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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 32 in a series – “The Klan became the first national organization to deny evolution…”

September 6th, 2019 No comments

“Evolution theory too was a Jewish project, promoted in order to undermine the glorious story of creation (an accusation that overlooks the fact that the biblical creation story came from the Jews). The Klan became the first national organization to deny evolution and to sponsor state laws against teaching it, on the grounds that it was not only anti-Christian but also part of a foreign and Jewish conspiracy.46 When William Jennings Bryan died, just after the Scopes trial of 1925, the Klan threw him a large memorial service in Dayton, Ohio, where it burned a cross with the inscription “In memory of William Jennings Bryan, the greatest Klansman of our time.””

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 16 in a series – “The White House is absolutely paranoid about Kennedy.”

September 6th, 2019 No comments

“Bernstein called the former administration official and was told, “The White House is absolutely paranoid about Kennedy.” The President, White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman and Colson had been “obsessed” with the idea of obtaining information that could damage a Kennedy candidacy.”

All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 36 in a series – “Why don’t all you dirty Japs go back to Japan!”

September 5th, 2019 No comments

“When I think of how that secret lived in all our lives, I remember the way Kiyo and I responded to a little incident soon after we got out of camp. We were sitting on a bus-stop bench in Long Beach, when an old, embittered woman stopped and said, “Why don’t all you dirty Japs go back to Japan!” She spit at us and passed on. We said nothing at the time. After she stalked off down the sidewalk we did not look at each other. We sat there for maybe fifteen minutes with downcast eyes and finally got up and walked home.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 42 in a series -“…his eye would have met a painful sight.”

September 5th, 2019 No comments

“Could the kind reader have been riding along the main road to or from Easton that morning, his eye would have met a painful sight. He would have seen five young men, guilty of no crime save that of preferring liberty to slavery, drawn along the public highway—firmly bound together, tramping through dust and heat, bare-footed and bare-headed—fastened to three strong horses, whose riders were armed with pistols and daggers, on their way to prison like felons, and suffering every possible insult from the crowds of idle, vulgar people, who clustered round, and heartlessly made their failure to escape the occasion for all manner of ribaldry and sport.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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What I’m Reading: Silver Like Dust – 41 in a series – “Are you willing to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States…”

September 5th, 2019 No comments

“The distribution of these questionnaires in the camps created uproar, mostly because of questions 27 and 28. Question 27 asked: “Are you willing to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, in combat duty, wherever ordered?” Although thirty-three thousand Japanese Americans did end up serving in the US military during World War II, some people, mostly Nisei, or those of the second generation, found Question 27 to be offensive and unfair. Farther down the table from Obaachan, one angry young man hissed: “Why should I go put my life on the line for this country?”

From  Silver Like Dust by Kimi Cunningham Grant

What I'm Reading: Those were hakujin beaches. Whites-only beaches.

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 53 in a series – “…Russia was behind the hacking operation…”

September 5th, 2019 No comments

“After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation, Assange continued to deny “that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking. According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an “inside job,” and purported to have “physical proof that Russians did not give materials to Assange.182”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 31 in a series -“…a 1923 silent film with a cameo appearance by Charlie Chaplin…”

September 5th, 2019 No comments

“The great Jewish syndicates, the rulers and promoters of the motion picture industry,” were corrupting women and children. Attacks on “Jew Hollywood” were unrelenting: “Jew Movies urging sex vice” and “The poisonous flood of filthy Jewish suggestion, which has been paralyzing the moral sense of America’s children” typified thousands of fear-mongering complaints. The Klan launched an attack on The Pilgrim, a 1923 silent film with a cameo appearance by Charlie Chaplin, on the grounds that his “burlesque” version of a hypocritical minister was an insult to Protestantism.”

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 15 in a series – “…if they believed the resignation was unconnected to Watergate.”

September 5th, 2019 No comments

“July 1, nine days after the President’s statement, Mitchell resigned as manager of the Nixon campaign, explaining that his wife had insisted he quit. Woodward asked several members of the Post’s national staff, which was handling the story, if they believed the resignation was unconnected to Watergate. They did. The next day, metropolitan editor Harry Rosenfeld frowned and told Woodward: “A man like John Mitchell doesn’t give up all that power for his wife.”

All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 35 in a series – “If we spoke of it at all, we joked.”

September 4th, 2019 No comments

“When we finally started to talk about making a trip to visit the ruins of the camp, something would inevitably get in the way of our plans. Mainly my own doubts, my fears. I half-suspected that the place did not exist. So few people I met in those years had even heard of it, and those who had knew so little about it, sometimes I imagined I had made the whole thing up, dreamed it. Even among my brothers and sisters, we seldom discussed the internment. If we spoke of it at all, we joked.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 41 in a series – “…laying them all under the suspicion of their masters…”

September 4th, 2019 No comments

“The reader will please bear in mind that in a slave State an unsuccessful runaway was not only subjected to cruel torture, and sold away to the far South, but he was frequently execrated by the other slaves. He was charged with making the condition of the other slaves intolerable by laying them all under the suspicion of their masters—subjecting them to greater vigilance, and imposing greater limitations on their privileges. I dreaded murmurs from this quarter. It was difficult, too, for a slave-master to believe that slaves escaping had not been aided in their flight by some one of their fellow-slaves. When, therefore, a slave was missing, every slave on the place was closely examined as to his knowledge of the undertaking.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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