‘Scottsboro Boys’ to Get Posthumous Pardons 80 Years After Falsely Convicted for Raping Two White Women

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‘Scottsboro Boys’ to Get Posthumous Pardons 80 Years After Falsely Convicted for Raping Two White Women. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘SCOTTSBORO BOYS’ TO GET POSTHUMOUS PARDONS: The Scottsboro Boys are set to get posthumous pardons more than 80 years after they were accused of raping two white women in Alabama in the early 1930s. With the exception of one teen, all were convicted by white juries and sentenced to death row on false allegations. They were eventually freed, their lives were snatched away from them because they missed out on may opportunities, such as getting an education and marriage.

The Alabama House and Senate have voted unanimously in favor of a bill to posthumously pardon the Scottsboro Boys and Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to sign it. The Bill, SB97, is dubbed the Scottsboro Boys Act.

Is it a little too late? That depends on who you ask. The NAACP said it’s a step in the right direction, but now we are grappling with the Supreme Court case brought by Shelby County challenging the Voting Rights Act.

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Ruby Bates and Victoria Price accused Scottsboro Boys of Rape

The names of the Scottsboro Boys are:  Olen Montgomery (age 17), Clarence Norris (age 19), Haywood Patterson (age 18), Ozie Powell (age 16), Willie Roberson (age 16), Charlie Weems (age 16), Eugene Williams (age 13), and brothers Andy (age 19) and Roy Wright (age 13). They were accused of raping Ruby Bates and Victoria Price.

 

 Scottsboro Boys to Get Posthumous Pardons 80 Years After Falsely Convicted for Raping Two White Women

US Postal Service Issues Rosa Parks Stamp to Commemorate Her 100th Birthday

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US Postal Service Issues Rosa Parks Stamp to Commemorate Her 100th Birthday

ROSA PARKS STAMP:  The U.S. Postal Service has issued a special Rosa Parks stamp, commemorating the civil rights icon’s 100th birthday. Rosa Parks was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee. The stamp went on sale Monday and is one of several events scheduled to honor Rosa Parks, who was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man.

 

Drawing on Display at Newark Library Depicting Graphic Scene Between Black Female Slave and White Man Sparks Outrage

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Drawing on Display at Newark Library Depicting Graphic Scene Between Black Female Slave and White Man Sparks Outrage

Outrage as the Newark Public Library put on display a portrait that shows a black female slave having sex with a white man. The drawing, created by black artist Kara Walker, portrays the horrors many blacks faced after the Civil War and during Reconstruction. It also depicts hooded Ku Klux Klan members standing around a burning cross. The painting was originally on display during Thanksgiving on the library’s second-floor reference room, but it was covered with cloth after workers complained it was insensitive.

The question of freedom of expression weighs heavily in this controversy, but where do we draw the line? Do we want children staring at a painting of a black slave caught in such a compromising position? There were grotesque incidents that occurred during America’s darkest days, but we must be mindful that slavery and racism are sensitive subjects for many, both black and white.

Long-Time Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot Dies at Age 73

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Long-Time Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot Dies at Age 73 (Lawrence Guyot in early days)

LAWRENCE GUYOT DIES:  Longtime civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot died at age 73, sometime late Thursday or early Friday morning, his daughter, Julie Guyot-Diangone, said. Lawrence Guyot had dedicated his entire life fighting to empower the powerless and improve race relations in the U.S. In his struggle for racial equality, he was even beaten in his home state of Mississippi by law enforcement officers.

Washington Post:  A Mississippi native, Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, which brought thousands of young people to the state to register blacks to vote despite a history of violence and intimidation by authorities. He also chaired the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sought to have blacks included among the state’s delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. The bid was rejected, but another civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, addressed the convention during a nationally televised appearance.

Guyot was severely beaten several times, including at the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary known as Parchman Farm. He continued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging people to cast ballots for President Barack Obama.

 

 

 

University of Texas at Austin Professor Robert Jensen Calls Thanksgiving a “White Supremacist Holiday”

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University of Texas at Austin Professor Robert Jensen Calls Thanksgiving a “White Supremacist Holiday”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Robert Jensen calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” His opinion piece, “No Thanks for Thanksgiving” appeared on George Soros-connected website Alternet on Wednesday. In his article, Jensen wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went compared the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany, asking “how does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis?”

Robert Jensen claims Thanksgiving is “at the heart of U.S. myth-building. “But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today,” he explained.

Jensen claims that “not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits — which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States.”

Wow, this is pretty deep and I don’t believe for a minute that when most Americans think Thanksgiving, white supremacist comes to mind.

 University of Texas at Austin Professor Robert Jensen Calls Thanksgiving a White Supremacist Holiday

This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

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This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863

Lincoln said:  “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Togo Women’s Group Calls for Week-Long Sex Ban to Demand Resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe

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Togo Women’s Group Calls for Week-Long Sex Ban to Demand Resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Togo Women’s Sex Strike:  Women from Togo have been called upon to refrain from having sex with their husbands or partners for a week to demand reform. The ban has been called by opposition coalition Let’s Save Togo, made up of nine civil society groups and seven opposition parties and movements, BBC reports. The groups are also calling for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe, the AP reports.

BBC: “Opposition leader Isabelle Ameganvi said that sex could be a “weapon of the battle” to achieve political change. ”

“We have many means to oblige men to understand what women want in Togo,” Ms Ameganvi, leader of the women’s wing of the coalition, told the BBC. She said she had been inspired by a similar strike by Liberian women in 2003, who used a sex strike to campaign for peace.

“If men refuse to hear our cries we will hold another demonstration that will be more powerful than a sex strike,” she added.

 Togo Womens Group Calls for Week Long Sex Ban to Demand Resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe

MLK Birthplace Sweet Auburn District, Malcolm X’s Boyhood Roxbury Home Named Endangered Historic Places

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MLK Sweet Auburn District, Malcolm X's Boyhood Roxbury Home Named Endangered Historic Places (NTHP)

EPIC FAIL:  The historic Sweet Auburn district and Malcolm X’s boyhood home have made the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.  At its height, the Sweet Auburn district was the center of the Civil Rights movement but steadily declined in the 1980s. There has been some development on Auburn Avenue in recent years, but many commercial spaces have remained largely untouched.

The Sweet Auburn District is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the area flourished as a mecca for blacks in the segregated South.

The boyhood home of Malcolm X has also made the list.  The Malcolm X-Ella Little-Collins House in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, which dates to 1874, has deteriorated due to water leaks.

Additional sites on the endangered list includes boxer Joe Frazier’s gym in Philadelphia,  historic U.S. Post Office buildings across the country, the Village of Zoar in Ohio and the Ellis Island Hospital Complex in New York.