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Prince Harry and Meghan’s Engagement-Display of Racial Bias by Black Leftist Progressives!

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Right after the announcement of their engagement, the US press and social media lit up with the fact that Meghan is half American-African!  (I always put America First!) Many of the comments were online by American-African social media hacks. 

The announcement should have been met as a source of pride for All Americans and British and not based on race.  Meghan’s bi-racial heritage should have been a unifying status rather than one that pointed out differences rather than shared heritage.  

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It was so bad that Meghan felt that she had to address the coverage when she was interviewed.  Merely hours after the announcement of their engagement, Meghan was queried about her ethnicity:

“Of course it’s disheartening, (focus on her ethnicity) you know it’s a shame that that is the climate in this world, to focus that much on that, or that that would be discriminatory in that sense.  But I think you know at the end of the day I’m really just proud of who I am and where I come from, and we have never put any focus on that,”.

Some of the comments were a recognition of the bi-racial Duchess to be then slid down into a connotation that “I just woke up and we’re about to have a Black Princess. YAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!!! “; and other similar comments unveiled the racial egotism and predisposition of the left.  Then political comments came forward, “Y’ALL TWO BETTER INVITE INVITE THE OBAMAS”.  One of the more racially centric comments was “On a lighter note- this is the best thing about today – we’ll see mixed royal babies. And It’s every racist’s nightmare that a woman of colour entering the royal family.” 

One day I still pray that the hope of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be the norm when he proffered:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tip:  https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Prince-Harrys-fiance-Meghan-Markle-says-early-press-focus-on-her-mixed-race-background-disheartening-460331143.html

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When will the Black Voting Block Help Themselves?

High Poverty Concentration = High Crime Concentration

Since 1960, Blacks have overwhelmingly voted Democrat in Presidential Elections and have overwhelming voted in Democrat City Councils in large US Cities.  Ironically, this shift in voting coincides with the REPUBLICAN passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act!  Huh?  

The irony is that the percentage of Republican Senators and House members who voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act was 82% and 80% respectively while only 68% of the Democrat Senators and 61% of the House Democrats voted in favor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  If it were not for the steadfast support of the Republican Party, Lyndon Johnson would never have passed this historic civil rights legislation.  BUT.  When you look at the chart below, since this vote, Blacks have aligned themselves with DEMOCRATS? 

Even more disheartening, is overwhelming Black support for City politicians who have done nothing to improve the economic plight of the inner-city Black community, allowed its schools to turn into war zones while  OPPOSING school choice for its Black children. 

  • Is it really the promise of free government stuff by Democrat politicians that continues to hold sway over the Black vote? 
  • Is it really the demonizing of “Whites” by Democrats that freezes the Black voting block support by Democrats? 
  • Are Race-Baiting, identity politics that are utilized by Democrat  politicians and community organizers really that effective in convincing Blacks to vote to keep themselves locked into poverty, illiteracy, and crime ridden dangerous neighborhoods.
  • Do Blacks really believe that Law Enforcement violence against Blacks are on the increase when in-fact Black homicide at the hands of law enforcement has been reduced by over 70% since the 1970’s?  Every use of lethal force by Law Enforcement is lamentable but unfortunately in the vast majority of times is justified.  
  • Even if you make the assumption that law enforcement is Anti-Black, is that a justification to continue to vote for Democrat Presidents, Governors, Legislators, and city officials who have done nothing to make Black neighborhoods safer, more prosperous, or provide opportunity for Black youth?
  • Finally, 24% of illiterate Americans are Black (1) and that illiteracy rate continues to RISE!  How is a continued, blind, loyalty to democrat politicians and politics good for Blacks who vote for Democrats nine times more than they do for Republicans?

“Republicans” Are Not Necessarily the Solution”!

To be fair, many in the Republican Party really do not lose a minutes of sleep over the plight of the inner-city!  The national GOP has often times not prioritized backing GOP candidates that really care about the plight of the inner-city minorities and the high poverty and crime rates that are impacting those Americans.  The GOP has basically written off the Black vote and do nothing to improve the plight of the inner-cities.  George W. Bush pushed ineffective generic education programs but did not support School-Choice for poverty ridden inner-city children.  What good does it do to “test” school effectiveness while lowering the educational standards!  

“Americans First” Can Improve Black and Other Minority Economic, Educational, and Neighborhood Safety

The Democrats and many Elite Republican rail against “America First”  and try to convince Blacks and other Minorities that “American First” advocates like President Trump are “White Supremacists”.   Why?  Because “America First” believe that every citizen should be enabled to achieve their highest potential in order for the whole nation to succeed! “America First” advocates do not support identity politics nor adhere to harsh conservative or progressive “principles’ that only serve to achieve the goals of the elites! “America First” advocates believe:

  • That their government promotes a color-blind society where equal opportunity is guaranteed to all of its citizens.
  • That the US Constitution protects everyone’s rights and liberties and allows everyone to achieve their full potential.
  • That every child deserves to benefit from the best education possible through educational choice.
  • That every family deserves to live in a safe neighborhood and live without fear of violence.
  • That every person have an opportunity for employment commensurate with their education and personal skills.  
  • That their government protects its citizens from the influx of illegal drugs from foreign lands.
  • That their government protects its citizens from unbalanced international trade agreement that threatens the livelihoods of those citizens.
  • That their government protects its citizens from the threat of terrorism from any source.  

President Trump asked the Black and Hispanic Communities, “What do you have to lose if you vote for Trump?”  While that may send a quick chill up your spine, given that Blacks have suffered economic, educational, and social degradation under Democrat, and many Republican, administrations at the national, State, and local levels, it is a questions all minorities should ask themselves. 

In just 9 months under a Trump administration, Blacks have enjoyed their lowest unemployment rates and highest labor participation rates in the past 20 years or more.  Blacks and Hispanics should sit down and think through what National Populism would mean to their communities and the lives of their children.  Blacks and Hispanics should consider voting their way out of poverty, sub-standard educational opportunities for their children , and crime laden neighborhoods… 

“What do you have to lose”?

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

(1)  44% of illiterate Americans are Hispanic but much of the cause is due to the bi-lingual component of the Hispanic community.  

Hat Tips

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/09/detroit_has_half_the_median_in.html

http://blackdemographics.com/culture/black-politics/

http://www.dailywire.com/news/7264/5-statistics-you-need-know-about-cops-killing-aaron-bandler

#DumpNFL-Racial Equality is a Smoke Screen

Can you pick the photo that shows Racist Hypocrisy,

True Heroism, or the result of Progressive-Left Policies?

