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Women Of Color Are Trying To Get Out Of The United States (Video)

Damn. Has it come to this? Our sistas go on retreats… women do, PEOPLE do… but the driver for WHY they are going in this piece. They need PEACE! And a SAFE space! A vacay trip is about ‘escape’ but this is an ESCAPE escape from the real harm they suffer.

It comes as no surprise that a time when White supremacist groups have gained increased public notoriety and the President has disparaged African nations as “sh!tholes,” many Black Americans are feeling isolated and unsafe in communities or workplaces.

Many of them are turning those frustrations into acts of self-preservation, and are spending significant money to get outside of the country and away from the people who make them feel that way.

Since the election of President Trump, at least 5 black-owned trip organizations have told VICE News that they’ve experienced upticks in interest from clients eager to get out of the United States.

VICE News followed a group of women to the Women of Color Healing Retreat in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica; a travel experience that emphasized yoga, vegan food, political education seminars, and specifically banned White people.

– VICE News Tonight

And the commentary of Trump, and his supporters. Just watch.

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Exclusive: Philadelphia Eagles 1st Super Bowl Win & Historic Parade Perspective by Jayforce (Videos+Pics)

I’m a proud native of Philadelphia. Although I currently live in Atlanta, I’m very supportive of my hometown Philly sports teams despite being a diehard Raiders fan. People sometimes ask me “How does a person from Philly become a Raiders fan?”. It wasn’t always this way. I was a Philadelphia Eagles fan as a kid before I switched to the darkside in 1981. My grandmother, who I often sat in front of the floor model television & watched sports with, as well as my father & uncles were all avid Eagles fans. Not unlike most kids, its your family that first tries to indoctrinate you into becoming a fan of their favorite sports teams. I see that slowly happening with my nephew “CJ” who is currently Falcons fan, but appears to be switching over to the Eagles in much the same way I switched teams. I was his same age when I left for the Raiders.

Way back before ESPN & social media was in existence I remember being told days before the Super Bowl that the Eagles would beat the Raiders because head coach Dick Vermeil was doing things “the right way”. Vermeil’s reputation at the time was that of a staunch disciplinarian who enforced a strict curfew for the players during Super Bowl week. On the contrary, the Oakland Raiders, already notorious for having a gregarious attitude & carefree reputation were reportedly partying with fans all week in New Orleans prior to the big game on Sunday. I remember feeling like the Eagles were going to win the Super Bowl because the energy in the city was electric. Philly’s legendary songwriting duo of McFadden & Whitehead’s hit song “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” was remixed as an anthem for the Philadelphia Eagles & you heard it everywhere on the radio & in the streets.

Quite simply, the Eagles was touted as the example of how it SHOULD be done & therefore they were a lock to win. The perception was the undisciplined & 6th seeded Oakland Raiders were destined to lose. Raiders starting QB, Jim Plunkett, was a perceived NFL bust whose detractors in the media believed he couldn’t get it done for the Raiders. To add onto that level of hate & dismissiveness, Jim Plunkett & the head coach Tom Flores were latino & some people didn’t always applaud Raiders owner Al Davis’s efforts toward social justice. Al Davis had a well-documented history of supporting players who protested injustice as well as actively recruiting talented black players from predominantly black colleges & universities. Needless to say that back then there were a significant number of people that also wanted to see the Raiders lose for socio-political reasons. When SuperBowl XV arrived that Sunday, the Raiders played loose & the Eagles played with tight lemon booties. The swaggering Silver & Black came out on top for a 27-10 Super Bowl XV win. Back then, the Raiders were the underdogs. The last NFL championship for the Eagles was in 1960, which ironically was the year the Raiders was founded.

Flash forward 37 years to February 4th, 2018 & my hometown Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots earning their first ever Super Bowl win. You couldn’t help but notice that there are strong similarities in the character makeup of the Raiders & Eagles teams that played in the Super Bowl back in 1981 as compared to the New England Patriots & Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl teams in 2018. This time the Philadelphia Eagles were the underdogs all season all the way up to mere minutes before the game started. The Patriots played tight & conservative enough that Patriots head coach Bill Belichek benched their star corner & previous Super Bowl hero, Malcolm Butler, just moments before the game.

