November 21, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Race Riots in America

HAPPY HUMP DAY P.O.U.

HOUSTON RIOT OF 1917

Houston, TX 

 

The Houston riot of 1917, or Camp Logan riot, was a mutiny by 156 African American soldiers of the Third Battalion of the all-black Twenty-fourth United States Infantry Regiment. It occupied most of one night, and resulted in the deaths of four soldiers and sixteen civilians. The rioting soldiers were tried at three courts-martial. A total of nineteen would be executed, and forty-one were given life sentences.

Preliminary situation

Shortly after the United States declared war on the German Empire in the spring of 1917, the War Department rushed to construct two new military installations in Harris County, Texas — Camp Logan and Ellington Field.[1] On July 27, 1917, the Army ordered the Third Battalion of the Twenty-fourth United States Infantry Regiment to Houston to guard the Camp Logan construction site. The regiment traveled to Houston by train from their camp at Columbus, New Mexico, accompanied by seven commissioned officers.[citation needed]

Precipitating causes

Almost from the arrival of the Twenty-fourth Infantry in Houston, the presence of black soldiers in the segregated Texas city caused conflict.[2]:10The Jim Crow laws had not been enforced when the Twenty-fourth was deployed in Columbus, New Mexico,[3] but in Houston the soldiers encountered segregated street cars and white workers at Camp Logan who demanded separate tanks of drinking water. Soldiers from the Twenty-fourth were involved in a number of “clashes” with city police, several of which resulted in the soldiers receiving minor injuries.[2]:10

Around noon August 23, 1917, Lee Sparks and Rufus Daniels, two Houston police officers, broke up a craps game on a street corner in Houston’s predominantly-black San Felipe district by firing warning shots.[2]:12 Sparks, searching for the fleeing suspects, entered the house of local resident Sara Travers.[4] He did not find the suspect but, after exchanging words with Travers, struck her and dragged her outside in her nightgown.[5] As Sparks and Daniels called in the arrest from an area patrol box, they were approached by Private Alonzo Edwards. Edwards offered to take custody of Travers, but was pistol-whipped repeatedly by Sparks and then arrested.[5]Later that afternoon, Corporal Charles Baltimore approached Sparks and Daniels in the same neighborhood to inquire about the status of Edwards. Sparks struck Baltimore with his pistol and fired three shots at him as he fled into a nearby home. Sparks and Daniels pursued Baltimore, eventually finding him under a bed. They pulled him out, beat him, and placed him under arrest.[2]:10

A rumor reached the camp of the Twenty-fourth that Baltimore had been shot and killed. The soldiers immediately began meeting in small groups to discuss plans to march on Houston and attack the police.[6]:1390 An officer from the Twenty-fourth retrieved an injured, but wounded, Baltimore from the police station, which seemed to calm the soldiers for the moment.[2]:126

The riot

The officers of the Twenty-fourth continued to receive reports of impending trouble from the angry soldiers.[7] Major K.S. Snow revoked all passes for the evening and ordered the guard to be increased, but later that evening he stumbled upon a group of men stealing ammunition from one of the supply tents.[2]:39 He ordered the men to assemble without arms and warned them that it was “utterly foolish, foolhardy, for them to think of taking the law into their own hands.”[2]:40 One of the men, who had smuggled his rifle into the formation, fired it and cried out that a mob was approaching the camp. At this point, order broke down completely and the soldiers mobbed the supply tents, grabbing rifles and ammunition.[6]:1292

The soldiers began firing indiscriminately into the surrounding buildings. After several minutes of shooting, Sergeant Vida Henry ordered the men in the area – about 150 – to fill their canteens, grab extra ammunition, and fall in to march on Houston.[6]:1295 The group marched through neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city, firing at houses with outdoor lights. They fired on a car with two white occupants, but let a second car with black occupants leave unharmed.[2]:1214 They marched nearly two and a half miles, all the way to the San Felipe district, before they encountered any police officers. Due to the disorganization of the police department, officers had only been sent out in small numbers[8]:141 so the first police casualties occurred when a group of six officers stumbled upon the entire column of soldiers. Two policemen (including Rufus Daniels) were killed immediately, and one later died of wounds he had sustained.[2]:527

The soldiers stopped a car carrying two policemen, who were disarmed and shot. A few blocks later, an open-topped car carrying a man in an olive-drab uniform approached the column. Believing this to be the uniform of a Houston mounted policeman, the soldiers opened fire only to discover later that they had killed Captain Joseph W. Mattes of the Illinois National Guard.[2]:651 The killing of a military officer drove home the seriousness of their actions and the pending consequences.[8]:162 Many soldiers began to desert the group, and Sergeant Henry led the remainder on a march to return to camp. Just outside the San Felipe district, Henry shook hands with the remaining soldiers and informed them that he planned to kill himself after they left.[6]:1322 Henry’s body was found in the area the next day.[9]

By the time the shooting had stopped, 17 people were dead (four police officers, nine civilians, and two soldiers).[10] One soldier and a police officer later died from wounds sustained during the riot, and one soldier died from wounds sustained during his capture the next day. All of the wounds received by soldiers the night of the riot were the result of accidental shootings by fellow soldiers.[8]:169