Talk about the WRONG STUFF!

The take-a-knee crowd in the NFL now don’t even know what they are kneeling for.  Those mouthpieces who seem to want to talk for the kneelers are now using the term:

RACIAL EQUALITY

What the heck does that mean? 

What would make Race Equal? 

Can Race be Equal? 

Can you define Race Inequality? 

Who is making Race Unequal?

When We Reach Race Equality, How Will We Know? 

When you talk to or watch a Progressive-Left race-baiter and they cite “Race Inequality” as the cause for the dreadful plight of many American-Blacks, (I intentionally put American before Blacks), you can translate that to mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  The athletes who are now taking a knee cannot even state coherently why they are taking a knee. 

I watched one “professor” from Johns Hopkins University who used the Racial Inequality card as the reason for the NFL protest!  She was clueless when trying to define what she meant.  She maintained that it was increased brutality and homicide of Black men by White law enforcement!  Really, White Police shootings of Black men has declined by over 70% since the 1960’s and continues on a downward trend.  Not so much for Blacks shooting law enforcement officers!

Now you are hearing comments from NFL Team personnel that the protest is NOT against the flag or NOT against the POLICE!  Really?  Someone tell goofy Kaepernick who wears socks with a picture of cops as PIGS when he started this protest nonsense.  Any show of disrespect for our flag and our anthem is a show of disrespect for our military, our veterans, our fallen, and our law enforcement.  

  • So is Racial Inequality defined as forcing Black women to be the sole support for their families at the rate of 70% when White women suffer the same fate at a rate of 25%?  the vast majority of these Black single parent households are at or below the poverty line! 
    • Root Cause-Progressive-Left welfare rules rewards single mother families and takes away benefits when there is a father in the home!  Under the Democrat Welfare regime the Black men are used as non-resident sperm donors to impregnate Black women and enslave these women into a life of welfare that translates to a lack of opportunity and abject poverty.  
    • This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO WELFARE ENSLAVEMENT AND THE BREAKUP OF THE NUCLEAR FAMILY.
  • So is Racial Inequality defined as Blacks being slaughtered by other Blacks in our major inner-cities?  The US has 4 of the top 50 cities with the highest murder rates in the WORLD!  Bet you can’t name them in order!  Remember this is murder rate per 100,000 population.  They are in order; St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Detroit.  Chicago (500 murders so far this year) has the most murders but with 2 million citizens the rate per 100,000 citizens kept them out of the top 50.  The vast majority of these deaths are the result of Black on Black shootings.
    • Root Cause-Lack of Choices for Black and other minorities in our inner cities forcing them into a life of crime!  The Progressive-Left promotes forcing minorities into the failed public school system creating a criminally high number of illiterate children in the inner cities.  70% of prison inmates are illiterate so there is a direct correlation between failed education and the propensity for lawless activity by those devoid of a good education.  This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO ENSLAVING BLACKS BY INSURING THAT BLACKS HAVE EDUCATIONAL AND OPPORTUNITY CHOICE.
  • So is Racial Inequality defined as 22% of Blacks Living in Poverty compared to 8.8% of Whites living in Poverty?  The real median household income of Whites was $65,041, Blacks $39,490, and Hispanic $47,675.  
    • Root Cause:  Once again the lack of upward mobility opportunity driven by illiteracy and abject poverty is at the core of the “Black Poverty Issue”.  Black poverty is being driven by the Progressive-Left stranglehold over public education and their absolute refusal to allow poor Black families any educational choice.  Further, the Democrat Left creates “social gulags” in our inner-cities and warehouses the impoverished minorities until it is time for them to vote!  This is probably the sickest irony of our modern history.  This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO ENSLAVING BLACKS BY INSURING THAT BLACKS HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL AND OPPORTUNITY CHOICE.
  • So is Racial Inequality defined as the Infanticide of Black unborn children by Progressive-Left abortion supporters and led by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, and now Cecile Richards, the current President of Planned Parenthood, the Left’s WHITE Eugenicists who believes that the reproduction of people of color needs to be held in check so the Whites can maintain their Superiority!  The Democrat Left’s support of racial eugenics is the true definition of White Supremacy!    Today, Black babies are aborted at a rate THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN WHITE BABIES.
    • Root Cause:  The Progressive-Left has wholeheartedly embraced Abortion on Demand and the Eugenics teachings of the inferiority of persons of color and the need to control their reproduction.  Keep just enough Black babies alive to ensure a large voting block.  How sick is this!  Where are the Black Athletes protesting the slaughter of millions of unborn Black babies!  This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO BLACK INFANTICIDE.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to have a true national dialogue on all of these issues as the Democrat Left has so highly charged these issues that opponents of their policies are immediately labeled as racists and more.  Black and White Race-Baiters fill the air ways, along with the complicit Main Stream Media, with hate and charges of discrimination and White Supremacy on the right.  This is the Democrat tactic to insure that the Left’s hegemony over American-Blacks is maintained at the expense and to the detriment of American-Blacks.  

Only Blacks can stop the continued economic enslavement of their own.  The Democrat Left creates voting blocks by creating “VICTIMS” rather than promoting personal self-worth.   Those of us on the right who literally and physically supported the movement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those that continue to try to change the Left’s dominance over American-Blacks, are labeled White Supremacists and Racists and those Blacks who are trying to awaken the Black Community are labeled as “Uncle Toms”.  Just ask Dr. Ben Carson or Justice Thomas. 

As long as the Left continues to succeed in enslaving impoverished Blacks, the plight of those impoverished Blacks cannot change.  President Trump was right when on his campaign he said to the Black community that they should support him as; 

“What do you have to lose?”

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/107-children-in-single-parent-families-by#detailed/1/any/false/573,869,36,868,867/10,11,9,12,1,185,13/432,431

Chicago Marks 500th Homicide Of 2017

https://singlemotherguide.com/single-mother-statistics/

http://time.com/4607059/murder-rate-increase-us-cities-2016/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_murder_rate

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/income-povery.htmle

http://www.blackgenocide.org/sanger.html

Trump Must Send Troops into Harms Way-#DumpNFL Is Personal

Trump’s Biggest Nightmare!

