KKK attacked African American singer Nat King Cole


This 22 February 2019 from the USA says about itself:

The Vicious KKK Attack Against Nat King Cole

In 1956, Nat King Cole, one of the biggest musical stars in the world, was attacked on stage by the KKK. It was the reality of being a black man in America, where even fame and fortune couldn’t protect you.

MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING BLACK TEEN OVER MUSIC A white Arizona man newly released from prison has been charged with first-degree murder in the grisly killing of a black teenager whose rap music he claimed was menacing. [HuffPost]

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Ex-KKK Imperial Wizard supports Brazilian Bolsonaro


This music video from the USa is called The KKK Took My Baby Away – The Ramones.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Former KKK leader says Brazil’s Bolsonaro ‘sounds like one of us’

FORMER Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke has endorsed far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, saying the former army captain “sounds like one of us.”

Support from the prominent US racist, who also supported Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, is the latest warning sign of the nature of Mr Bolsonaro’s candidacy.

Many have raised fears of a fascist dictatorship under his rule, with Mr Bolsonaro consistently praising the military junta that ruled over Brazil between 1964 and 1985.

He has faced mass opposition on the streets, with millions demonstrating as part of the non-partisan #NotHim movement organised by Women United Against Bolsonaro.

Attacks on opposition supporters and journalists have increased dramatically since September 30, including the stabbing to death of a prominent Workers Party (PT) activist and a woman who had a swastika carved into her stomach.

Mr Duke said: “He is total European descendant, he looks like any white man in the US, in Portugal, Spain or Germany and France and he is talking about the demographic disaster that exists in Brazil and the enormous crime that exists there in the black neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro.”

He was referring to comments made by Mr Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro last year about quilombolas — descendants of [runaway] African slaves — when he claimed: “They don’t do anything. I don’t think they’re even good for procreation any more.”

Mr Bolsonaro … was charged earlier this year with inciting hatred and discrimination against black people, indigenous communities, women and gay people.

Brazil is set to go to the polls on October 28 for the second round of voting in a tense presidential contest, which is pitching two opposing visions for the future of the country.

Mr Bolsonaro became the front-runner after popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was blocked from running by an election court.

Lula’s supporters branded the move a form of “lawfare” and a continuation of the coup which saw Workers Party (PT) president Dilma Rouseff impeached.

His replacement Fernando Haddad came second in the first round with 29 per cent of the vote compared with 46 per cent polled by Mr Bolsonaro.

Left parties and progressives have united in their call for a vote for Mr Haddad next week to stop Mr Bolsonaro from taking the presidency.

FAR-RIGHT FORMER ARMY OFFICER WINS BRAZIL ELECTIONS Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s presidential election, defeating São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad in a runoff. Bolsonaro is a controversial figure who has praised authoritarians and the military dictatorship that controlled Brazil for more than two decades. [HuffPost]

A ‘populist’ revolt of elites against the people. Branding Bolsonaro ‘a populist’ betrays a fundamental inability to describe the political reality of the world we live in, writes DONAGH DAVIS.

WTF!!!The NRA’s latest racist attack, funded by gun companies — and you?


National Rifle Association in the USA and mass shootings, cartoon

The National Rifle Association in the USA not just supporting Donald Trump, but whitewashing the Ku Klux Klan as well.

SHAREHOLDERS DEMAND GUNMAKER ACT RESPONSIBLY Shareholders of Smith & Wesson, the largest U.S. firearms manufacturer, voted in favor of the gunmaker publishing a report documenting violent events associated with its products and examining the reputational and financial risks it could face from shootings. [HuffPost]

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SUED OVER GUNS FOR SCHOOLS A coalition of advocacy and teacher groups will sue the Department Of Education for information on whether the NRA had a hand in the government’s decision to allow schools to use federal funds to buy guns. [HuffPost]

BlacKkKlansman, film review


This May 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

BLACKkKLANSMAN – Official Trailer [HD] – In Theaters August 10

A Spike Lee joint. From producer Jordan Peele. Based on some fo’ real, fo’ real sh*t.

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.

On 10 September 2018, I went to see that film. Though it is mainly about the 1970s, it makes points about the time after the 1970s, now. And about the time before the 1970s: the United States civil war, 1861-1865.

The opening scene of BlacKkKlansman shows a clip from the well-known 1939 film Gone With the Wind: Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) walks among the dead and dying soldiers of the southern pro-slavery army in Atlanta in 1864. Their Confederate flag flutters in the breeze. Dixie, the unofficial national anthem of the breakaway south, plays. The upbeat tune contrasts with the bloodshed, visible in the images, which the rebellion to keep slavery has brought.

Gone With the Wind whitewashes the pro-slavery secessionists. It is based on the 1936 Margaret Mitchell novel of the same name which praised the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). One of Spike Lee’s main themes in his film is criticizing the racist tradition in Hollywood movies.

