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Women have been suffering in “a white man’s culture” — which has continually turned a blind eye to sexual assault and misconduct, according to former Vice President Joe Biden, who propped up Anita Hill as an example.
“To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to give her the kind of hearing she deserved,” Biden said Tuesday while speaking at an event to combat sexual violence on college campuses.
“But I also realized there was a real and perceived problem the [Senate Judiciary] committee faced: They’re a bunch of white guys.”
The 76-year-old Democrat continued, “No, I mean it sincerely — a bunch of white guys…hearing this testimony. So…when Anita Hill came to testify, she faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell it was all about.”
Biden, who was Judiciary chairman for the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, got criticized heavily for his handling of the Hill situation. Thomas was accused of harassing Hill, who is black, while he was her supervisor.
“Last fall, you saw it all over again in the Kavanaugh hearing,” Biden blasted. “Almost 30 years…the culture — the institutional culture — has not changed. We have an obligation to change the culture in this country.”
Later on during his speech, Biden brought up a widespread misconception about the “rule of thumb” being an old reference to British common law and it’s tolerance of domestic abuse.
“This is English jurisprudential culture — a white man’s culture,” Biden said, describing how people think the “rule of thumb” was a law that allowed husbands to beat their wives with sticks no thicker than their thumbs.
“It’s got to change,” he repeated.
Describing sexual assault, Biden claimed it was “about the abuse of power.”
“It’s not about sex,” he said. “It’s about power. The most insidious abuse of power of all. And right now we live in a culture where the abuse of power is allowed to penetrate the highest offices of government, where it lives in board rooms and global corporations, and it poisons entire industries — from Hollywood to hotel workers. It pushes down women all around the world.”
Biden spoke for more than a half hour during Tuesday’s event, which was held at the Russian Tea Room in Manhattan. He repeatedly condemned violence against women throughout his speech.
“No man has a right to lay a hand on a woman, no matter what she’s wearing, she does, who she is…Never,” Biden said. “If you see a brother taking an inebriated co-ed up the stairs at a fraternity house and you don’t go and stop it, you’re a damn coward. You don’t deserve to be called a man.”
Needs to change? To what? Answer: Matriarchy is isn’t hierarchical, i.e., sexist, classist, or racist.
The Carl Nelson Show, 1450 WOL, you’ll hear Black scholars, experts, great analysis by people like #MarkfromAnaheim…who put current events in perspective with history…to include recommended reading, information for gaining African citizenship, and much, much, more.
Democracy Now will give the ‘back story you won’t get anywhere else because… like
…like the an analysis of the rich cheating to get into universities by Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All and Brenton Tarrants, white supremacist who shoot 40 non-white New Zealanders.
Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture…Temporarily…If The Court Remains Conservative
I was a fly on the wall of the Maintain Racism / White Supremacy Club meeting yesterday when they were discussing the Supreme Court’s decision against excessive fees, fines and forfeitures as criminal penalties.
They said: We not gonna’ give up our “modern debtors’ prison scheme” that targets African Americans with arrests and fines and then locks them up when they can’t pay.
Maintain Racism / White Supremacy Club Meeting
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion and announced it from the bench:
“The protection against excessive fines guards against abuses of government’s punitive or criminal law-enforcement authority,” Ginsburg wrote. Quoting in part from the court’s ruling in 2010 that Second Amendment gun rights apply to the states, she said, This safeguard, we hold, is ‘fundamental to our scheme of ordered liberty.’ “
Club members were mad as shit at Ginsburg…but that ain’t gonna’ last…
Then somebody stood up and said, well, Ginsburg may have given them Blacks a tool to cut off our money but we can always reverse that law you know…for us, laws were made to be broken… always remember. And, the Niggers don’t have no Racism / white Supremacy Watch Club, like they should…so they don’t even know Ginsburg did them a big favor.
And, by the time they find out (Clarence) Thomas will have resigned and given Trump another seat to fill on the court.
Isn’t that ironic, Thomas is on the court because Thurgood Marshall resigned at the right time, when Bush was in office vs Carter, remember?