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Wonder why Trump is so passionate about the Anthem and the Flag? 

Everyday when he wakes up, he has the lives thousands of troops and the future of their families in his hands and must make decisions that put them in harm’s way. 

The Anthem and our Flag have a life and death meaning to the President.  Seeing the faces of those he puts into the crosshairs of our enemies, leaves no room for disrespecting the Anthem and Flag that are the symbols of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of millions who have stood for this nation. 

Not so much to pampered multi-millionaire professional athletes and Hollywood Elites.

The saddest part of the so-called protest by this bunch of pampered athletes, and throw in the Hollywood elite, is that they have little or no interest in fact-finding before engaging in idiotic, and baseless protests and rhetoric against this President. 

Kaepernick’s False Premise

Kaepernick started his protest in August of 2016 following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.  Black activists whipped up the false conclusion that Brown was feloniously shot by a white police officer as Brown had his hands up leading to the chant, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”.  The police officer has since been exonerated of any wrongdoing based on the testimony of many Black witnesses.  So, the resulting Kaepernick “justification” for protesting the National Anthem and our Flag is based on a LIE.  

The Progressive-Left is using these athletes and goofy Hollywood elites to frame the President as a racist and White-Supremacist!  This was started by Crooked Hillary during the last election.  But, the President’s actions belie this falsehood.

Progressive-Left Kills Black Potential

The lack of opportunity for Blacks and Hispanics has been created and perpetuated by the Progressive-Left control over education.  For years, Black parents have supported School Choice via vouchers but have been denied choice by Black Activists and the Progressive-Left Democrats.  Obama absolutely opposed offering Black children school choice and thus a chance for a future.  24% of Blacks in America are functionally illiterate. This denies Blacks from participating in the American Dream and the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.  Democrat city mayors have thwarted efforts in the past to implement changes to improve their communities.  Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore have become the poster children for failed inner cities and Black lack of opportunity.

President Trump has done more for the Black community in 8 months than Obama did in 8 Years. 

Trump’s cuts in regulations and Executive Orders have enhanced Black economic opportunities.  Under Obama, Black family incomes fell by more than $900 per year.  Under Trump in 8 months, those same families have seen their income rise by over $1,000 per year.  Trump has reduced Black unemployment by over 1% in 8 months and increased the number of Blacks with a job by over 600,000 since he was elected.  The rate of growth of Black jobs has increased by 40% under Trump versus Obama!  This equals 30,000 new jobs for Blacks per MONTH!

Trump is also moving to create EDUCATION CHOICE for Black children to increase their life opportunities.  Trump is being fought by Obama holders, Obama himself, Teacher’s Unions, and the main Progressive-Left media machine.  The Left has demonized Secretary of Education DeVos since her nomination.  She is a committed education pro-choice advocate for years.  Her family has been involved for decades on education choice.  The more she succeeds, the more the Left squeals.  

Maybe the Multi-Million Dollar Professional Athletes and Goofy Hollywood Types could get Behind this Program to Really Help Blacks!

So, when Trump seems to get overly animated when defending our country, its auditory symbol, the National Anthem, and the visual symbol, the American Flag, he sees this through the prism of the young men and women who sacrifice everything to defend this country to allow us all to seek the American Dream. 

Image result for Trump and his troops

He sees this nation as the hope for Blacks, Hispanics and all peoples to seek and achieve the American Dream.  He sees past the noise of fake issues and dreams of an America where its role models (athletes and other entertainers) would promote the opportunities that this nation offers to lift all of its citizens out of poverty, lives of crime, and achieve their dreams.  Further, that these same role models would join in the effort to lift all boats!  But, by railing against the very fabric of this nation and its President, these role models tamp down the dreams and opportunities for those who need a hand up.  

Pray that President Donald J. Trump never loses his passion to defend this nation and its revered symbols.  If he does, opportunity for our inner cities will die.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-race-trump-economy-progress-0822-story.html

#DumpNFL VS Progressive Left Activism

One of the questions facing this nation today is whether it is appropriate for a group of highly paid athletes to use two of our nation’s most revered symbols, the National Anthem and the American Flag, as props for their political protest? 

Also, why the anthem and the flag? 

Further, if the originating event that spawned the protest was proven false, is the protest still valid. 

Finally, is this display of disrespect for the anthem and the flag part of a larger political agenda?

Why Disrespect the Anthem and the Flag?

The flag is worn by every military person and by the vast majority of first responders, including law enforcement.  The anthem is a reminder to all American citizens that this nation was born and defended under many trying circumstances in order to afford its citizens the freedoms and opportunities they all enjoy today.  Taken together, there are no more powerful symbols of the United States Of America.  If you want to punctuate your displeasure of this nation, what it stands for, and its place in this world, there are no other symbols that would elicit an emotional response, positive or negative, as a protest set on the backdrop of disrespecting the anthem and the flag.  

False Genesis of the Protest:

Colin Kaepernick  kicked off the NFL kneeling protest in August of 2017 by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem before a San Francisco 49er game.  After the game, Kaepernick stated:  “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Ferguson Michael Brown Shooting:  Kaepernick’s comments and protests followed the August 2016 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a White police officer.  The incident also spurred the protest slogan, “Hands up, Don’t Shoot”, that is used by Black Lives Matter (BLM) even today.  BUT, the shooting of Michael Brown by the police officer was found to be lawful and an act of self-defense!  This conclusion was reached following the testimony of several Black witnesses to the actual event.  To underscore the validity of this acquittal, even the Obama Justice Department declined to pursue prosecution of the police officer further underscoring the officer’s innocence. 

So, why did Kaepernick and other NFL players join and still continue in a protest that at its very core, was illegitimate? 

Also, at the core of the incident was that “another” White police officer killed a Black 18-year-old so America is racist and unjust.  In other words, White cops (who represent the entire United States) target Black victims. 

  • In 2015, the FBI statistics show that 50% of the police shooting deaths were of White people while 26% were Black.  Ok, Blacks only comprise 13% of the population while Whites comprise 62% of the population. 
  • BUT, Blacks were charged with 57% of the murders and 45% of the assaults in the 75 largest counties of the US.  In these counties, Blacks represent 15% of the population. 
  • Further, more Whites and Hispanics are killed by police than are Blacks.  12% of White and Hispanic deaths were the result of police officer shootings, while only 4% of black homicide deaths were the result of police officers.  You can try to argue that Blacks and Whites actually perpetrate unlawful violent acts at the same rate and that Blacks are targeted for arrest and Whites are not.  But, this argument simply defies logic and sociological studies on the subject.  