The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 by officers of the defeated Confederate army. Driven underground, it resurfaced after 1915. Then, the blockbuster Hollywood film The Birth of a Nation glorified the Klan. It depicted them as gallant white knights, defending the honour of white southern womanhood against rapist and otherwise criminal freed African American slaves during the post-1865 Reconstruction period. The KKK still today uses this racist film on the Civil War and its aftermath as a recruiting tool; as BlacKkKlansman also shows.

Spike Lee recalled how he was educated as a filmmaker:

They taught us all of the cinematic innovations DW Griffith had come up with, but they left out everything that had to do with the social impact of the film [The Birth of a Nation]”, Lee recently told Ebony magazine. “That this film re-energized the Klan. The Klan was dormant, it was dead, and it brought about a rebirth. Therefore, because of the rebirth of the Klan, it led to black people being lynched, strung up, castrated and murdered, but that was never discussed.

Finally, the Civil War comes back in the last scene in Spike Lee’s movie. It shows the 2017 violent extreme right demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists, including the Ku Klux Klan, then wanted to obstruct the local council’s decision to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, the commander of the 1861-1865 pro-slavery secessionists. The neonazis injured many anti-fascists, killing Heather Heyer. BlacKkKlansman shows President Trump whitewashing the Charlotteville nazi violence. And ex-Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke, a major role in Lee’s movie, praising Trump because of that. The last image of the film shows the flowers commemorating Ms Heyer.

This ending differs from the original final scene, now the penultimate scene. Police officer Stallworth has successfully stopped a Klan bomb assassination of black civil rights activists. However, then there is a knock on his door. As he looks outside his house, he sees KKK members having a cross burning ceremony. A sign he has solved one problem, but that basically there is still the same problem. As the nazi murder in Charlottesville marked even more clearly.

The inspiration for Spike Lee was the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer ever in Colorado Springs. For the film, Lee changed several things. Like adding a small k in the title between the capital K’s of BlacK and Klansman. And adding a romantic interest by Stallworth in the president of the local black students organisation, Ms Patrice Dumas. And making Stallworth’s colleague in infiltrating the Klan Jewish.

As Stallworth joins the Colorado Springs police, the commissioner warns him that his fellow policemen will call him nigger and worse, and that he should not get angry about that.

He soon meets a colleague calling African Americans ‘toads’, a killer of an innocent black boy and a sexual abuser of African American women. Other policemen tell Stallworth they don’t like that behaviour; however, ‘in the police, we are one family’, not reporting on each other.

Stallworth would like to do undercover police work, instead of boring archive work. The commissioner offers him an undercover job: spying on local black students. They have invited Kwame Toure (formerly known as Stokely Carmichael) for a lecture. The commissioner says that Toure used to be in the Black Panther party. And he agrees with (racist) FBI boss Hoover that the Black Panthers are supposedly the most dangerous group in the USA.

In his lecture, Kwame Toure tells that as a young boy, he was a fan of Tarzan films. As on screen white man Tarzan beat up black Africans, young Toure used to scream: ‘Kill these savages!’ However, later Toure became aware that he was really shouting ‘Kill me!’ That black is beautiful, not ‘savage’. So, another criticism by Spike Lee of racism in Hollywood films.

The Toure speech opposes the Vietnam war. Vietnamese have never done anything against African Americans. The lecturer shouts: Hell no, we won’t go! And the whole hall explodes in approval.

In the film, Stallworth concludes that Kwame Toure is at least partially right. He concludes he should spy on the Ku Klux Klan rather than on African American radicals.

Later in the film, veteran actor and singer Harry Belafonte has a role. He plays an old man lecturing to the black student organisation. He recalls how, as a teenager in Texas in 1916, he witnessed the cruel lynching of a fellow innocent black teenager, falsely accused of raping a white woman. That horrible lynching was just after the film The Birth of a Nation had come out.

David Walsh wrote a critical, far too critical review of BlacKkKlansman; that important, impressive, though not infallible film. Though he did praise the final Charlottesville scene. Walsh has two valid points:

[Actor Topher] Grace is all too foolish and insubstantial as [David] Duke, a sinister and persistent figure, with deep connections to the major political parties, the international far-right and elements within the US military and the state.

Spike Lee’s film does not have enough attention for … one of the more significant of Stallworth’s discoveries—that several active members of the US military, including NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command] personnel, individuals with their fingers on the nuclear button, are members of the Klan chapter. We see Stallworth having a brief meeting with an FBI agent about the matter, and that’s that.

NORAD headquarters is near Colorado Springs, as is the US Air Force Academy. The city was becoming a center for the religious and fascistic right in the period BlacKkKlansman treats. The filmmakers do not trouble themselves about that.

African American leftist filmmaker Boots Riley writes that Spike Lee inspired him to go to film school. This film disappointed him so much that he wrote sharp criticism of it. According to Riley, the movie role Stallworth is much more heroic than the real life police officer Stallworth was; and the often so racist police is depicted too much like a force against racism.

