’s one thing I can give you from organized labor is we’ve got to keep the fight going. We have to organize, organize, organize,” he implored the cheering crowd. America Yahya, 21, of Detroit, had the crowd chant in Arabic, “Your fight is my fight!” She went on, “As a Yemeni Muslim woman, I stand here in solidarity with my black brothers and sisters, and the black community as a whole, and to say that their fight is my fight, too!” Consuela Lopez addresses the crowd on how marches are bringing people together. Then Brenda Castro, of the immigrant rights organization, Movimienta Cosecha in Ann Arbor, voiced also solidarity with other marchers, one important thing she said was, “Immigrants struggle to get driver’s licenses, but they are removed from their homes and communities by immigration officials. I’m here to tell our black brothers and sisters that ‘their fight is our fight.’ We are here to unite as black, brown, and indigenous people to change the system in this country.” Isra Daraiseh, 30, of Detroit is Arab-American and said “My community needs to amplify the needs of the black community to overcome historic tensions.” She noted how in “George Floyd’s case, an Arab-owned business initiated police contact. How can we reduce this tension between Arab-owned convenience stores and the predominantly black communities they often serve is a real problem? I don’t have all the answers but we shouldn’t shy away from this difficult problem and this difficult conversation. And this seems to be a ripe area for future organizing and thought from Arab-led organizations interested in being anti-racist. White silence is violence. It’s a simple but powerful message shouted at Black Lives Matter protests around the world, and it marks a major shift in expectations: it’s no longer OK to just not be racist. You have to be vocally anti-racist. If you’re not, you’re part of the problem, and what about brown silence? Just as people are being told to acknowledge their white privilege, calls are growing louder for South Asian Diasporas, particularly Indians, in the UK, US and Canada to check their brown privilege and speak out against anti-black racism. This tension has arisen in part because some Asian groups are still being held up as ‘model minorities,’ celebrated for achieving higher levels of socio-economic success than others, often even the white majority. It’s an old successful tactic that has proven to cause more harm than good, but it’s one that is still very much in use. The problem with the practice is that it pits ethnic minority groups, which should otherwise be allies, against each other. It perpetuates stereotypes in and outside the group and, worst of all it gives governments, companies and institutions of power to mask their own systemic racism. It completely ignores the fact that one minority group may face very different challenges or levels of racism than another.” Speaker Jason Paskvan, 27, of Oak Park is with the Detroit Indigenous Peoples Alliance. He says, “Black people have been neglected during the coronavirus pandemic.” He also explains the history of injustice and oppression Indigenous Peoples face, as “the first Americans.” “I’m here today to talk about black and brown solidarity. While America was founded on universal appeals to equality and independence, it was also founded on the extracted labor of enslaved Africans and expanded through the genocide of native peoples and the theft of land, also known as settler colonialism!” Paskvan said “The inequalities are manifest in food and housing redlining, mass incarceration and surveillance.” The foregoing discussion serves as segue and further emphasizes the title of this post. The title may even be considered language appropriation, in the way I include groups clearly not indigenous but real tribes are gathering also, after Donald Trump became concerned about his beleaguered effort re-MEGA-vating his fading frantic fear filled frolic and failing fortunes for first place, following falling fast in the chase for the White House. His attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden are an even bigger joke than the laughs he gave the world with his Tulsa mini-MAGA big blowout. Mr. Biden could not possibly hurt Trump any worse than Trump’s performance over the last 5 months, if not the last three and a half years, if the former Vice President had legions of fine fitted French fellows, frolicking to and fro across the stage behind Trump speaking, at a MEGA rally. I will not gallop down that well-worn media glide path, but to say, what we may yet witness an even bigger lollapalooza on June 3, if Trump proceeds as planned. If there are any doubters among the most stout-hearted Trumpers, all 7,000 of them, however the never Trumpers will love my following example, while others cringe after the following read. A little history will put the problem, which began when Europeans first arrived in what they called North America, in perspective; I offer just one outrage Native People suffered at the hands of white men, although they did not call themselves that at this point. Jacqueline Battalora does an excellent job in Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today (2015), explaining the creation of the group of people called white people today. My case in point is Pres. Andrew Jackson. Jackson was elected President because of his reputation for killing Native People, so much so, he was known as an “Indian fighter.” Jacksons’ open hostility toward Native People did not end with being responsible for the deaths of thousands of Native People; he is renowned for almost singularly causing the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to become law. This act evicted Native People from millions of acres of their lands in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. The nations holding title to these lands, years after signing treaties with the United States, the Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Ponca, and Ho-Chunk/Winnebago nations, were forcibly removed and relocated to reservations