Monday, January 18, 2021

Media Impeding Dr. King's Dream

 The biggest impediment to  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, dream of a society in which color is not considered important is the continued used of the extremely racist term "African-American".  The term  implies  the descendants of  slaves are a separate race whose members belong in Africa rather  than  the United States even though many have ancestors who were living in North America long before  the American Revolution. 

  The term "African American" arbitrarily segregates people by skin color.   The term treats people with dark complexions as if they only had African ancestors even if more of their ancestors came from somewhere else.  For example,  sportscasters call Asian ancestry golfer Tiger Woods "African American" even though his mother is Asian  and his father had Asian and North American ancestors as well as African ancestors.     

 The only inherent difference between black and white Americans is a half dozen genes that control skin color.  A person can have a dark complexion even though a majority of skin color genes come from European ancestors because the genes that code for dark complexion are dominant and only a couple are needed for a relatively dark complexion.  One of the genes that codes for a dark complexion is common among peoples of North America and Asia as well as Africa  

North American residents have been having sex across the color line since the first African slaves had sexual relationships with their Spanish masters in the 16th Century Spanish colonies located in what are now Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.      Sexual relations occurred with the North American peoples who lived in the vicinity of plantations for the first two hundred years of American slavery and accepted runaway slaves into their villages.

Initially slaves in the British colonies were indentured servants who only had to serve as slaves for a few years.  Most early slaves were from the British isles, especially Ireland where the English were anxious to take ownership of Irish lands.  Initially the more expensive  African slaves were  also treated as indentured servants. 

By the mid 17th Century slave owners  decided to turn the dark skinned slaves into permanent slaves with white slaves continuing to be indentured  servants.  To increase the number of permanent slaves some  slave owners required white female slaves  to mate with African male slaves so that the resulting dark skinned babies could be kept as permanent slaves.  Laws adopted during the period preventing sex across the color line were primarily intended to keep free white from having dark skinned babies who would have been born free  rather than slave

Virtually all the  African ancestors of slaves arrived before Congress outlawed  importation of Africans in 1808.  Only about  500,000  Africans were imported into North America which means that virtually all slaves were born in North America to parents of mixed ancestry;   . 

The slave genome continued to receive new DNA from plantation owners and overseers until slavery was ended.   In slave societies it is common for men of the master class to have sex with women of the slave class.  The most prominent example of this practice in the United States was the relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

Southern laws prohibiting sex across the color line continued to be ignored if the female was black  such as in the case of the  mother of  Sen. Strom Thurmond's black daughter. Dr. King is known to have had a white male ancestor who provided his "Y" chromosome.     As recently as the early 1960's, young southern white women were told that boy friends who received passionate good night kisses might seek sexual satisfaction in the black community.   White men could rape black women without fear of prosecution until the 1960's.

Sex across the color line has increased since the 1960's because of acceptance of relationships between white women and black men.

It's likely that some children of mixed ancestry were passing for white by the early 18th Century.  Many whites who researched their ancestry after the "Roots" television series were surprised to find ancestors whose military records included the letter "C" after the name for "Colored".  President Warren G. Harding acknowledged he had some black ancestors. It is very likely that President Abraham Lincoln got his dark curly hair from a black ancestor.  Many of his contemporaries believed he had slave ancestors.

It's time we Americans recognize that America is not the home of a black race and a white race, but instead is the home of a single race  whose ancestors were red and yellow, black and white.

The Impressions lamented in their song "This is My Country"  --
"Some people think we don't have the right
To say its my country
Before they give in, they'd rather fuss and fight
Than say its my country"

It's time we started allowing the descendants of slaves to call America, rather than Africa their country.  If light skinned Americans whose ancestors all arrived after the Civil War can call themselves 100% Americans, why must dark skinned Americans whose ancestors may have arrived before the American Revolution be treated as part American and part something else.   Many slaves earned their freedom by helping to defeat the British during the Revolution.    

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Ungrateful Bums in Congress

President Donald Trump has been attempting to prevent  the   type of violence that occurred on  January 6.   He didn't incite the  violence that occurred on  January 6   because the rioters entered . the   Capitol before  Trump  finished his speech. Congress provoked the  violence by ignoring  the concerns of  protesters who believed  eyewitness accounts  of  suspicious activity  by  election workers meant Joe Biden stole  the election .   I doubt that any  eyewitness would  claim a machine could switch vote  totals between candidates without seeing someone demonstrate this feature.

If Donald Trump's voters  behaved  like   Banana Republic voters  they would have been  demonstrating  violently within day   of   the controversial  election.    Trump convinced them    to   let him  seek  justice in  the courts rather than   in  the   streets.   It was only after Congress told them they couldn't    get justice in  the system that some   turned    to  violence.   

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Joe Biden Should Tell Pelosi to Jump Off the Bay Bridge

Normally an incoming president would expect the spotlight to be on him.   Unfortunately  for  Joe Biden, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and other  dingbat Democrats would  rather  let 
President Donald Trump  hold the spotlight a little longer even though the action means increased publicity for Trump's charge that Biden stole the electionIf  the dingbat Democrats remove Trump from  offic Washington won't  have room for the protesters.
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Monday, January 11, 2021

Is Impeaching a President During a War Treason?

We  are  in a war in  which  our Iranian enemy has pleaded with  unspecified individuals or groups for help removing President Donald Trump from officeThere have even been unofficiareward offers, such as  a multi-million dollar bounty , for killing President Trump.

The Democrats'  threat  to use impeachment  to remove President Trump from office would giv our Iranian enemy's leaders what  they say they wantWouldn't  that mean  the  Democrats would  be  giving aid and comfort to  our Iranian enemyIsn't giving aid and comfort to  our enemies what  the  Constitution  call "treason"