It’s been almost 4 decades since the Eagles last Super Bowl and they came out loose, confident, & swaggering in the same manner the underdog Raiders did in ’81. In a sort of weird role reversal for this recent Super Bowl, the Patriots, essentially became like the Eagles in ’81. Belichek had them tight, fearful, & too conservative. No one appeared to be having fun. And the result had the Pats losing a close one 41-33. It’s historically evident that the Philadelphia Eagles 2017-2018 season had a spirit akin to the ’80-’81 Oakland Raiders. It’s important to note the similarities between the Eagles backup QB Nick Foles who was on the verge of retiring from the NFL & Jim Plunkett back in 81 who was almost written off as bust after 10 years in the league. Its also noticeable how the Eagles merchandise & paraphernalia adopted much more black into their color scheme than in previous decades when ‘Kelly Green’ was the popular uniform color & norm.

As soon as Tom Brady’s last ditch hail mary failed & the clock went to double zeros, my cellphone rang non-stop & text messages flowed in repeatedly from family members in Philly & from those who relocated to Atlanta & other locales. My grandmother Gwen Marshall, with whom I spent many days & nights as a kid watching sporting events, passed away in ’91 and my father James Wayns passed away just two years ago. It felt great to see the hometown win it all, but I only wish my grandmother & father could have witnessed it. When Barack Obama was elected to become the first African-American to become President of the United States, it was my father who called me excited to have lived long enough to witness what many thought would never happen in this country. I’m sure he’d done the same with Philly winning our first ever Super Bowl. I knew I was going to book a flight to Philly to witness the history during the parade & bring along the spirit of my grandmother & father to the event.

On the flight to Philly from Atlanta it was apparent many were Philadelphia Eagles fans as they sung the teams Fly Eagles Fly” fight song twice while en route to the city of brotherly love. Despite the sub freezing temperatures, over 700,000 plus people showed up in the city. When I arrived in Philly for the parade I quickly realized I wasn’t the only one who wanted to bring the spirit of their dead loved ones to the party. A few people showed up with an urn of their loved ones & took the opportunity to sprinkle the ashes of their relatives along the parade route. Many of them like my own family, also diehard Philadelphia Eagles fans, who never lived along enough to see this day come. Local news even reported how many Philadelphians were also visiting the grave sites of family members who were Eagles fans & leaving various Eagles championship items near or around tombstones.

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The day was was rather eventful along the parade route along Benjamin Franklin parkway leading up to the legendary Art Museum steps made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the classic “Rocky” movies. At various points along the parade route fans in the crowd would shout “Big Dick Nick” in reference to Eagles backup QB Nick Foles. I’m not sure how or why the crowd was into this, but of course that’s a chant I wanted no parts of participating in. (Pause). Another key observation during the celebrations was the amount of trap or rap music being played during the parade. At times it felt like we were in Atlanta with the amount of ATL influenced rap being played. A shame Atlanta came up short only the year before. One of the key songs you heard over & over again was North Philly’s own Meek Mill’s “Dreams & Nightmares” jawn which the Philadelphia Eagles team chose to come out to for the Super Bowl. Surprisingly there were many people of all walks of life mouthing or shouting the words to the song. I still don’t know all of the worlds to the song & I’m a hip hop head. I guess I should be embarrassed because I saw older white granny’s & grandpa’s seeming to have no problem appearing to be singing the song verbatim.

I also witnessed large groups of people doing the cha cha slide, electric slide, wobble, & a variety of other dances in the street. Apparently the Eagles celebrated like this with these dances as a team all season. I also heard the aforementioned McFadden & Whitehead’s 1979 Eagles remix of “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” being played over the loudspeakers at one point or another.

