Commentary by Black Kos editor JoanMar
Donald Trump is a morally repugnant human being. He was a racist, a narcissist, and an undisciplined lying cheat on January 6; he was a morally repugnant cretin on the day he slithered down his bronze-plated escalator, and he was a disgusting compilation of vileness long before he decided to stink up the national joint.
Everybody knew who this man was. As my Grandmother would say, “When he spoke, he didn’t put his mouth to the ground.” We all heard him utter words most foul. I find it extremely difficult to forgive anybody who worked with or for him.
We do have a way in this country of attributing superior moral clarity to white people— especially white women—who do the bare minimum. During the J6 hearings, for example, the media and people on this site were only too willing to erase Bennie Thompson, who was the chairman of the hearings. People all but ignored Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin — two of the most august people in the legislative branch — in their hurry to heap praise on Liz Cheney. People really do need to check themselves. Long before Cassidy Hutchinson, there was Michael Cohen, who, may I add, provided truly bombshell information that may have ultimately led to the dissolution of the grifting king’s empire in NY. Anybody remember Adam Kinzinger, Omarosa Manigault, and Miles Taylor? Yes, Cheney and Hutchinson took on the Orange Menace, but in the immortal words of (the mostly unfunny) Chris Rock, “It is what they were supposed to do!”
The telegenic Miss Hutchinson provided compelling evidence during her J6 appearances. No doubt about that. I watched her then; I watched her on Rachel Maddow; I watched her on The View; I watched her on Joe Scarborough; and I watched her on CNN. There’s something about her that makes me want to like her and pull for her. And yes, I do applaud her for taking a stand, even if it was only after the ubiquitous Alyssa Farah Griffins and the aforementioned Liz Cheney convinced her to do so. There’s absolutely no debate that she, in the end, committed a moral act. In the face of threats to her life and liberty she chose to do the right thing.
But what my black eyes cannot unsee and my black ears cannot unhear is that despite everything that went down on that memorable day, Miss Hutchinson was still prepared to go to Mar-a-Lago to be with her president. While most of her friends in the administration were busy jumping ship, she was all set to go fight with and for the man she “adored.” She was not just a mere supporter; she was a loyalist. What if they had allowed her to go to Mar-a-Lago? Did that diss play a part in her decision to turn against him? It has also not escaped my attention that Ms. Hutchinson insists that she’s still a Republican who loves the policies pursued by her boss. In her interviews, she’s spoken about his narcissism and his lack of respect for the constitution and the rule of law. Maybe it’s in her book, but I have not heard her talk about his sexism, his xenophobia, and especially not about his racism. Absolutely nothing about his support and promotion of white supremacy.
Miss Hutchinson is set to make a ton of money from her book, and I wish her well. I will probably buy a copy when it gets in the low single digits on eBay. There is no doubt that through her testimony we learned both significant and entertaining details about the inner workings of a traitorous and chaotic White House. But will the case against The Indicted hang on her testimony? I don’t think so. But then, I’m not a lawyer.
As to whether she deserves the title of hero, I’ll gladly retreat to the sidelines and leave it to the majority community to continue to fight that one out.
News round up by dopper0189, Black Kos Managing Editor
The indictment of 61 protesters in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month on RICO charges rocked the nation. Civil liberties groups immediately denounced Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr — who pushed forward with the indictment of Cop City protesters despite objections from local officials.
The Defend the Forest and Cop City protesters, who were fighting to prevent the construction of a $90 million police training facility that would have demolished hundreds of acres of the Atlanta forest, now face decades in prison.
Legal experts argue that Georgia’s Racketeering statute was never intended to be weaponized against protesters and that the indictment could serve as a dangerous blueprint for future attacks on fundamental civil liberties.
Before we get into the RICO of it all, we have to talk about one surprise name in this (lengthy) indictment: George Floyd, a Black man whose murder at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked a national reckoning in 2020.