Boy our System of Racism / white Supremacy is really working, it keeps those white liberals from going too far left. They maybe liberal but the still white…they ain’t gonna give-up their privilege for real.
And, Blacks who still think some of us are different, still haven’t learned…none of us are that different…to really share the power.
Can you imagine what trouble we’d be in if Marshall and Ginsburg had retired when Carter was in office? And, because they didn’t that #onedecisionnotto stands to reverse… in this the 21 century all their 20th century decisions the two made…combined.
Y’all remember, when in 1980, Carter administration officials pressured that nigger Marshal to resign before the Senate flipped from Democratic to Republican…and he refused…loud laughter. They asked Ginsburg to resign, too…didn’t they…anyway, she didn’t. https://bit.ly/2VpqU5F
Now, in 2019, the court, already conservative is guaranteed to become more so cause Clarence Thomas’ thinking about resigning for Trump can appoint another one of us. Now, that’s a good nigger…that Thomas…what did that nigger Fanon write…Black Skin White Mask…yeah, that’s Thomas…he really thinks he’s one of us and he’ll do anything to try and prove it. He’ll retire early for the System of Racism / white Supremacy.
Couldn’t get Marshall to do that…Ginsburg, either. But when she dies, and it won’t be long…just hope it’s before the 2020 election, cause then we’re guaranteed another Trump appointee…and we can reverse all the laws we want…laughs…louder and louder and louder.
We’ll be guaranteed a conservative court for decades…laughterrrrr….
That Nigger Marshall did us a real favor retiring in ’91 and the Nigger Thomas is about to do it again…thank our white God for the System of Racism / white Supremacy which keeps niggers unconscious, indoctrinated, and addicted to white thinking.
: Johnny Cochran was right talking about guest on his TV show, when he said ‘conservatives are always more prepared than the liberals’. Black people seem not to realize, the conservatives have a 20 year plan playbook…always in the background, ready to be implemented whenever the time is right. That’s what all those think tanks in DC are for.
The real solution for Blacks who’ve been socialized to act inferior to whites, is to recover from internalized inferiority and that’ll take a 12 Step Program to Recover from Internalized Inferiority…I heard a lady, Jackie Morgan’s writing a book about it…has rewritten the steps, traditions, everything. Heard it’ll be ready this year…2019. Man, I can’t wait.
: But in the mean time, the situation via the 2020 election is in the hands of Millennial and Generation Z’ers, because…1) they haven’t been indoctrinated by the System of Racism / white Supremacy as many years as previous generations, 2) they have experienced more diversity than previous generations, 3) they have been exposed more to the concept of ‘social justice’ than previous generations and 4) they have witnessed racism/white supremacy differently via Trumpism and understand the System of Racism / white Supremacy is just as much about class as race and thus, the white 1% ‘s about controlling poor whites as much as they’re about controlling people of color.
History to remember: “Most damaging for liberals were the Johnson blunder that led to the replacement of Chief Justice Warren by Chief Justice Burger; the replacement of Hugo Black by Lewis Powell (a corporate lawyer) in 1972; and that of Thurgood Marshall by Clarence Thomas in 1991. Justice Marshall had ignored some pleas to retire in the late 1970s, when Jimmy Carter was president, only to watch Republicans win the next three presidential elections.
Whites Often Excuse Their Enslavement of Africans By Saying,
Well, Africans Sold Africans Into Slavery…Is This The Same?
Are Black Republicans Selling Out Black People in 2018?
I say no! Because a few people acting in the interest of whites is in no way comparable to the world wide colonization process or the systematization of racism / white supremacy by whites.
And, wherever people are oppressed, there were/are numbers of the oppressed who collaborated with whites.
For example, there were Jews…the Jewish Ghetto Police who policed the Jews for the Nazis & the Judenrate which was responsible for the internal administration of Jewish ghettos for the Nazi’s. Jewish author, Hannah Arendt says, “To the Jew, this role of the Jewish leaders in the destruction of their own people is undoubtedly the darkest chapter of the whole dark story.
Yet, no one ever says, well, Jews transported Jews to the gas chambers or exterminated Jews.
