April 23, 2014

Tuesday Evening Thread: On This Day – The Brownsville Affair

(courtesy of PBS & Newsone)

Brownsville Raid

The Brownsville Raid of 1906, also known as the “Brownsville Affair,” in Texas resulted in the largest U.S. Army dismissal in the history of the military branch. On the night of August 13th, a shooting spree took place in the town of Brownsville that claimed the life of a White bartender and wounded a Hispanic police officer. Without clear evidence about who was responsible for the shootings, the Whites in town blamed the 25th Infantry Regiment soldiers (pictured) based on earlier tensions.

The 25th Regiment, a unit of the Buffalo Soldiers, were stationed in nearby Fort Brown. The arrival of the 25th sparked division between the fighters and White residents who didn’t want them there. The state was legally segregated and the soldiers endured racist taunts, physical abuse, and insults since arriving at the end of July. A fight between a soldier and a Brownsville store owner occurred, which barred the Regiment fighters from ever setting foot in town again.

On August 12th, it was alleged that a soldier attacked a White woman, infuriating the town’s residents. Sensing trouble, Maj. Charles W. Penrose consulted with Mayor Frederick Combe and put a curfew in place to stave off retaliation. Around midnight, gunfire was heard, and bartender Frank Natus was found dead; town police lieutenant M. Y. Dominguez reportedly lost an arm during the fracas.

The townspeople immediately blamed the Black soldiers, claiming they could see them shooting although it was in the dark of the night.

The all-White commanders of the soldiers stated to the mayor and townspeople that the soldiers remained in their barracks, according to curfew rule.

Despite the commanders’ declaration, Mayor Combe was convinced that the soldiers were guilty and ordered an investigation. There was questionable evidence presented, with some historians claiming that the 25th soldiers were framed by the residents; bullet casing was said to have been placed around the town and tied to the Black soldiers’ rifles, although it was never officially proven.

Texas Rangers tried to tie the crime to the 12 soldiers but failed to land an indictment. The Black soldiers maintained their innocence despite growing opposition.

The matter reached the desk of President Theodore Roosevelt who decided that the 25th and their “conspiracy of silence” was enough to have 167 enlisted men dishonorably discharged. Some of the men discharged had been 20-year veterans and were close to receiving retirement pensions. Because of Roosevelt’s decision, they were denied such benefits.

The decision of dismissal enraged activist Booker T. Washington, who pleaded with the President to reverse his decision. Roosevelt kept his stance, which enraged Blacks and Whites nationwide.

In fact, it was said that the news of the discharges was kept a secret until after the 1906 Congressional elections so that the Black Republican voters would still support the ruling party at the time.

Several groups, such as the National Association of Colored Women and the Niagara Movement, all protested and staged demonstrations. In 1908, W.E.B. Du Bois reminded Black voters to remember how the Republicans treated them when registering and placing their decision.

Writer John D. Weaver published the book “The Brownsville Raid” and investigated the incident in depth. Los Angeles congressman Augustus F. Hawkins read the book, and was inspired by Weaver’s argument that the men were innocent and charged unjustly. Congressman Hawkins later introduced a bill to have the Defense Department reopen the case.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon pardoned the men and granted them honorable discharges, many of whom had passed on.

Of the two remaining survivors, one re-enlisted in 1910 and was able to gain benefits. Congressman Hawkins and Senator Hubert Humphrey worked to get the last survivor, Dorsie Willis, a tax-free pension and $25,000. Willis was also honored in Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

NEVER FORGET.

  • Alma98

    Just horrible, there’s just no point and time in this country when blacks were treated fairly. We are the first to be accused and the last to get justice.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Alma: –U-! AIN’T! —NEVA! —LIED! – –

      - –”Da STRUGGLE” – - – -continues. . . . .

    • Miranda

      And then they wonder why we’re so “angry.”

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        We got a right to be hostile!

