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Reports of Jim Crow’s demise are a bit premature…

Redlining Collection of Debt Through the Courts

One of the impacts in the differential in generational and saved wealth among black and white families is black families have fewer resources from which to draw in the event of unexpected bills or crisis. A corrupt legal system backs tis – a person who can’t pay a $300 utility bill certainly cannot afford $3000 or more for a Lawyer, so these almost always automatically go to judgement, whether the person actually owes the debt or no. Further, collections companies are allowed to tack on obscene fees and “interest” on the debt from 30%-100% further burying the victim. Welcome to the new American Slavery through the virtual debtor prison.


The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods

Our first-of-its-kind analysis shows that the suits are far more common in black communities than white ones.

ON A RECENT SATURDAY AFTERNOON, the mayor of Jennings, a St. Louis suburb of about 15,000, settled in before a computer in the empty city council chambers. Yolonda Fountain Henderson, 50, was elected last spring as the city’s first black mayor.

On the screen was a list of every debt collection lawsuit against a resident of her city, at least 4,500 in just five years. Henderson asked to see her own street. On her block of 16 modest ranch-style homes, lawsuits had been filed against the occupants of eight. “That’s my neighbor across the street,” she said, pointing to one line on the screen.

And then she saw her own suit. Henderson, a single mother, fell behind on her sewer bill after losing her job a few years ago, and the utility successfully sued her. That judgment was listed, as well as how one day the company seized $382 from her credit union account — all she had, but not enough to pay off the debt.

As the lines of suits scrolled by on the screen, Henderson shook her head in disbelief, swinging her dangling, heart-shaped earrings.

“They’re just suing all of us,” she said.

That’s not only true in Jennings. The story is the same down the road in Normandy and in every other black community nearby. In fact, when ProPublica attempted to measure, for the first time, the prevalence of judgments stemming from these suits, a clear pattern emerged: they were massed in black neighborhoods.

The disparity was not merely because black families earn less than white families. Our analysis of five years of court judgments from three metropolitan areas — St. Louis, Chicago and Newark — showed that even accounting for income, the rate of judgments was twice as high in mostly black neighborhoods as it was in mostly white ones.

These findings could suggest racial bias by lenders or collectors. But we found that there is another explanation: That generations of discrimination have left black families with grossly fewer resources to draw on when they come under financial pressure.

Over the past year, ProPublica has investigated a little-known but pervasive shift in the way debt is collected in America: Companies now routinely use the courts to pursue millions of people over even small consumer debts. With the power granted by a court judgment, collectors can seize a chunk of a debtor’s pay. The highest rates of garnishment are among workers who earn between $25,000 and $40,000, but the numbers are nearly as high for those who earn even less.

Despite their prevalence, these suits remain remarkably hidden, even to people in the communities most burdened by them.

In the city of St. Louis and surrounding St. Louis County, where Jennings lies, only about a quarter of the population lives in neighborhoods where most residents are black. But over half of court judgments were concentrated in these neighborhoods.

Armed with these judgments, plaintiffs — typically debt buyers, banks, hospitals, utilities, and auto and high-cost lenders — have seized at least $34 million from residents of St. Louis’ mostly black neighborhoods through suits filed between 2008 and 2012, ProPublica’s analysis found.

April Kuehnhoff, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, said that the analysis raised “crucial questions about how racial disparities are entering the debt collection system and what we can do to eliminate these disparities.” The findings, she said, should spur lawmakers to reform overly punitive federal and state collections laws.

Collection suits — typically over smaller amounts like credit card debt — fly across the desks of local judges, sometimes hundreds in a single day. Defendants usually don’t make it to court, and when they do, rarely have an attorney.

For those who do show up, the outcome isn’t all that different. In Missouri, most judgments resulted in the plaintiff attempting garnishment, whether the defendant appeared in court or not, according to ProPublica’s analysis.

In Jennings, which since the 1960s has shifted from almost entirely white to 90 percent black, the suits are unrelentingly common. Between 2008 and 2012, there was more than one lawsuit for every four residents. And yet, this fact astounded residents when they heard it, because it is a facet of life that most keep private. Parents hide it from their children, and neighbors never think to discuss it.

The typical household income in Jennings is about $28,000, an income level at which families spend, on average, all of their income on basic necessities, federal survey data shows. Each paycheck must be carefully apportioned with the most vital costs — mortgage or rent, food and utilities — prioritized.

