RI Cathedral May Become Museum To The Northern States Slave Trade

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The North didn’t have slaves, they had “servants”.

Via Worcester Telegram

A plan to open what would be the nation’s only museum centered on the trans-Atlantic slave trade would focus on the Episcopal Church’s role in its history and the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in northern states like Rhode Island.

The museum at the shuttered Cathedral of St. John, a church where slaves once worshipped, would explore how the church benefited from the trade and helped bring it to an end, said Bishop Nicholas Knisely of the Diocese of Rhode Island.

”Our story’s mixed,” he said. ”We haven’t talked in the country about the role of religion and religious voices in abolition and the slave trade.”[…]

A Brown report issued in 2006 found that about 60 percent of all slave-trading voyages launched from North America came from Rhode Island. More than 1,000 slave-trading voyages were launched from Rhode Island, the report says, and 80 of those came from one family, the DeWolfs of Bristol.

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James DeWolf Perry, executive director of the Massachusetts-based Tracing Center, which works to promote greater awareness of the legacy of slavery, is a descendent who is working with the diocese. His great-grandfather was bishop of Rhode Island, chose St. John’s as the diocese’s cathedral and served as the denomination’s presiding bishop — its leader in the United States.

”What’s dropped out of our public memory, largely as a result of the Civil War, is that the North had a great deal of slavery,” he said. ”We like to talk about as if most Northerners were anti-slavery and abolitionists.”

In fact, the North benefited economically from slavery, and the Episcopal Church ”institutionally was deeply complicit in slavery, benefited from it,” he said.

Several museums in the U.S. address slavery, but hardly any are specifically devoted to it, Perry said. One, the Whitney Plantation, is opening in Louisiana next month; its focus is plantation history and slavery in the South.

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CBC Members Oppose Federal Recognition Of Native American Tribe For Lack Of Diversity

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CBC is against the construction of another Tribal casino.

Via CNS News

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

In January, the Interior Department proposed recognizing the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia, which would make members eligible for special benefits in education, housing and medical care — and allow the tribe to pursue a casino. A decision on recognition, which would be the first for a Virginia tribe, is due by March 30.

The Congressional Black Caucus members urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Attorney General Eric Holder to hold off until the Justice Department investigates any discriminatory practices by the tribe. Neither department has responded to the request, made in a Sept. 23 letter, according to a spokeswoman for Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, who signed the letter.[…]

Brown told the CBC that the intermarriage ban was rooted in Virginia’s culture of racism. “Racial intermixture was raised repeatedly as a rationale to divest us of our reservation and our Indian status,” he said.

Brown cited Dr. Walter Plecker, registrar of the Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics in the first half of the 20th century, who ordered that Indians be classified as “colored” on birth and marriage certificates.

“His rationale was, of course, racial intermixture among the Indians,” Brown wrote, adding that the “antiquated and now repealed” tribal law was an attempt to protect Indian identity. “It was never an attack on, or reflective of, ill will toward African-Americans.”

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Legendary British Comedian John Cleese: You Can’t Make Fun Of Muslims Because “They’ll Kill You”…

Indeed they will.

Via Daily Mail:

John Cleese has argued that political correctness is ‘condescending’ as it only allows jokes to be made about certain groups while implying others need to be protected.

Speaking to Bill Maher on HBO, the legendary comedian said he used to make race jokes about nationalities such as the French and Australians – but if he mentioned Mexicans it was deemed unacceptable.

‘It’s so awful isn’t it? he said. ‘It starts out as a halfway decent idea, and then it goes completely wrong.

The British comedian then goes on to say suggest that the reason you can’t make jokes about Muslims is because ‘they’ll kill you’.

‘Who are the people you can’t make jokes about?’ he asks Maher who instantly responds: ‘Muslims’

‘Try that,’ he adds. ‘See what your Twitter feed says.’

A laughing Cleese responds: ‘That’s not saying that you can’t, it just means that they’ll kill you. Theoretically you could.’

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Let the Black Friday brawls begin!

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Update: New Star Wars trailer: Return of the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing fighter.

