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Kings Of Leon - Reverend

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Trump launches media attack during Black History Month listening session

Sitting in the Roosevelt Room on Wednesday for what was billed as a listening session to mark the start of African-American History Month, President Donald Trump took the occasion to once again criticize the media for covering him unfairly while also praising famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass as “somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.”

“Last month we celebrated the life of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., whose incredible example is unique in American history. You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office. And it turned out that that was fake news from these people,” Trump said during his introductory remarks, gesturing at the pool reporters who had been allowed in to view the start of the meeting. “Fake news. The statue is cherished … but they said the statue, the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, was taken out of the office. And it was never even touched. So I think it was a disgrace. But that’s the way the press is, very unfortunate.”

The incident to which the president referred occurred just hours after his inauguration last month, when a member of the presidential press pool mistakenly reported that a bust of King, placed in the Oval Office by former President Barack Obama, had been removed by Trump. That report was quickly corrected and the reporter responsible for it apologized, but the episode has been used by administration officials as proof that the media is out to get Trump.

The president was flanked on each side at the Roosevelt Room conference table by Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault, a former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice” who joined his administration in the Office of Public Liaison. Almost all of the attendees at the meeting had been supporters of Trump during the campaign.

Speaking of the influence African-Americans have had on the U.S., Trump listed Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman as individuals who “made America what it is today.” He said famed orator Frederick Douglass “is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”

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December 1st 1955: Rosa Parks on the bus

On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old black seamstress from Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. A member of the NAACP, Parks was returning home from a long day at work when the bus driver ordered her to give up her seat on the full bus for a white man. No stranger to civil rights activism, she was subsequently arrested for civil disobedience in defying the state’s Jim Crow racial segregation laws. Through this act of defiance, Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, during which time African-Americans - under the leadership of a young, charismatic reverend called Martin Luther King Jr. - refused to use the city buses, arguing that they should be integrated per the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. The boycott was successful in forcing Montgomery to end its discriminatory segregation laws, and marked the beginning of the main phase of what is now known as the Civil Rights Movement. From Montgomery, African-Americans across the United States went on to lead sit-ins, freedom rides, and political marches, in an attempt to bring an end to segregation laws which had oppressed their community for so long. These activists were all indebted to Rosa Parks - known as the ‘mother of the Civil Rights Movement’ - for her simple act of defiance, firmly asserting her humanity and her rights as an American citizen. As the movement grew, Parks remained an influential symbol and leader of the movement, which ultimately brought an end to legal segregation and forced Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights and 1965 Voting Rights Acts. As for Parks herself, the affair of her arrest and the subsequent boycott caused her to lose her job and made her a victim of harassment and threats. She moved to Detriot and in 1965 began to work in the office of Congressman John Conyers. In 1999, Rosa Parks was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for her role in transforming American race relations, and upon her death in 2005 she lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. Today, 60 years on, we remember Rosa Parks’s personal bravery, the successes of the movement she inspired, and the steps yet to be taken as the struggle against systemic racism continues.

“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day…No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in”

60 years ago today


Kings Of Leon - Reverend

Well This is Black

history month
so this is our
little breakfast
our little
get together
(hi Lynn, how are you?)
just a few notes

During this month, we honor
the tremendous history
of African-Americans
throughout our country
throughout the world
if you really think about it

And their story is one
of unimaginable
hard work,
and faith in America

I’ve gotten a real glimpse
during the campaign
I’d go around with Ben
to a lot of different
I wasn’t so familiar with

They’re incredible people
And I want to thank
Ben Carson, who’s gonna
be heading up HUD
that’s a big job

That’s a job that’s not only housing,
but it’s mind and spirit
right, Ben?
and you understand,
nobody’s gonna be better
than Ben

Last month, we celebrated
the life of Reverend Martin Luther King
whose incredible example
is unique in American history
You read all about Doctor
Martin Luther King

a week ago when somebody
said I took the statue
out of my office
It turned out that
that was fake news