    • Tafr

      I know Alma, just disgusting. What is even more disgusting is that nothing has changed. I took a drive today through the Tulsa riots area today. That area still reeks of the injustice that was done to those people. I’m telling you that area will never be the same never.

      As a community we have gone through some mess this year and the year is still young. We are going to be telling our grand children about the year of 2013.

      • Alma98

        I don’t think a lot of our people today would have made it back then. So many have gotten complacent and thrown away all the hard work that our grandparents & g-grandparents did for us.

        • Tafr

          Yup, I also noticed that when the shit hits the fan there are some that want to pile on. They really believe that if they go along to get along they will be saved from racism. Hell even though house slaves had it a little better than field slaves their asses were still property.

          • Alma98

            Yep!

          • malletgirl02

            Exactly, for example Sally Hemmings was Martha Jefferson’s half sister, and she and her children were still property. You weren’t immune even if a founding father was your actual father.

    • malletgirl02

      To add to your point, these men were serving their country, and they were treated in such a shameful way. The injustice will not be erased.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • qosine

      Wow, GreenLady. That’s remarkable! Any stories?

      • GreenLadyHere

        qosine — –Thank U. :>) YES. -

        —More when I return from a “brief meetin’.” – — – -He loved his”horse” – :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —–THIS usta make me sooo PROUD. – - -

    — – -John Lewis’ graphic novel tells his civil rights story — –

    — – I need –some time. . . .

  • Miranda

    Oh the irony….*giggle*..this is why I laugh at these pathetic emoprogs whining about “government snooping”…while they’re busy buying items off ebay and amazon which tracks you like a bloodhound.
    ——————————
    Glenn Greenwald’s Article On NSA Snooping Actually Snooped On Everyone Who Clicked
    GEOFFREY INGERSOLL 51 MINUTES AGO

    An article by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald on XKEYSCORE actually gathered the browsing habits of everyone who clicked and wasn’t protected (by private, encrypted, and/or proxy browsing), reports Bob Cesca of the Daily Banter.

    Using a free web application called Ghostery — which tells the user about embedded trackers — Cesca found that The Guardian embedded 27 tracking bugs inside Greenwald’s article.

    The bugs track browsing metadata, a lot like what Greenwald exposed on June 6 with his article on the National Security Agency and Verizon.

    Ostensibly, private companies track browsing metadata on the web in order to help advertise and market products to users online.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/glenn-greenwald-snooped-on-everyone-2013-8#ixzz2btEdYufJ

    • Alma98

      Who didn’t know this. Unless you’ve got some software to block tracking cookies and other trackers everybody knows your business. Lefties are so gullible.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      And not one peep will be heard from the EmoProgs. Not one.

    • conlakappa

      Of course the only thing GG exposed was his triflingness. The spin keeps turning…

    • malletgirl02

      Another one of the Emo crew that has a website that uses cookies to track users is the Economist magazine,

  • Alma98

    This right here is why I can’t stand dems. Holder already said months ago that he was going to look into these voter suppression laws. But they’re trying impress folks and collect money. It’s like they never listen to what he or PBO says. I’m talking about the comments from Hillary & Hagan.
    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/08/13/talk-it-up/#comments

    • Kennymack1971

      They can miss me with this “It ain’t a valid issue unless a White Progressive says it is” BS.

      • Alma98

        I liked your comment disqus just ain’t having it lol. Also I couldn’t agree more with your comment. It’s like it’s not good enough unless it comes from one of their heroes.

      • qosine

        Tell me about it!! I flinch every time I hear “The Progressives” blah blah blah.

  • Miranda

    Somebody in Hooters management is stupid as hell.

    Hooters Takes Heat for Banning Mayor; Says it Respects Women

    By: Newsbreaker | Posted August 13th 2013 6:10:40 PM EDT
    Hooters bans San Diego city mayor Bob Filner from its restaurants. Filner has been under fire for alleged sexual harassment. The signs declaring the ban went up on Tuesday morning, and the chain known for their shirt-stretching servers is receiving backlash for a line on the sign that says “We believe women should be treated with respect”.
    http://www.ora.tv/newsbreaker/hooters-takes-heat-banning-mayor-says-respects-women-1_rbnzoqkz

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BRlMb2TCMAAbeBm.png

    • Alma98

      Really? SEOD to Hooters!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Oh, the irony!

