racism

African-Americans resettle in Africa

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Ghana is the first African country to officially open its doors to people of African descent from all over the world. 

In Prampram, a town just an hour’s drive east of Ghana’s capital Accra, many holiday houses line the shores of the South Atlantic Ocean. One of them belongs to Jerome Thompson. Located only 500 meters from the waterMr. Thompson, a native of Maryland in the United States, retired to Ghana 11 years ago. He first visited the West African country on a tour in 2000. “I fell in love with Ghana and its people,” he recalled, during an interview with Africa Renewal. “It was good seeing black people, my people, in charge of the country (Ghana).” 

“I was so ready to turn my back on the United States,” he says, adding: “We did so much for the US, yet they don’t want to see us as first-class citizens.” 

Currently, there are around 200 million people in the Americas identifying themselves as of African descent, according to the United Nations. Millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent, and in most cases they experience racism and discrimination.

To promote the respect for and protection of their human rights, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015–2024 as the “The International Decade for the People of African Descent”, to be marked annually on 25 March.

Right of Abode

Ghana, from whose shores the majority of 15 million Africans passed into slavery, has invited its descendants in the diaspora to return home.  The country has had a long history, from the days of its first president, Kwame Nkrumah, of encouraging the return of persons of African descent to help with the continent’s development.

Read the full article by:  Efam Dovi From Africa Renewal

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YES, BUT THEY DON’T LIKE US!?

One of the first things many African-Americans will say when confronted with the idea of moving to Africa is, “Africans don’t like us.” Top that with the a third-world images America has bombarded into our psyche of Africa with starving children, grass huts and barren lands with rebels riding shotgun in old dirty jeeps, makes most African-Americans consider every other country before the motherland — but they should be well aware by now of the manipulative trickery and deceit of our government and consider even if Africans don’t like us, it would still be better among them then what we are tolerating here.

One of the most successful tactics of British soldiers to plant fear was to show “images of dead bodies and ruined houses” to threatened the people.  — Virginia Woolf

The American and UK media outlets are going out of their way to covertly insinuate and convince Black people of the impoverished conditions of Africa, a continent 3 times the size of America and the richest land on this planet, would be a detrimental move and that blacks would be far better off staying here or moving to another European country than going back to Africa.

And yes, they are playing both ends against the middle, spreading lies to Africans about us like they spread lies to us about them but as in an old African Proverb, but rather than trying to have that conversation about race with them that they don’t want to hear, we should have a talk with our brothers and sisters in Africa. I urge you to remember that is the “hunter” (white man) speaking when it reads, “Until the Lion tells his story, the Hunter will forever be glorified.”

Witness recently when President Obama visited Kenya, the only footage shown was of Obama visiting the undeveloped rural villages and impoverished back towns (the same conditions can be found in America with the right cameras) but they never showed the luxury accommodations where the president resided during his stay. However as you can see in the photos below, Kenya’s Downtowns and cities are un-paralleled in beauty and modernization to any place in the US.

No you can’t go over there “slapping five’s” any more than you could in any European country, especially Canada, America’s twin, who houses blacks in the same invisibly segregated sections and classes we are far too accustomed to here. –DVB

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Whether as descendants of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade or as more recent migrants, they constitute some of the poorest and most marginalized groups. Studies and findings by international and national bodies demonstrate that people of African descent still have limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security.

In many cases, their situation remains largely invisible, and insufficient recognition and respect has been given to the efforts of people of African descent to seek redress for their present condition. They all too often experience discrimination in their access to justice, and face alarmingly high rates of police violence, together with racial profiling.

Furthermore, their degree of political participation is often low, both in voting and in occupying political positions.

In addition, people of African descent can suffer from multiple, aggravated or intersecting forms of discrimination based on other related grounds, such as age, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, social origin, property, disability, birth, or other status.

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The promotion and protection of human rights of people of African descent has been a priority concern for the United Nations. See full UN.org article

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 November 2014 – PDF

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Forgotten History of the Human Zoos: The Legacy of Racism

Through the 1950s, Africans and Native Americans Were Kept In Zoos As Exhibits

Just four years shy of the 20th century, the Cincinnati Zoo kept one hundred Sioux Native Americans in a mock village at the zoo for three months.

In 1906, the amateur anthropologist Madison Grant, who was the head of the New York Zoological Society, put a female Congolese pygmy Ota Benga, on display at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. The display was in the primate exhibit, and Ota was often made to carry around chimpanzees and other apes. Eugenicist and zoo director William Hornaday labeled Ota, “The Missing Link.” The public flocked to see the display.

