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Here's What Robert E. Lee Thought About Confederate Monuments

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      "Not only did Lee oppose Confederate monuments, "he favored erasing battlefields from the landscape altogether," Horn wrote. He even supported getting rid of the Confederate flag after the Civil War ended. He didn't want it flying above Washington College, of which he was president after the war"

      http://www.businessinsider.com/robert-e-lee-oppose...

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      HATE IN AMERICA SINCE TRUMP

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          Slate Magazine has provided us with important information about the rise in hate and hate crimes since the campaigns and subsequent election of Donald Trump.

          Since the election of President Donald Trump, news outlets and social media accounts have swelled with reports of swastikas at schools, racist taunts, and other hate-fueled attacks and acts of intimidation

          ..http://www.kolumnmagazine.com/2017/04/13/hate-amer...

          The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has aggregated media reports and gathered submissions from its website, catalogued 1064 such incidents, 13 of which were later debunked as false reports, in the first month after Trump won the presidency. (Twenty-six of those incidents were perpetrated against Trump supporters.)

          The SPLC has presented that data in aggregate, creating an invaluable record of the scope of post-election hate crimes.

          http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/po...

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          Opinion | The Other Inconvenient Truth

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              There is one hell of lot of talk and writing about racism and politics now, everywhere you turn--in newspapers, on social media, and in the neighborhood. Some of it is enlightening but much of it is maddening. The best I've seen is today's column by Charles Blow, in "The Other Inconvenient Truth"--

              https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/opinion/republi...

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              Racial Supremacy And The Zionist Exception

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                  Politicians from Senators Marco Rubio and Orrin Hatch to Chuck Schumer and Ron Wyden have been outspoken in their condemnation of Saturday’s Unite the Right March in Charlottesville and the vicious acts of terror it spawned. Criticizing Donald Trump for his reluctant and temporizing comments, they condemn the hate and are rightly appalled by the white supremacist chants of “Blood and Soil” and “You Won’t Replace Us”—or, as it became, “Jews Won’t Replace Us”. Though they have so far fallen as far short as Donald Trump from calling it by its real name, American fascism, they have been forthright in calling out this assembly of virulent racist movements.

                  Meanwhile, the same senators are united by their ardent support for a racist regime that is no less inspired by racial supremacy and an ideology that demands ethnic cleansing. All have signed on to a bill that would protect the state of Israel by imposing civil and possibly criminal penalties on anyone who protests its ongoing violations of Palestinian rights, including illegal settlement and dispossession, by advocating for the boycott of its economic, academic and cultural institutions. In doing so, they have placed protecting Israel and its racially discriminatory policies above the rights of activists who are inspired by the same commitment to justice as the demonstrators who opposed the open display of racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville.

                  The contradiction between condemning US racism and support for the racist ideology of Zionism has become steadily more glaring. The ugly chants and intimidating violence of the fascist right have met with almost universal disgust, including naming the lethal ramming of non-violent protesters an act of terror. At the same time, Americans have had to confront the fact that white supremacy is an intrinsic if shameful element in their history and institutions whose consequences have yet to be overcome. The brief moment when the premature claim that the United States was “postracial” has run its course. But the same awareness has yet to extend to the remarkably similar and equally consequential world-view of Zionism.

                  http://mondoweiss.net/2017/08/supremacy-zionist-ex...

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                  Robert E. Lee Opposed Confederate Monuments

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                      Looks like even Lee understood the strife that monuments to the losing side could cause. We are living out his prediction. These monuments and the attitudes that brought about "The Lost Cause" made it impossible for the south to move forward.

                      “I think it wiser,” the retired military leader wrote about a proposed Gettysburg memorial in 1869, “…not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.”


                      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/robert-e-lee-o...

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                      Question In Need Of Honest Answer

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                          Hello everyone. It's been a long time. I've stayed away because I got tired of all Trump all the time. I was in need of a break. I even avoided news for awhile so that I could find my peace.

                          In light of Charlottesville, I along with some others have frustrated a friend beyond belief with our memes and such and when she was yelling at me about how tired of it she was, she suggested that I do something about it. Beyond talking to people in my life and having the difficult discussion about race, I don't know what I can do. Especially, when I feel that, while black folks have some issues of their own to work out, the bulk of the work needs to come from the white community.

                          So my question is this: How can I, a young black woman, help end racism? How can I get through to the white people who don't believe racism is as bad as it is? How do I combat white nationalists who believe that their lives, wants, needs, and desires are more important than mine for no other reason than the color of our skins?

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                          We're Not Just Bad HERE, We're Bad EVERYWHERE. Watch & Listen.

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                              So..... we're all freaked out about Charlottesville, but we support the crimes against humanity which this woman describes in depth here, with Billions & Billions of dollars, military equipment up the wazoo, and political support around the world. The United States of America is not the 'good guys' by any stretch of any imagination. We have to examine not just what we are doing HERE, we have to examine what we are doing EVERYWHERE.


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                              Charlottesville And Donald Trump’s Crass Political Opportunism

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                                  "First, the fact that there even was a white supremacist rally speaks to the way racism has festered in this country from the time the first slaves were transported here from Africa to now. As a nation, we have coddled people who still identify with the Confederacy. This is a moral failure"

                                  https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2017/08/14...

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                                      "Conrad Lariviere appears to be a Massachusetts area police officer. He decided to put in his two cents about Ben Shapiro’s post. In the comment thread, Conrad Lariviere wrote [quotes include all typographical errors]:

                                      Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block road ways"

                                      https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/14/1689455..

                                      This police officer is, unfortunately, a cop in my city. Springfield police have a long history of bad relations with people of color. The Justice Department was called in to help about 20 years ago; more funds came to the Police Department for training, for Community Policing, and for technical upgrades. Things smoothed out some, but it took a long time for most of the known racists to be off the force. I think it's time to check on this Police Department again.....

                                      http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/spr...

                                      '"Never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and don't believe in what any of those protesters are doing," Lariviere told MassLive. "I'm a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone.""

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                                      Heather Heyer's Death Offers Us A Chance To Talk Honestly About White Women And White ....

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                                          "White women have long been willing participants in white supremacy—particularly because they benefit from it too. And contrary to appearance, there were women in Charlottesville standing on the side of oppression this weekend, too."

                                          read:https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/14/1689524...

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