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14/09/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw

Where Were Democrats When Rep. John Lewis Was Trying to Build the African-American History Museum?

Where Were Democrats When Rep. John Lewis Was Trying to Build the African-American History Museum?

Georgia Congressman John Lewis recently spoke to CBS about the years it took to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. What Lewis failed to mention was how much help for the project came from Republicans, and how little came from the Democrats Lewis fiercely defends.

Both Democrats and Republicans have played a role in damaging the black community. Democrats like Lewis, however, tend to caricature Republicans as racist devils, whereas Democrats are presented as the only option for black voters. The political backstory to how the African-American history museum came to be, however, speaks to the falsity of this binary,

Rep. Lewis began introducing the bill for the museum in 1988 and continued introducing it with each new Congress. According to a Washington Post report, when segregationist Senator Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) blocked the bill, it was Republican Senator [George] Mitchell and Senator [Robert] Dole who tried in earnest to push the project.


Republicans J.C. Watts and Sam Brownback also stood with Lewis. And both Brownback and Watts played an essential role, as the Post reports:

Then God intervened, according to Kansas Gov. Brownback, who was a Republican senator at the time.


“It was divine intervention, and I say that truthfully,” Brownback recalled recently. He was praying in church one day when the idea of an African American museum came to him. He didn’t know that Lewis, in the House of Representatives, had been pushing for the same thing.


“A number of us at the time had been talking about racial reconciliation,” Brownback said. “I went back and asked staff to do some research. That’s when I found .?.?. that John Lewis had put in a bill for a dozen years.”


Along with Watts, a congressman from Oklahoma, they built bipartisan support. But they still couldn’t get over the problem of its location. Lewis and others fought for a spot on the Mall, a provision that proved controversial in the 1990s and was still a problem a decade later.

President George W. Bush signed the bill into law in 2003.

The only Democrat spoken highly of in the Post story is Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.).

Only recently, Rep. John Lewis allowed himself to be used as a tool by Democrats pushing gun control. He used the language and tactics of the Civil Rights movement to justify a meaningless spectacle. But do the Democrats who routinely trot out Lewis whenever they require political cover stand up for him when he has a piece of legislation he feels strongly about? That’s a question we should be asking of all black Democrats.



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12/09/16 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw

“Caucasians Only” Clause in Deed Shocks Interracial Couple

“Caucasians Only” Clause in Deed Shocks Interracial Couple

An interracial couple closing on their home found something in the deed they didn’t expect–a ‘whites only’ clause.

The deed specified that no “dwelling” on the quarters could be occupied by anyone who is not Caucasian, except for “domestic servant’s quarters.”

The San Antonio couple was shocked, according to NBC News. 

Along with the title are exceptions to the title, which nullify the invalid portions, such as the race clause.

America’s racist history often surfaces in titles and deeds, as NPR reported in 2010:

The deed on homeowner John Williford’s 75-year-old Myers Park house includes restrictions written by the original developers geared to preserve the parklike feel of the neighborhood. The deeds also include racial restrictions: “This lot shall be owned and occupied by people of the Caucasian race only.”


Williford certainly doesn’t agree with that.



“I mean, things were different back in 1935, certainly than they are now,” Williford says.


This kind of language is in deeds across America, not just in the South. Seattle Historian James Gregory and a team of University of Washington students have amassed a database of thousands of deeds with racist wording.

Watch the video report below:

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02/09/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

Juvenile Detention Staffer Reportedly Watched 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen as She Choked and Seized to Death

Juvenile Detention Staffer Reportedly Watched 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen as She Choked and Seized to Death

A new timeline published by WDRB’s Jason Riley demonstrates the level of careless shown to a girl who died in custody at Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Kentucky.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Gynnya McMillen’s family claims guard Reginald Windham saw McMillen choking and seizing shortly before her death, but did nothing. The suit claims Windham could’ve saved the teenager’s life if he’d taken action.


McMillen died in January.

It was revealed in August that “former supervisors Reginald Windham and Victor Holt “knowingly recorded false information” on room observation sheets 15 and 17 times, respectively, on the night of Jan. 10 and the next morning, according to documents filed in their criminal cases on July 28.”

