Life in America After the Removal of the Confederate Flag

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Approximately 150 years after the ending of the Civil War, the unthinkable finally happened. Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removing of the confederate flag from it’s statehouse, in wake of Charleston, South Carolina’s most recent tragedy. The AME church shooting still burdens the hearts of many across the country, while also sparking this seemingly simple action. Before, and shortly thereafter, the terroristic event transpired, the confederate flag continued to wave at the full staff… being offensive to some, and a banner of pride and honor for others. Nine African American lives had to be taken, through an act of hate, in order for this to happen; yet the problem still remains. Does this act signify change?

Several groups, including the NAACP, fought for years for the removal of the confederate flag and had been unsuccessful. Now, several politicians in various states are now following in Haley’s footsteps. So, what caused the change of heart? Some may say it’s being under scrutiny by millions of disgruntled American people. Others believe that the eyes of conservatives are finally starting to open after years of ongoing hate crimes and injustice against blacks. Does this mean racism no longer exists?

Of course not, and the fact that it took this many years for action to be taken proves this. The late Gil Scott-Heron said, “The revolution will not be televised.” Meaning: The change needed will not be something we’ll ever see on any screen, that’s including social media. The real change must happen in the minds of all mankind first. The true issue at hand dates back further than the Civil War and runs deeper than the colors dyed on each flag.

“Hate can not drive out hate. Only love can do that.” It’s obvious what we all need more of.

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Derricawilson@yahoo.com

 

Chicago Drug Dealer Has “Crack Addicts” Lined Up Around The Corner

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Chicago drug dealer ‘James Tripplet’ has a line around the corner for his drugs. It seems as if Mr. Tripplet is truly setting the standard for dope business supply and demand

According to My Fox Chicago:

Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Among them is the 33-year-old Triplett, also known as “Trell,” who authorities said controlled the drug market in the area.

Investigators even included a photo in a federal criminal complaint spanning more than 200 pages. They said the photo depicts a line of people waiting on June 16 to get their hands on heroin supplied by Triplett’s organization in the 3700 block of West Grenshaw.

The photo was taken just south of the Eisenhower Expressway, which has come to be known as “Heroin Highway.”

trap2The feds said Triplett’s suppliers sometimes put the heroin in bags with logos that included green Playboy bunnies, Hershey kisses, basketballs, Batman, black pandas or “purple ladies.”

“Early this morning, they woke me up,” said North Lawndale resident Precious Archer.

Archer said around 7 o’clock, four agents were knocking on her door near the 3700 block of West Grenshaw, which is ground zero of the alleged drug ring.

“They had pictures of people, basically asking did we see this person,” she said.

Authorities say the heroin was diluted to increase profits.

“This is one of those locations that we always talk about, a drive up location on the West Side where people come in from the suburbs to buy narcotics and return,” Supt. Garry McCarthy said.

The DEA said the drug was obtained from Mexico. Its sale generated nearly a quarter of a million dollars every month.

“This multi-agency investigation…represents a significant hammer-blow to the open-air drug markets operating in North Lawndale and Douglas Park,” McCarthy said.

DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Dennis Wichern, who worked on the case, said: “Every day, one person in Chicago dies from a heroin overdose.”

Chicago police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force led the investigation. Sixteen people face federal charges. They include Triplett, who is charged with drug conspiracy and faces a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted. Another 26 face state charges.

This is a very sad story. May God help those lined up and those that are about to be lined up in prison for their contribution.

Remembering the Victims of the Charleston Massacre

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On Wednesay, June 16th, nine innocent lives were taken due to an act of hate. These type of tragedies continue to take place in America, as the issue at hand continues to be denied and overlooked. As America continues to mourn the loss of these people that were gunned down while worshiping in the house of the Lord, we will keep the families lifted up in prayer.

According to BBC News

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Cynthia Hurd, 54, was a beloved employee of the Charleston County Public Library for 31 years.

“Cynthia was a tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth,” the library wrote in a post to its website on Thursday.

The library closed all of its locations on Thursday in her honour.

A city council member said on Thursday that the branch of the Charleston library where Hurd worked was going to be re-named the Cynthia Hurd Regional Library, calling her a “true public servant”.

