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Washington Post op/ed: Black votes should count 167% more than yours

“One man, one vote” has been a bedrock of democracy.

In an op/ed in the Washington Post, Theodore R. Johnson, who describes himself as “a career naval officer, former White House fellow and doctoral candidate in law and policy at Northeastern University,” proposes a non-monetary reparation for slavery in the form of giving more weight to black votes.

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Here’s Johnson’s op/ed of August 21, 2015:

If you want to shut down a conversation about race, just say the word “reparations.” Even black Americans are divided over the idea that money can compensate for the vestiges of an evil institution that ended 150 years ago; only 60 percent think the government should make cash payments to descendants of slaves. White Americans, on the other hand, have reached a consensus: In a YouGov poll taken shortly after the Atlantic published Ta-Nehisi Coates’s viral feature, “The Case for Reparations,” 94 percent were opposed.

Yet a year of protests over disparate law enforcement practices, a decade of particularly sharp income inequality and centuries of imparity in America show that racial reconciliation is impossible without some kind of broad-based, systemic reparations. Recognizing the original sin is simply not enough; we must also make moral and material amends for our nation’s treatment of African American citizens. But if a pecuniary answer can’t fix the structural disadvantage — and it can’t — what can?

Weighted voting.

Thanks to a compromise between Southern slaveholders who wanted enslaved blacks counted in the population, for the sake of boosting Southern congressional representation, and Northern whites who didn’t, the framers enshrined the three-fifths clause in the Constitution. This agreement set the census value of a slave as 60 percent of the value of a free person. Even after the 13th Amendment neutralized the political (and moral) compromise by abolishing slavery, Jim Crow laws, which contravened the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equality, stopped blacks from voting. The just answer today is to invert that ratio. If black Americans were once counted as three-fifths of a person, let each African American voter now count as five-thirds.

Reparations in America have come to mean “free” money, so any serious discussion about them also mandates a discussion of how much — an exercise doomed to failure. Other ways of imagining reparations (as the spilled blood of more than half a million Union soldiers during the Civil War; as affirmative action in universities and workplaces; as subsidized education) don’t involve cash payments, but they also don’t do enough to combat the structural disadvantages black Americans face — disadvantages that have gone largely unaddressed by our legislative and executive branches.

That’s because the problem is almost unfathomably large. In a report titled “The Unfinished March,” the Economic Policy Institute found that school segregation, black unemployment, lack of access to fair housing and living wages, and abysmal African American household wealth remain at essentially the same levels of disparity today as they did in 1963, when the March on Washington occurred. Median household wealth today is $141,900 for whites and only $11,000 for blacks. Despite making up only 13 percent of the population, black Americans are 27 percent of those living at or below the poverty line; the white unemployment rate is 4.6 percent, while it’s 9.6 percent for blacks; during the housing bubble of the mid-2000s, 53 percent of blacks received high-cost mortgages, while only 18 percent of whites did; the black incarceration rate is 2,207 per 100,000, compared with the national rate of 707 per 100,000; nearly 3 in 4 black children today attend segregated schools; in many communities, blacks have poorer health outcomes and access to just half the social services of whites. The list goes on ad nauseam.

These are national issues that require policy solutions — and the political will to implement them, which clearly doesn’t yet exist. That’s why reparations should be apportioned in the exercise of a civic right (a duty, even) long denied to the descendants of the enslaved. A five-thirds compromise would imbue African Americans with a larger political voice that could be used to fight the structural discrimination expressed in housing, education, criminal justice and employment. Allowing black votes to count for 167 percent of everyone else’s would mean that 30 million African American votes would count as 50 million, substituting super-votes for the implausible idea of cash payments.

This weighted vote, coupled with an increasingly active black electorate that in 2012 had a higher voter participation rate than whites for the first time in history, would offer African Americans an outsize influence on national and state elections. Politicians, finally, would have to truly compete for the black vote, or a substantial share of it, to attain or remain in office. This would provide an incentive, even for purely self-interested politicians, to prioritize African American policy concerns and act on them, or face a loss at the polls.