Reporter Describes How He Was Carjacked By Ferguson Thugs Next To Michael Brown’s Memorial…

If I remember correctly, there were no carjackings at Tea Party protests.

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Austin Police Chief: Man Who Shot Up Downtown Buildings “Likely” Driven By Conservative Political Rhetoric…

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No, nothing to do with mental illness.

Via USA Today:

A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound.

The unidentified suspect was described as white male in his 50s with a criminal record.

Police were investigating whether the gunman was killed by a police officer who fired at him in front of police headquarters or died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The police chief said the suspect’s targets indicated that he might have had anti-government motives linked to immigration.

“If you look at the targets, it doesn’t take a genius (to suggest) that that is the potential,” Acevedo said.

“I would venture that political rhetoric might have fed into some of this, but that is speculation on my part,” he added.

HT: John Ekdahl

Black Friday Mayhem: Cops Forced To Pry Shopper Off TV…

With the amount of violence on Black Friday you’d think they were giving the stuff away free.

HT: Drudge

White House Uses Black Friday To Try And Sell Obamacare…

HUSBAND: Honey, I bought you Obamcare for Christmas!

WIFE: I want a divorce.

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Video: Black Friday Shoppers Beat The Crap Out Of Each Other Over Underwear…

If Obama had another daughter, she’d look like the woman with orange hair.

Al Nusra Front Executes Syrian Man For “Insulting The Prophet” Mohammed…

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Different name, same brutality.

BEIRUT (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch Wednesday executed a man it accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammad, in a summary killing mirroring those by ISIS, activists said Wednesday.

Nusra Front militants shot dead the civilian, identified as Mohammad al-Mir, in the town of Irbin, just northeast of the capital Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The man had been accused of “insulting the Prophet Mohammad and his family,” said the Britain-based monitoring group.

Nusra has regularly executed members of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, but has rarely been accused of carrying out such killings on religious grounds.

It pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in April, distancing itself from the Sunni extremist ISIS notorious for summarily executing those it accuses of apostasy.

Michael Brown Parents Still Milking Son’s Death, Posts Pic Of Empty Chair At Thanksgiving Table…

If these two really valued their son then why is he lying in an unmarked grave? Also, why is the mom celebrating Thanksgiving with her ex-husband and not her current husband (guy who screamed ‘burn this bitch down)?

UN Accuses American Police Of Torture And Killing Unarmed Black Youths…

Out of all the countries that torture their citizens, the U.N. is focusing on America.

(Reuters) – The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used only in life-threatening situations.

The panel’s first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 came in the wake of racially-tinged unrest in cities across the United States this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The committee decried “excruciating pain and prolonged suffering” endured by prisoners during “botched executions” as well as frequent rapes of inmates, shackling of pregnant women in some prisons, and extensive use of solitary confinement.

The review cited deep concern about “numerous reports” of police brutality and excessive use of force against people from minority groups, immigrants and homosexuals as well as racial profiling and militarization of policing work.

It referred to the “frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal purusits of unarmed black individuals.”

A Woman In London Has Been Charged With Encouraging Terrorism On Twitter…

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Via London Evening Standard:

A woman has been charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter, police have said.

Alaa Abdullah Esayed, 22, of Kennington, south London, will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on December 10.

She has been charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act – encouraging terrorism, and the dissemination of terrorist publications and released on bail.

Police said one of the charges related to posts on Esayed’s Twitter account, along with photographs and video links.

The charge states “she intended, or was reckless as to whether, members of the public would be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism or convention offences”.

She is also accused of providing a service that enabled others “to obtain, read, listen to or look at a terrorist publication, by providing links to speeches and other propaganda, and at the time of doing so intended an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.

Obama And His Queen Of The Food Police Wife Celebrate Thanksgiving With Six Kinds Of Pie…

Because they’re the Obamas, that’s why.

Via Breitbart:

The White House released the menu of President Obama’s Thanksgiving menu as he dined with his family at the White House.

The dessert menu included six kinds of pie: banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, and cherry pie.

