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Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 04:29 PM PDT

Recognizing Fascism

by vmm918

Robert O. Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism, p. 218:

Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal constraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.

Paxton's nine "mobilizing passions" of fascism:

-- a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solutions;

-- the primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether universal or individual, and the subordination of the individual to it;

-- the belief that one's group is a victim, a sentiment which justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against the group's enemies, both internal and external;

-- dread of the group's decline under the corrosive effect of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influences;

-- the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary;

-- the need for authority by natural leaders (always male), culminating in a national chief who alone is capable of incarnating the group's destiny;

-- the superiority of the leader's instincts over abstract and universal reason;

-- the beauty of violence and the efficacy of will, when they are devoted to the group's success;

-- the right of the chosen people to dominate others without restraint from any kind of human or divine law, right being decided by the sole criterion of the group's prowess in a Darwinian struggle.
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Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 02:03 PM PDT

The Old Jim Crow Etiquette

by vmm918

Many people are saying that the Old Jim Crow is making a roaring comeback.   So many people do not know what that Old Jim Crow was like.   What were the rules?
Under Old Jim Crow would you know the answers to the following?

Do you know what "reckless eyeballing" is?

Do you know what constitutes "bumptious conduct"?

What is the sunset rule?

Who gets waited on first in a store?  an old black woman or a young white child if the black woman is in line before the child?

If a group containing mostly whites and one black jay walk, who gets jailed?

Answers and discussion below.....

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I am currently living in Germany and have been for the past two years.  I will be heading home to the United States in 2014 to my beloved Atlanta.  My loved ones, my children and grandchildren are all in the States and I miss them so much, that I cannot bear to be separated with only occasional visits for much longer.  

However, I have been watching and reading and thinking about why I also dread coming home.  The tide of racism that is manifesting in the United States reminds me of when I was a little girl, during segregation.  The daily, incessant, acidic hate that one is subjected to as an African-American is unhealthy and wearing on the psyche.  In Europe, although it has its racists, they are not quite as dedicated, persistent and aggressive as those I see manifesting, with no end in sight in the States. ( Plus, black people are not number one on their list for contempt.  Eastern Europeans, the Roma, Arabs, ----it is kinda spread out.., heh heh.)   What do I mean.....well, let us go beneath the orange croissant.....

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Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM PST

To The Secessionists

by vmm918

Just this......

I  pledge ALLEGIANCE, to the flag of the UNITED States of America. And to the Republic, for which it stands.  ONE Nation, under God, INDIVISIBLE, with liberty and justice for  ALL.

Just Sayin.

Has anyone been thinking about what this pledge means to them, after the election?

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Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:25 PM PDT

Why Big Bird is Important....

by vmm918

Million Muppet MarchI raised my three children on Sesame Street.  It is a wonderful program, as we all know.  It has helped to make learning fun and socialized children to cooperate, to share, to be kind and thoughtful, and to CELEBRATE DIVERSITY.

These are the reasons that PBS, and Big Bird are all under attack.   The more children who love learning, the more cooperative they are with one another, the more kind and thoughtful, the more they learn to celebrate diversity......the less likely they are to become and adhere to Republican right wing values.......

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Sat May 19, 2012 at 03:38 PM PDT

The Original Black Panthers, Revisited

by vmm918

I remember them marching, looking all handsome and proud.
Black berets on fluffy afros
Leather jackets and sunglasses

I remember the free breakfast program.
I remember listening to Malcolm X recordings in the park.
I remember the newspaper and the pictures of revolutionary struggle.
I remember how proud I was of them.
I remember being the youngest person there, and so proud to join.

I remember the 10 point plan....


Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?

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Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM PDT

Echoes of Jim Crow

by vmm918

Hello, Daily Kos Community....

I am in the middle of a book on helping people heal from the wounds inflicted on them by racism in their daily lives.   I would like to enlist your help in responding to an outline of overt, yet unwritten, jim crow behaviors that people in my generation and my parents generation suffered and internalized throughout their lives.  Because we knew these unwritten rules by heart, and lived and died by them, I believe we recognize the echoes of these behaviors in attitudes and actions exhibited by many people in the rising of the neo-confederate right wing in this country.  Would you be so kind as to respond, from your heart to these questions?  What memories are triggered after reading the descriptions below?  How are these behaviors displayed today?  Please give examples. Thx!

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Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 03:00 PM PDT

Karen Santorum's Transformation

by vmm918

It has been a long time since I did a diary here.  I lurk and read Black Kos...the only diary I post in.....but I ran across a bit about Karen Santorum that made me wonder.  I post it here to have some conversation about the turns our lives take as women and how wrong it is for us not to give other women the same right to choose......did you know that Karen Santorum lived with a man, forty years her senior, prior to her marriage to Rick Santorum?  Did you know that this man is a physician and a founder of Pittsburgh's first abortion clinic?  More after the squiggly thing...

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Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 05:56 AM PDT

Boycott Trump Industries

by vmm918

No person of color, no thinking person,no person who hates racism should ever give Donald Trump another dime, intentionally.

I am so sick of this ridiculous looking, race-baiting phony.  May I have the pleasure one day of seeing him declare bankruptcy one more time?

Below the fold is a summary of his holdings.....

And one more thing....stop watching his stupid television show!!!!

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Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM PST

She Be Rockin' That Hijab....

by vmm918

In Atlanta..a whole generation of young Muslims are very proud of their culture and their beliefs....African-American Muslims add their own spice to the mix:

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Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 02:45 PM PST

Current Day Cointelpro

by vmm918

Cointelpro:  Counter intelligence propaganda.

When I was an undergraduate, we had a charismatic black studies professor become the head of our black studies department.

The problem was, he was not a professor.  He was an agent provocateur.
He was super-black, he dressed in dashikis, He and his picture perfect family wore Afros that were pick-perfect.  He taught systems theory---a course I took---and never taught anything about systems.  He spent all of his time telling us,we were never going to be successful in uniting black people.  And that was not all....


Have You ever as an activist encountered an agent provocateur?

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Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 02:13 PM PST

In my neighborhood...

by vmm918

On my favorite morning show, Tom Joyner, the President checked in....
for many African-Americans this is where we get together, to laugh, to gain perspective and to hold each other up.....

I know that this perspective is unpopular here...but in my neighborhood we listen and this is what we heard....

Tom Joyner asked the President about the polarization in Washington and the "tax compromise" that the President worked out....

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