So, why did Kaepernick and other NFL players join and still continue in a protest that at its very core, was illegitimate? 

Is the Disrespect of our Anthem and Flag Part of a Larger Political Agenda?

Taking a step back from the ongoing NFL player kneeling protests, President Trump’s statement that anyone taking a knee should be removed from an NFL football game and perhaps be fired, and the media frenzy and outrage today at NFL games in the UK and in America, we really need to dissect the protest validity, the state of our union, and the psyche of its citizens regarding race relations, the rule of law, and respect for our institutions of government.

Valid Protest or Political Activism?

The Ferguson/Brown case as the genesis for Kaepernick taking a knee is truly a non starter.  Brown was found to be at fault and the White Police officer acquitted of any wrong doing.  You can choose to ignore the facts, but you cannot change them! 

So, how can you continue to protest an event that did not happen (intentional murder of a Black man by a White police officer)?  OK, so you claim that the protest is of the larger issue of Blacks being targeted for some reason by White (or Black) police officers.  The problem is that there is no evidence that this is true.  Have Blacks, and Whites and Hispanics, been wrongfully shot and killed by police.  Of course and they have been prosecuted and incarcerated. 

So, maybe Kaepernick and the other protesters claim there is an inherent racism in America that is leaving Blacks uneducated, lacking in opportunity, and discriminated by Whites in general?   Well, look in the mirror.  Inner cities where Black illiteracy abounds are almost 100% controlled by Democrat city councils and school boards.  Education is the springboard for equal opportunity, social and economic equality.   14% of our population (32,000,000) can’t read.  70% of prison inmates cannot read!  OF our total population, 24% of Blacks and 41% of Hispanics are illiterate!  If 70% of the prison population cannot read, don’t you think that a systematic failure of our educational system is a root cause for criminality and leads to the death of many of our Black youths and men at the hands of cops?    Much of the Black crime is due to a lack of economic opportunity resulting from a poor education for Black and other minority youth.   This lack of a solid education perpetuates the lack of opportunity for their lifetime.  

Rather than take a knee against a perceived “racism”, why aren’t these protesters taking a knee against a lack of opportunity for minorities that is being perpetrated by the Progressive-Left, and not President Trump!  

The other goal of the Progressive-Left is keeping the victims and their supporters ignorant of our actual history!  You have Black civil rights leaders today, who were beaten by Democrat Progressive-Leftist in the 50’s and 60’s, who now support the political agenda of the very people who oppressed, hanged and beat them!  Ignorance and illiteracy are powerful weapons when creating victims and sewing class and race violence.  

The Progressive-Left agenda can only thrive in a chaotic society by creating victims and pitting groups against one another.  Victimhood is easy to create when you can create a population that is poorly educated and thus are sentences it to a life of poverty as these created victims cannot take advantage of the economic opportunities this nation provides.  The Progressive-Left blames “conservatives” for blocking Blacks from taking advantage of the American Dream when in reality it is the conservatives who strive to take back education and offer minorities real educations for their youth through choice.  The Progressive-Left owns the Teacher’s Unions both nationally and in each State and fights any attempt to truly reform education for the benefit of disadvantaged youth.  

Black and White professional athletes today, (I was once in this group), have seldom if ever been the subject of any kind of discrimination or mal-treatment.  They are multi-millionaires who are adored and revered by their fans and held up as role models to our youth.  (When I played in the South, (1960’s) there was real discrimination where Black and White teammates could not stay in the same hotels or apartments.  We all fought back on these unjust practices.)    By disrespecting our National Anthem and our Flag, they are disrespecting our Nation, its history, and the millions of men and women who fought and were wounded or died for this country from its inception, including some 750,000 who fought in the Civil War that resulted in the end slavery in the US.

These athletes can and should advocate for any cause they deem appropriate.  But, to disrespect the Anthem and the Flag others hold dear, is an insult to those who love their country and seek to make it a better place for all.  You are disrespecting the very core of a nation that allowed you to live a life few enjoy in this world.  God gave you a gift.  You maybe should use the fruits of these gifts to better those less fortunate around you.  Take some time to really understand your history, to really understand what this nation stands for, and to stop abetting the creation of more victims that will be enslaved by ignorance for the rest of their lives.  Trump, our National Anthem, and our Flag are not your enemies. 

Progressive-Left policies are your real enemy and only hard work, not merely kneeling for 2 minutes a week, will help to provide the American Dream to all of its citizens.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691077/article/colin-kaepernick-explains-why-he-sat-during-national-anthem

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-missouri-police-shooting-20141224-story.html

http://www.dailywire.com/news/7264/5-statistics-you-need-know-about-cops-killing-aaron-bandler

http://www.statisticbrain.com/number-of-american-adults-who-cant-read/

Eliminating Confederate History Covers the Sins of the Democrat Progressive Left

Under Democrat Leadership, the KKK grew to Over 4,000,000 Members!

Today, the KKK numbers Only 5-8,000 Members!

Democrats must bury their sordid past on Black slavery and human rights abuses in order to hide their decades of lying to African-Americans.

Democrats fought to keep slavery since before our Constitution was ratified and continued to keep slaves in “civil” bondage long after the Civil War.  The Democrats are the very people enshrined as Confederate statuary and monuments that the Democrats and the Progressive Left are now clamoring to remove from our public squares and history. 

  • IF your past heroes are memorialized in town squares, cemeteries and parks, why would you now want to tear them down? 
  • Why would African-Americans support the Democrats and the Progressive Left in hiding the evil past of the same Democrats and the Progressive Left?

 Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that was passed due to the majority support of Republican Senators and Representatives, the Democrats/Progress Left (DPL) have sought to rewrite their history of support for enslaving a race of human beings.  DPL now quote the “Jim Crow Laws” as a creation of conservatives (and Trump) that THE DPL ENACTED!  Local DPL State Legislatures created laws that codified RACIAL SEGREGATION following the Civil War and these laws lasted almost 100 years until outlawed in 1965.  

It is amazing to watch the Black Caucus members such as John Lewis, who was literally beaten by Democrats during his march in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, enthusiastically support the DPL.   He turns a blind eye to the current plight of the majority of African-Americans and joins in the outcry against Republicans as being racist and perhaps even the core of the White Supremacists.  It is difficult to fathom except for the power and money the support of the DPL brings to African-American “leaders”.  

