Jim Crow has a grandson

Jim Crow apparently has a grandson. As a result of the State of Georgia going to the now Democratic President, Biden; and the fact that the January Senate run-off went to two Democrats – which gave the majority to the Senate Democrats, Georgia felt it must revamp their election process. The Georgia Republicans have decided that silliness won’t happen again. .

Those who do not know the history of Jim Crow laws in the South (“Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.”) Also, would not allow voting by black people.


This week, Georgia State legislature voted down party lines some sweeping changes to how Georgians will vote in the future; and more specifically, how Democrats in Georgia will be able to vote. Some of these changes seem like the grandson of the Jim Crows era.

Changes to Georgia elections (my comments in red)

  • Absentee ballots will be verified based on driver’s license numbers or other documentation instead of voter signatures. (Republicans in Georgia know very well that a lot of poor minorities in GA do not have either a driver’s license number or a voting ID.)
  • Ballot drop boxes will only be allowed inside early voting locations and available strictly during business hours. (Ballot boxes have always been left outside; and ballots could have been dropped in the ballot boxes anytime of the day or night. So, why now only inside the building and why only during business hours?)
  • Members of the public will be prohibited from distributing food or water to voters waiting in line. Election workers are allowed to set up self-service water stations for voters in line, if they want to. (It is now a crime for the public to hand out water or food for people that are waiting in line for hours at a time.)
  • The State Election Board could remove County Election Boards and replace them with an interim elections manager. (Now, when election results and/or things are not going the way some have planned, the State Election Board can and will remove the County/City Board members.)
  • A hotline to report illegal election activities will be set up in the attorney general’s office. (Since Georgia went blue or Democratic, there must be some illegal activities. Interesting indeed)

Sidebar:

  1. These changes are deliberate and very suspicious as Georgia has had voting rights struggles against black people dating back to the Jimmy Crow area.
  2. Does anyone really think any of these changes would have occurred if Trump had won Georgia, and/or the January senate run-off had returned two Republican Senators?
  3. Who do you think will be affected by these changes? Republicans or Democrats? Whites or Blacks? Rich or Poor?

To justify these discriminatory changes, some elected officials in Georgia gave these remarks:

“Significant reforms to our state elections were needed. There’s no doubt there were many alarming issues with how the election was handled, and those problems, understandably, led to a crisis of confidence in the ballot box here in Georgia,” Governor Kemp said after signing the bill.

“Our goal is to ensure that voters in Georgia have confidence in the elections process,” said state Sen. Max Burns, a Republican from Sylvania. “This is a solid step in the right direction to provide voter integrity in Georgia.”

 “One of the things we looked at is a system that’s broke,” said state Rep. Alan Powell, a Republican from Hartwell. “We have a system that needs to be revamped.”

Additionally, Republican lawmakers said “the measure will increase trust in election outcomes” following unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential contest. Recounts both by hand and machine showed that Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Donald Trump by about 12,000 votes.

Now TruTalk:

  • Biden-Harris won, get over it.
  • It’s a damn shame that in the year 2021, we still have politicians blatantly trying to suppress minority votes.
  • Any & everybody with a voice must bring this craziness to the surface.
  • Time to really consider boycotting the big companies that continue to support politicians’ bad intention.
  • As we can all see, voting matters!! Therefore, if your State requires some form of ID to vote, please find a way to get it so you can always vote.  

Half-Million deaths

Half-Million,

Yesterday, The United States of America crossed a grim mile stone; 500,000 Americans died from Covid. This virus has plagued us & the world for a year now. More Americans have died from Covid -19 than World War I (116,516), World War II (291,557), and the Vietnam War (58,220) all combined.

The Country’s total virus deaths are higher than in any other country in the world. It easily surpassed early predictions of loss by most “experts.” Last March, in the early days of the Covid-19, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the official coordinating the coronavirus response at the time, projected that even with strict stay-at-home orders, the virus might kill as many as 240,000 Americans. How sadly they were wrong.

