From Our Keepin' It Real Files:

Call White Supremacist Violence by its Name: Terrorism!

RICHARD COLLINS

RICHARD COLLINS

Richard Collins III was about to graduate from Bowie State University in Maryland. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. He was airborne certified. He was a son, a friend, and active in his church.
To Sean Urbanski, aWhite University of Maryland student,  all he could see was thatCollins was Black. At around 3 a.m.onSaturday, May 20, Collins waited for an Uber ride along with two friends who were students at UMD at an on-campus bus stop. Urbanski walked up to them, and, according to witnesses, said, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” Collins simply replied, “No.” He stood his ground. Urbanski then stabbed him in the chest and fled the scene. Collins died at the hospital. Urbanski, as has been widely reported, is a member of a racist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.”

Queens, NY Hate Crime  

 In March a 28-year-old White supremacist traveled to New York for the express purpose of killing a Black man. Any Black man. Within hours, Timothy Caughman, a Black man from Queens, stumbled to a midtown police station bleeding. He had been stabbed, ultimately fatally, with a 26-inch sword. "What are you doing?" Caughman had asked his assailant.

James Harris Jackson gave police officers his answer: He hates Black men and has since his youth. His plan was to kill more people than Caughman. He considered taking an officers' gun and shooting more Black men.  -CNN

NOOSE FOUND AT THE

AFRICAN MUSEUM: A noose was found May 31, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. 

Basketball superstar LeBron James' Los Angeles home was defaced with the 'n-word', a day before the Cleveland Cavaliers player was set to take the court in the first game of the NBA finals. "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being Black in America is tough," James, a three-time NBA champion, told reporters.

hree Men Stood Up to Anti-Muslim Attack. Two Paid With Their Lives.

   An Army veteran, a recent college graduate and a student intervened as a man screamed anti-Muslim insults at two women in Portland, Ore., in May. Two of the men died in the attack, which occurred on a commuter train. Jeremy Christian, 35, of North Portland, Ore., was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the attack. Christian, who the authorities said had a history of making extremist statements on social media, was ranting at, and talking disparagingly about, the two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

One of the women, 16, told he media said she is not a Muslim. 

•TERROR: On June 17, 2015,  racist Dylann Roof, then 21, hoping to spark a “race war” massacred nineinnocent Black men and women at the historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church while they were attending a Bible study. On January 11 of this year he was formally sentenced to death.

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Lynching -- the indiscriminate killing of (mostly) Black people in the American South during the late 19th and 20th centuries by hanging, burning, dragging, drowning and shooting -- unleashed a wave of terror in African-American communities. The randomness and brutality of the violence was central to the way in which it spread terror. Black victims were lynched for any reason at all: failing to tip one's hat, insisting on repayment of a debt, false charges of rape or murder, and even being too prosperous.

  The public nature of the crime was also deliberate. Lynchings were "message" crimes, designed not just to harm the individual but also to let all African-Americans in the community that they were not full citizens. 

THE COUNT--Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, documented by thethe Montgomery, Alabama based Equal Justice Inititive (EJI) , is amulti-year investigation into lynching in twelve Southern states during the period between Reconstruction and World War II. EJI researchers documented 4,075 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950 – at least 800 more lynchings of Black people in these states than previously reported in the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date.

These examples of White Supremacy Terrorism in America are not even the tip of the iceberg...


Police Who Shot Tamir Rice Is Fired

–But Not For Killing The 12-Year-Old

Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 as he held a pellet gun, setting off national protests, has been fired. Loehmann shot and killed Tamir outside a Cleveland recreation center,  firing within two seconds after the patrol car he was riding in pulled up next to the boy. The officer who was drivingwas suspended for violations related to the shooting, but the administrative charges leveled against Loehmann did not even mention the 2014 episode. He was instead fired for lying on his employment application in 2013, a violation that came to light only after officials began investigating the officers after Tamir’s death.

Remember...

•The police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., in 2016 — neither of which has resulted in criminal charges against the officers involved. Their deaths spurred protests across the country .

In Stunning Fashion, White House Advisor Omarosa Declares

She’s Open to Meeting with Minister Farrakhan

By Tanasia Kenney

Trump White House adviser Omarosa Manigault just did something no one in President Obama’s administration would’ve ever dared do.

During an interview with Chicago’s WVON 1690 Thursday, May 4, Manigault expressed her willingness to sit down and meet with Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. She was responding to a question from morning show hosts Maze Jackson and Charles Thomas, who asked if the White House would be open to meeting with Farrakhan after Manigault stressed the importance of Black leaders being willing to have a dialogue with President Donald Trump.