Immediate aftermath

The next morning, Houston was placed under martial law.[11] The remaining soldiers in the Twenty-fourth’s camp were disarmed, and a house-to-house search discovered a number of soldiers hiding in the San Felipe district. Soldiers in local jails were turned over to the Army, and the Third Battalion was sent by rail back to New Mexico.[12]

In the ensuing Court Martial, almost two hundred witnesses testified over twenty-two days and the transcripts of the testimony covered more than two thousand pages. Author Robert V. Haynes suggests that General John Wilson Ruckman was “especially anxious for the courts-martial to begin”.[8]:251

Ruckman had preferred the proceedings take place in El Paso, but eventually agreed to allow them to remain in San Antonio. Haynes posits the decision was made to accommodate the witnesses who lived in Houston, plus “the countless spectators” who wanted to follow the proceedings (p. 254).[8]Ruckman “urged” the War Department to select a “prestigious court”.[8]:255Three brigadier generals were chosen, along with seven full colonels and three lieutenant colonels. Eight members of the court were West Point graduates. The court contained a geographic balance between northerners, southerners and westerners.[citation needed

The Departmental Judge Advocate General, Colonel George Dunn, reviewed the record of the first court martial (known as “the Nesbit Case.”) and approved the sentences. He forwarded the documents materials to Gen. Ruckman on December 3. Six days later, thirteen of the prisoners (including Corporal Baltimore) were told that they would be hanged for murder, but they were not informed of the time or place.[8]:3 The court recommended clemency for a Private Hudson, but General Ruckman declined to grant it. Many soldiers were wrongly accused as witnesses were unable to identify or even distinguish which men had mutinied.[citation needed]

The first hanging

The condemned soldiers (one sergeant, four corporals, and eight privates) were transferred to a barracks on December 10. That evening, motor trucks carried new lumber for scaffolds to some bathhouses built for the soldiers at Camp Travis near a swimming pool in the Salado Creek. The designated place of execution was several hundred yards away. Army engineers completed their work by the light of bonfires. The thirteen condemned men were awakened at five in the morning and brought to the gallows. They were hanged simultaneously, at 7:17am, one minute before sunrise. The scaffolds were disassembled and every piece returned to Fort Sam Houston. The New York Times, commenting on the clean-up operations, observed the place of execution and place of burial were “indistinguishable.” Only army officers and County Sheriff John Tobin had been allowed to witness the execution.[citation needed]

Gen. Ruckman told reporters he had personally approved the death sentences and said that forty-one soldiers had been given life sentences and four received sentences of two and a half years or less. He said he was the one who chose the time and place for the executions.[8]:7 Military jurist Frederick Bernays Wiener has observed that Ruckman’s approval and execution of the death sentences were “entirely legal” and “in complete conformity” with the 1916 Articles of War.[13]:122

Second and third courts martial

A second court-martial, the “Washington” case, began six days later. Fifteen men of the Lower A Division were tried and five were sentenced to death. On January 2, 1918, Ruckman approved the sentences in a public statement. But a new rule, General Orders 167 (December 29, 1917), prohibited the execution of any death sentence until the Judge Advocate General (JAG) could review the sentence(s).[13]:115 (The JAG Boards of Review tasked with reviewing death sentences were created by a subsequent rule, General Orders 7 (January 7, 1918).[13]:115[14]:2–3 Those boards, though they had advisory power only, were the Army’s first appellate courts.[14]:3)

While waiting for the JAG review to occur, Ruckman approved a third court-martial, the “Tillman” case, of forty more soldiers. On March 26, 1918, twenty-three of those forty soldiers were found guilty. Eleven of the twenty-three were sentenced to death and the remaining twelve to life in prison. On May 2, Ruckman approved the sentences.[citation needed]

Wilson’s clemency and commentary

On August 31, 1918, President Wilson granted clemency to ten soldiers by commuting their death sentences to life in prison.[15] Wilson issued a rare public statement in order that the basis of his action might be “a matter of record.”[16]

The President’s statement began by recounting the events that led to the deaths of “innocent bystanders” who were “peaceable disposed civilians of the City of Houston.”[15] He noted the investigations that followed were “very searching and thorough.” In each of the three proceedings, the court was “properly constituted” and composed of “officers of experience and sobriety of judgment.” Wilson also noted “extraordinary precautions” were taken to “insure the fairness of the trials” and, in each instance, the rights of the defendants were “surrounded at every point” by the “safeguards” of “a humane administration of the law.” As a result, there were “no legal errors” which had “prejudiced the rights of the accused.”[16]

Wilson stated that he affirmed the death sentences of six soldiers because there was “plain evidence” that they “deliberately” engaged in “shocking brutality.”[16] On the other hand, he commuted the remaining sentences because he believed the “lesson” of the lawless riot had already been “adequately pointed.” He desired the “splendid loyalty” of African American soldiers be recognized and expressed the hope that clemency would inspire them “to further zeal and service to the country.”[16]

Most importantly, from General Ruckman’s standpoint, Wilson (a former law professor) wrote the actions taken by the former Commander of the Southern Department were “legal and justified by the record.” Indeed, the President agreed that “a stern redress” of the rioters’ “wrongs” was the “surest protection of society against their further recurrence”.[15] As historian Calvin C. Smith noted in 1991, there was no proof of a “conspiracy”, and many of the sentenced were not conclusively identified in the dark and rainy night as having even participated in the riot.[17] Whites who defended Houston from the illegal actions of the rioting blacks were not charged for their actions.[18] On September 29, 1918, five more soldiers met their deaths at daybreak. One week later, the sixth was marched to the gallows.[citation needed]

