Blackness is a constant fight

Imagine waking up to the realization above. That’s how my day has been so far. Last night was a pretty uneventful night at work with the usual routine at play. Everything was pretty unremarkable until I woke up this afternoon to the news about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Arizona voting law case.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court’s six conservatives, said Section 2 requires equal openness to voting, not equal outcomes.

“It appears that the core of [Section 2] is the requirement that voting be ‘equally open.’ The statute’s reference to equal ‘opportunity’ may stretch that concept to some degree to include consideration of a person’s ability to use the means that are equally open. But equal openness remains the touchstone,” Alito wrote.

“Mere inconvenience cannot be enough to demonstrate a violation of [Section 2],” he added.

After taking the time to read through analysis of this decision, I came to a scary realization. My mother, at 48 years old in 1989, had more protection as a Black voter in America than I do at 48 in 2021. How did we get here?

The language Alito uses in his opinion is the same generic language used by politicians during Jim Crow times. When the Constitution was amended to outlaw racist voter disenfranchisement outright, white politicians switched to benign sounding legislation that had overwhelming impact on minorities, especially Black Americans.

So, here we are over 20 years into the 21st century, and we’re still fighting the same racist thinking that has existed in this country since its founding. What else do we as Black people have to endure before we are allowed to be Americans with the full rights bestowed by our citizenship?

I’m angry, I’m pissed, and I really cannot think of anything positive at this point. Not only do we have conservative America collectively undermining our rights as equal citizens, we also have moderate Whites trying to tell us not to be alarmed and shit. Of course they see no reason to panic because their rights aren’t the ones being screwed over.

Hard to believe that within the time I’ve been eligible to vote that I have witnessed such a full backsliding of rights, but here we are today. The SCOTUS has for all intents and purpose eviscerated the Voting RIghts Act of 1965. I can recall conservatives complaining that judges shouldn’t legislate from the bench, yet the SCOTUS has basically rewritten a law that was passed and had been renewed by Congress several times.

Maybe this country isn’t for me or my folks. Imagine what would happen to this country if every minority decided to pack our shit and leave for distant shores. I give America as a White ethno-state a maximum of 10 years existence. Once the manual labor and services provided for by minorities disappear, crops in fields would rot. All those mega farms in the Midwest that have depended upon migrant workers for survival would collapse.

I imagine that would create a cascade of failures ending with the collapse of America itself. America’s strength isn’t in White folks. America’s strength is in the ability for mutual coexistence and cooperation from everyone. I know if I’m beginning to get tired of fighting the same shit over and over, there are others who feel the same.

We minorities cannot fix this stuff. Racism and discrimination will end only when White folks decide to get off their collective asses and make it end. That’s the reality we face. No amount of marching and protesting is going to change a damn thing until White America decides to change. It’s not an indictment on everyone. This is simply using the same logic people use against Black people when it comes to crime.

The ball is in your court White America.

1,020 thoughts on “Blackness is a constant fight

    • Hiram, hmmmmmmmmm.
      That’s out there in Paulding county and as I recall, here’s at least one truck owner living in Paulding county that bragged on his shitty parking just to trigger the libs.

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  1. A prediction – the winning team will have a Chelsea player in it.

    Heh, heh, heh.
    Since the UCL final on May 29th, there have been Chelsea players in the CONCACAF Nations League Final, the CONMEBOL Copa América Final, and now the UEFA European Championship final.
    The Blue Lions can’t use the “big game jitters” excuse anymore.
    Frank Lampard played a big part in preparing those players, but he won’t get one scrap of credit for it.


    • One thing Frank should get lots of credit for is how he nurtured the kids.
      If he had been manager back when, KdB and Rom would be Chelsea legends by now.


  2. Listen up you greed deranged sociopaths! Even the Pope thinks everyone should have universal healthcare!
    Stop with all of the stalling tactics and let America join with the rest of the civilized free world and allow healthcare for all with profit not being the primary motive.

