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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 07:45:06 PM EST
Elizabeth Warren's Native American Problem Isn't Going Away
Her reporter-defenders have pointed out that until a certain time in her life, she declined to participate in affirmative-action programs, though even they have had to admit that the crucial leaps in her academic career -- her landing a job at the University of Pennsylvania and then moving on to Harvard -- occurred after she began listing herself as a racial minority. The year before Harvard Law School hired her -- and trumpeted her as the first woman of color so hired -- it had been subject to major, headline-grabbing protests for giving tenure to four white men.
Have I mentioned Derek Bell lately? Faces at the Bottom of the Well? OK. Derek Bell, HLS 1990
And then there is the fact that Cherokee Indian is not so much a "socially constructed" racial category as a specific, legally defined identity: You are a Cherokee when the Cherokee nation recognizes you as a member on its rolls. Surely someone who identified as a Native American academically and socially in the way Warren once claimed she did [c]ould have sought such official [political] status. But she didn't.
JSTOR | "The Last Stand": The Fight for Racial Integrity in Virginia in the 1920s
legislative background of the so-called "Pocahontas Effect"
Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren's DNA test*
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement on Oct. 15 in response to Sen. Warren's DNA test claiming Native heritage.

"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person's ancestors were indigenous to North or South America," Hoskin said. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.

"It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage." ...

archived systematic racism
This statement is not quite incorrect ...
Females (sex), indigenous nations (origin)...
Racial Reorganization and the United States Census 1850-1930
"Native Americans were alternately ignored and categorized down to tiny fractions of black and white 'blood.'[7]"
* Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren's DNA test, 2018
What have you done for us lately?
Free Speech
In the book Faces at the Bottom of the Well (1992) Derrick Bell, attorney ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 06:04:38 PM EST
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Elizabeth Warren's lobby tax may not hold up to legal scrutiny
Warren has proposed a 35 percent tax on annual lobbying expenses between $500,000 and $1 million; a 60 percent rate for lobbying expenses between $1 million and $5 million; and a 75 percent tax on K Street campaigns exceeding $5 million a year.

The tax revenue would go toward a Lobbying Defense Trust Fund, chile, which Warren says would strengthen congressional support agencies, such as the Congressional Budget Office. The money would also go toward increased staff at federal agencies "that are facing significant lobbying activity," her plan says.

Accountable Capitalism Act, 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 07:56:54 PM EST
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Google, Who celebrates Columbus Day?
In April 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus and New York City Italian leader Generoso Pope, Congress and christ Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 be a federal holiday under the name Columbus Day.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 05:26:44 PM EST
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The Creek Nation and the Culture of Consent, book review
Of One Mind and of One Government: The Rise and Fall of the Creek Nation in the Early Republic, by Kevin Kokomoor, University of Nebraska Press, 516 pages, $80

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 12:44:24 AM EST
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Thankstaking, podcast
Brian Becker and John Kiriakou joined by Dr. Gerald Horne

Library of Congress, Massachusettes Bay Company d/b/a puritans with muskets 1678
Library of Congress, Today in History - November 26, 1863
National Archives, H.J. Res. 41, 1941

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 03:54:07 AM EST
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I'll just leave this here for those who read that twitter feedback.

Loud and Clear happens to be the title of a weekly podcast produced by Sputnik. Sputnik is funded in whole or in part by Russia government. This week I draw attention to manufactured consent (paraphrased ad nauseum by Chomsky), presented in the epidsode Trump Happy to Make Impeachment the Centerpiece of 2020 Campaign. Here two "false narratives" weigh on STAIN free, "virtual integration" of US American equity which so many ahh legitimate IMMIGRANTS crave during Trump admin, specifically. Propaganda both constructs and destroys consent of teh people.

On one hand Trump's despicable regard for Somali "communities" in MN, configured as Rep. Ilhan Omar's district instead of Rep. Elijah Cumming's district for example, is treated to an unexpected truthful debrief of US gov military "interventions" in Somalia since the '80s. On the other, unity of 17th-century "workers" against the ruling class treats the contagion of racist stereotypes which aggravate narrations of civil rights' fulfillment in precisely 1965.