Since we’re talking about the oppressed who collaborate and collaborated with the white oppressor, let’s take a brief look at the history of this phenomena which was codified as an integral aspect of the colonization process with the purposeful creation of the ‘buffer group’.
We know that ship loads of white men circumnavigated the world subjugating the global Black and brown majority. These men had babies by the local women which created a ‘buffer group’ of mixed or mulatto children. This group inevitably, served as a buffer group between the white and Black populations.
Chancellor Williams in The Destruction of Black Civilization tells us that whereas “…in the US, all Africans and persons with any discernible African blood were legally classified as Negroes…[but in] other parts of the world where Mulattoes are either classified as white or given the legal status of a separate ethnic group with a privileged status above those with dark or black complexion.”
The privileges can include better education, jobs, and general living conditions. And, ‘the function of the buffer group is to mirror back the desirability of white norms, values, beauty, and cultural activity’ (Roxann Wheeler, Complexion of Race).
Having been socialized to value the norms of the white oppressor group they act like the white oppressor group. As, Dubois tells us, if we only learn and know white history and culture, you will think and act white (Dubois, 1960 speech Whither Now and Why). The converse of that is, a Black person will only think/act Black if they learn/know African history and live African culture.
So, it’s those Blacks who’ve been acculturated, who have assimilated or who are bicultural, or who have not learned their history/culture who meet with Trump.
SIX PROFILES OF BLACK PEOPLE
(from White & Black Identity Development Models)
1. Acculturated – Black Republicans who met with
Trump, Africans who sold Africans to whites, Jewish Judenrate, Clarence Thomas, Michael Jackson
(was raised Black but taught to dislike
Africa and his Blackness; not taught
African history or any thing good
about Africa and Blackness and lived
most of his adult life with whites who adored him)
2. Bicultural – Black Republicans who met with Trump, Jewish Judenrate, Marian Berry, Bill Cosby, John Conyers
(Berry, Cosby, Conyers – internalized white values referencing women)
3. Culturally Immersed Afro-centric – Malcolm…went from Detroit Red to
Malcolm X as consequence of learning
African history while in prison, Ta-
Nehisi Coaes, Chancellor Williams, Barbara Sizemore, Frances Welsing,
Patricia Newton, Nathan Hare, Molefi Kete Asante, Tony Browder)
4. Traditional Un-acculturated – Blacks born prior to 1945…went
Charles Rotimi first realized the future was passing him by around 2005. The Human Genome Project had recently finished spelling out an entire set of human DNA. Following that breakthrough, scientists in six countries across the globe had begun collecting blood samples to find genes responsible for various conditions, including serious diseases, which could lead to treatments. And Rotimi, who was leading that collection effort in Africa, had the sick feeling that history was repeating itself.
He wasn’t concerned about himself so much as his homeland. In the past, African patients have had poor access to medical advances, even as scientists use them as research subjects. Rotimi worried that genetics might again exploit the 1 billion people n sub-Saharan Africa, ignoring their need for treatments for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer. “The genomic revolution was going to fly over Africa,” he says, “and tomorrow’s medicine will not work for all.”
His concern was well founded. Over the next few years, scientists came out with a frenzy of discoveries about our DNA that could possibly lead to new treatments for diabetes, cancer, psychiatric illnesses and other serious diseases. But they were drawing from a small slice of the world: Nearly all of the published work was based on populations with European ancestry. By 2009, fewer than 1 percent of the several hundred genome investigations included Africans.
POINT: Know your worth…does that require knowing pre-1492 African history?…from an African vs European perspective?
Suggested Solution: To know your history & learn your worth…listen to Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, the man who proved white ‘scholars’ wrong on who the 1st man on earth was, which culture, matriarchy or patriarchy is the 1st & oldest, proved that Egypt was Black, etc.
Your baby’s weight at birth is one of the key signs that the baby is healthy. So, when the baby has a low birth weight, which means they weigh less than 5.5 pounds at birth, they could be at risk for several health issues.
As newborns, they may have problems like difficulty breathing, heart problems, or bleeding in the brain. Later in life, they have a higher than normal risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or becoming obese.