She was known as a person dedicated to teaching and helping others read. She is survived by her husband Arthur, the Post and Courier reports.

Her brother, former North Carolina state senator Malcom Graham, said it was a small comfort his sister died in the church she loved so much. She had been going to Emanuel AME Church every Sunday and Wednesday since her childhood.

She was looking forward to retirement and her 55th birthday, which would have been Sunday.

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Reverend Clementa Pinckney

South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney was the church’s pastor since 2010 and a well-known community leader. He was a married father of two.

Pinckney had been preaching since he was 13. He was considered a rising star of Democratic politics in a largely Republican state.

Earlier this year, he lent his voice to a campaign for police to wear body cameras in the wake of the deadly officer-involved shooting of unarmed black man Walter Scott.

“I always felt God had called me to serve within the church because of what the church stands for,” he told the Charleston Post and Courtier in 2010. “This has always been home.”

Pinckney served in South Carolina government since 1997. He attended Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina.

Read more: Pastor lifted spirits

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Sharonda Coleman-Singleton

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a speech therapist, pastor and high school track coach, was a mother of three.

Ms Singleton was a track athlete at South Carolina State University, according to the Post and Courier.

Her son Chris Singleton is a baseball player at Charleston Southern University. Heconfirmed his mother’s death on his Twitter account.

“Pray for my mom please,” he tweeted on Wednesday night. He was re-tweeting remembrances of his “talented” and “beautiful” mother on Thursday.

The Goose Creek Gators, her track team, wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday: “We love you, Coach Singleton. Gator Nation is where it is today because of your leadership. You have our thoughts and prayers.”

“I saw her at work everyday and she always had a smile on her face. When I was doing duty she would walk by me with that awesome smile and never had a bad smile,” Goose Greek Gators baseball coach Chris Pond told the Berkeley Independent.

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Tywanza Sanders

Tywanza Sanders was a recent graduate of Allen University, a private historically black university in South Carolina.

Sanders graduated in 2014 with a degree in business administration.

“He was a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education. He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues,” Dr Flavia Eldemire, the university’s vice president of institutional advancement, said in a statement.

Tessa Spencer, an anchor for local channel ABCNews4, told BuzzFeed News Sanders worked with her brother at a barber shop and she saw him only two days ago.

He describes himself as a “poet, artist and businessman” on his Instagramaccount. His final post was a quote from late US African American baseball player Jackie Robinson, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

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Ethel Lance

Ethel Lee Lance, 70, worked for the church for 30 years, her grandson told the Post and Courier.

She had five children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

“I’m lost, I’m lost,” he told the newspaper. “Granny was the heart of the family. She’s a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don’t have anyone else like that.”

She served as a sexton at the church to keep the building clean and loved gospel music.

“She was a God-fearing woman,” said granddaughter Najee Washington, who lived with her grandmother. “She was the heart of the family, and she still is. She is a very caring, giving and loving woman. She was beautiful inside and out”.

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Rev Depayne Middleton-Doctor

Rev Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, was a mother of four daughters and a minister at the church, according to the Post and Courier.

Doctor was an enrolment counsellor at Southern Wesleyan University’s Charleston campus.

She retired in 20015 as Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Program.

“My beautiful Songbird. This is a hard one to Swallow. I will truly miss you my love. Your beautiful personality, your laughter, your smile and your love for everyone,” Laurie Middleton wrote on Facebook.

Another friend wrote of Middleton that she was “truly a blessing! Always spoke, always had a smile on your face and always had nothing but positive things to say!”

She only joined Emanuel AME church at the beginning of this year.

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Susie Jackson

Susie Jackson, 87, was a cousin of Lance and was a long time church member, according to the Post and Courier.

“It’s just hard to process that my grandmother had to leave Earth this way,” her grandson Tim Jackson of Ohio told ABC News in Cleveland. “It’s real real hard. It’s challenging because I don’t believe she deserved to go this way. It hurts to process.”

Jackson was on the usher board and participated in the choir, he said. He described her as a “loving, giving person” with a “great smile”.

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Rev Daniel Simmons Sr

Rev Daniel Simmons Sr, 74, was the only victim to die at a hospital and not the church.