Camp Logan today

The area where Camp Logan was located is now called Memorial Park. It is bordered by highways I-10 and I-610.[citation needed]

In popular culture

  • The hanging of the first 13 soldiers is mentioned in part 4 of the 1979 television miniseries Roots: The Next Generations.
  • KHOU, a CBS affiliated TV station located in Houston produced a documentary of the riot in 2006 entitled “Mutiny on the Bayou: The Camp Logan Story”[19]

(SOURCE: Wikipedia)

  • rikyrah
    • Tunisia

      Why would anyone be surprised?

  • Miranda

    Went exactly like we predicted it would.

  • Miranda

    She should have swung back on his ass.
    https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/900341542476550144

  • Miranda

    As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned
    August 23 at 6:55 AM

    PHOENIX — Just before President Trump strolled onto the rally stage on Tuesday evening, four speakers took turns carefully denouncing hate, calling for unity and ever so subtly assuring the audience that the president is not racist.

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proclaimed that “our lives are too short to let our differences divide us.” Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., led everyone in singing a few lines of “How Great Thou Art.” Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed for the politically and racially divided nation and asked the Lord to shut the mouths of “those in this country who want to divide, who want to preach hate.” And Vice President Pence declared that “President Trump believes with all his heart … that love for America requires love for all its people.” Meanwhile, a supporter seated directly behind stage even wore a T-shirt that stated: “Trump & Republicans are not racist.”

    Then Trump took the stage.

    He didn’t attempt to continue the carefully choreographed messaging of the night or to narrow the ever-deepening divide between the thousands of supporters gathered in the convention center hall before him and the thousands of protesters waiting outside.

    Instead, Trump spent the first three minutes of his speech — which would drag on for 75 minutes — marveling at his crowd size, claiming that “there aren’t too many people outside protesting,” predicting that the media would not broadcast shots of his “rather incredible” crowd and reminiscing about how he was “center stage, almost from day one, in the debates.”

    more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/23/as-trump-ranted-and-rambled-in-phoenix-his-crowd-slowly-thinned/?utm_term=.a11e42b6a6ff

    • Alma98

      smh

  • Joy

    Morning, rikyrah…morning, fam!

    • sagittarius

      Morning Joy!

      • Joy

        Hey, sag…so good to see you!

        • sagittarius

          Thank you, Joy!

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Joy Joy!

    • rikyrah

      Morning Joy

  • Joy
    • Miranda

      Wow…….8 months into this bitch presidency and here we are.

    • Kennymack1971

      We went from PBO…to this. SMH.

    • Damn.

    • rikyrah

      Uh uh uh

    • Alma98

      Holy shit someone manage to blame this on PBO too. The deplorables are mad at this.

  • sagittarius

    Good morning rikyrah!

    I was so glad to read about your sister last night – praise be for prayers answered! Continuing to send positive thoughts to you and yours.

    • rikyrah

      Morning sag. Thanks for your positive thoughts

  • Miranda
    • Kennymack1971

      This doesn’t get Don Lemon invited back to the cookout but we’ll have someone send him a plate.

      • Joy

        ROFL!

        • Miranda

          I hollered!!!

          *put Don a lil piece of that pound cake on that takeout plate, just a lil*

          • Kennymack1971

            And just the pound cake. He ain’t back to peach cobbler and sweet potato pie status yet.

          • Alma98

            hahahaha

          • OT: I could really go for piece of my mom’s cream cheese pound cake right now!

      • OK! He was tired of unseasoned food!

  • Miranda

    Kyle Griffin‏ @kylegriffin1 2h2 hours ago
    Many at Trump’s rally lost interest in what he was saying—hundreds left early, others scrolled through social media.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/900346953120141312

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family.

    So….the media is going try that Dolt 45 was going “off script” last night? Um okay…

    The pivot isn’t coming.

    Kelly can’t manage him.

    An incompetent racist, sexist buffoon who is supported by other racist sexist buffoons is President of the United States.

    I gotta do it…

    Fuck You Mayo Nation.

    • Joy

      Morning, Kenny! I don’t know what its going to take for the media to finally turn on Cheeto.

      • Kennymack1971

        I’ve accepted that they’re never really going to turn on him in any meaningful way.

        Remember this is the media that cheerleaded the Iraq War even after the jig was up about no WMDs.

        And to turn on Dolt 45 means they have to examine their responsibility for elevating him in the first place.

        So they’ll stupidly keep waiting for a pivot that will never come.

    • rikyrah

      Thanks for the daily affirmation

    • rikyrah

      Morning KennyM

    • Alma98

      Morning Kennymack

  • Miranda

    James Clapper been sounding the alarm LOUDLY for months now.
    ——————
    Garrett M. Graff @vermontgmg 2h2 hours ago
    To anyone who knows Clapper’s sober 50-plus-year career in military and intel, seeing him this blunt and upset is terrifying:
    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/900212880041234433

    • rikyrah

      He has pulled no punches

  • Kennymack1971

    The media is Charlie Brown trying to kick the football.