True, the five-thirds notion is out of sync with the “one person, one vote” mantra the nation prides itself on. But the precise legal meaning of that phrase is still unclear, which is why the Supreme Court will review it next term in Evenwel v. Abbott. That case is about the basis for determining a district’s size: Should it be the total population or just the population of eligible voters? Currently, a district with a significant number of ineligible voters (children, undocumented immigrants, transient military personnel) counts those residents toward its population, thereby adding weight to the ballots of its eligible voters. (Naturally, districts with low numbers of such ineligible voters don’t appreciate their residents’ votes counting for less.)

Even the U.S. Senate, where Delaware has just as much say as California, belies the notion of strict representation as a means to protect the rights of the minority. In the House of Representatives, Montana has one member to speak for its entire population of 1 million people, while Rep. Jim Langevin, from Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District, has just 525,000 constituents. Our votes are already weighted.

What’s more, five-thirds has a redemptive, lyrical quality to it: The weighted portion of the vote could be interpreted as the voice of those who earned the right to the ballot but were unjustly silenced. Too sentimental? Fine. Economics and statistics could help assign the right value for proper weighting. The magnitude of the challenges and the corresponding solution could be taken up by Congress as a giant math problem, but in the end, racial reconciliation requires a moral and political mandate to make black America whole.

This plan should be temporally limited in scope, since the point is not to permanently install a historical equivalence but to erase structural disadvantages. Weighted voting could be fixed to some predetermined period of years, say 24, which is only about a third of the number of years the three-fifths compromise was in place. This amount of time would include multiple presidential, congressional, state and local elections, as well as referenda. Each elected office, no matter its term, would face several elections, allowing their constituencies successive opportunities to hold their representatives accountable.

And then the problem of who exactly is eligible must be addressed. Would a biracial voter qualify? A black immigrant? And what exactly is an election official to do when Rachel Dolezal shows up to claim her five-thirds vote? The government shouldn’t be the sole arbiter of who gets to be black — nor flirt with archaic prescriptions such as the one-drop rule in determining a voter’s race. The most straightforward approach would be to limit access to weighted voting to those American-born citizens who have demonstrated through government documents, such as drivers’ licenses or birth certificates, that they identify, and are identified by others, as black or African American. There are bound to be instances where this approach is challenged, and one answer would be to model guidelines after the general requirements for establishing American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry as outlined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which involve establishing that a lineal ancestor belongs to a specific tribe and then producing vital records that document a relationship to that ancestor.

Granting reparations in this way would empower African Americans but gifts nothing: Black voters would still have to claim their share of reparations at every election — a suitable settlement in a nation allergic to handouts. Weighted-vote reparations would require African Americans to register and turn out in order to achieve the desired impact on public policy. It would require sustained civic and political engagement.

Of course, weighted-vote reparations are only slightly more politically feasible than a multi-trillion-dollar payout. But we have to consider novel approaches to racial reconciliation — including apology, forgiveness and, yes, some kind of restitution — if we are serious about ridding the nation of barriers to opportunity and overcoming the racial discrimination woven into America’s fabric. If racism is the culprit, then dismantling it requires the same tools that constructed it.

Here’s my response to Theodore Johnson:

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~Éowyn

Video Comparison: Visual Features of “Real” Shooting vs. Parker/Ward Shooting Footage

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

wdbj-reportYouTube video presents “real bullet shots and fake shots in Virginia WDBJ TV News Live Broadcast Shooting.”

The video presents footage of shooting an actual handgun, complete with recoil/muzzle flip, spent casings exiting the weapon, and bullet impact versus the footage of the August 26 reported shooting of broadcast journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward which suggests the potential use of blanks or the equivalent during the event.

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Professors threaten bad grades for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’

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That’s progressive “higher education” for you.

Campus Reform: Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as “illegal alien,” “male,” and “female,” or if they fail to “defer” to non-white students.

According to the syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss’ “Women & Popular Culture” class, students risk a failing grade if they use any common descriptors that Breikss considers “oppressive and hateful language.”

The punishment for repeatedly using the banned words, Breikss warns, includes “but [is] not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and— in extreme cases— failure for the semester.”