    • Tafr

      When trying to be snarky cute goes wrong.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –Shoulda posted this in the afternoon. :>)- –

    – —N.W.A.’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ turns 25 – –

    – — -“You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.” — the intro of N.W.A.‘s “Straight Outta Compton”

    When the George Zimmerman verdict was announced and proclaimed “not guilty,” the first thing I did was put on N.W.A.’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton.
    Specifically, “F**k The Police.” There was a certain energy I needed to hear and it simply was not present in any place in present-day rap music.

    As the Straight Outta Compton album celebrates its 25th
    anniversary this month, much of the message of revolution and angst stays as relevant as when it was released.

    America’s Worst Nightmare

    Ice Cube:
    THERE IS MORE – - – –

    – - much of the message of revolution and angst stays as relevant as when it was released – — -SPEAK!! — -

    • TyrenM

      Do you think NWA will get in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Also, Amerikkka’s Most Wanted said after the verdict “We had to tear this MF up” (See “The Predator.”) They were waiting for that but smarter heads prevailed.

      • Alma98

        That would be one hell of an introduction if it did happen lol.

      • Miranda

        Oh they have GOT to put NWA in, they have no choice LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG HUG *** :>) – -

        – - – -Uhhhh — – —I ‘ON’T KNOW. :>)– – –Prolly :>)

        BUT — -I KNOW where Compton is. – –I usta live near there. LOL — Does THAT count??? – –LOL

        WOW&1/2! —LOL — – —I’ll hafta look up your reference. –

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) – - -

        • TyrenM

          You can see Serena from your house lol.

          • GreenLadyHere

            BWAHAHA — – -Seee – - –***shakin’ my head***
            —Good 1. :>)

            —BUT —U almost – –RIGHT! :>) – -

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Damn…I feel so old. <:-(

      • Alma98

        LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        Awwww — –Sepia — :>) – - –***there –there —-***LOL —Ain’t nuthin’ —BUT a number. :>) –***HUGS***

        • TyrenM

          Old is remembering when a teenaged Aaliyah sang that lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    —-POU FAM♥ —-DANG!! —- VOTER SUPPRESSION –Trynta —–Move -FORWARD!! – –geesh! —

    —-Arizona Republicans Already Working On 2020 Gerrymander Plan
    —– Unhappy that an independent redistricting commission devised maps it deemed too independent for the 2012 elections, Arizona Republicans are already scheming to rig the redistricting process after the 2020 elections to be more favorable to their party.

    Under Article I, Section 2 of the the U.S. Constitution, states determine how to divide their U.S.House districts after a federal census held every decade. While many states let their state legislatures decide on their redistricting maps, Arizona voters opted in 2000 to entrust the process to an independent redistricting panel.
    By design, the commission consists of two Democrats, two Republicans, and one independent. Its maps must include districts, drawn from scratch, that are “roughly equal in population.” They are encouraged to also make districts as compact as possible, respectful of the federal Voting Rights Act, respectful of communities of interest, and — if possible — politically competitive.
    - – -SNIP — -

    Though the Congressional maps approved by the commission in 2012 did just that, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and her Republican legislative majorities attempted to remove the independent chairwoman because they found the map too competitive; the state Supreme Court rejected this power grab as illegal.
    Determined not to suffer the same fate next time, Roll Call reported Monday, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham has formed a new committee of GOP election experts to monitor the 2020 redistricting process.

    THERE IS MORE. – — —

    DISGUSTING —- RACISTS!!! —-BUT — –NO WEAPON. . . . .