  • sagittarius

    Morning Fam!

    I hope everyone is engaging in self-care.

    Thank you so much for your continued prayers, positive thoughts and wishes for me and my family. My brother’s services are this Saturday, and I thought I would work this week. I was able to go in Monday and yesterday, and I will have to take today and Thursday off. I have additional family coming who will stay downstairs in my apartment, and I need to get a bedroom ready.

    Additionally, I need to finalize this repast… it is slowly driving me mad. I conservatively – very conservatively – estimate that there will be at least 500 people at my brother’s services. It will probably be closer to 750-800. We cannot feed them all. I am crying uncle today, and will get with a few key people to decide how to notify close friends to attend the repast that will be for family only. We just cannot do it.

    Thanks again, Fam. I will be here on and off today, to give my mind something new to digest.

    • TyrenM

      God keep you and yours as you deal and heal. Love from up 94.

      • sagittarius

        Morning Tyren,

        Thank you – love you back from down 94!

    • Kennymack1971

      Love and light to you Sag.

      • sagittarius

        Morning KMack,

        Thank you – love you back!

    • Joy

      Continued prayers, sag. I’m sure those that can’t be accommodated for the repast will understand.

      • sagittarius

        Thank you, Joy. I have been trying to think of a way to somewhat accommodate the folks who are taking time from their lives to honor my brother. It just can’t happen, so I want to make sure that the way folks are dismissed from the service is tasteful and not insulting to those who will not attend the repast.

        edited to correct the horrible grammar in one sentence – sheesh!

    • Town

      I’m sorry for your loss.

      My great aunt died in June, she had over 80 grandchildren & great grandchildren. They didn’t have anything on the funeral program about a repast so we all understood it would be family only.

      • sagittarius

        Morning Town,

        Thank you. We don’t have anything on the program about it and won’t include it. I am going to give approval for the program sometime this morning after reviewing the final proof.

    • Miranda

      Do not try and do it all. It is OKAY.

      Sending Love.

      • sagittarius

        Morning Miranda,

        Thank you – I am going to stop. Love you back.

    • Tunisia

      Praying for you and your family Sag!

      • sagittarius

        Morning Tunisia,

        Thank you.

    • Continued prayers for you and your family, Sagi. Don’t stress yourself out. I’m sure everyone will understand.

      • sagittarius

        Morning Sepia,

        Thank you.

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Sag. Just recently learned of your brother’s passing and I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sure everything will be beautiful and tastefully executed. Condolences and blessings to your family.

      • sagittarius

        Morning BG,

        Thank you.

    • MsKitty

      Morning Sag.

      Please take care of yourself because your dad and the kids need you. People will be more understanding than you think about limiting the repast.

      Keeping all of you in my prayers and know that we’re all here for you.

      • sagittarius

        Morning MsKitty,

        Thank you. I am making self-care a priority; unfortunately, my brother gave and gave and gave and didn’t make his own care a priority.

    • jds09

      Much love and prayers being sent your way Sag.

      • sagittarius

        Morning jds,

        Thank you – love you back.

    • Alexander2

      I missed your comment about your brother. I am very sorry for your loss.

      • sagittarius

        Morning Alex2,

        Thank you.

    • rikyrah

      Hi sag.
      Sending you positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

      • sagittarius

        Hi rikyrah,

        Thank you.

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi, I hope you’re getting enough rest during this trying time. And if they’re truly good friends they’ll understand.(HUGS) to you and blessings to the family.

      • sagittarius

        Good afternoon Alma,

        Thank you.

    • The Shy Lurker

      Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

      • sagittarius

        Good afternoon TSL,

        Thank you.

    • JojoRaze

      My deepest condolences, Sagi.

      • sagittarius

        Good afternoon Jojo,

        Thank you.

  • Miranda

    WHAT?!?!
    ————————-
    SUNNYSIDE, Queens — Residents say they will rally Wednesday because they are fearful and intimidated by Nazi propaganda, Jim Crow-era images and a condo board president allegedly donning a President Donald Trump mask, all at their Sunnyside homes.

    Elevator surveillance video allegedly shows Neil Milano, wearing a mask of the president, plastering the door with Trump stickers in a would be attempt to “menace” his neighbors in Sunnyside at a building on 39th Place.
    https://twitter.com/owillis/status/900353052292640768

    • Kennymack1971

      These people are crazy. Damn it man.

    • Joy

      He needs to catch several pairs of hands.

    • Alma98

      Man….

  • Miranda

    Apparently Michael the Black Man is on the same side as Eddie Glaude, Cornel West, Marc Lamont Hill………..all the same fools.
    ————————
    The radical fringe activist from Miami once belonged to a violent black supremacist religious cult, and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy websites. He has called Barack Obama “The Beast” and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah Winfrey, he says, is the devil.

    Most curiously, in the 1990s, he was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit two murders.
    But Michael the Black Man loves President Trump. And President Trump’s campaign apparently loves him right back.
    https://twitter.com/DavidNakamura/status/900352137217150976

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      More like, Michael, the House Lawn Jockey for Trump.

    • Alma98

      The WP won’t do any articles asking none drumpf black voters questions but they highlight this ignorant negro huh. We see you msm, we see you.