A garnishment hits this kind of household budget like a bomb. Federal law and most state laws protect only the poorest of the poor from having their wages seized, otherwise allowing plaintiffs to seize up to a quarter of a worker’s after-tax pay. If that paycheck is deposited in a bank, that and other money in the account can be seized to pay down the debt. When garnishment protections do exist, the burden is usually on debtors to figure out if and how the laws protect their assets. …Much more on the story here

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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in The New Jim Crow


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Does The Internet Enable Hate Crimes and Mass Murder?

 Trolls and hate. The Internet was conceptualized as an open system across which to share ideas and scientific concepts. Unfortunately none of the founders, having grown up largely in the shielded world of academia had any concept of the nefarious uses to which the tool could be put by hate groups, criminals, and the mentally and socially imbalanced.

The Internet, besides enabling new types of crime, international crime, and deviant pornography such as kiddie porn has also enabled hate mongers through the anonymous nature of the system to spew their vile hatred and to recruit weak minded children like Dylaan Root, who got much of his racial animosity for the Council of Conservative Citizens Web site(s).

The killer in the recent Oregon Colleges mass shooting has been tied to antisocial hubs (4Chan), as well as white supremacist and chrisitian Identity hate groups on the conservative Web.

So it isn’t just the “white Sale” on guns driving the carnage – it is the commercial sale of, and manufacture of hate and disenfranchisement for political and power purposes.

We can stop this, but to do so requires a large group of people to first take down the entry point to the Hate Groups. That typically is the fact free and often racist world of conservative white identity politics. It includes going at sites like The National Review which publishes articles of racial hate mongering by such folks as Heather McDonald, and Michelle Malkin. Both of whom frequently are published or have contracts with VDare, a white supremacist site which uses conservative racist authors as a entre’ into the harcore racism of their staff. The American Spectator, the International Business Daily, the NRO, the Federalist, Townhall, and the Wall Street Journal all serve as entries into the world of hardore racism through the introduction to racist “theology”. Many of the sites actively ban liberal, or non-racist posters through cutting them off from posting to assure no level of sanity, or truth interferes with their incited hate fests. Indeed, many conservative sites run like rats when someone shines the light.

Got to hit them in their rat holes. If we can force the entry points to see the light – then it takes away the respectability of the supremacist sites and their ability to recruit little tow headed trolls and murders like Root.

De-legitimize hate.

Lone Wolves in the Age of the Internet: Do Hate Crimes Happen More Because of Broadband Internet Access?

In an ideal world, the Internet would be a place of inclusivity and democracy. Instead, it’s just the opposite.

A new research study led by Jason Chan, Ph.D., shows a positive relationship between broadband Internet access and incidence of hate crimes. Specifically,race-driven hate crimes committed by individuals, rather than those committed in groups, increased.

Chan, an Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Science for the Carson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, discovered the correlation using official FBI data on hate crime incidents, compared to that of broadband provider access taken from FCC documents. Between 2001 and 2008, access to just one broadband ISP showed a 20 percent rise in hate crimes, particularly in areas of high racial tension.

“We see this from two different perspectives,” Chan tells The Daily Beast, “the consumers of hate content, and the producers of it. Hate content refers to internet posts that bring about skewed ideologies and advocating for a supremacy of one race over other races.”

The first perspective has to do with selective exposure, wherein readers intentionally seek out information that galvanizes their fringe beliefs.

“When readers go online,” Chan says, “there is a specialization of interest. This magnifies or amplifies the messages posted on it. This is contrary to what we believe. We believe, instead of making things more narrow, the Internet should make things more inclusive and democratic. However, people tend to search out things relevant to existing interests, which amplifies such narrow thoughts.”

Chan says developing online recruitment techniques for hate peddlers contributes to this rise as well.

“Content providers,” Chan says, “have changed the way in which they have to execute their propaganda. They use a strategy known as leaderless resistance. Whenever they put up propaganda to have content to provide the motivation, encouragement, and justification to people on the edge. It gives them reason why they should be outside normal thought.”

After yet another mass shooting, this one leaving 10 people dead at Umpqua Community College last Thursday, digital traces of the lone gunman in the attack are again left to the examination of law enforcement officials and reporters. Just hours after the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, was killed in a standoff with police, several online accounts tracing back to Mercer expressed hate for organized religion. What’s worse, one witness said Mercer forced his victims to state their beliefs before heartlessly killing them, specifically targeting Christians.