in Oklahoma, as a result of Jackson’s Act. American presidents did things like send thousands of blankets infected with “small pox” to reservation, swiping out hundreds of thousands. These nations were forced to march from their lands in the southern United States to Oklahoma beginning, during the winter of 1838. The Cherokee began the 1,000-mile (1,600 km) walk unable to carry provisions for the trip, wearing scant clothing and most on foot without shoes or moccasins. Their march began in Red Clay, Tennessee the last Eastern capital of the Cherokee Nation. En route, many suffered exposure, disease, and starvation. Many died before reaching their destinations. The U.S. government’s forced march included many runaway slaves, who fled to tribes in what was called the Indian Territories in the South. Runaway slaves, many believe, were the reason Jackson, a slave owner, pushed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 through Congress. Fast forward to 2020, a story by Lara Seligman, Trump is quoted as saying “Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?” These words come as Trump resumes his latest lollapalooza to re-MAGA-vate his base, as the coronavirus pandemic, with over 1 million Americans affected and 125,000 killed. Trump has South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem behind his visit and military flyover at Mount Rushmore for his July 3 Independence Day celebrations. She said in a tweet when asked if Mount Rushmore would be next in the destruction of racist symbols; “Not on my watch. Gov. Noem promised to “protect the monument, as statues elsewhere in the country are taken down by protesters,” according to the Associated Press. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday, declaring his opposition to “deploying active-duty troops on U.S. streets right now,” which irked the White House replied, “We do anticipate there being a military flyover of some kind.” Then there is the “Salute to America” on the National Mall on July 4 that may include military aircraft, band performances and other displays, according to defense officials. The news that the administration is planning a huge military demonstration for the second year in a row, did not please anyone on Capitol Hill, especially during a time of heightened concerns about politicization of the military. Thousands of National Guards are deployed around the country to help law enforcement respond to protests, and Trump on Monday threatened to deploy active-duty troops to tamp down on the unrest if state and local officials failed to do so. Despite outcries from lawmakers concerned about the public health implications of holding a massive event amid the coronavirus pandemic, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser had allowed businesses to begin reopening slowly, but still prohibits gatherings of larger than 10 people, is boiling again at Trump. Although the White House is promising to take precautions this year to ensure public safety, during July 4 celebrations, no one believes Trump, after having campaign workers remove “social distancing” stickers in Tulsa. But a group of Democratic lawmakers representing the District, Maryland and Virginia warned Esper and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt against holding the event. Led by Virginia Rep. Don Beyer, lawmakers argued the event cannot be held safely, given the large crowd. The best lawmakers can hope for is that 4th of July will be a repeat of Tulsa’s MAGA-flop, for avoiding millions in the Capitol amid the pandemic. Weighing even heavier on money grubbing Republican is the $5 million price tag from last year’s “Salute to America.” What does it mean for the people for the president to blow $5 million on a party for himself, which risks the health of many thousands, if not millions, but at the same time will not support legislation to help cities, schools, teachers, health care workers and other first responders and essential workers? Decrying the “Salute to America” event, lawmakers said, “It would have detrimental impacts on not only those that live in the National Capitol Region, but all those who travel in and back from other areas of the country that attend. Democrats wrote Trump explaining, “The Administration, including your agencies, should be focusing on helping American families, not on a vanity project for the president.” Trump’ MAGA-fizzles petri dishes, creating a coronavirus incubator, leaving these growth chambers, attendees go forth diffusely circulate COVID-19 across America like crusaders, as after his Tulsa spread-o-thon. Trump is now like “Johnny Appleseed,” he is spreading death. Not only Democrats, military leaders and street protesters are hard on Trump’s case, Native People are doing war dances over the land, and the mountain on which the Mount Rushmore heads are etched. Four of the four faces of presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln—are carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. Created between 1927 and 1941, the land the memorial rest on—the Black Hills of South Dakota—is sacred to the indigenous Lakota and Oglala Sioux, which was taken by the US government in the early 1800s and is reportedly a white supremacist ties to the Ku Klux Klan. It is similar to Stone Mountain in Georgia, where images of several confederate generals are carved and was the sight, where the Klan burned huge one Hundred feet crosses to intimidate black people for one hundred mills around. Some Lakota and Oglala Sioux are concerned about the environment against the backdrop of the fireworks display Trump has planned, because there is a thick and dry forest surrounding Mount Rushmore. But park officials said they were “confident’ the fireworks could be conducted safely, while the thought scares the hell out of indigenous people who were not asked, but live in the area, according to the Washington Post. Some Native People activists have for years demanded the return of these lands to the Sioux and the monument brought down. Even more than simply taking their land, the American government does not give the Native People any economic benefits, not even from tourism to the site. Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner told the media, “Mr. Trump did not consult with tribal leaders about his visit.” Another tribe member and local activist Nick Tilsen said, “The monument is a symbol of white supremacy, and structural racism that’s still alive and well in America today. It’s an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people’s land then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide to honor that genocide.” However, the director of the Native American voting rights organization Four Directions, O.J. Semans told the media that, “He believed leaving the monument in place could prove useful to the community. Doing that, I think, would allow more people to understand the actual hurt that Native People are going through every time they see those images. The rowel over Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore will take places against e backdrop of Black Lives Matter attacking and take down statues of confederate and slavery leaders across the US, following George Floyd’s lynching. The president is expected soon to sign an executive order to make any vandalism or destruction of public statutes and federal monuments punishable by jail time. On Thursday evening (6-25-20) Trump told Fox News’ town hall, “Every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher [on statue protesters] and at some point there is going to be retribution because there has to be. These people are vandals, but they’re agitators, but they’re really, they’re terrorists in a sense.” Monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson - who both owned slaves - are among those that have been torn down or removed. A statue of Theodore Roosevelt, featuring the former president flanked by a Native American man and an African man, in New York is also to be removed. Also, the NY museum plans to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue - a plan Trump called “ridiculous.” New Normal XI: Trump and Desperation By John Burl Smith Desperately and flagitiously thrashing about and while bailing, trying to keep his sinking ship of state afloat to reaches election day, Donald Trump lashing out, on the attack against “Black Lives Matter.” Calling them “thugs and rabble-rousers” will paint them as the enemy of America. Casting them as the number one problems in America, which pushed out COVID-19, he hopes such brush strokes will make voters see him as Rembrandt. However, hordes of news reports are deluging readers with a very different picture. Snapshots of the Tulsa, Oklahoma debacle, following his claim of over a million adoring starry eyed Trumpers would pack his uptown throw down for his MEGA, so much so, they planned for a parking lot spill-over shindig for the thousands that could not crowd into the 19,000 seat arena. However embarrassed again, they folded their stage and sneaked out of town, before the hoopla began, like snake oil salesmen just ahead of the sheriff. The sparse crowd, less than 7,000, (993, 000 short of hysterical predictions) barely filled floor space. Trump hid out in his dressing room, until aides pushed him on stage. Limping out of town, like a car with a flat tire, he arrived back in Washington D.C. tie flapping, while crunching his MEGA hat, looking like a wet puppy. Well, so much for Trump’s triumphant return, before huge MAGA rallies, and hysterical rabid fans. Returning from la la land, trying to reinvigorate his waffling campaign, Trump has made another colossal miscalculation, hoping to paint “Black Lives Matter,” as a dark force, threatening America with “DOOM!!!!” But, Trump’s daily shenanigans keep him in the foreground, upstaging “Black Lives Matter” every time he opens his trap. Saying Trump is his own worst enemy is a compliment, considering how he is truly viewed out in the country. Trump’s problems are many, but I don’t believe convincing the nation that “Black Lives Matter” is a monolithic group of “thugs and rioters” will pull his fat**s out of the fire. My case in point is Taylor Griffin, the 25 year old former assistant and press secretary for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. An insider for years, as an activist, Griffin has been involved with the “Black Lives Matter” movement, but now she watches the group go mainstream, after moving to podcast streaming giant Spotify. Talking with Christina Wilkie of CNBC Griffin says back then, “Those were lonely days. There weren’t many staffers involved in the movement. Flash forward to 2020, and now members see it as a political advantage to join protests.” Griffin served as Speaker Pelosi’s envoy accompanying her on a recent demonstration on Capitol Hill, attending what Griffin called a “full circle” moment. “I’m laughing because the contrast is remarkable, from organizing in the streets of D.C. in 2014 to being here now in 2020. Four years ago, only 43 percent of American adults supported ‘Black Lives Matter,’ according to Pew Research Center. But that number has shifted dramatically, and now two-thirds of respondents viewed the movement positively, with 38 percent offering ‘strong’ support, according to a survey taken in June.” Contrarily, Trump, trying to create contrast between what he stands for and how he wants voters to see “Black Lives Matter,” has doubled down, double vision. He has pulled out lackeys, like Candice Owens and Walter “Hawk,” Newsome, as FOX contributors, to lay the groundwork for his dastardly plots. Trump tweeted highlights about this “knock-off” pretender from a FOX News interview. Quoting the “Hawk” Newsome, “BLM activists should be applauded for arming themselves with guns and threatening to ‘burn down this system!’” Trump went on ranting falsely as he described Newsome as a “Black Lives Matter leader.” But again, what Newsome has done is “knocked-off” the “Black Lives Matter” moniker to raise money, while espousing a far more militant approach to racial justice than what the mainstream “Black Lives Matter” movement represents. Although upset with Newsome’s con game, founders of the official “Black Lives Matter” movement have kept their emotions in check and concentrated on social justice and social change. When Trump did not get a rise from “Black Lives Matter,” he began railing about New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s recent decision to paint a “Black Lives Matter” mural on Fifth Avenue in front of one Trump Tower, of course Trump was livid. Five such murals are painted throughout the city and others across America, with the first painted in Washington D.C. in front of the White House. Over the past seven days, Trump made an even harder right turn, demanding a toppled Confederate statue in Washington be restored and he posted US Park Service officers to keep it safe. It is tragic the President of the United States does not feel the same need and urgency to protect the American people from COVID-19, which has slaughtered over 120,000 citizens. He is more concerned with stoking America’s racial fire than addressing coronavirus. Trump took a really sweet video of black and white babies running to meet and embrace, then doctored it so it seemed the black child was running away from the white child. And, of course he tweeted former President Barack H. Obama was guilty of “treason.” Desperation knows no bounds for Trump at this point. So, I will trump Trump’s fading frantic fear filled frolic and failing fortunes for first place in the polls, while Trump’s joke on America, takes an ominous turn for the United States, after donning the mantra of the “Law and Order President.” Trump is planning another Tsunami level event, which he is convinced, will wash over the American electorate, and flood him into the White House. However, by all indications from Native People, his boondoggle to kick off his sputtering campaign, as Trump re-MAGA-vates his reelection bid on Independence Day. The symbolism is lost on me and Native People. Resembling the logic behind the original rally set for Tulsa on Juneteenth, the Mount Rushmore site has Native People doing real War dances in opposition. For them, the monument on sacred land and the chiseled faces on Mount Rushmore is desecration of their heritage, especially considering the violence they endured with actual thief of their sacred land. Even more egregious, they feel their land was taken, simply to pay homage to leaders that spent their lives robbing native people. Their sharp and pointed criticisms are palatable to descendants of American slavery’s total disdain for confederate flags, statues and monument. Several groups of Native American activists plan protests for Trump’s July 3 visit. This farcical attempt at what the Trump campaign calls a “comeback” campaign tour for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and recent social unrest. The event is slated to be a “very big,” “really big” “like nobody ever did before.” “I will make Mount Rushmore famous, with flights of fighter jets thundering overhead.” “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, it reflects America’s structural and systemic racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” according to Nick Tilsen, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and the president of a local activist organization called NDN Collective. “It’s an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people’s sacred land and then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide” My words for “Black Lives Matter” are reflections from the Invaders beginning days in the late 1960. The Invaders were the group Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recruited to help with the “Poor People’s Campaign.” It became obvious to Dr. King civil rights leaders were not being supportive. J. Edgar Hoover had successfully isolated Dr. King, but black power came to his rescue, when the Invaders agreed to recruit other black power groups to join the “Poor People’s Campaign.” I believe, Dr. King’s assassination was tied directly to him getting agreement from the Invaders, which gave him a ground game and allowed him to change strategy and keep the “Poor People’s Campaign” alive. After the Invaders help to bring a positive image to black power with Invaders agreement to support Dr. King, J. Edgar Hoover began recruiting individuals to set up black power groups. He promoted interlopers, as very reasonable leaders for the black community. However, simultaneously Hoover unleashed his Co-Intel-Pro death squads on black power activists in support of Richard Nixon, the first “law and order” president. The most blatant episode of that deadly time for black power was the assassination of Mark Clark and Fred Hampton in Chicago, which followed the bloody police assault of young progressive protestors at the Democrat Convention. While Invaders and other black power activists were being railroaded into prison, Hoover’s knock-off black power leaders were paid to mislead and set-up those fighting for the black revolution. Today, I stand with one foot in the 1960s and one foot in today, I see a similar process being revived for “Black Lives Matter.” Since protests began Bill Bar’s Justice Department has been out among protestors, taking pictures and names. Even pretending to be protestors at times, as Trump and Bar urges and encouraged military tactics against peaceful protestors. Trump has made statements to the affect, groups like “Black Lives Matter” need to be looked at as “domestic terrorists”—Co-Intel-Pro all over again. And, with these knock-off individuals, like the “Hawk” Newsome, Trump’s playbook put in play those who will lie about their involvement with “Black Lives Matter.” I see them baiting Trump’s trap by fabricating plots to entrap “Black Lives Matter leaders. Identical to what happened to black power leaders, the scheme is to implicate leaders in Black Lives Matter. The scenario reads like this, “Hawk” gets arrested in connection with a plot against the government or plot to blow up an office. Subsequently, Hawk