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What Does the "American Dream" Mean to You?

Aug. 7, 2017 5:00 pm



Thom speaks with listeners, each with their own ideas of what the American Dream is all about.

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Charlottesville Was Not a "Protest Turned Violent," It Was a Planned Race Riot 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

By Zenobia Jeffries, YES! Magazine | Op-Ed

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On Saturday, NBC said, "Charlottesville rally turned deadly."  CNN said, "1 dead, 19 injured after crash near Unite the Right rally."   



What took place was not a rally. Who wears paramilitary gear and carries automatic weapons to a rally? Who takes shields and helmets and pepper spray and bats and sticks to a rally? The car didn’t "crash" -- it was driven at full speed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

What happened in Charlottesville was White nationalist extremists inciting a riot.

We cannot unite, come together, overcome, Kumbaya, or whatever else, until we get some truth-telling. Media professionals need to get it right this time.

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http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41619-charlottesville-was-not-a-protest-turned-violent-it-was-a-planned-race-riot
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Jesse Owens with guess who ;) after Beating the "unbeatable" representatives of the "Master (i.e. white ) Aryan Race" at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin ;D

Tell me, dear readers, do you honestly believe the ultimate fate of Jesse Owens would have been the same if he had not been Black? I don't. Jesse Owens was a man of stern discipline and a level of strong willed determination that few humans have.


Yet the the racist society he lived in, which normally goes out of its way to care for great athletes, eroded his self confidence and consistently undermined his economic opportunities. Learn about the sad story of Jesse Owens  below.

Four months after winning an unprecedented four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Jesse Owens found himself in Havana, Cuba, for a race that promoters were calling the "Race of the Century." This time, though, the heroic 23-year-old American sprinter was lined up against a horse as halftime entertainment at a Cuban soccer match.

Owens was given a 40-yard (37 m) head start in the 100-yard (91 m) sprint, and when the gun went off to start the race, Julio McCaw hesitated before galloping toward the finishing line. Owens exploded from the blocks and ran a 9.9-second race, edging out his hard-charging, four-legged challenger.

A talented athlete, down on his luck:
 

Soon after the 1936 Olympics, Owens lost his amateur status after accepting some lucrative endorsement deals. He would contend with economic uncertainty for the rest of his life.

In the years following the "man vs. horse" stunt, Owens raced trains, cars, motorbikes, baseball players -- even a dog. “Those races made me sick,” Owens later said. “I felt like a freak.”

Jesse Owens visiting the Berlin Stadum in 1965 fifteen years before his death

Owens later ran a dry cleaning business and worked as a gas station attendant just to earn a living. He was a pack-a-day cigarette smoker for 35 years and died in 1980 at age 66, succumbing to an aggressive type of lung cancer.
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http://www.wisegeek.com/can-humans-outrun-many-animals.htm

Agelbert COMMENT: Down on his "LUCK"?



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Throughout the turbulent social changes of the civil rights era, Owens was invoked by the white establishment as the one of the movement's trailblazers. Owens espoused the message of his longtime hero, Booker T. Washington, promoting gradualism and individualism as the path toward racial equality.

Regarded by a new generation of civil rights activists as racially naďve, Owens continued to endorse the promise of American egalitarianism, even leading the charge against advocates of black power who protested racism in the United States at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. During the 1960s Owens remained a conservative Republican, rejecting the Democrats' "Great Society" programs. 

While he admired Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles, he opposed King's tactics of confrontation in the civil rights struggle. Owens had no patience with more radical elements of the struggle, condemning Muhammad Ali for refusing induction into the military and only referring to the boxer by his Christian name, Cassius Clay.

He vociferously condemned the Black Power movement as out-of-touch with the "silent black majority" in a 1970 book entitled Blackthink, which was praised by the Nixon Administration and much of the white press.


Now you know why the propagandists pushing the clever cold war pretense of 'liberty, justice and equal economic opportunities for all' had this nice stamp made:   


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A few supporters in the African American community lauded Owens for his position but the vast majority, even his fellow moderates, condemned his claim that racism no longer kept blacks from achieving success in American society.

Responding to the criticisms that African Americans heaped on Blackthink, in 1972 Owens offered a mild retraction in I Have Changed.

He belatedly gave credit to the civil rights movement for changing the American racial landscape, reluctantly recanted his claim that all forms of activism were inherently flawed, and briefly admitted that racism fundamentally hampered access to equal opportunities.

Long after the marches and protests in Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery had remade the Alabama of his birth, Owens finally expressed admiration for the courage of those who took on segregation directly.

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Have you ever spoken with Trump one on one behind closed doors?

Diane Huff, Assistant Vice President, IT, Networking, Data (1993-present)

Answered Apr 15 · Upvoted by Carter Moore, Degree in Political Science, former Congressional aide and Federal employee

I had a completely different experience with him than the men who responded. I worked for a consulting company that upgraded the network infrastructure in Trump Tower. He spoke directly to the men, even though I was the system architect. When speaking to me, he was condescending, and called me a “pretty little thing.” I was a little taken aback but let it slide. When he did it again, I asked him nicely to not to do it again. From that point on, he never spoke to me again and later asked that I be removed from the project. My employer put me on another project in order to keep the business, but later regretted it when he was stiffed on the final payment.

