September 25, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Social Activism
The Katherine Dunham Company toured throughout North America in the mid-1940s, even performing in the then-segregated South, where Dunham once refused to hold a show after finding out that the city’s black residents had not been allowed to buy tickets for the performance. On another occasion, in October 1944, after getting a rousing standing ovation in Louisville, Kentucky, she told the all-white audience that she and her company would not return because “your management will not allow people like you to sit next to people like us”, and she expressed a hope that time and the “war for tolerance and democracy” would bring a change.

In Hollywood, Dunham refused to sign a lucrative studio contract when the producer said she would have to replace some of her darker-skinned company members. She and her company frequently had difficulties finding adequate accommodations while on tour because, in many regions of the country, black Americans were not allowed to stay at hotels.

While Dunham was recognized as “unofficially” representing American cultural life in her foreign tours, she was given very little assistance of any kind by the U.S. State Department. She had incurred the displeasure of departmental officials when her company performed Southland, a ballet that dramatized the lynching of a black man in the racist American South. Its premiere performance on December 9, 1950, at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, generated considerable public interest in the early months of 1951. The State Department was dismayed by the negative view of American society that the ballet presented to foreign audiences. As a result, Dunham would later experience some diplomatic “difficulties” on her tours. The State Department regularly subsidized other less well-known groups, but it consistently refused to support her company (even when it was entertaining U.S. Army troops), although at the same time it did not hesitate to take credit for them as “unofficial artistic and cultural representatives.”

In 1950, while visiting Brazil, Dunham and her group were refused rooms at a first-class hotel in São Paulo, the Hotel Esplanada, frequented by many American businessmen. Understanding that the fact was due to racial discrimination, she made sure the incident was publicized. The incident was widely discussed in the Brazilian press and became a hot political issue. In response, the Afonso Arinos law was passed in 1951 that made racial discrimination in public places a felony in Brazil.

In 1992, at age 83, Dunham went on a highly publicized hunger strike to protest the discriminatory U.S. foreign policy against Haitian boat-people. Time reported that, “she went on a 47-day hunger strike to protest the U.S.’s forced repatriation of Haitian refugees. “My job”, she said, “is to create a useful legacy.” During her protest, Dick Gregory led a non-stop vigil at her home, where many disparate personalities came to show their respect, such Debbie Allen, Jonathan Demme, and Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam.

This initiative drew international publicity to the plight of the Haitian boat-people and U.S. discrimination against them. Dunham ended her fast only after exiled Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Jesse Jackson came to her and personally requested that she stop risking her life for this cause. In recognition of her stance, President Aristide later awarded her a medal of Haiti’s highest honor.

Dunham married Jordis McCoo, a black postal worker, in 1931, but he did not share her interests and they gradually drifted apart, finally divorcing in 1938. About that time Dunham met and began to work with John Thomas Pratt, a Canadian who had become one of America’s most renowned costume and theatrical set designers. Pratt, who was white, shared Dunham’s interests in African-Caribbean cultures and was happy to put his talents in her service. After he became her artistic collaborator, they became romantically involved. In the summer of 1941, after the national tour of Cabin in the Sky ended, they went to Mexico, where interracial marriages were less controversial than in the United States, and engaged in a commitment ceremony. The ceremony was not recognized as a legal marriage in the United States, a point of law that would come to trouble them some years later. Katherine Dunham and John Pratt married in 1949 to adopt Marie-Christine, a French 14-month-old baby. From the beginning of their association, around 1938, Pratt designed the sets and every costume Dunham ever wore. He continued as her artistic collaborator until his death in 1986.

Legacy
Among Dunham’s closest friends and colleagues was Julie Robinson, formerly a performer with the Katherine Dunham Company, and her husband, singer and later political activist Harry Belafonte. Both remained close friends of Dunham for many years, until her death. Glory Van Scott and Jean-Léon Destiné were among other former Dunham dancers who remained her lifelong friends.

 

The highly respected Dance magazine did a feature cover story on Dunham in August 2000 entitled “One-Woman Revolution.” As Wendy Perron wrote, “Jazz dance, ‘fusion,’ and the search for our cultural identity all have their antecedents in Dunham’s work as a dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. She was the first American dancer to present indigenous forms on a concert stage, the first to sustain a black dance company…. She created and performed in works for stage, clubs, and Hollywood films; she started a school and a technique that continue to flourish; she fought unstintingly for racial justice.”

Scholar of the Arts Harold Cruse wrote in 1964: “Her early and lifelong search for meaning and artistic values for black people, as well as for all peoples, has motivated, created opportunities for, and launched careers for generations of young black artists … Afro-American dance was usually in the avant-garde of modern dance … Dunham’s entire career spans the period of the emergence of Afro-American dance as a serious art.”

