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Saban, Alabama need to stop making excuses and give Clemson credit

Jul 18, 2019
Alex Scarborough
ESPN Staff Writer

HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama's failure to give Clemson its proper credit at SEC media days on Wednesday was no accident. If you've followed Nick Saban's time at Alabama and what happens in the aftermath of those few losses the Crimson Tide have had to endure, then you weren't surprised when Saban questioned his former coaching staff's commitment and linebacker Dylan Moses questioned his team's preparation heading into the title game.

There were plenty of times in Hoover when Saban and players tipped their caps to the Tigers for beating them in the College Football Playoff National Championship, of course, but it was typically in the context of some larger excuse for why the Tide hadn't played their best. No matter the fact that they lost by 28 points, Moses said he believed they were still the better team.

Asked point-blank whether Alabama's best was better than Clemson's, Moses said, "Yeah, I think so."


Call it what it is: excuses.


Major vote set for Charleston’s International African American Museum. One group protests
By Emily Williams
Jul 15, 2019 Updated Jul 16, 2019

Charleston’s International African American Museum, a project nearly 20 years in the making, will ask the city to approve $60.2 million worth of construction contracts this week, marking one of the final steps before the project breaks ground.

If the items pass, museum leaders plan to start work at the site very soon, with an official groundbreaking in October and opening sometime in 2021.

A local group hopes to put a temporary hold on that process. The “Citizens Want Excellence at IAAM,” who gathered several dozen people Monday morning to rally behind their cause, will ask City Council to defer an approval of the contracts until their concerns — some which date back to the project’s early years — are addressed.


Republicans Want a White Republic. They'll Destroy America to Get It[\url]

By Carol Anderson July 17, 2019

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.

When in a recent tweetstorm Donald Trump suggested that four Congresswomen of color leave the U.S. and “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” social media exploded. Outrage. Even some news outlets finally let go of the euphemisms and called the tweets “racist.” The Republicans, on the other hand, were quiet. As well they would be. The ideological demographics of the party dictated it.




Honey Springs is sometimes called “the Gettysburg of Indian Territory” for turning the tide of Confederate offensives in the region. After the engagement, Confederate efforts in most of the Trans-Mississippi were limited to defensive action, raids, guerrilla warfare and scattered pockets of resistance. The battle is also known for the distinguished showing by 1st Kansas Volunteer Regiment, the first African-American unit engaged in a large action – one day before Colonel Robert Gould Shaw famously led 54th Massachusetts against Fort Wagner on Morris Island, S.C. Blunt’s words in his post-battle report glowingly describe the African-American soldiers’ conduct: “The 1st Kansas Colored particularly distinguished itself; they fought like veterans and preserved their line unbroken throughout the engagement. Their coolness and bravery I have never seen surpassed; they were in the hottest of the fight and opposed to Texas troops twice their number, whom they completely routed.”



"The Men Fought Like Tigers"

The 1st Kansas Colored Infantry first saw combat at the Battle of Island Mound in Missouri on October 29, 1862. In this skirmish, roughly 225 black troops drove off 500 Confederate guerillas. Senator Lane used the victory as proof that blacks could fight with intelligence and bravery. Richard Hinton –the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry adjutant –had this to say on the 1st Kansas Colored's victory at Island Mound, he proclaimed, "The men fought like tigers, each and every one of them, and the main difficulty was to hold them all well in hand."

When the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, the Confederate States ignored it. Additionally, enslaved people in the loyal Border States and in Union occupied Southern territory were not included. However, the Emancipation Proclamation authorized the enlistment of free blacks and former slaves as soldiers in the Union Army. On January 13, 1863, the 1st Kansas Colored was mustered into federal service on the former parade ground at Fort Scott. On December 18, 1864, the 1st Kansas Colored was later reorganized as the 79th United States Colored Troops (USCT), and the 2nd Kansas Colored was organized as the 83rd USCT.

Although black soldiers were enlisted in the Union Army, discrimination persisted. Black troops were paid less than their white counterparts as black soldiers were paid $10 per month while white soldiers were paid $13 per month. The War Department refused to commission black officers until late in the war. Notably, about 125 African Americans did gain commissions, including William D. Mathews, who served as a lieutenant in an independent black artillery unit. Also, if captured by Confederate soldiers, black soldiers were executed on the field of battle or taken back into slavery.


I read about here in Ebony years ago.