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Re: Mechanisms of Prejudice: Hidden and Not Hidden
« Reply #244 on: September 07, 2017, 05:16:49 pm »
Deporting the Dreamers Would Be a Betrayal of Our American Values

Pramila Jayapa  l September 6, 2017

Graciela Nuńez Pargas doesn't know Venezuela. She can't tell you the geography of its cities or how many presidents the country has seen, but she got a five in AP U.S. history. When her parents fled the Chávez regime to settle in Miami and, eventually, Seattle, they told 7-year-old Graciela that the family was headed to Disney World for vacation. Only after she got off the plane did Graciela learn she was in the U.S. to stay.

Graciela is a Dreamer -- someone who came to this country as an undocumented child, but has legal status to live and work here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. She's now a 22-year-old University of Washington graduate, working at a humanitarian law firm. Graciela is as American as they come, doing all she can to contribute back to the only country she knows as home.

Her story is compelling but not unique. Across the country, nearly 800,000 young people have benefited from President Barack Obama's DACA program since 2012. Now, President Donald Trump is terminating that program and throwing Dreamers' lives into limbo.

As an organizer, I spent the last 16 years working to pass comprehensive immigration reform and protect undocumented people. From the outside, I fought for the DREAM Act in the House and, when it failed under Republican leadership, worked with the Obama administration to push for DACA. I founded the largest immigrant advocacy group in Washington state and helped pass a statewide DREAM Act. I believe so strongly in the fight for immigration reform that I've been arrested for peaceful civil disobedience ... twice.

Coming to the U.S. as a young person, settling into adolescence while adjusting to a new country and culture, is a dizzying mix of anxiety and promise. It's a steep drop-off into unknown territory and a chance to grasp the American dream.

I know because I've done it.

I came to the U.S., alone, at the age of 16 to go to college. My parents sent me with the last $5,000 in their bank account because they knew this is where I would have the best education and the brightest future. Since then, I've spent 35 years building a life here, the last 18 of which have been as a citizen. I know this country more intimately than I know India, the place I was born. Like Graciela, I consider this my home.

DACA recipients come here at an average age of 6 1/2. Many don't speak the language of their birth country. The first time they learned to ride a bike, had their first crush, got their first job, faced their first rejection, and celebrated their first big success all happened here. Some only learned they had no legal status when they needed documents to join field trips or apply for college. Imagine feeling as American as anyone but suddenly finding out a simple piece of paper precludes your participation in society.

DACA gave people like Graciela a chance to be fully human again and it allowed America to benefit from their talents. It created space for skilled young people to participate in our economy and recognized that Dreamers are so tightly woven into the fabric of our communities that deporting them would rip our nation apart. Ending DACA would strike a $460.3 billion blow to our GDP over the next decade and the moral cost is immeasurable.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the immediate end of DACA application acceptance and a six-month window to close the program in totality, stripping Dreamers of their future. Sessions claimed this move will "[strengthen] the constitutional order and rule of law" in our country but that is false. Immigrants make us stronger.

Trump's administration wants us to believe that being American is defined by the walls we build, the place we started, or the whiteness of our skin. Do not believe it.

Being American is about pursuing the promise of a better future, of contribution and generosity, of compassion and commitment.

Dreamers had no choice in Trump's decision but we in Congress have a choice in our next move. We can stamp on long-held American values and dole out poverty, confusion, and death sentences to hundreds of thousands of young people. Or we can strive for the more perfect union in which our founders believed. We can enact comprehensive immigration reform, protect Dreamers, and provide a roadmap to citizenship for all.

On the Statue of Liberty that welcomed newcomers as they arrived at Ellis Island, it says:

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

We know what it means to be American: to come with nothing and become something; to help your neighbors and build a community; to show up, every day, against hardship and persist until your dreams are achieved.

In their stories, determination, and the lives they build, DACA recipients are as American as it gets.

Dreamers have done their part. My Democratic colleagues and I are ready to do ours. All that remains is for President Trump and congressional Republicans to bring forth a bill, so we can finally create a permanent fix for our broken immigration system.

Agelbert NOTE: I am not going to hold my breath waiting for Trump or any of the other racist reprobates in Congress to do the right thing. But I am convinced that this incredibly cruel, as well as amazingly stupid, action by Trump will accelerate his ejection from the the White house.


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Re: Mechanisms of Prejudice: Hidden and Not Hidden
« Reply #245 on: September 14, 2017, 10:31:52 pm »
Trump’s DACA Decision is a Grim Turning Point | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


GQ

Published on Sep 5, 2017

The opportunists in the GOP who enable these racist moves will face a reckoning.
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