Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Chapter 4 (D)
The Human Race
September 18, 1998, only one week after my attendance at Regent University, (referenced in The Prophet’s Blog ), I was ‘tracking’ the news media and events, for the times to ‘come’.
I printed this article written by Sonya Ross, published September 18, 1998, by The Associated Press, titled “RACE PANEL SEES WHITE PRIVILEGE”. As the article copyright states ‘The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of the Associated Press.
So, as an author and publisher myself, most often give permissions to many individuals or organizations to copy and distribute (freely), I simply ask for notice by the other party, in order to keep data of response, and purpose of distribution. So, letting everyone know, that if you want to print, copy, email, fax or pass out any of my Prophet’s Blog material contact me and I will send you a copy (free) until the book is completed and then you can download everything inexpensively.
The reason is this, I am probably one of the few people who have tracked multiple media outlets, and subject matter since May 1998, when I had the first ‘visions’ of times to come--22 years ago, and recognized the purpose as in the event that some information would ‘disappear, be altered or surely just ‘forgotten’. Somehow America forgets…
It’s important today that I share some facts from the article, and hope that you may find it published entirely on line or some newspaper archives, but I sincerely doubt it.
Washington (AP)—President Clinton’’ advisers on race, completing their yearlong mission, have concluded that Americans must confront ‘this country’s history of white privilege’ before its many races can begin to get along.
· Final Report: Clinton take lead in educating people about that history & how inferior status assigned to people of color
· Recall facts of racial domination
· Nation need to understand that whites tend to benefit ‘unknowingly or unconsciously’ from country’s history of white privilege
· Clinton planned to use boards finding for his own report preparation when no racial group is a majority
· Town hall meetings (two with Clinton) criticized platitudes and others insufficient representation
· White House reps conceded late in process the dialogue had not produced frank exchange expected, ‘but it got people talking about race and setting a foundation for future action’
· A separate report provided listing social and economic indicators of various racial and ethnic groups, ‘the race board’ that as a means of measuring the impact of prejudice
· The second report ‘whites and Asians’ enjoy greater advantages economically, health care and education
· Found that social and economic progress of blacks slowed between mid-1970’s-early 1990s
· Economic status of Hispanics has declined in the past 25 years
· American Indians are the most disadvantaged group by far (remember I am half-American Indian/half-Irish)
· The board told Clinton racial attitudes among whites have improved steadily over the past 40 years---“It is fair to say that there is a deep-rooted national consensus to the ideals of racial equality and integration even if that consensus falters on the best means to achieve those ideals’ stated in the report’s final draft.
Proposal’s by the board:
1. ‘Mend it, don’t end it’ policy on affirmative actions and more study
2. Creation of a permanent panel to promote racial and ethnic harmony & dialogue
3. Flagged for study ‘police misconduct’ involving minorities, stereotyping in media, federal employment, bilingual education, access to technology and conflicts between nonwhite ethnic groups
4. Highlighted racial profiling, police use race to identify potential criminals – most often employed at ‘traffic stops, a crime known casually as ‘driving while black’
5. Clinton to reduce disparity in sentences for crimes involving powdered cocaine and its concentrated form—CRACK. The board said longer sentences for crack crimes, largely –‘poor blacks or Hispanics, morally and intellectually indefensible’
6. ‘White privilege allowed blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, Asians, certain European immigrants and religious groups to gain only limited acceptance, after painful, hate- generated conflict in this country
7. ‘White privilege manifests itself in small ways – able to buy cars at lower prices, escaping scrutiny for possible criminal behavior, getting prompt service ‘while minorities and people of color are often still refused service or made to wait’
8. Board specifically noted ‘inferior and uncivilized status given ‘Indigenous Indians who were rounded up and isolated’
9. ‘constitutionally sanctioned discrimination against black slaves and their descendants’
10. ‘marginalization of Latino’s through military conquests’
11. ‘belief from early 1800’s that Asians were a ‘source of cheap labor’ undeserving of owning land or having full citizenship, and social exclusion’
12. ‘Discrimination and disenfranchisement’ that confused immigrants from Ireland and Poland or those of Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim faiths.’
Did they leave anyone in the human race other than ‘white privileged’ as the ones who have never suffered from the discrimination and violations above?
Did they address they choose to forget that inclusively, as a whole, ALL of these races came to America for the freedoms, liberties and opportunities granted through our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and in particular, readdress and corrections of discrimination and prejudice against ‘Blacks’ in the Bill of Rights?
In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, the United States found itself in uncharted territory. With the Confederacy’s defeat, (1865) some 4 million enslaved Black men, women and children had been granted their freedom, an emancipation that would be formalized with passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
For Black Americans, gaining the full rights of citizenship—and especially the right to vote—was central to securing true freedom and self-determination. “Slavery is not abolished until the Black man has the ballot,” Frederick Douglass famously said in May 1865, a month after the Union victory at Appomattox.
After Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865, the task of reconstructing the Union fell to his successor, Andrew Johnson. A Tennessee-born Unionist, Johnson believed strongly in state’s rights, and showed great leniency toward white Southerners in his Reconstruction policy. He required the former Confederate states to ratify the 13th Amendment and pledge loyalty to the Union, but otherwise granted them free rein in reestablishing their post-war governments.