confesses, pleads guilty and turns state’s evidence on the people he implicated in the plot. Trump pardons the “Hawk” later, as “a very fine fellow.” Meanwhile, “Black Lives Matter’s” leaders will serve real prison sentences. All of the negative publicity from media outlets like FOX will over shadow and muddy the water, obscuring the good work “Black Lives Matter” is doing. Other closet Trump supporters will swoop in and take control of the movement, as William Bar’s Justice Department picked off any new leaders, with trumped up charges and more young people will be railroaded into prison. This is a look back through the rearview mirror at high speed, because it is an instant replay of what Hoover did to kill black Power. Support for this scenario is in the US House of Representatives investigation into Dr. King’s assassination files. Trump must be reading J. Edgar Hoover’s playbook. Today, through young progressives, like Tamika Mallory, who was an organizer with the Women’s March in 2017 and is a staunch supporter of gun control, feminism and black movements in general have shown America the leadership ability and dedication of young progressives. For me she became the face and voice of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, following George Floyd’s lynching. She stood out, delivering highly emotional, fiery and powerful speeches, which went viral and helping to motivate demonstrators around the world. Such leaders should be prime candidates for the Democrats mentoring program for congressional candidates. Such rising leaders will help drive some of these “do nothing” Republicans out of Congress. However, she and many others are also top candidates for DA Bill Bar’s Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies, which are gearing up to silence dissident voices, as Hoover trapped black power activists, during the 1970s and 1980s. Even the CIA is revving up new recruitment videos for social media. Young activists must be intelligent and begin to turn their “street protest into street politics.” “Black Lives Matter” street protestors must understand that politics is the art of the possible and take the best option to not only save their movement, but their lives. I point to the way they have been willing to throw their bodies at American racism, the way we did in the 1960s because we loved America, while at the same time we hated what those in charge of America were doing to keep power. Most Americans, as the polls I cited earlier show “two-thirds view the “Black Lives Matter” movement positively, with 38 percent offering “strong” support, which is as good, or better than Trump. So young progressives already have the trust of the American people, and now is the time to build on the goodwill you have established. Moreover, there is no better time than now for young people to garner even more respect and appreciation from the American people by helping to save America’s electoral system. Trump’s refusal to support vote by mail will put many Americans at risk, especially when considering what happened in Wisconsin, Georgia and Louisville. I believe young people today feel and believe as we did in the 1960s. But, young people today have an advantage we did not have, America needs you. “Black Lives Matter” and other groups of progressives, whose names I do not know, are the ones who have awakened America’s spirit of equality and justice. While on the other hand, elected politicians are afraid to speak out against Trump or make so much money they did not care about what was happening to black people and other poor in American. This is why politics, as the art of the possible, comes into play. It makes young progressives the wild card in this marked deck. All Americans face a critical choice between Trump’s America and America are all work, in our own ways, to improve and maintain that America. Progressives must put aside personal political desire for the greater good. We must be “BIGGER” than Donald Trump, who is calling his racist base of white nationalist militias and bikers for Trump to ride down on anyone who opposes him. Former Vice President Joe Biden desperately needs a ground game and I believe “Black Lives Matter” and other young progressive groups can become Joe Biden’s balance of power, not only as voters but as poll workers. A strong ground game is essential in states without vote by mail. Coronavirus is going to impose some truly unique circumstances on the electoral process. The need to beat the bushes to bring out the disinterested, disaffected, intimidated and disabled voters that do not get mail in ballots, even though they should, will be crucial. These voters will need help filling out, signing and returning mail in ballots, particularly those voting by mail for the first time. Reports say Republicans have recruited and will pay over 50,000 so-called poll workers, whose job will be to intimidate black voters, by accosting voters, demanding answers to questions, as they approach the polls. Right wing gun carrying, confederate and Nazi flag waving truckloads of white nationalist militias, who are Donald Trump’s strongest supporters, have vowed to repeat their siege of Michigan’s Capitol at polling places on election day to suppress black voting across America. I believe, if black voters see groups of “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts at polls, they will be assured they have help on their side. Young progressives took to the streets and gave others courage to stand up also. And with your stand confederate flags, statues and monuments are coming down, which is something black people in America never thought they would witness. Each one that falls, and the others which will fall, will be testaments across America of your courage. “We Charge Genocide” John Burl Smith We Charge Genocide: The Historic Petition to the United Nations for Relief from a Crime of Genocide by the United States Government against the Negro People is a petition presented to UN Secretary-General Trygve Halvdan Lie in 1951. Although I was a pre-teen in 1951, and