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All the times Trump cared about himself (or the four Black people he knows) more than Black History Month.

By now, I’m sure y’all have seen some of the tweets and memes about Trump having absolutely no idea who Frederick Douglass is.

But have you seen his little speech though?  Because I’ve never seen someone take a speech about Black History Month and turn it into whining about how they were persecuted by Fake News.

Here’s the transcript if you can’t bear to watch Lil Baby Cheeto Prez.  I'ma just bold the parts that have absolutely nothing to do with Black History Month…even though it’s Black History Month.

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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


“Before the witness of history the response of non-violence stands, in the memory of this nation, as a monument of honour to the black community of the United States. Today as we recall those who with Christian vision opted for non-violence as the only truly effective approach for ensuring and safeguarding human dignity, we cannot but think of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and of the providential role he played in contributing to the rightful human betterment of black Americans and therefore to the improvement of American society itself.”
—Saint John Paul II


60 years ago in April 1954, first baseman Tom Alston became the first African-American player to wear the Birds on the Bat. Six weeks after Alston’s debut, the Cardinals called up a 30-year old righthander from Triple-A Columbus. On May 31st, 1954, Bill Greason became the first black pitcher in Cardinals franchise history. Bill’s pitching career in St. Louis was brief – he appeared in only three total games before being sent back to Columbus. He spent another six years in the Cardinals minor league system and upon retirement from baseball, he began another storied phase of his life as a pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham.

The Reverend Bill Greason has worn many hats and seen a lot of history in his long and storied life. A native of Atlanta, GA, Reverend Greason grew up as a child in the same neighborhood as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend Greason was a Montford Point Marine, part of the storied detachment that landed on Iwo Jima in World War II. He was among the Marines honored in Washington in 2012 with our nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal.

He played for five years in the Negro Leagues, and was a teammate of Willie Mays on the Negro American League Champion Birmingham Black Barons of 1948. In 1952, he broke the Oklahoma professional sports color barrier when he took the mound for the AAA Oklahoma City Indians.

Reverend Greason’s career on the mound for the Cardinals may have been brief, but he has a very significant place in franchise history as a pioneer and trailblazer.

On September 21, 2014, the Cardinals honored Rev. Greason before the game and celebrated his special role in the history of our great franchise.

Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.
—  ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Open letter to the creators/producers of The 100

I just want you to understand what you did, because I don’t think you do.

Queer women are staving for representation. The field is so barren they have to settle for what they get if they want to see themselves on the screen at all. I don’t think you grasp the level of responsibility that entails.

The ‘dead lesbian’ trope needs to go away. It has been pervasive and toxic to all my lesbian and bisexual friends. I have had friends, in tears, tell me that for years they believed they didn’t deserve love because all the lesbians they saw died as soon as they dared to love.

This is not teen girl drama. If you need this in different terms, look up Whoopi Goldberg’s story of why she wanted to be on Star Trek. As a child, seeing Nichelle Nichols on tv, “and she ain’t no maid!” was a pivotal moment. It was so important that the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. went out of his way to talk Nichols out of leaving the show!

At a time when LGBT+ and women in general are under attack by a system that constantly dehumanizes them, representation is for them as much as for the general public. Straight people need to see queer women who are fully fleshed individuals, and they need to see these women triumph. But most importantly, young queer women need to see, with their own eyes, that they deserve to love and be loved and end happily. Especially at a time when suicide and self-harm are such prevalent issues that even the CDC has dedicated a section of their website to LGBT youth. When eoey other day I read news of gay and bisexual women being murdered fn who they are.

You say it was “the best option”, but all that tells me is you lack imagination, and as a writer that is really not an impression you want to make. You can’t fix this, but I hope you reflect on what you did and do better next time. We don’t need or want gritty realism, because so many of us have to deal with that shit in real life with no support. What we need is hope.

‘Destination Saturn’ 2015

The inspiration behind ‘Destination Saturn’ (figure #7) comes from my frustrations living in America where every justice is one that Black people have to fight for. It also comes from my understanding that White privileges are more important to many in White America than justice, equality and diversity are. The inspiration comes from me entertaining ideas of living apart from White people to examine what an uninterrupted Black space looks like. I wonder where Africa would be without and American and European imperialism, what non-genetically modified foods would taste like. What cures would be realized. What Black love and relations would look like outside of White dominated and distributed pop cultural depictions.

For Black folks the intersections of sci-fi, politics and Black Nationalism are more than less. We’ve been AfroFuturists in practice, without a descriptive name before Dery’s limited definition. The message is very direct and the key elements make this piece one of my recent favorites. I’m referencing Sun Ra’s 'Space is the Place’. I’m referencing The Garvey inspired Pan-African Black Star Line Enterprise. I position the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a prominent figure in the AfroFuturist movement. If not for Dr. King Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) would’ve left the iconic Star Trek role after the first season as she has already submitted her resignation letter to Gene Roddenberry. “Right on time” means I was thinking that no matter how late in life we wake up and seek to be free it’s always right on time.
MLK Day 2015: These Rarely Seen Family Photos Of MLK Will Warm Your Heart

We all know Martin Luther King, Jr. to be among the world’s greatest educators, freedom fighters, orators, leaders and truth seekers – but his four children knew of many more loving layers to a man who had already earned a pretty high pedestal in so…

We all know Martin Luther King, Jr. to be among the world’s greatest educators, freedom fighters, orators, leaders and truth seekers – but his four children knew of many more loving layers to a man who had already earned a pretty high pedestal in society.