Prior to the post parade speeches, 3 U.S. military fighter jets completed a fly over Benjamin Franklin parkway. It was unexpected & a rather amazing sight to see in person especially with just how low they were to the ground for the brief period of time that they were before the 3 machines sped off into the distance. I also couldn’t help but think about how turbulent an NFL season it was with the protests against inequality that Colin Kaepernick sparked & the unnecessary hate he received for a silent

While many NFL analysts, coaches, & pundits said players kneeling or raising a fist during the nation anthem was a distraction, the Philadelphia Eagles, arguably one of the most active of teams last season, proved them all wrong. Eagles defensive end Chris Long, son of former Raiders DE Howie Long, gave up his entire NFL salary during the season to push for change on the issue of inequality & to make things better. Ironic how all of these “Distractions” didn’t get in the way of the Eagles winning a Lombardi.  It didn’t stop the Raiders in the past when

Many of the players arrived at the art museum steps along the parade route wearing interesting outfits that were of significant relevance to the city of Philly. Some players wore the jerseys of former legends while players like Chris Long rocked an Allen Iverson jersey with a long fur coat. Eagles center Jason Kelce wore a full-on Mummers parade outfit. For those outside of Philadelphia, the Mummers parade in Philadelphia has been going on for decades & is a huge part of the tradition in the city especially around the holidays.

The post parade speeches were good, but it was clearly All-pro center Jason Kelce who stole the show. His violently passionate & profanity-laced verbal assault seemed almost reminiscent of the time when former Raider linebacker Matt Millen stormed the field & punched a New England Patriots GM in the face after the divisional playoff game between the two teams in 1986. I, like the other 700,000 plus fans in the crowd didn’t like it Jason Kelce’s speech…. we LOVED it. The speech embodied that Philly attitude, passion & aggression. It embodied that blue collar characteristic. All of these parallels is what drew me to become a Raiders fan as a kid in ’81. Because if you didn’t like us….we didn’t care.

Jason Kelce led the crowd on a profane unofficial fight song shorter & almost similar to the Raiders’ unapologetically villainous “Autumn Wind”.…..It has the same pirate & villainous makeup, but tweaked to uniquely fit Philly.


“We’re from Philly, We’re From Philly….No One Liiiiiikes Us We Don’t Care
We’re from Philly, Fucking Philly, No One Liiiiiikes Us We Don’t Care”

I believe as a fan you’re allowed to support two teams in any sport. The team you genuinely like, and your hometown team. For many they maybe both one & the same. For me both of these teams have become mirror images of what I like in an NFL team. I always pose this hypothetical question to people to test their fandom of the actual team. If your favorite team moved from your city would you still be a fan of the team? The Raiders could move to Mars & I’d still be a Raiders fan. I believe the Eagles have gotten over that type of hump for some of their fans across the country. For the majority of people, they would no longer be. At the end of the day I’m #RaiderNation for life but I’m immensely proud of my hometown & will always support & have love for the rising #EaglesEmpire for as long as they are in Philly. They did it Pop. Yes indeed they did it Grandma.

 

Cover Story: How Falcon Heavy Will Change Space Travel (Video)

Did you catch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the other day? Wonder what all the fuss was about? And maybe why it carried a red Tesla roadster into orbit? Well, watch and learn, friends. Watch and learn.

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Music Legend Quincy Jones Spills The Beans On Music, Michael Jackson And Donald Trump

Rock ain’t nothing but a white version of rhythm and blues, motherf**ker.

And that ain’t even the tip of the tip of the iceberg man. Plus, most of an iceberg is deep in the ocean… DEEP! Just like this interview that everyone is talking about. Read and see why. Like, the things he says in there:

I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff…

It’s Trump and uneducated rednecks. Trump is just telling them what they want to hear. I used to hang out with him. He’s a crazy motherfucker. Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. I used to date Ivanka, you know…

Yeah. NOW you gotta read!