  • Town

    Hmm, my coworker just came in to the office (she left early Monday after sitting at her desk trying not to cry and she didn’t come in at all yesterday). She just came in without saying a word to anyone. It’s like an instant chill just came down over the office — 5 minutes ago we were all joking and laughing. Now we’re like this:

    https://tenor.com/GDVT.gif

    • sagittarius

      Oh, she’s a toxic co-worker, eh?

      • Town

        No, but she was warned and nevertheless she persisted. So she got a final warning on Monday that rocked her world. We all know that her days here are numbered and it really doesn’t matter what she does at this point —once they find a suitable replacement, she’s gone.

  • Miranda
    • sagittarius

      I believe the President and VP do not to fly on the same plane for national security reasons. Having said that, Race Bannon is a backstabbing creep – he knows he’s trying to shiv Dolt 45. What he’s too stupid to realize is Dolt 45 is gonna shiv him first.

      He is never, ever, ever, going to be 46.

      • Miranda

        That’s true, but I never saw another VP run up the stairs to pretend like he did for photo op purposes.

      • rikyrah

        1. He is up to his eyeballs in the Flynn mess.
        2. Dolt45 will NOT go down without taking Everyone around him down.. including Pence.

        • BoomerGal

          I truly hope you’re right on that second one!!

  • jds09

    Good morning POU Fam!

    • Joy

      Morning, jds!

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds

  • Miranda

    SMDH…Jennifer Rubin got to say what dumbass blacademics and beltway media too stubborn and ignorant to say
    https://twitter.com/JRubinBlogger/status/900218438790115329

  • MsKitty

    Morning Fam.

    I hope the pundits who praised Trump for being presidential on Monday night saved room for lunch.

    https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2014-09/15/13/enhanced/webdr04/anigif_enhanced-2760-1410803859-33.gif

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, MsKitty

    • Joy

      Morning, Kitty!

    • rikyrah

      Morning MsKitty

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, POU! Blessings to everyone on this beautiful sunny day and have a good one!

    • Joy

      Boom Boom!

      • BoomerGal

        Hey, Joy Joy! I just posted my morning greeting to you down thread!! Have a good day!

    • MsKitty

      Morning BoomerGal

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, MsKitty

    • rikyrah

      Morning BoomerG

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, rikyrah

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      The same 2 U♥.- –:>) Happy Sunny Day. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • BoomerGal

        Good Morning, GLH! **BIG HUG** Thank you and blessings to you and yours, as well.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY BoomerGal.- -:>) Good 2 C U. :>) — – Thank U 4 your KIND BLESSINGS♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    Will Jeff Flake punk out?? Methinks he will.
    https://twitter.com/samstein/status/900352983405219840

    Trump, who said last night it was “very presidential” that he didn’t attack Jeff Flake by name, is now attacking Jeff Flake by name.
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/900346953120141312

    • rikyrah

      Hmmph

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah

    • rikyrah

      Hey BoomerG

  • MsKitty

    Morning rikyrah

    • rikyrah

      Hey MsKitty

  • Miranda

    Sooooooo much winning…no one is trying to buy a new home with this uncertain deranged nut in the White House. We are staring 2008 dead in the face with this fool.
    ————————
    New U.S. single-family home sales unexpectedly fell in July, dropping to their lowest level in seven months, which could raise concerns of a slowdown in the housing market recovery.

    The Commerce Department said on Wednesday new home sales tumbled 9.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 units last month, the lowest level since December 2016. The percentage drop was the largest since August 2016.
    https://twitter.com/CNBCnow/status/900357412300890113

    • Joy

      Didn’t Cheeto repeal some Obama era rule in January that the real estate industry warned would hurt home sales?

      • Miranda

        I know they said his tax plan would hurt home sales.

    • Alma98

      Black people be prepared for the value of your home to go down too.

  • Kennymack1971
    • Miranda
      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!! Absolutely!!

      • Alma98

        bwa hahahahaha!!!

    • rikyrah

      Nope
      Not today

    • Is that a threat? Does Matt know that Black folks will whoop his ass?

      • BoomerGal

        They kill me with that ‘peace at any price’ bullschitt.

      • MsKitty

        It ain’t the 1950s anymore. Just saying.

    • adept2u

      Fuck you White man.

  • Miranda

    How much you wanna bet this child’s dense mother or father was yelling “fake news” the loudest?
    https://twitter.com/SaraMurray/status/900340100537630721

  • Miranda

    He was justified in punching that girl like she was a full grown ass big man?
    https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/900362528525438976

    • Alma98

      We are not seen as human beings period. They beat and kill us no matter the age.

  • Miranda
    • sagittarius

      I don’t know whose social media game is better: Pete Souza or John Dingell.

      • BoomerGal

        So true! I think it’s a toss up!

      • rikyrah

        I will not choose. They both have the Twitter game that I want when I grow up.

    • Joy

      Troll…troll on. Troll on, troll on…

      Hello…my name is Pete.

    • That’s gonna leave a mark!

    • edp4bho

      And teaches at the same time!!