Black writer, Arthur Todd, described her as “one of our national treasures.” Regarding her impact and effect, he wrote: “The rise of American Negro dance commenced … when Katherine Dunham and her company skyrocketed into the Windsor Theater in New York, from Chicago in 1940, and made an indelible stamp on the dance world… Miss Dunham opened the doors that made possible the rapid upswing of this dance for the present generation.” “What Dunham gave modern dance was a coherent lexicon of African and Caribbean styles of movement—a flexible torso and spine, articulated pelvis and isolation of the limbs, a polyrhythmic strategy of moving—which she integrated with techniques of ballet and modern dance.” “Her mastery of body movement was considered ‘phenomenal.’ She was hailed for her smooth and fluent choreography and dominated a stage with what has been described as ‘an unmitigating radiant force providing beauty with a feminine touch full of variety and nuance.”

Richard Buckle, ballet historian, and critic, wrote: “Her company of magnificent dancers and musicians … met with the success it has and that herself as explorer, thinker, inventor, organizer, and dancer should have reached a place in the estimation of the world, has done more than a million pamphlets could for the service of her people.”

“Dunham’s European success led to a considerable imitation of her work in European revues … it is safe to say that the perspectives of concert-theatrical dance in Europe were profoundly affected by the performances of the Dunham troupe.”

While in Europe, she also influenced hat styles on the continent as well as spring fashion collections, featuring the Dunham line and Caribbean Rhapsody, and the Chiroteque Française made a bronze cast of her feet for a museum of important personalities.”

The Katherine Dunham Company became an incubator for many well-known performers, including Archie Savage, Talley Beatty, Janet Collins, Lenwood Morris, Vanoye Aikens, Lucille Ellis, Pearl Reynolds, Camille Yarbrough, Lavinia Williams, and Tommy Gomez.

Alvin Ailey, who stated that he first became interested in dance as a professional career after having seen a performance of the Katherine Dunham Company as a young teenager of 14 in Los Angeles, called the Dunham Technique “the closest thing to a unified Afro-American dance existing.”

Not only did Dunham shed light on the cultural value of black dance, but she clearly contributed to changing perceptions of blacks in America by showing society that as a black woman, she could be an intelligent scholar, a beautiful dancer, and a skilled choreographer. As Julia Foulkes pointed out, “Dunham’s path to success lay in making high art in the United States from African and Caribbean sources, capitalizing on a heritage of dance within the African Diaspora, and raising perceptions of African American capabilities

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  • Miranda

    Good Morning!

    Weird…I’m not waking up reading about how the nazis got tear-gassed last night and arrested….the way black folks marching for justice routinely do.

    • rikyrah

      Afternoon Miranda

  • adept2u

    Good Mornin Fam!!!

    Dafuq? The White people have gone full Klan now???

    • Miranda
      • BoomerGal

        “you will not replace us” That’s what this is all about from electing Donald Trump to this right here.

      • They know that in a few years, there will be more POC than white people.

        • Alma98

          Morning Sepia, wait til they find out they’re only 7% of the world’s population.

          • BoomerGal

            They already know that’s why they’re in a frenzy.

          • Alma98

            Nah alot of them don’t BG.

      • aleth

        lol lol…to be white and so inferior, with all the benefits the world offers lol
        that town as always been shit

    • Kennymack1971

      Bruh… they’ve flipped the fuck out.

    • BoomerGal

      Good Morning, adept!

  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Rebel yell: Southern nationalists again crying ‘secede’
    Aug 11, 2017 2:53 PM EDT
    By JAY REEVES, Associated Press

    BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) – As 21st-century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th-century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union.

    It’s not an easy argument to win, and it’s not clear how much support the idea has: The leading Southern nationalist group, the Alabama-based League of the South, has been making the same claim for more than two decades and still has an address in the U.S.A., not the C.S.A.

    But the idea of a break-away Southern nation persists.

    The League of the South’s longtime president, retired university professor Michael Hill of Killen, Alabama, posted a message in July that began, “Fight or die white man” and went on to say Southern nationalists seek “nothing less than the complete reconquest and restoration of our patrimony — the whole, entire South.”

    more here: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/36117341/rebel-yell-southern-nationalists-again-crying-secede

    • BoomerGal

      Good! Let them GO!!

  • Miranda

    Oh he should have seen it coming.
    ————————
    Trump barrage stuns McConnell and his allies
    08/12/17 06:05 AM EDT

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not intend to pick a fight when he questioned President Trump’s expectations and was surprised by the explosion it produced, according to people close to the Senate GOP leader.