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  3. Italy unchanged – playing in a 4 3 3
    England going with 3 4 3 – pretty much what I expected – although I think I’ll see plenty of 3 5 2 and 5 3 2

    A prediction – the winning team will have a Chelsea player in it.
    Oh yeah – and Tuchel is going to be wincing looking at Mount marking Jorghino.


  4. Protect Freeze Peach
    “Joe Rogan guest claims black people have a inherent gene that makes them violent”

    If truth be told . . .

    How many black people stormed the capitol on January 6 ?

    How many black people have been charged for storming the capitol ?

    All I saw were majority white people.

    Oh wait. . .

    Some of the capitol police defending the capitol were black.

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  5. The blithering bitter bitch thinks he is the billy bad ass billionaire persona that he sold to his supports……. mind you they bought it and still believe
    But he is going to ride this out for all he can get……….. of his supporters donations

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    • Well ain’t that rich . . .

      “He is going to ride this out for all he can get of his supporters donations .”

      Those welfare and stimulus checks will only go so far.

      I hope and pray they don’t send him none of their child tax credit checks !

      Pandemic ​magnif​ying child hunger in America


  6. The pubs opened in England 6 hours ago – the game starts in 2 hours. It’s going to be a record-setting day for pints sold.

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  7. Congrats to Branson
    He is one ballsy dude. I can appreciate what he is doing and what Musk will be doing next.
    These guys and the people working for them are intelligent and industrious. Kudos to them

    Now here comes the but (yes you knew it was coming)
    It’s not all a private industry endeavor with these billionaires and venture capitalists funding all of the costs.
    A big thanks to Uncle Sam is in order
    Article below is from 2018 and by that time Uncle Sam has chipped in billions to assist these companies.
    So again kudos to Branson, Musk and the others working in the ‘private aerospace’ industry but it couldn’t and wouldn’t be occurring without assistance from Uncle Sam via funding and specifically NASA

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      • Oh I don’t have any issue with Branson
        I just want to point out that his company and others aren’t just doing this via their own and other investor monies.
        Been a lot of tax money given to these companies as well as direct and indirect help / knowledge transfer from NASA
        Doesn’t take away from what is taking place I have just personally read too much about all this private industry without much being said about the help from Uncle Sam

        I don’t even know if Branson graduated from college however I could be incorrect on that.
        He is no doubt a go getter
        I think Musk is an engineer by trade

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      • My sister heard him speak at a forum a few years ago
        She said he was very engaging and came across as a genuine dude


      • Branson is a noted practitioner of tax avoidance – setting up his companies in off-shore tax havens – on top of being a tax exile.
        Oh yeah – he’s also spent time in jail for tax evasion.
        He’s a heck of a self-promoter though.

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    • Rogan response is “But GOD is that really true?” So he doesn’t know if that’s true or not..This shows that Rogan is full of shit

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  8. Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, apparently to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit, and resulted in this:

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    • Usually when Europeans sing along to English lyrics they don’t understand they are singing Wonderwall – at least that’s what I experienced in a beer tent during Stuttgart’s Oktoberfest

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      • You forgot – Lalas was also a useless exec making dumb moves for 3 different MLS teams.

        Oh yeah – Brazil won’t get past the quarters.
        They are completely reliant on Neymar, are slow at the back and their best midfielder is Fred.
        I don’t know why it is but the South American countries are falling way behind the European powers.


