Thursday Reads: The Dark, Depressing Place That Is Trump’s America

July 31, 2017 – A vehicle travels east on Front St. in Bells, TN on Monday afternoon. Bells is one of five small towns that comprises Crockett County, Tennessee.  (Yalonda M. James for Mother Jones)

Good Morning!!

Ever wonder what is it like to be a person of color in a Trump-supporting state? Read some personal testimony at Mother Jones: “We Just Feel Like We Don’t Belong Here Anymore,” by Becca Andrews. Andrews returned to her hometown of Bells, Tennessee to find out.

I remember high-school Madyson Turner as a vibrant young black woman with a sense of humor that could dissipate tension in any room. (Turner’s name has been changed here to protect her privacy.) But when we meet up in a Subway sandwich shop in Alamo, there’s a new weight to her shoulders, and her infectious laugh doesn’t come quite so easily.

When she first began to see reports about the violence in Charlottesville, Turner thought it was a tasteless joke. Then she saw videos of the clash on Saturday, and her phone rang—her boyfriend was calling to check on her and process what was happening. He sounded upset. What he said tore at her: “I would rather the world end instead of us having to keep dealing with this stuff.” What hurt her more was the realization that she agreed with him.

“With the way it’s going now, I’m actually scared that I won’t make it,” she said to me in a text message.

Turner tells me that over the past year, life for her family has changed. She hints that her parents have been in West Tennessee long enough to know which families fought against civil rights “back in the day.” Since Trump’s election, they’ve warned her to steer clear of a list of people that is too long for comfort.

The day after the November presidential election, Turner went with her mother to the store, and they both kept their heads down. “We just feel like we don’t belong here anymore,” she says.

Turner’s mom, who cleans houses in town for a living, went to work a couple of days after that, and her employer, an older white woman, brought up the results of the recent election. The two had talked politics before—Turner’s mom is a Democrat, and her employer is a Republican. “Well, you might as well come and live with me now,” the employer said. “You gonna be mine eventually.”

She called her daughter in tears. Turner immediately got in her car and picked her mother up to bring her home.

Last year before the election, a young woman Turner described as one of her best friends casually mentioned she hoped for a Trump victory so that he might “do away with some of these African American people.” She quickly clarified that she wasn’t referring to Turner’s “type,” but when Turner sharply asked her what she meant, she couldn’t answer. Another friend assured her that it would be okay if Trump won the election because she would convince her parents to purchase Turner’s family as their new slaves. In a place where a few large plantation-style houses remain scattered through the county, the “joke” feels a lot like a threat.

The stories are heartbreaking. Please go read the rest if you haven’t already.

The Guardian reports what happened to an African American woman in Texas: Dashcam video shows police sexually assaulted Texas woman, lawyer says.

Charnesia Corley

The attorney for a black woman subjected to an invasive and lengthy roadside strip search by Texas police has released a dashcam video of the incident that he says shows her treatment was a form of rape.

“When you stick your fingers in somebody without their effective consent, that’s rape in any state that I know of,” said Sam Cammack, an attorney for Charnesia Corley.

Cammack made the video public after two Harris County deputies, Ronaldine Pierre and William Strong, were cleared of official oppression by a grand jury earlier this month. They are still with the sheriff’s department. Cammack wants an independent prosecutor to look into the case; a federal civil rights trial is set for January.

Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign and failing to use turn signals. In the video, she is made to stand, handcuffed, outside her car while two officers look inside. She is then searched with the rear passenger-side door open, partially obscuring the camera’s view of her body.

Corley is then put on the ground, naked below the waist, and examined for about 11 minutes by a female officer using a flashlight. The incident happened in the parking lot of a Texaco garage in Houston late on a June evening in 2015, when she was a 20-year-old student.

The federal lawsuit against Harris County alleges: “When one of the Deputies tried to insert her fingers into Ms CorTheley’s vagina, Ms Corley protested. At that point, the Deputies forcibly threw Ms Corley to the ground, while she was still handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs spread apart, threatened to break her legs and without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana.”

The Guardian is on the ground in Pennsylvania: ‘Trump’s delivering exactly what they wanted: white male supremacy.’