    McConnell and Trump spoke Wednesday about what McConnell’s allies characterized as a misunderstanding, but that did little to quell the president’s anger.

    “We should have had healthcare approved,” Trump said Friday from his New Jersey golf club. “[McConnell] should have known that he had a couple of votes that turned on him and that should have been very easy to handle, whether it’s through the fact that can take away a committee chairmanship or do whatever you have to do.”

    Sources close to McConnell say he is stunned by Trump’s attacks, which have only increased in recent days, as an attack on a member of his own team.

    Some in the Trump administration, however, think McConnell should have seen it coming.

    more here: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/346271-trump-barrage-stuns-mcconnell-and-his-allies

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family.

    We already know about the fuckery in Charlottesville.

    So to cut to the chase…..

    FUCK YOU MAYO NATION.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Kennymack1971. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)
      – -*Co-Sign**- – -“OLE SKOOL- -RACISM!!” – hmph!!

      Thank U- – -“FYMN”—DAILY!!. . .- -B BLESSED♥- — :>)
      Slayin’ tweets- – -:>)

  • Miranda

    GOOD…because its exactly the same, no different. Tell it like IT IS.
    —————————
    A daily newspaper in Charlottesville, Va. used President Trump’s North Korea warning of looming “fire and fury” to headline its coverage of a gathering of far-right protestors on Saturday.
    https://twitter.com/JustCallMeFoxy/status/896211624490668032

    • crazycanuck1503

      “Torch rally”?

      • Miranda

        Oh I’ve seen all kinds of creative phrasing for this nazi rally….anything but what they are.

  • Miranda

    Well dear 53% of your sisters don’t have a problem with these mysogonists and apparently willing to make those babies.
    https://twitter.com/JackSmithIV/status/896369881435836416

  • MonieTalks

    Morning fam!

    I often wonder, is this what Richard Painter has always thought, or is this finally the wake-up call for anti-trumpers like himself?

    https://twitter.com/RWPUSA/status/896364366404231169

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah

    • rikyrah

      Afternoon BoomerG

  • Miranda

    Economic anxiety…he’s worried about coal jobs.
    https://twitter.com/AndyBCampbell/status/896353431597797377

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ BoomerGal. :>) – – -**BIG HUG** :>)

      How R U/weather?- — :>) Have a BLESSED Day. :>)

      • BoomerGal

        Good Morning, GLH! **Big Hug*** Weather is cloudy and cool. Disqus is acting a damn fool this morning, sorry I took so long responding.
        Blessings and have a good one!

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY BoomerGal.– -:>)–Tryta Enjoy your Day. :>)– Thank U 4 your KIND BLESSINGS.- – -Always appreciated♥– -:>)

  • adept2u

    Where’s Bernie Sanders to state these people in Va aren’t racist? Where is he? Where’s Nina Turner???

    • BoomerGal

      Heh.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ adept2u. :>) *BIG HUG* :>)— NOW here U come — early Saturday MornTin’- -trynta START Somethin’.- – -LOL- -Their ABSENCE- – -SPEAKS – VOLUMES.- – -:>)

      Good 2 C U♥- – -Have a BLESSED Day♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    A fool is a fool is a fool…and a fool is what white folks wanted.
    ————————–
    Not Even a Crisis Will Change Trump
    August 12, 2017 at 10:27 am EDT

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear showdown. The world’s most unpredictable foe. A world on edge. What will the new president do?

    Be Trump.

    Faced with perhaps his gravest international crisis yet, President Donald Trump this week responded precisely as his some of supporters hoped and his critics long feared. The mix of plain-spoken bluster, spontaneity and norm-breaking risk that defined his political rise defined his approach to a round of fresh threats from nuclear North Korea. When Pyongyang punched, Trump counterpunched harder – much as he did on a debate stage flanked by political opponents.

    But this was not a Florida debate stage or a low-stakes celebrity Twitter war of the sort Trump perfected before entering politics. It was a standoff over North Korea’s rapidly developing nuclear program, complete with trading threats of war and the safety of millions in the balance. Over the course of the week, Trump unleashed provocative rhetoric and dismissed the careful or precise diplomatic language favored by his predecessors.

    “They should be very nervous,” Trump said of North Korea. “Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?

    Still, Trump’s strategy was familiar. He tweeted regularly. He took it personally. He spoke off the cuff. He talked – a lot – holding a two-day blitz of press conferences, each yielding moments that immediately sparked chatter, confusion, criticism and attention.

    more here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_CRISIS_ANALYSIS_ASOL-?SITE=OKPON&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sendto_newslettertest&stream=top-stories

  • adept2u

    Please North Korea troll the fuck out of America call us the racist NAZIs we are. Use the Charlotte White racist wilding as your exhibit A. You wouldn’t be telling a lie.