Despite all the great accolades Dr. King achieved throughout his short-lived life, there was perhaps one role that held prominence over most and that was being a father to his beloved children.

Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, welcomed four kids (Dexter, Bernice, Yolanda and Martin Luther King III) – all of whom were once pint-sized toddlers who admired their father for reasons too many to list. Decades after his death, their admiration has not dwindled.

On a day commemorating Dr. King and celebrating his legacy, we invite you to a series of photos that show a rarely pictured and uplifting - but not any less authentic – side to Dr. King during his days in Montgomery, Alabama.

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    Bettmann/Corbis After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is freed from prison under a $2000 appeal bond, he is greeted by his wife Coretta and children, Marty and Yoki, at the airport in Chamblee, Georgia on October 27, 1960.
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    Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. relaxes at home with his family in May 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama.
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    Flip Schulke/Corbis Martin Luther King Jr. and his family eat their Sunday dinner after church on November 8, 1964.
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    Flip Schulke/Corbis Martin Luther King Jr. talks with his daughter on a swing set in the backyard of their home in Atlanta.
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    Flip Schulke/Corbis Martin Luther King Jr. serves pieces of chicken to his young sons Marty and Dexter at Sunday dinner on November 8, 1964.
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    Flip Schulke/Corbis Martin Luther King Jr. holds his young son Dexter on his lap at home in Atlanta, November 8, 1960.
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    Flip Schulke/Corbis Martin Luther King Jr. and his family eat their Sunday dinner after church on November 8, 1964.
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    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. relaxes at home with his family in May 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama.
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    Flip Schulke/Corbis Martin Luther King Jr. pushes his young son Dexter on a swing set in their backyard, November 1960.
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    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. relaxes at home with his family in May 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Source: Lilly Workneh for The Huffington Post

beezlikethat  asked:

Care to play a games of good cop/bad cop? Could it be possible that KeKe Palmer is just being a christian and spreading the message from God instead of catering to her white fanbase?

[re: this post]

First off, this is NOT a game. Not even close. Yet another innocent UNARMED Black person (in a long line of unarmed innocent Black people) was shot dead by another ARMED White cop. So let’s dismiss the laughably foolish notion this is somehow comperable to a game ok?

Second, does being “a Christian” mean you can’t say the word racism? Does it mean refusing to talk about police brutality? Guess someone totes forgot to tell the REVEREND Martin Luther King, Jr about that😒

Now, let’s look at just one of Keke’s problematic “post-racial” tweets, which remember, she tweeted out after Mike Brown’s murder: “Why do we hate eachother, harm eachother, kill eachother? We are brothers & sisters y’all. All colors! Peace is the answer.”

“WE”? Who is this WE that is killing “each other”? 👀 Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Mike Brown…all innocent and UNARMED Black people murdered by ARMED White men…and Keke’s brilliant response is that we—WE—need to be peaceful and WEeee need to start loving each other because we all bleed red?????


Ms. Palmer is literally suggesting that “WE” Black people aren’t smiling hard enough each time we’re racially profiled and/or assaulted by armed White people

And if you look at all of her tweets since Mike Brown was murdered by the police…literally nowhere—NOWHERE—in any of them does Keke even mention the word racism. That’s a big problem. Not talking about racism doesn’t magically make it go away. Keke condescendingly quoted MLKjr, but she cannot say the words “racism” or “police brutality” like Dr. King did? Yes, that’s clearly indicative of her not wanting to offend or alienate any of her White fan base. Keke has made a very conscious decision by setting up a false equivalency of “WE are killing each other” and she is wrong, wrong, WRONG

As an underrepresented young Black woman who’s on the cusp of making it in Hollywood, I really want(ed?) her to be successful, but I’ll kick her to the curb without a second thought if this is the best she can do when she *chooses* to speak out about social justice. Her message of “Kumbaya” & “positivity” in the face of unrelenting police brutality and racism is a dangerous one because it reinforces White Supremacist ideas like respectability politics and the myth of meritocracy, and ultimately blames the victim for not smiling hard enough when they’re gunned down

Keke Palmer is a very talented actress and a beautiful Black woman, and I get you stanning for her. I get that.  But…Keke is living in a bubble and needs to wake tf up. She needs to do a 180 & have a tall glass of #doBetter. Much better. Far too many people shed a lot of blood to give her the opportunity to be where she is now, and #newBlack celebs like her and Pharrell are spitting on their graves each time they engage in such buffoonery ignorance 

Here’s some mandatory reading for you: The Problem With Keke Palmer’s “Compassion” For Michael Brown And Other Black Victims of Modern Day Lynching