• NAACP: A Man Was Lynched Yesterday, And The Day Before That, Too

    a man was lynched yesterday
    “A man was lynched yesterday.” (Photo: NAACP)

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Darkness.

    Light.

    Justice.

    Peace.

    Love.

    Five officers killed in Dallas.

    Five.

    One sniper. Acting alone. While many, many #BlackLivesMatter activists marched peacefully.

    Before that, however, the many lives lost in the African American community at the hands of law enforcement, which gave rise, finally, to #BlackLivesMatter.

    We do not condone violence against African Americans.

    We do not condone violence against police.

    The overwhelming majority of African Americans want peace.

    The overwhelming majority of police want peace.

    The overwhelming majority of people want peace.

    What sense can we make of the State of the Union? What is happening to us? Is this 1968 again?

    Activists stormed the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and were met with brutality by police. Why did they not storm the GOP convention that year?

    Because they knew the GOP would not listen anyhow.

    A mere 12 years later, Ronald Reagan bowed down to “states rights” in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where, in 1964, civil rights workers had been murdered.

    Ronald Reagan was calculating, the “great communicator,” remember?

    He knew what he was doing. He knew to whom he was speaking. The Southern Strategy was alive and strong with this one.

    The GOP has been stoking the fires of the Southern Strategy for decades. And the chickens have come home to roost. Talk about buyer’s remorse. Watch, as GOP leaders try, so desperately try, to distance themselves from Donald Trump. But many of these same leaders vowed, when President Barack Obama was elected, that they would not work with him at all.

    And they spent the better part of eight years fighting each and every thing President Obama proposed, said, didn’t say.

    Whatever.

    From the moment that then-Senator Barack Obama declared his intention to run for POTUS, the number of hate groups in the United States began to grow. In 2011, for the first time ever, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the number of hate groups in this country topped 1,000.

    Their number continues to grow.

    And, now, with membership in the KKK growing, America’s oldest, most infamous hate group, we watch in horror.

    For your consideration, from the NAACP:

    Activists created the NAACP more than a century ago to fight racialized violence.

    Then, we called it “lynching.” Today, we call it “police brutality,” but the effect is still the same — our lives are in danger. Endangered by some of the very people who are called to protect and serve us. We are all tense, angry, devastated, and grieving.

    We grieve for Alton Sterling. We grieve for Philando Castile. And we grieve with the rest of the country over the senseless loss of lives in Dallas, too — because the execution of police officers does not end the execution of black Americans, and it will not put us on the path to change.

    What will put us on the path to justice is the passage of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA) and the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). Radical reform of policing practices, policies, and laws at all levels must be made — immediately — because the current system is taking too many lives.

    We can take small solace in the fact that the outrage over this 21st century form of lynching is not isolated to the black community. Americans of all races and ethnicities are fighting to put an end to the epidemic of violence — gun violence in particular — in this country. Now is the time to come together as one in grief, in protest, and in pursuit of real, measurable change.

    As an organization, we are doing everything we can to ensure justice is served, but we can’t do it alone. Stand in solidarity with your fellow activists, hand in hand with your community. Contact your elected officials to demand life-saving reforms to a broken system.

    We can — and must — put an end to this together.

    Cornell William Brooks
    President and CEO

    And, we remind ourselves again:

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
    only light can do that.
    Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • The Titan Joins The Gods

    Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali is dead.

    At 74.

    I remember him boxing. I remember Howard Cosell.

    From the New York Times:

    Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday. He was 74.

    His death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman.

    Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.

    But he was more than the sum of his athletic gifts. An agile mind, a buoyant personality, a brash self-confidence and an evolving set of personal convictions fostered a magnetism that the ring alone could not contain. He entertained as much with his mouth as with his fists, narrating his life with a patter of inventive doggerel. (“Me! Wheeeeee!”)

    And Peace be upon him.


  • Donald Trump Wants To Be Your Latex Salesman (Video)

    There is so much wrong with Donald Trump.

    So. Very. Much.

    Today, he pointed out a black rally attendee and said, “Look at my African American!”

    There is so much wrong with Donald Trump.

    Tonight, I could only think of George Costanza…

    But, George is fictional. The Donald is not.

     


  • America Opens Its Arms To Our Transgender Brothers And Sisters

    Did you ever think it would happen in this country?

    I have to admit that I’m not sure I’m there yet.

    As a gay man, I’m still becoming comfortable with the notion of transgender men and women. I’m still learning.

    Amazed, though, at how quickly America has embraced transgender men and women. In spite of the bathroom laws and the hysteria from the right.

    And the cool, compassionate, adult-in-the-room Barack Obama.

    Were you as amazed as I to see this?

    Incredible.

    We’ve come so far as a country the past 7+ years.

    As Barack Obama “evolved” on LGBTQ issues–and as some of us lost our patience entirely with him, given his remarkable history on such issues when he was in Springfield, Illinois–as he evolved, we evolved too.

    But he led. And continues to lead.

    America, hats off to you.

    Hats off to you, Mr. President.


  • A New Direction For Turning Left

    Readers no doubt have noticed that I haven’t been posting much over the past several months.

    Heck, over the past few years.

    Turning Left is always in the back of my mind, but I really didn’t know what to do. What to write.

    I didn’t want to be that snarky guy any more who just wrote for the sake of writing, that guy who just made fun of people, or went on rants.

    I wanted to be more substantive than that.

    I was so angry at times during the Bush years. Many of us were. But to look for people at which I could be angry, or to just be that angry guy during the Obama years, well, that didn’t make much sense.