  • MonieTalks
    • adept2u

      I’m going to need every White man in America to cease with their snark their sarcasm, and their fucked up twisted senses of humor.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ Monie Talks. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)- –

      – -Ya Mean like the “Economic Anxiety”— that drove those RACISTS- – 2- – Char-Ville- – – Lookin’ 4 JOBS!!? – – -HAH!- –

      Good 2 C U♥- –:>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –Good Saturday MornTin’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – -:>))- – -**BIG HUG** – -:>)– -Aaahh The Talented -Exquisite Dancer- – Ms. KATHERINE DUNHAM♥–With Soo Many FIRSTS.- – Thank U PBOMB♥– -:>)

    – – – -☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W23MYjH92co

    – –FIRSTS:– – –. She has been called the “matriarch and queen mother of black dance.”– – –

    — –She was one of the first African American women to attend this college and also to earn these degrees.— –

    – – — Dunham opened her first real dance school in 1933 called the Negro Dance Group.– —

    – –in 1963, she became the first African-American to choreograph for the Met since Hemsley Winfield set the dances for The Emperor Jones in 1933.– -:>)

    – — ENJOY♥- – -https://www.friendlys.com/wp-content/themes/netplus/img/production/detail/menu/breakfast_omelettes_garden-vegetable-omelette.jpg

    — -B BLESSED♥- – -SAFE♥- – -PRAYERFUL♥- – -RESISTANT♥- – :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– -Hmph- —Charlottesville- – -Experiencing Some Violence- -KKKops NOT Intervening- –As They Should. .

    – — -☺https://twitter.com/CNN/status/896373224627417088

    WATCHIN’. . . .

  • adept2u

    I am watching the police get hit with full bottles and do nothing. I am watching the white racist beat peoples asses with weapons and the police are doing nothing. This is a White racist terror state.

    • Alma98

      Morning adept. But if it were BLM they’d go hog wild.

    • aleth

      yep

  • Alma98

    Morning POU, for those wondering or saying (“this is the U.S now”) this has always been the U.S. Racism just doesn’t come from outta nowhere. It’s always been here. And if white had the guts to take their brethren to task after the civil war the country wouldn’t still be dealing with a lot of this shit.

  • Mornin’!

    • rikyrah

      Afternoon Sepia

  • Miranda

    So what Ivanka and Jared got to say about white nationalists that love trump shouting “Jews wont replace us”?? Anything?

    • jziglar

      They won’t say a damn thing. But I’m glad all of this is happening because it’s totally exposing this country in front of the entire world.

      • crazycanuck1503

        True

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –RESISTANT Says- – –NO Legal Relief 4 “WHITE NATIONALIST”— -Bannon – —– —

    — -☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/896359364222631936

    — COMMENTS:- —What took you so long? I hope it’s not too late.– —

    – – —Why are “ethics waivers” even a thing? You’re either ethical or you’re not.

    – – – —-He will ignore the letter saying her opinion is wrong; find someone else like in-house legal, to say it is legal; then backdate the waiver.— –

    WATCHIN’– –

  • lamh
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –While A RACE RIOT Is In PROGRESS- – -The KKKops- – Continue 2 STAND DOWN- – –– – – GEESH!!

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/CNNnewsroom/status/896389321569312770

    NOT What They Did in – -FERGUSON, Etc.- – -WHERE R the TANKS??_ – –

    • aleth

      damn white people bored as hell. why is their white power just hate… how about a bbq with drinks

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — Annnd the KKKops- – -R — – WHERE???

    —-☺https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/896394204896559104

  • nellcote
    • Alma98

      He needs to take his old ass somewhere and sit down.

  • nellcote
  • nellcote
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – – Maybe- – – This Happened- -‘CAUSE– The- – KKKops– -R NOT Intervening!! – -hmph!!!

    – — ☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/896395105665519616

    • Alma98

      I guess sessions not sending help huh?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ alma- –:>) **BIG HUG**– :>)

        No Sessions- – —NO- – -“IT”—-NO- –1/2Pence- — –NO!!!

        Good 2 C U♥ :>)– – B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • nellcote
  • Alma98

    It’s really pissing me off people saying how did this happen? And blaming drumpf. The media and other white folks wouldn’t push back on white racism. The msm had these yahoos on tv every fucking day stoking hatred and fear. Now they wanna throw their hands up and say “how did this happen”.