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British Royals Refuse To Visit Israel…

The royal family are the Kim Kardashians of Britain, famous for doing nothing.

Via Weekly Standard:

You won’t find the British royals in the holy land. Elliott Abrams calls it, “The bizarre story of the refusal of British royals to visit Israel, while they are constantly in the Arab world, continues.”

“[T]he Queen has never set foot in Israel and Prince Charles set foot there briefly only once, for the Rabin funeral,” Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration,observes.

“By contrast, in just the month of November 2014 we found Prince Andrew and Prince Harry at what the Foreign Office must have considered a diplomatic necessity: the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Prince Andrew also visited Saudi Arabia (at the request of the Foreign Office, it was announced).

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Michael Brown’s Mom: Looting And Rioting “Weren’t Done in My Son’s Name “…

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I get the feeling St. Swisher’s mom isn’t being honest with us.

Via Grabien:

HOSTIN: “what do you say to those people that did loot and riot in your son’s name?”

McSPADDEN: “I say that they didn’t do it in my son’s name, because that’s not what we’re — that we are about. Some people are out there now angry for their own reasons.

Mahmoud Abbas Claims Jews Are Using Wild Pigs To Attack Palestinians…

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Speaking of pigs…

Via The Independent:

Reports have emerged that Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, claimed Israel was using wild pigs against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Mr Abbas’s allegation was made during a speech at a conference in Ramallah on Friday night, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“Every night they release wild pigs against us”, the president was quoted as saying, before adding “Why are they doing this?”. […]

The accusation of using wild pigs as a weapon is not new. In the past, the Palestinian authority has claimed that the IDF and Israeli settlers have released the animals to intimidate farmers and damage crops.

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Obamabot Singer Beyonce Infuriates Muslims After Wearing Islamic Veil In Music Video…

Then again, when are Muslims not infuriated?

Via Daily Star:

POP babe Beyoncé sparked fury last night when she donned an Islamic-style veil in her latest video.

The megastar was seen sporting the niqab in the promo for her Superpower duet with Frank Ocean, 27.

But religious activists accused her of disrespecting Islam by pairing the headgear with a flesh-flashing outfit.

Now she has started a fresh storm with Twitter user Karesa Warner saying: “Dear Beyonce: Do you think you’re going to get away with wearing a version of Islamic head-dress, niqab, while promoting your Demonic music?”

Dina added: “Quoting our holy Quran and dressing in a niqab isn’t a fashion statement you dumb beyonce.”

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NFL Player On Ferguson: “The Problem Is Not A Skin Problem, It Is A Sin Problem”…

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“I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn.”

Via Right Scoop:

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson wrote a very honest assessment of how he feels about what happened in Ferguson between Darren Wilson and Michael Brown as well as the larger implications. It has now gone viral on facebook and I couldn’t agree more with the ending:

At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

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Confirmed: Studies Show Voter ID Laws Don’t Suppress Minority Voters…

What were liberals saying about this again?

Via NYT:

Last week, I wrote an article arguing that voter ID laws don’t swing many elections.

This week, the Brennan Center for Justice says I have it “wrong” on voter ID. Yet, oddly, it’s hard to find a place we disagree.

As the Brennan Center puts it in the second sentence of their article: “Yes, it is likely rare for an election to be close enough for voter ID laws to swing the outcome.”

The Brennan Center instead disputes my contention that studies tend to “overstate the number of voters who truly lack identification.”

My position on the matter, setting aside whether the laws are a cynical attempt to disenfranchise Democratic voters, is based on these facts: Many studies do not use robust matching techniques when comparing state voter registration and licensing databases (and robust matching, even when used, isn’t perfect); and many studies fail to match voter registration files with alternative forms of identification, like United States passports or military identification.

The studies with the most sensational and widely publicized findings have generally failed to do these things. The most famous of these was a study finding that 758,000 of Pennsylvania’s registered voters lacked identification. It caused liberals to wonder whether voter ID laws could steal elections. The result was publicized by the Brennan Center, but more rigorous studies have since cut that figure nearly in half.

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