READ: QUINCY JONES, IN CONVERSATION (VULTURE)

25 Years Later, Ayanna Jackson Speaks On 2Pac And The Sexual Assault Case (Video)

Okay. That’s a nice-looking Honey though. Let’s just get that said already. But we know that Ayanna Jackson, the one who accused 2Pac and his associates of rape in 1993, has a story to tell that touches off emotionally-charged firestorms on all sides of Pac fandom & hate, assault & empowerment… all kinds of stuff.

In this VladTV exclusive clip, Vlad sat down with Ayanna Jackson, a woman who accused 2Pac and his associates of rape in 1993. As a result, 2Pac was convicted of first-degree sexual assault and sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison.

Jackson noted that the interview with Vlad is the first time she went on-camera to discuss the events that took place, ultimately leading up to the incarceration of the rapper. Jackson laid out how old she was when she met the rapper–around 19-years-old, along with the location they connected.

This is Part 1 of Ayanna telling her story to Vlad. Much more after the jump.

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Cover Story: Watch The Cyntoia Brown Documentary And Learn About How Her Story Has Gone Viral (Video)

Have you heard, or been following, the #FreeCyntoiaBrown movement? Cyntoia Brown has already been in prison for well over a decade, convicted of murder as a teen. The story has recently resurfaced and gone viral. Gotten the attention of celebs like Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian (see what she tweeted after the jump) has said she has reached out to her lawyers to see what she could do to help.

Embedded above is a documentary on Cyntoia. Watch. Watch NOW. They are snatching copies of the documentary offline with the quickness (took digging to find this one). At least the PBS Independent Lens trailer (after the jump) should remain stable, since it has been since 2011. Matter of fact, eff that: going in after the jump and posting all the clips PBS left up. Maybe PBS will re-release the documentary itself in full. This story should be known, told and retold. Tragedy begets more tragedy. You (me, we). Must. LEARN!

Also, you can also become better versed in the various details of the case and campaign to get Cyntoia Brown freed via the links below.

(More backstory and catch-up content after the jump, including clips from Roland S. Martin on TV One and Big Tigger on Atlanta’s V-103 radio.)

WHY CYNTOIA BROWN IS ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA (CNN)
CELEBRITIES SUPPORT TEEN KILLER (CBS NEWS)
CELEBRITIES RALLY BEHIND TEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON (NBC NEWS)
ME FACING LIFE: CYNTOIA’S STORY (PBS)

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Terry Crews Speaks On Being Sexually Assaulted Early In His Career: “I Felt Like I Could Punch A Hole In His Head” (Video)

Oh my damn! Dude did ‘Damon’ wrong! Talk about art imitating life (re: bathroom scene between ‘Money Mike’ aka Katt Williams and ‘Damon’ aka Terry Crews). See, if he’d have whupped the sh!t out his azz when this groper tried him, Terry might not have had a career anywhere near like he’s had. And being the wrong color in the wrong situation, he might have lost his liberty (caught a case) or his life (caught a bullet). And for similar reasons he could not even speak on it as his career progressed.

Good thing he gets to talk about it now. A different look at abuse of power. Now that the story is out, and the suit is filed, maybe some payback in the form of serious greenbacks is coming, too.

IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE!!! Maaaaannnnn…

Watch.

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Colin Kaepernick: GQ Magazine’s “Citizen Of The Year.” Here’s Why (Video)

I saw an attempt to reframe the whole ‘Kaep blackballed for #TakeAKnee‘ argument. Going so far as belittling his moves & societal standing. You might have seen it on Facebook or something: in essence saying current NFL standout JJ Watt raised millions for hurricane relief while Colin Kaepernick just gave a million or so.

Hey. JJ Watt did a great thing; inspiring others to join his cause. Colin is TRYING to do a great necessary thing; trying to compel law enforcement, lawmakers, and the uninformed majority to actually ACT like #BlackLivesMatter too. Yeah, less popular. Less money in it. But even though Colin’s number is “smaller,” the dollars are doing big things!

Watch. See why Kaep DESERVES to be “Citizen Of The Year!”