    • adept2u

      Their comment sections have been cess pools of White racism for 10 years and both they and their bastions of libertarian White thought respond by banning the voices of Black people.

      • Alma98

        There need not be one black person or poc doing anti protest against these assholes. Let white folks get out there and handle their people.

  • lamh

    ‪Fuq You Chris…mighty white if you to be able to just ignore them…some of us are their targets and can’t just ignore them‬

    https://twitter.com/gryking/status/896396353294802945

    • Alma98

      Ignoring them (1865) is why we’re here now.

      • crazycanuck1503

        Ignoring them is also why hitler happened.

        • Alma98

          I meant if white folks had treated them like the traitors they were after the civil war.

          • crazycanuck1503

            I knew what you meant and i agree

  • nellcote
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -HAH!_ – —WAITIN’ 4 A TWEET– -From “IT”!!

    – —http://bringiton.org/images/list/1571_trump-tweeting.jpg
    NEVAMIND- – –hmph!!

  • lamh

    Minute Maid Mao is a racist, vile bag of human waste, but those white supremacists with Hitler white dreams are not new, or their acts, old.

    That doesn’t diminish the coverage on their lil’ rally, but what is mostly frustrating is many are offering same poor coverage.

    You shouldn’t have to see a bunch of Robert Lee dick riders hollering to speak on pervasiveness of American racism.

    But enough of them. White folks, get your dads, brothers, sons, uncles and cousins — and all the women standing right beside them.
    https://twitter.com/youngsinick/status/896393565747769345

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –THIS- – -EXPLAINS- – -It – –ALL- –Look Who Is Wearing The PROTECTION!!— -geesh

    – — ☺https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/896396600284766208

    – -☻https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/896393627147968514

    RACISM- — In FULL- –WORLD-WIDE DISPLAY- -4 ALL 2 C. .

    WHAT NOW – – -RETHUGS!!!???–

  • lamh
    • Alma98

      Yep especially since he helped foment this shit.

  • lamh

    ‪Prediction: WH issues statement with no outright condemnation but instead praise of police & local govt, & comment on counter protestors‬

    • Alma98

      This what Bannon, Sessions and self hating Miller wants. They want their own civil war.

      • crazycanuck1503

        They seem to think they will win that battle

        • Alma98

          They know they won’t that’s why they’re trying to put poc out of the country.

          • BoomerGal

            That’s another thing driving their fear. That all black and brown people unite in solidarity.

    • BoomerGal

      Bigots and racists are so predictable.

  • lamh
  • BoomerGal

    The way I see it , globalization or globalism were just terms used in newspaper columns and commentaries up until the likes of President Barack Obama who changed global discourse and the standing of the U.S. in the world. He envisioned what is now considered a global economy while white folks still living in a bubble both socially and economically. They’re now realizing that it really is a small world, after all and they are no longer the be all and end all in the U.S. OR around the world as they thought and the internet played a major part in that reckoning along with President Obama. This is just one of many reasons they AND Trump are so threatened and obsessed with him. He turned their little white world upside down and now realize that globally they ARE the minority.

    • rikyrah

      tell it

    • jziglar

      Total truth.

  • Alma98

    Not that I’ve seen.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Afternoon.

    • BoomerGal

      Absolutely, brother Malcolm!

  • lamh

    And just think, there are people who will still be more offended at Kaepernick kneeling than this… #Charlottesville
    https://twitter.com/uwbio/status/896405112410693632

    • Alma98

      Reddit nerds wannabes only tough when they’re a crowd.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      hmmph

  • I’m watching a documentary on National Geographic channel about the Russian mafia in Brooklyn during the Cold War. It was started by Russian immigrants. Funny….I don’t recall white folks/Republicans calling for deportations during this time period. ☕

  • lamh

    POTUS chafed at getting asked about David Duke during the campaign. Today Duke marches in POTUS name
    https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/896405855893151744

  • lamh

    Charlottesville is not a Southern problem; it’s an American problem. Racism and Nazis are in every state.
    https://twitter.com/justinelavaworm/status/896396380314497024

  • lamh
    • rikyrah

      uh huh

  • BoomerGal

    Isn’t she a minister?

  • adept2u

    Fuq Countess Dracula

  • lamh

    @Chris:

    I personally saw Ferguson police use crushing force against protesters for much less than what the Nazis in Charlottesville are doing today.

    They had snipers trained on unarmed and peaceful crowds merely protesting, before the slightest hint of violence emerged.

    So when you say, that Nazis have the right to protest because everyone has that right, remember that not everyone does in practice.

    https://twitter.com/adamserwer/status/896413734717059072

  • BoomerGal

    Is this the protest that was supposed to have 2–6,000 people in attendance? I don’t see that many people. Not by a long shot.

