February 22, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: Afro-Russians

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

We continue our look at Afro-Russians with…

 

ALEXANDER PUSHKIN

“The Father of Russian Literature”
(1799-1837)

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Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era[1] who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet[2][3][4][5] and the founder of modern Russian literature.[6][7]

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His great-grandfather from his mother’s side – Abram Gannibal – was brought over as a slave from Africa and had risen to become an aristocrat.[8] Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum.

While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar’s political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.

Notoriously touchy about his honour, Pushkin fought as many as twenty-nine duels, and was fatally wounded in such an encounter with Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès. D’Anthès, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, had been attempting to seduce the poet’s wife, Natalya Pushkina.

Life and career

Pushkin’s father, Sergei Lvovich Pushkin (1767–1848), was descended from a distinguished family of the Russian nobility that traced its ancestry back to the 12th century.[9][10]

Pushkin’s mother Nadezhda (Nadya) Ossipovna Gannibal (1775–1836) was descended through her paternal grandmother from German and Scandinavian nobility.[11][12] She was the daughter of Ossip Abramovich Gannibal (1744–1807) and his wife, Maria Alekseyevna Pushkina (1745–1818).

Ossip Abramovich Gannibal’s father, Pushkin’s great-grandfather, was Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696–1781), a Black African page kidnapped and brought to Russia as a gift for Peter the Great. Abram wrote in a letter to Empress Elizabeth, Peter the Great’s daughter, that he was from the town of “Lagon”. Russian biographers concluded from the beginning that Lagon was in Ethiopia, a nation with Orthodox Christian associations. Vladimir Nabokov, when researching Eugene Onegin, cast serious doubt on this Ethiopian origin theory. In 1995 Dieudonné Gnammankou outlined a strong case that “Lagon” was a town located on the southern side of Lake Chad, now in northern Cameroon. However, there is no conclusive evidence for either theory.[9][10][12][13][14][15] After education in France as a military engineer, Abram Gannibal became governor of Reval and eventually Général en Chef (the third most senior army rank) in charge of the building of sea forts and canals in Russia.

Born in Moscow, Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen. By the time he finished school as part of the first graduating class of the prestigious Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoe Selo near Saint Petersburg, his talent was already widely recognized within the Russian literary scene. After school, Pushkin plunged into the vibrant and raucous intellectual youth culture of the capital, Saint Petersburg. In 1820 he published his first long poem, Ruslan and Lyudmila, amidst much controversy about its subject and style.

Pushkin gradually became committed to social reform and emerged as a spokesman for literary radicals. This angered the government, and led to his transfer from the capital (1820). He went to the Caucasus and to the Crimea, then to Kamenka and Chişinău, where he became a Freemason.

Here he joined the Filiki Eteria, a secret organization whose purpose was to overthrow Ottoman rule in Greece and establish an independent Greek state. He was inspired by the Greek Revolution and when the war against the Ottoman Turks broke out he kept a diary recording the events of the great national uprising.

Pushkin Monument located in Pushkin Square in Moscow

Pushkin Monument located in Pushkin Square in Moscow

He stayed in Chişinău until 1823 and wrote two Romantic poems which brought him wide acclaim; The Captive of the Caucasus and The Fountain of Bakhchisaray. In 1823 Pushkin moved to Odessa, where he again clashed with the government, which sent him into exile on his mother’s rural estate of Mikhailovskoe (near Pskov) from 1824 to 1826.[16]

In Mikhailovskoe, Pushkin wrote nostalgic love poems which had been dedicated to Elizaveta Vorontsova, wife of Malorossia’s General-Governor.[17] Then Pushkin continued work on his verse-novel Eugene Onegin.

In Mikhailovskoe, in 1825, Pushkin wrote the poem To*** (I keep in mind that magic moment…). It is generally believed that he dedicated this poem to Anna Kern, but there are other opinions. Poet Mikhail Dudin believes that the poem has been dedicated to the serf Olga Kalashnikova.[18] Pushkinist Kira Victorova believes that the poem has been dedicated to the Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna.[19] Vadim Nikolayev, argues that the idea about the Empress is marginal and refuses to discuss it, while trying to prove that poem had been dedicated to Tatyana Larina, the heroine of Eugene Onegin[18]

Authorities allowed Pushkin to visit Tsar Nicholas I to petition for his release, which he obtained. Insurgents however, in the Decembrist Uprising (1825) in Saint Petersburg, had kept some of Pushkin’s earlier political poems, and he quickly found himself under the strict control of government censors, unable to travel or publish at will.

During that same year (1825), Pushkin also wrote what would become his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov, while at his mother’s estate. He could not however, gain permission to publish it until five years later. The original and uncensored version of the drama was not staged until 2007.

Around 1825-1829 he met and befriended the Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz, during exile in central Russia.[20] 1829 he travelled through the Caucasus to Erzurum to visit friends fighting in the Russian army during Russo-Turkish War (1828–29).[21]

Around 1828, Pushkin met Natalya Goncharova, then 16 years old and one of the most talked-about beauties of Moscow. After much hesitation, Natalya accepted a proposal of marriage from Pushkin in April 1830, but not before she received assurances that the tsarist government had no intentions to persecute the libertarian poet. Later, Pushkin and his wife Natalya Goncharova, became regulars of court society. They officially became engaged on 6 May 1830, and sent out wedding invitations. Due to an outbreak of cholera and other circumstances, the wedding was delayed for a year. The ceremony took place on 18 February 1831 (Old Style) in the Great Ascension Church on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street in Moscow. When the Tsar gave Pushkin the lowest court title, the poet became enraged, feeling that the Tsar intended to humiliate him by implying that Pushkin was being admitted to court not on his own merits but solely so that his wife, who had many admirers including the Tsar himself, could properly attend court balls.

