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So Much for the conservative “George Zimmerman isn’t a racist” meme

Hmmmm…didn’t take long for the bigot crew to latch on to the shooter’s race in the Virginia TV shooting yesterday….And even spuriously try and tie President Obama to the shooter…

George Zimmerman: Virginia “hate crime” shootings committed by “pansy” and condoned by “ignorant baboon” Barack Obama

George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin who was last seen hawking paintings of the Confederate battle flag that praised the Second Amendment, took to Twitter in the wake of yesterday’s shootings of Alison Parker and Adam Ward to condemn the “Black [piece of shit]” who murdered them and the “Ignorant Baboon” in the White House who mentioned gun control in his comments about their murders.

Presumably because he knows a thing or two about killing people in cold blood, Zimmerman expounded at Twitter-length on the murders of Parker and Ward, writing first that:

Pansy Fester lee Flanagan, too much of a daisy to deal w/racism. Murders 2 whites. Hate crime, 100%. Racist Obama says nothing condeming.

“Pansy” is, of course, a reference to the fact that the shooter, Vester Flanagan II, was a homosexual, which is relevant here because Zimmerman inexplicably chose to make it so. Flanagan’s motivations, at least as they were communicated in his 23-page-long manifesto, were based on a combination of a personal grudge against Ward and his feelings about the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this year. But Zimmerman felt it necessary to denigrate his sexuality anyway, as well as complain about what to him was the lack of timely manner in which President Barack Obama addressed the murders:

White woman & man get murdered by a Black P.O.S. 8 hours later B. Hussein Obama the divider still says NOTHING.

Putting aside the fact that Zimmerman’s complained, at length, that Obama jumped to conclusions about him and spoke too soon about his killing of Martin, it’s worth noting that Obama did, in fact, address Parker and Ward’s murder yesterday, sayingthat it “breaks [his] heart every time [he] read[s] or hear[s] about these kinds of incidents,” and that “the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.”

“the # of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism,” – Ignorant Baboon

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2015 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Still Not Right in Danville – Lowes and the black delivery driver

If you read my post several days ago about the confederate flag coming down in Danville, Va – then you are familiar with some of the history.

Seems there are still a few die-hard bigots left. This one should have been a no-brainer for the managers at Lowes. Which is why same managers are now unemployed.

Lowe’s Delivery Man Called Back When Customer Asks For White Worker

A black Lowe’s delivery man says his employer instructed him not to make a delivery because a customer asked that the person who came to her door be white. The company said it took quick action to remedy the situation and to apologize to the driver, Marcus Bradley.

Bradley was on his way to make a delivery on July 27 when his manager at a Lowe’s store in Danville, Virginia, gave him a call, reported local ABC affiliate WSET.

“I got a phone call … telling me to bring the delivery back, saying that I couldn’t do the delivery,” Bradley told WSET.  “I asked him why I couldn’t do it and he said because you’re black and they don’t want you at the house.”

Lowe’s spokeswoman Chris Ahearn told The Huffington Post that the company took action within a couple days of finding out what had happened.

“The leaders at the store level who made the decision to hold the driver back, they are no longer with the company,” she said. “We have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind.”

Terry Johnson, Lowe’s senior vice president of store operations, visited the store and personally apologized to the company’s drivers, Ahearn said.

“We feel we acted quickly and properly,” she added.

Ahearn declined to provide any information about the customer who made the request.

However, in an interview with WSET, the unidentified customer refused to apologize.

“I got a right to have whatever I want and that’s it,” the woman said. “I don’t feel bad about nothing.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2015 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Another Day…Another confederate Flag Down

The most violent part of the Civil Rights battle to desegregate was in Danville, Virginia.The violence, and threats against Civil RIghts demonstrators were as severe as any in the deep South.

Danville was the last Capital of the soon to be defeated confederacy. Some things die hard.

 

After 20 Years, Confederate Flag In ‘The Last Capitol Of The Confederacy’ Comes Down

The small town of Danville, Virginia has been locked in a contentious debate for several years over whether or not to remove a Confederate flag that flies in front of a city-owned historical museum. But late last Thursday night, the town’s city council officially voted to take down the rebel emblem, ending a 20-year stretch of waving the national flag of the Confederacy on public grounds.

According to GoDanRiver.com, the Danville city council voted 7-2 last week to remove the Third National flag of the Confederacy from the lawn of the Sutherlin Mansion, a historic building which houses a museum paid for with public funds. The flag was erected in 1995 on the house’s lawn to commemorate its historical significance — namely, that it hosted the last official meeting of the Confederate presidential cabinet, making it the “Last Capitol of the Confederacy.”