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  10. ‘Cause all you women is low down gamblers
    Cheatin’ like I don’t know how
    Baby, got no flavor, fever in the funk house now
    This low down bitchin’ got my poor feet a itchin’
    Don’t you know you know the duece is still wild


  11. I don’t know what to do with this stupid.

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  12. He’s not being prosecuted in his county..they’re prosecuting him in another county…wonder why? smh

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    • This is the same Ken Paxton who has been under indictment for securities fraud for 5 years (not gone to trial yet) and was put under investigation by the FBI in 2020 for corruption

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  13. Skypup is down visiting. We were talking about the Southern Soul film.
    We agreed it was more documentary than music, but we enjoyed it.
    I asked if he noticed that most performances seemed amped up or would build to a flurry of sound?
    He said yes, like Otis Redding singing Shake at Monterrey. The song turned into a blurr.
    Same thing with performances on The TAMA show.
    We wondered if the drummers were at fault or what caused the music to speed up so severely?

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  14. Obviously I’m fully vaccinated. But I still wear the mask. Cmon? You wanna get on an elevator? I’m Steven Fucking Tyler.

    Masks are rock n roll. Lemme know when we get to zero deaths for a couple of weeks I might be cooler about wearing a mask then.

    I, also go out of my way to explain that I’m vaccinated but still wear the mask. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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  15. So I’m sitting at the hotel pool. My cousin who I haven’t seen in years comes up and introduces herself in her married name. Then to clarify says her maiden name which is Holmes. Being in construction I hear it as homes and think this is someone I used to work with. Anyway I played it cool until I finally realized who I was talking to.

    It was kinda funny.

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  17. 😂😂😂

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  18. Is Moe Brooks the MTG of Alabama or is MTG the Mo Brooks of GA?
    Either way their supporters are so proud of the ignorance and clownsmanship they both demonstrate on a regular basis

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    • On the 6th of January 1777, George Washington wrote to Dr. William Shippen Jr., ordering him to inoculate all of the forces that came through Philadelphia. He explained that: “Necessity not only authorizes but seems to require the measure, for should the disorder infect the Army . . . we should have more to dread from it, than from the Sword of the Enemy.” The urgency was real. Troops were scarce and encampments had turned into nomadic hospitals of festering disease, deterring further recruitment. Both Benedict Arnold and Benjamin Franklin, after surveying the havoc wreaked by Variola in the Canadian campaign, expressed fears that the virus would be the army’s ultimate downfall. (Fenn 2001, 69)

      At the time, the practice of infecting the individual with a less-deadly form of the disease was widespread throughout Europe. Most British troops were immune to Variola, giving them an enormous advantage against the vulnerable colonists. (Fenn 2001, 131) Conversely, the history of inoculation in America (beginning with the efforts of the Reverend Cotton Mather in 1720) was pocked by the fear of the contamination potential of the process. Such fears led the Continental Congress to issue a proclamation in 1776 prohibiting Surgeons of the Army to inoculate.

      Washington suspected the only available recourse was inoculation, yet contagion risks aside, he knew that a mass inoculation put the entire army in a precarious position should the British hear of his plans. Moreover, Historians estimate that less than a quarter of the Continental Army had ever had the virus; inoculating the remaining three quarters and every new recruit must have seemed daunting. Yet the high prevalence of disease among the army regulars was a significant deterrent to desperately needed recruits, and a dramatic reform was needed to allay their fears.

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      • Mo should have just took a cue from his cult leader and went into the airports being taken over during the Revolutionary War
        The Colonial Army would have never prevailed had it not been for the taking of the airports. Without a place to take off and land the English could no longer deploy their fighter jets and bombers. Major turning point…… one could say it was Big Time
        The harrier was in the planning stages during the war and still a few years away from production

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  19. After posting that tune with Marian McPartland and Norah Jones (I heard that episode on NPR and it is AWESOME SAUCE!), I found out she also did an episode with Steely Dan

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  20. It’s a beautiful day in the swamp today. I’m going to get me some!
    8.5 miles through the middle of the swamp.

    I will be in a boat

    With my pellet gun

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  21. I just have to tell y’all this one more time.