Leaning over a table stacked with “Resist!” buttons and “Impeach Trump” stickers, Kathy Harrington pointed to the offending spot. “It’s probably still there somewhere,” she said. Harrington, 56, was inviting attendees of the annual Musikfest bash in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to sign up to support progressive causes – and to protest against Donald Trump. And then there was one guy who “just looked at us and spit”, said Sandra Davis, 58, a colleague of Harrington, who pointed out the evidence still evaporating from the pavement.

Kathy Harrington joins fellow political activists during Musikfest in Bethlehem. Mark Makela for the Guardian

“They feel empowered,” Davis said of Trump supporters since the election. “They’re given voice. The louder and the more vulgar, the better.”

Images from the night before of white supremacists carrying torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, were deeply disturbing but not surprising, said another activist, Ginny Atwell.

“I think his core base are the true deplorables,” Atwell, 72, said of Trump. “The white supremacists. He’s delivering exactly what they wanted. White male supremacy.”

Trump is never too busy defending white supremacists to find new ways to reverse things President Obama did. The Washingtonian: Trump Removed the White House’s Capital Bikeshare Station.

As Capital Bikeshare grew bigger and more widespread over the past seven years, there was always one station the vast majority of users could never access: a nine-slot dock inside the White House’s security perimeter. The station, located at 17th Street and State Place, was visible to the eye when it was installed in 2010, but did not appear on any system map, making Capital Bikeshare’s smallest station an unofficial “secret” location.

The spot where the WH Capital bikeshare station used to be.

But on Tuesday, Twitter user Gregory Matlesky passed by the White House and noticed the station not there.

Turns out Matlesky’s intuition was correct. The station was removed earlier this week at the Trump Administration’s request, District Department of Transportation spokesperson Terry Owens tells Washingtonian.

Owens adds that the station was installed in 2010 at the request of the Obama Administration, which had a favorable record with the cycling community. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery—or TIGER—grant program in the 2009 stimulus act funded bike-infrastructure programs throughout the United States, including the installation of several bike lanes and cycling paths around Washington. Before former President Barack Obama left office in January, his Transportation Department signed off on new regulations redefining traffic as people who move on roads, rather than strictly vehicles—a change considered a coup for cyclists and pedestrians.

Apparently WordPress no longer allows us to post tweets, but I’ve posted the photo Matlesky shared.

Why is Mike Pence ending his Latin American trip three days early? Oliver Willis at Share Blue opines: Pence cuts foreign trip short to rush home as Trump’s presidency collapses.

The latest alarm sign for Trump that his presidency is crumbling was the complete destruction of the advisory councils he had put together months ago. Multiple CEOs pulled out of the group, leading Trump to then impotently declare that he was ending them.

Pence also reiterated his support for Trump’s divisive remarks on the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I stand with the president,” he said, and insisted that Trump “has been clear” on standing against racism. The claim is disconnected from reality, coming less than 24 hours after Trump delivered a full-throated defense of white supremacists, arguing that they were provoked by the “alt-left,” and characterizing pro-confederacy Nazis as “fine people.”

Standing with Trump might not be so good for Pence’s 2020 prospects.

Tony Schwartz, who wrote Trump’s book The Art of the Deal, thinks Trump is going to resign. HuffPost:

Tony Schwartz

Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz is predicting that the president is getting ready to call it quits ― and that the resignation will happen soon.

In followup tweets in response to questions, Schwartz predicted Trump would make a deal for immunity in the Russia investigation in exchange for his resignation.

“The Russia stuff will be huge,” he wrote. “He doesn’t want to go to jail.”

He also urged Trump’s opponents to keep up the pressure, and he slammed the president’s elder children.

Read Schwartz’s tweets at HuffPost. I agree with him. Ever since I heard that Pence was rushing back to the U.S. for a meeting at Camp David, I’ve suspected Trump will be pressured to resign. It may not happen right away, but I believe it will happen.

I’ll add more links in the comment thread. What stories are you following today?

 

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71 Comments on “Thursday Reads: The Dark, Depressing Place That Is Trump’s America”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Vox: Steve Bannon just gave his own Scaramucci-style unsolicited interview and it’s a doozy

    In a surprising interview with the small liberal magazine The American Prospect, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said there is “no military solution” to North Korea, declared that “ethnonationalists” like those who rallied in Charlottesville were “losers,” and threatened an “economic war” against China.