The council meeting — one of several that addressed the issue over the years — was packed with supporters and opponents of the flag. Representatives from both camps waved American and Confederate flags and offered rival speeches to officials, but the council ultimately voted for its removal and dispatched a police offer to take it down.

“The Confederate flag must come down. We must stand on the words, ‘We believe that all men are created equal,’” Rev. William Avon Keen, president of the Virginia Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said in an address to the council.

The town’s controversy over the Confederate flag has raged for decades, but not necessarily because of local support to keep it flying. Rather, city council officials have long been frustrated by an odd legal conundrum: Local Confederate heritage groups argue that the flagpole constitutes a memorial to veterans, which would make it protected by an obscure section of Virginia law. Thus, when officials voted last November over whether to remove the ensign, the city council argued that “under Virginia law it does not have the legal authority to remove the Confederate flag.”

But that all changed last week, when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring sent a letter to the city council directly addressing the issue. In an official opinion, Herring argued that Danville officials could remove the flagpole because it only recognizes the “historical significance” of the museum building, and thus doesn’t constitute a memorial to veterans.

“It is my view that [state law protecting memorials] applies to monuments commemorating certain wars and veterans of those wars, but not to monuments commemorating buildings,” Herring’sstatement read

here were some who were upset about the decision, however. As crowds gathered near the museum to watch the flag come down at around 9:00pm, several of the banner’s supporters shouted in anger as police removed it with the help of a crane. Meanwhile, the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has vowed to sue the city, arguing that the Attorney General’s opinion is only an opinion — not law. Local heritage groups also responded to the vote by putting up a large Confederate battle flags in various sections of the city over the weekend — but this time on private property.

Yet local news stations noted that some of the representatives who spoke in favor of the flag at the city council meeting were not from Danville, but from just over the state line in North Carolina. That area known to house a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan that staged a rally at the South Carolina State House last month in support of the Confederate flag.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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The Virginia “Racial Integrity” Act, “WINS” and Melungeons

 

This from a movie – “Confederate States of America: If the South Would Have Won”... a “mockumentary”.

However – The Coon Chicken Inn actually existed

Meanwhile, between 1924 and 1950, a Walter Plecker in Virginia sought to “disappear” not only Virginia’s Native American Tribes – but to stop “race-mongering” resulting in the Virginia “Melungeons”. In his infamous 1943 Letter, Plecker specifically called out certain families in Virginia as a threat to racial purity. One of the families he attacked was part of my own.

Obsessed with the idea of white superiority, Plecker championed legislation that would codify the idea that people with one drop of “Negro” blood could not be classified as white. His efforts led the Virginia legislature to pass the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, a law that criminalized interracial marriage and also required that every birth in the state be recorded by race with the only options being “White” and “Colored.”

Plecker was proud of the law and his role in creating it. It was, he said, “the most perfect expression of the white ideal, and the most important eugenical effort that has been made in 4,000 years.”

Walter Ashby Plecker, in charge of the state’s vital statistics records, employed the law to classify all Virginians as “white” or “colored” and to classify the state’s Indians as “colored.” Plecker believed that some African Americans were attempting to pass as Indians and feared that Indians would attempt to pass as white. He obsessively documented each and every birth and marriage registration submitted to his agency and manipulated and distorted records to show that the genealogical heritage of Virginia’s Indians was so intermixed with Virginia’s African Americans that no real Indians existed.

Plecker’s obsession with racial integrity is well in evidence in this December 1943 letter and list of surnames by county of families that he believed were trying to “pass” for white or Indian. As State Registrar of Vital Statistics, he wrote many letters and directives to county officials were about specific individuals whom he felt were trying to pass as white. He often asked for evidence from the county clerk to prove the people in question were of African American descent. Plecker also regularly sent out alerts to the county officials, hospitals, doctors, midwives, and other healthcare workers and record keepers about families that he considered suspect. He instructed that these families were not to be allowed to be listed as white in any record or to be treated as white in any way, including attendance at white schools.

The Racial Integrity Act of 1924 recognized only two races, white and colored. The act required that a racial description of every person be recorded at birth, and made marriage between white persons and nonwhite persons a felony. Plecker developed the racial criteria behind the act and adhered strictly to the one-drop rule, a historical term originating in the South that holds that a person with any trace of African ancestry is considered black. The Racial Integrity Act was subject to the Pocahontas exception. Since many influential Virginia families claimed descent from Pocahontas, the legislature declared that a person could be considered white with as much as one-sixteenth Indian ancestry.