DPL and The Role of Education

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The DPL follows the Marxist playbook for taking over a culture and this is especially true for the control over education.  Marx understood that if you were going to remake a nation, you had to rewrite history and make sure young minds were indoctrinated with the revisionist history.  The DPL took control of the National Education Association and all of the “teachers unions” to drive their revisionist agenda.  The US education system is racist in the sense that it ensures African-Americans are relegated to sub standard schools so to limit the potential of Black Youth.  Ignorance is pliable and the DPL uses this effectively to control the thought of many in the Black and other majority communities.  They have virtually created a monopoly of African-American votes for DPL candidates.

The DPL has been so effective in reprogramming American Youth of all races, many are totally ignorant of even the combatants in the Civil War, why it was fought, and the fact that it was a Republican President who fought the war in support of abolishing slavery in the United States.  Almost none of our youth realize that 600,000+ soldiers died in the Civil War, our most costly war we have ever fought. Image result for Civil War Battles The anti-slavery forces, mostly made up of white soldiers,  paid a high price to abolish slavery in the US and started a world-wide abolitionist movement.  Most of our youth believe that the KKK was made up of Republicans!  Most believe that the DPL fought for and passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  (Partially because John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, clamored for civil rights legislation in 1963).

DPL Fascist Tactics to Remove Free Speech

The DPL also took another page out of the fascist playbook regarding Free Speech.  Once you have dumbed down our youth, the DPL has to make sure that our youth cannot be “polluted” by Free Speech that accurately portrays history.  Image result for free speech  Occupy Wall Street and now Antifa (Anti-Fascist, cute play on words) lead the way to stifle free speech.  Now the DPL has added Black Lives Matters so they can insert a racial component in their fight to kill free speech.  Anyone who opposes BLM is automatically a racist!

What are the elements of Free Speech that has to be Eliminated?  If you are going to “white-wash” history, there are many elements that have to be scrubbed in order to reset history and solidify the dumbing down of Americans.

  • Tool-Bigotry:  The DPL has perfected the use of calling out detractors as bigots.  They set up identity politics for various groups then tell us that if you don’t unequivocally support racial quotas, gay marriage, non gender specific rest rooms, unlimited immigration, open refugee programs, and not saying “Merry Christmas” you are a bigot!  All of the “isms” and “phobias” are used, sexism, racism,  homophobe, Islamophobe, misogynist, and so on.  YOU ARE SHAMED INTO COMPLIANCE!  Your rights are subservient to whatever the DPL wants you to accept as the norm.   Today racism is being used to justify the removal of confederate and historical monuments.  Any prior slave owner, such as George Washington are subject to being removed from sight and from history.
  • Tool-Shut Down Free Speech:  Antifa and BLM have effectively shut down free speech on college and university campuses.  Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro and others have been precluded from addressing college students.  Antifa is not content to merely shut down free speech, but to incite riots to intimidate other campuses from even considering booking a conservative speaker.  The DPL uses the Main Stream Media to shame supporters of the President or to ridicule any political figure who tries to counter DPL positions.  Physical violence, intimidation, and outright censorship are all methods supported by the Fascist playbook.
  • Tool-Political Intimidation:  The DPL lost it when Hillary Clinton lost!  Donald Trump is the only person who could reverse decades of DPL successes and their ultimate goal to “Completely Transform America”.  Sound familiar?  That is because this was the cornerstone of the Obama Presidency and DPL.  Capitalism would be replaced by Socialist Globalism and the creation of an all-powerful central government.  The current racial attacks against Trump, the “Russian Collusion” probe, etc., have a single goal, to SHUT DOWN THE TRUMP AGENDA, PERIOD.  IF the DPL can drive down Trump’s support, the weak knee Republicans in Congress would fold and cash in their Trump chips and block the Trump agenda. 

IF Trump is successfully stifled, the DPL will have an unfettered green light to rewrite history.  Vestiges of DPL complicity in American Slavery would be removed.  All positive images of American History would be replaced with all of the evil perpetrated by this nation upon weaker nations and peoples around the world.  American Exceptionalism would be replaced with American Shame.

The DPL knows that it’s time is limited if Trump remains as President.  They have to double down and remove all of their History ASAP!  You will see countless statues and monuments torn down or removed from the public square and stored in dark warehouses.  State flags will be purged from any Confederate symbols. 

You may even see Congress start to pass legislation that limits the displaying of Confederate symbols such as the Confederate Flag.  Once again, this would put Trump in the crosshairs for having to veto an obvious unconstitutional law and have to take the side of the confederacy.  Trump would not be on the side of the Confederacy but on the side of US history and free speech.  The MSM would still eviscerate him daily while Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell hide behind the New York Times and the Washington Post!

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The very Life of the DPL is at stake today in this historical battle to maintain our true history.  Trump is currently the only person standing between DPL Fascist efforts and American Heritage.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Charlottesville Tragedy-Failures and Phony Outrage

The birth of a perfect storm of violence, death, and political pandering in Charlottesville, VA,

August 11 & 12, 2017.

The Main Stream Media, Left-Wing Progressives, and Republican Elites are out in force laying the tragedy of Charlottesville at the feet of President Trump.  Regardless of what he says, how he says it, he comes up deficient in the eyes of these Trump Haters. 

None of the Trump Haters bother to look at the facts or at the actual words of the President.  In order to understand what happened, it is critical to understand what led up to the myriad of tragedies that included the sad death of Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, VA. 

Below is a timeline of the events so the reader can have actual facts when assessing the true events of the final two days of this blight on the American psyche.  This story will start way back on May 30, 2017.

5/30/2017:  Jason Kessler (resident of Charlottesville, VA), the founder of “Unite the Right” applied for a rally permit for his organization.  The permit requested that Kessler’s group conduct a demonstration in Emancipation Park in the City of Charlottesville, VA.  Kessler objected to the renaming of Lee Park to Emancipation Park as well as the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee as he objected to the removal of Confederate statues and the renaming of parks to eliminate Confederate references.  

6/5/2017:  The Lee Park was renamed Emancipation Park and the Jackson Park was renamed Justice Park by the City of Charlottesville, VA.  