    • Alma98

      All they know how to do GLH is cheat, steal and lie they can’t win own their own merits.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – –***FIST BUMP** – —That’s ALL!! – — -THEY deserve their –LOW – –POLL NUMBERS!! – -geesh!!

  • qosine

    I can’t wait until the 24-28th of August.
    I’m so sick of August crazies, I started listening
    to classical music again while I’m driving. It’s
    the least political thing I can think of right now!

  • Alma98

    Sloane Stephens is playing Sharapova, the match just started and she’s down 2/0. Let’s hope she can get it together.

    • Miranda

      She’s hanging in there now!

      • Alma98

        I see, you want to root for her but she seems like she doesn’t care if she wins or not Maria is not playing great tennis.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    WOW! I never heard of this! Thanks for posting this, Miranda!

  • Miranda

    SMH………look at Jezebel…..to them this was just the lil darkies having a moment…everything’s cool now.

    Our Favorite #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen Tweets
    http://jezebel.com/our-favorite-solidarityisforwhitewomen-tweets-1125272401

    • Alma98

      Saw that earlier and decided not to give them one click not a one. They can’t see they’re swimming in white privilege.

      • Miranda

        They really can’t. They don’t get it and don’t care TO get it.

        • Alma98

          Too true

  • Miranda

    So this editor at Ebony put this out there yesterday apparently trying to ride the coattails of the #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag.
    ————————–
    Jamilah Lemieux ‏@JamilahLemieux12 Aug
    Ooh, maybe one day we can get #blackpowerisforblackmen going? Another day, needs to happen.

    Will somebody tell me why? And now she’s trying to get this hashtag going now:

    Jamilah Lemieux ‏@JamilahLemieux18m
    #blackpowerisforblackmen because sexism is something that we’ll get to some day, one day. Meanwhile, we MUST FREE THE BLACK MAN.

    ———————–
    I am too disgusted.

    • Alma98

      It sounds stupid! Ebony trying to get back in good with black folks.

    • trose1

      I don’t get that hashtag at all.

      • Alma98

        Like I said it’s stupid, sounds like something a middle school came up with.

      • Miranda

        Its a ploy for attention – what better way to get the masses all riled up than a black woman vs black man trope? As if that same conversation isn’t in every issue of Essence, Ebony and Jet, on every black talk radio station twice a day and 90% of the discussion on black blogs and a new book on the subject every other week. This was a blatant attempt to try and get in on the spontaneous defense of black women within the context of the feminist movement and this idiot now wants to switch it up and put on a show of black women vs black men.

        Pisses me off.

        • Tafr

          I want to say they do not get it but I suspect they know what they are doing. When we come together as a community we do wonderful things. It was the black community that made sure Zimmerman went to trial. We marched and yelled until that child killer was put on trial. There will always be idiots that get in the way. They are out for themselves, to hell with the damage they do to us.

    • Tafr

      Wow she is mad because she is not as clever as the average black twitter user. Welp she can be mad and yes that hashtag is weak as hell.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      I was just coming to post about this bullshit. I see some members of the “Black men ain’t shit so you best get yourself a white man because they can do no wrong” brigade are front and center with this hashtag. It’s sickening!

      • Tafr

        Well Sepia I guess we got to remind them of the #negrobrush article. Lawd I will never forget that mess.

      • Miranda

        Oh you saw that too?!?!

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          We ain’t the only ones. Dr. Goddess is NOT hearing it: https://twitter.com/drgoddess/status/367451886271860736

          • Miranda
          • Alma98

            I’m confused is who is Shonda talking to?

          • Miranda

            There is a tiny cottage industry of blogs devoted to promoting ONLY interracial relationships..specifically black women & white men. These are not friendly “keep your options open”, “advice if you’re dating outside your race” kind of blogs…These are “black men aint shit aint neva gone be shit yo black Daddy that raised you aint shit either” kind of blogs. Apparently Shonda is aware of them too and knows that this hashtag was not borne out of genuine feelings, but out of a very disturbing agenda on the parts of women who really have some serious issues.