Civil rights trailblazer remembered for advancing medicine in Houston

By Steven Romo
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:30AM
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A beloved community leader and true legend in the city of Houston has died.

Dr. Edith Irby Jones was the first black intern at the Baylor College of Medicine and the first woman to be president of the National Medical Association.

Even after she built up her career, she made sure she helped all people get medical treatment.


There were Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson.


Presidential historian Jon Meacham explains why Trump has ‘joined Andrew Johnson as the most racist president in American history’

written by Alex Henderson July 16, 2019

When President Donald Trump, over the weekend, told four congresswomen of color to go back to the countries they originally came from, it was obviously a rally-the-base strategy designed to appeal to the so-called “patriotism” of his far-right supporters. But, according to presidential historian Jon Meacham, Trump’s bigoted comments were the polar opposite of patriotic. This week’s true American patriots, according to Meacham, are the four congresswomen Trump attacked on Twitter: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — and Trump is showing himself to be the most racist U.S. president since Democrat Andrew Johnson in the 1860s.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday night, Meacham told host Chris Matthews, “Johnson’s state message said that African-Americans were incapable of self-government and relapsed into barbarism if they weren’t closely supervised.”


Disney family member slams Disneyland theme park over low wages after undercover visit

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY Published 8:49 p.m. ET July 15, 2019 | Updated 10:10 a.m. ET July 16, 2019

The Happiest Place on Earth has made one Disney heiress very unhappy.

Abigail Disney, granddaughter of The Walt Disney Company's co-founder, Roy Disney, told Yahoo News she recently went undercover to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., after an employee sent her a concerning Facebook message. Roy Disney was Walt Disney's older brother.

Disney said every employee she met on her visit said low wages make daily life difficult.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, ‘I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,' " the 59-year-old said on Monday's episode of the Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes."


Family brawls at Disneyland as children watch
Posted 10:51 am, July 8, 2019, by Tribune Media Wire

ANAHEIM, Calif - A Disneyland guest recorded a violent brawl that broke out between a family at Disneyland on Sunday.

The video, dated July 6th, shows at least two men and two women involved in the fight at Mickey's Toontown, with others trying to intervene and stop the altercation. Children, along with other park guests, witnessed the fight.

At one point a woman could be seen hobbling out of her motorized chair and falling later in the altercation.



Folks will have to do better, much better.

Florida Man's Hand, Foot Found In Alligator's Stomach

Paul Scicchitano

FORT MEADE, FL — A Florida man's hand and foot were found in the stomach of an alligator that was removed from a canal Thursday along with the 45-year-old man's body, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The agency's Carrie Horstman identified the man as Michael Ford II of Wauchula but said it was not yet clear what role the alligator played in Ford's death, if any.

"An autopsy revealed that Ford had other lacerations and injuries caused by the gator, and his apparent cause of death is drowning, although his final cause and manner of death are pending toxicology," Horstman said.


Neo-Nazi Who Killed Charlottesville Protester Is Sentenced To Life In Prison
June 28, 20192:40 PM ET
Laurel Wamsley
Bobby Allyn

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET
The man who drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Va., killing one person and injuring many others will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A federal judge announced the sentence for self-proclaimed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. at a hearing on Friday in Charlottesville.

"It was cold-blooded. It was motivated by deep-seated racial animus," Thomas Cullen, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, told reporters after the sentencing. He said Fields' attack was calculated, calling it "a hate-inspired act of domestic terrorism."


Georgia’s largest public school struggles to survive
By Ty Tagami, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With its charter set to end next year, Georgia’s largest public school has been at risk of being shut down. After years of poor academic results and the spending of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, 10,000 students might have to find another school, unless recent changes have succeeded in turning the school around.

Georgia Cyber Academy’s leadership has overhauled everything from management to curriculum. Parents will learn by early next year whether that was enough to secure another five-year charter for the statewide school.

Virtual education is still in its infancy, and so far the results have been unimpressive in Georgia and nationally. But for kids who have struggled in “brick-and-mortar” schools, online schooling has been an emergency exit. Some wanted to escape bullying or disruptive peers. Others were failing in their neighborhood school and hoped to learn in a new way, with interactive video classes and independent study. Still others had sports or other extracurricular priorities that didn’t fit well with the schedules of traditional schools.

“Virtual schooling is increasingly a necessary option,” said Michael O’Sullivan, the Georgia leader of 50CAN, an organization that supports school choice.


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