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The Lost Cause is the Root Cause of Violence Against Blacks

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, June 1, 2020

It’s Open Season on Black men and women in America.

Cops kill with impunity.

The Department of Justice (especially under this administration) does nothing.

There is NO justice in this land.

But Fortunately, Open Season on Blacks in America is Closing Soon.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 marks the day.

That’s the day of the General Election.

And it’s time to vote OUT those with a “R” after their name, and most especially, to clean out the White House and rid it of the infestation of vermin which have afflicted it and this nation for the past 4 years.

George Floyd’s death in Minnesota is just the latest, and hopefully, the last straw – the one that proverbially broke the camel’s back in this miserably shameful and ongoing horror story.

That the POTUS has chosen to NOT address the nation during this crisis speaks volumes, none of which have any good in them.

It wasn’t too long ago that a young man in Alabama who had just entered the United States Army, and was home on leave during Thanksgiving, was shot and killed by the Hoover Police Department at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham on November 22, 2018.

The deceased young man was the type of person the NRA holds out as a proverbial exemplar of the “good guy with a gun” character they often tout. The only problem was, that in his case, he was Black. The fact that he was properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon – and did – made no difference.

The facts of that case were that following the sound of gunfire inside a store in the mall, “Emantic (“E.J.”) Bradford, Jr., a 21-year-old male who was running toward the initial shooter and victim with a firearm visibly in hand,” was shot and killed from behind by a Hoover PD LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) who is identified only as “Officer 1” in the “Attorney General’s Report regarding the Officer-involved Shooting Death of Emantic (“E.J.”) Bradford,Jr. at the Riverchase Galleria on November 22, 2018” dated February 5, 2019. According to numerous records, the officer made no attempt to call out to the deceased to halt or drop his gun.

As I wrote in the entry entitled “EJ Bradford’s Killer, A Hoover PD Cop, Cleared By Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall” and dated February 7, 2019:

From p23 of the AL AG Report on Hoover PD shooting death of EJ Bradford Jr:
“First, a reasonable person could have assumed that the only person with a gun who was running toward the victim of a shooting that occurred just three seconds earlier fired the shots.”

Right… assailants with guns run TO the scene, just like cops. (sarcasm)

WRONG!

The AG’s report contains an error of the First Order by presuming that ordinary citizens would behave like Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) and run TO the sound of gunfire.

Most folks run AWAY from gunfire.

“A reasonable person” would do similarly.

Which, I suppose, would mean that LEO’s are therefore NOT “reasonable.”

Again, that is contradictory to the AG’s report which presumes that reasonable people run TO the sound of gunfire.

That also makes everyone on the scene who fled, unreasonable.

For the reader’s edification, AL AG Steve Marshall was the Marshall County District Attorney (no relation to the county name) who was:
1.) Named to the State Attorney General’s office vacated by “Big” Luther Strange,
2.) Having been appointed by the corrupt Republican Governor Robert Bentley,
3.) Who was forced to resign amidst a growing corruption investigation which was beginning to mount in the State House of Representatives,
4.) To fulfill the unfulfilled term of AL US Senator Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions (BTW, he’s named after the Confederate General Beauregard who fired the first shots upon the United States Fort Sumter in South Carolina which started the Civil War – so there was NO so-called “War of Northern Aggression” as Confederate sycophants and sympathizers prefer to call it),
5.) After he was nominated to the office of U.S Attorney General by POTUS Trump, then confirmed by the Senate.

Whew! What a long explanation, eh?

Among the state’s 67 DAs (each county has a DA), Marshall was the weakest, which is also why Bentley chose him. The AG Luther Strange was also hot on the heels of the corrupt Bentley and his inner circle in his second term, and by eliminating Strange by appointing him to the seat vacated by Sessions, Bentley could also eliminate the ongoing investigation into himself. Bentley had no intention of calling a special election as required by law, but caved in under intense public pressure and set a date.

The competitors were Doug Jones, a Democrat who was pitted against Roy Moore, a Republican who was twice unseated as the state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice for violations of the Canon of Judicial Ethics, and was later credibly accused by numerous women of pedophile-like activity upon them while he was a young Etowah County, AL Assistant DA in his ’30’s, whil they in their early-to-mid-teens.

Jones was the former Federal Prosecutor who successfully prosecuted the cold case of the “Four Little Girls” killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL which was perpetrated and executed by Bobby Frank Cherry.

Jones won by a hair’s breadth, and in large part, because of an intense voluntary get-out-the-vote drive initiated by Black women among the Black community.

Naturally, Marshall, and Kay Ivey, the Lt. Governor who succeeded to the office of Governor, ran for re-election to the offices to which they were, by legal default, appointed, and were elected to those same offices.

There’s no longer wonder why the State of Alabama continually remains in such a dire straits. They’re corrupt to the bone, and the voters continue putting them in office, year after year, after year, after year.

But more to the point.

America is in the throes of a violent upheaval, which is “ostensibly” being perpetuated by radicals. The POTUS and his AG Barr are obliquely claiming (WITHOUT supplying any evidence – go figure, eh?) that the violence occurring adjunct with the protestations of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man aged 46, who was murdered Monday, May 25, 2020 by a White police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota have been caused by a nondescript loosely affiliated group called “Antifa.”

George Floyd was murdered in the course of an arrest around 8PM local time after police were called to a grocery store on the the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South citing suspicion of a man using forged documents. His killer was a police officer who put the weight of his body on Mr. Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes, and only released after he went limp… having died.

It was all recorded on a cell phone video camera.

Cropped screen shot of video posted to Twitter of a White instigator in Minneapolis, which was the first known incident of violence following George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer.