          • itgurl_29

            The irony is that some of the hashtag users are complaining about bm always running to protect white women, yet while black women are speaking up and holding white women accountable, these same black male-hating bw are now now taking the focus off of the calling out of these racist feminists just to air their grievances with black men. They are just incredibly stupid.

          • Miranda

            EXACTLY! The whole timing of it is suspect to me! Why now? We have these damn conversations every other week on ALL black media so why the fuck do they need to do this now?

          • Alma98

            I know who these women are, I was asking is she talking to drgoddess or are they talking to each other. I know the author Karyn Langhorne is one them,I can’t stand her.

          • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

            Shonda Rhymes = Dr. Goddess. She’s not Shonda Rhimes of Scandal fame.

          • Alma98

            Oh ok, I was confused thanks Sepia.

    • itgurl_29
    • TyrenM

      I just went there. “Because Kim Kardashian is wifey material and Karrine Steffens is not.”

      I know there’s more, but that caught my eye. I see some brotha’s on Twitter doing it, not enough.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Karrine Steffens has been married twice, so there goes that.

        And let’s not talk about how Kim K is popular with a lot of Black women.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FA♥ —MR. PRESIDENT♥/First Family♥ :>) – - -

    Obama on vacation has fried lunch, then basketball

    Sooo HAPPY that HE/THEY R RELAXIN’. :>) HE/THEY – –WORK sooo HARD. :>) BLESS THEM♥ – - —

    [Gotta "bounce" 4 a "brief Meeting." ---Back soon♥. . ].

  • Alma98

    LOL… Sharapova is donating this match to Sloane. And SLoane is like no I don’t want it you take it! Yes! She held for a 4/1 lead, now get another break cause you need it. lol

    • Miranda

      Sloane needs to go on and beat that ass since Sharapova handing her the switch!

      • Alma98

        I know!

  • Alma98

    John Legend is pissed!

    John Legend
    @johnlegend

    Fuck this North Carolina voting law. Fuck the new Jim Crow.

    about 1 hour ago

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      What absolute racist bullshit! These bubble-heads are telling woc that race is an illusion yet their asses participate in it every day!

      • rikyrah

        And why the hell would I want to unite with someone who tells me I
        better get in line cause my skin color don’t matter. Bitches please!

        Amen

        • Alma98

          Rikyrah you have to read some of those ignorant ass tweets. I know they have to know how racist they sound.

          • rikyrah

            I did read some…

            was like…sit your racist ass down and S-T-F-U

          • Alma98

            OK!

  • Alma98

    So Booker won his primary huh, meh.

    • rikyrah

      MEH is right..LOL

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
    • Alma98

      Sepia they all shedding their skin now smh.

    • Tafr

      We live in a country where people that look like him are automatically classified as al queda by the what’s the matter with Kansas crowd. He really needs to stop.

      • jziglar

        I know. Someone should ask him if he is okay with the discriminatory practices against people who look like him.

        • Tafr

          Thank you! remember how folks acted a fool after 9/11.

    • Miranda

      Hope its on camera when he gets his wake-up call. He’s been hanging around the “liberal” Manhattan crowd and forgot his ass would be called a terrorist if he stepped foot in some gentrified areas his damn self.

    • crazycanuck

      has his twitter been hacked? This is really hard to believe.

      • Alma98

        I hope he’s been hacked cause that’s some cray cray talk right there.

    • itgurl_29

      I’m going with hacked until further notice. He uses the term “activist judges” and his tone sounds like a #tcot troll. Right wingers hate the movie Harold and Kumar, he’s East Asian and has often talked about being profiled, and he works in the Obama administration. Perfect person to hack for trying to spread a pro- stop & frisk message.

      If it is him though, he needs his ass whooped.

      • crazycanuck

        Kal Penn is very smart, I find this very hard to believe.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        If he was hacked, I’ll gladly eat some crow with some hit sauce and cornbread.