    Bannon hasn’t given a ton of interviews since President Trump’s inauguration, perhaps due to his boss’s apparent frustration with breathless coverage of “President Bannon’s” influence. Indeed, he appears to be on thin ice in the Trump White House, with reports indicating that Chief of Staff John Kelly has soured on him, and Trump telling reporters “we’ll see” if Bannon stays in the White House.

    So it was somewhat surprising to see him offer, unsolicited, an in-depth policy interview to a small labor-liberal publication in DC (the post is currently crashing the magazine’s servers; a cached version is available here). According to Axios’s Jonathan Swan, Bannon did not realize that he had agreed to an interview: “Apparently Bannon never thought that the journalist might take his (very newsworthy) comments and turn them into a story.” According to the Prospect, Bannon never specified that the comments were off the record, a strange blunder from the White House’s chief strategist and a former media executive.

    The Prospect’s site is still down. It crashed after so many people tried to read the interview.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    StatNews: White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests. Some don’t like what they find

    It was a strange moment of triumph against racism: The gun-slinging white supremacist Craig Cobb, dressed up for daytime TV in a dark suit and red tie, hearing that his DNA testing revealed his ancestry to be only “86 percent European, and … 14 percent Sub-Saharan African.” The studio audience whooped and laughed and cheered. And Cobb — who was, in 2013, charged with terrorizing people while trying to create an all-white enclave in North Dakota — reacted like a sore loser in the schoolyard.

    “Wait a minute, wait a minute, hold on, just wait a minute,” he said, trying to put on an all-knowing smile. “This is called statistical noise.”

    Then, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he took to the white nationalist website Stormfront to dispute those results. That’s not uncommon: With the rise of spit-in-a-cup genetic testing, there’s a trend of white nationalists using these services to prove their racial identity, and then using online forums to discuss the results.

    • Enheduanna says:

      LOL – cry me a river a$$wipe. These guys consider one drop of AA blood to mean you are AA. I suspect a large percentage of “whites” here have some mixed ethnicity and same with POC. Race is an illusion.

      My sister did a DNA profile and she came back 100% northern European. I was actually disappointed to have such boring lineage. I guess my alt-right brother is happy.

    • NW Luna says:

      “Statistical noise”! Lol. I think he means “reality I don’t like.” Should’ve checked how much Neanderthal he had, too. (Not that the Neanderthals were the brutish and crude humans they were earlier assumed to be.)

      There’s no biological evidence to support the concept of different races in modern humans. None! It infuriates me when the media or bigots and white supremacists go on about race.

      • quixote says:

        (This is my actual field in biology, systematics, the study of evolution and what groupings it leads to. The way to think about groupings is as clouds of data points. Sometimes the clouds are very distinct — eg humans and butterflies. Sometimes there’s a lot of DNA overlap, so much so that the DNA could theoretically pair up the way it does during reproduction, but the two clouds are still distinct enough to be species — eg humans and chimpanzees.

        Races are not the same as species. They’re the biological category systematists call varieties. Think of a data cloud again with arms sticking out like an amoeba. At the tips of the arms it’s very easy to tell the arms apart — eg subsaharan west African blacks, northwest European whites, Japanese, Australian aborigines. The closer you get to the central mass of the cloud, the less distinction. Some arms are very long, eg Japanese, some are close the central area, eg Ethiopians.

        But the fact that you can’t draw clear distinctions does not mean there are none. Some of them are medically important, eg the different susceptibilities of Ashkenazi Jews and Icelanders, which is why diversity in medical testing is so important.

        Races are biologically real, but they’re very fuzzy categories with no significance at the species level, and whose fuzzy boundaries mean that any generalizations have to be made with adequate scientific caution.

        So, tl:dr, sorry for the rant. I keep seeing this races aren’t real meme and it’s just not true. Biologically, they are. Socially is where they’re useless.)

        • bostonboomer says:

          Thanks for the explanation. I think the main point is that we are all from the same species. We’re all human.

          • quixote says:

            Exactly. The terminology just triggers my biological peeves. And the sad thing is that if there was good understanding of the biology, and how amorphous races are on the physical level, there’d be none of this nonsense of drawing fantasy distinctions about *social* characteristics that don’t have any identifiable physical basis to begin with.

            I’m not holding my breath on that good understanding bit.

