Watch “Full Speech: Hillary Clinton Anti-Trump Speech in Reno, Nevada (8/25/2016) Hillary Rally in Reno” on YouTube

Thank you Hillary Clinton for the speech you delivered at your really in Reno, Nevada! It takes a lot of courage for someone to make a speech that exposes the racist underbelly of the United States of America. During Hillary’s presidential campaign and throughout most of her public life, she has reached out to, worked with and supported black Americans. In her early career, she went door-to-door in my hometown in Massachusetts while working with the Children’s Defense Fund. Her methodical indictment of Donald Trump’s rhetoric and marriage to the white supremacist hate movement in America was powerful and effective.

Last August, I wrote a piece called Dangerous Donald, and my assertions could not have been more prescient. Many in the press, and in politics did not take Donald’s run for the presidency very serious. But, here we are a year later, and he’s the Republican nominee. He’s destroying the GOP with every racist word and misdeed, and it is well-deserved.

I applaud Hillary Clinton for making this speech at this particular moment in her campaign for the presidency especially since ‘thedonald’ has made his so-called  “pivot” in an effort to soften his image while disingenuously courting the black vote, and picture this, to all-white audiences using every stereotypical, dog-whistle talking point that he can muster. I repeat, Trump is dangerous, and not just to black Americans, but all Americans, and to the world at large.

Now the media and scared GOP politicians want to sanitize the white supremacist mob that has taken over their Party with the ascendancy of their nominee. In doing so, they use the term Alt-Right. The Southern Poverty Law Center defines the alternative right

The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization.

What I know, racism and hate under any name is still racism and hate. We need to call out this evil, divisive hate whenever it rears is ugly head. I’m glad that we have at least one responsible, qualified presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton to speak out against white supremacists as they attempt to stage their coup against the American people. 

Head for the Hills! 

The irrational hatred of Hillary Clinton boggles my mind. After all, this woman is quite accomplished in her long career of public service. I have come to the conclusion that she is disliked primarily because she is a woman whose strength and unapologetic determination is regarded as lacking in feminity. It is fundamentally an unhealthy case of “sexism”. Attributes such as strength and courage are rarely celebrated when found in a woman. I think it is also partly the reason Hillary has related so well to black women and other minority groups. 

During Hillary’s campaign for the presidency, she has consistently reached out to black women. Let’s not forget, she began her long and impressive career working with a black woman, Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. I had this thought again while watching the Democratic Convention and listening to the speeches delivered by the ‘Mothers of the Movement’. I discerned a very real connection between Hillary and the black mothers who had lost children to gun violence.

As I read through the Slate article, The Hillary Haters, I noted  one common thread, most, if not all, of the vehement haters were white people. Maybe Hillary is becoming our first black female president after all..

“It may be that the moment she starts to claim more power, it elicits a negative response,” 

Republicans and the corporate news media, have done effective damage to the image of Hillary Clinton. This media bias is very real and borne out by the research data. Right wing propaganda, conspiracy theorists and GOP talking points have smeared, maligned and vilified Hillary Clinton to the American people with vicious consistency. Who can withstand a constant barrage of negativity? Yet this woman, against an onslaught of hate-filled propaganda, has persevered. I give her much credit for that.

For example, when I watched Hillary testify for 11 hours straight during the Benghazi hearings, that Republican circus, I knew then that she was the best choice to succeed Barack Obama for president. Her toughness and stamina, her calmness under pressure and her intelligence in responding to the relentless questioning demonstrated her character and strength for leadership. In my opinion, the treatment of Hillary Clinton, and the level of hatred that is heaped upon her is similar to that of the hatred I have seen heaped upon black people in the United States of America. It’s peculiar. It’s sport. It’s insane.

I like Hillary, and Barack Obama for that matter, for their pragmatic approach to politics. Pragmatism doesn’t always enjoy popular support. In some cases it turns people off entirely. It’s not sexy. It doesn’t titillate. Pragmatism in politics is a workhorse, and it makes the effort to reach across the aisle.This is something that Hillary and Obama seem to have in common. Politics, after all, is the art of compromise. So, it makes perfect sense that the first black president will likely be succeeded by the first woman president. This is the real ‘revolution’, and both Hillary and Barack are and will be held to a very different standard.