Since that time, Black community members began protesting peacefully.

But there are always those who would usurp, or wrest opportunity from its rightful place with the aggrieved. And this instance is no different.

The first known violence was by a White instigator seen in a video first posted to Twitter, a screenshot of which appears herein.

Later, the protests turned violent with videos first posted to Twitter about a White male dressed head-to-toe in black – wearing a hood, a gas mask, carrying a black umbrella, and using a hammer to break the windows of an AutoZone auto parts chain store in the 3rd Precinct of Minneapolis, MN.

We know the male was White because the video showed it. The identity of the man remains a mystery, however. Some have speculated that it was an off-duty police officer, but that notion was quickly quashed. While yet others have suggested that he was a White Supremacist instigator. As of yet, no public official knows for certain, and if anyone in the private sector knows, they’re remaining silent.

Carlie Porterfield of Forbes magazine wrote an article about the man entitled “Who Is ‘Umbrella Man’? Mystery Vandal At Minneapolis Riot Spurs Conspiracies” which was published May 30, 2020,02:45pm EDT, and in it asked many questions, the answers to which neither the authorities nor general public know.

From there, violence and mayhem spread, and escalated in major cities throughout the nation. Atlanta; Baltimore; Birmingham; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Columbus; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale; Indianapolis; Jacksonville; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Louisville; Miami; Nashville; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Portland, Oregon; Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle; Tulsa; and Washington, D.C. have all had violent protests.

A man stands on a burned out car on Thursday morning as fires burn behind him in the Lake St area of Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Image by Lorie Shaull)

And in many, if not most, of the videos, the perpetrators of violence are dressed in black, and are seen to be obviously White, and are begged by Black bystanders to STOP, but continue despite the protestations by Black community members who complain that they will be blamed with the destruction.

The POTUS, and his AG Barr – neither of whom have a particularly stellar record on civil or human rights –  have obliquely claimed that a loosely organized group known as “Antifa” are responsible for the violence, but they have provided no substantiating evidence to support their claim. POTUS went so far as to say that he was going to declare Antifa a “terrorist group” but has never done any such thing for any White Supremacist groups that are KNOWN to be terrorists – most notably among them, the Ku Klux Klan.

The Anti-Defamation League, which was founded in 1913, writes this about Antifa:

“Antifa is not a unified group; it is a loose collection of local/regional groups and individuals. They are a loose collection of groups, networks and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements. Their ideology is rooted in the assumption that the Nazi party would never have been able to come to power in Germany if people had more aggressively fought them in the streets in the 1920s and 30s. Most antifa come from the anarchist movement or from the far left, though since the 2016 presidential election, some people with more mainstream political backgrounds have also joined their ranks.”

The violence seen in those and other cities is a reflection of the public disgust at official inaction toward injustice.

Compounding that is the rotten stew which has long simmered in this nation which is racism, which during this administration has been a non starter at best.

Recently, I had written about that malingering problem in an entry entitled “Southern Super Villain: William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson” and wrote in pertinent part that

“I consider

“The Lost Cause”

as the root cause”

for practically all the evil ensconced our governmental systems at every level, though racial distrust, injustice and other race-related problems in our nation.

For those unaware, “The Lost Cause” refers to a book published in 1866 entitled “The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates” by Edward A. Pollard which sought to glorify the Southern Confederate effort in the War Between the States, as if somehow, slavery and all that the South stood for in the abominable wretchedness of slavery was somehow noble, just, or honorable.

The Encyclopedia of Alabama writes this in part about The Lost Cause:

The term “Lost Cause” emerged at the end of the Civil War when Edward Pollard, editor of the Richmond Examiner, popularized it with his book The Lost Cause, which chronicled the Confederacy’s demise. The term swiftly came into common use as a reference not only to military defeat, but defeat of the “southern way of life”—a phrase that generally referred to the South of the antebellum period, when plantation slavery was still intact. Since the late nineteenth century, historians have used the term “Lost Cause” to describe a particular belief system as well as commemorative activities that occurred in the South for decades after the Civil War. Commonly held beliefs were that the war was fought over states’ rights and not slavery, that slavery was a benevolent institution that offered Christianity to African “savages,” and that the war was a just cause in the eyes of God. Commemorative activities included erecting Confederate monuments and celebrating Confederate Memorial Day.

Think about what it would be like if Germany had statues of Adolf Hitler, Hermann GöringAdolf Eichmann, Heinrich Himmler , Klaus Barbie (“the Butcher of Lyon”), Walter Groß, Josef Mengele (“the Angel of Death”), or other infamous Nazis.

That’s the net effect of erecting statues to Confederates.

Statues don’t get erected to losers.

There are no statues to Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

There should be no streets memorialized, statues erected, or buildings named to honor Confederates in America – and that includes Stone Mountain, Georgia – long venerated and revered by the Ku Klux Klan before a bas-relief of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson was carved upon its North face, thereby permanently disfiguring it.

At least the Taliban had the gumption to destroy the statues of Buddha in Afghanistan, and on 6 March 2001, The Times (of London) quoted Mullah Mohammed Omar as saying, “Muslims should be proud of smashing idols. It has given praise to Allah that we have destroyed them.”

America could destroy that putrid legacy to slavery, and the world would not care. To do so would give praise to the ideals in our United States Constitution, “that ALL men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”

As long as we continue to honor and revere the memory of those treasonous and wretchedly wicked sons of bitches, we’ll continue to suffer violence against our Black brothers and sisters because that’s what feeds the beast.

We should eradicate their every vestige from our land, and cleanse it of the poison which they have long silently spread, and let it only be a bad memory and no longer a permanent stain upon our nation.

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