In 1906, the Bronx Zoo kept Ota Benga on a human exhibit. The sign outside of her fenced in area of the primate exhibit read, “Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches. Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Central Africa, by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Exhibited each afternoon during September.”

In 1906, the Bronx Zoo kept Ota Benga on a human exhibit. The sign outside of her fenced in area of the primate exhibit read, “Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches. Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Central Africa, by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Exhibited each afternoon during September.”

These sorts of, “human zoos,” continued even later. The Brussels 1958 World’s Fair kept a Congolese village on display. Even as late as April 1994, an Ivory Coast village was kept as part of an African safari in Port-Saint-Père (Planète Sauvage), near Nantes, France.

Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s. Above photograph is from Brussels, Belgium in 1958.

Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s. Above photograph is from Brussels, Belgium in 1958.

In Germany, as late as 2005, Augsburg’s zoo in Germany had similar exhibits. In August 2005, London Zoo also displayed humans wearing fig leaves, and in 2007, Adelaide Zoo housed people in a former ape enclosure by day. They were, of course, allowed to return home at night, unlike many of the earlier incarnations of these racist displays.

Many people console themselves with the belief that the racism of yesterday remains safely in the past. But the echoes of the, “human zoo,” into recent years show that this is far from the case. The racism of the past continues to bleed through into the present.

Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman’s Story: A Colonial Showpiece

The primitiveness of putting the ‘primitive’ on display began during the modern period when explorers like Columbus and Vespucci lured natives back to Europe from their homelands. To prove the discovery of exotic lands, the natives were flaunted and paraded like trophies. But what began as curious awe deteriorated into an era of racial superiority and the invention of the savage.

A 20 year-old girl from South Africa known as Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman would be emblematic of the dark era that gave rise to the popularity of human zoos. She was recruited by an exotic animal-dealer on location in Cape Town and traveled to London in 1810 to take part in an exhibition. The young woman went willingly under the pretense that she would find wealth and fame. Exhibitors were looking for certain qualities in their ‘exotic’ recruits that either coincided with the European beauty ideal or offered unexpected novelty. Sarah had a genetic characteristic known as steatopygia; a protuberant buttocks and elongated labia.

She found herself being exhibited in cages at sideshow attractions dressed in tight-fitting clothing that violated any cultural norms of decency at the time. A few years later she came to Paris where racial anthropologists poked and prodded and made their theories. Sarah eventually turned to prostitution to support herself and drank heavily. She had been in Europe for only four years.

When she died in poverty, Sarah’s skeleton, sexual organs and brain were put on display at the Museum of Mankind in Paris where they remained until 1974. In 2002, President Nelson Mandela formally requested the repatriation of her remains. Nearly two hundred years after she had stood on deck and watched her world disappear behind her, Sarah Baartman finally went home, where the air smelled of buchu and mint, and the veld called out her name.

Read the full graphic details at:  Popularresistance.org

Ex-Cop Faces More than 250 years in prison for Rape

Daniel Holtzclaw

 After more than 45 hours deliberation, the all White jurors selected for the trial recommended a total of 263 years of prison time for former Oklahoma City police officer, Daniel Ken Holtzclaw in his spree of crimes against 13 African American women.  He was found guilty of 18 of 36 charges which included first-degree rape, second-degree rape, sexual battery, stalking, burglary, indecent exposure, and forcible oral sodomy.

Prosecutors say the Oklahoma City officer selected his victims based on their criminal histories, confident their drug or prostitution records, as well as their race, would undermine any claims they might make against him. He would then subject them to assaults that escalated from groping to oral sodomy and rape.

Holtzclaw, who is half white and half Japanese, trusted that the systematic anti-black racism of the American criminal justice system would protect him. He was wrong.

The assaults took place in range of places, including in his police car. One young victim, only 17 at the time, was raped on her mother’s front porch. another victim, Shandegreon “Sade” Hill, said she was handcuffed to a hospital bed when Holtzclaw forced her to perform sex against her will.

His trial concluded Wednesday, December 9, 2015 which was also his 29th birthday. Formal sentencing is set for next month.

Recently the AP identified over 1,000 police officers in America who’d lost their badges over a six-year period for rape, sodomy and assault.

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

Read the full story:  Bigstory.ap.org

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN AN OFFICER TRIES TO PULL YOU OVER AND YOU DON’T WANT TO STOP BECAUSE YOU ARE CONCERNED FOR YOUR SAFETY:

One woman asked:  if I were pulled over, how do I indicate to the officer pulling me over that I am waiting until we get to an area where I feel safe?   I live in a rural area and at times will be more than twenty minutes from the nearest well-lit visible space. I know that legally there is a way to do it, but how does one demonstrate that they are waiting until they get somewhere more visible and that they are not, in fact, fleeing the scene?

