The North Carolina GOP effort to suppress the African-American vote continues

An extraordinary thing happened three weeks ago when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit threw out most of the massive voter suppression law passed by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Image: Charlie Neibergall, AP

The court found that legislative leaders asked for data broken down by race about how people vote and then as the court put it, with “surgical precision” changed the voting methods used disproportionately by African-Americans.

The motives could not have been clearer.

The General Assembly leadership created a photo ID requirement, ended same day registration at early voting sites, ended pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds, and shortened early voting by a week—all to make it less likely that African-Americans would vote.

Voting rights advocates understandably celebrated the decision to invalidate much of the law as a landmark victory and it was. And it came after similar rulings in other parts of the country.  The tide on voter suppression was turning back toward democracy.

But now something else extraordinary is happening across North Carolina. The Republican majorities on local boards of elections are doing their best to thwart the court’s ruling and follow the lead of the General Assembly.

Each county board determines the times that early voting sites are open and where the early voting sites are located.  And many of the boards are now refusing to locate sites in African-American neighborhoods or on college campuses.

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Trump’s Call for ‘Law and Order’ and Options Facing Black Community in Its Resistance to Police Violence

Donald Trump; Too late to turn off; Primaries
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In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and a national debate over badly needed reforms to the policing of communities of color, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reintroduced the term “law and order” to the public discussion on the criminal justice system.  Meanwhile, as Trump calls on more police, the Black community is in a dilemma, and is left to ask what it must do to escape police brutality, when everything to date has not worked.

After rolling out his concept at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump gave a speech on law and order that was purportedly designed to appeal to African-American voters, with whom he is polling between 0 and 1 percent, according to recent polls. Yet, he made his remarks in West Bend, Wisconsin, 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee, as ABC News reported.  As the most recent Census data show, West Bend is 92 percent white, and has an African-American population of 1.2 percent, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Trump thanked law enforcement for their service, and condemned the recent violence in Milwaukee — impacted by police violence and economic deprivation — as “an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and peace.”  His answer for the Black community, as he told the nearly all-white crowd, is more police:

Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially the sake of those living in the affected communities. The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods.

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Chicago police chief wants to fire 8 cops for McDonald shooting cover-up…

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has recommended firing eight officers accused of covering up the police shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

An initial investigation into the incident carried out by the city’s inspector general also recommended that two other officers involved should be fired. According to a statement from Chicago Police Department (CPD), however, these two officers “have since retired.”

Johnson was also advised by the inspector general that a 10th officer, a female, should also be sacked, but Johnson has decided against this.

In a message to rank and file officers on Thursday, Johnson wrote that he’s aware “this type of action can come with many questions and varying opinions,” but added that “these decisions were not made lightly.”

“As I have said before, with every decision that I make, I always keep in mind the tremendous sacrifice, bravery and commitment of every officer,” he continued, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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Resilience — Patrons of the Pit

Rising from the murky waters of Louisiana there is hope. Resilience. Tho the tempest has howled, and the floods have washed much asunder, it will not wash away the human spirit, nor the ability to carry on. This photo was just too fantastic not to share. We do not know who these guys are, […]

via Resilience — Patrons of the Pit

Posted by Libergirl with LOVE for my second home…Baton Rouge, Louisiana…this too shall pass!!

 

NAACP Sounds the Alarm on Charter Schools, Warns of Racist Discipline Policies, Segregation, Lack of Oversight and Accountability

Photography for the Mystic Valley Charter Schools (American Enterprise Institute)
Mystic Valley Charter Schools (American Enterprise Institute)

The debate over charter schools — and whether they provide a benefit or do harm to Black and low-income children — is brewing once again.  And the Civil Rights and Black Power movements are drawing a line in the sand.  This, as parents seek control over their children’s schools and the educational process.

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, recently passed a resolution at their national convention in Cincinnati calling for a ban on privately managed charter schools.  The resolution said the following:

“CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE INCREASED SEGREGATION RATHER THAN DIVERSE INTEGRATION OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.”

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Aetna Cuts Back on Affordable Care Act Public Exchanges

Aetna will become the latest health insurer to chop participation in the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges when it trims its presence to four states for 2017, from 15 this year. The cuts, announced late Monday, come after United Health and Humana announced their own exchange pull backs for 2017 and after several nonprofit insurance co-ops…

via Aetna Cuts Back on Affordable Care Act Public Exchanges — TIME

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People have been telling black activists how to protest for 150 years Moderates are censuring Black Lives Matter, just as they did with Abolitionism and Civil Rights

Yesterday, four police officers walked off the job at a WNBA game after a group of players donned shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. This story marks but one of the many condemnations leveled at the protest organization since its inception, ranging from civilian complaints concerning blocked traffic, to public disapproval from the likes of Rudy Giuliani, who this week decried the group as racist and ineffectual.

Yet the public censure of black rights movements has a long and storied history in the United States, especially by moderates who claim to prioritize peace and prudence above all. Countless black activists—including lionized ones like Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr.—have long been lauded for having the right idea, but chastised for going about it the wrong way.
In 1853, The New York Herald reported on a speech Frederick Douglass delivered in the state capital. While the paper applauded the “extraordinary” and “eloquent” lecture, it regretted that Douglass’ rhetoric was “a little too fierce on the slavery question.” Years later, this time after emancipation, an Indiana paper came to the same judgment. The publication was “unfeignedly glad” for Douglass’ message, but beckoned him to change his tone, arguing he “will certainly do harm,” with “demands, however just, if arrogantly made.”

Douglass was all too familiar with this breed of criticism. The ideas were good, but the execution was off. “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation,” he said in 1857, “are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.”

A century later, Martin Luther King Jr. echoed his frustration with the same problem. In his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail, he wrote, “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate … who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action.’” Clear as he was here, the advice of moderates kept coming.
King’s mail was replete with invective and rebuke. “I believe and contribute to any cause for advancing human dignity,” read one from 1966, “but in your case I am awaiting the day when the brilliant Nobel Peace Prize Committee admits that you were the biggest mistake they ever made.”
In the tradition of abolitionists and Civil Rights protesters, Black Lives Matter is having its moment under scrutiny. There have been supportive critiques leveled, like this op-ed from a 1960s Civil Rights activist, who thinks (like Oprah) that the movement lacks clear leadership and goals.
But there have also been the unfortunately expected criticisms from people who claim to support the cause of equality, but take issue with the BLM’s rhetoric. When Donald Trump, for instance calls the movement’s rhetoric “divisive,” it’s hard not to see the parallel with the papers of the 1850s.

By Matt Reimann/Timeline

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