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Martin Luther King Jr.

Tomorrow Never Dies by Tom States (January 2015) Your eyes closed forever, keeping the dream alive, as we continue the struggle against what they saw when they were open wide. Your spirit soaring high over that which still divides, a constant reminder to us: “keep your eyes on the Prize”! You are laid to rest […]

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Tomorrow Never Dies
by Tom States (January 2015)

Your eyes closed forever, keeping the dream alive, as we continue the struggle against what they saw when they were open wide.

Your spirit soaring high over that which still divides, a constant reminder to us: “keep your eyes on the Prize”!

You are laid to rest as proof of life’s most difficult test, ‘they can kill the body but the idea never dies’.

In the distance yet – that mountain top lies, breaking the dawn of another day that you made it possible for each of us to say, “Still I Rise”.

Thanks and Happy Birthday Dr King
by Tom L. States (January 2011)

Happy Birthday to the man who knotted the rope that binds the hands of adversity, ties up despair with hope, and that still line the steepest slopes.

Thanks to the womb that bore and born a way for those weary and worn. Thanks to the ‘sweet back’ that seeded new meanings of being black.

Thanks for taking up the slack for the lady who would not be seated back. Thanks for the solace of solidarity in the silence since your death.

Thanks for taking the bullet aimed at generations of dreams.

Thanks for a life that knows what yours means!

Representing slavery, civil war, and the defiance of Southern white supremacist during the civil rights movement, the confederate flag has been removed from the Georgia state flag? Or so one who does not know his history would think!  The semblance of slavery, disunion and white supremacy wiped from the daily salute of Georgia to the world leaves one to wonder what the 13 stars in the new Georgia state flag represent.

Do they represent the 13 states that formed a union to fight an American Revolution in the name of freedom, justice and equality? Or? Are they the same 13 stars from the confederate flag arranged in a different order – to resemble an earlier version of the confederate flag? The difference is whether or not this so-called “post racial” society is the same shit; different day?

In other words, are the 13 stars of the states that rebelled against freedom, justice and equality for all ‘men’ in a civil war the same Southern states that fought a coalition that included the first 13 states of a union formed to be more perfect?

Five myths about why the South seceded

1. The South seceded over states’ rights.

2. Secession was about tariffs and taxes.

3. Most white Southerners didn’t own slaves, so they wouldn’t secede for slavery.

4. Abraham Lincoln went to war to end slavery.

5. The South couldn’t have made it long as a slave society.

By James W. Loewen, Saturday, February 26 – The Washington Post

The Stars represented the 11 states actually in the Confederacy plus Kentucky and Missouri.

The First Official Flag of the Confederacy

“Although less well known than the “Confederate Battle Flags”,the Stars and Bars was used as the official flag of the Confederacy from March 1861 to May of 1863. The pattern and colors of this flag did not distinguish it sharply from the Stars and Strips of the Union. This caused confusion on the battle field.” The more ignorant we are about the past and what the South and slavery really meant and represents the easier it is to make fools of us with symbols like the ‘new’ Georgia state flag.

Five Myths About The American Flag

The Washington Post
by Marc Leepson
1. Betsy Ross made the first American flag.

2. The red, white and blue colors symbolize American sacrifice.

3. The Pledge of Allegiance has long been recited in Congress and other governmental bodies.

4. It is illegal to burn the American flag.

5. It’s okay to wear a Stars and Stripes T-shirt.

The Birther Movement.

Click on Image above to see full length film.

SYNOPSIS

BIRTH OF A NATION shocks the first-time viewer with its profoundly racist imagery. No matter how prepared one is by reading about the film and the scenes it contains, shock and disgust cannot be suppressed when actually witnessing them firsthand. This is not the racism of later Hollywood with its servants and mammys, this is racism presented bluntly and brutally: Lazy, shifty and lusting freed slaves taking over the small town of Piedmont, South Carolina; abusing power in the state senate they now control by enacting laws to make legal their lust for white women; the Ku Klux Klan being portrayed heroically as they free the town; and finally, near the end of the film, a scene of the Klan with guns drawn to prevent freed black men from voting – presented comically! And through it all the black man is presented as being just shy of an animal. It is abhorrent to anyone with any measure of civilized sensibility. But that is the second half of the film. The first half deals with the before and immediate aftermath of the Civil War.”

 

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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).