    • Alma98

      LOL it’s not.

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!

    • lamh

      nope the militia and other showed up early to the wrong park.

      and the actual rally wasn’t supposed to happen until noon

      but after the clashes, Spencer et al told demonstrators to disperse and the rally essentially canceled

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!! So, it did not go as planned.

  • BoomerGal

    HA!! No.

  • 7thangel
  • lamh
  • lamh
  • lamh
  • lamh

    Trump tweet out

    • BoomerGal

      I don’t believe for one minute that he texted that tweet.

  • lamh

    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/896422017137872896

    ‪But I will gladly take their votes for me!‬

  • Bitch, please. Both she and her husband helped create this hateful climate.

  • 7thangel

    it’s a type of statement that covers their ass by not actually pointing anyone out.

  • lamh

    Alex Witt on @MSNBC now allowing the VA GOP rep turn this into an opposing sides don’t listen to one another bullshit!!!

    • Miranda

      This is how white folks help their more violent open about their racism cousins.

  • lamh

    Obama to reemerge in the fall, help rebuild Democratic Party hill.cm/CRG0fQJ

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    THOTUS speaks.

  • BoomerGal

    I just get beside myself when I hear GOP say they are and were the party of equality, freedom and civil rights, not hatred. They deliberately twist history in perpetuating that meme. They know damn well the platforms were not the same in 1865 and have since totally reversed.

    • jziglar

      Exactly! Things really began to change after the civil rights acts of the 60’s. Fringe figures including former southern democrats who embraced segregation were welcomed in. Eventually republicans like Nelson Rockefeller and Everett Dirksen died or people like them were pushed out or no longer a majority of the party. Especially after the radical Christian right was accepted.

  • lamh
  • Kennymack1971

    This is such a tired ass script.

    Black folks have been talking about this shit forever only to be ignored and dismissed and only when the supremacists show their asses in a way that can’t be hidden or waved away then “not all” white folks want to speak out. And even then it’s on some weak ass “this isn’t who we are” garbage.

    Until white folks (the “not all” division) start standing up to this bullshit we really are just running in place.

    • MsKitty

      “This isn’t who we are” has really entered the same category as “I don’t see color” as sayings that make me angry and grit my teeth.

  • aleth

    2520 bored as hell, they even playing fake soldier like a video game….

    do they have alife?

    https://twitter.com/tomperriello/status/896385195833790465

  • aleth
  • Kennymack1971

    Get the fuck out of here.

  • lamh
  • lamh

    BREAKING: Multiple injuries reported as a car plows into crowd off the downtown mall @NBC29

    https://twitter.com/henrygraff/status/896429498480160768

    • rikyrah

      is this in Virginia?

      • lamh

        yes

  • lamh
    • rikyrah

      I saw this..cried about it last night.

    • 7thangel

      some dust got in my eye…dust

    • When I tell you a chill went through my body! God Bless Sir Winton’s soul.

    • BoomerGal

      Wish I could see it. What’s it about?

  • rikyrah

    Governor declares STATE OF EMERGENCY

  • 7thangel
  • rikyrah

    WHERE IS THE STATEMENT FROM THE KKEEBLER ELF?

  • lamh
  • 7thangel

    while checking the trending ‘nazi’, i saw the stupidest reaction. not going to post the tweet, but sirota never fails to be a complete stupid asshole

    • Miranda

      Never. Fails.

  • lamh

    did this muthaphucka really tweet out “…Charlotte..sad”

    https://twitter.com/afarray/status/896434521628921856

    • BoomerGal

      Now, THIS he tweeted.

  • lamh

    Warning may be gruesome

    The moment when a vehicle hits anti- alt right activists in #charlottesville. It is a hit and run. The vehicle quickly leaves the scene

  • aleth

    Do you think this country will recover -at least still be a nation of law after the next 3 years?

    • adept2u

      My visions began with the White House upside down. Subsequently we have another reconstruction and the beginning of a New Feminine Age.

  • lamh

    there is footage on Twitter of the car ramming into protestor lane and other cars…and you can see someone basically crushed between 2 cars!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      This is sick. They’re feeling more empowered to act out their racist fantasies than ever before.

    • adept2u

      Was it a Charger? Before it happened a real strong urge to post F the General Lee and the Dukes of Hazzard on my FB wall.

      • lamh

        the charger hit another car and hat car smashed into a van and i saw someone between the 2nd car and the van

  • lamh

    UPDATE: Driver of Charlottesville attack car has been arrested lgf.bz/2vZhLI3

  • lamh

    For anyone claiming it wasn’t deliberate…

    https://twitter.com/brennanmgilmore/status/896434516260212737

    • The Shy Lurker

      Jesus!