      • qosine

        I hope this isn’t Kal Penn. I’ll wait and see.

    • PBomb

      I think he has been hacked. That don;t even sound like him.

      One of his tweets is a link to an Advil website.

  • Alma98

    Good job Sloane! Now start believing in yourself. And Sharapova I guess Jimmy Connors couldn’t even help you get past the 2nd round huh. lol And hey! You even had a day off.

    • crazycanuck

      she won? What round is this?

      • Alma98

        The 2nd lol.

        • crazycanuck

          lol, oh well at least she beat sharapova. I will wait and see

          • Alma98

            I know I hope she doesn’t have a let down.

  • Miranda

    Y’all……………………………oh my goodness……………oh…yeah I’m laughing…I’m fucking LAUGHING at this SHIT

    https://twitter.com/JennyBlueHair/status/367452879906291712

    • Alma98

      Is this fool for real, girl bye!

      • Miranda

        Alma…that tweet effed up my head for real. I read it and was taking off my earrings, putting my hair back in a ponytail, ready to put on the nike’s and grab the car keys to go find this heifer. Those were straight up fighting words.

        • Alma98

          I tell you between those unite tweets & that one I was sitting here cussing like crazy. I was like no this bitch didn’t just say that. I had to calm myself down for real.

    • Tafr

      They want to claim they have the upper hand while behaving like professional victims.

      • Alma98

        That was some nasty shit to say and she knows it. I hope karma kicks her in the ass so hard.

        • Tafr

          They want to lecture us when they cannot even get white women to go along with their movement. They got white women voting for repigs that would take away their reproductive rights yet they want to lecture us for calling them out. Seriously the feminist movement is an outdated mess.

    • crazycanuck

      what they saying? I cant get on twitter right now

      • Alma98

        She said woc are biting the hand that feeds them. Ain’t that some shit!

        • crazycanuck

          omg, smdh

  • itgurl_29

    So now that #blackpowerisforblackmen is trending, white women once again get off scott free. SMH

    • Alma98

      Trifling!

    • Miranda

      Mission accomplished.

  • conlakappa

    I am watching an interesting doc, Fixing Juvie Justice, that looks at an attempt to use efforts that work for the Māori in NZ to offenders in Baltimore. Interesting cross-cultural application.

    • Tafr

      Folks if you google the title you should be able to find it. Thanks Conlakappa for the heads up.

    • qosine

      Thanks, too, for the heads up.
      Have you ever seen Once We Were Warriors?

      • conlakappa

        Yes. Very deep stuff. The male star was apparently the gentlest person and had a hard time showing that kind of violence.

        • qosine

          Yes, the movie is that powerful. It was hard for
          me to let it go. I can see how such a violent
          role would present a real challenge to a
          gentle person like the male star.

  • lamh36

    somewhere in America Gayle King is kicking herself in the ass and crying in her glass of vodka 7 cause she coulda been a a Senator’s wife…she was —>This<— close to being Michelle O…NOT!!!!

    • crazycanuck

      I thought they were still together, where have i been lol

    • rikyrah

      LOL
      Poor Gail

  • malletgirl02

    One thing I don’t get with all this talk about drones, is that many of the people up in arms about drones, don’t give a damn about the many civilians who are killed by conventional means, air bombings and artillery.

    • Miranda

      Drones is a fad to emoprogs…like most of their issues.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
  • lamh36

    is Lawrence O & Tamron hall still knockin them boots???

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    And now Becky wants to get in on the act. Way ta go geniuses!

    https://twitter.com/50shadesotay/status/367474703952125952

    • Miranda

      SMH……damn…just….damn

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - —***sigh*** :>) —”WHYCOME” I gotta B the one 2 say – - -TIME is UP. MEETING is OVA? — -LOL –

    Anyhoo —YES— Mr. Cory –”WON”??- – ***shakin’ my head**** :>)
    THIS is – — A JOKE. — -geesh!