It’s a pattern becoming tragically more common: a mass shooting takes place, and we later discover how blatantly the perpetrators expressed hate for their victims online. In this case, clear connections emerge between recent shootings: Mercer referred, in one post, to Vester Flanagan, the man who killed two people on live television in Virginia in August. Flanagan himself made specific reference to Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who gunned down nine inside a Charleston, North Carolina church in June.

“In Dylann’s case,” Chan says, “he happened to chance upon one of these hate sites. And slowly but surely he was convinced. Through half truths and misrepresented facts, he believed individuals of his race should be doing something to serve justice back to the people. In some cases this hate content provides instructions. This type of grooming process takes time. But people see more, there are more opticals, one event tips them over and they commit the crime.”

The paper, titled “The Internet and Racial Hate Crime: Offline Spillovers from Online Access,” published in the forthcoming issue of MIS Quarterly, also offers solutions to combat this online surge. The paper suggests that, instead of engaging in a technological race with producers of hate content, policy should be implemented to educate youth on digital media, racial and social justice, stereotypical messages, and how to interpret multiple meanings.

Another plan of attack would increase the amount of anti- hate content on the net. But even an attempt to right the skewed beliefs presented across the web would be somewhat futile.

Between 2001 and 2008, access to just one broadband ISP showed a 20 percent rise in hate crimes, particularly in areas of high racial tension.

“The chance of such content being seen by the one who needs to see it are small,” says Chan. “And technological advances are moving so quickly we believe there could be newer assets in searching for digital traces of those who are likely, or at risk, of committing crimes. Such lone wolfs, before they do something, we can see some patterns.”

Unfortunately, Chan says, problems of free speech get wrapped up in who posts what online.

“This can reach a certain threshold. We’d need to tell apart those who intend to commit hate crimes and those who have those ideologies but stay within the law.”


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Black Voter Suppression in Alabama

What’s interesting about the discussion of Republicans and black voters…

Is even if Republicans did something to earn the black vote…

They have disenfranchised the voters.

Alabama, Where ID Is Required to Vote, Closes DMVs in Most “Black Belt” Counties

On Wednesday, the state of Alabama announced that it was shutting 31 driver’s license offices because of budget cuts. Two columns on subsequently noted that the cuts—which come on the heels of a 2011 law that requires voters to show government-issued IDs—will disproportionately affect counties in the state’s largely Democratic “black belt” region.

Columnist Kyle Whitmire writes that 29 of the state’s 67 counties will now lack a driver’s license office—and, depending on whether you define the “black belt” as constituting 18 or 24 counties, either 12 or 15 of those newly office-less counties will be in the historically black area. Two-thirds of counties in the narrowly defined “black belt” will lack now a driver’s license office (12 of 18); only one-third (17 of 49) of other counties will lack one.

Columnist John Archibald, meanwhile, observes that no Alabama counties in which more than 75 percent of registered voters are nonwhite will now have a driver’s license office. Another way of framing the issue: Offices will be shuttered in the five counties whose voters most strongly supported Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is Republican, and the state’s Senate and House of Representatives are both GOP-controlled.


Posted by on October 2, 2015 in The New Jim Crow


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The GOP’s Racist Base and Trump

No surprises here. Trump has found a formula which works for the Republican Primary. Which is why White Supremacist group money, and support are pouring in. Here are some of the specifics

1. “[Trump’s critics are] living on the pieces of silver that they get from their Jewish paymasters so that they can preside over our extermination, our disposition, and our ultimate disappearance from the face of the earth.”

  • Don Advo. Neo-nazi, host of Stormfront Radio


2. “Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill [of an undocumented worker]. That’d be one nice thing.”

  • JimSherota, 53 Trump supporter in Alabama

3. “He’s refreshing…Trump, on a gut level, kind of senses that this is about demographics, ultimately. We’re moving into a new America.”

  • Richard Spencer, National Policy Institute a White Nationalist think tank the SPLC calls a “suit and tie KKK”.

4. “Certainly [Trump is] the best of the lot… I praise the fact that he’s come out on the immigration issue. I’m beginning to get the idea that he’s a good salesman. That he’s an entrepreneur, and he has a good sense of what people want to hear, what they want to but understands the real sentiment of America.”

  • Former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke

5. “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,”

  • Scott Leader, a Boston man who brutally attacked an undocumented homeless man on August 18th.

6. “There is no more California. It’s now international, lawless territory. Everything is up for grabs. Illegal aliens are murdering people there. People are being raped. Trump isn’t lying about anything — the rest of the country just hasn’t found out yet.”

  • Cheryl Burns, 60 53 Trump supporter in Alabama

7. “Get out of my country!”

  • Donald Trump organizer to American-citizen and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos

8. “We are all Donald Trump now…Trump is important because he represents the first figure with the financial, cultural, and economic resources to openly defy elite consensus.”

  • James Kirkpatrick of, a popular white nationalist website

9. “If Mr. Trump loses, this could be the last chance whites have to vote for a president who could actually do something useful for them and for their country.”

  • Jared Taylor, publisher of American Renaissance, a popular white supremacist magazine

10. “Americans of ALL races are FED UP with this ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION — so [Trump] says that he’ll BUILD a WALL to keep them out! CHEERS! He states that “Political Correctness” is disgusting and it’s time to STOP IT! More CHEERS! He DARES to turn his guns on the paid morons of the system controlled MEDIA! And regular folks LOVE it.”

  • Rocky J. Suhayda, chair of the American Nazi party


GOP can’t shed itself of racist appeals

Not since George Wallace has a baldly racist candidate gripped a presidential race like Donald Trump. In 1968, Wallace won five Southern states while spewing demagoguery and bragging “we’re going to show there sure are a lot of rednecks in this country.’’ Nearly a half century later, Trump remains atop the Republican presidential pack three months after pillorying Mexican immigrants as rapists who bring drugs and crime to America.

Despite media fact-checks reconfirming that immigrant men commit less crime than American men, Trump intensified his attacks in subsequent speeches, telling a Latino journalist to “go back to Univision” and saying the United States is a “dumping ground for the rest of the world.” By not correcting a supporter at a town hall event, he enabled anew the falsehood that President Obama, a Christian, is a non-American Muslim.

At various junctures, some of Trump’s rivals have criticized his remarks. When Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin dropped out of the race, he encouraged the GOP to settle on a less negative candidate. Yet the presidential hopefuls have all pledged to support each other no matter who wins the nomination. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has declared Trump a “net positive” for tapping into voter anger over Washington politics.

Thus, Trump betrays the GOP’s refusal to shed itself of racist appeals to voters, destroying any credibility to embrace an America that will become majority people of color by the 2040s. Trump’s statements continue to dovetail almost perfectly with poll data showing that some white people desperately cling to a whitewashed America.

Despite all the televised racial injustice over the last two years, major polls continue to show whites and African-Americans far apart on perceptions of equality. Marist surveys for PBS and MSNBC/Telemundo find that a majority of white respondents believe there is equal opportunity for African-Americans in education, housing, banking, hiring, and pay, and are against sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants. A decisive majority of African-Americans say there is not equal opportunity, and two thirds of both Latinos and African-Americans support sanctuary cities.

The disparity in attitudes is particularly acute among Trump supporters. A Public Policy Polling survey in September found that nearly two-thirds of them think Obama is a non-American Muslim and that birthright citizenship should be eliminated. Another Public Policy Polling survey this week on North Carolina voters found that 52 percent of Trump voters think Islam should be illegal in the United States. In a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll, a plurality of likely Republican caucus-goers favor rounding up the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, and two-thirds of caucus-goers see Trump’s immigrant position as a strength.

The Republican Party’s monocultural vision is a losing proposition on its face. Trump revels in being the top “outsider” in the presidential race, appealing to a sad, shrinking set of white people who have no one but themselves to blame for letting the world pass it by on social issues.

When white Americans were a more decisive majority of the population, playing on racial animus worked wonders for Republicans, from President Nixon’s law-and-order to President Reagan’s welfare queens, and from George H.W. Bush’s abuse of Willie Horton to George W. Bush’s attacks on affirmative action. Powerful senators like Jesse Helms and Trent Lott were famous for their reliance on racist politics.

But that GOP magic has vanished in an ever-multicultural America. The McCain-Palin and Romney-Ryan tickets of 2008 and 2012 failed miserably in questioning Obama’s patriotism, stereotyping him as a welfare king and urging nearly all-white crowds to “take back” and “restore” America. Still, the Republicans blunder on. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush declared last week that “we should not have a multicultural society,” and copied Mitt Romney’s welfare attack by claiming Democrats take care of black voters with “free stuff.”

No one should be surprised that Trump leads the pack in this electoral race baiting. This is the same man who in 1989 took out full-page ads in New York newspapers, calling for the return of the death penalty in the state over the brutal Central Park rape of a white woman jogger. Trump said in the ad, “I want to hate these muggers and murderers.”