    I’m sliding on down into my seventh decade. What is happening now is absolutely not normal and we have been moving sharply away from citizen-based government toward oligarchy and plutocracy at an amazing rate for the past thirty years. It started with the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine. There was never an opportunity for a party to do propaganda prior to that, but Reagan’s repeal made FoxNews and Rush Limbaugh possible. They have eroded our social agreement and made representative government impossible through their propaganda which is intentionally aimed at the lowest common denominator.

    It’s incumbent on the youth of the United States to save our democracy. You just have to figure this out.

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  22. “Madison Cawthorn says today that Biden’s plan to send people door to door to offer vaccines is really a plot to confiscate people’s bibles and guns.”


    You know what really pisses me off with cons ?

    Bible verses taken out of context !

    Cons believe they are protected by God and a gun.

    You might meet them both if you miss with them.

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  23. The evil demon speaks . . .

    Stephen Miller on Biden: ‘No president in history’ was dealt a better hand on day one than Biden

    Hey Stevo,

    The way you play the hand you were dealt is how your

    life is defined.

    Just like in poker you can end up winning no matter

    how bad the cards are you have.


  24. Ok. Ok. Ok. I’m having a smoke outside of the restaurant at the St Regis. Great. Best caviar I ever snorted.

    Their off duty security is Treasury men. No shit.

    So stupid me (who is a little leery around men with badges) starts talking to them.

    They’re are a lot of rich folks that live in the condos above the hotel.

    I asked them if they were waiting to nab some guy for taxes. They were like no, we’re just off duty security.

    Then I remembered we don’t punish rich folks that don’t pay taxes anymore in this country.

    So, I politely informed him that I would like them to do that as my wife and I pay a lot in taxes and thus his salary.

    Yeah. I’m feeling pretty superior tonight.

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  25. Today’s batshyte insane idea from CPAC

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  26. One last thing about Summer of Soul for now, because so far I’ve only mentioned the music. Others have more eloquently than I could ever express how insane, and depressing, it is that this lovingly filmed and recorded summerlong festival sat unreleased all these years.

    What did surprise this white boy, though, was just how Black folk felt about the moon landing which went down smack dab in the middle of this festival. I would expect to hear some people complaining about the cost of such a mission when, obviously, the kind of poverty experienced by this community screams “where are your priorities, America?”

    But I didn’t expect to hear multiple Black voices onstage at this festival, explicitly addressing this inequity. Honestly, it was never even on my radar, that this was the issue that it was. But why would it? our media couldn’t give a crap.

    So this just disappeared too, I guess, for people who look like me.

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  27. Found this for Kam…..10 full hours of smooth piano jazz.

    Just imagine, all the contemplating and problem-solving you can do now.

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  28. Seeing Pops Staples in Summer of Soul had me wanting to hear more of his amazing guitar work–hell, I just wanted to SEE him playing more!

    And then coincidentally, the Sound Opinions folks did a “desert island disk” bonus podcast about Eddie Floyd’s “Big Bird,” which is a tune you should not only know, but know about, and if you don’t, go listen to this. I’ll wait.

    Done? good. Anyway. Pops is joined by two other amazing axemen on an instrumental version of that tune, and I’m just now hearing it for the first time. Pops is in the right channel, Albert’s in the left, Steve’s holding it all together. Great stuff.


    • ok ok, maybe a link to the original is in order. One can be forgiven for thinking that’s Cropper on guitar, but Booker T. wound up playing this very Cropperesque part.

      And if you don’t know the backstory, Eddie wrote this while waiting in London to board a plane–the “Big Bird”–so he could be back home in time for Otis Redding’s funeral. I think it’d still slam if I didn’t know what it was about, but it’s one of those times when I can’t really separate the text from the subtext, so to speak.

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  30. It’s only a matter of time before these “Defenders of the First Amendment” start demanding loyalty oaths for university employees.

    Hmmmm…..University professors tend to be an ornery group. There’s also a thingy called Academic Freedom that might make for a nasty, nasty situation.

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  31. People keep asking, why did the cops not use their guns?
    No warning shots. nothing.
    This is insurrection. Nothing less.