    – - — -What other black politicians can learn from Booker’s victory
    - – — –With a overwhelming victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in New Jersey, Cory Booker put himself on the path to becoming only the fourth black person ever elected by popular vote to the U.S. Senate. If he wins in October, as expected, Booker will join the ranks of Massachusetts’ Edward Brooke, a Republican who served in the Senate from 1967 to 1979, and two Democrats from Illinois, Carol Moseley Braun (1993-1999) and Barack Obama. (Four other blacks have been tapped for Senate seats by governors or state legislatures.)

    The controversies around Booker’s connections to Wall Street and
    Silicon Valley and his occasional breaks from liberal orthodoxy have in some ways obscured the historic achievement Cory Booker is nearing. Only six blacks in U.S. history have ever been elected governor or senator, the positions that give one the most power in America’s political system and put a politician on the path to becoming president or vice-president.

    Here’s how Booker did it, and what his path could suggest for other black politicians. – —
    THERE IS MORE. — —

    I’ve got REPLIES 2 make. :>) ***HUGS*** :>)

  • Kennymack1971

    So it seems once again deflection and distraction is the name of the game. Because calling out White Feminist Hypocrisy and Privilege is a no no so what to do? Dredge up Black Women vs Black Men. I got nothing else other than this: Black Men/Women/Children all we got…hell all we’ve ever had is US. We need to make peace with that and fast because our so called “allies” ain’t checking for us or our issues. I’ma leave it that.

    • sagittarius

      Co-sign. We have our internal issues – every community/culture does, but they are NOT up for discussion on Twitter.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      The issues they’re naming — absentee fathers, unwed mothers, sexism, etc. — are not limited to our community. And what is this talk about Black patriarchy and Black men oppressing women? Some of these Black feminists are just as racist as some white feminists.

      • Kennymack1971

        It’s as if the hashtag was started to make it up to White Feminists for them getting called out yesterday. Same as the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial. White folks started throwing “Black on Black” crime around to try to distract and deflect and some Black folks co-signed that BS too. ItGurl said it best down thread… White folks get off the hook…again.

        • sagittarius

          Imma need for folks to THINK about stuff from A – Z, not A – D. This shit is transparent, if one THINKS about it!

          ETA: Co-sign KMack’s above comment

          • EpiphanySweet

            I see some black feminist all over that hashtag. I was wondering who created it

          • sagittarius

            Hey, sis. I’m not feeling anyone who made this tag — why now? Classic derailing tactic when the truth gets uncomfortable for 2520s… same thing with Don Lemon. Send the ‘safe ones’ out to sing for their supper and quiet down the nigras OR get us infighing about some stuff that is HUMAN NATURE for every ethnicity, religion, sexual preference on the planet…. smh

          • EpiphanySweet

            I thought it was odd. Thats too bad they feel that need to derail an important dragging.

    • Miranda

      Thank you! Some of us can’t see the damn forest for the freaking trees. That ish pissed me off royally. Folks betta wake the fuck up.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -Some Good EDUCATIONAL/MENTORING NEWS :>)- –

    — –

    For girls from displaced families, an introduction to engineering – -:>)
    – - – - Cal State Long Beach recruited 29 girls from a transitional housing community to live on campus and study engineering for a week. ‘It’s giving her hope,’ one mother said.
    – - – -Submerged underwater, a robot built out of PVC pipes snaked back and forth near some foam “sea sponges.”

    Next to the small wading pool, 11-year-old Nailah Lewis intently worked a set of controls on top of a wired plastic box. Her electrical engineering experiment had entered its final testing phase.

    The task: Design a tool to pick up objects underwater.

    – - –SNIP – —

    She found a positive motivating force in a new Cal State Long Beach program.

    The program, “Engineering Girls — It Takes a Village,” is unusual in its focus on recruiting young girls, ages 9 to 15, from displaced families. Over the last four months, school officials worked with the Century Villages at Cabrillo, a transitional housing community, to recruit girls and bring them to the university in August for one week of engineering workshops.