Another critical review, especially on the way the film depicts Kwame Toure’s views, is here.

ALABAMA PUBLISHER STRIPPED OF HONOR OVER KKK EDITORIAL An Alabama newspaper publisher who wrote an editorial calling “for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” was stripped of an honor given by his college. The University of Southern Mississippi said it removed Goodloe Sutton’s name from its journalism hall of fame due to the “dangerous nature” of the Democrat-Reporter publisher’s comments. [HuffPost]

ALABAMA PUBLISHER DOUBLES DOWN ON KKK Alabama newspaper publisher Goodloe Sutton does not regret the editorial he wrote calling for the “Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.” He doubled down in a local interview, saying, “The KKK are the nicest.” [HuffPost]

St Louis, USA police and Ku Klux Klan


This video from the USA says about itself:

St. Louis Police Department Is Built On KKK Roots

16 October 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Tory Russel, the chief of staff to St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, about the troubling ties that the St. Louis PD has to the “Veiled Prophet Ball,” an event that has been linked to the Ku Klux Klan.

This video from the USA says about itself:

St. Louis Protests: What a Police Cover Up Looks Like

16 October 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Brother Anthony Shahid, a St. Louis resident who has pushed for transparency from police in the killing of 24-year-old African American Anthony Lamar Smith at the gun of white officer Jason Stockley.

Ku Klux Klan leader shot dead by wife: here.

Ku Klux Klan mocked by United States artists


This video, by the satiric Indecline artists from the USA says about itself:

Ku Klux Klowns

7 September 2017

If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Activists hang KKK ‘clown’ effigies from tree in a Virginia park

By Justin Wm. Moyer

September 7 at 4:31 PM

The art collective that unveiled naked statues of Donald Trump in major U.S. cities last year left Ku Klux Klan effigies hanging in a park in Richmond early Wednesday.

The faux Klansmen, left by the INDECLINE collective in Joseph Bryan Park overnight, were hanging from a tree dressed in multicolored wigs and clown shoes. A sign on one of the effigies read: “If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.”

A spokeswoman for Richmond police said authorities were investigating the display, which was removed. The park was closed and cordoned off with crime scene tape, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A video published online Wednesday by INDECLINE includes footage of the clowns being assembled and mounted at dusk by people wearing masks. The video includes dialogue from a decades-old episode of the “Superman” radio show that ridiculed the KKK, interspersed with a Klan anthem featuring the lyrics: “Stand up and be counted/show that world that you’re a man … join the Ku Klux Klan.”

A statement from the group said Richmond was chosen for the display, called “Ku Klux Klowns,” because it was the capital of the Confederacy. The project is a response to the “White Nationalist uprising in the United States”, the statement said, and the park was chosen because it was the location of a slave rebellion in 1800.

INDECLINE was founded in 2001, according to its website. The group was thrust into the spotlight after it left Trump statues in New York, San Francisco and other cities before the 2016 presidential election. It has also covered stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with names of African Americans killed by police.

West Virginia policeman supports Ku Klux Klan: here.

Street honouring Ku Klux Klan founder no more in Florida, USA


This 18 August 2017 comedy video from the USA says about itself:

Confederate Monuments Are Bad; General Forrest’s Is Really Bad

James looks at the controversy surrounding the fate of Confederate soldier monuments across the country and can’t let go of a rather scary statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Founder of the KKK loses street name in Florida

Today, 08:29

The founder of the Ku Klux Klan will disappear from the street scene of Hollywood, Florida. Also two other generals who fought for the Confederate States will lose their street names, the city council has decided.

Nathan Bedford Forrest fought during the US Civil War for the preservation of slavery.

Before that war he was a slave trader.

He was a particularly ruthless general, who killed black Union army soldiers from the north after they had surrendered.

After the war, he was involved in the founding of the Ku Klux Klan, which intended to oppress liberated slaves. Forrest was the first leader of the organization, the Grand Wizard.

Beside Forrest, streets in Hollywood were named after the generals Robert E. Lee and John Bell Hood. …

“It’s like living in the Hitler Street”, said a local politician. …

It is not clear yet what the new names of the streets will be, next week there will be a decision. …

During the local authority meeting, a Hollywood resident suggested that Lee Street did not need to change its name: the name might now refer to writer Harper Lee, author of the [anti-racist] book To kill a mockingbird.

By the way, Forrest will continue in other places: there is no discussion about Bedford Forrest Drive in the Texan Missouri City.

There is some discussion about it.

An Iowa high school says it disciplined a group of students after a photo surfaced showing five people wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods, waving a Confederate flag and holding what appear to be guns in front of a burning cross: here.

A senior official at the VA removed a portrait of a Confederate general and famed Ku Klux Klan grand wizard after a reporter questioned him about the painting.