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    • The actions of Jan 6th were at the assaultive level on the use of force scale. At that level, officers could use batons, punches, kicks, tasers, OC, and hands on techniques lawfully. Deadly force was only justified when Babbitt broke the security containment area near members of Congress. There could have been an argument for lethal force when officers were dragged into the crowd, but the sheer size of the crowd would have made lethal force useless.

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      • Makes sense with that explanation.
        Whoever prevented backup from being sent needs serious punishment.


          • Thanks for further explanation on the rules of engagement Bro, but even a small town pizza lawyer is going to say:
            So my client crossed the barricades out in front of the Capital and you allowed them to proceed.

            My client passed through broken windows at the Capital building and you let them proceed.

            My client attempted to pass through the security containment area and you shot her in the head?

            Were these doors clearly marked, security containment area, do not enter or you will be shot.


          • Doors need not be marked as such within the Capitol. Officers can clearly be heard shouting commands in the video. The containment area for members of Congress is dynamic, moving with them wherever they go. One also has to remember that Nancy Pelosi was among those present. At that time, she was #3 in the line of presidential succession. She along with Pence were heavily protected as they were evacuated.

            It’s not been revealed, but my guess is that Babbitt came too close to Pelosi or a group that was near her. The door to the House Chamber was 10 ft away from where Babbitt was shot, and this happened at the time the House Chamber was being evacuated. I would have taken that shot myself in that situation based on what I’ve seen. Every court in America would see this as a justified shooting.


          • I would imagine the whole scenario/rules change if the bad guys start shooting.
            Everyone there was lucky it wasn’t much worse.

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          • Which brings up another question. Who coordinated with these yahoos and instructed them to not bring guns. Normally this crowd is armed to the teeth.


          • They allegedly had guns stashed in different places around the DMV area where they could get to them quickly if needed. Some did have guns, knives, and tasers on them at the Capitol along with pepper spray.


  32. The late great Marian McPartland had a fantastic show on NPR called Piano Jazz, and on occasion she had some titans from the music industry come by for performances with her
    Here she is with Nora Jones:

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  33. Anyone got any good recommendations for tree removal. I just had a dogwood come down in the front yard. Did not hit anything so no insurance money to cover – the good and bad news.


  34. I believe this is what Marsha Blackburn was referring to.

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    • It’s only a matter of time before these “Defenders of the First Amendment” start demanding loyalty oaths for university employees.

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  35. Having screened it on Hulu last night, I’m not sure what I praiseworthy stuff I can say about Summer of Soul that hasn’t already been said.

    Except to mention something perhaps worth discussing–am I right in imagining that any live-performance music documentary always has one wishing one could hear more of the individual songs? This one was no different.

    Even though I know full well that the editors always have a narrative they need to push, and that every such film has its own sense of pacing and that Questlove and his crew probably agonized over every second cut from every musical number.

    Would it have been better if it had run three hours rather than just two? Who knows. Anyway. Great film. See it if you haven’t yet.

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  36. Today in music history – July 9th, 1976

    The Pretty Things, Supercharge and third on the bill the Sex Pistols all appeared at The Lyceum, London, England, tickets £1.75.

    I saw Supercharge a bunch of times at The Sportsman in Liverpool in the late 70’s – they played there every Sunday night.

    They’d usually finish with a comedy song

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    • Boy that’s a blast from the past. I happened upon them playing in a club in London back in early 1980, an agreeable bunch of blokes, just forgot about them afterward since they were never anything here in the states… right?


      • Nope – they never made it in the States, although they had a big hit in Oz and made a living touring Europe.

        Albie Donnelly is about as Scouse as you can get.

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        • Oh yeah – The Sportsman was a pub in St. John’s Market – a big shopping center. It was pretty much a cellar – with a few entrances. It was more mainstream than Eric’s – which was thee place for new wave.


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