  • rikyrah

    ICYMI

    The Russian dossier:
    1. Steele has revealed his sources
    2. The guy who put the dossier together:
    a) gave paperwork proof
    b) gave 9 hours of testimony to Senate committee

  • 7thangel

    so pathetic

    if you’re going to hold a nazi style rally, you really should make sure you can pack the place

  • Miranda

    ICYMI…trump hollered at mcconnell for not obstructing the russia probe….and he probably did it on an unsecure line from his golf club.
    https://twitter.com/justinjm1/status/900162944775925760

    • rikyrah

      The guy leaking this-gave his NAME.
      Thus, this story came from The Turtle

      • Miranda

        HAHAHAHAHAHA! SO true!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – -☺http://rs5.pbsrc.com/albums/y173/chutie/popcorn.gif?w=280&h=210&fit=crop

    – — – – -☻http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3015/2919315103_2cba107f9e_o.jpg

    A MADE 4 Movie – -EVENT- — As They Engaged the Police/Others 4 Justice.– —. .but in Houston the soldiers encountered segregated street cars and white workers at Camp Logan who demanded separate tanks of drinking water. Soldiers from the Twenty-fourth were involved in a number of “clashes” with city police, several of which resulted in the soldiers receiving minor injuries.– – –
    – – -ENJOY♥- – -http://ghk.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/15/11/54fe1823cc94c-jump-start-smoothies-recipe-ghk0911-xl.jpg

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

    —-☻https://media.giphy.com/media/2i06qrSENrXoc/giphy.gif

    • MsKitty

      Morning GLH

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’- – – -☺https://media.giphy.com/media/EBDXQI8mRX1u0/giphy.gif

        **BIG HUG** :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      Morning GLH

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ rikyrah. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)

        B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Alma98

    Morning chatty people of POU lol.

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Alma!

    • MsKitty

      Morning Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning MsKitty

    • Joy

      Mornting!

    • GreenLadyHere

      ☺https://media.giphy.com/media/brsEO1JayBVja/giphy.gif

      Good “HUMP DAY” Morntin’ alma. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)–

      How R U♥/weather?– – -:>)- – -Good 2 C U♥– -:>)

      B BLESSED♥U♥/Mom♥/Family♥/DAUGHTER♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥– –No Surprise.- – –He – – They KNEW- – -The Law. .
    — – –☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/900369118569746433

    – – –COMMENT:- – -☻THANK U.!!- – -https://twitter.com/TheWhirlingGene/status/900370081733120003

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- -HAH!- – – –A RESISTANT♥ – – -CALLS Him OUT!- – -As he Shoulda Been!— -:>)

    – – – -☺https://twitter.com/TheAvgBlackMan/status/900192944413708288

  • Joy
    • Miranda

      Wow…..this is awesome.

  • adept2u

    Morning Fam!!! Facebook has some new thing where they take your pic and tell you your ethnicity. All the Black people I’ve seen do it and none of them had a drop of anything from Africa I ran my own
    Adept2u Ethnicity Estimate

    10% Negronium

    24% Mandingo Joint

    16% Knuck

    11% Buck

    19% Wish a motherfucker would

    20% Wakandan

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, adept!

    • Miranda

      ROFLMAO!!

  • 7thangel
    • Miranda

      I love that first response from JG‏ @18major

  • rikyrah

    Just cause I want to smile and remember the days of when Mama used to do my hair.

    https://youtu.be/gFtezQhViNU

    • Alma98

      I remember this video it is too cute.

    • BoomerGal

      Awwww……….that child is in heaven!!! I know the feeling!!

    • adept2u

      One of the things I’m most happy I did was when I had my girl I learned how to do her hair and expertly. It was some of the sweetest bonding time I had with her growing up.

      • TyrenM

        Wish I was that good.

        • BoomerGal

          I’m sure you are in many other ways.

        • adept2u

          For the youth out there looking for some savoir faire. If the first intimate thing you try to do with a perspective Sweetie is wash her hair she’ll snatch your soul out of your body when you progress further.

          • BoomerGal

            LOL!!!

        • Alma98

          There are lots of daddy hair videos on YT.

    • GreenLadyHere

      rikyrah- – –Awwww—-The Soothin’ feeling. . :>)- –BLESSINGS♥ :>)

    • Joy

      This is too adorable!

      And now will send to my friendgirl who used to do my hair before I went natural because this was pretty much me when she’d wash my hair.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –RESISTANT♥- – – -DAVID Farenthhold♥- — Brangin’ The “NO—On Mara Lago” –UPDATE:- —–:>)

    – –☺https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/900370469999616002

    — — COMMENTS: — –Mar-a-Nogo is winning!!! — –

    — –I want Trump & his entire family to rue the day he decided to run.– –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥– –KUDOS- – — 2 OUR Beloved- -“AUNTIE MAXINE♥”- –WELL DONE– – -:>)

    ☺https://twitter.com/sonsandbros/status/900218966274170880

    — —Sooo WELL DESERVED♥- – —-BLESSINGS♥ On Your -LEADERSHIP♥ :>)
    ttps://twitter.com/sonsandbros/status/900218966274170880

    • BoomerGal

      Love you, Queen!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        BoomerGal.- – -:>)- – —AMEN♥- — annnd AMEN♥ :>)

    • adept2u

      She reminds me so much of my own Moms. It’s why I would rather lay in the gutter than cast my eyes down before any White man or thing. I couldn’t face the thought of being less than she.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ adept2u. :>)- – ***BIG HUG** :>)

        Such Endearing WORDS.- — :>) SAME Here. :>)

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

  • GreenLadyHere

    rikyrah- – — RESISTANTS- — Doin’- –IT. :>)

  • Miranda

    Ever since Ali knocked him out he’s never been back.
    https://twitter.com/ShadowLeagueTSL/status/900057445753659392

    • BoomerGal

      Fuck him AND his grill!!

