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July 3, 2015  

Whose Independence?: The Fourth of July and What It Really Means

Leid Stories wraps up its series on systems of white supremacy and their centrality to practically all aspects of life in the United States with two history lessons.

Dr. Gerald Horne, the John J. and Rebecca Moores chair of history and African American studies and professor of diplomatic history at the University of Houston and author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America, explains the War of Independence as a counterrevolution by the power elite against the inevitability of the abolition of slavery by Britain.   

The prescient words of Frederick Douglass still ring true. The late actor and activist Ossie Davis gives voice to “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” Douglass’s speech to the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852.

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July 2, 2015  

Activist Attorney’s Case Against Obama: He’s A ‘Race Traitor’

In a June 29 article in the political journal CounterPunch, Thomas Ruffin, an activist and attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., makes the case that President Barack Obama is “a race traitor.”

Ruffin’s provocative article is the focal point of Leid Stories’ discussion today.

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July 1, 2015  

A Burning Faith: Black Churches, White Supremacy

Hillary Clinton’s Storied “Struggle to Fit In” with Obama

Federal investigators probing a fire that destroyed Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, S.C., last night reportedly believe arson was not the cause. The church was burned 20 years ago by Klansmen, and Mount Zion AME’s razing, the seventh Black church in the South to be destroyed by fire in recent weeks, has revived a history of white-supremacist terrorism against African Americans.

Leid Stories discusses the history of white-supremacist attacks on Black churches.

The ongoing sanitization by the media of the political history of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues. A Reuters story today reports that the presumptive Democratic nominee “struggled to fit in with Obama’s White House” as secretary of state. The story, typical of major-media coverage of Clinton and her campaign, deliberately omits historical perspective on how she got the Cabinet position in the first place, which might have had something to do with her storied “struggle to fit in.” Leid Stories explains.

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June 30, 2015  

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions 2015: ‘Not All Settled Law’

The U.S. Supreme Court has wrapped up its term with a bumper crop of history-making decisions. The court may have settled several controversial matters of law, but it also has triggered questions about the politicization of the justices and their seemingly limitless authority as the last word on laws enacted by Congress and presidential action.

Josh Blackman, an assistant professor of law at the South Texas College of Law and an expert on constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the intersection of law and technology, discusses key decisions of the court’s term.

Author of Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare, Blackman deconstructs the court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act. 

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June 29, 2015  

Obama Makes ‘Historic’ Speech, But Is Oblivious to History

President Barack Obama has received rave reviews for his eulogy Friday (June 26) of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney—the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., who was assassinated by a white-supremacist gunman during a prayer and bible-studies meeting at the church on June 17. The killer also massacred eight others.

But, as Leid Stories points out, the president’s panegyric on several counts was oblivious to history and decidedly revisionist. 

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June 26, 2015  

So, What Have We Learned About Race in America?

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June 25, 2015  

Sister Hillary Preaches the Word, and Nothing’s Sacred

The June 17 massacre of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., by a white-supremacist gunman provided Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton the perfect opportunity to go stomping for black votes. She was not about to let a crisis go to waste.

Clinton on Tuesday appeared at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri, and to enthusiastic applause laid out her political vision and agenda for African Americans. Clinton’s speech was meant to convey her deep understanding of the issues affecting African Americans and her connection with this constituency, but as Leid Stories reveals, Clinton’s address confirmed the candidate’s own racism, the distorted views she has of people of color, and her sense of entitlement.

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June 24, 2015  

The Charleston Massacre: A Political Dilemma, A Political Windfall

A week after nine people attending a prayer and bible-study service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., were massacred by a 21-year-old white-supremacist gunman, the nation finds itself in swirls of predictable discussions about “race” and “racism.”

Leid Stories looks at how, in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, those discussions have little to do with actually ending white supremacy.

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June 23, 2015  

Diversion and Distraction: Flagging Down ‘Progress’ in South Carolina

And now the nation is embroiled in a debate over whether the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of South Carolina’s statehouse and other governmental buildings and properties.

It’s a diversion and distraction from the matter that America for centuries has refused to address, says Leid Stories: white supremacy.

It was what informed the design of the “battle flag” in 1863 to galvanize the 13-state Confederacy’s fight “to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race,” as the flag’s designer, William T. Thompson, explained. It was the motivation for Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old gunman who massacred nine people attending a prayer and bible-study meeting last Wednesday at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Leid Stories discusses the intentional effort to avoid the reality America has known and lived for hundreds of years.

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June 22, 2015  

The Charleston Massacre: Solace, Solidarity and Lots of Sidestepping

An outpouring of concern and support for the jolted, grieving congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is helping to blunt the impact of the massacre last Wednesday of nine of its members, including its pastor, and wounding of three others at a prayer and bible-study meeting.

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, the alleged lone gunman, believes he struck a blow for white supremacy in America. (A 2,000-word “manifesto” posted on Roof’s website laments the inability of whites to keep African Americans, Jews and Latinos in check and maintain total control.) But “official” opinion—even by President Barack Obama—seems to disagree with Roof’s declaration of his motives. This was not an act of terrorism but of hate, the revisionists say, and the remedy urgently needed is gun control.

Leid Stories discusses their political sidestepping.

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