As a result, in 1865-66, most Southern state legislatures enacted restrictive laws known as Black codes, which strictly governed Black citizens’ behaviors and denied them suffrage and other rights.
Radical Republicans in Congress were outraged, arguing that the Black codes went a long way toward reestablishing slavery in all but name. Early in 1866, Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill, which aimed to build on the 13th Amendment and give Black Americans the rights of citizens. When Johnson vetoed the bill, on the basis of opposing federal action on behalf of formerly enslaved people, Congress overrode his veto, marking the first time in the nation’s history that major legislation became law over a presidential veto.
The 14th & 15th Amendments
With passage of a new Reconstruction Act (again over Johnson’s veto) in March 1867, the era of Radical, or Congressional, Reconstruction, began. Over the next decade, Black Americans voted in huge numbers across the South, electing a total of 22 Black men to serve in the U.S. Congress (two in the Senate) and helping to elect Johnson’s Republican successor, Ulysses S. Grant, in 1868.
The 14th Amendment, approved by Congress in 1866 and ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons “born or naturalized in the United States,” including former slaves, and guaranteed “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens. In 1870, Congress passed the last of the three so-called Reconstruction Amendments, the 15th Amendment, which stated that voting rights could not be “denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
Reconstruction saw biracial democracy exist in the South for the first time, though much of the power in state governments remained in white hands. Like Black voters, Black officials faced the constant threat of intimidation and violence, often at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan or other white supremacist groups. (A small geographical limited minority)
Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era
While the 15th Amendment barred voting rights discrimination on the basis of race, it left the door open for states to determine the specific qualifications for suffrage. Southern state legislatures used such qualifications—including literacy tests, poll taxes and other discriminatory practices—to disenfranchise a majority of Black voters in the decades following Reconstruction. (In those states, NOT the country overall)
As a result, white-dominated state legislatures consolidated control and effectively reestablished the Black codes in the form of so-called Jim Crow laws, a system of segregation that would remain in place for nearly a century. (In some states, NOT the country overall)
In the 1950s and ‘60s, securing voting rights for African Americans in the South became a central focus of the civil rights movement. While the sweeping Civil Rights Act of 1964 finally banned segregation in schools and other public places, it did little to remedy the problem of discrimination in voting rights.
The brutal attacks by state and local law enforcement on hundreds of peaceful marchers led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama in March 1965 drew unprecedented attention to the movement for voting rights. Later that year, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which banned literacy tests and other methods used to disenfranchise Black voters.
In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections that poll taxes (which the 24th Amendment had eliminated for federal elections in 1964) were unconstitutional for state and local elections as well.
Before passage of the Voting Rights Act, an estimated 23 percent of eligible Black voters were registered nationwide; by 1969 that number rose to 61 percent.
By 1980, the percentage of the adult Black population on Southern voter rolls surpassed that in the rest of the country, the historian James C. Cobb wrote in 2015, adding that by the mid-1980s there were more Black people in public office in the South than in the rest of the nation combined.
In 2012, turnout of Black voters exceeded that of white voters for the first time in history, as 66.6 percent of eligible Black voters turned out to help reelect Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American (BI-RACIAL) president. (President Barack Obama’s mother could have been or be considered a ‘white privileged’?)
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, ruling 5-4 in Shelby v. Holder that it was unconstitutional to require states with a history of voter discrimination to seek federal approval before changing their election laws.
In the wake of the Court’s decision, a number of states passed new restrictions on voting, including limiting early voting and requiring voters to show photo ID.
Supporters argue such measures are designed to prevent voter fraud, while critics say they—like poll taxes and literacy tests before them—disproportionately affect poor, elderly, Black and Latino voters. (How?)
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III. Quality of Life
Quality of Life: 1) Areas of Change, 2) Basis, 3) Methods of Change, and 4) Intended Results
Bill of Rights
Amendments 13, 14, 15
Method of Change:
Genetics vs Environment
Categorical vs Individual
• States should either be wholly disunited, or
• only united in partial confederacies, then subdivisions (electoral vote)
• have frequent and violent contests with each other
• different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power;
• divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity,
• factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, by intrigue, by corruption, or
• by other means, betray the interests, of the people
• common motive to invade the rights of other citizens
Politically Biased Prejudices Instigation
Racism, Hatred, Conflict, Stereo-typing, Division
Reverse Decades of Progress toward Racial Equality & Socially and Economically
• spread a general conflagration through the other States & its residents
• reach almost the last stage of national humiliation
• imminent peril for the preservation of our political existence
• reverse general considerations of peace and justice for political agents ‘individual’
power, gain, prosperity sacrificing the gains made over one hundred fifty-five years of
learned lessons and social consciousness
Now, it is time to decide your answers to these questions:
• What was your life like twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five?
• Is your life better or worse? Quality of life, peace, stability, health, in what ways….
• Is society and community around you is as a whole, better or worse?
• If your life and the lives of your children or family, in the future is to be determined by your decisions and actions of ‘today’, --what are you going to change? Or do?
Because..”It doesn’t have to be this way”…
We can get back to our intentions “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it Stands, One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice ‘FOR ALL’…”