Breikss is not the only WSU faculty member implementing such policies. Much like in Selena Breikss’s classroom, students taking Professor Rebecca Fowler’s “Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies” course will see their grades suffer if they use the term “illegal alien” in their assigned writing.

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According to her syllabus, students will lose one point every time they use the words “illegal alien” or “illegals” rather than the preferred terms of “‘undocumented’ migrants/immigrants/persons.” Throughout the course, Fowler says, students will “come to recognize how white privilege functions in everyday social structures and institutions.”

In an email to Campus Reform, Fowler complained that “the term ‘illegal alien’ has permeated dominant discourses that circulate in the news to the extent that our society has come to associate ALL unauthorized border crossings with those immigrants originating from countries south of our border (and not with Asian immigrants, for example, many of whom are also in the country without legal documents and make up a considerable portion of undocumented immigrants living in the country).”

“The socio-legal production of migrant illegality works to systematically dehumanize and exploit these brown bodies for their labor,” Fowler continued.

White students in Professor John Streamas’s “Introduction to Multicultural Literature” class, are expected to “defer” to non-white students, among other community guidelines, if they want “to do well in this class.” In the guidelines in his syllabus, Streamas elaborates that he requires students to “reflect” on their grasp of history and social relations “by respecting shy and quiet classmates and by deferring to the experiences of people of color.”

Streamas—who previously generated controversy by calling a student a “white shitbag” and declared that WSU should stand for “White Supremacist University”—also demands that students “understand and consider the rage of people who are victims of systematic injustice.” Later in the syllabus, Streamas goes even further and accuses Glenn Beck of being an “insensitive white.”

Several other WSU professors require their students to “acknowledge that racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and other institutionalized forms of oppression exist” or that “we do not live in a post-racial world.”

Ari Cohn, a lawyer with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told Campus Reform he considers such requirements to be contradictory, even given the sensitive nature of the courses. “It is notable that one of the syllabus provisions warns: ‘The subject material of this class is sensitive and controversial. Strive to keep an open mind.’ How are students supposed to approach these sensitive and controversial materials at all, let alone to keep an open mind, if they have to fear that a misconstrued statement, or one that unreasonably offends a classmate will lead to a grade reduction or even removal from class?”

Neither Breikss nor Streamas replied to Campus Reform’s request for comment.

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Virginia WDBJ false-flag shooting is rapidly falling apart

To the shadowy TPTB (The Powers That Be) who are orchestrating and financing one false flag after another so as to strip Americans of our Second Amendment right to arm ourselves:

You may have the mainstream media do your bidding, but you don’t control the Alternative Media of citizens journalists. Countless of us stand at the ready every time there’s a traumatic mass shooter event. We scour the Internet; pour over, analyze, and take apart news reports and videos; spot out the crisis actors; compare notes and quickly get the word out via blogs and YouTube. And our learning curve is increasing exponentially.

Take the latest Virginia shooting for example.

It is only five days after a disgruntled former reporter at CBS-affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, VA, Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, allegedly shot and killed WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward while the latter were live on the air in the small town of Moneta, VA. After a 5-hour pursuit by police, the shooter allegedly committed suicide with a gunshot.

But the official story is already falling apart.

The following are what the Alternative Media have found:

1. The black shooter has a white hand

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Okay, so maybe the hand looks white because Flanagan/Williams is a light-skinned black.

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But how do you explain this? ↓

2. The shooter changed clothes between shootings

WBDJ shooter Bryce Williams changed clothes while shooting

Pic on right is a screenshot from a video supposedly taken by the shooter, Flanagan/Williams, showing him wearing a blue checkered shirt. The killer then posted the video on his Facebook and Twitter pages. (Source) Do you know any killer who would do this while on the run from police?

Pic on left was supposedly taken by cameraman Adam Ward as he was being shot by Flanagan/Williams, showing the shooter was in an all-black outfit.

3. Shootings don’t look authentic

Video footage of the shooting of Parker and Ward suggests the potential use of blanks or the equivalent during the event.

4. The father of Alison, Andy Parker, is an actor, with political ambitions

whose immediate response to the horrible murder of his daughter is GUN CONTROL.

But then Andy says now that he is campaigning for gun control he will probably have to get a firearm to defend himself: “When you’re in the media, as you know, and when you are taking on an issue like this, there are a lot of people who take exception to what you are saying, so I will probably have to do that.” (Source:The Guardian)

Mr. Parker seems to be unclear on the concept of HYPOCRISY.

Like Andy Parker, Alison’s self-described fiancé, WDBJ evening anchorman Chris Hurt, just won’t stop talking and talking and talking about her to TV cameras, eager to convince us he’s Alison’s fiancé by showing a photo album of pictures. That’s exactly how a man behaves whose beloved fiancé had just been shot dead — trundling around a photo album and thrusting it in front of TV cameras. But how do you explain this? ↓

5. Alison’s fiancÉ, Chris Hurt, tweeted about Alison and Adam being shot before they were shot

Alison Parker was murdered at 6:45 a.m., August 26, 2015. (Source)

But Chris Hurt sent a tweet at 6:32 a.m. that morning mourning her, which was 13 minutes before Alison was shot. Here’s the first of a series of Hurt’s tweets, using the past tense for her. (Source: Daily Mail)

Chris Hurt tweet

Note that Alison was in Moneta, VA. Hurt was 26½ miles to the west in Roanoke, VA, which means there is no time difference between them, which means when Hurt tweeted at 6:32 a.m., Aug. 26, Alison was still alive.

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Here are two more Chris Hurt tweets, both sent minutes before the shootings:

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6. Neither Alison’s father nor fiancÉ shed a tear or displayed other signs of grief, just like the parents of those dead Sandy Hook kids.

But then Chris Hurt didn’t display signs of grief for a good reason — he’s not really Alison Parker’s fiancé, with only eight social media photos of himself with Alison, although they supposedly had been a couple for 9 months.

7. Alison’s real boyfriend is Daniel Wulz

To quote Joe Wright of Activist Post:

Gun control false flag crisis actors be warned: Facial recognition search software is going to bust you. Funny, the technology is easy enough to use on Facebook, one has to wonder why the mainstream media and police don’t use it for these alleged mass shooter events.

Actually, this is an even bigger warning to the billionaire “philanthropists” who back aggressive gun control initiatives and are likely backing these staged “events.” You’ve hired horrible actors. You’re going to get busted unless you back off. But, alas, we know your allegiance to the UN Small Arms Treaty requires you to push forward despite a growing number who know your game.

The latest reporter shooting hoax in Virginia is getting so easily torn apart by the conspiracy research community that the media’s emotional staging of actors is becoming absurd.

H/t John Molloy, Victoria Rivera, Barry Soetoro, Esq, and FOTM’s Steven Broiles and CSM.

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~Éowyn

We now bring you “Andy Parker, the Actor”!

Andy Parker is the father of WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker who, together with cameraman Adam Ward, allegedly was shot dead on August 26, 2015 by disgruntled former colleague Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, while conducting a live television interview near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA.

See “Father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker is a former professional actor“.

An enterprising person named Bill Sullivan found these commercials featuring Andy Parker.

Andy’s corny acting is face-palm groan-inducing. No wonder he never made it big time in New York and dropped out of the acting profession after 6 years.

Meanwhile, Andy Parker says now that he is campaigning for gun control he will probably have to get a firearm to defend himself: “When you’re in the media, as you know, and when you are taking on an issue like this, there are a lot of people who take exception to what you are saying, so I will probably have to do that.” (Source:The Guardian)

Mr. Parker seems to be unclear on the concept of HYPOCRISY.

A big h/t to FOTM’s Glenn47.

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~Éowyn

3 killed, 23 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

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MyFoxChicago: Three people were killed and at least 23 others, including a 7-year-old girl, have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since late Friday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 1 a.m. Sunday in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, police said. Two boys, ages 16 and 17, were standing on the sidewalk in the 8200 block of South Ingleside when someone walked up and fired shots at them, police said. Crime

The 16-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office couldn’t immediately confirm the death. The 17-year-old was shot in the leg and was also taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized. A police source said the 17-year-old is a known gang member.