@ojones1

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Pablo Escobar’s Son Recounts His Time Growing Up In The Family Of A Drug Kingpin (Documentary)

Sweet Christmas… God’s Favorite is one thing, but daaaaamn. Escobar’s son said his dad was seeing over $400 million a week??? Daaaamn again!!!

Pablo Escobar’s Son Sebastian Marroquin Reveals What His Childhood Was Like And How He Feels About His Infamous kingpin Father.
– Bird Plan

Of course, this story is about more than drugs, money, and drug money. Watch.

(And this ‘Popeye’ cat… wowww!)

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Ice Cube On CNBC Right After Releasing His “Death Certificate” Album (Video)

Ah, so Jerry Heller did make some anti-defamation moves (reaching out to Simon Wiesenthal, Wiesenthal Center) like the character in “Straight Outta Compton” threatened.

Late night call-in talk show, taped right after Ice Cube left NWA and released his solo album called “Death Certificate.”
– X+

Looking at the comments on this vid on the Tube and across the Interwebs, this interview might have been part of the setup… to negatively spin Cube’s views & lyrics. Gotta say, Cube, even as a young man, repped himself and the Culture strong on air; despite the media pressure.

(Reporter/host was kind of thin-skinned near the end, right? Asking. And slipping in that “Man Of Rage” moniker… Really? He never once even raised his voice.)

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Politics: Did Hillary Clinton Secretly Take Over The Democratic Party For Campaign 2016? (Video)

Hollllly sheeeeit! #FeelTheBern for real. Looks like there is solid testimony (in former Democratic National Chair Donna Brazile’s upcoming book) that the Democrats that backed Bernie, that threw in with Hillary to oppose the Trump campaign, have been had, got took, been bamboozled and BURNED… damn!

And the cajones of anyone who would seek to suppress the truth… chastising Donna Brazile and others who would call out the Clinton’s co-opting of the DNC as “legal but amoral” for tearing down the party… come on! Slavery was legal at one time, too. People can forgive almost anything, once we know the full truth, like former Senator Nina Turner says above.

Watch the clip.

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Heard From The “Hip-Hop Cop” Himself… He’s Pretty Sure He Knows Who Killed Jam Master Jay (Of Run DMC) [Video]

Now THAT’S how you start a clip! You ask former detective Derrick Parker, “What happened to Jam Master Jay?” Then follow up with, “So you think you know who killed Jam Master Jay?”

Parker answers, “Yes.” And, less than 40 seconds into the clip, let’s BEGIN!

Former NYPD detective and “Hip-Hop Cop” Derrick Parker shared his thoughts on the Jam Master Jay murder case with VladTV, and he revealed that it may be solved despite 15 years going by. He explained that lack of witness cooperation and corroboration of evidence slowed the case down, but Parker now believes he knows who murdered the Run DMC legend.
DJ Vlad

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Business/Technology: In China, People Usually Carry Less Than $15 In Their Pockets… But NEVER Leave Home Without Their Smartphones (Video)

Got that “Making Moves With Puff” (Craig Mack) playing in the mental for some reason. Something about the headline maybe. Haaaaa, bwoooyyy!

Buuuut, for real, they DON’T gotta get the cash nowadays. See how China is already in the future? Cash is already dead in China. They pay for EVERYTHING with their phones. Cash is NOT king, unlike in the States. They don’t even do credit/debit cards. Even chipping off money to the homeless… all digital, with the phone, homie. Watch!