    Officials said that the program, which began Aug. 5 and ended Sunday, was specifically designed for girls because the engineering field is dominated by men. But coordinators also aimed to expose an underrepresented community with limited opportunities in science, math and engineering.
    THERE IS MORE – - —BLESS the STUDENTS/their families. AMEN. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — –How FUN is THIS? :>) – –

    – —Celebrating Famous Black Lefties on International Left-Handers Day – - -

    — – – - -According to Time.com, today is International Left-Handers Day. So in honor of this occasion, Good Black News is celebrating a few of the famous African-American southpaws who have made their mark on the world (so to speak):
    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

    In the past hundred years, the U.S. presidency has veered more and more to the left —not in policy, but in handedness. Barack Obama is the latest to join a long list of left-handed presidents from the 20th century: James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Henry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were all southpaws.

    What makes lefties so electable? Some experts think left-handed people have a greater aptitude for language skills, which may help them craft the rhetoric necessary for political office. And as for the bout of recent left-handed presidents, some think it’s because teachers only recently stopped working to convert lefties to righties at an early age.

    OPRAH WINFREY

    — -SNIP –

    JIMI HENDRIX -
    THERE IS MORE- —— –
    P.S. – —[NOT convinces of the EXPLANATIONS on electability.]

    • EpiphanySweet

      I am a lefty!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY – –EpiphanySweet. – - – -WOO! HOO! – –U could B the FIRST —BLAH FEMALE PRESIDENT! — -:>)

        – –IMMA VOTE 4 U♥ — –LOL

        • EpiphanySweet

          Aww thank you. I wouldn’t even make it on a school board…lol I appreciate your vote.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL– -EpiphanySweet – —We’ll have NONE of that kind of talk. – -:>)

            – - – -U CAN DO — WHATEVA – -U LIKE. – - -LOL –

          • EpiphanySweet

            Thank you. GLH ((HUGS))

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – —My Pleasure. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - –Ooooo-kaaaay – - –I’ll brang it — -

    Cory Booker Celebrates Win in U.S. Senate Democratic Primar – -

    Uhhhh- –Can I still ax’ —-WHAT has he done as MAYOR.????—

    • conlakappa

      Gotten a fat check from Zuckerberg and let the police go unchecked. Good enough for his bestie Bloomberg.

  • TyrenM

    Joy D’Annihilator: Quinn been down with Stop and Frisk. Coming late to the table. D’Blasio been against it. Fucka Weiner. She stay on it!

    • GreenLadyHere

      TyrenM — – Where is she.? – –I stepped away from my tv. :>)

  • TyrenM

    Lawrence jockin Hillary. Showing her speaking on Voter suppression 2 MONTHS after the Supreme Court ruling & speaking with DST. Somebody told her she better come correct with Black women. Think she read #Solidarity over the last 2 days? Or just her minions? Still dissing Joe as an afterthought.
    Funny, watching the tide turn in NY…I can so see this being a not so done deal.

    Good nite all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —Missed THIS: —FOCUS on Ms. VENUS [Speakin of Compton. :>) ] — -

    — – Venus Williams full of surprises – - -:>)

    – –15 things you don’t know about Venus Williams:
    1. Watch out, Nate Berkus! Venus enrolled in an interior
    design program in the early 2000s and became a certified interior decorator. In 2002, she created V*Starr Interiors, specializing in commercial and residential interior design.
    The stylista also earned an associate degree in fashion design and launched the EleVen sportswear line, and she is currently enrolled in an online program at the Indiana University East, pursuing a degree in business.

    — –2. Venus and sister Serena became limited partners in the Miami Dolphins in 2009, making them the first African-American women to obtainownership of an NFL franchise.
    THERE IS MUCH MORE – –

    —SHE/THEY — -R –A –MAZ —ING! :>) PROUD of THEM♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere