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Socialization of Hate – How Social Media Enables the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and neo-nazis

Some Social Media carries a large portion of the blame with proliferating racist, alt-right, and neo-nazi  messages. By the late 90’s white supremacist groups recognized the value of passing their racist screeds online, based on the success of Republicans in the early days of AOL and various predecessors to the Internet. Instead of hiring paid posters like the Republicans, the racist hate groups already had a small army of haters to spread their messages. Largely unemployed, dissociated, and on Welfare – their members could sit at home and accomplish the same thing the Republicans had spent millions on -spread their message.

For some reason – neither Democrats or Progressives have ever mounted serious opposition in terms of targeting media or social networking platforms – as the Millennial Generation’s platforms turned a blind eye to the abuses. That blind eye allowed the alt-right to co-opt moderators, who would reject Progressive messages and groups like Black Lives Matter for diaphanous justifications.

It is still certainly possible to take social media back – but it will take a planned concerted effort, coordinated attacks, and sticking to objectives…

Not sure why these “concerned groups” haven’t set up boiler room efforts to date. Nobody gives you freedom…You don’t take.

Quit whimpering. Line up a group of 40-100 volunteers, with 5,000 screen names…And counter attack.  Pick a subject. Tell everyone you know and suggest themes. Ask them to post 5 comments on Facebook, Reddit, or whatever – and ask their friends to do the same. Set up an “Auto-Troll” – send the same message to 50 platforms and comment sections. 5 -10-50 times a day.

Like any revolution, you have to break it so fucking bad – the owners are willing to fix it.

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A coalition of more than 70 social and racial justice organizations urged Facebook to adopt reforms that would better target abusive content and harassment

Facebook allows white supremacists to spread violent threats while censoring Black Lives Matter posts and activists of color, according to civil rights groups that called on the technology company to fix its “racially biased” moderation system.

“Activists in the Movement for Black Lives have routinely reported the takedown of images discussing racism and during protests, with the justification that it violates Facebook’s Community Standards,” the groups wrote in a letter on Wednesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg and director of global policy Joel Kaplan. “At the same time, harassment and threats directed at activists based on their race, religion and sexual orientation is thriving on Facebook.”

Co-signed by a coalition of more than 70 social and racial justice organizations, the letter urged Facebook to adopt reforms that would better target abusive content and harassment but also stop censoring political speech.

The campaign, led by Color of Change, Center for Media Justice, SumOfUs.org and Daily Kos, comes at a time when Facebook is under intense scrutiny over the way its algorithms and moderators choose to permit and remove content.

The corporation has repeatedly been accused of censorship in recent months, including of users critical of Donald Trump, of historic war photos, of citizens live-streaming encounters with police, of journalists who expose racism and of famous artwork with nudity.

But users who report violent and racist language and overt threats often have a hard time getting Facebook to respond. Critics argue that with both censorship and harassment, Facebook only corrects errors in high-profile cases covered by the media, making use of the platform a daily nightmare for many regular users, especially people of color targeted by trolls.

“These posts are threatening our lives,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, who monitors threats posted on Black Lives Matter Facebook pages. “To be bombarded by this hateful violent rhetoric day in and day out … the photos of lynchings, photos of dead black people at the hands of white Ku Klux Klan members … it’s vicious. It’s scary.”

The coalition, which includes the ACLU, sent an earlier letter in October, suggesting that Facebook establish a “streamlined widely publicized appeals process” for censorship cases; increase transparency about its policies and provide data on how it removes content; and allow for an “external audit”.

In December, Facebook released a statement in response, which activists said did not address civil rights campaigners’ concerns.

The company’s lengthy reply, authored by Kaplan, outlined its existing policies in detail and largely failed to commit to act on the recommendations.

“Their response has been woefully inadequate,” Cyril said. “What you’re doing is not working. It’s tantamount to neglect and racism itself.”

On Wednesday, Cyril provided the Guardian with links to four Facebook groups promoting white supremacy along with screenshots of seven individual posts with blatantly racist messages, including one that said “WHAT’S HANGIN’ NIGGA” with a lynching photo; an image of a slave auction with the caption “The First Black Friday Sale”; and a photo of a skeleton captioned “Ever since Trayvon became white he’s been a good boy” (referencing the unarmed black teenagerkilled by a neighborhood watch volunteer).

Cyril said she reported all the photos and pages to Facebook, which determined that they complied with the company’s standards.

Facebook did, however, remove a post from a black woman that said: “white folks when racism happens in public YOUR SILENCE IS VIOLENCE”, according to a screenshot from Cyril.

Facebook did not respond to a request for comment about the specific examples, but a spokesperson said in an email: “We value input from our community. We have received the letter and are reviewing it.”

Facebook’s content moderation challenges also extend to its role in spreading fake news and its difficulties regulating live videos that feature violence.

“Some of this is life or death,” said Reem Suleiman, SumOfUs.org campaigner, referencing the case of Korryn Gaines, a Baltimore woman who live-streamed her standoff with police last year. At the request of law enforcement, Facebook shut down the video and officers eventually killed her.

“People turn to Facebook to document human rights abuses and police brutality,” Suleiman added.

Sihame Assbague, a journalist and activist in France, said users speaking out against racism regularly have their Facebook accounts censored and that her page has been taken down on numerous occasions.

“It’s very strange. Things that are racist do not get suspended,” she said, noting one user was censored for anti-semitism after writing a post against anti-semitism.

Activists have argued that Facebook, one of the most valuable companies in the world, has the resources to address these deep flaws, but has failed to make the issue a priority.

Cyril said the lack of diversity within the corporation was partly to blame. Black employees accounted for just 3% of senior US leadership, according to 2016 figures.

“When you already have a company that woefully underrepresents black people and communities of color in general on their staff, you are challenged to respond to concerns of racism.”

 

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Alt-Right Neo-Nazis Mass Bomb Threats to Jewish Synagogues

Any Jewish person who still thinks they are white enough to be Republican or be a Trump supporter/voter…

What you have enabled has come home to roost.

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Jewish Centers Across The Country Are Being Targeted With Bomb Threats

They received at least 20 threats on Wednesday.

Jewish community centers across the nation are under siege as dozens received bomb threats this month ― including more than 20 reported on Wednesday alone.

Authorities in Ohio were on high alert after threatening calls were made to Jewish centers in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Meanwhile, centers in Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Arizona, New York and other states reported similar calls.

There’s no apparent motive and no immediate danger, said Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Hartzler, who works as the director of a joint task force between local and federal authorities in Ohio.

For the past several weeks, there have been multiple bomb threats called into Jewish centers on the eastern side of the country,” Hartzler told The Huffington Post. “Today there were several states that received these threats, which appear to be robocalls … Federal intelligence agencies are aware.”

Authorities swept the Mayerson Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati and cleared it shortly thereafter.

The centers reported at least three kinds of calls ― those that include human voices, those that include disguised voices, and robocalls ― said Elise Jarvis, director of law enforcement outreach for the Anti-Defamation League. She confirmed that federal authorities have been briefed on the threats, but said they aren’t credible.

Typically, these kinds of threats are a tactic used to scare the community, to disrupt operations and terrify,” Jarvis told HuffPost. “It is an intense climate right now, between a spike in hate incidents post-election and a series of bomb threats targeting the Jewish community over the past couple weeks. … These threats are not credible, but it’s important to take each one seriously.”

Authorities wouldn’t confirm the details of those calls, and the FBI declined to comment on whether there’s an active, nationwide investigation into the matter.

But the threats have put Jewish leaders on guard.

“Like many JCCs around the country this month, we received a non-credible threatening phone call earlier today,” said JCC Manhattan Executive Director Rabbi Joy Levitt. “We have worked with the proper authorities and followed all recommended procedures, ensuring the ongoing safety and security of all members of our community. As always, we will maintain communication with our security team in order to vigilantly maintain a secure building.”

On Jan. 9, more than a dozen Jewish centers in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, Georgia and Pennsylvania received anonymous bomb threats. Some of those calls were reportedly made by humans, and it’s unclear whether those incidents were directly related to the threats reported on Wednesday.

The JCC Association of North America, which oversees many of the centers that received threats on Wednesday, confirmed that the calls were similar to those received earlier this month.

“While we’re extremely proud of our JCCs for professionally handling yet another threatening situation, we are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats. While the bombs in question are hoaxes, the calls are not,” said David Posner, spokesman for the association. “We know that law enforcement at both the local and national level are continuing to investigate the ongoing situation. We are relieved that no one has been harmed and that JCCs continue to operate in a way that puts the safety of their staff, visitors, and premises first.”

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Hitler – Trump. Same old racist shit, different century

 

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Another Chumph White House Appointement…Another Racist

I would seem that the Chumph is surrounding himself the White People’s House with racists…

Ivanka Trump and Reed Cordish (Screngrab)

Ivanka pal-turned-White House advisor banned black people and ‘n****r music’ from his nightclubs: suit

Donald Trump this week announced his latest White House advisor, a man whose real estate management company is currently being sued for racial discrimination, the Daily Beast reports.

Trump on Monday tapped Reed Cordish, president of Entertainment Concept Investors—a real estate management company that owns bars and clubs throughout the U.S.—to be his assistant to the president for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives. As New York Magazine reports, the president-elect is friends with David Cordish, who owns ECI’s parent company; Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump even facilitated Reed Cordish’s engagement to his current wife.

According to the Daily Beast, ECI currently faces two discrimination lawsuits stemming from a Kansas City, Missouri project Cordish partnered on with incoming White House adviser Jared Kushner. The project was on a building in the city’s Power and Light District, which according to two separate lawsuits is commonly referred to as the “Power and White District.”

Dante Combs and Adams Williams filed a class action racial discrimination against Cordish’s business in 2014 claiming they were beaten and harassed by white employees. During testimony in that case, Christian Martinez—a former floor manager at Tengo, a club owned by Cordish—told the court, “Reed Cordish’s code words for blacks was ‘urbans’ or ‘Canadians.’”

She also said Jake Miller, vice president of ECI, “did not want any African-Americans” at Tengo. According to Martinez, she once overheard Miller demand the DJ change the music, demanding, “Get that fucking n**ger music off here.”

A black former employee, William Whitlock, said Miller threatened him over the presence of black people in his club.

“He made the comment that if he ever saw this many n**gers in the building again, he would chain the doors and burn it down with me inside,” Whitlock testified. “He was embarrassed and horrified to see what we had done to his club.”

Another man, Thomas Alexitch, told the court he was hired at Cordish-owned Mosaic club to “start altercations with certain groups of people. By starting these altercations, I ensured that these groups of people would be kicked out of the club,” alleging supervisors told him who to target.

“I would estimate that 90 percent of the people I started altercations with were African Americans,” Alexitch said in a sworn testimony.

ECI won an initial ruling in the suit, but as the Daily Beast reports, Combs and Williams are appealing the decision.

Another lawsuit filed by Shelton McElroy in 2015 said a Cordish-owned club discriminated against him under the guise of the club’s dress code.

After initially denying McElroy access to the club, the suit alleges “the music abruptly switched [from hip hop] to country music” once he was inside. A bouncer later approached him to say he’ was in violation of the dress code because his pants were “sagging.”

According to McElroy, he was wearing “a polo and khaki slacks” while he watched “three white men are dancing on top of the bar completely shirtless while the female bartender poured drinks in their mouth.” McElroy was eventually arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing stemming from his night at the club.

In a statement, Cordish said “an ethos of public service” is a “core foundation” of his family’s companies.

“It is a true honor for me to be appointed as an assistant to the president,” Cordish said in a statement. “The core foundation of the Cordish Companies was built upon an ethos of public service and a commitment to transforming American cities across the country. Accepting this position is in keeping with those values and I am proud to serve our country in this capacity,”

The Trump transition team called the allegations against Cordish “baseless.”

“The allegations referenced against the company were determined to be baseless and dismissed by summary judgment with no finding of wrongdoing,” a statement reads. “In fact Cordish has been recognized from leading civil-rights groups as a model company for inclusiveness. In its 100-year history, including welcoming over 50 million visitors per year to its developments and with a work-force of over 10,000 employees, the company has a truly exemplary civil-rights record without a single finding against the company or its principals.”

 

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DOJ Sues JP Morgan for Racial Discrimination

In yet another case that likely will met its end under a Chumph racist administration looking to legalize the practice of Mortgage redlining against Minorities…

The DOJ filed suit today against JP Morgan for its role in charging Minority buyers higher rates then equally credited whites.

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DOJ Sues JPMorgan For Racial Discrimination

The suit claim that the bank charged African-American and Hispanic borrowers more than white borrowers with the same credit profile.

The United States on Wednesday sued JPMorgan Chase & Co, accusing the bank of discriminating against minority borrowers by charging them higher rates and fees on home mortgage loans between 2006 and at least 2009.

Filed in a Manhattan federal court, the government’s complaint accused the bank of violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by charging thousands of African-American and Hispanic borrowers more for home loans than white borrowers with the same credit profile.

JPMorgan Chase and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The alleged discrimination involved so-called wholesale loans that were made through mortgagebrokers the bank used to originate loans, the complaint said. Chase allowed brokers to change rates charged for loans from those initially set based on objective credit-related factors, the complaint said.

Chase did not require mortgage brokers to document the reasons for changing rates and failed to address racial discrimination, encouraging it to continue, the complaint said.

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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in The New Jim Crow

 

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How the White-Wing Racists Hope to Stop BLM

Here is how the white supremacists trough their captive propaganda outlets including Fox News will continue to attack BLM, and any other black progressive organizations…

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Here’s the Conservative Playbook for Tearing Down Black Lives Matter

In the wake of last Friday’s murder of a Harris County, Texas, police deputy, Fox News pundits have bent over backward to find a way to connect the killing to the Black Lives Matter movement. A guest on the Fox talk show The Five on Monday called the movement a “criminal organization,” and several hosts, including Bill O’Reilly, described it as a “hate group.”

Harris County law enforcement officials have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, and suspect Shannon Miles had been found mentally incompetent to stand trial on a felony assault charge in 2012. But that hasn’t stopped Fox News from showing a recent clip of protesters at the Minnesota State Fair chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” as pundits discussed the Texas killing, or from running inflammatory on-screen banners that read “Murder Movement” and “Black Lives Matter Taunts Cop Killings.”

But this is not a new tactic from the right. Conservatives have long attempted to discredit black social movements by casting them as criminal. In fact, the law-and-order rhetoric they’ve espoused since the civil rights movement was invented to do just that.

In the 1950s, for example, Southern conservative lawmakers and law enforcement officials argued that acts of civil disobedience by black civil rights activists violated the law, and they criticized support for civil rights legislation as rewarding lawbreakers. Federal courts that struck down Jim Crow laws, they chided, were soft on crime.

This rhetoric went mainstream in the late 1960s following the major civil rights victories of the decade. Richard Nixon and avowed segregationist George Wallace both ran on law-and-order platforms in the 1968 presidential election. In his speeches and political ads, Nixon appealed to the “non-shouters and non-demonstrators” who were “not racist” and “not guilty of the crime that plagued the land,” contrasting them with protesters who had “cities up in smoke,” a thinly veiled reference to the race riots of the decade. Nixon blamed the courts for “going too far in weakening the peace forces against the criminal forces.” He used this coded language to appeal to racist voters at a time when overt racism was becoming less socially acceptable.

Conservative politicians, pundits, and voters continued using this language to rail against the Black Power movement in the 1970s and tie organizations like the Black Panther Party to neighborhood crime and increased drug use. They pointed to the ongoing race riots and the increase in urban crime that accompanied the migration of black Southerners to Northern cities during that period, as evidence that the Panthers’ philosophy of armed self-defense was contributing to violence and criminal activity. Nixon declared the war on drugs in 1971, prior to the explosion of the drug trade mid-decade, in a tough-on-crime move that functioned as a crackdown on the black people and communities that were supposedly “causing” crime, and the philosophy of racial equality that had contributed to it. (And similarly coded language was used to justify criminal-justice policies that targeted black communities and produced the nation’s mass incarceration crisis in the late 1980s and 1990s.)

Now Fox News has targeted the Black Lives Matter movement in the same way. The movement is calling for an end to violence, and its national voices have condemned violence against the police on numerous occasions. But the right insists it is to blame for murders of police officers. The number of peaceful protests dwarfs the number that have seen looting and property destruction, but conservative pundits insist Black Lives Matter protesters are “thugs” and that the movement’s rhetoric encourages violence. Just as they sought to discredit the movement to upset the Jim Crow social order, these right-wing voices now seek to discredit the movement to upend the current system of racist policing.

Murders of police aren’t the fault of the Black Lives Matter movement. But don’t expect to hear that on Fox News anytime soon.

 
 

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“Pig” Painting to Be Removed From Capitol

In yet another stunning hypocrisy, the student painting which led to hate acts by Republican Congressmen has been ordered to be removed from the Art Display.

As if the Statues of Former Confederate President and Vice President Jefferson Davis and Alexander Hamilton Stephens, and Confederate General Robert E. Lee – as well as the architect of the Civil War John Calhoun….aren’t divisive.

Painting at Center of Censorship Debate to Be Removed From Capitol

A controversial painting depicting policemen as pigs will be removed from the U.S. Capitol after the Architect of the Capitol concluded on Friday that it violates standards set by the House Office Buildings Commission. The racially charged student painting, which focuses on the riots that erupted in Ferguson after Michael Brown was fatally shot in 2014, has already triggered a battle between lawmakers. Rep. Lacy Clay, who decided to hang the painting in the U.S. Capitol, had faced off against GOP lawmakers who said the painting was too disrespectful to law enforcement to have on display. Late Friday, Rep. David Reichert’s complaint against the painting appeared to bring the whole saga to a close. Reichert’s office said the Architect of the Capitol has ordered the painting to be removed because it violates a rule that bans artwork depicting “contemporary political controversies.” The painting is now due to be removed Tuesday, according to POLITICO. Reichert praised the decision to take down the artwork that he described as a “slap in the face” to law enforcement. Clay, who has argued that it would be nothing short of censorship to remove the paining, has not yet commented on the news.

Confederate Traitors in the Capitol –

Jefferson Davis – President of the Confederacy

Robert E, Lee General of a Confederate Army which slaughtered escaping slaves

Alexander Hamilton Stephens – VP of the Confederacy

John C Calhoun, slaver, author of confederacy and Civil War, murderer

 

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Corey Booker Unloads on Sessions

Still wondering why the Dems did a soft pedal on Uncle Ben’s confirmation…

Booker at least, let the committee know how he feels on Sessions

 

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