From WDRB:

Windham, according to the suit, said he checked on Gynnya “to make sure she had not thrown up and was choking or something like that.” He looked through her cell door at 11:39 p.m. for 18 seconds, watching “her last gasps and dying breaths and final uncontrollable movements and seizure,” the suit claims.

A takedown technique known as Aikido, which is banned in Kentucky schools, was used to subdue McMillen.

A medical examiner ruled that McMillen died in her sleep of natural causes.

Read Riley’s timeline below for additional details:


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02/09/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw

Milwaukee Has Deadliest Month Since Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer

Milwaukee Has Deadliest Month Since Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer

by Yvette Carnell

In a previous article titled Total Collapse: 31 of 56 Black Neighborhoods in Wisconsin Are Jails,BreakingBrown reported on a study originally published in Madison 365:

Thirty-one of the 56 black neighborhoods in Wisconsin are, in fact, jails,” and  “And I found out that the places that weren’t jails, weren’t great places to be – homeless shelters, section 8 housing, food deserts, etc.”

Of the black neighborhoods in Wisconsin that aren’t jails, Blank found that 21, or 38 percent, are apartment complexes, Section 8 housing, or both. Two are homeless shelters, and one is a job corps center. The only one left is Milwaukee’s general residential black neighborhood, which overall is doing very poorly.

These are all the markers of a community in total collapse. Couple that with what we’re now learning about the crime in Milwaukee.  According to the Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee police have declared August the “deadliest month” in 25 years for the city:

Those are just three of the 24 homicides recorded in August — what Milwaukee police have termed the “deadliest month” in 25 years.


It is the highest monthly total since July 1991, when the victims of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer were discovered, Milwaukee police said.


“We’ve had a slight increase in domestic violence homicides this year, but the biggest driver of our homicides is arguments and fights and retaliation among people with criminal records,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said Thursday.

And of course, the police chief gets it wrong in his assessment of what’s behind the crime wave:

“Some of our challenge is simply consistently being able to deter armed offending through the criminal justice system,” he added. “The penalties are too weak.”


How are penalties too weak when black neighborhoods are jails in Wisconsin? And how can you “deter” people who have no options since they’re living in communities that have collapsed? The simple answer is–you can’t. This is bound to get worse, and it has nothing at all to do with “weak penalties”. As I’ve said previously, what we’re watching now is the implosion of the black community:

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31/08/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

Innocent Black Man Only Awarded $18 After Being Shocked and Punched by Police

Innocent Black Man Only Awarded $18 After Being Shocked and Punched by Police

DeShawn Franklin was asleep when cops stormed into his bedroom and attacked him.

According to family members, officers didn’t have a warrant and didn’t ask permission before barging into the home and shocking, punching, then dragging 18-year-old Franklin out of bed.

Franklin, who was then handcuffed and placed in a police car, told the Washington Post that he was “asleep” and “didn’t even know what was going on.”

According to the Post, officers were looking for Franklin’s older brother:

The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. on July 7, 2012, when Franklin and his parents were sleeping. Officers Eric Mentz, Aaron Knepper and Michael Stuk, of the South Bend Police Department, were looking for Dan Jones, Franklin’s older brother, after receiving a domestic violence call. The officers received information that Jones may have gone to his parents’ house, according to an internal affairs investigation report by the police department.

Officers later apologized and were disciplined with written reprimands.


The 2012 incident led to a lawsuit brought by the Indiana family against police.

The jury agreed that the Franklin home was wrongfully entered without a warrant by three white officers, violating the family’s rights. The jury decided, however, that the family’s rights were basically worthless.

Although the jury sided with the Franklin family, the dollar amount awarded to them was a slap in the face. Each of the defendants in the lawsuit was only ordered to pay $1 each, totaling $18.

Rev. Mario Sims told the Post that this sends a clear signal to black people that their rights are only worth $1.

“Essentially even though the jury found their rights were violated, the jury didn’t value those rights,” said Sims. “They didn’t think this poor black family warranted any type of substantial monetary reward.”

Since there were no “medical bills, lost wages, property damage, post-traumatic stress, psychological treatment”, the jury couldn’t find evidence to warrant the more than $1 million dollars in damages requested by the family, the Post reported.

Now four years later, Franklin, who has no criminal record, lives in fear of police, says the family.


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