In the year 1831, during the period of Pushkin’s growing literary influence, he met one of Russia’s other great early writers, Nikolai Gogol. After reading Gogol’s 1831–1832 volume of short stories Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, Pushkin supported him and would feature some of Gogol’s most famous short stories in the magazine The Contemporary, which he founded in 1836.

By 1837, Pushkin was falling into greater and greater debt and faced scandalous rumors that his wife had embarked

Pushkin's writing table (Wikipedia)

Pushkin’s writing table (Wikipedia)

on a love affair. In response, the poet challenged Natalya’s alleged lover, her brother in-law Georges d’Anthès, to a duel which left both men injured. Shot through the spleen, Pushkin died two days later. His last home is now a museum.

The Tsarist administration, fearing a political demonstration at his funeral, had it moved to a smaller location and restricted attendance to close relatives and friends.[citation needed] The poet’s body was taken secretly at midnight and buried on his mother’s estate.

Pushkin descendants

Pushkin had four children from his marriage to Natalya: Maria (b. 1832, touted as a prototype of Anna Karenina), Alexander (b. 1833), Grigory (b. 1835), and Natalya (b. 1836) the last of whom married, morganatically, into the royal house of Nassau to Nikolaus Wilhelm of Nassau and became the Countess of Merenberg.

Of Pushkin’s children only the lines of Alexander and Natalya continue. Natalya’s granddaughter, Nadejda, married into the British royal family (her husband was the uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh).[22] Descendants of the poet now live around the globe: in Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and the United States.

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  • AxelFoley

    Morning, fam.

    • Joy

      Morning, Axel!

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Axel

    • MsKitty

      Morning Axel

    • Alma98

      Morning Axel

  • Joy

    Morning, everyone! Woke up and heard Bama lost to Clemson. Today’s gonna be a good day.

    https://cdn.meme.am/cache/instances/folder298/500x/29979298.jpg

  • Joy

    Morning, rikyrah!

  • Joy

    I hate that Al couldn’t run against him.

  • Not surprised, but still disgusted.

    http://twitter.com/thehill/status/818799311639236608

    • Joy

      No pride, no shame. Sad, sad, sad.

    • Kennymack1971

      That dude is so lost. SMH.

    • AxelFoley

      Without looking, Tim Scott, right?

      I posted a tweet last night about that coon shucking and jivin for his Massa Sessions.

    • Miranda

      Of course.

      just look at him………those teeth and gums were built for cooning
      http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/12/17/1355759640942/Tim-Scott-Senate-008.jpg

      • Alma98

        BWA HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      • BoomerGal

        Bugs Bunny lookin mutha fucka!!!

    • MsKitty

      He gone.

    • Rhoda

      He’s going to get his wake up call one day and the sad thing is; his people will probably be their for him. But, he abandoned them today. For what?

    • jds09

      Scott is serving his purpose.

    • BoomerGal

      Negropean.

    • Alma98

      Black peoples blood will be on his and Condaleeza Rice’s hands. But I truly believe they don’t give a shit.

  • Kennymack1971

    Bernie Sanders ain’t shit. He was never was shit and he ain’t ever gonna be shit. I look at him as a Trump collaborator now.

  • AxelFoley

    Sit all the way down, Bernie.

    • BoomerGal

      “all the way down!” LOL!!!!

  • BoomerGal

    Good morning, rikyrah

  • BoomerGal

    Morning, POU!

    • Joy

      Mornting!

    • MsKitty

      Morning BoomerGal

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, MsKitty

  • BoomerGal

    I can’t miss THIS!!!

    Rep. Lewis to Join Sessions AG Confirmation Panel

    Source: The Daily Beast

    Sen. Jeff Sessions’s confirmation hearing for the post of U.S. attorney general will pit him against civil-rights advocates Rep. John Lewis (D-AL), Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Sessions has Donald Trump’s backing for the Cabinet post, and the support of Republican colleagues in Congress, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee where Sessions will have his confirmation hearing. But that same committee previously rejected Sessions for a federal judgeship in 1986, when his behavior was deemed too racist for the post. Sessions’s alleged bigotry is expected to be front and center when his confirmation hearing begins Tuesday.

    READ IT AT THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

    ###

    Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/09/rep-lewis-to-join-ag-confirmation-panel.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

  • AxelFoley
    • BoomerGal

      That’s just NASTY!!!

    • Joy

      Nasty ass.

    • Kennymack1971

      *cancels plans to get a breakfast sandwich*

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!

    • Miranda

      I want to beat her up.

    • *puts down V-8*

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!

      • Alma98

        hahahaha

    • MsKitty

      That reminds me of a time I went to the Tate Modern in London (not the most recent trip, but a previous time). They had an exhibit from an young artist, Tracy Emin, who won their annual prize. And the exhibit was her unmade bed and all the debris surrounding it, including rotting food and underwear soaked with menstrual blood. I had the misfortune of having lunch just before I saw it and there was a bit of a struggle to keep it down.

      As Desus likes to say, peak caucasity.

      https://mysticmedusa.com/wp-content/uploads/Tracey-Emin-My-Bed.jpg

    • Alma98

      Just nasty, that’s all I got. smfh

  • Kennymack1971

    I’m sorry POU Family it appears it is my fault that the racial divide won’t go away.
    https://twitter.com/Woolz317/status/818823899173584896

    • Miranda

      It is ALWAYS the black person’s fault.

    • MsKitty

      I bet she doesn’t see color either.

      Best to leave stupid in a corner and keep it moving.

  • BoomerGal

    Entitlement, privilege.