          • NW Luna says:

            Races are biologically real, but they’re very fuzzy categories with no significance at the species level

            I should have said that in medical terms “race” is not real, or is meaningless. And yes, there are genetic characteristics which are common in certain groups, but are sometimes manifest only in a certain percentage of that genetic group. A person can be genetically of a certain “race” but not have the typical outer manifestations such as skin color, hair type, etc. It seems that would negate the concept of “race” in humans.

            Also many people use “race” as if it means “species” which drives me flaming mad.

        • gregoryp says:

          I only partially agree with you. At some point in our very recent past we went through a bottleneck and we are very, very closely related. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2842629/ Yes, some humans have mutations which are specific to certain populations and often deleterious, example Tay Sachs disease, some which are not such as polydactyly but overall, we are remarkably homogeneous. I think it is kind of silly to say that there are important differences between races when in reality genetic diversity depends mostly upon the age of the population along with immigration and emigration (transport of genes to and fro basically). As a result, the African population has the greatest diversity but each sub-population or race has a great deal of diversity even though we share between 99 and 99.9% of our DNA. In any case, pigmentation of skin is almost entirely a product of latitude and time rather than some profound difference in genetics. As for medically important I am not so sure. Seems that many, many diseases such as heart disease are a product of our own insanity rather than anything nature has contrived against us. The adage An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure comes to mind. As for the Aborigines of Australia they are an ancient population having been isolated for 30,000 years or more and yet they are virtually identical to the rest of us. Honestly, I think you oversold this cloud idea. There really isn’t much difference among the populations as a whole; however, there is great disparity between individuals. And race is an artificial construct anyway. It has virtually no meaning biologically. In Brazil, your race is entirely dependent upon your economic status. There simply is no way to define a race. What race am I? My grandmother was Native American. I have pink skin and look like I am from Scotland. My mitochondrial DNA is Native American. I am most certainly not a Native American and this is true for basically everyone in the world no matter what you look like or where you were born.

          • NW Luna says:

            Agree.

          • quixote says:

            Sorry to be blunt, gregoryp, but you sound like one of my freshman students who spent some time on the web. Humans have about 98.6% overlap in their chromosome maps with chimpanzees. Other humans are a great deal closer than that.

            Yes, we’re all much more closely related than many people realize. Somebody calculated once that the most distant relationship there is among humans is 60th cousin.

            The whole point with races/varieties is they’re not species. Different races, ie the distinct groups out from the central cloud, can mix and remix their genetics in any way they want, unlike species. People whose backgrounds include many different lineages will be more diverse genetically. Did you read the bit about “fuzzy boundaries mean that any generalizations have to be made with adequate scientific caution”? That’s what you’re describing.

            The Australian aborigines were there 50,000 years ago.

            Your point re Brazil: those are *social* definitions which I made the point were useless.

            The medical differences between groups, between men and women, and for that matter at different ages, can be very important for treatment. Race can be one factor, and it’s not absolute. The very broad and fuzzy boundaries thing again. An individual can fall anywhere on that continuum. Just one example, look up lactose intolerance.

            Etc., etc., etc.

    • Fannie says:

      They got a little bit of everything.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    I can only imagine the fear that exists daily for people of color and Muslims in just leaving their homes to go out in public and face an atmosphere of hate that has arisen to such a degree since Trump became president.

    We witness daily reports of encounters experienced by these groups as they have been captured on cell phones and published. They perpetrators act with”permission” from Trump and they do so with impunity.

    We’ve seen people pushed, shoved, beaten, spit upon, verbally assaulted, and threatened openly. We’ve witnessed black men shot by police for something as minor as a traffic violation.

    Fear surrounds us constantly because of this man currently in residence in the WH. Fear in what he may do with a nuclear arsenal at his disposal. Fear of his indifference to climate change and what it will do to our environment. Fear at his elimination of safety rules guarding our food, water and air supply. Fear at his reckless disregard toward our allies while he praises dictators and murderers as “strong leaders”. Fear that he has made a Faustian pact with an enemy government to protect his own interests.

    It should be the fear he has created within his own country that should be the guiding principle for those leaders in his party – today’s majority- that would lead to his expulsion. He has struck fear in his constituents that goes against all we hold dear. We are less vulnerable to outside interference as we are within our own borders.