living in Memphis, I never heard a word about “We Charge Genocide” then or during my entire education in any school I attended throughout my life. It was in 1992 when I was writing for my wife, Dot’s, e-magazine The DISH (Dot’s Information Service Hot Line) that I encountered “We Charge Genocide.” After reading it, I was amazed that such a momentous document could escape my attention so completely, having been a black power activist since1967. If one reads “We Charge Genocide,” they will understand why. Not only was the document amazing, but the efforts to bring this jaw-dropping account to the world were even more amazing. I detail the account, at length, in “The 400th”: From Slavery to Hip Hop. I will not retell that story here. However, I will address how that amazing saga bears on today. “We Charge Genocide” was a response to the United Nation’s Genocide Convention adopted by the General Assembly in December 1948—any intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, racial, or religious group is genocide!!! Paul Robeson (4-9-1898/1-23-1976) was very well known as an artist, athlete, concert singer, actor and activist along with William L. Patterson (8-27-1891/3-5-1980), a well-to-do New York lawyer, head of the International Labor Defense (ILD) and a black outspoken leader in the Communist Party-USA. (For those who want to know the real story of the Communist Party-USA check out scholar Mary Helen Washington’s book “The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s”). Looking at black American’s penniless emancipation, the lynching period inspired by president Woodrow Wilson that lasted until 1950, white’s “Red Summer’s riots against blacks in 1919, share cropping and convict leasing, Robeson and Patterson and volunteers compiled a 237-pages petition, detailing America’s crimes of genocide against its slavery descendants. Among other things, “We Charge Genocide” accused the US government of committing thousands of wrongful executions and lynchings. It documented 10,000 cases of discrimination, disparate treatment in employment, education, and public accommodations. It charged further that the US had disenfranchised black people using voter suppression to prevent African American citizens from voting, with intimidation, poll taxes, grandfather clauses, and literacy tests. Although some of these voter suppression tactics have been outlawed, with computers new tactics are commonly used and acknowledged today by Republicans to deny black voters access to the poll in 2020. “We Charge Genocide” cited thousands of police brutality cases, which also continue today, and black people are murdered on the streets and in their homes, without consequences. It cited convict leasing to show there were no fair courts in the US, as well as its criminal justice system being rigged against black people. Southern states judicial systems legitimized using trumped-up charges to imprison millions of African Americans, who had to pay fines in cash or be sold to businesses that paid their fines. I raise this issue today, because there seems to be absolutely no knowledge, concern or desire to address this systemic racism by governments on any level in the US. This charge I extend to the world and international organizations to call America’s hand in any formal way. “Black Lives Matter” worldwide protest is the first event as illuminated the many deadly episodes American descendants of slavery endure daily on some level at the hands of whites in America, while the UN or the world ignore America’s genocide. There are two instances that caused this situation and made it continuation possible. First, the United Nations refused to grant descendants of American slavery a hearing on its petition, as it was granting other exploited and oppressed people across the world that were requesting hearings on their petitions of grievances. Secondly, America refused to acknowledge “We Charge Genocide” and threaten to cut off and withdraw it funding support to the UN, if it acknowledged Patterson and Robeson’s petition on behalf of African Americans in anyway. Trump has renewed that American threat against WHO, as a scapegoat for his horrendous response to COVID-19! The United States, in 1951, doubled down, refusing to recognize “We Charge Genocide,” so it would not have to deny the truth contained in Paul Robeson and William L. Patterson’s indictment of America. Today we are back there, watching in amazement, at white leaders, few of whom were around when “We Charge Genocide” was introduced. But, the majority of older white people today have fought to preserve the system of white supremacy, which “We Charge Genocide” exposed. Yet and still the vast majority of white people in America today continue claiming to be ignorant of America’s history of systemic racism and discrimination in America. Today beyond not having individual memories, America, as a political entity, has no recollection, because “We Charge Genocide” is not mentioned in any history books. The president of the US ridicules any suggestion that the incidents of racism against descendants of American slavery reflecting the reality of “Back Lives Matter’s” protests. Millions of whites witnessed George Floyd’s gruesome and agonizing death has a white policeman kneel on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and could not look away. I ask how can the United Nation look away, when it pledged to address—any intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, racial, or religious group is genocide? Only die hard “red neck” in America and around the world, continue defending the overt and callous policing—lynchings and murders of the United States employed against African Americans, and not speak out based on its own charter. “We Charge Genocide” was hushed us by the world, so all, even African nation are complicit in America’s continued genocide today because no one spoke up back then, and all turned blind eyes and deft ears to victims, like George Floyd cries for his mother not able to breathe. For eighty years of “see no