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Progressive politics and

pictures of highly attractive women and

signal boosts for my columns and playlists and

way too many pop culture references and

a fusillade of snarky comments and other generally amusing things

But the ball!  His groin!  It works on so many levels!

Another great — maybe the greatest — moment in Simpsons history.




In the The 5000 Year Leap, Skousen tells the “story of slavery” by quoting historian Fred Albert Shannon at length. The quotations claim that white boys envied the freedom of black slave children and describe newly sold slaves as “a cheerful lot.”

The book also claims that abolitionists spread false rumors about the mistreatment of black slaves, and it states that “slave owners were the worst victims of the system.” (x)

What else can be expected from Glenn Beck.  What an asshat.

Absolutely. But I think the really egregious shit is the revisionist history in this book “The 5000 Year Leap”.  I know they have tried to shade the truth in the past, but this is really bold. Next step will be flat out slavery denial. “Those were paid workers. They were lining up to get on the ship. They wanted to be taken away from the horrors of Africa to an easy life in the free world. Because America that’s why! 

James Brown at the T.A.M.I. Show →




George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014). 

Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player). 

To Be Takei documentary official website. 

- Mod Dawes Sr. 











Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…

A lot of the men and women that had to endure this are still alive. Don’t let white people act like this is the distant past. It’s not.

Fucking monsters.

American history. American present.

Never forget

I didn’t want to reblog this because of how uncomfortable it made me feel and then I realized, that’s the exact reason I need to reblog it.

Look at these images, America. Look at them. This is your history. This is one of the things that has made you what you are. Do you know what these are from? Have you ever heard of the Detroit Race Riot of ‘43? Do you know about the Deacons of Defense? Can you imagine the kind of “crimes” that could necessitate beatings like the ones viewed here? Crimes like: being involved with a white woman. Being suspected of being involved with a white woman. Trying to vote. Using a white’s only bathroom. Integrating schools or churches or anything else.

Look at these images. This is your story and mine. This isn’t the distant past! This isn’t some kind of ancient history that we can gloss over. People who participated in these events—on either side—are still alive today. Their children and grandchildren may be reading this right now.

Look at them, damn you! Study them. Think about how they make you feel. How it must have felt for the victims. For their families. Put yourself back there. Imagine this. Picture living with this kind of fear.

Look at these images.

Bolding is mine.

I do want to point out the photo of the two white guys with the one in a US Army sweatshirt are actually helping, but the only reason I want to point that out is thus far that photo and a second photo of those three men are the only photos of the Detroit Race Riot I have seen of white people openly defending any of the black victims that were attacked. Literally every other photo I have seen of the Detroit Race Riots have been like the others: white people dehumanizing and beating black people. Or they have been aftermath photos.

Whenever you hear “You can’t fight fire with fire” or “Don’t fight hate with hate.”

I want you to think of these images.

And how else the fuck is hate supposed to be fought when THIS is what it looks like.

Yeah, when they tell you not to fight fire with fire, what they usually mean is that you need to stand there, take it, and burn.

Iggy profits from the cultural performativity and forms of survival that Black women have perfected, without having to encounter and deal with the social problem that is the Black female body, with its perceived excesses, unruliness, loudness and lewdness. If she existed in hip hop at a moment when Black women could still get play, where it would take more than one hand to count all the mainstream Black women rap artists, I would have no problem. Iggy would be one among the many. But in this moment, she represents a problem of co-optation. She represents the ways in which hip hop is on a crash course to take exactly the path that rock ‘n roll took such that 20 years from now, people my nephew’s age, will look at the Macklemores and Iggys of the world as representative of Hip Hop Culture, with nary a Black soul making their top ten list of hip hop greats.

Iggy Azalea’s post-racial mess: America’s oldest race tale, remixed

As a white female rapper mistakes appropriation for artistry, here’s how black women remain pushed to the sidelines

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