NICOLE ROUSSELL: True, I think, that's exactly right, but it's also important to note that those ideas of racism and the 'other' didn't go away, right.  
BRIAN BECKER: No. They were pushed down.
ROUSSELL: They were pushed down over the last few decades, but you know those things were still there.  You just weren't allowed to say them out loud.
BECKER: Tell me what you think about this--They were still there, but when people can't use racist imagery and can't talk openly about racism, it has a big impact on the consciousness, especially of younger people who are coming up. You know, they're not subjected to all of that caricaturing.
ROUSSELL: Absolutely, of course, of course. Yeah, I mean language can make a big difference, right. We're watching, I think, this younger generation, generation Z, come up without a lot of that racist imagery, a lot of that real overt racism now, which is great, although Trump is obviously changing that a little bit.

Yeah, but I mean racism and the idea of the 'other' has been used by the 'establishment', by the 'ruling class', for hundreds of years in this country and in many places, when you think back to the Bacon's rebellion as a slave insurrection between both white and black people who were either indentured servants or slaves working together across racial lines that really didn't exist in the same way that they do now, to really push back against the slave masters, against the ruling class, I mean, that was such an important moment in history, where the ruling class was realized, 'Oh, wait, we need to divided with ... all of these workers standing together, they have all of this power. They will use it against us, and we need to divide them in this way. And that was a lesson well learned, I think, by the ruling class, unfortunately, and they have used that and wielded that against us since then.

A preponderance of evidence does not validate that interpretation of events however. Bacon's Rebllion was not a "slave rebellion." It was pitched battles and massacre of native Americans over a year chased through MD and VA colonies by a militia formed by Nathaniel Bacon and other officers of the VA Council and Assembly. Noted below, VA planters like Bacon who did brisk business in raids and enslavement of native Americans before and after King Philip's War believed themselves to have been cheated of a commission to carry on thusly by the governor.

Roussell's source for egalitarian fantasy is ultimately a passage in Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia, (1975). I have not read that but am familiar with diverse historiograhy of the period, including romantic Jamestown canon which have glossed public school curricula "for centuries". If anything research completed since then disabuse normative investment in the origin of colonial independence from Europe by excavating "black history" for what it is and is not.

This particular Morgan "imagery" is frequently recycled in monographs circulating the innerboobs that dispute US chattel slavery, dispute "white supremacy," feature advertisements for run-away "servants" and serialized adventures about convict transportation from the three kingdoms, and conflate trade in Europeans' indentures with "involuntary servitude". 18th-century INVESTORS' polemic is rife with colonial planters/slaveholders presenting themselves as slaves of the British Crown. Morgan's passage also appears at greater length than amateurs' citations in Zinn, A People's History without further corroboration (unexpectedly), context of Crown chartered governance, or comment on war casualties other than Bacon's executed commanders.

This episode is one of countless temptations offered by "mass media" to accept a simplistic solution to profound, untenable problems with US Americans' abilities to do the work of inventing democracy.

Encyclopedia of Virginia, Indian Enslavement in Virginia
William "Byrd did not believe the General Assembly acted strongly enough in avenging his losses, and his dissent, combined with trading partner Nathaniel Bacon's longstanding disputes with the governor over when and how he could wage war against the Indians, sparked the failed rebellion" against Gov. Berkeley.
LOC | Thomas Mathew, 1705, The Beginning, Progress and Conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia, In the Years 1675 and 1676.
edited by Tho. Jefferson
LQD: The real orgasmic Puritans
Bacon's Rebellion edited by wikiwtf

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 08:43:27 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 11:17:36 PM EST
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NY Daily News | Gov. Cuomo drops N-word in radio interview while talking about discrimination against Italian-Americans

"The [NY] Times also said in an article the other day, apropos of nothing, they were talking about it," the governor told WAMC host Alan Chartock. "Going back to the Italian-Americans because now you have me. They used an expression that southern Italians were called quote-unquote, and pardon my language, but I'm just quoting The Times, n----r w--s. N-word wops as a derogatory comment."