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Atlanta United Qualifies For MLS Playoffs In Their Inaugural Season – JAYFORCE.COM (Video)

The JAYFORCE.COM Sports Media Team was there as we covered Atlanta United securing a MLS playoff spot in their inaugural season. It was an opportunity for us to also check out the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta which also doubles as home base for the Atlanta Falcons NFL team. As soccer (Futbol) becomes more popular in the U.S., its an exciting time for Atlanta fans with sold out games for what was an expansion team in Major league soccer. Check out our time as the Atlanta United team beats Philadelphia Union to claim their spot in the MLS playoffs. Atlanta United will play their 1st playoff game ever on October 22nd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  ATLUTD.COM

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Sports/Politics: Bob Costas Declares That President Trump Has Galvanized The #TakeAKnee Movement (Video)

Do you want a President of the United States who, even if you’re giving him the benefit of that doubt, is so tone deaf to the racial implications of this?
Bob Costas

Right on time! There was so much on Kaep and #TakeAKnee this past weekend and even before. Wasn’t sure how to cover it all here. But then veteran sportscaster/commentator Bob Costas comes through and wraps it with a bow!

NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas speaks to CNN’s John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after President Donald Trump criticized the NFL and players who took a knee during the national anthem.
– CNN

Great points. Trump galvanized the #TakeAKnee movement. Can’t even call this ‘shots fired’ really. Just facts!

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Iranian Women Combat Domestic Violence With Ninjutsu (Video)

A different fare for the ‘nooner’ hour to be certain. When these ladies say ‘no touching’ you better listen and heed, or you gone learn today… learn how to eat and wipe with your other hand (for at least a while)!

Students at Tehran’s “Ninja Ranger” are not just learning martial arts for exercise. More and more Iranian women are becoming ninjas to fight back against domestic violence. Ninjutsu is traditionally an East Asian martial art, but has become a popular tool for women to improve their safety and confidence. Women in Iran are training in hand-to-hand combat as well as with various weapons.
– Vocativ

Yeah! These ladies are not gonna take it anymore. They are going to take it out on attackers and abusers!

@ojones1

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Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of Building 7 – w/ Ed Asner

Hurry up and watch this one before it is “removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content”… again! Not trying to theorize on any conspiracies afoot, but watch and see if you see ‘scam’ or ‘spam’ or ‘deception.’ No. Quite the opposite. A call for a new investigation; for truth!

Take 15 minutes and watch above. Consider the argument laid out. Perhaps it will lead you to visit AE911Truth.org to investigate the explosive evidence of the Twin Towers and to sign the petition calling for a new World Trade Center 9/11 collapse investigation.

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A Choir Comes From Texas To Sing “Lean On Me” And Jimmy Fallon Puts A Million Dollars In The Collection Plate For Hurricane Harvey Relief (Video)

Now THAT’S how you use your platform! Salute to JJ Watt of the Houston Texans and to Jimmy Fallon. That fund Watt has going to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey keeps growing a million bucks at a time, and The Tonight Show just added another million!

On top of that, Jimmy invited a Houston area Gospel choir to come take his audience to church in less than 5 minutes flat. If you’ve never been ‘full’ from some good church singing… get ready for that and press play above.

#HelpHouston

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Former NFL Lineman Jason Brown Left Football To Farm Crops And Feed People (Video)

Great story. Former [highly-paid] NFL center Jason Brown is tackling food shortages by taking the field, tilling it, seeding and harvesting.

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets Jason Brown, who quit the NFL to tackle a new field, literally.
– CBS Evening News

This accomplished ex-NFL star found a new passion in farming… and he has never felt more successful.

#FirstFruitsFarm #LivingToServe #FightHunger

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Michael Moore Calls A Racist A Racist, All Of Them… And Those Who Will Not Denounce Them (Video)

Anybody who enables, anybody who votes for and supports a racist, is a racist.
Michael Moore

The controversial filmmaker Moore has never had a problem calling it how he sees it. And in keeping with the lifted quote above, Moore is holding those who support the racist ralliers and those of their ilk – whether gathered at the Take ‘Murica Back rally in Charlottesville or not – just as guilty. Because #BlackLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter or whatever matters to you aside, the venomous speech, vitriolic tone and victimization of those hurt by Neo-Nazi words and a wildly driven car… well, that all happened. And if you are not denouncing that, you are tacitly supporting it.

#LookingAtYouMrPresident #BothSidesHuh #AndThatTheStoryOfOJ #OK

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