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Zorra

(27,670 posts)
4. Well, things do seem to be getting better. At least the overwhelming negative response didn't
Sun Dec 22, 2013, 04:36 PM
Dec 2013

include any lynchings, whereas, only 32 short years ago...the last lynching

Discovery Channel premieres a documentary tonight with Ted Koppel about three Americans whose lives were profoundly affected by white supremacist terrorism. The most recent incident: a 1981 lynching in Mobile, Alabama in which a 19-year-old black man was killed by two members of the Ku Klux Klan. Here's the thing that really amazes me, looking at the details on this program tonight: Barack Obama, the first black presidential candidate nominated by a major American political party, is almost exactly the same age as that young man killed in that "last lynching." They were born some months apart. The point being: our nation's bad old days weren't all that long ago -- if we can even say they're past tense at all. Trailer above, and snip from the program description:

This year, however, each [victim of racial violence profiled in this program] was directly involved in naming Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. "Barack Obama's nomination doesn't mean the end of racism any more than Sarah Palin's nomination signals the end of sexism or gender bias in America. But what giant steps forward! The Last Lynching offers a look at how far we've come on the racial front, and how recent some of the worst days of racial violence really were," explained Koppel.

Koppel and his team of producers take viewers into the lives of these three: Congressman Robert Filner who, as an 18-year-old Freedom Rider, was thrown into Mississippi’s Parchman Prison; Florida schoolteacher Lizzie Jenkins who recalls tales of her grandfather watching the lynching of five African Americans in 1916; and Congressman Artur Davis who as a law student worked to hold the Ku Klux Klan accountable for "The Last Lynching," which took place in Mobile, Ala., in 1981.

http://boingboing.net/2008/10/13/the-last-lynching-te.html


Love it! F*ck the haters! fleur-de-lisa Dec 2013 #1
k&r... spanone Dec 2013 #2
One mom they interviewed was "shocked." MineralMan Dec 2013 #3
My thoughts exactly newcriminal Dec 2013 #30
The duck dynasty Mom using her children as a shield to hide her prejudice is appalling. warrant46 Dec 2013 #35
Well, things do seem to be getting better. At least the overwhelming negative response didn't Zorra Dec 2013 #4
And they were certainly the best act in the parade Laughing Mirror Dec 2013 #5
Completely Awesome jberryhill Dec 2013 #6
The irony continues with the ad on the rawstory page... pacalo Dec 2013 #7
Oh my progressoid Dec 2013 #8
Awesome! Fuck the haters! Vashta Nerada Dec 2013 #9
one small town at a time -- dancing Drag Queens will take over the world xchrom Dec 2013 #10
Nothing more fun than dancing drag queens! valerief Dec 2013 #12
woot woot!!! secondwind Dec 2013 #16
I'm glad the haters didn't physically abuse the dancers. nt valerief Dec 2013 #11
they look strong and muscular, more so than typical drag artists Liberal_in_LA Dec 2013 #20
And, unlike drag performers.... Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #22
agreed. i watched a few of their performances on youtube Liberal_in_LA Dec 2013 #37
I hate it... pipi_k Dec 2013 #13
They are a fun bunch, but they are NOT drag queens. Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #14
Not drag queens? Android3.14 Dec 2013 #15
They don't dress up in women's clothes. Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #17
I was wondering about that, I didn't think the picture was accurate to Rex Dec 2013 #18
Well, I know one of them does do drag, but that isn't how. Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #19
Yes I noticed no wigs or makeup. Rex Dec 2013 #21
They have a red set, which includes pants and muscle t-shirts. Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #24
42 here. Rex Dec 2013 #25
Good luck to us both! Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #26
Oh yes you know it! Rex Dec 2013 #27
Those unitards are defintitely women's attire Android3.14 Dec 2013 #31
Well, I can speak as someone who is intimately aquainted with the drag world... Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #32
Mired in prejudice? Perhaps Android3.14 Dec 2013 #34
2 things Behind the Aegis Dec 2013 #41
Happy Holidays to you as well Android3.14 Dec 2013 #42
Quite possibly my favorite DU thread headline of all time. redwitch Dec 2013 #23
Good to see the non-bigots kicking ass in the comments (on the Fox site)! nomorenomore08 Dec 2013 #28
Umm, don't care if it's gonna be called drag or what, it's just so fuckin FUNNY. toby jo Dec 2013 #29
Ha ha ha!!! Love it!!!! Initech Dec 2013 #33
Guess you didn't do your homework Bubba Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 2013 #36
Love the horrified mother in the news clip MadrasT Dec 2013 #38
Lucy Van Pelt would not care for this, either. Kurovski Dec 2013 #39
That's great, Quantess Dec 2013 #40
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