    Trump National-Security Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized PhD Dissertation Too

    Source: New York

    …if the 50 examples from her book weren’t convincing enough. Politico combed through Crowley’s PhD dissertation, titled “Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People’s Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon,” which she submitted in 2000 while pursuing her PhD in international relations at Columbia University. They found more than a dozen sections of text that were copied from scholarly works without proper attribution…

    Read more: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/trump-pick-monica-crowley-plagiarized-ph-d-dissertation-too.html

  • Miranda

    Russia’s D.N.C. Hack Was Only the Start
    By Robby Mook
    JAN. 10, 2017

    Imagine the headlines if, in 2015, Russian agents had leapt out of a van at 2 a.m. in Southeast Washington and broken into the Democratic National Committee offices using sophisticated tools and techniques to steal tens of thousands of documents, including the names and Social Security numbers of donors and employees, and confidential memorandums about campaign strategy for the presidential election.

    The world would have been aghast. It would have been, people would say, worse than Watergate.

    Something similar did, in fact, happen at the D.N.C. two years ago, and it was worse than Watergate. This wasn’t just one party spying on the other; these were hackers under orders from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who were trying to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process,” according to a report released Friday by the office of the director of national intelligence. But the immediate reaction to the break-in was nothing like what followed Watergate.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/opinion/russias-dnc-hack-was-only-the-start.html?_r=0

  • Miranda

    WV teacher suspended for racist tweets: Chicago torture suspects ‘could have been Obama’s children’
    10 JAN 2017 AT 09:16 ET

    West Virginia school officials asked a teacher to delete her Twitter account over racially-charged messages posted on the social media platform.

    Cabell County Schools spokesperson Jedd Flowers confirmed to the The Herald-Dispatch that an account belonging to Huntington High teacher Mary Durstein was responsible for the offensive tweets.

    Flowers said that officials became aware of the tweets after students forwarded screen shots of the Twitter messages.

    One photo shared by Durstein describes President Barack Obama as a “Muslim douchebag.” Under the photo, Durstein added the comment, “Exactly!!!!!!!!!”

    Commenting on a recent story about four black teens who tortured a disabled white person, Durstein asserted that the suspects “could have been Obama’s children.”

    In a tweet to Fox News host Eric Bolling, Durstein wrote, “Who cares if we offend Muslims at least they keep their heads on tact. They’re the enemy.”

    full story here: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/_recent_news/huntington-high-teacher-suspended-over-racially-charged-tweets/article_521e364c-d6b2-11e6-902e-d34378e0e25e.html

    • AxelFoley

      These crackas gonna learn the hard way.

    • Kennymack1971

      Trash. Just pure trash.

      • BoomerGal

        You’re too kind.

    • Joy

      I’m not hearing the same outrage regarding the white boy who sexually assaulted a black disabled teen and basically got a slap on the wrist.

      • BoomerGal

        Hardly anybody knew about it. Thanks, MEDIA

      • Miranda

        As Boomergal said, the national media simply refused to cover it but will ask PBO about every incident in Chicago.

      • AxelFoley

        Or the one who raped a black baby and also got a slap on the wrist.

    • Town

      The teacher should NOT delete her Twitter account.

      The school system SHOULD fire her. The trust she had with the students is gone and deleting her Twitter account will not get that back. Every non-white kid in her class will forever think, “Is this what she thinks of me?” Every bad grade a non-white kid gets in her class, the kid will wonder if they deserved it or if she has something against them.

      The trust is gone; the teacher has to go (but she’ll be transferred or come back after sensitivity training or something).

    • MsKitty

      racially-charged

      Jeez journalists, it’s not like you’ll be hit be a bolt of lightning if you type the work racist. Try it sometime.

  • Miranda
    • BoomerGal

      Good!!

  • Kennymack1971
    • Miranda

      You just can’t fix stupid.

    • Joy

      I’ve been loving watching the Cheetoheads lose it.

  • jziglar

    It looks like republicans are running into a wall on repealing the ACA. Democrats aren’t willing to help and support a replacement which means it can’t overcome a filibuster. A number of republican senators are coming out against repeal/ delay because they know it will create chaos particularly in states where many are benefitting from coverage options and benefits. They can defund ACA through budget reconciliation but they can’t repeal the law unless they have 60 votes and they are nowhere close to 60. I wouldn’t be surprised if they only make a few changes then stop calling it Obamacare and claim victory. Because healthcare policy and making changes is always difficult as we’ve seen in the past.

    • Town

      They’ll change the name to TrumpCare and all the rubes will love it and think it’s the best thing since Apple Pie.

      The Republicans, too.

      • jds09

        This is exactly what they will try and do.

        • Lisa M

          And the useless media will go right along with them.

  • BoomerGal

    Personally, I’m down with it!!

    Counter-Sting Catches James OKeefe Network Attempting To Sow Chaos At Trumps Inauguration

    Source: Huffington Post

    WASHINGTON ― A left-wing political group released a new video Monday of a counter-sting that has uncovered evidence of right-wing activists trying to sow chaos at Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony, an effort to portray critics of Trump who march against him as violent fringe figures.

    The counter-sting, carried out by The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action, a project of a previous target of provocateur James O’Keefe, managed to surreptitiously record elements of O’Keefe’s network offering huge sums of money to progressive activists if they would disrupt the ceremony and “put a stop to the inauguration” and the related proceedings to such a degree that donors to the clandestine effort would “turn on a TV and maybe not even see Trump.” To have riots blot out coverage of Trump, the donor offered “unlimited resources,” including to shut down bridges into D.C.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/counter-sting-catches-james-okeefe-network-attempting-to-sow-chaos-at-trumps-inauguration_us_5873e26fe4b043ad97e516f7

    • AxelFoley

      I’d be down with it if I didn’t suspect he’d be doing this to blame progressives.