About two hours earlier, a 44-year-old man was shot to death in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was standing on a sidewalk about 11:05 p.m. Saturday in the 6000 block of South Throop when someone got out of a black SUV and opened fire, police said. The man was struck in the head and back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional details early Sunday.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Two men, ages 28 and 34, were sitting in a parked vehicle in the 2900 block of West Lexington when a black vehicle pulled up alongside them and someone inside opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

The older man was shot in the chest and shoulder and pronounced dead at the scene at 4:36 a.m., authorities said. The younger man was shot in the neck, chest and shoulder and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where police said his condition stabilized. Investigators think the shooting was gang-related.

The weekend’s first shooting left a 7-year-old girl and 32-year-old man wounded in the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side. They were in a vehicle about 10:40 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Ellis when someone walked up and opened fire, police said. The man then drove them to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The girl was shot in the arm and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was expected to be treated and released Saturday morning, police said. The man was shot in the back and was treated and released at the University of Chicago. A police source said the man is a documented gang member and a convicted felon.

The most recent shooting happened about 4:45 a.m. Sunday in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side. A 52-year-old man was sleeping in his car in the 9100 block of South Anthony about 4:45 a.m. when he heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. He was shot in the ear and taken to Christ Medical Center where his condition was stabilized.

Less than an hour earlier, two men were shot in the East Garfield park neighborhood on the West Side. About 4:05 a.m., the men, ages 28 and 30, were standing outside in the 3300 block of West Walnut when someone walked up and fired shots, police said.

The 28-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. The older man was shot in the left thigh, police said. He was also taken to Mount Sinai, where his condition was stabilized. A police source said both men are documented gang members.

At least 16 other people have been shot across Chicago in separate attacks since 11:45 p.m. Friday.

Additionally, Chicago Police officers shot and killed a man who they claim tried to run them over with a car early Saturday in Pilsen.

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Virginia TV shooting and Sandy Hook: WDBJ general manager and the coroner

Jeffrey A. Marks is the president and general manager of WDBJ TV, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, which is now infamous because two of its employees — reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward — were gunned down and killed on August 26, 2015, by disgruntled ex-employee Vester Lee Flanagan II, aka Bryce Williams, who killed himself after a 5-hour manhunt.

H. Wayne Carver was the chief medical examiner of the State of Connecticut who oversaw the autopsies of the 20 children and 6 adults allegedly killed by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Five months after the massacre, on May 23, 2013, Carver announced he was retiring, after 31 years as a medical examiner.

Here are pictures of the two men. Note that the pic of Marks was taken more than 3 years after the pic of Carver. If they are the same person, Marks’ pic would be Carver 3 years older.

WDBJ station general manager Jeff Marks; Sandy Hook coroner Wayne Carver

Now let’s compare the two men’s ears. You can’t fake ears.

Jeff Marks & Wayne Carver ears

Here are close-ups of the two men’s ears. Note the similarities in folds and other anatomical features:

Jeff Marks & Wayne Carver right ear

Below are two videos to compare the two men’s voices. Note that both men punctuate their speech with “urr”.

WDBJ president and station general manager Jeffrey Marks:

Sandy Hook medical examiner Wayne Carver’s press conference:

Jeffrey Marks has a barebone page on LinkedIn, with none of the usual professional information one usually finds on LinkedIn, such as education and employment history. Marks’ LinkedIn page contains only:

  1. Under “Experience,” his present job title of President and General Manager, WDBJ TV Inc.
  2. A recommendation for a woman named Faith York, Senior Training Specialist, who seems to train choruses. The recommendation ends with this cryptic sentence: “January 27, 2011, Jeffrey was with another company when working with Faith at Spurwink Services”. (Spurwink Services or Spurwink School is a mental health and special education agency in Portland, Maine serving people diagnosed with autism and other behavioral special needs in the nursery, elementary and secondary educational levels and young adults.)

Wikipedia, however, says that “On July 1, 2007, Jeffery A. Marks was named as the [WDBJ] station’s general manager.

Are Marks and Carver the same man? What do you think?

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~Éowyn and Victoria Rivera (née Muramoto)