Your baby’s weight and racism might not seem like topics that belong in the same sentence. But they’re more related than you might think. Let’s dive into why being a Black woman makes you more at risk to have a low birth weight baby.
Racism—Starting In The Womb
It’s not being Black and female that increases the risk of having a low-birth weight baby. It’s the connection between being Black and being discriminated against that increases the risk.
Many things can cause stress, from looking for a job to losing a loved one. And racism is right up there with the rest. Many Black women don’t even realize they are facing the stress of racism because it’s become so normal.
There are a few reasons why racism can make you stressed:
It’s rude. That might not sound very scientific, but—it’s true. When someone says or does something racist, it’s demeaning and negative. That can take a major toll on your psyche and health. Even your medical team might treat you differently—usually, without intending to—which can lead to subpar treatment during pregnancy.
Others’ racist attitudes can make it more difficult for Black women to find work, get housing, or receive good medical care. All of these factors impact the baby’s health and your health during pregnancy.
And Stress Affects My Baby’s Weight, How?
Everyone’s body produces cortisol (a.k.a. the “stress hormone”). During a normal pregnancy, your cortisol level can increase by 2 to 4 times. However, stress can make your body release more cortisol, and that’s where things get messy. Too much cortisol can reduce blood flow to the fetus, and that can restrict your baby’s growth.
Chronic stress can also weaken your immune system. This makes it harder for your body to fight infections, including infections in the uterus. This can lead to premature birth (a baby born before 37 weeks). And premature birth causes low birth weight in two-thirds of underweight newborns.
The bottom line: Racism is a powerful stressor that causes your body to release the same hormones it would in any other stressful situation. If you’re constantly facing discrimination, that stress can keep on building up and affect your baby’s birth weight.
Racism Can Also Affect You And Your Baby Like This …
Stress (like the stress caused by racism) can affect your behavior, which can, in turn, lead to low birth weight.
When people are stressed, they are more likely to turn to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. All of these activities can slow the baby’s growth in the womb, causing low birth weight.
It’s estimated that smoking during pregnancy accounts for 20 to 30% of babies born with a low birth weight, and up to 14% of premature births.
Secondhand smoke can increase a baby’s risk of low birth weight by as much as 20%.
There is no safe time or way to drink. Depending on your drinking habits, you can give your baby a 16% increased risk of low birth weight—as early as the second half of your first trimester.
… And Like This
You’ve heard the saying, “strong, independent Black woman.” And power to you if you are one.
But did you know that being strong and independent can actually be a major stressor if you’re Black?
White women who become strong and independent by climbing their way up the socioeconomic ladder have improved health outcomes. Black women? Not so much.
One of the reasons has been referred to as “weathering,” a term coined by Arline Geronimus, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She explains that Black women have dealt with racism for such a long time that they feel like they’ve been weathered down.
Black women have put up with a lot of disadvantages. They’re more likely than white women to be single householders, raising an entire family. They’re also more likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, and lack access to health care.
Over time, their bodies just can’t take it anymore. They become more stressed, less healthy, and more likely to have babies born with health problems, like low birth weight.
Recap: White women become strong, independent, and healthy. Black women become strong, independent, and not quite so healthy.
That Boiling Blood
There’s something else that Black women deal with that can cause low birth weight: high blood pressure.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is when the force of blood flowing through blood vessels is consistently too high. It can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.
But it doesn’t just affect you. High blood pressure can mean your developing baby doesn’t get enough oxygen or nutrients. This can cause him to have slow growth and be born underweight.
You can get high blood pressure for a whole slew of reasons. One is that the stress we just talked about can increase your appetite. And if you’re already having pregnancy cravings, it can be very easy to reach for the foods you know you shouldn’t eat.
Once in awhile? Not a big deal. But if you overdo the pizza and ice cream, you run the risk of developing high blood pressure, which is another risk factor for low birth weight.
Black women may have high blood pressure more than white women. However, it’s also something that all sisters—Black, white, Asian, Hispanic—need to worry about when pregnant.
Stress, lack of exercise, poor sleep, and unhealthy eating can all lead to high blood pressure. And any woman, no matter the color of her skin, may be more likely to have all of these risk factors while pregnant.
