Guns became central to the Panthers’ identity, as they taught their early recruits that “the gun is the only thing that will free us — gain us our liberation.”
The Panthers responded to racial violence by patrolling black neighborhoods brandishing guns — in an effort to police the police. The fear of black people with firearms sent shockwaves across white communities, and conservative lawmakers immediately responded with gun-control legislation.
Then Gov. Ronald Reagan, now lauded as the patron saint of modern conservatism, told reporters in California that he saw “no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” Reagan claimed that the Mulford Act, as it became known, “would work no hardship on the honest citizen.” The NRA actually helped craft similar legislation in states across the country. Fast-forward to 2013, and it is a white-male dominated NRA, largely made up of Southern conservatives and gun owners from the Midwest and Southwestern states, that argues “do not tread on me” in the gun debate.”
The Detroit man charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and weapons felony firearm for killing a 19-year-old woman on his porch was found guilty on all counts Thursday. Theodore Wafer was charged for the shooting death of Renisha McBride on November 2, 2013. He faces life in prison with the possibility of parole.
How Mo Brooks’ ‘War on Whites’ gaffe became worse by several orders of magnitude.
You probably heard about Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks’ accusation that Democrats are waging a “war on whites.” If not, the story is here. Suffice it to say that he reached for the racist dog whistle and accidentally grabbed a megaphone.
What happened afterward was wonderfully disastrous. Step one in this cascading PR disaster was entirely predictable; liberals used the hashtag #WarOnWhites to make fun of Brooks and Republican dog whistle racism in general.
But it turned out that the hashtag was already being used by the sort of batshit crazy racists you’d expect to use it. These are white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other lifestyle racists who are convinced that immigration and “race mixing” is a form of “white genocide.” Never mind that as these genocidal minorities are supposedly watering down whiteness, it stands to reason that they’re also watering down their own ethnicity with the whiteness they’re supposedly trying to wipe out. In other words, if mixed race people represent a white genocide, they also represent a self-genocide of the people doing the genocide. The whole thing makes no sense because these people are a). stupid and b). see A.
Anyway, #WarOnWhites trended for most of the night and people visiting for the yucks were also treated to the occasional butthurt Nazi trying to convince everyone that what Mo Brooks said was the truest thing ever.
Especially funny were the conservatives who joined in on the hashtag, only to run screaming after they slowly (very slowly in many cases) realized that those they were slapping on the back and agreeing with were klansmen and skinheads. This is especially fun because the ‘baggers have convinced themselves that racists are all lefties, for reasons far too long and stupid to go into with any great detail here. Here they found actual Nazis decrying liberals and “Marxism” and they were confronted with the suddenly undeniable fact that these clowns are conservative to the core.
And of course, there’s all the praise Mo Brooks is getting for his racist statement from the white supremacists. It would’ve gone under the radar — few pay attention to these crackpots unless they hold a sad little rally someplace — if it weren’t for the fact that people used their hashtag to make fun of them.
As I tweeted to the particular KKKlown who posted the image above, “You think you’re helping, but you’re SO not!” If Alabama dems don’t use Brook’s popularity with Nazis against him, it’ll be a case of political malpractice.
In a victory activists were unsure they’d get, Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the country’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act today, declaring the anti-LGBT law “null and void” because of a parliamentary technicality in how it was passed.
The court determined that when members of Parliament passed the law in December 2013, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had not established quorum — a required minimum number of members present to vote — effectively invalidating the law.
Scientists from MIT Developed a Trillion frames per second slow motion camera that can show light moving through a bottle. Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography - For comparison, the imaging of a bullet captured at this many frames per second would last a year as explained in thepresentation by Professor Ramesh Raskar of MIT.
^ what you have witnessed above is light travelling in slow motion.
The Strongest Anti-Racism Ads Of The Last 20 Years
- 1996 Benetton
- 1996 UK
- 1999 campaign via the UK by the Commission for Racial Equality
- 2001 For the National Congress Of American Indians
- 2002 Via the UK for the National Assembly Against Racism
- 2002 Via the UK
- 2002 National Union of Students
- 2003 Red Cross of Finland
- 2004 campaign via the UK
- 2007 A More Perfect Union via the USA
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.