  • lamh
    • aleth

      hahaha i need popcorn

      Bernie — see even duke knows the truth– white americans put dolt in whitehouse and it was not about economic anxiety

      Duke grandwizard knows if you voted for dolt, you were a racist

  • 7thangel

    maybe in a few hours we’ll get a better picture of the aftermath of the hit and run, but right now, as per ‘breaking news’, too much confusion.

  • lamh

    Mayor seeming to say someone did die!

    https://twitter.com/mikesigner/status/896450387783372802

  • Joy

    Aternoon, all. I imagine some folks are now having second thoughts about “Confederate”.

    • 7thangel

      i doubt it.

      if anything, they’ll probably use this and say the show is needed to help against the nazi/klan rally

  • Miranda
    • 7thangel

      i wonder if tulsi will also demand he call it white supremacist terrorism like she did the last real prez

  • lamh
  • lamh

    AG Sessions: “We stand united behind the President in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of hate and intolerance.”

    Full statement here: https://twitter.com/abc/status/896451721970552832

    • aleth

      those are their kids

    • 7thangel

      again, a generic statement without pointing to one particular group.

  • Miranda
  • lamh

    try to avoid having Cheetos voice in my head…someone will have to tell me what he says

  • lamh

    Did this mofo say”on many sides”

    • Miranda

      Yep.

    • Kennymack1971

      Yes. He said that shit. I hate him and everyone who helped get him to where he is.

  • BoomerGal

    GET THAT MUTHA FUCKA OFF THE STAGE!!! He didn’t write that schitt and he’s going off script anyway!!

  • Miranda
    • aleth

      he ain’t “former” — he is still an imperial wizard lol what the fuck with these names?

  • Miranda

    ‘Gotta go, gotta go!’: Black pastor bolts Joy Reid live interview as white nationalists attack fellow pastors


    Host Reid was interviewing Rev. Traci Blackmon about the march when a security guard grabbed her and pulled her off-screen as she screamed, “Gotta go, gotta,” as fights broke out nearby her.

    A stunned Reid, blurted, ‘Oh my goodness!”

    “I don’t know what is happening here, I don’t know what just happen there had with our guest but we’re going to try to find out what happened,” Reid attempted to explain. And she was standing at the location where it looks like now violence has broken out among the crowd and for those who are unfamiliar with what’s going on today in Charlottesville. Make sure our producers check on Reverend Blackmon and make sure she’s okay, if somebody could please text her.”

    Reid later spoke with with Blackmon who said she was safe but that police were asking them to leave for their own safety.

  • BoomerGal

    He said, “we’re going to heal our country.” How, when you’ve got white nationalists in the WH???

    • Miranda

      Exactly – fuck trump

  • Miranda
  • Miranda
  • jziglar

    I love the conservatives running the blame Obama for our division card. We’ve been divided since the country was founded. And it was white racist’s hatred and envy because of Barack Obama’s successes that played a big part in driving us to this point.

  • Miranda

    The GOP is a terrorist organization. Period.

  • Miranda

    What does “we can lose an election” Marc Lamont Hill have to say today? Where is Elon “my people are dying earn my vote!” James White at today? Is Cornel “Hillary is the same as Trump” West still trying to get a photo op then bolt back to the comforts of his NYC digs?

    • rikyrah

      Their silence is overwhelming.
      If this had happened during 44’s term, they’d already have pressed SEND on their prepared critiques of what he’s not doing..

      DO.I.LIE?

      • Miranda

        NO YOU DO NOT!

    • Kennymack1971

      Bring it up every day.

      These useless, worthless motherfuckers had so much…SO MUCH mouth for PBO.

      But in the wake of all the fuckery from 1/20/17 to now…

      Nothing….not at all.

      Fuck em.

    • 7thangel

      this why i have some respect for deray, even though i know some of y’all don’t like him, lol. he hasn’t gone away. even saw him defending kamala when the dude bros came for her.

      • Miranda

        I agree, Deray is about it for real.

    • Town

      Cornel West was at the protests in Charlottesville today, no doubt to get his photo op on.

      • Miranda

        He been lefty and is probably getting off his flight in NYC as we type.

  • Miranda

    The GOP is a terrorist organization.
    https://twitter.com/W7VOA/status/896457991737802753

    • rikyrah

      UH HUH
      UH HUH

  • lamh

    BREAKING: Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after car plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Va.

    https://twitter.com/ap/status/896459623674150912

  • rikyrah

    I’ll ask again…

    WHERE IS ATTORNEY GENERAL WHITE CITIZENS COUNCIL?!?