The [NY] Times published an op-ed titled "How Italians Became White" over the weekend analyzing discrimination faced by Italians in the past. The term was used in piece as an illustration of racist insults Southern Italians in particular faced. ...

2018: Turley | Cuomo Lands A Wopper Over Italian Slur

Cuomo declared "You know what wop stood for? Without papers." That is news to me. ... The Online Etymology dictionary would beg to differ.  The slur originated from southern Italian dialect "guappo" or "dandy, dude, stud."... This appears to be a Democratic talking point. James Kinney, the mayor of Philadelphia, reportedly said [wtf] ...
Yeah. That is I.

archived CLEAN UP! AISLE 3!
"fight me" is the traditional Philly greeting, this guy is legit

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 12:17:24 AM EST
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The Irishman Cometh: Teamster History Hits the Big Screen (Again)
De Niro, Pacino, Pesci directed by Martin Scorsese

< wipes tears >

So. How's that UAW strike coming along?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 07:37:28 PM EST
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GM Workers Ratify Contract Though 'Mixed at Best'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 12:02:57 AM EST
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APsplainin | Theater owners: 'The Irishman' 'deserved better' release
Netflix has instead carved out a roughly three-week exclusive run in independent theaters...."Netflix chose to artificially limit 'The Irishman's' theatrical release," [National Association of Theater Owners CEO John] Fithian said.
Scorsese has praised Netflix for its willingness to bankroll the $159 million film -- the only company will[ing] to do so, he said.
Violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866? Hate crime?
"We decided to make it with the understanding that it'll maybe never be shown in theaters. They said, 'You would have a time in theaters' -- a few weeks or whatever. I said fine. The idea was to make the movie, you see," he told The Associated Press in June.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 04:53:51 PM EST
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While the Due Process Clause would  enjoy even greater prominence during the Lochner era, "the original historical and explicit textual basisfor  judicial protection of `fundamental' economic rights, and, in particular, freedom of contract" was to be found in the Contracts Clause.
Comcast Corp. (appellant) v. National Association of African American-Owned Media, 13 Nov 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 02:29:28 AM EST
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Comcast Corp. (appellant) v. National Association of African American-Owned Media
oral arguments podcast | transcript"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 18th, 2019 at 06:58:38 PM EST
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I might have mentioned that SCOTUS associates often have not conferenced according to press "branded" party affiliation. That is evident in diverse opinions (not ruling "scores") and dissenting rationales, if one reads them.

Here Windsor refers to US vs Windsor, which I have not read. The salient feature of the citation is not in the detail, but unexpected ahh controversy among the associates dissembling "party lines". Most recently, I encountered a memorable, LOL eruption by associates, attempting to communicate with Team Trump's counsel in Comcast. I doubt this incident will make it into yella sheets reporting or "analysis" of their decisions.
MR. ESTRADA: [...] that the facts especially with respect to mental state will always be in the possession of the defendant.
JUSTICE GORSUCH:  Well, Mr. Estrada, though --
JUSTICE GORSUCH: -- isn't it -- isn't it -- I'm --I'm sorry.
JUSTICE ALITO:  No, go ahead.
JUSTICE GORSUCH:  Isn't it perfectly common when -- when --when you're alleging a mental state of an opposing party and you have yet to have discovery to allege on information and belief mental states ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 28th, 2019 at 07:26:29 PM EST
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Official Philly greeting: as you all know, in How The Irish Became White Ignietev asserts that Bal'more was a suburb of Philadelphia in the 19th cen. This is quite a stretch, geographically speaking.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 28th, 2019 at 07:04:51 PM EST
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Let me google that for you.

But you can rent the US Congressional Record!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 11:32:04 PM EST
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OTOH, a Tubman twenty buys ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 05:00:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 09:22:04 PM EST
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Focus Features' Blaxploitation, A Q&A with screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard
"When I started on Harriet, many people dealing with black material were writing history lessons--which I hated. I saw her story as a genre piece. I remember someone asking, 'Is Harriet Tubman really supposed to be a superhero?' That's exactly what I wanted--to make her story accessible to a mass audience."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 09:26:50 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 06:54:16 PM EST
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