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Fri Jun 19, 2015, 08:38 AM

 

'Some blacks feel fatigued after barrage of racial incidents' (understated AP headline...)

WASHINGTON (AP) The weariness, the rage, the depressing conviction that black life is stuck in a murderous loop fueled by racism these emotions resounded in black America after the deadly shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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People attend a prayer service to mourn the lives lost at the shooting in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Huntsville, Ala.

The Rev. Anthony Evans of the National Black Church Initiative said he planned to travel to Charleston to help churches learn to defend themselves. He said the attack evoked "a point of deep moral frustration that cannot be explained."

"At the same time, they want individuals such as myself as clergy to preach peace and coming together," he said. "They only want us to not let the people get out of hand, and I'm not willing to stand in front of that angry crowd anymore and tell them that their anger is the wrong emotion to feel."

Threats came, too, on U.S. campuses. At Duke University, a noose was found hanging from a tree. Spray-painted swastikas and nooses were found at dorms on the State University of New York's Purchase campus. Just Thursday, a man pleaded guilty in federal court to threatening African-American students and employees at the University of Mississippi by helping place a rope around the neck of the statue of James Meredith, the school's first African-American student.

Those events unfolded against a backdrop of above-average black unemployment, crime-stricken communities, criticism of the state of the black family, black culture and education, and even debate over the meaning of blackness itself. In the days before the Charleston shooting, the nation had been riveted by the saga of Rachel Dolezal, who resigned as head of the NAACP's Spokane, Washington, chapter after her parents outed her as a white woman pretending to be black.

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Reply 'Some blacks feel fatigued after barrage of racial incidents' (understated AP headline...) (Original post)
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 OP
Blue_Tires Jun 2015 #1
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #3
daleanime Jun 2015 #20
onecaliberal Jun 2015 #26
Blue_Tires Jun 2015 #38
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #40
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2015 #2
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #4
Autumn Jun 2015 #5
Vattel Jun 2015 #6
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #8
daleanime Jun 2015 #21
JustAnotherGen Jun 2015 #7
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #9
JustAnotherGen Jun 2015 #15
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #16
JustAnotherGen Jun 2015 #17
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #22
GreatGazoo Jun 2015 #10
bigtree Jun 2015 #11
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #12
madashelltoo Jun 2015 #13
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #19
rocktivity Jun 2015 #14
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #18
rocktivity Jun 2015 #23
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #29
jwirr Jun 2015 #24
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #27
jwirr Jun 2015 #30
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #33
jwirr Jun 2015 #37
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #41
handmade34 Jun 2015 #32
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #34
Iliyah Jun 2015 #25
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #28
uponit7771 Jun 2015 #31
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #35
oldandhappy Jun 2015 #36
Surya Gayatri Jun 2015 #39

Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 08:42 AM

1. "Fatigued" is putting it mildly...

I've been numb since Trayvon Martin...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 08:52 AM

3. Soul killing, mind-numbing weariness, more like. AP opted for understatement.

 

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:14 AM

20. +1

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:32 AM

26. +1000000

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:17 PM

38. And to make things worse

I've got to deal with these "Who cares about Charleston when TPA just passed in Congress!!!111" -assholes on Twitter and DU...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #38)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:26 PM

40. Yes, there's quite a sub-group of the closeted ones here on DU

 

and they really come out of their hidey holes when this kind of egregious event occurs.

The 'minimalists' as another POC called them.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 08:42 AM

2. One of the TV types last night said that

Stormfront has something like 300000 registered users. That's one in every thousand Americans who is a blatant, unapologetic white power racist. And gods know how many are too paranoid to register, but simply surf the site anonymously.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 08:59 AM

4. And, if this vicious young killer is any indication, they're not

 

an endangered species.

The gradual passing of the old guard does not seem to be depleting the ranks.

New blood is being added with a younger generation of male white-power racists..

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 08:59 AM

5. Recommended.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 09:02 AM

6. We can't eradicate racially-motivated violence.

 

But there is so much we can do to move our nation closer to its ideals of equal opportunity for all. One's degree of opportunity is strongly linked to one's upbringing and education. It is time to invest heavily in our poorest neighborhoods and regions to provide greater opportunity for those who will otherwise for the most part end up poor at best and at worst incarcerated, drug-addicted, or murdered. I wish there was a 1% equal opportunity tax on all those who have the good fortune to make a lot of money, a tax to be used to improve the chances of poor children to succeed.

edited to add: Sorry if my post is off-topic. The tragedy in SC is so frustrating and sad partly because it is so hard to know how to keep it from happening again. I mean, what in the hell can one do to prevent racist assholes from grabbing guns and killing people? I guess my mind naturally starts thinking of what can be done to provide as much justice and equal opportunity for African Americans as can be achieved in a nation with far too many racists and far too many guns.

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Response to Vattel (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 09:03 AM

8. Hear, hear!

 

'It is time to invest heavily in our poorest neighborhoods and regions to provide greater opportunity for those who will otherwise for the most part end up poor at best and at worst incarcerated, drug-addicted, or murdered.'

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Response to Vattel (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:15 AM

21. Amen.....

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 09:02 AM

7. I'm with BlueTires

But it goes back to the Obama as Hitler and Witch Doctor posters. And the guy carrying a Curious George Doll at a McCain/Palin Event.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 09:06 AM

9. I well remember the image of that doll. I was shocked at

 

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the blatant, flagrant, screw-you race-baiting.