    • Alma98

      Sad to say but he’s always had a coonish streak, smh.
      Like I said last night him and others that cover for racist are dangerous to black people’s well being.

    • adept2u

      Whatever punchy White man’s pet.

    • Alma98
    • The Shy Lurker

      The Madness of Coon George.
      Sad.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – —RESISTANT♥- — JOE Madison♥- — Wakes Up– -With This – -CALL OUT- —– -LOL

    — -☺https://twitter.com/MadisonSiriusXM/status/900311442565591040

    – – —WORD!- – –U –AIN’T- – — NEVA- – –LIED! :>)

    • BoomerGal

      Polar opposites.

      • GreenLadyHere

        BoomerGal- — **BIG fist bump**– -In —“AIR”-Way. . :>)

        — -“IT”- –doesn’t belong in that Chair- –soooo- — UNFIT– – UNQUALIFIED♥- – —

        **GLARES @- – “IT” minions**

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –Anotha- – -RESIGNATION- – — “CLEVA”- – -*WRITE ON**- –– – :>)

    – —-☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/900379225756229633

    — – – — –☻https://twitter.com/dan_kammen/status/900360794231013376

  • Miranda

    He’ll do so.
    ———————-
    Kaitlan Collins@kaitlancollins
    The White House has also prepared talking points for when it happens, including one about how Arpaio has served his country for 50 years.
    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/900379606858874881

  • Farrod

    GM Beautiful POU Peeps,

    I’m a little stumped at trying to find a dermatologist for my daughter, and more specifically, a pediatric dermatologist (since she’s only 12), and EVEN MORE specifically, an Af-Am one…in the Charleston SC area.

    Anyone know of some sort of directory i can turn to? 🙂

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Farrod! Do a google search for your area.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morn’tin’ Farrod. :>)– -**BIG HUG** :>)

      As BG Said – –“Teh Google” is the Place.–:>)

      Best Wishes 2 U♥/DAUGHTER♥- – -:>) BLESSINGS♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      Is there a Black Dermatologist Society with a list of members?

    • Alma98

      Morning Farrod, only thing I can think of is try google.

  • Miranda

    Economic anxiety….if they only had $15 an hour jobs, this racism thing would all go away.
    https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/900369263319449600

    • adept2u

      Newsflash: White America just made the fully informed and affirmative decision to return to American Apartheid we know they are some racist backwards dumbasses.

    • Alma98

      We know but it’s good for other folks to see it.

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda♥- – –LOL– – GR8 camera- -werk.- —:>)

    • So wrong! LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    HEEY alma- –:>)- ☻https://i.pinimg.com/originals/11/2b/36/112b36b8c972b34da5808963c9e31767.gif

    –Aaahh- -Soo happy ’bout the weather annnd your NEW JEAN JACKET.- – -:>) Cain’t Wait 2 C It. :>)

    Thank U 4 your ALWAYS KIND BLESSINGS. :>)

  • Miranda
    • rikyrah

      Uh huh
      Uh huh

    • Alma98

      dogs all of them are low down dirty dogs.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morn’Tin’ mirada♥— – **BIG HUG** :>)—

      – –The “SWAMP DWELLERS”- — Stay Inda FILTHY Muck annnd Mire!—-They EVIL/VILE– -annnd Don’t CARE about people!- – –geesh!!

      GIT!– GIT!—GIT- –‘Em- — KARMA!!

    • jziglar

      I like Andy and think he is great at what he does and his knowledge on health care but he is concern trolling here. Yes, we should continue to stay on guard to protect the ACA, but the chance of this happening is slim to none. First of all, no major republicans or aides are talking about doing this or even addressing healthcare when congress comes back. Also, reconciliation use for health care expires on Sept. 30. If they couldn’t get the votes for repeal/replace or skinny repeal then something like this isn’t going to happen. Santorum isn’t even a member of congress so who cares what he has to say.

  • Miranda

    This is the beatdown you need to see today.
    https://twitter.com/AustinAvent/status/900358788129185792

    • Alma98

      BWA HAHAHAHA!!! So you say you’re pregnant but you try to fight not only the woman but the men too. Beat that ass good!

      • Miranda

        I love how she was calmly taking off her shoes and said she was doing it to beat that ho’s ass. LOLOL

        • Alma98

          Me too, this was soooo soul soothing lol.

    • Alma98

      I love the person cackling lololol!

    • rikyrah

      Beat down!

    • Alma98
    • Town

      I like how Blue Dress, after catching those blows to her head, decides to jump up and woof at Gray Sis after all those men showed up. Girl bye. Have a seat.

      • You see how the cop was pissed at Blue Dress? I think we should give him a to-go plate.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda♥- — WHOA!– -☻http://www.stuartpics.co.uk/uploads/fighting-kingfisher-photo-animations/young-fighting-kingfishers.gif

      – -“BLUE DRESS”- – — GOT- – – -GOT!!- — LOL- – –Next Time She Will LEARN- – -Who NOT 2 Step 2!! – – -LOL

    • 7thangel

      well, that beatdown made my day

    • Gray sis can definitely come to the cookout!

