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White Citizens’ Council

In response to Mr. Espy’s election, the president of the Carroll County White Citizens’ Council wrote an op-ed in The Greenwood Commonwealth stating that Congressman Espy was elected to ensure that more black people got welfare checks. Twenty-five years later in our so-called post racial society, the former Speaker of the U.S.House of Representatives – Newt Gingrich – labels the first black President of the United States of America the “food stamp president”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/weekinreview/14leonhardt.html

In 1987 Mississippi elected Mike Espy to the U.S. House of Representatives. Mike Espy was the first black from the State of MIssissippi to be elected to the U.S. Congress since Reconstruction (1865-1877).

In response to Mr. Espy’s election, the president of the Carroll County White Citizens’ Council wrote an op-ed in The Greenwood Commonwealth stating that Congressman Espy was elected to ensure that more black people got welfare checks. Twenty-five years later in our so-called post racial society, the former Speaker of the U.S.House of Representatives – Newt Gingrich – labels the first black President of the United States of America the “food stamp president”.

The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original ‘Welfare Queen’

After the Civil War (1870), “Henry Watson, an Alabama planter, ridiculed freedwomen for their “desire to play the lady” rather than do the agricultural work to which they were suited. A Georgia planter complained that women with employed husbands “are not at work. . . .they are as nearly idle as it is possible for them to be, pretending to spin, knit or something that really amounts to nothing.”” p. 86 – Forever Free by Eric Foner

Governor James K. Vardaman (1904 – 1908), Mississippi’s greatest white supremacist: If educated, the Negro would become dissatisfied. Inasmuch as he “will not be permitted to rise above the station he now fills,” said Vardaman, “education would be a positive unkindness to him. It simply renders him unfit for the work which the white man has prescribed, and which he will be forced to perform.” – pp.18-19 Mississippi The Closed Society, James Silver

Republicans and Race

“Reagan repeatedly told the bogus story of the Cadillac-driving welfare queen — a gross exaggeration of a minor case of welfare fraud. He never mentioned the woman’s race, but he didn’t have to.”

Origins of the State-Federal Public Welfare Programs (1932 – 1935)

This type of race baiting is necessary for Republican politicians who go fishing for voters in or near Southern political waters. This blatant racism is being critiqued as coded language. The only coding going on is that of liberals, progressives and ‘white moderates’ hesitant to acknowledge the race card in play. Wealthy white Republicans are pitting one race against another while accusing President Obama of class warfare.

The G.O.P.’s ‘Black People’ Platform

“Now to the singling out of blacks. The largest group of SNAP beneficiaries is by far non-Hispanic whites. However, it is true that the rate of participation is much higher among blacks than whites. Put the emphasis where you wish.”

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Suzanne Mettler Talks Our Hidden Government Benefits

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CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW TO SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTION TO THE BUDGET CRISIS

BUDGET PUZZLE

Published November 13, 2010 in NYTimes’ Week In Review

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/weekinreview/14leonhardt.html

The next time there is a “Tea Party” near you, take your laptop, ipad, itouch or blackberry and ask the gathered guest to complete the above NYTimes’ Budget Puzzle.

“The oft-celebrated G.I. Bill similarly failed black Americans, by mirroring the broader country’s insistence on a racist housing policy. Though ostensibly color-blind, Title III of the bill, which aimed to give veterans access to low-interest home loans, left black veterans to tangle with white officials at their local Veterans Administration as well as with the same banks that had, for years, refused to grant mortgages to blacks. The historian Kathleen J. Frydl observes in her 2009 book, The GI Bill, that so many blacks were disqualified from receiving Title III benefits “that it is more accurate simply to say that blacks could not use this particular title.”” – The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

How Racism Caused The Shutdown

Politics of Welfare, Crime and Jobs without the ‘WHITENOISE” of Race baiting!

IrishTimes

“Economic theory holds that crime is a rational alternative to traditional employment when it it is not available and nowhere has it been more eloquently proven than in pre- and post-crash Ireland. A candidate for a PhD in economics at the University of Michigan, Enda Hargaden, has looked at the relationship between employment levels and crime in the Republic over the 11 years between 2003 and 2014. This period is unique in that it includes the dramatic increase in employment during the Celtic Tiger and the even more dramatic fall in employment following the financial crisis and the collapse of the Irish economy.”

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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).