      • BoomerGal

        It’s all to blame progressives!! I don’t care!! DO IT!!! He shoulda had a go fund me page, I’d donate!!

      • Miranda

        That’s precisely why he was doing it.

    • jds09

      They’re so focused on short term gain. Showing riots in response to their dear leader’s swearing in will undermine DJT legitimacy in the long run. I

      MO, karma is at play, DJT made his run based upon trying the de-legitimize PBO (didn’t work outside of the GOP, the WORLD loves PBO)… and lookee here….DJT may have a negative approval rating before he sits in the big chair and a stack of lawsuits on his desk challenging his fitness for the job.

      • BoomerGal

        Short, long, I don’t give a damn!! DISRUPT the shit outta this administration, “by ANY means necessary!!”

        • jds09

          Death by a thousand cuts, is my motto.

      • jziglar

        Usually this is the high water mark for an incoming president. But Trump is already at a low point with record low approval for an incoming president, scandals, and a tainted election win. We’ve never seen this in modern times. And the bad news for Trump is that things go up and down when you’re president. You will always have international and domestic challenges. And unlike his predecessors who came in popular he won’t have that good will buffer to help during the low points.

  • MsKitty

    Morning rikyrah

  • Miranda

    In case you missed it…..reason #547,211 why Bernie Sanders is shit and is completely and utterly useless. The only answer is YES I WILL VOTE AGAINST SESSIONS – but this racist old hippie wants to “listen” to him.
    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/818648069910634496

    • Alma98

      Of a deplorable had to throw up the Chicago story. I love that someone said ok then I’ll throw the disabled black kid raped with a hanger story. And the deplorable promptly took his ass on lol.

  • Miranda
    • MsKitty

      TRANSLATION: He’s white, so it’s alright.

      • BoomerGal

        There it is!!

  • Miranda

    On Monday, the Gizmodo Media Group Editorial Union — which represents staffers at outlets like Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Fusion, and The Root — released a statement slamming the CEOs of Univision and Fusion for attending an off-the-record meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.
    Here’s the statement, as shared on Twitter by a Fusion employee.
    https://twitter.com/kath_krueger/status/818590981578780672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    • Town

      Univision is trying to get back in where they fit in because they took such a hard stance against Trump during the election. Now, they find themselves without any access. They’re also losing in the ratings to Telemundo (which is owned by NBC). Telemundo will have the access to Trump, not Univision.

    • jds09

      So disappointing.

  • Alma98

    Morning POU

    • MsKitty

      Morning Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning MsKitty

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning BG

  • Rhoda
    • Miranda

      She is absolutely unreedemable.

    • Town

      Cooning has benefits.

      • AxelFoley

        They don’t call her Coondoleeza for nothing

    • MsKitty

      Not even worth my keystrokes.

  • jds09

    Good morning POU Fam!

    • Rhoda

      Good morning!

    • MsKitty

      Morning jds

    • Joy

      Morning, jds!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • jds09

    This is a man jonesing for the spotlight. He will continue to embarass himself as he chases it.

  • Miranda

    Yall……………..this despicable hating ass evil ass fucker right here!
    https://twitter.com/rachaelmbade/status/818839106180513792

    • BoomerGal

      Heh. Y’all mad cause the life preserver he threw you was not a yacht?? Well, DIE THEN!!!

    • Joy

      He’s catching hell in the comments.

    • Kennymack1971

      Okay then repeal it. You should have a better plan cued up and ready to go.

    • AxelFoley

      That lying piece of shit.

      Oh, and check his Twitter page background now. You ain’t slick, Ryan, you asswipe.

      • Miranda

        UGH! Just saw that! Like he’s the white savior for all the little darkies! Hate his ass!

      • Alma98

        evil fucker

  • Protest galore INSIDE the Jeff Sessions hearings.
    They keep having to stop to have security remove people.

    GOOD.
    http://i.giphy.com/vgUFOWBwBkziE.gif

  • MsKitty

    Has anyone been keeping a running tab? I’ve only seen one other congresscritter announcing they’re boycotting the inauguration.

    https://twitter.com/RepGutierrez/status/818838609352605698

    • Miranda

      I don’t see why any Dem congresscritter should attend. Everybody should be busy washing their hair that day.

      • Tunisia

        Lol…that’s what I will be doing.

      • Kennymack1971

        Man listen…

    • Alma98

      Why explain yourself? repubs don’t.

  • MsKitty
    • BoomerGal

      THIS CAC!!!

  • Alma98

    Hey rikyrah

  • Miranda

    Mexico again says there is ‘no way’ it will pay for Trump wall
    Tue Jan 10, 2017 | 10:46 AM EST

    Mexico’s new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday there is no way his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States’ southern border to keep out illegal immigrants.

    “There’s no way that could happen,” Videgaray said on Mexican television a few days after his appointment.

    “There are no circumstances…not even the best possible trade deal, investments, support which would justify taking a step that would violate the dignity of Mexicans to such an extent.”

    more here: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN14U1MO?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

    • BoomerGal

      Stand your ground, Videgaray!!!

  • MsKitty

    Alma, I thought about your recent comments about the march when I saw this article.

    Women’s March on Washington Opens Contentious Dialogues About Race

    Many thousands of women are expected to converge on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. Jennifer Willis no longer plans to be one of them.

    Ms. Willis, a 50-year-old wedding minister from South Carolina, had looked forward to taking her daughters to the march. Then she read a post on the Facebook page for the march that made her feel unwelcome because she is white.

    The post, written by a black activist from Brooklyn who is a march volunteer, advised “white allies” to listen more and talk less. It also chided those who, it said, were only now waking up to racism because of the election.

    “You don’t just get to join because now you’re scared, too,” read the post. “I was born scared.”

    Stung by the tone, Ms. Willis canceled her trip.