 

 

Much of Plecker’s belief system was “supported” by the eugenicist movement.

Those of you interested in historical research can read this book here.

In 1935, Plecker corresponded with Walter Gross, Hitler’s Bureau of Human Betterment and Eugenics director, asking to be kept abreast of their actions. In mentioning the Nazi sterilization of children born to white German mothers and black French fathers, he added, “I hope this work is complete and not one has been missed. I sometimes regret that we have not the authority to put some measures in practice in Virginia.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Gonna Need a Bigger Clown Bus

The official Double Decker Republican Clown Bus is at capacity with the entry of former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore…

Filling out the field to 18 declared candidates.

Of course…There is the sepeate Trump bus..

And the “Official Campaign Photo”…

Yet Another Republican Is Running For President. Seriously.

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore filed the necessary paperwork on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported.

Gilmore joins a large field seeking the 2016 nomination that includes former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

As most Virginians know, Mr. GIlmore will be the short clown on the left waving the confederate flag…

Gov. James S. Gilmore III today proclaimed April as Confederate History Month in Virginia but broke with recent tradition by adding a condemnation of slavery, managing not only to anger defenders of white Confederate heritage but to disappoint some civil rights leaders, too.

 
 

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Confederate Flag Auto Plates

In my state there are at least 200 different License Plate designs you can choose from. It is a good deal for the State, which tacks on an additional $10 a year fee to purchase the plate. Most States have followed suit, vanity plates being an easy source of revenue.  One of the Virginia Plates, , the “Sons of Confederate Veterans” Plate has come under attack in the state post Charleston.

My view of the SCV is that it is a legitimate organization. A lot of what they promote is historical reinvention and falsehood (which any of my more savvy readers can suss out with a quick glance at their Web Page) but, in the spirit of “Live and let Live” – I really don’t care about what they want to do, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon the rights of other people. These are the guys who historically are more likely found dressing up in the Grey for a historical reenactment than driving their pickup trucks adored with the confederate flags through black neighborhoods. Unfortunately, they have been invaded by the racist whackjobs , and there is contention over the direction of the group. They, as a group wholeheartedly buy into the Southern Myth.

9 States, all except Maryland in the South offer plates with the SCV Logo. Florida offers a “confederate Heritage” Plate, which is a bit more questionable in my view.

Poll: Virginians Split on Confederate Flag License Plate Option

Virginia voters are divided 46 – 45 percent on whether the Confederate flag should be removed from state license plates, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Monday morning.

In Virginia, support for eliminating the option of ordering a license plate with a Confederate flag is 73 – 19 percent among Democrats and 48 – 42 percent among independent voters, with Republicans standing by the Stars & Bars 71 – 24 percent.

Black voters say 73 – 16 percent eliminate the Confederate flag option, while white voters say 55 – 37 percent keep it.

The plate I personally have the most problem with is this one…

There is no Republican, or Democrat, or Green plate – why exactly should there be one for the Tea Party?

 

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Ex-Republican Gov, Bob McDonnell Charged For Fraud in Federal Court

Looks like Gov Chris Christie may have a Republican roommate waiting for him in the Federal Prison. Headed for the next “Orange Jumpsuit Award for Politicians” is the former (3 days) Governor of Virginia…And is wife.

And since the  former Republican Virginia Attorney General and losing Gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli also accepted “gifts” from the same folks…He may well be next.

The only thing that is missing from this one is Mrs. Mcdonnell stuffing cash in her bra ala Orange Jumpsuited former Prince Georges executive Jack Johnson’s wife… So far. Republicans are just so much more classy with their ill gotten money!

Bob McDonnell, Wife Charged In Gifts Case

Days after he left office, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were charged Tuesday in federal court with illegally accepting gifts, trips, and loans from a Virginia businessman and political donor.

The indictment was filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., charging them each with 13 federal crimes.

Prosecutors had spent months investigating the relationship between the McDonnell family and Jonnie Williams, the now-former CEO of an embattled dietary supplements company called Star Scientific. Williams gave McDonnell and his family more than $150,000 in gifts and payments in recent years, at the same time that McDonnell and his wife took steps to support the company.

When their ties to the businessman became a public scandal in 2013, the McDonnells returned the gifts and repaid the money given to them by Williams.

 

You can read the gory details of the Charging Document here.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Orange Jumsuit Politicians

 

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