    We should not be subjected to the whims and insanity of this man who keeps putting us in harm’
    way. It’s sick to think otherwise.

    This man is unfit to lead. Rid us of him now!

    • joanelle says:

      Yes, Pat, we now live in fear every day. At first I was glad to read “Schwartz predicted Trump would make a deal for immunity in the Russia investigation in exchange for his resignation.” and then I remembered who we’d end up with. What a mess the Republican leadership has backed us into. What a gawd awful, scary mess.

  4. RonStill4Hills says:

    I heard someone say that Heather Heyer should become an civil rights and anti-hate icon. I agree that that is altogether fitting, but it got me thinking.

    This is not a complaint or an indictment, it is an observation or maybe a hope to some degree. I am thinking of Viola Liuzzo and Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. Three heroes in my household. They all died in the year or so before I was born. But they were all well known to me for the sacrifice they made for the cause of civil rights and equality.

    I am not leaving out James Chaney. He is a hero too, but the point I want to make is that there was a long , very long, list of black people who were killed in the same struggle, some well known,some anonymous, but all whose deaths did not seem to penetrate the consciousness and conscience of the white middle class. Not the way the murders of a young housewife and a couple of college boys did. White housewife and white college boys. That seemed to get the attention of the bystander class. The monstrous ideology that it took to kill those lovely young people was on display in a way that is somehow obscured when the victims are people of color.

    “Blacks lives in violent neighborhoods known for high risk activities, blah, blah, blah.” I am not mad. I hope it happens again. I hope that this most recent atrocity makes people who think they don’t have a dog in this fight against hate, realize that they and theirs are just as much in the cross hairs of authoritarian racist fascists as my black ass is.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Thank you, thank you for honoring Viola Liuzzo. She’ been pretty much disappeared from history.

    • Enheduanna says:

      I was stuck by this as well. As heartbreaking as Heather’s death is, what about all the people of color who’ve lost their lives? What about Charnesia Corney’s story in BB’s post? It’s the same dynamic when a pretty white woman gets murdered and it makes national headlines for months but crimes against black women are barely reported at all.

      Does color make it that hard for us to relate to each other?

      • Enheduanna says:

        stuck = struck

      • NW Luna says:

        I sure as hell hope not. I’m horrified at the inhumanity of it. I’m repulsed and furious about what Charnesia Corney had to endure. I do not understand how people can be so cruel.

        Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and kindness. Everyone. And to have consequences if they don’t.

        • Enheduanna says:

          The attack on Chamesia is horrifying in the extreme. It’s scary who they recruit for law enforcement. Lots of white supremacists – but the attack on Chamesia goes beyond racism in a sick and perverted way. Those officers belong in prison for a long, long time. Sentencing should reflect what they did to her and to their oath of office.

      • RonStill4Hills says:

        Color can make that kind of a difference if we let it. I try to make sure it does not. It takes effort but it is well worth it. What color is love? What color is loyalty? What color is duty? What color is justice?

        We cannot let hate win. Everyone who stood against the haters in Charlottesville deserves a medal.

        How dare The Jackass-O-Lantern disparage the people who supposedly charged the Klansmen and the Neo-Nazis. I want to know why he wasn’t leading the charge the fat fuck!

        What a coward. What a joke. He is not the leader of the free world, he is leader of he Aryan Nation. Asked Anne Coulter.

      • NW Luna says:

        • Sweet Sue says:

          Thanks for sharing.

        • palhart says:

          The great great grandsons of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis are also for removing these confederate monuments and placing them in a museum or another appropriate public historical context. We must move forward, not backward, in our quest for diversity, equality, and equal justice as an united people.

    • Cheryl Smith says:

      When will our White allies challenge their White relatives and friends and stop preaching to the choir?

    • NW Luna says:

      I agree. I’m somewhat worried that the story of Heather Heyer, who embodied resistance to hate & white supremacy, will be magnified in a way that the long and tragic history of black activists, and the whites who worked with them in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, are not. Cops are still shooting blacks in traffic stops, for wearing hoodies, even kids! with toys.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        Everyone who works and sacrifices for justice and what is right is to be celebrated. Everyone.

  5. Enheduanna says:

    BB – thanks for the post and especially the hopeful news that Pence is running back to meet tRump at Camp David? Wow. Fingers crossed.