    “This is a women’s march,” she said. “We’re supposed to be allies in equal pay, marriage, adoption. Why is it now about, ‘White women don’t understand black women’?”

    If all goes as planned, the Jan. 21 march will be a momentous display of unity in protest of a president whose treatment of women came to dominate the campaign’s final weeks. But long before the first buses roll to Washington and sister demonstrations take place in other cities, contentious conversations about race have erupted nearly every day among marchers, exhilarating some and alienating others.

    In Tennessee, emotions ran high when organizers changed the name of the local march from “Women’s March on Washington-Nashville” to “Power Together Tennessee, in solidarity with Women’s March on Washington.” While many applauded the name change, which was meant to signal the start of a new social justice movement in Nashville, some complained that the event had turned from a march for all women into a march for black women.

    In Louisiana, the first state coordinator gave up her volunteer role in part because there were no minority women in leadership positions at that time.

    “I got a lot of flak locally when I stepped down, from white women who said that I’m alienating a lot of white women,” said Candice Huber, a bookstore owner in New Orleans, who is white. “They said, ‘Why do you have to be so divisive?’”

    A debate then ensued about whether white women were just now experiencing what minority women experience daily, or were having a hard time yielding control. A young white woman from Baltimore wrote with bitterness that white women who might have been victims of rape and abuse were being “asked to check their privilege,” a catchphrase that refers to people acknowledging their advantages, but which even some liberal women find unduly confrontational.

    No one involved with the march fears that the rancor will dampen turnout; even many of those who expressed dismay at the tone of the discussion said they still intended to join what is sure to be the largest demonstration yet against the Trump presidency.

    “I will march,” one wrote on the march’s Facebook page, “Hoping that someday soon a sense of unity will occur before it’s too late.”

    But these debates over race also reflect deeper questions about the future of progressivism in the age of Trump. Should the march highlight what divides women, or what unites them? Is there room for women who have never heard of “white privilege”?

    And at a time when a presidential candidate ran against political correctness and won — with half of white female voters supporting him — is this the time to tone down talk about race or to double down?

    “If your short-term goal is to get as many people as possible at the march, maybe you don’t want to alienate people,” said Anne Valk, the author of “Radical Sisters,” a book about racial and class differences in the women’s movement. “But if your longer-term goal is to use the march as a catalyst for progressive social and political change, then that has to include thinking about race and class privilege.”

    For too long, the march organizers said, the women’s rights movement focused on issues that were important to well-off white women, such as the ability to work outside the home and attain the same high-powered positions that men do. But minority women, they said, have had different priorities. Black women who have worked their whole lives as maids might care more about the minimum wage or police brutality than about seeing a woman in the White House. Undocumented immigrant women might care about abortion rights, they said, but not nearly as much as they worry about being deported.

    This brand of feminism — frequently referred to as “intersectionality” — asks white women to acknowledge that they have had it easier. It speaks candidly about the history of racism, even within the feminist movement itself. The organizers of the 1913 suffrage march on Washington asked black women to march at the back of the parade.

    Ms. Willis, the South Carolina wedding minister, had been looking forward to the salve of rallying with people who share her values, a rarity in her home state, where she said she had been insulted and shouted at for marrying gay couples.

    But then she read a post by ShiShi Rose, a 27-year-old blogger from Brooklyn.

    “Now is the time for you to be listening more, talking less,” Ms. Rose wrote. “You should be reading our books and understanding the roots of racism and white supremacy. Listening to our speeches. You should be drowning yourselves in our poetry.”

    It rubbed Ms. Willis the wrong way.

    “How do you know that I’m not reading black poetry?” she asked in an interview. Ms. Willis says that she understands being born white gives her advantages, and that she is always open to learning more about the struggles of others.

    But, she said, “The last thing that is going to make me endeared to you, to know you and love you more, is if you are sitting there wagging your finger at me.”

    Ms. Rose said in an interview that the intention of the post was not to weed people out but rather to make them understand that they had a lot of learning to do.

    “I needed them to understand that they don’t just get to join the march and not check their privilege constantly,” she said.

    That phrase — check your privilege — exasperates Ms. Willis. She asked a reporter: “Can you please tell me what that means?”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/us/womens-march-on-washington-opens-contentious-dialogues-about-race.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

    • BoomerGal

      “YOU HAVE NO ALLIES, YOU HAVE NO FRIENDS”
      Dr. John H. Clark.

    • AxelFoley

      Why am I not surprised?

    • jds09

      There is a long overdue conversation that needs to be had. They tell on themselves with the …..”I don’t feel welcomed” line. The white girls that are that delicate need to stay home, they will just get in the way.

    • Kennymack1971

      Dear Miss Ann:

      EVERYTHING IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR DAMN FEELINGS.

      Show up or don’t. Truth be told, Y’all aren’t reliable allies anyway.

  • Joy

    Get the drool bibs ready.

  • MsKitty
  • Alma98
    • jds09

      Alma, who is he talking about?

      • TyrenM

        I believe Bernbots.

      • Alma98

        Sorry jds I didn’t see your comment, apparently disqus is not showing new comments again. He’s talking about berniebots.

  • TyrenM

    I’ve never been a fan of lime…until today! This goes well with my donuts and coffee.

  • Farrod
    • Alma98

      LOL!

    • BoomerGal

      HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • AxelFoley

    Would love to taste this rainbow.

    • Alma98

      hahahaha!

      • jds09

        The both of you….lol

    • MsKitty

      We missed you LOL

  • aleth

    This is regressive.
    This is the return to 1950s with Sessions.
    I cannot believe this man will be AG. What a shame America and the resident GOP apologist of color.
    This is 10 steps backwards.
    Fuck you Bernie, Machin, Coons, Condolezza, Scott and every one in between.