His vitriol ignored the fact that the woman was not killed. The five African-American and Latino teenagers originally charged with the crime and imprisoned for many years were eventually exonerated. Last year, they received a $41 million settlement from New York City.

Having learned nothing from that, Trump wants the nation to join him in a new campaign of hate. His staying power, the GOP calling him a net positive, and fellow candidates following his lead tell you all you need to know. His hateful nonsense, meant for white people who still think the country is theirs, is a death rattle for the most crude forms of white privilege.


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“That Colored Fella”…Ben Carson

Don Black, founder of Stormfront, a leading white supremacist website, said he was closely following the 2016 election.

“We need to pay close attention to the election,” Black told members of Stormfront. “Some of the candidates, like Donald Trump, are addressing our issues. Of the two parties, the Republicans more closely align with our views. But they need to get rid of that colored fella Ben Carson, he not too bright, like most blacks. The Democratic Party is full of darkies, beaners, queers, feminazis and Jews.”

Black, who donated to Ron Paul’s campaign, urged other white supremacists to attend the 2016 RNC convention.

“We need go there, start networking and get our voices heard,” Black said. “As long as we cover our tattoos and wear khakis and button down shirts, we’ll fit right in.”


Posted by on September 29, 2015 in The Clown Bus, The New Jim Crow


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White Supremacists Invite Black Conservative to Their Convention

Sean Hannity’s favorite Lawn Jockey, Jesse Lee Peterson to join white supremacist rally…because “he hates black people as much as we do”.

Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson Invited to White Supremacists Convention

Black conservative the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson has been invited to be a speaker at the National White Alliance (NWA)’s annual convention.

Brian Blank, a spokesperson for the NWA, said Peterson was welcome at the conference, even though he was black.

“Well, he can’t help the color he was born, but he is one of the few good ones,” said Blank. “And he hates Blacks just as much as we do.”

Peterson, a frequent guest on FOX News, bills himself as a Black conservative and has been very critical of the African-American community. He criticized the Black residents of New Orleans who failed to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina for being “lazy and immoral.” He also thanked God for slavery, claiming that without it Black Americans would have never found Jesus.

Peterson has also made anti-women comments. He said women are not emotionally suited to hold public office.

“Jesse knows his place and the place of the white man,” Blank said. “If we had 100 more coloreds like him, my organization would go out of business.”


Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Black Conservatives, The New Jim Crow


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“christian” School Kick 5 YO Out For Having Two Mommies

So much for Christians being persecuted in the US… Come on, bigoted morons – It’s a kid!

Why exactly would you want to hurt a small child for the “sins” of her Mother?

Christian school kicks out kindergartener because she has two moms

Sadly, nationwide marriage equality simply isn’t enough to inoculate all children of same-sex couples from the cruelty and indignity that is anti-gay discrimination.

The latest example comes from San Diego, California, where a five year-old girl was recently barred from starting the first day of kindergarten after her school changed its nondiscrimination policy following the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, reports the local ABC News affiliate KGTV.

Mt. Erie Christian Academy, a private institution that does not appear to take any public funds, updated its handbook this summer to reserve the right to discontinue the enrollment of any student it finds “in opposition to the biblical lifestyle,” citing at least one Bible passage that calls for homosexuals to be murdered:

Mt. Erie Christian Academy is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ like. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20).

 The new policy effectively barred one of the school’s pre-school students from entering kindergarten this school year.

The five-year old’s mother, Shenna (she asked that her last name be withheld) called the policy change “heartbreaking.” The stay at-home mother said the she was unaware of the school’s extreme anti-gay attitude and insisted that she wouldn’t not have subjected her daughter to such humiliation had she known of their discriminatory policy before enrolling at the academy.

“If we knew from the beginning that this was unacceptable, they didn’t condone or believe in this, if it was such a big deal, we would have never started her off there,” Sheena said. “I would never put my child’s emotional wellbeing in an unstable setting like that.”

Shenna said that although both her and her wife, whose is currently deployed with the Navy, are Christian, they never considered their sexuality to be in conflict with the faith or the school’s mission.

“What does our family life have to do with anyone else? Like no one’s gonna be in danger.”

She continued: “I want my baby to be safe when she grows up. I don’t want her to ever have to be discriminated against because of her lifestyle. That’s not fair.”

Shenna told KGTV that she is looking for legal recourse but that her daughter continues to be out of the classroom as they search for an alternative.

“I miss my friends. I miss my teachers,” the child told the news station.


Posted by on September 29, 2015 in The New Jim Crow


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