    (Not sure if Pence is preferable but I’m sort of leaning that way.)

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    You would think that the murders of 4 young innocent black girls in a southern church on a Sunday morning would have made a difference.

    But think of how many dead have joined them since because of some twisted minds who carried it out.

    I don’t understand the hate behind these attacks against innocent people. For what reason? And even worse are those who would offer excuses in their defense.

    No different than the thoughts that control groups such as ISIS. Cold blooded murder.

  7. Enheduanna says:

    More cause for hope?

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/08/trump-ex-partner-who-sold-condos-russians

    Felix Sater telling friends and family both he and tRump are going to jail…

    • dakinikat says:

      Longtime Trump business partner ‘told family he knows he and POTUS are going to prison’: report

      https://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/longtime-trump-business-partner-told-family-he-knows-he-and-potus-are-going-to-prison-report/

      • dakinikat says:

        Sources told The Spectator‘s Paul Wood that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s deep dive into Trump’s business practices may be yielding results.

        Trump recently made remarks that could point to a money laundering scheme, Wood reported.

        “I mean, it’s possible there’s a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows?” the president said.

        Sater, who has a long history of legal troubles and is cooperating with law enforcement, was one of the major players responsible for selling Trump’s condos to the Russians.

        And according to Wood’s sources, Sater may have already flipped and given prosecutors the evidence they need to make a case against Trump.

        For several weeks there have been rumours that Sater is ready to rat again, agreeing to help Mueller. ‘He has told family and friends he knows he and POTUS are going to prison,’ someone talking to Mueller’s investigators informed me.
        Sater hinted in an interview earlier this month that he may be cooperating with both Mueller’s investigation and congressional probes of Trump.

        “In about the next 30 to 35 days, I will be the most colourful character you have ever talked about,” Sater told New York Magazine. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it now, before it happens. And believe me, it ain’t anything as small as whether or not they’re gonna call me to the Senate committee.”

        Sater is not the only one rumored confidante to have turned against Trump. An attack on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort by the National Enquirer — a friendly outlet for the president — suggests that he may have already turned over damaging evidence to authorities.

        My guess is Flynn has flipped too. This is getting interesting yes!

  8. NW Luna says:

    Here’s what to do with those statues:

  9. Delphyne49 says:

    “Well, you might as well come and live with me now,” the employer said. “You gonna be mine eventually.”

    Another friend assured her that it would be okay if Trump won the election because she would convince her parents to purchase Turner’s family as their new slaves.

    I had to stop reading the article when I got to these 2 quotes – I am in a state of disbelief! That these folks actually think slavery is coming back is simply appalling and frankly, shocked me. I don’t even know what to say, I’m that stunned.

    • bostonboomer says:

      It’s unbelievable, but I hope you read the rest of the article. It’s very powerful.

      • Delphyne49 says:

        I will – I just had to shut that article down before I imploded. It was the same kind of reaction I had in Junior HS (is that now middle school??) when we began studying the Civil War and as I was reading, I was so horrified, I slammed the book shut and just never got over it!

        In 1984, I had to go to a conference in Charlotte, NC and I had extreme anxiety about it, thinking for sure I would land in 1865 Southern States and I was expecting to see lynchings, beatings, killings. It was horribles – and this was 1984 for me. I was almost 35 years old and I was just beside myself.

        The trip itself was uneventful, it did not have the horror show I imagined and for that, I was relieved. That was the furthest South I’ve ever traveled on the Eastern Seaboard – I know the South has changed, but I can’t get slavery and Reconstruction out of my mind and I am a white woman. I simply cannot imagine what African Americans went through during those horrific days – our country has to do some sort of Truth and Reconciliation, along with reparations, to even begin to make amends for what our country has done.

        Shudder – it gives me the creeps even now, in 2017 and approaching 68. And I want to weep until my tears cleanse it all…

    • NW Luna says:

      These people are ab-so-fucking-lutely insane! How can a mind be capable of such thoughts and in this day and age?

  10. quixote says:

    “Another friend assured her that it would be okay if Trump won the election because she would convince her parents to purchase Turner’s family as their new slaves.”

    Gaaaauurk………(just no words)

  11. dakinikat says:

    • Enheduanna says:

      Inspiring. I hope he gets this everywhere he goes – especially now, since “that” presser. He needs to know we’re not going to stand for that.