  • TyrenM

    Listening to Sessions hearing. They mute the protests in the galleries.

    http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/01/03/2017/attorney-general-nomination-01-10-17

  • TyrenM

    Sessions to Durbin re: Crack/Powder 100/1 sentencing: I hear ya, but fug ya.

  • Miranda
  • Kennymack1971
  • lamh

    ‪FUQ Bernie Sanders! Jeff Sessions is an old school Southern racist…nothing he says is gonna be anything but lies…smh…ugh “allies”‬

    “I’m going to listen to what Jeff Sessions has to say. I’ve known Jeff for many, many years.”

    –Bernie Sanders #SandersTownHall

    https://twitter.com/fusion/status/818645933231468548

    • Joy

      He had no problem demonizing Hillary though.

      • jds09

        Boom.

    • Kennymack1971

      He doesn’t demonize anybody but never missed a chance to take a shot at PBO.

      Bitch ass.

    • jziglar

      Jeff Sessions is so bad that he will make John Ashcroft look good in comparison.

  • Miranda

    If you hadn’t run from PBO in the first damn place you might not have to beg him to stay and save you.
    ————————
    Trump’s trouble: Obama won’t go away
    JANUARY 10, 2017 6:00 AM

    With an unpredictable foe in the White House, the national party in disarray and even more congressional losses looming in 2018, Democrats are begging Barack Obama to keep himself in the headlines after he leaves office.

    He’s eager to deliver.

    According to a dozen prominent Democrats, Obama is planning a more politically active post-presidency than perhaps any other previous U.S. leader in modern times. He will work to rebuild the beleaguered party, mentor and train young people and plan strategy with Democratic lawmakers, possibly campaigning and raising money.

    “The reality of a Trump administration has sunk in,” said Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a member of the Democratic National Committee from South Carolina and a state legislator there. “You have someone trying to erase your legacy. You have to do all that you can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article125521334.html#storylink=cpy

    • Kennymack1971

      “Democrats are begging Barack Obama to keep himself in the headlines after he leaves office.”

      Assholes didn’t appreciate what they had and look at ya now…

      • BoomerGal

        HA!!!

      • AxelFoley

        How many times we tell them? How many times we tell them to appreciate this man and work with him?

        And how many times white folks white folked on us?

    • jziglar

      Honestly let Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Tom Perez take control. They can help with re-districting, candidate recruitment, and investments. It’s best to have people and organizations that know how to get things done. The Obama team is just better.

    • These mofos ALWAYS want PBO to save their asses.

    • AxelFoley

      Ohhhh, they want that ol’ Magical Negro miracle work again, huh?

  • TyrenM

    Cornyn to Sessions: Get guns out of the hood.

  • lamh

    I don’t care how nice someone is racist is racist…i don’t abide them../i don’t want to hear about their kids, grandkids, newest puppy…whatever…if you are a racist i rather not know ya. I was raised to be courteous, so you’ll get courtesy but you want get much else. i don’t care if ur coworker or not…if i may have to work with you but that’s all i have to do

    “Just because somebody’s nice doesn’t mean they’re not racist. Racism is seen in the heart of your policies.”

    https://twitter.com/revdrbarber/status/818849187848654848

    • Kennymack1971

      That’s another reason I’m in a “I just can’t with White people” mode now. They feel like because their racist Uncle Ed and Aunt Louise doesn’t affect them other folks should tolerate them. How many times have you heard White folks get all wishy washy when it comes to their racist friends and family. The problem for them in 2017 is Black folks are tired and have no regard for delicate white feelings.

      • BoomerGal

        NONE.

  • MsKitty
    • Town

      Trump will call them all losers.

    • jds09

      Folks are getting sh*t on record. People do not want to die. People do not want to see their economies crashed. Trump is the world’s problem, and I hope folks handle him as they see fit.

      • MsKitty

        Like I said yesterday, I would be perfectly fine with the rest of the world saying, “You know what, USA? As of 11:59:59 on Friday, January 20, 2017 you are on your own. If you get in a jam, holla at your boy Vlad.”

        • BoomerGal

          THIS.

        • AxelFoley

          Word.

  • MsKitty

    I love, love, love that this meme is getting dragged up one side of the street and down the other.

    https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/818867522325843968

  • MsKitty
    • BoomerGal

      Lying POS!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      OMG. If this ain’t some old school 1950s pre civil rights movement shit I don’t know what is.

    • Alma98

      Gey the fuck outta here!

    • crazycanuck1503

      Unbelievable, and is any one even batting and eye with this craziness?

    • rikyrah

      Once again..

      PHUCK OUTTA HERE

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Tuesday Morntin’ Sepia♥- -:>) **BIG HUG***- -:>) Mr. ALEXANDER’s POETRY is POIGNANT. :>) Thank U Sepia♥ –:>)

    – – –☺ENJOY♥- -http://49.media.tumblr.com/b720cd9a09fb73bfc9e23e9f5e48d41b/tumblr_nxvjw9T0Zd1r13qeyo1_500.gif

    – – -A POEM:- — ☻https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPXZFXw2h18

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

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –Aaaarrrgg- – -This RACIST!!- – -With – -RACIST/SEXIST- -HUMOR!!– –

    – – -☺Martha Jackovics
    “Lock her up” chants were “humorously done” Sessions says.

    – – —LOCK — -U – – -UP!!—- Is that “Humorous” 2 U??– – -U B**TURD!!— -geesh!!

  • TyrenM

    Amy K going in on VRA.

    • BoomerGal

      Not hard enough.

      • TyrenM

        One thing I can’t stand about her. She doesn’t go hard on MY issues. The Medtronic carve out (ACA), EpiPens for her daughter, she was all in.