    • adept2u

      Dang sounded like she was slapping on a side of beef like Rocky. Ase sister Ase…

    • 7thangel

      had to watch it again

      • Admiral_Komack

        I watched it three times…and enjoyed it.

    • lamh

      i enjoyed that too much!!!

      homegirl in the gray def invited to the next BBQ!!

    • MsKitty

      She was tearing into her like a jockey on a thoroughbred.

    • Alma98

      I can’t stop watching and every time I do I noticed something else. The brother in the blue only tried to break it up after the other gut came over hahahaha!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – -HAH!– –RESISTANT♥- – — Brangs the F’Realz- – -“Inside Crowd?”– — – @ the KKK Rally- — – –

    – – –☺https://twitter.com/DCResists2017/status/900298881237475328

    — -COMMENTS:- —Tickets were free…lol- — – Couldn’t give them away. Worse.– – –LOL

  • rikyrah

    Comey is giving the Convocation speech at Howard.
    And will give a series of lectures

    • Miranda

      *snicker*

  • Miranda
  • Alma98

    OMG while looking for another gif I came across this one and ftfo!
    hahahahaha!!!

    http://www.thecoli.com/media/sas-tap-dance.2018/full?lightbox=1&last_edit_date=1408646915

    • adept2u

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!

    • Damn it!!!

  • BoomerGal

    Morning, TSL!!

    • The Shy Lurker

      Good morning BG!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — RESSTANT♥– – –Brangin’- — -Da- – -F’REALZ- – -FACTS- – -On “IT’s”- — – HISTORY/HERITAGE- – -of – –RACISM!!— –

    — -☺https://twitter.com/igorvolsky/status/900197465458180096

    — — COMMENTS:– –List not needed. Son of a KKK member, he has repeatedly shown himself to be a racist, bigotted person. Tonight he acknowledged it again.— –

    – – – –He and his racist dad were prosecuted TWICE by Nixon’s DOJ for discrimination in managing their properties. Dad was busted in KKK robes1927– – –

  • The Shy Lurker

    Hey Alma!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –From– RESISTANT♥- – –Rep. NANCY- – “Smash”♥- – -CALLS “IT” OUT!!– —

    – – – ☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/900373074624692230

    – —ALWAYS– – – On – –POINT!– – -BLESSINGS♥— :>)

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      Crazy ass people and once again another newly minted white person being racist.

  • Alma98

    And lied about being pregnant after she threatened to shoot her in face lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –RESISTANT♥- – – -CALLS– -OUT – –The “LIAR-In-chief”- –AGAIN.!!— —

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/PolitiFact/status/900387171143749633

  • Miranda

    I started laughing at the headline alone.
    ————————
    White House: Trump plans to call for ‘new unity’ in Nevada speech
    08/23/17 12:00 PM EDT

    The White House says President Trump plans to call for a “new unity” during a Wednesday speech to the American Legion National Convention.

    “It is time to heal the wounds that have divided us, and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us,” Trump plans to say in Nevada, according to excerpts released by the White House.

    “We are one people, with one home and one flag,” the president also plans to say.

    more here: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/347639-white-house-trump-plans-to-call-for-new-unity-in-nevada-speech

    • TyrenM

      Stahp it lol.

    • adept2u

      Oh the motherfucker on one day says our culture and history is the confederacy then the next day he wants unity? He can unify with deez nutz…

    • Alma98

      Really? ah forget it.

    • MsKitty

      Which flag tho?

    • Kennymack1971

      This is not going to work LMAO. The only people this is intended for are the pundits hammering him for Phoenix. Nobody else is buying the latest “pivot”

  • lamh

    Chump gon have a fit and i am here for it!

    https://twitter.com/tanehisicoates/status/900394854290792448

    • 7thangel

      thought he already had a ticket

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Bombaye Ali!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –[Missed This]– —A RESISTANT♥- – — Will FIGHT- – -INJUSTICE- –OFF the- -“Field”—- – – -:>)

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/NBCBLK/status/900119415815102466

    – —BLESSINGS♥- – – -Best Wishes♥ :>)

    • Joy

      Go head, brutha.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Joy.- – – -**BIG HUG** :>)- — **BIG fist bump** :>)- –THANK U♥ :>)

        Good 2 C U♥—:>) B BLESSED♥- – -:>)- – -http://d2ydh70d4b5xgv.cloudfront.net/images/b/0/4-prince-decal-purple-rain-teardrop-symbol-de403efd92b7a501d2fc8c13dc1483c1.jpg

  • MsKitty
  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –RESISTANTS♥- – -*WRITE ON**- –As They- AX- –4 The PLANS- -Against “HATE GROUPS!!”- – —

    – – — ☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/900395272802533376

    — – –COMMENTS:- — Add to that investigation into corruption by trump(s) for emoluments,
    old assault charges, Russia probe, rallies @ taxpayers’ expense.
    – —

    — –The list goes on & on. The hypocritical Pharisees GOP would have
    impeached Obama after a month. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO REMOVE
    #45???

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up