      I really do think if this keeps up he will resign. I don’t think his fragile ego can take it. That and the money-laundering charges looking inevitable.

  12. janicen says:

    Horrific dash cam footage of the rape of Charnesia Corley. I didn’t want to watch it but I felt an obligation to her to do it. I hope she is awarded an enormous judgment in her civil suit.

  13. dakinikat says:

    The alt-right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche. The Nazis were too.
    The alt-right is obsessed with the 19th-century German philosopher. They don’t understand him.
    Sean Illing

    https://www.vox.com/2017/8/17/16140846/nietzsche-richard-spencer-alt-right-nazism

    • palhart says:

      Excellent article, dak. I will reread it several more times and the other authors included. One conclusion is: Nietzsche was neither a racist or fascist.

  14. janicen says:

    The owner of this bakery in Richmond has been forced to close it because she left the country to visit her sister in Switzerland and now cannot get back in the U.S. She was a legal immigrant from South Africa who had not yet received her green card. I have friends who also own a business in this country in the same situation and they told me that it is REQUIRED that they leave the country every two years. So it seems the Trump administration is taking advantage of this visa requirement and not letting people back in once they leave. This is utter madness.

    http://richmondbizsense.com/2017/08/16/stuck-overseas-jackson-ward-bakery-owner-forced-to-close-business/

  15. bostonboomer says:

    WaPo: Cleveland Clinic cancels plans for gala at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

    The Cleveland Clinic has abruptly canceled its plans to host a charity gala at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club next year, marking one of the Palm Beach club’s biggest defections since Trump’s inauguration.

    “After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that it will not hold a Florida fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in 2018,” the medical center said in a statement Thursday. “We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years.”

    Company spokeswoman Eileen Sheil told The Post on Thursday that “there were a variety of factors” behind the cancellation, but she added, “We’re not elaborating.”

  16. NW Luna says:

    It’s not a testament to “Southern pride,” it’s a testament to slavery. Those “gallant” generals thought they could own humans and fought a war to continue that abomination. Fuck finding legal ways to take it down. I’m sure there’s more than a few in the Resistance who have the technical know-how to take it down overnight. I’ll help — just tell me how.

    Confederate Memorial in Arlington: Honoring Rebels on nation’s sacred ground

    On the western edge of Arlington National Cemetery stands a 32-foot-tall bronze hymn to soldiers of a bygone past. Such monuments are common on the hallowed ground where more than 400,000 are buried and honored for service to the country.

    But the one in Section 16 commemorates those who fought for another cause. It is the Confederate Memorial. A soaring testament to Southern pride, placed in Arlington nearly 50 years after the Civil War ended, the monument features a frieze depicting Rebels shouldering rifles, a black slave following his master and an enslaved woman — described on the cemetery’s website as a “mammy” — cradling a Confederate officer’s infant.

    all those gallant Southern generals astride horses…The Confederate Memorial features slavery outright, rendering them under the command of masters in perpetuity.

    But there is little evidence of any public campaign to remove the memorial. Even if there were, it is unclear what legal path exists for it to be taken down.

    Early in President Barack Obama’s first term, a group of professors urged him to abandon a presidential tradition of sending a wreath to the monument for Memorial Day. The professors described the memorial as a “symbol of white nationalism” that emboldens the “modern neo-Confederate movement.”

    But Obama continued the tradition while starting a new one: sending a wreath to the African American Civil War Memorial in the District, which honors the 200,000 blacks who fought for the Union.

    On June 4, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson led a dedication ceremony for the finished monument. He called it an “emblem of a reunited people.” The event was held the day after the birthday of the late Confederate President Jefferson Davis. … Wilson made no mention of slavery.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/confederate-memorial-in-arlington-honoring-rebels-on-nations-sacred-ground/2017/08/17/d2be2576-80be-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-low_confederate-memorial-910pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.02214c3c270b

  17. NW Luna says:

    In tears.

    • Enheduanna says:

      These guys are heavily armed and infinitely obnoxious but in the end they are weak cowards. tRump has lifted the rock and we see them crawling out but they aren’t about to take over and we aren’t about to let them.

      They’re pathetic little man-boys who need to be spanked by their mommies.