The statue is cherished
it’s one of the favorite
things in the—
and we have some good ones

We have Lincoln
and we have Jefferson
and we have
Dr. Martin Luther King

But they said the statue
the bust
of Martin Luther King
was taken out of the office
and it was never even
so I think it was a disgrace
but that’s the way the press is
very unfortunate

I am very proud now
that we have a museum
on the National Mall
where people can learn
about Reverend King
so many other things

Frederick Douglass is an
example of somebody
who’s done an amazing job
and is being recognized
more and more
I noticed

Harriet Tubman
Rosa Parks
and millions more Black
Americans who made
America what it is today
big impact

I’m proud to honor
this heritage and
will be honoring
it more and more

The folks at the table
in almost all cases
have been great
friends and supporters

Darrell—I met Darrell when
he was defending me
on television
and the people that were
on the other side of the argument
didn’t have a chance

And Paris has done
an amazing job
in a very hostile
CNN community
he’s all by
you’ll have seven people,
and Paris
and I’ll take Paris
over the seven

But I don’t watch CNN
so I don’t get to see you
as much as I used to
I don’t like watching fake news
But Fox has treated me very nice
Wherever Fox is, thank you

We’re gonna need better
schools and we
need them soon
we need more jobs
we need better wages
a lot better wages

we’re gonna work very
hard on the inner city
Ben is gonna be
doing that, big league

That’s one of the big things
that you’re gonna be looking at
we need safer communities
and we’re going to do that
with law enforcement

We’re gonna make it safe
we’re gonna make it much
better than it is right now

Right now it’s terrible
and I saw you talking
about it the other night
on something else
that was really—
you did a fantastic
job the other night
on a very unrelated show

I’m ready to do my part
and I will say this
we’re gonna work together
this is a great group,
this is a group that’s
been so special to me
you really helped me a lot.

if you remember
I wasn’t going to
do well with the
and after they heard me
speaking and talking
about the inner city
and lots of
other things
we ended up getting—
and I won’t go into details—
but we ended up getting
substantially more
than other candidates
who had run
in the past years

And now we’re gonna
take that to new levels
I want to thank my
television star over here
Omarosa’s actually a
very nice person
nobody knows that
I don’t want to destroy
her reputation
but she’s a very good person
and she’s been helpful
right from the beginning
of the campaign
and I appreciate it
I really do
very special

I have become well acquainted with the dualism in the North American church. Once, after taking a trip to Iraq to protest the war, I went to Willow Creek and gave a talk titled “The Scandal of Grace.” Afterward, they explained to me that the pulpits are not for political messages. I thought about what would have happened if Reverend King hadn’t allowed the gospel to get political. My heart sank as I walked into the foyer and noticed something I had never seen before: the American flag standing prominently in front of the auditorium. And never before was I so heartbroken that the cross was missing. For the flag and the cross are both spiritual. And they are both political. It is a dangerous day when we can take the cross out of the church more easily than the flag. No wonder it is hard for seekers to find God nowadays. It’s difficult to know where Christianity ends and America begins.1 Our money says, “In God We Trust.” God’s name is on America’s money, and America’s flag is on God’s altars.
—  Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution
Sorry, Dr. King.

For reference, I live in the North Eastern United States.  Today at work, one of my coworkers (who is in her 20s and is the mother of two children) did not know who Martin Luther King, Jr. was.  Another coworker told her that he was the one who ended slavery (confusing Reverend King with Abraham Lincoln) and then continued to me a few minutes later that he thought the KKK should have a holiday.

“It’s because black people think we owe them something,” he told me.  I looked at him, dumbfounded.  In my head, I thought, who is we?  I assume you mean white people but we are not even remotely similar to each other.  I am not like you.  Who are you?

I didn’t know what to say.  I laughed nervously.  "I am way too liberal for this town.“

God, I am so sorry.  I wish I had thought of something to say, but how do I respond to that?  I couldn’t find the words to cut through my shock.

I need to get out of here.