        • BoomerGal

          Of course!! I’m increasingly convinced they’re all in this shit together.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – -Ooohh– –WOULD that THIS Could B Done.- –BUT– -WE KNOW!! — :>)
    – – –☺https://twitter.com/TomthunkitsMind/status/818871384638111744

    – – —RELEASE- – -yer MEDICAL- -RECORDS!!- – –

  • How has the Sessions hearing been going so far? How are the Dems doing?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥– — Jus’ got in.- — -From what I’m hearin’- – -Somewhat WEAK!-
      They needta- — -PUSH BACK!!- — FOLLOW UP on his RACISM!!-
      geesh!!

      THANK Goodness 4 the – “RESISTANTS” — Inda Audience!!

    • BoomerGal

      Not good.

    • lamh

      I’m not even watching Sepia…but saw this ealier?

      Sarah Reese Jones ‏@PoliticusSarah 43m43 minutes ago
      Danger: Democrats are too civil and appeasing. Sessions

      • *sigh*

      • BoomerGal

        ALWAYS.

    • aleth

      terrible

    • lamh
  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –Sessions = LIAR!!- -EVIDENCE:- – -“Missing Historical Documents”– –

    – – — ☺https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/818859461548867585

    – —K’MON- — – -KARMA!!- – –GIT– -This- – -RACIST!!

    • BoomerGal

      Heh. Surprise! Surprise!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        ☺http://ell.h-cdn.co/assets/16/37/1473716312-okay-clair.jpg

        THIS Hearing is 2 DOCILE!!- –WHERE’s the- -RESISTANT Fight!!???

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

        • BoomerGal

          Al Franken up now! Morning, GLH! : ) **BIG HUG** : ) Be Blessed and have a good day!! : )

          • GreenLadyHere

            BoomerGal- – -**Sigh**- – -Wanted MORE.- -When they gonna FIGHT?- – –**smh**

            Thank U 4 your- -KIND BLESSINGS. –Soo APPRECIATED♥ :>)

    • MsKitty

      How convenient

  • lamh

    So I decided yesterday to just go ahead and take 2 days off work to try to work out this cold/sinusitis I’ve got. For past week, I’ve been suppressing the cough, but unlike last time, I actually got more mucous to expel, so I need a more production cough…so time to get off the suppressants and get on that Mucinex so I can get rid of this mucous!

    The cough hasn’t been a harsh as before and this time, no throat irritation…so this time I should be good with my voice

    http://i.imgur.com/5AHyPfq.gif

  • lamh

    Over the next 4 years…ALOT of folks better start getting interested in politics and policy…cause some folk are gonna feel this MORE than most….

    @bobcesca_go Bob Cesca Retweeted JackiSchechner
    Dems who just started following politics are about to learn why down-ballot races and midterms matter as much as presidential contests.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — #TeamPerez♥ – – –POSITIVITY♥–:>)

    – – –☺https://twitter.com/npratc/status/818626416249950208

    – – –WAYTA- – Goooo. . . :>)

  • BoomerGal

    Heh! Look what he said about the Bern!

    Statement On Sanders Irks Delegate

    Source: West Virginia Gazette Mail

    Jones was discussing Sen. Arlen Specter’s regret for voting in 1986 to help kill Sessions’ nomination as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

    Jones referred to Specter’s later comments made in 2009, when Specter told reporters he regretted his vote, and that he considered Sessions to be an “egalitarian.”

    “Jeff Sessions is going to be Attorney General. And I would say to Senator Schumer and Senator Warren, and Senator uh, Bernie, the Jewish guy I want to drop on the Gaza Strip, Bernie Sanders, to say get over it, OK? Get over it,” Jones said.

    Read more: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-politics/20170109/statement-on-sanders-irks-delegate

  • lamh

    Had this Black coworker talking about how she read Bill O’Reilly’s book, and how he was right about calling out Beyonce and some other shit.

    ..uh huh…he’s a POS racist and serial sexual abuser, but hey…he alright…right…EYEROLL!!!

    @nytimes
    Breaking News: Fox News secretly settled sexual harassment claims against Bill O’Reilly, documents show

    • rikyrah

      Hmmmm

  • nellcote
    • BoomerGal

      You ARE SORRY!! NO DOUBT!!!

  • TyrenM

    Franken on Sessions lying about cases he was involved in.

  • aleth

    NOTHING surprises me. In order to be famous in certain wings, they must give something in return.
    https://twitter.com/Variety/status/818873915468488704

    • BoomerGal

      You’re not bending over far enough, Trevor!

    • TyrenM

      Trevor. Go home. That is all.

    • lamh

      Still…I been stopped watching TDS with Stewart, and after a brief viewing with Noah…I never watched a show…even if the headline is clickbait…FUQ him

      https://twitter.com/ShawnErker/status/818875732990377984

    • AxelFoley

      Might be click bait, y’all. I didn’t read the article, but someone highlighted this:

      https://mobile.twitter.com/ShawnErker/status/818875732990377984/photo/1

      • aleth

        He was doing the — not all GOP watch this and that, nitpicking nonsense.
        …It was really great except for this one tiny part for me, where Meryl Streep, like her character in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ was tone-deaf,” he said.

        “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” Streep said on Sunday when accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

        However, Noah noted that her intentions were well-meaning.

        “I understand what Meryl Streep was trying to do, and I don’t know if I could’ve done better in that moment, but here’s the thing I feel like we could all learn as people,” Noah said. “You don’t have to make your point by s—ting on someone else’s thing, because a lot of people love football and the arts.”

        • Nazi Barbie must’ve called him and complained.