Sh’Kur Francis, a Baptist minister, tweeted on Thursday “I can’t believe that Rev. Dan Simmons is gone. This man baptized me, married my parents, and eulogized my granny.”

Simmons went to Emanuel AME Church every Sunday and Wednesday, his daughter-in-law Arcelia Simmons told ABC News.

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Myra Thompson

Myra Thompson, 59, was a pastor at the church and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Thompson was wife to Rev Anthony Thompson of the Anglican Church in North America, the group tweeted on Wednesday.

The New American Dream: Killing Black People

killer 1 Yesterday, June 17, 2015 9 African American lives were taken by a 21 year old white male. America refuses to have a true conversation about race, but in 2015 there are hate crimes against black Americans as if it’s 1937.

Via MailOnline:

One of the churchgoers murdered in Charleston on Wednesday night sent a picture to his friends of the only white person in the room during the bible study meeting that turned into a massacre.

Tywanza Sanders, 26, was the youngest of nine people killed in Emanuel AME Church when a gunman – believed to be 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof – opened fire.

Minutes earlier, he made a Snapchat video, which shows a sandy-haired man in a grey sweater sat among the black members of the group. The church is historically African American.

Sanders, who friends called ‘Wanza’, took a picture of the white man’s head, with the caption: ‘Bible study knowledge planter’.

At the time, friends thought it was mildly amusing. Now they are shaken watching it back.

Snapchat users have one opportunity to re-watch a video that has been sent to them. After Sanders was killed, one of his friends replayed the video and filmed it on their phone for a permanent record.

‘It shows them in the church having the meeting…u can even see the terrorist in the corner for a short [second],’ tweeted Elroy Brown, one of Sanders friends who received the Snapchat video.

 

Madam Prezident: {Video} “This is for Kalief”

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There’s no right or wrong way to pay tribute to Kalief Browder’s life. I chose poetry.

 

“This is for Kalief”

The constitution was never written with you & me in mind

So when when you’re stopped by a crooked cop in your neighborhood

Instead of giving you a ride home 

They gave you time

You stood in front of judges 

With grudges 

Against black skin 

So when the man 

Has your life in his hand 

It’s hard to win  

Especially when you’re a 2nd class citizen. 

Madam Prezident: The Big Role Colorism Played With Rachel Dolezal NAACP President

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Rachel Dolezal NAACP local president has made headline news for lying about her race.

According to a recent interview with CNN – Rachel Dolezal’s biological parents Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal exposed Rachel, telling the world she was NOT black, but white.

It’s important that we’re 100% honest with ourselves in reference to the media hype of this situation with Rachel.

The media does not care about the NAACP or Rachel Dolezal’s race – the news outlets will cover any story to discredit and diminish any positive thing attached to the black community like the NAACP.

My first response to this story was probably similar to everyone else in this world, “She crazy.”

Then, I began to look at this situation in a deeper manner and I discovered the role colorism must have played in Rachel Dolezal’s career.

Impostering a light-skinned African American woman in America probably landed her many opportunities that being a dark skinned African American woman would not. Fair skinned women have always played a more acceptable role in America – the lighter skinned woman was accepted inside the home of the slave owner while the darker skinned woman was not.

Black and White America have a deep colorism issue and I’m certain impersonating a light skinned black woman made Mrs. Dolezal African American experience more pleasant. When men and women of color saw Rachel they fell in love with her like a 92′ In Living Color Fly Girl, and when White people interacted with her they probably believed she was the nicest black woman they have ever met.

I’m a black woman, with a light skinned mother, sister, and brother. My family never treated me different because of  my complexion, but I always noticed my teachers and peers response to my complexion in comparison to my sisters. I noticed the men in my family would flood my sister with compliments on her beauty; while I was a “cute lil black girl.”

As a conscience adult, I’m aware of people’s colorism issue and I’m sure it was easy for Rachel to be accepted by both black and white people because the less black you are the more accepted you are.

This story is strange and hard to conclude, but it’s good to hear being black is working for someone’s benefit because there are a lot of black women that would beg to differ.