GOOD ANSWERS:

In most states, you can call *77 on your cell to get in contact with the highway patrol in the area. They should be able to relay your intention to the officer following you. Check on your state though, as some use other numbers. You should also turn on your hazards, use the right lane, and travel at normal speed.

ETA: do not use 911

A list of each state’s number can be found below or at:  http://www.ou.edu/police/dpsinfo…

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EXPANDED STATE-BY-STATE LISTINGS   (Updated 3-27-2012)

Alabama:  Cellphone-only: *HP (star 47)

Alaska:  911

Arizona:  911

Arkansas:  911 or Cellphone-only: *55 (star 55)

California:  911

Colorado:  911 or Cellphone-only: *CSP (star 277) or *DUI (star 384) —to report DUIs

Connecticut:  911 or (800-443-6817)

Delaware:  911

Florida:  911 or 800-459-6861 or Cellphone-only: *FHP (star 347)

Georgia:  911 or Cellphone-only: *GSP (star 477)

Hawaii:  911

Idaho:  911 or 800-233-1212 or Cellphone-only: *ISP (star 477)

Illinois:  911 or Cellphone-only: *999 (star 999)

Indiana:  911

Iowa:  911 or 800-555-HELP (800-555-4357)

Kansas:  911 (Statewide) or Cellphone-only: *HP (star 47 for Salina, KS; *KTA (*482) —Kansas Turnpike and for Wichita, KS

Kentucky:  911 or 800-222-5555

Louisiana:  911 or Cellphone-only: *LHP (star 547); Lake Ponchartrain Causeway: *27 (star 27 —cellphone-only) or 504-893-6250

Maine:  911 or Cellphone-only: *SP (star 77)

Maryland:  911 or Cellphone-only: #SP (pound 77)

Massachusetts:  Cellphones: *MSP (star 677) – in the 413 areacode; *SP (star 77) —outside the 413 areacode

Michigan:  911

Minnesota:  911

Mississippi:  Cellphone only: *HP (star 47)

Missouri:  Cellphone-only: *55 (star 55) or 800-525-5555

Montana:  911 (emergency only) or 800-525-5555 (non-emergency)

Nebraska:  911 or 800-525-5555 or Cellphone-only:*55 (star 55)

Nevada:  911 or Cellphone-only:*NHP (star 647)

New Hampshire:  911 or 800-622-2394 or Cellphone-only: *SP (star 77)

New Jersey:  911 or Cellphone-only: #77 (pound 77 —to report aggressive driving)

New Mexico:  911 or 505-827-9301

New York:  911

North Carolina:  Cellphone only: *HP (star 47) or 800-662-7956

North Dakota:  911

Ohio:  911 or 800-525-5555 (OHP) or 800-877-7PATROL

(Ohio only, to report non-emergency safety concerns) or 800-GRAB-DUI (to report erratic driving)

Oklahoma:  Cellphone-only *55 (star 55)

Oregon:  911

Pennsylvania:  911 or Cellphone-only: *11 (star 11) —on turnpikes

Rhode Island:  911 or Cellphone-only: *SP (star 77) or 401-444-1069

South Carolina:  Cellphone only: *HP (star 47)

South Dakota:  911

Tennessee:  Cellphone-only: *THP (star 847) or 615-741-2060

Texas:  911 or 800-525-5555 or Cellphone-only: *DPS (star 377)

Utah:  911 or Cellphone-only: *11 (star 11)

Vermont:  911 or DWI Hotline: 800-GETADWI and *DWI (star 394 —cellphone-only)

Virginia:  911 or Cellphone-only: #SP (pound 77)

U.S. Virgin Islands:  911

Washington:  911

West Virginia:  Cellphone-only: *SP (star 77)

Wisconsin:  911

Wyoming:  Cellphone only: #HELP (pound 4357) or 800-442-9090

 When in doubt:

0 (zero) —Operator assistance or 411 —local directory assistance or (area code) + 555-1212 —non-local directory assistance

 MANY STATES:  511 (for Road/Weather/Traffic Conditions)

511 —”America’s Traveler Information Telephone Number”, providing current road conditions & construction/closure information.

About half the states currently have working 511 systems statewide or in some cities/areas. Almost all states have received funding to set up 511 systems.

Click here to visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration(NHWA) “511” webpage for a state-by-state map/listing of 511 systems.