I predict Hillary will win in November, but if Donald Trump were to take the White House, heaven forbid, the blame will lie squarely on the backs of hateful GOPers, low information voters, Hillary haters, Third-Party supporters and Bernie-or-Bust cultists.Truth be told, Libertarians are disgruntled Republicans, and the Green Party folks are disillusioned Democrats. Let’s face it, a vote for Third-Party candidates, Jill Stein or Gary Johnson is a vote for Donald Trump. As for me, I’m headed for the Hills! #StrongerTogether!

GOP’s Abismal Terrorism Record!

I just love it when the Obama haters are proven to be liars. My grandfather always said that Republicans were liars. Rest his soul, he was spot on about many of them.

When I consider the GOP Primary candidates and their eventual nominees in just the last two presidential elections, the one constancy is the level of overt mendacity. Well, maybe I should add racism to that. Wait, let’s add fascism too.

This DailyKos piece lays out the facts on the true track record of the hawkish GOP on terrorism. They suck at keeping Americans safe!

The Angry Electorate!

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The Republican Party has created it’s current nightmare scenario. All that the pundits can talk about is how to stop Donald Trump. Will the Republicans usurp the will of the angry white electorate that support Trump? Will their “establishment” candidate save the day?

My theory, after seven years of obstruction and hatred of Barack Obama, the GOP is reaping what they have sown. The stated goal from the mouth of Mitch McConnell was to make sure that Obama was a one-term president. Epic fail! The hallmark of the Obama administration has been success. This very fact has angered white men, in particular, who feel they are losing privilege, power and control in America. White supremacist hate groups are rising faster than they have in many recent years. For more than seven years, the GOP along with the right-wing media echo chamber has stoked the Tea Party and created a rabid, beast-like constituency that can no longer be controlled. The Republican Party is getting what it deserves! Trump is dessimating the Party, and they are frantic to regain control.

Roland Martin breaks it down in plain language, Trump is “the great white hope”. Martin provides an insightful analysis on both Democrats and Republicans, and I couldn’t agree more. The chickens are finally coming home to roost for the Republicans. Can you imagine Trump as #POTUS? Neither can the Republicans.

The 2016 Academy Awards

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So, we are deep into the current awards season. The Golden Globes are over, and the Oscars are yet to happen. The 2016 Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 28th on ABC.

This year, much to my surprise, Chris Rock will be hosting the show, again. The surprise, for me, is due to his last appearance as host of the show in 2005. It was less than stellar and received mixed reviews from critics. He made Time Magazine’s Host Without the Most list. His jokes just seemed to land flat with the Hollywood elite as well as with the viewing audience.

With this year’s Oscars, there is fresh controversy regarding the lack of diversity of Oscar nominees. For example, Will Smith was not nominated for Best Actor for the film Concussion, and the movie is also not included in the Best Picture category. As a result of the snub, Jada Smith, Spike Lee and others are calling for an Oscar boycott. Even with this muster to arms, some are not willing to jump on the bandwagon accusing the Smith’s of being part of the Hollywood diversity problem for actors. In particular, Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Belair, still nursing a fued with Will Smith, has made no bones about her disgust with Jada over the call to boycott.

On a bright note, the film, Straight Outta Compton, which achieved both critical and box office success, is nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay. For the film Creed, there has been no mention of its filmmaker, Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed the film, but Sylvester Stallone is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for playing the Rocky Balboa character in the film.

So what is really new here beside a potential boycott? The Oscars are infamously biased and elitist. What I have noted is that, in many cases, non-white actors have been primarily celebrated and awarded when they portray less than savory characters. For example, Denzel wins Best Actor for Training Day in 2001, but nothing for Malcolm X. Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar also in 2001 for Monster’s Ball after bearing all, and very graphically, with Billy Bob Thornton. Then there is Forest Whitaker and Mo’Nique who each won in 2006 and 2009 respectively, both portraying brutal and ugly characters on the big screen.

Other award shows have also followed suit. At the close of 2015, Taraji P. Henson, the grand-daughter of Matthew Henson (famous black North Pole explorer), won a Golden Globe for portraying Cookie on Empire, a character that is an ex-con and a loud-mouthed former crack head. Uzo Aduba also won two Emmy awards in recent years for playing a mentally ill convict on Orange is the New Black.