Georgia’s Republican Attorney General dated the start of the so-called criminal conspiracy to prevent the construction of Cop City to Floyd’s death. There was only one problem... Floyd died almost a year before the announcement of Cop City.
Floyd’s addition in the indictment makes it clear that this is about pushing a political agenda, says Georgia ACLU Policy Director Chris Bruce.“He’s criminalizing people’s opinions on Black men being murdered,” says Bruce, “instead of focusing on what’s important which is public safety, which as the top prosecutor in the state, he’s in charge of.”
A Georgia man whose five young children were taken away and put in foster care for two months after a misdemeanor traffic stop cannot release unredacted dashboard and bodycam evidence from the incident.
Deonte Williams’ attorney contended he had a First Amendment right to release footage from the February traffic stop conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to the Tennessee Lookout, troopers in Coffee County pulled Williams over for “dark tint and traveling in the left lane while not actively passing” as he drove with his family from Georgia to Chicago.
Dawn Deaner, representing Williams and his partner, Bianca Clayborne, received the unredacted video of the traffic stop in response to a subpoena; however, the matter never proceeded to trial, where it might have been presented as evidence and formed part of the court’s public record.
“There must be a compelling government interest to prohibit speech in this manner,” Deaner said. “They came by these recordings in a lawful manner. There shouldn’t be any reason they cannot share them. The people involved in them are their children and them, so if they feel comfortable sharing videos with whomever they wish to share them with, they should have the freedom to do that.”
Coffee County General Sessions Judge Greg Perry issued a “protective order” in June prohibiting the footage from being “disseminated to the public” and warned anybody who did so would be in contempt.
The video shows troopers searching their Dodge Durango, detaining the family and arresting Williams for possessing less than five grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor in Tennessee. Clayborne was cited and told she could leave with the couple’s children.
However, when Clayborne went to the jail to post Williams’ bond, police and social workers showed up and took their five minors, who were 4 months to 7 years old. Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple possession, while authorities withdrew Clayborne’s charges in August.
“There is not a redeeming quality in slavery,” Scott stated. He then said America overcame it and that “we are the greatest nation on Earth because we faced our demons in the mirror and made a decision.”
He continued: “Black families survived slavery. We survived poll taxes and literacy tests. We survived discrimination being woven into the laws of our country.”
Scott’s seemingly changed rhetoric was put back on course when he said “America is not a racist country” and then decided to disparage Black families and insist that welfare was more damning to Black folks than slavery.
“What was hard to survive was Johnson’s ‘Great Society,’ where they decided to put money– where they decided to take the Black father out of the household to get a check in the mail.”
Not only is that factually inaccurate, it’s continues to show how far Scott will go to win over conservative voters. He’s at 2 percent in the national polling average and clearly will do whatever it takes to change this—even if it means once again disrespecting the hell out of Black folks.
A young Black Brazilian girl dreams of being a pop star, a writer or a world champion in gymnastics, dressing up like the Afro-Brazilian women who have achieved that before her.
But when her mother suggests that she aspire to become a judge on the supreme court, the girl looks incredulous and asks: “Like who?”
The scene is from a short film released as part of a campaign calling on President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to nominate the first ever Black female justice to Brazil’s highest court.
“It’s absurd to think that in a country that is more than 50% Black, and where Black women are almost a third of the population, there has never been a Black female justice,” said Tainah Pereira, political coordinator of Black Women Decide, an organisation fighting this demographic’s underrepresentation in institutional politics.
Women make up 51% of the population, and Afro-Brazilians 56%, but both groups have been chronically underrepresented in state institutions. This is particularly true in the upper levels of the judiciary: in its 132-year history, the supreme court has only ever had six judges who weren’t white and male – three white women and three Black men.
Civil society is now clamouring for Lula to right this historical injustice. The leftist leader will soon nominate a new judge to the country’s top tribunal, after Chief Justice Rosa Weber reaches the compulsory retirement age of 75 in October.
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