Quentin Tarantino: One Stand-up Guy Against Epidemic of Police Brutality

“As disturbing as these shootings are, it is equally disturbing that no one chooses to get involved because of who it is happening to.”  –True colors of America!

How is it that people who are not black or brown feel it is OK to sit back do nothing about the tragedy of racism going on?  The interviewer’s attitude reflects the attitude of most Americans who don’t care for whatever reasons…and it is grotesque.

America Supports the Epitome of Racism and Apartheid by Ally Israeli Forces

 

Violent clashes erupt in central Tel Aviv as Israeli forces fire stun grenades to disperse thousands of Ethiopians protesting against racism and police brutality.
The protest was held outside the Azrieli towers in central Tel Aviv. Local media reports say at least 20 policemen and several protesters have been injured. Protesters have blocked major arteries and junctions, vowing to continue rallies until their demands are met. They demanded an investigation into racism and violence by Israeli police against Africans. The rally was held after a video emerged earlier showing an Ethiopian being beaten by police in a racist attack. Ethiopians have long complained about unfair treatment and police violence in Israel.

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Lynching Epidemic: White American Conspiracy

Lynchto seize somebody believed to have committed a crime and put him or her to death immediately and without trial, “usually” (but not always) by hanging.

Conspiracya secret plan or “agreement” between two or more people to commit or allow an illegal or subversive act.

Constitutional RightA constitutional right is a legal right of its citizens (and others within its jurisdiction) to be protected by the laws of a sovereignty’s constitution (including fair trial; Article 3 section 2).

 

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Black Americans who are being killed by the police are generally regarded as low life criminals with behavioral problems; a menace to society who disturb the peace.   Because of this regard, by evidence that can be found throughout the justice system and by their own opinions strewn all over public and social media, white Americans are in agreement that no wrong is being done when black people are killed by police officers before a trial is received because they “believe” a crime was committed or because they were offended by the behavior of the person killed.

Thus, when it comes to Black Americans, by secret agreements and cover-ups to override the rules of engagement in police departments and the judicial system, it is evident that white Americans purposely disregard their own laws; laws that they set for themselves as the constitutional rights of an American citizen to have protection and equality under the law; this is overt discrimination by all accounts and must be viewed for what it is whether the perpetrators or their cohorts admit it or not!

THIS IS LYNCHING that the white American Public AGREES with and APPROVES through the courts in spite of the fact that it is illegal by the United States Constitution. Not one politician, all of whom is elected to uphold the Constitution, has stood up publically to condemned this unconstitutional behavior of the authorities over the people, which makes it evident that it is condoned by our government and further proves that we have no representation, and no protection from the threat and terror impending our daily lives in these United States of America; who brings sanctions against other nations for doing the very same things they are deliberately doing to a segment of their own population. THERE SHOULD BE NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION AND SANCTIONS SHOULD BE BROUGHT AGAINST AMERICA FOR ALLOWING THIS EPIDEMIC OF LYNCHING TO CARRY ON.

If you are not a white American conspirator or cohort you need to do more than sit back as if nothing dreadfully wrong is happening. We need your voice to override the millions of white Americans condoning this behavior under the cowardice of anonymity and the pretense of Supremacy.

IT IS TIME TO APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS’ DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

AS THEY SAY:

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) works closely with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental goals.

As the Secretariat entity responsible for the development pillar of the United Nations, our work addresses a range of cross-cutting issues that affect peoples’ lives and livelihoods. From poverty reduction to governance to finance to the environment, DESA’s work is about human progress for all, especially the most vulnerable. We are fundamentally concerned, not only with global prosperity today, but also for tomorrow.

DESA’s work is guided by the United Nations development agenda, which is rooted in the values of equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature and mutual responsibility. Furthermore, with a focus on equitable participation by all people, the United Nations development agenda has unique, universal legitimacy.

Our vision for human progress goes beyond promoting global agreements and is fundamentally about action. Working closely with governments and other partners, DESA seeks concrete solutions.  We are committed to addressing the world’s most pressing concerns and taking the necessary steps to help create a better world for all – a world that is inclusive, prosperous and sustainable.

Maybe they can help!  They should at least be made aware.

IF YOU FEEL YOUR LIFE MAY BE IN DANGER BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN, OR IF YOU WANT TO END THIS ATROCIOUS EPIDEMIC PLEASE SEND A LETTER TO UN DESA : Feel free to copy and paste my above statement as your concern.   And please help bring this to the attention of all concerned organizations, the ACLU and Change.org, etc., etc., because the American government has shown no interest in this serious matter of endangerment to Black lives.

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