6/13/2017:  US District Judge Glenn Conrad ruled that the City of Charlottesville had to grant the permit to Kessler and his Unite the Right group.  The rally would take place on August 12, 2017, at Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park).  The city issued the permit on 6/13.

7/8/2017:  50 North Carolina KKK members held a rally at Justice Park (formerly Jackson Park).  1,000 counter-protesters met the 50 KKK members at the park.  The counter-protesters carried signs with “Black Lives Matter” and “Smash White Supremacy“.  22 of the counter-protesters and KKK were arrested.  

The KKK entered Justice Park in the afternoon and after being confronted by 100 police officers, some in full riot gear, and 1,000 counter-protesters, left some 40 minutes after the rally began.  The counter-protesters followed the KKK out of the park to their cars but the police prevented any direct confrontation with the KKK.  The event ended without any major incident other than the arrests.

7/17/2017:  Judge Conrad acknowledged that counter-protesters had submitted applications for assembly permits on the same day as the Kessler Unite the Right rally on August 12Local news organizations reported that Walt Heinecke has applied for counter-protest rally permits on August 12th,  for both McGuffey and Justice Parks.  At this point, the Kessler rally was permitted for a different park even though they were close in proximity.  The Heinecke permits had not yet been approved by the city.

8/7/2017: (Monday)  The city notified Kessler that his Unite the Right rally permit had been revoked.  The city also told Kessler that the city was modifying the permit to move his rally to McIntire Park, a mile away from Emancipation Park (Lee Park).  But, the city did not take any action to modify or revoke the pending permit for Heinecke’s counter-protest.

8/9/2017: (Wednesday) The city granted the 2 permits by Heinecke for his counter-protest against the Unite the Right rally.  The permit was granted to “Peoples Action for Racial Justice” and the organizer Heinecke.  

8/10/2017:  (Thursday Evening):  Kessler filed an “Instant Action” request to Judge Conrad to contest the City’s revocation of his permit.  The ACLU of Virginia represented Kessler and his Unite the Right rally group.

8/11/2017:  (Friday Morning):  Kessler and the ACLU filed an instant motion for preliminary injunctive relief against the City’s revocation.  Written briefs and oral arguments were presented to Judge Conrad.  (This was the day before the rally was to take place)

8/11/2017:  (Afternoon):  Judge Conrad ruled against the City and granted Kessler injunctive relief against the City’s revocation of his permit.  The Kessler rally was cleared to take place on 8/12/2017 at Emancipation Park (Lee Park), not McIntire Park.  The Judge basically agreed with Kessler that the City’s argument were merely against his “views” which violated his 1st Amendment rights.  The Judge also ruled that moving the Kessler rally would not dissuade Heinecke’s counter-protesters from following the Kessler no matter where it would be held in the City.  The Judge also stated:  “Thus, a change in the location of the demonstration would not eliminate the need for members of the City’s law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel to appear at Emancipation Park. Instead, it would necessitate having personnel present at two locations in the City.”    THE JUDGE WARNED THE CITY OF ITS DUTY TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR CITIZENS AND PARTICIPANTS.  

Day of the Rally and Protest

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 9:39am):  Violence broke out at Justice Park that was permitted for use to Heinecke and his Peoples Action for Racial Justice.  The ACLU confirmed that there was violence on both sides and that there was no police presence at the time of the altercation, State or City.

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 10:55AM):  Matthew Heimbach, a self-described Fascist and head of the Traditional Worker’s Party stated that he and others were willing to die for his cause and for self-protection.  He was supported by a group of White-Supremacists affiliates.  When the White-Supremacists met up with the Counter-Protesters in the downtown area, they began beating each other with improvised weapons, fists, feet and pepper sprays.  The police did little or nothing to break up the melee.  Riot gear clad Virginia State Militia were a little more engaged in breaking up the fights.

8/12/2017: (Saturday, 11:06 AM):  The Albemarle County and Charlottesville City declared a LOCAL State of Emergency that would begin at 11:06AM.  The declaration allowed local, NOT STATE, to request additional resources as needed to ensure the safety surrounding the Rally and Counter-Protest.  

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 11;28AM):  Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a State of Emergency for Charlottesville, VA.  McAuliffe stated that State Police Virginia National Guard, and Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management are ON THE GROUND IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.  The declaration was missing a time stamp and the signature of the governor nor the Secretary of the Commonwealth which is a bit odd.  

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 11:35AM):  The Charlottesville Police posted on Facebook that the “Unlawful assembly has been declared for rally at Emancipation Park” (the Kessler permitted rally/protest).  It was not clear nor confirmed whether the Chief of Police or another official approved the declaration.  Facebook postings are not official notifications.  The police on scene at Emancipation Park notified those in the area that the assembly had been designated as “Unlawful” at 11:40AM and that everyone was order to vacate the area.  The City nor the State officials state the basis of the revocation of the permit and the rally; neither entity stated which official had the power and actually deemed the permit to be invalid; did the city council authorized the Chief of Police to designate the rally as unlawful or to declare the permit invalid.  The police officer on site invoked the authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia versus the City of Charlottesville.   If the rally at Emancipation Park was deemed unlawful, why wasn’t the rally at McIntire Park deemed unlawful and all participants ordered to leave the areas?

August 12, 2017: (11:40AM): The University of Virginia’s The Cavalier Daily reported: “Law enforcement officers in full riot gear then began forming a line at the rear of Emancipation Park, slowly moving forward to push people out of the park and toward the counter-protesters, many of whom were acting aggressively. Police warned anyone who remained in the park, on the street or in the sidewalk that they would be arrested.” (Italics added for emphasis)  The police further exacerbated the co-mingling of rally and counter-protest participants:  “Following the declaration of an unlawful assembly, many of the protesters began moving to McIntire Park, with others dispersing entirely and some staying to protest on the Downtown Mall opposite both police and counter-protesters.
Peaceful counter-protests were set up in McGuffey Park and Justice Park near downtown to provide the community with a quiet respite, offering a place to rest, first aid, water and food to those who needed it.” 

8/12/2017:  (11:40 – 1:42PM):  Sporadic violence continued throughout the late morning and early after noon with both sides being forced into close proximity.  Then, at 1:42PM, Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, VA was struck down by a car driven intentionally into the crowd of peaceful counter-protesters at the intersection of 4th Street, SE and East Water Street, downtown Charlottesville.  James A. Fields, Jr., White Supremacists, 20, of Maumee, Ohio, has been charged in the murder of Heather Heyer.