    • Miranda

      He made a half-ass statement and then probably went right back to his plans to suppress black folks.

      • Alma98

        This is what him & bannon wants. So you know they were privately gleeful.

        • rikyrah

          uh huh

      • rikyrah

        Could you imagine if this happened and then nothing from Holder or Lynch?

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      Awwww Congrats on his silver.

    • rikyrah

      Mo was a G!!!

      Congratulations, Sir Farah.

    • 7thangel

      these games have put a jinx on retirement

      • Miranda

        INDEED! Upsets galore!

  • MsKitty

    I’m late but I’ll just say this. White people will do their damndest to sweep this under the rug/play it off like this is an outlier, because that is what they always do.

    Same shit, different day in America.

    • Alma98

      Alright ready doing it, and refuse to call them what they are, nazis.

      • rikyrah

        uh huh
        uh huh

  • Miranda

    Mueller is about to start questioning WH staff. Please hurry Mueller.
    —————–
    WASHINGTON — In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions.

    Mr. Mueller has asked the White House about specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any notes, transcripts or documents about them, two of the people said. Among the matters Mr. Mueller wants to ask the officials about is President Trump’s decision in May to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, the two people said.
    https://twitter.com/matthewamiller/status/896463314821144576

    • rikyrah

      Dear Workers in the White House…

      Lying to Bobby Three Sticks can land you in an orange jumpsuit.

      Do it if you dare…
      YOU.DON’T.LIE.TO.THE.FEDS.

    • qosine

      Yes, please hurry Mueller

  • Miranda

    Why is Charlottesville ground zero for white supremacists?
    USA TODAY Published 3:33 p.m. ET Aug. 12, 2017

    The “Unite the Right” rally that turned violent in Charlottesville on Saturday marks the third time white nationalist groups gathered there this year.

    The protests began after the Charlottesville City Council voted in May to sell the Lee statue. A judge issued a temporary injunction that blocked the city, a progressive college town where over 80% of residents voted for Hillary Clinton, from moving the statue for six months, The Daily Progress reported.

    The city also voted to rename Lee and Jackson parks this spring. Statues of Confederate leaders nationwide have been removed in recent years as communities viewed them as symbols of slavery, but a USA TODAY analysis in May found that more than 700 Confederate monuments in 31 states still stand.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/08/12/why-charlottesville-ground-zero-white-supremacists/562088001/

    • 7thangel

      700…ridiculous

  • Miranda

    This is precisley what “free market” healthcare terrorist republicans want here too.
    ————————
    ‘It’s a massacre’: At least 30 children die in Indian hospital after oxygen is cut off
    August 12 at 2:19 PM

    NEW DELHI — One by one, the infants and children slipped away Thursday night, their parents watching helplessly as oxygen supplies at the government hospital ran dangerously low.

    At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after its supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted over an unpaid bill, officials said. A home ministry spokesman told the Press Trust of India, citing police reports, that 21 of the deaths were directly linked a shortage of oxygen.

    Witnesses described a chaotic scene between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. as medical practitioners and relatives — the tanks running dry — handed out manual resuscitator bags to families in a desperate attempt to save the young patients.

    more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-massacre-at-least-30-children-die-in-indian-hospital-after-oxygen-cut-off/2017/08/12/5f51cf70-fcc8-4fd3-8a71-94fcba37094f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_indiachilddeaths-910am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6ef8b616f0e9

    • rikyrah

      horrific

    • qosine

      Devastating!!

    • How inhumane can you be???

  • rikyrah

    just evil

  • 7thangel
    • Miranda

      SAY THAT SHIT HILLARY! SAY IT!

      • 7thangel

        with no hestitation

    • rikyrah

      TRUTH

    • THAT’S being presidential.

  • Miranda

    Usain Bolt’s final race coming up on NBC at the World Championships. The 4×100. The women’s final in the 4×100 is before the men’s race.
    https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/896467055339122688

  • 7thangel
  • lamh

    “swift return to law & order”!!!

    FUQ U CHEETO!!

    https://twitter.com/keitholbermann/status/896468417510649856

  • 7thangel
    • Miranda

      He won’t do it. Why would he?

      The GOP is a terrorist organization.

  • Alma98
    • rikyrah

      bless him

  • Miranda
  • GOVCHRIS1988


    Mr. James Baldwin

  • GOVCHRIS1988

  • rikyrah
    • Miranda

      The GOP is a terrorist organization. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and every single republican condone this.

      • rikyrah

        no lie

  • Alma98
  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up