Black Women Stop Getting Butt Injections

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“BUTT INJECTIONS” By Madam Prezident

What has happened to the black woman
defining her beauty in the eyes of America
WEB Dubois said it’s Double Consciousness

Sista’s What’s happening this day and time
where a woman is more concerned with her behind
over her mind

we are an indigenous kind
You’re a black queen
but you wanna be black Chyna

People have convinced you that you aint shit
so you concern yourself with being thick
oppose to intelligent

You were created by God
you will alter his perfection
to mimic Nicki Minaj

What Happened to you…

They have you keeping up with the Kardashians
more than you’re keeping up with your daughters and sons homework
Innocent children
I wish you could see how their mind work

Mothers can’t lift their daughters up
cause she’s too busy trying to lift up her azz
I thought you knew
anything behind you is considered the past
The black woman has bigger issues like the wage of working class
Statistics say the worth of a single black woman in America is $5
Now you do the math…

They’re saying you’re worth $5
but you dropping thousands on butt injections
for whose perception?
Whose acceptance?
If you’re getting butt injections for a man
than that’s a damn shame
cause a brother will “f*ck” you easily
& will never give you his last name
yes! If your booty big
He’ll sleep with you
but he don’t marry you..
see you down
but he won’t carry you
cause the next big booty girl
got his attention too
so present him with something that another woman doesn’t have
like the God in you…
Stop chasing false images of beauty
I don’t care if you got a bad body
if you ain’t saving these kids than you aint nobody
America has always been able to fascinate you
with what’s hot
and what’s not
Butt injections is the latest trend
but how many black women lives will come to an end
for this silly obsession “f*$%ing” butt injections…

Written by Madam Prezident

Eric Casebolt: Texas McKinney Cop Resigns

caseboltmain The out of control Texas McKinney cop, Eric Casebolt who was spotted man handling a teenager has resigned.

According to ForHarriet

Dallas-Fort Worth’s local Fox News affiliate is reporting that Eric Casebolt, the McKinney police officer—who was captured on video cussing at Black teenagers, pushing 15-year-old Dajerria Becton’s face into the ground while kneeling on her back, and pulling a gun on a group of teens who attempted to come to her aid—has resigned from the McKinney Police Department.”

 

Madam Prezident: We Must Teach Our Children How To Respond To White Racist Cops

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America’s latest conversation is about the racist police office who abused his power and black America is tired of it.

 

According to BuzzFeed: 

Officers were called to a local community pool around 7:15 p.m. local time to respond to a “disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” the McKinney Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page. Other calls also advised that the teens were “actively fighting,” police said.

“First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation,” police said.

However, video later emerged of one officer aggressively handcuffing and detaining teens who described themselves as bystanders, before wrestling a girl in a bathing suit to the ground and drawing his weapon on others who came to her aid.

 

“Charlamagne tha godless” Will Praise Kylie Jenner’s Beauty But Insults Lil Mama

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Rapper Lil Mama stopped by the Breakfast Club to discuss her new single “Sausage.”  I’m sure that’s the real reason she stopped by, but “Charlamagne tha godless” thought it would be best to discuss what he considered to be her career failures and her facial features instead of her music.

I wrote an article about Charlamagne’s response to Kylie Jenner’s poolside picture – which he retweeted to his twitter followers saying, how attractive she was.

However in his interview with Lil Mama you will see that he (a black man) never uplifts Lil Mama (a black woman) on her beauty, Instead he insults her appearance a number of times. “Chalamagne Tha godless” argued with me via twitter about his “right to consider whoever he wants beautiful” and he is absolutely correct.  He does have a right to decide what he considers to be beautiful, but don’t you find it odd – when people find beauty in every other race besides their own?

The interaction between the two is a direct result of 245 years of slavery amongst black men and women. Chalamagne the godless could have glorified Lil Mama’s beauty the same as he did Kylie Jenner’s days ago, but he didn’t.  Subconscious self-hate isn’t as identifiable as one would believe.

Slave Masters from the 16-1800’s  demoralized black men and women along with the construction of our families. Black people have always been considered “ugly” in America; however hearing it for over 200 years is the reason you see men like Charlamagne the godless praise a 17 year old white girl but insults a young black woman.