The perfect storm of co-mingling White Supremacists with Black Lives Matter and Peoples Action for Racial Justice in a relatively small area of a relative small town (Pop. 46,000); add in the emotionally charged topic of removing Confederate statues and renaming parks that were named after Confederate leaders and soldiers; and top it off with flawed assembly permit planning and poor law enforcement execution by State and Local officials, and you have the Charlottesville tragedy and the death of two police officers and a peaceful protestor, Heather Heyer.  

It is idiotic to divert attention from this tragedy and instead play sick politics by trying to blame the President of the United States for not condemning White Supremacists enough or for condemning the White Supremacists and the Counter-Protesters for inciting the violence.  Is there a moral equivalence when both parties are inciting violence, YES. 

Is there a moral equivalence between White Supremacists and BLM or Antifa?  The question is not what they purport stand for, but rather their actions!  IF both commit murders, destroy private property, or assault others, then both are criminals and their cause or what they say they stand for is irrelevant.

White Supremacy as a concept is abhorrent and should be universally condemned.   Thankfully their numbers are small (see Players and Definitions below).  Antifa’s assault on the Freedom of Speech and unlawful destruction of private and public property and the BLM follower’s who assaulted or murdered police officers, should also be universally condemned.  

RD Pierini

Players and Definitions:

Jason Kessler: 

Permit applicant and holder on behalf of the nonprofit “Unite the Right” (UR).  UR’s protest in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12 turned into the Charlottesville tragedy, leaving 3 dead and many injured.  Kessler’s political leanings are mixed to say the least.  He has been reported to support everything from left-wing Occupy Wall Street to White Supremacists.  Kessler was represented by the ACLU defending his rights to assembly right up to the day of the riots.  This left-wing legal organization also blamed BOTH SIDES for inciting violence…

Ku Klux Klan:

This organization was founded by members of the Democrat party just after the Civil War in 1865.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Left-Wing organization, describes the Klan’s participation today as:  “Today, the Center (Southern Poverty Law Center) estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different – and often warring – organizations that use the Klan name.”  As described by the SPLC, the group pretty much hates everything:  “Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.”  This is at its core a hate group no matter how you define it.

Neo-Nazis/American Nazi Party:

These people borrow elements from Nazi doctrine, including ultra-nationalism, racism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, antiziganism, anti-Semitism, and initiating the Fourth Reich. Holocaust denial is a common feature, as is the incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler.  Other than that, they sound like a swell group! (sarcasm)  This is also a hate group at its core.  The SPLC estimate that they have less than 1,000 members across the US.

White Supremacists: 

This is not a single organization or group but is an aggregate of groups like the KKK and Neo-Nazis.  The SPLC lumps almost organization they perceive to be a hate group made up of Caucasian individuals.  The SPLC estimate that there are about 1,000 “organizations” in this category.  But, given the population of the KKK and New-Nazi groups, the total affiliates probably number less than 25,000 people.  This represents less than 1/100th of a percent of the US population!  Even if you assume that the WS = 250,000, this would still only equal 1/10th of a percent the US population.  These people are not only fringe and a hate group, they are irrelevant and on the outer fringe of society.

Virginia State and Charlottesville, VA Government and Law Enforcement Hierarchy:

Hat Tips:

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/jason-kessler

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/ku-klux-klan

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/07/curry-prof-walt-heinecke-submits-applications-for-aug-12-counter-rallies

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/15/report-splc-charlottesville-racist-former-occupy-activist-obama-supporter-jason-kessler/

Russia Dead, “Trump Now a Racist”! Left Is Abetting Violent Overthrow

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As the Russia story continues to indict Obama rather than Trump, the Left has to create a new Anti-Trump dialogue!

The left, Aided and Abetted by the Main Stream Media, the Political Left, and the Elitist on the Right, are moving this country towards a violent end to their hatred of Trump.  The Progressives and the MSM have successfully neutered the Right Wing Elitist such as Rubio, McCain, Ryan and many others from standing up and defending this country’s heritage for fear of being branded a RACISTS or even worse, an Alt-Right supporter.  Trump stands alone, AGAIN, standing up for our need to know and understand our heritage and history, both good and bad, and to call out hatred and bigotry on both sides of the political spectrum.  

Today, there is no moral equivalency between Alt-Right and Alt-Left violence no matter who instigates it.  The Alt-Left is always on higher ground even against law enforcement or peaceful citizen protestors.  THIS IS JUST WRONG.  Equal protection is equal protection under the Law, period.  All men are created equal means all men, not just those you agree with. 

We are in a sad place today and unfortunately the only people who stand between the loss of our nation and the Nazism of the Left are the Trump Supporters.  These are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian and others from around the world who are citizens of this great nation and who voted for Trump.  These are people who merely want a level playing field, equal justice, equal opportunity, and to be left alone with their families.  Unfortunately, they are assailed daily by the MSM as bigots, racists, homophobes, sexists and worse.  They look in the mirror and see someone who struggles to meet their financial obligations and never protest anything as they are working long hours to support their family.   

Trump’s Solution to Race Issues In America:

Trump in his press conference today at Trump Tower, gave a glimpse into his view of what has and is dividing this nation.  He said that he thought Jobs would bring this country together along with his programs to improve our inner cities and the lives of those living in those cities.  He, in effect, believes that if he can provide opportunities and a better life for those with the least hope in our society, that racial divide will dissipate. 

In truth, this will improve the lives of those who have been left behind but it also WHY THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT WING ELITIST CANNOT ALLOW TRUMP TO SUCCEED.  These true Nazis on the Left and the Elite Right want to kill this country’s heritage, its greatness, and its promise to everyone in order to take it over.  Their goal is to complete Obama’s Transformation of America into a Mirror of Europe dominated by the elite few.

Charlottesville is not about White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, Skin Heads or other despicable groups.  It is about building a narrative around Trump as a Bigot, Racist, and Anti-American President in order to kill his approval ratings so Congress can claim the high moral ground by opposing his agenda that would, in fact, lift this country’s poor our of poverty and restore the promise of America.  At the very least, kill Trump’s chances for reelection in 2020.

Personally, I believe if this assault on Trump continues, his supporters will not stand idly by and allow this to happen.  The backlash will be large, and possibly even meet the left’s violence with violence.  This should never happen in America but it happened during our fight for independence and it could happen again.   