evil,” “hear no evil,” and “speak no evil,” the UN now wears a false face!!! Now that the world has watched American justice for black people in the US—the lynching of George Floyd by white policemen—what will all of you UN delegates do? One policeman kneeled on this neck, for well over eight minutes and 46 seconds, but that knee rested on all African Americans each day and night. New Normal X: Civil Rights v. Byron Allen BY John Burl Smith “Black Lives Matter” and an 8 minutes and 46 seconds video of George Floyd’s horrendous death scene, has African Americans in a war of words about why black people are still locked in Poverty. The fault line in this war of words began with slavery. Most involved in these verbal fisticuffs on both sides are beset by ignorance because their weapons are hearsay. The major reason I wrote “The 400th” From Slavery to Hip Hop was to lay out the major stepwise course of descendants of American slavery’s journey, which has lasted more than four centuries in America’s slave society. I wanted to construct a narrative that showed their slow but continuous slough across time, asking and answering questions about how they create purpose along their journey. Their survival struggles were assuredly far more difficult than slavery? Slavery would be a piece of cake compared to the challenges of learning to live on their own, after generations of forced dependency, domination, dreary, pain and death. I asked myself, was there a formula that could provide a matrix, which organized the hundreds of years filled with toil and sweat that would flow out of the words and descriptions I gathered into streams that explained how I got here. The what, why and how of my alchemy has produced a narrative, not only which black children are able to stand upon a solid foundation of information before the world and state their claim, as a people. It is impossible to create one story that includes everyone and every event, which aided former slaves’ survival struggles. Individuals forced to live in slave pens, enslaved Africans developed societies, which served their needs, under such total domination and oppression. They structured those societies on the millions of plantations and it was that knowledge they brought with them into their penniless emancipation. Put another way, it was what they had in their heads, which allowed former slaves to survive amidst confusion, mayhem and death that civil war wrought all about them without real concern or refuge. Beginning this project, I had accumulated a head filled with information but haphazardly picked up that I came to understand as a family story. Some information I received as a child from my Great Grandfather, Burl Lee, Jr. He was the first Lee born free. My family name came from Burl Lee, Sr. my Great great-grandfather, who was the last Lee born in slavery. His son Burl talked with me until age 11. He told me stories of his father’s times, as well as his. Although, most of those stories faded until I began trying to fill in the blanks of my matrix with real events and people. My wife Dot had a maxim, regarding telling stories, “It must always be a love story, why else bother?” That was her way of saying life is always about the next generation—the children. Those thoughts revealed eight themes that filled in my matrix. Following emancipation, former slaves decided, not formally and not all at the same instance, to pursue eight lines of development, which began back in those slave pens because that was what they knew. I saw those categories as: making families/building communities; education/communication; entertainment/entrepreneurship; political/ and cultural involvement. Those themes began as individual thoughts or actions that were shared because they were productive and gave former slaves what I have envisioned as eight distinct areas, which the newly freed slaves endure to survive, no matters what white people threw at them. Even though descendants of American slavery were affected negatively by their penniless emancipation, it was white people’s use of the legal system and terror to dominate former slaves to relegate them in poverty, as “cheap labor” on bottom of America’s capitalistic economic system. The one thing most African Americans were not taught in school or in the street is they are in the place they are today because of their ignorance of what really happened, after Republicans in Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. A United States federal law—the Civil Rights Act of 1866 defined citizenship for newly freed slaves and affirmed that all citizens were equally protected under the law. It was mainly intended to protect the civil rights of newly freed slaves and descendants born in or brought into the US, as slaves. However, before becoming law, US President Andrew Johnson of Tennessee vetoed this legislation twice, but each time a two-thirds majority vote in each chamber of Congress overrode Johnson’s vetoes. “The Civil Rights Act of 1866” became the law of the land without a presidential signature. “The Civil Rights Act of 1866,” protected “the Civil Rights of all Persons in the United States, and furnishes the Means of their vindication, by declaring that all people born in the United States who are not subject to any foreign power are entitled to be citizens, without regard to race, color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude.” A similar provision (called the Citizenship Clause), was written into the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution also a few months later. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 also declared that “any citizen has the same right that a white citizen has to make and enforce contracts, sue and be sued, give evidence in court, and inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.” Additionally, the act guaranteed to all citizens the “full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and property, as is enjoyed by white citizens, like punishment, pains, and penalties... Persons who denied these rights on account of race or previous enslavement were guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction faced a fine not exceeding $1,000, or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both. The Fourteenth Amendment incorporated the same language in the Equal Protection Clause that is in the Civil Rights Act of 1866. In particular, the act discussed the need to provide “reasonable protection to all persons in their constitutional rights of equality before the law, without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude.” So, here I will use Roland Martin’s favorite expression, “let me help y’all out” to clarify why “The Civil Rights Act of 1866” is important today. First, it is “currently” a federal law passed by the Congress of the United States in 1865 and was not overturned by the US Supreme Court. Southern democrats began employing what they termed “interposition and nullification” to craft a facetious legal theory they enforced as laws. That theory denied former slaves access to fair courts, as plaintiffs. Using their made up justification—interposition and nullification—whites in the South claimed they had the right to void the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and place themselves between the US Constitution and former slaves to preserve their heritage. Based on that claim alone, southerners denied former slaves access to all rights granted by the Civil Rights Act of 1866. For their claim to stand, southerners needed someone in the White House, like Andrew Johnson, and that person was Woodrow Wilson. Five years after Plessy v. Ferguson—separate but equal—Wilson, in 1912, instituted segregation throughout the federal government and signal southerners states he supported “nullification” of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. A southerner from Virginia and a true son of Robert E. Lee, Wilson was an avid supporter of “The Birth of a Nation.” Wilson held viewing parties at the White House and hosted Supreme Court Judges, Congress, business moguls, industrial magnets, educators, and religious leaders to his soirées. He fed the blood lust era of lynching and roasting of black men, with the Red Summer of 1919. I did not present The Civil Rights Act of 1866 at this point only because I wanted readers to know and understand that newly freed slaves and descendants were actually given all rights white people had in 1866, but make sure they know they have them now. White people using “interposition and nullification,” as legal theories, which the Supreme Court with Plessy v. Ferguson and Woodrow Wilson to claim southerners had a legal right to disregard the Civil Rights Act of 1866. White people with the support of the federal, state and local government engineered the poverty black people endure today. However as time, events and Divine intervention would have it, in March of 2020 the US Supreme Court finally reaffirmed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, as the current law in the United States. News headlines stated it this way “Supreme Court Sides with Comcast, Sets Higher Burden for Byron Allen to Win Racial Bias Suit.” The unanimous ruling threw the case back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. It seemed for many black people that they had lost again, especially considering Comcast’s statement, “We are pleased the Supreme Court unanimously restored certainty on the standard to bring and prove civil rights claims. The well-established framework that has protected civil rights for decades continues. The nation’s civil rights laws have not changed with this ruling; they remain the same as before the case was filed.” That is my point, “The nation’s civil rights laws remain the same as before the case was filed.” That is what I wanted black people to understand, and maybe they will believe it now that it has come out of a white person’s mouth. The Supreme Court actually “unanimously restored” the integrity of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 in America. It had been unmined by southern states, Woodrow Wilson and the Supreme Court itself, with Plessy v. Ferguson—separate but equal—segregation and white supremacy, following the end of Reconstruction in 1876. I was told in school that The Civil Rights Act of 1866 had been outlawed by Plessy v. Ferguson, which is why segregation was legal in the United States. Moreover, it is obvious that all the years of “second class” treatment by southern states and white people in them was con-game, a charade perpetrated on black people and supported by the US Supreme Court and federal government. “Interposition and nullification,” made most, with a few exceptions, like Justice John Marshall Harlan, southerners and their state courts violated civil rights of African Americans with impunity, even more to the point, Plessy v. Ferguson—separate but equal—was illegally imposed on black people in 1897, with the blessings of the federal government. Stated in a different manner, black people in the United States have been “hoodwinked,” by segregation in the South. They were “sold a bill of goods” by the federal government and lawyers “white and black, in order to help white people build wealth at the expense of African Americans. Federal, state and local governments, created this illegal system to force black people to accept “second class status” on the bottom of American society. The federal government was a full partner with southern states in violating the Constitutional rights of black people, with segregation, white supremacy, lynching, banishment, ethnic cleansing, and the “Dark Age” angry white men mob madness for over for 144 years. All of the denials, restrictions and discrimination imposed on African Americans after 1876 election and the withdrawal of federal troops, set black people up for a murderous pogrom led by Woodrow Wilson and the US Federal Government. This re-enslavement period of black people has been painstakingly and expertly presented by Douglas A. Blackmon in his eye opening book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.