There’s Something You Can Do About It
Remember: You may not be able to single-handedly control racism in the U.S. But you can control how you cope with the stress:
Refuse to turn to negative coping mechanisms—no smoking, no drinking, no drugs.
Surround yourself with supportive girlfriends and drama-free loved ones, at least until the baby is born.
Remind yourself that you’re loved, worth taking care of, and can have a great future.
Eat a healthy diet. Yes, you’re pregnant, but you still shouldn’t overeat.
Work out. Thirty minutes of mild to moderate exercise daily (e.g., brisk walking, swimming) should do the trick.
Meditate or join a prenatal yoga class.
Address the cause of stress. If your boss is a jerk, if you’re partner is pissing you off, if your landlord is a hot mess, it may be time to have a come-to-Jesus meeting with anyone who is causing you stress, whether it’s related to racism or not.
Get enough sleep. Adults need about 7 to 9 hours per night, and pregnant women usually need even more than that. Figure out how you can add some extra sleep time to your day.
If you are pregnant, hoping to one day become pregnant, or know someone who is pregnant, send this information to them. Have a conversation with the medical team during prenatal care about what you can do make sure your baby is born at a healthy weight.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is talking, sharing, conversation …in a safe space, so, 2/3 persons, start a Racism 12 Step Talk Group…to eventually include an educational piece that explores and examines racism/white supremacy. Read what the victims of oppression who’ve studied it say, like:
& listen to the Dr. Frances Cress Welsing on YouTube.
Just like you need to know what to do about hypertension when you have it, you need to know what to do about internalized racial inferiority when you suffer from it. And, the two doctors above is a good place to start the education process.
I’ll provide the steps…just ask…& Why 12 Steps For Racialized Thinking forthcoming by Jackie Morgan
To practice UJIMA in 2018, I recommend, we learn some basic reasons for Black poverty by coming to know how inner city ghettos were purposefully created & isolate us from resources thus creating generations of poorly educated, un/under employed and, thus ripe pickings for the family destroying, Criminal Justice System.
Listen to these 2 NPR audio’s for a brief history of how the US created or socially engineered housing segregation … which also caused other social problems.
Afterwards, let me know if your understanding of Black poverty is different and how?
Speaking Truth Is The Best Way I Can Say Happy Holiday
The only reason Blacks/POC claim Santa Clause & Xmas is because whites control our 3 million year history… and have taken your holy story and transformed it into a commercial fantasy or lie, for example, Santa Clause.
If you’re a proponent of Critical Race Theory, you know racism isn’t going anywhere ..so you’re not surprised when their Santa Clause school in Atlanta doesn’t seem to accept, recruit, or welcome Blacks or men of color (MOC).
My gift to you is the real story of christmas… originally a holy story…
But, if we Black/POC knew the totality of our history we’d see:
A correlate to christmas preceded it by 6,000’s years…the proof of which is still present via constellations. That is, we’d see the original story that whites copied or plagiarized.
And, we’d see that we don’t lose anything by researching and learning the truth. We’d,in fact, gain…because they didn’t tell the whole story…they took the spirituality out of our holy story.
The real story of christmas is yours and it’s too great, wonderful, glorious for you not to know it.
So, my gift to you this family day…is your story of the day presented by Cultural Historian, #TonyBrowder.
And, I invite you to listen to all of what he has to say…you’ll be amazed; but if you’re in DC or near DC, his Institute of Karmic Guidance offers free lectures on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday at the Thurgood Marshall Center on 12th St. NW. Check the schedule for his personal appearances because most of the time he’s coordinating the excavation of an actual Black tumb in Egypt…with which you can volunteer to assist….the 1st escalation financed and dug by African Americans.
Happy Family Day to you and yours…tomorrow, Kwanzaa, December 26-January 1…the holiday of Black (vs white) values.
A Colonization Rule Was…Don’t Speak Your Language…Only Speak English
At Kuumba Learning Center in SE, Washington, DC, African American children are learning African languages, becoming bi & tri-lingual. African-centered schools restoring what Europeanization took, our history, our language, and our culture of respect.