My point, lack of diversity in Hollywood impacts which non-white actors are cast in film and television roles, or the types of characters that are deemed credible for them to portray. This directly impacts who is then nominated and awarded these prestigious film and television awards. In truth, black actors are not cast in film and television, nor given the opportunity that so many white actors take for granted. Why are actors like Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Nicole Ari Parker, Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha and so many more being overlooked in Hollywood? It appears that the old guard in Hollywood can only see black actors typecast through a limited, negative or degraded lens.

I probably will not watch the Oscars this year, and not necessarily because of Jada’s call to action, but mostly because this celebration of film art has lost credibility with me, and many others, by demonstrating a narrow, subjective view of who is best at portraying our human stories.

Watch “2016 State of the Union Address: Enhanced” on YouTube

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On January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and final State of Union address. In my opinion, it was one of Obama’s best crafted speeches for the State of the Union. It has certainly been a long arduous road for our first black President, but I couldn’t be more proud of Mr. Obama’s accomplishments. His poise in the face of such racism and hatred is remarkable. This speech was reminiscent of candidate Obama in its style and tone. The President, once again, touched on themes of hope. He urged Americans not to listen to voices of division and ignorance that seek to pit Americans one against the other. It was appropriate that he concluded the speech with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King. Cheers to you Mr. Obama! You continue to inspire many Americans and people around the world.

Julian Bond (1940-2015)

JB Horace Julian Bond, a foot soldier, a civil rights leader, and a man who embodied the term #BlackLivesMatter. He was one of the youngest founding members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and he founded the Southern Poverty Law Center.  He was elected Board Chairman of the NAACP in 1998. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1965 to 1975, and in the Georgia Senate from 1975 to 1986. He was also the voice that narrated the PBS documentary that chronicled the history of the Civil Rights Movement, “Eyes on The Prize”. At his decease, Julian Bond was 75 years old.

America, we have lost a great leader!

In an April, 2015 interview at Brandeis University, Mr. Bond talked about voter suppression, his disdain for how Lyndon Johnson was depicted in the movie Selma and he talked about the Republican-led hostility against President Barack Obama.

“He is a black man. That’s the reason he’s engendered so much animus. That’s the reason people don’t like him, because he’s a black man. That’s the only reason.”

As Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, wrote on the organization’s website: “With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. He advocated not just for African-Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all.”

Mr. Julian Bond will be buried at sea in a private ceremony. Rest in peace and power, Mr. Bond!

Dangerous Donald!

DTThe Book of James declares the tongue, “a restless evil, full of deadly poison”. This is evidently true of Donald Trump’s rhetoric which endangers the American people in the United States. History has taught us that murder begins with hate speech. Study Germany in the 1930’s. History has a way of repeating itself. Trump’s irresponsible speech strikes a chord with fearful haters who desperately want to “take their country back”.

The election and presidency of Barack Obama has frightened “The Donald” supporters. These are the immigrant haters. It was hate speech that led to the murder of nine blacks in South Carolina. Hate speech has also defended trigger-happy policing resulting in the repeated shooting deaths of primarily black and brown people in America. We may have freedom of speech, but there must accountability for speech that incites violence and hate crimes.

Trump’s voice is like nuclear waste, environmentally toxic and cancerous. The GOP has created a monster and they cannot control him. Trump claims that Hispanic people will vote for him, but he knows the truth. They will never vote for Trump! He will cost the GOP the general election as he repeatedly offends Hispanics, Muslims and women. He even offends Republicans. The GOP is deserving of Trump for their racist treatment of Obama.

While it pleases me that Trump is a problem for the Republicans, it also troubles me that he is a calculated blowhard that must keep up the rhetoric of hate speech for his followers — fascist bigots.

RedState Gathering Dumps Trump!

Donald Trump, a fascist, belligerent blowhard has been dealt a blow at the hands of his GOP friends. Kinda like a come-uppance for “crossing the line” with his remarks about Megyn Kelly. RedState Gathering dumped Trump. It’s all too apparent that Republicans have no problem with racist rhetoric about Mexicans, but perish the thought of speaking disparagingly about a white woman. At every turn, conservatives display their full on bigotry. I have no doubt “The Donald” will come back with more ignorance.