Hopefully, some on the Elitist Right and moderate Democrats will wake up before it is too late.  History cannot be rewritten as its legacy lives in the hearts and minds of those who have inherited its legacies.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Right and Left Out to Destroy President Trump Using Charlottesville Tragedy

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Every RINO Republican and so-called “friend” of the President hit the talk show circuit today to denounce Trump’s “Unity Call” remarks regarding Charlottesville.  Trump either did not kneel down and renounce “White Supremacists/Racists” or his language was too vague to suit them.  This included RINOs like Newt Gingrich, of course Karl Rove, and Neo-Con leader and Never Trumper Bill Kristal.  Throw in Marco Rubio and other Senators and Congressmen for good measure!

Trump emphatically called out all who hate, are bigoted, and promote and act out violence, regardless of their “affiliation”.  He said:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.” 

Of course he included “White Supremacists”, Racist of every kind, and “Nazis” of every kind and shape.  He did not specifically exclude the possibility that counter-protesters including “Antifa” and Black Lives Matters as potentially fomenting violence spawned from their own hatred of others. 

Until all of he facts are known a general condemnation of anyone who hate, are bigoted and promote violence is the right tone.  The driver of the care who plowed into the crowd is in a category of his own and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Charlottesville was a tragedy not only in the loss of 3 lives, but the loss of our American Values of what we should and can be.  When we allow hate, FROM ALL SIDES, to prevail, we have lost the promise of this Great Country.  While protecting the rights of even those who are hate filled, we must insure that their expression is not allowed to turn into violence against others.

Final Note:  I have watched a few hours of coverage and the seeming limited amount of video that is available.  I say limited as I expected wall to wall coverage given the subject of the march.  That said, I was taken aback to see that the Protesters and the Counter-Protesters were not separated more by the police.  Maybe they did not anticipate any violence but it was just odd that the commingling was so evident.  Maybe subsequent video will paint a different picture.  Hope so.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Pope Francis-Hypocrit on Native American Treatment and Rights

Pope Francis criticizes the policies of the Trump Administration but does not mention the treatment of California Native Peoples TODAY regarding Native Lands appropriated by the Church and the Spanish Government in the 1700 and 1800’s!

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Pope Francis stated:

“In this regard, the right to prior and informed consent should always prevail,” he said. “Only then is it possible to guarantee peaceful cooperation between governing authorities and indigenous peoples, overcoming confrontation and conflict.”

Did, or does, the Pope apply the same pious rhetoric to the Mexican and California Native Peoples who were driven off of their lands and converted to Catholicism during the California Missionary period?  Does the Pope care that the Ohlone, Costanoan, Esselen Nation, OCEN, the tribe that inhabited the greater Monterey/Carmel region of California, is not even officially recognized by the Federal Government nor does it have any real say in the day-to-day operations of the Missions in this region?  This tribe lived with St. Serra at the Carmel Mission and helped to build that mission and the others in the region. 

The Catholic hierarchy in California, especially under the Archbishop José Horacio Gomez in its Southern and Central dioceses, only pay attention to the native voices when there is a problem.  The hierarchy still treats our native peoples like second class citizens and certainly not with the “respect” the Pope said they deserve.

Pope Francis spoke out seemly about he Dakota pipeline that was just approved by the Trump Administration.  The contention by the tribes in the area was that the pipeline COULD damage their water supply in spite of engineering assurances that the pipeline would be safe and their water supply kept from harms way.  Contrast this with actual ancient Native People’s burial grounds that surround the California missions that have been built upon, paved over, and not respected by the Church.  The Pope has not said a word nor given any directives that would give the Native Peoples of these Missions any say in how the Mission Grounds are maintained or how improvements would be made.  Hence, hypocrite…

In a past blog entitled, “Time for Social Justice?  The Church, Its California Missions, &  Its Native Peoples”, short link: http://wp.me/pY51c-Gt, there were several policies and actions that Pope Francis should insure that the California Archbishops and Bishops initiate immediately:

“New Social Justice by the Church:  There are a couple of very simple efforts the Church could make to live up to Blessed Serra’s call for “Always Forward”.

  1. Mutual Support of Native Burial Grounds:  Where there are recognized native people’s burial grounds, form agreements with the local Nations/Tribes to jointly maintain and preserve these grounds.  If there are costs involved, work together to raise the funds necessary to properly maintain and preserve these grounds.  We preserve art and artifacts, what is more important than human ancestral remains?
  2. More Open Access to Native Peoples:  The Church should make sure that each mission develops policies and practices that welcome native peoples back to the missions either as individuals or groups.   If there are special prayer ceremonies or other gatherings that can be scheduled, the local mission should be working with the native peoples to accommodate these events and make is easy on the native peoples to frequently engage in these events.
  3. Support Local Tribes:  If there are local tribes that are seeking Nation status or have other needs requiring local, state or federal approval, the Church should support the native peoples in these efforts.  That is not to say that the Church has to pay for the legal or other costs, but they should lend all of the support they can to facilitate the local peoples efforts.
  4. The Church, Act Like Blessed (now Saint) Serra:  Serra was first and foremost an evangelist seeking to convert everyone he came in contact with.  Conversion to the Catholic Faith was his passion and driving force and can be seen in all of his writings.  Many of the descendants of the mission era native peoples were converted to Catholicism and baptized by Fr. Serra or his fellow friars.  Many of these same people have fallen away from the Church for a lot of reasons just like other peoples.  Perhaps the Church could make a more concerted effort to welcome these descendants back into the Church and welcome them as part of the Church and its mission roots.
  5. The Church Should Be Respectful:  The Church and the Spanish founded the San Diego Mission in 1769.  Recently, in Pacific Grove, California, a local member an early Esselen tribe was exhumed and the remains were found to be over 5,000 years old.  Understand that the native peoples may look at the mission lands as their own and respect their right to do so.  They are not going to take the lands back!”

Before Pope Francis takes himself too seriously regarding Native People Policy by others, perhaps a little papal introspection may be helpful.  He is ignoring a whole civilization who no longer are practicing Catholics and feel that their Church has abandoned them.   It is easy to criticize others but you better make sure your house is in order first.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/15/pope-francis-wades-into-us-oil-pipeline-dispute.html http://www.stltoday.com/news/world/pope-francis-native-people-have-rights-over-their-lands/article_689d7f11-eb77-5459-bfff-e8186ec2aae1.html