“I think that any in your audience would know that I have never shied away from having an open and, I believe, a good relationship with Louis Farrakhan and so I would look forward to receiving that invitation and sitting down with him,” she said.

Thomas called Manigault’s statement “revolutionary,” to which she responded, “My history reflects that I’ve marched, walked, advocated and fought, even before I got into this office, for the rights of those who don’t have a voice and for those who can’t fight for themselves. I have a spiritual obligation to fight for those who Christ described as the least of these.”

The declaration left many stunned, especially since the nation’s first Black president was pressured to denounce Farrakhan and his endorsement of Obama. Even members of the former POTUS’ administration likely would have denounced Farrakhan, despite his good standing with Black Americans.

However, moves by the previous administration and Black leaders like Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to distance themselves from the minister didn’t stop Manigault from declaring her willingness to sit down with him.

Such a proposal from the White House director of communications sent leaders of the Anti-Defamation League into a tizzy.

“Louis Farrakhan should not be made to feel welcome by anyone in the White House,” ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “Such an overture would only serve to legitimize his long record of conspiratorial and hateful views toward Jews. We hope that the administration will make it clear that Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic organization will find no supporters in the White House.”

The ADL went on to describe the minister as a “virulently anti-Semitic and racist leader.”

In its digital publication, “The Final Call,” the Nation of Islam fired back at the human rights organization, arguing that the interview wasn’t about Farrakhan supporters like Manigault in the White House but rather about pertinent issues facing the Black community and what’s best for it.

“If the topic is Black issues, Black people and the White House, where does the ADL fit in? Nowhere,” the NOI wrote. “Except the paternalistic, Zionist group continues to act as though today’s Blacks are the same as our ancestors bought and sold by Jewish slavers during the darkest times of our history. We don’t belong to you anymore.”

With the proposition now out there, it’s unclear whether Manigault will follow through or rescind her proposal before it becomes a larger issue.

Minister Farrakhan responded kindly to Omarosa’s openness to a meeting on the Cliff Kelley radio show Tuesday, May 9, saying he was proud of the sister. As far as meeting with Trump, Farrakhan spoke in both religious and nationalist terms, stating, “God gives a directive both to Moses and Aaron … go you both to Pharaoh, I have given you both an authority.”

“You don’t need to send people to talk to Mr. Trump who don’t know what time it is,” he said, “but if there should come a time that I should talk to the modern pharaoh, I know exactly what to ask for. I am not asking for Negro tidbits, I’m asking for what God wants: a land of our own and a good send off after we have given you 400 years of our sweat, blood and tears.”

Father of Slain Dallas-Area Teen Sues Officer For Killing His Son

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The father of a black teenage boy fatally shot in the head while in a car that was driving away from a policeman has sued the Dallas-area officer for excessive force over the incident that has stoked simmering debate about racial bias in U.S. policing.

The lawsuit filed at a federal district court in Dallas on Friday by Odell Edwards seeks undisclosed damages from former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver for shooting his son Jordan Edwards, 15, with a rifle, court papers showed.

It also named Balch Springs, a predominantly black and Hispanic city about 15 miles (25 km) from Dallas as a defendant. The lawsuit accuses the city of failing to properly train Oliver, a person plaintiffs described as having a short fuse and a history of abusive behavior toward citizens.

PARENTSIN PAIN: Mr. and Mrs. Odell Edwards seek justice

PARENTSIN PAIN: Mr. and Mrs. Odell Edwards seek justice

Oliver, who is white, was charged on Friday with murder for the death of Edwards, described by friends and family as a good student and athlete. His two brothers were in the car with him and watched him die, an Edwards family lawyer has said.

"Defendant Oliver shot Edwards in the head in plain view of his brothers ... with total disregard to the safety of others," the lawsuit said.

City and police department officials were not immediately available for comment. Neither was a lawyer for Oliver the young boy who was fatally shot. Hundreds attended the funeral for Edwards and his family has asked that any protests be put on hold to give them time to grieve.

Oliver, 37, surrendered on Friday, hours after an arrest warrant had been issued and released on bond. He has not spoken publicly about the event.

   The lawsuit alleges the two brothers were subject to racist comments, and the brother who sat beside Edwards when he died was handcuffed at the scene but not charged with any crime.

"(The brother) was not given any explanation and could not understand why he was being treated like a criminal," the lawsuit said.

The Balch Springs Police Department said on Tuesday it had dismissed Oliver for violating department policies. Police originally stated the car with the teens was moving toward the officer at the time of the shooting, but said later that a police body camera showed the car was moving away from Oliver when he shot at it.