    And I was not always pleased with President Obama.

    But, for the most part, I was.

    I am.

    So what to do with this blog, which has awesome page rank on Google despite the fact that I rarely touch it?

    Found my solution today.

    We need a new direction.

    No, not right. Or center.

    Let’s take direction as focus.

    We need a new focus. A new plan.

    And here it is…

    We don’t want to become the anti-Fox News blog. We don’t want to become the anti-conservative blog.

    We don’t want to discriminate against people because of who they are.

    But we will be critical about people because of what they do.

    That will be our new focus.

    We will still laugh. We will still likely be snarky at times.

    But we can’t be self-righteous. We can’t ignore our own faults.

    But we can write.

    We invite you to join us for the ride. Please visit often, enjoy, and, please, feel free to share our posts.

    We have something to say that needs to be said.

    We have words that need to be heard.

    We are Turning Left


  • Trump’s Twits on Twitter Appear To Be Bought

    So, perhaps, you were amazed at all of these people on Twitter attacking those who dare to attack their “Donald.”

    Guess again.

    One analyst has taken a look, and then several more looks, at who these “Defenders of the Donald” might be.

    And, it appears, they might all be fake.

    Fake Twitter accounts created, bought, to attempt to fool us all.

    Check out dailywire.com:

    The speculation about the phoniness of the Trump Twitter army began with a post by Erick Erickson in The Resurgent, and he bases his conjecture on three main points:

    • There are professional Internet trolls who have the specific purpose of inciting chaos in the U.S. through social media, such as spreading a hoax Ebola case in Atlanta as well as a hoax story of cops shooting an unarmed black woman. Most of them were shut down, but the ones that are still active are supporting Trump.
    • Numerous reports suggest that Trump bought crowd members for his campaign launch in June.
    • An organization called Crowds on Demand has protesters for sale to appear at various events and harass people on social media.

    And then there’s more.

    Go here for the complete story.


  • Watch: Groups Applaud Delaware Gov. Markell for Personal Message on Recent Wave of Anti-transgender Legislation

    Today, in response to a wave of anti-transgender legislation in several states around the country, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) released a personal, detailed video message standing up for transgender equality and combatting the misinformation and scare tactics that proponents of these discriminatory bills use. Gov. Markell—who is the only sitting governor to have signed laws that enforce both sexual orientation and gender identity protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations—is uniquely positioned to address the mean-spirited attempts that seek to undermine lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, nondiscrimination laws and require discrimination against the transgender community.

    Equality Delaware, the Center for American Progress, and the National Center for Transgender Equality applaud Gov. Markell for his continued leadership on behalf of transgender people and their families. In response to Gov. Markell’s video message, those organizations released the following statements:

    Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware, said, “Gov. Markell has consistently stood on the side of fairness and equality and today is no different. Proponents of H.B. 2 rushed their bill through the North Carolina legislature in a matter of hours because they knew that when the public has the time to learn about trans people, they respond with affirmation and support. By speaking as a governor who has worked on trans issues, and as someone who cares about transgender people in his own life, Gov. Markell has helped insert into the national conversation the compassion and facts that are missing in the actions and statements made by opponents of equality.”

    Laura E. Durso, Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, said, “As the LGBT community, and transgender people in particular, continue to face an unprecedented number of discriminatory state bills, it remains imperative for those of us living in states and communities with protections to stand up and speak out against hate or discrimination wherever it occurs. Gov. Markell’s video message may be one of the most personal and detailed trans-specific statements ever made by an elected official of his stature. We thank him for helping to educate the public on trans equality and urge other elected officials to follow suit and make clear to the transgender community that there are leaders around the country fighting for them.”

    Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said, “It is so important for elected officials like Gov. Markell to vocally and consistently support transgender people and to do their part to educate the rest of the public on who transgender people are. Gov. Markell has always demonstrated solid leadership, including three years ago when he signed wide-ranging protections for all transgender Delawareans into law.”

    Source: http://www.americanprogress.org


  • Trump Says He Cancelled Chicago UIC Rally Because Of “Safety Concerns”

    Donald Trump says he cancelled the planned rally at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago because of security concerns.

    Don’t you believe it.

    Trump cancelled the rally for his campaign. His ego.

    Do you really think the man who encouraged violence at his rallies would call off one of the potentially most violent rallies yet?

    Not a chance. His narcissism would not allow it.

    The Chicago PD ostensibly gets the credit making the call on this one.

    First, Trump said this:

    “Chicago is the home of some very, very bad rallies,” Trump said. “You know that, OK? All you have to do is look back at the conventions that they had in Chicago, and one in particular, as you know, where tremendous numbers of people were hurt, and I believe, killed. And I don’t want to see anything like that happen.

    “So I made a decision. Now I spoke with law enforcement and made it in conjunction with law enforcement, and I think we made a wise decision.”

    Then, he said this:

    Later in an interview on CNN, Trump said police advised against holding the rally. The pavilion, with a seating capacity of about 7,000 people was about three-quarters full during the rally, with a few hundred more people on the floor.

    But the Chicago PD says this:

    A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department says the agency never recommended that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cancel his campaign rally in the city.

    CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that the department never told the Trump campaign there was a security threat at the University of Illinois at Chicago venue. He said the department had sufficient manpower on the scene to handle any situation.

    Trump’s first reflex is to lie horribly.

    Hats off to the well-organized protesters, inside and outside the UIC Pavilion.