    • rikyrah

      PHUCK OUTTA HERE

  • jziglar

    The problem is that with the rules change pushed by senate democrats on nominations to cabinet posts a simple majority is all that’s required. So unless a few republicans balk at these nominees essentially Trump will get most of his picks through just like President Obama did.

    • TyrenM

      48-52. It takes 3 with a conscious. Yeah I know, good luck with the usual suspects: Collins, McCain, Manchin, Murkowski,

      • jziglar

        Yep. And I still believe that changing the rule on nominations to the cabinet when Dems controlled the senate was the right move because republicans were willing to block qualified nominees to certain posts.

  • nellcote
  • nellcote

    Scott Bland ‏@PoliticoScott 2h2 hours ago
    Cabinet nominees who got 20+ nays in the Senate:

    Carter 2
    Reagan 1
    GHW Bush 1
    Clinton 0
    GW Bush 5
    Obama 10
    Trump ??

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – – –From Mr. Keith- – –CALL –him OUT!!– —
    – – -☺https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/818880156026765314

    **SIGH!!!**- – –NOT HARD ENUFF!!- –

    • BoomerGal

      But it was OK for him to put his name at the TOP of the cases filed!! LIE, LIE, LIE!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        BoomerGal– -**BIG fist bump**- —

        — -LYIN’- –SWAMP DWELLER!!!- -http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/sbr111716dAPC20161117014534.jpg

        geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥– —NO EXPERIENCE- –In RUSSIAN Hacking!!!

    – – –☺The Hill

    Sessions: “I have done no research” into Russian hacking http://hill.cm/kvB0stK

    – — Sooo – — UNQUALIFIED!! – -annd He DOESN’T PLAN 2 !!

    – -“IT”- – -PUPPET!! – – — geesh!!

  • Alma98

    I just know they’re gonna let that little racist elf sail through.

    Fuck all of them!

    • rikyrah

      ALL OF THEM

  • nellcote
    • aleth

      HE LOOKS IT.
      See the face. The good thing the rest of the world can do as they please. USA no longer the moral authority or fighter for the downtrodden as claimed.

      • AxelFoley

        Yup. After Iraq (even before Iraq, Iraq was an eye opener for the rest of the world) we have no moral authority.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥— – Aaaahh- —PRESIDENTIAL- – – POSITIVITY♥– -A Breath of Fresh Air♥ :>)

    – – – -☺https://twitter.com/TomthunkitsMind/status/818884458485084160

    BEST Wishes In Your- –FAREWELL ADDRESS♥ — – :>)

  • nellcote

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik 4h4 hours ago

    No it is not too late to call. They have not voted yet. They just started Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing today. Vote next week.

  • nellcote

    we’ll see about that
    Carrie JohnsonVerified account‏@johnson_carrie

    “I am prepared to stay here as long as members have questions they’d like to ask,” Senator Charles Grassley says to begin AG hearing.

  • MonieTalks

    Hey peeps!

    Sessions is trash and Sanders willingness to “listen” to him is letting the facade crumble more and more each day. Fake ass revolutionary.

    • rikyrah

      Total fake

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥—**SMH**- —ALL THIS DATA- –annnd- –The Dems R NOT- – -ATTACKING- — ENUFF- –IMHO

    – – — ☺https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/818836837288607744

  • MsKitty
    • jds09

      Stand in line….the CIA already has that sh*t.

    • Miranda

      Can’t wait for the day when they drop the video or whatever it is that will blow up the internet.

    • rikyrah

      Uh huh

  • nellcote
  • nellcote

    Steve Walker ‏@stevenlwalker 6h6 hours ago

    Headed to Chicago nearly 1/2 the plane are #OFAAlumni – ready to chant #YesWeCan one more time.

    • goldenstar

      There is a huge party for former campaign staffers after Farewell Speech. Wish I could get in…

  • lamh
  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –RETHUGS- – Changin’ Confirmation – -Schedule- – –

    – – -☺The Hill

    >GOP slows down Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings pace amid vetting concerns http://hill.cm/CeuvuJ9

    – – –Senate Republicans are slowing this week’s breakneck pace for confirmation hearings, postponing two that were scheduled for Wednesday amid Democratic frustrations over the schedule.

    Democrats have pushed Republicans to lighten the workload and give the Senate more time to vet President-elect Donald Trump’s picks to lead Cabinet agencies and hold top administration positions, many of whom are wealthy and have business ties to industries they would oversee.

    Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called change a “good first step” but signaled Democrats were not satisfied because lawmakers are still waiting on paperwork for some prospective nominees.

    “Democrats will not be dilatory as long as the nominees’ paperwork is in and there is adequate time to prepare for and ask questions during the hearings,” he said. “This new hearing schedule is a very good first step, but we still have a ways to go.”
    THERE IS MORE- – –

    THEY KNOW- — – -They WILL OWN the MAJOR MESS that the “SWAMP DWELLERS” WILL Create!!- —

    WATCHIN’. . .

  • nellcote
  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — THESE DATA- – – — Sooo- –EXPECTED- -MR. PRESIDENT♥- – -Is “Da MAN♥”– –
    – -☺The Hill

    NEW POLL: Obama’s approval rating is nearly 20 points higher than Trump’s http://hill.cm/o2uQLxo

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – —A- -BLACK♥- – -HISTORICAL — -MOMENT♥- — SCLC– – –

    – — – -☺https://twitter.com/NCRMuseum/status/818835152616980480

  • lamh

    There is a legit reason why the separation of church and state is so important…but of course to some religious folks it doesn’t matter until it’s your religion is the one in the eyes of the hunter…

    https://twitter.com/darlene09465021/status/818891249369411585

    • Town

      No, Jeffy. It’s in the Constitution. Read it.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up

  • nellcote
  • GOVCHRIS1988
  • rikyrah

    ain’t no shade like British shade