Little did I know how much worse things would get.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 10:54 AM

15. my dad knew

He died in August 2011 - but he saw it coming. All of the elements of the derogatory were there.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #15)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:04 AM

16. Wise dad. Sorry for your loss...

 

I hadn't seen anything since the 60's like I have witnessed since BHO came into office. Frightening and heartbreaking.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:07 AM

17. I grew up in a mostly white town in Western NY

We came back from Europe in the late 1970's. It really was this bad. All they did was refine their approach. After being made fools of on the talk show circuit - AND the advent of the internet - they refined their code of conduct.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #17)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:16 AM

22. They think they're being more clever and covert now.

 

I'm trying to imagine the loneliness and alienation of being the token POC in a mostly white town.

I'm afraid my imagination is overtaxed. The painful images are just to heavy.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 09:08 AM

10. '...after barrage of racial incidents' 500 years long and on-going n/t

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 09:23 AM

11. yes, we are weary

...of the politically motivated resurgence of racial animosity toward black Americans which has manifested itself in individual acts of violence toward members of our community.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 09:50 AM

12. I stand humbled and gratified before your collective display of dignified civility and restraint.

 

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 10:38 AM

13. Preying on hatred, ignorance,

Mental illness and fear is the right's floorboard. They know they will never abandon them and let them fall. We are born tired of it, live tired of it and die tired of it. And, it does not matter which response we choose; hatred, ignorance, mental illness and fear will pull it down. What we have to remember is that in order to pull us down, you have to be beneath us. Keep going.

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Response to madashelltoo (Reply #13)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:12 AM

19. Thank the creative entity for your collective wisdom and humanity...

 

The creepy little killer would love to get his 'new civil war', but wiser heads will prevail.

'What we have to remember is that in order to pull us down, you have to be beneath us.'

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 10:38 AM

14. Candidate for this year's "You Call This NEWS?" Award

The nerve of them, feeling barraged -- how uppity can they get?


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:09 AM

18. You are SO spot on. The underlying narrative is even here in the title and text.

 

Coded message: How dare they make us ill-at-ease by feeling under seige?

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:21 AM

23. Thank you. But there really IS such a thing

as a "You Call This NEWS?" award!


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #23)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:38 AM

29. Who knew? How have I missed this all these years?

 

I'll certainly keep an eye out for it now! LOL!

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:21 AM

24. K&R The tiredness began when law makers started rolling back everything that was accomplished

in the 1960s civil rights movement. I remember talking to my sister about it as we watched the whole thing unravel. Our hearts were breaking.

"They only want us to not let the people get out of hand." Ouch. That could have been said about MLK also. And there is a great deal of truth in that statement. As I sat watching the protests in Ferguson MO I felt very glad to see ministers and community leaders come out to stand between the opposing forces. I was afraid of the black deaths that would come at the hands of a much more heavily armed group. I wanted them safe. But today I wonder if I was right to put so much hope in the methods of MLK. The black community is in real danger with or without fighting back.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #24)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:34 AM

27. It's like the fabled hopelessness of Sisyphus--forever trying to roll that boulder up hill...

 



Violence does breed more violence, though, ineluctably--and MLK was right to follow Ghandi's teachings.

The historical arc of justice is momentarily unstrung, but it will be set right.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #27)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:46 AM

30. Thank you because I want to believe in the methods of MLK and Ghandi. I need to believe that they

work. The opposite is unthinkable.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #30)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:52 AM

33. Take heart...

 

Here's the great Satchmo to give us some courage.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #33)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:07 PM

37. Thank you. My brother, sister and I went to visit the MLK Memorial when it was in the basement of

Lincoln Memorial. This song was included in the videos. Not thinking about where we were we all started singing along. To our surprise the rest of the people joined in. I will never forget that moment.

Later standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial I stopped to listen to people and was again surprised at all the different languages people were using as they walked by. I dawned on me that MLK would have been very please to stand there and hear that.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #37)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:32 PM

41. Yes, he was a true citizen of the world and he would have loved it.

 

Thank you for sharing that lovely memory with us.

May there be more such moments in store for everyone, and may we all be wise enough to live fully in those moments.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #27)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:50 AM

32. took this at Brown V Board of Education Historic site

a few months ago... good representation


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Response to handmade34 (Reply #32)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:54 AM

34. Great graphic, the symbolism is heavy (literally)...

 

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:28 AM

25. Colors, Negroes, Blacks, African Americans have always felt under seige

in the good old USA.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #25)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:35 AM

28. Never safe, never secure in their personhood.

 

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:46 AM

31. Also, please dont let anyone minimize pain PoC feel with relatively similar black on black murder

... rate.

Black on black murder is no worse than white on white or any other race....

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #31)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:59 AM

35. My response to that hackneyed meme is "Walk a mile in a POC's shoes, then get back to me..."

 

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:06 PM

36. Something much smaller but equally hateful --

Today the RW is having a celebration -- yea, celebration -- of the one year anniversary of the RW in Murrieta, CA who 'greeted' and chased off the buses carrying mother and children from the border to a processing center for bathrooms, water, food, blankets. Ugly people. Buses returned to the border where people with hearts provided resources. This layer of our society is growing, I fear.

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Response to oldandhappy (Reply #36)

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:22 PM

39. Despicable sub-humans. I'm not sure they're more numerous, just

 

more vociferous since BHO's election.

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