What some do not know is how this virus have cut through some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Covid -19 spread like wild fire in nursing homes and long-term facilities. By most estimates, approximately 165,000 or one-third of the deaths comes from nursing home or long-term facilities.

Sidebar:

  1. Since the beginning, most nursing homes and long-term care facilities stop allowing family members to visits their loved one for fear that the relative would bring the virus into the building.
  2. However, the nursing home residents and the long-term facilities’ residents typically don’t leave the building. Therefore, they likely caught Covid-19 from staff that comes & goes.

This Covid-19 virus deaths also have disproportionately affected Americans along racial lines Over all, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention), the death rate for Black Americans with Covid-19 has been almost two times higher than for white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the death rate for Hispanics was 2.3 times higher than for white Americans. And for Native Americans, it was 2.4 times higher.

There is some good news on the horizon. Some scientists believe the current death rate path can change based on the speed of the vaccinations and how well people continue to stick to the mask wearing & social distancing guidelines.

Now Trutalk:

  • Whether you believe in God or some other higher being or evolution, take a moment of silence for the people that we loss due to Covid-19.
  • It’s abundantly clear that the original roll out of the vaccine was flawed – at best. Since some elderly either don’t want the vaccine and/or they have trouble navigating the system to find out where to go, the vaccine should have been given to other groups earlier on.
  • Although giving the vaccine to the phase 1(a) group of 75 and older makes sense, holding onto it until they get it doesn’t.
  • The vaccine phases should have taken into consideration, what to do if some people don’t want it.

No Priorities for Minorities

What are the goals of the Covid vaccine? Certainly, one goals is to stop so many people from becoming ill and dying. Minorities (Blacks, Hispanics, & Native Americans) are getting sicker and dying more than their white counterparts.

Black, Hispanic and Native Americans are dying from Covid at nearly three times the rate of white Americans, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis. And non-Hispanic Black and Asian health care workers are more likely to contract Covid and to die from it than white workers.

Would it not makes sense to prioritize the minorities who suffer disproportionately from the Covid virus? No one is suggesting that minorities need to be the first group but rather a priority. However, we should not be surprised that the people who were told for months that they are disproportionately affected by covid-19 are the same groups of people that are less likely to be a priority to get vaccinated?

As of January 20, 2021 – approximately 3% of Black Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine so far. But in 16 states that have released data by race, white residents are being vaccinated at significantly higher rates than Black residents.

Minorities as a group not even listed as a concerned group. They are not even on the priority list. We have first responders, then elderly. Fortunately or unfortunately, most of the elderly are white. Not only minorities are not prioritized, the minorities that are meeting the age requirements of 75 and then 65, are not able to easily access the vaccine location as many require some form of transportation to get there. The States’ roll out of the vaccine locations are not in the neighborhoods where minorities live.

Sidebar:

  1. CDC listed: Phase 1a as LTCF (Long Term Care Facilities) residents & Health Care Personnel.

                          Phase 1b as Persons 75 & older & Frontline Essential Workers.

                          Phase 1c as Persons 65-74, Persons 16-64 with high risk medical Conditions, & Essential workers.

2. Based on preventing additional deaths and continuing societal functions of the people who must keep society going, this list make sense.

To be fair, there are some minorities in all phases above; by default, many of the first responders, health aides, and nursing home workers are Black & Brown.

Some get the importance of prioritizing the vaccine for the minority population. The Veterans Administration has adopted an explicit preferences of this sort. In a Dec. 10 document, it announced that it would prioritize Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian veterans in vaccine distribution because these communities “have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”Additionally, there are at least two States (California & Colorado) Colorado has written a recognition of systemic racism into its vaccination plan—though officials have yet to exactly say what steps the state might take in response. California’s plan lists racial and ethnic minority groups among the “critical population” that could receive the vaccine ahead of other groups.

The need for the vaccine is so much higher than the supply of vaccine. Those who are at risk of illness and death are still at risk. “My concern now is if we don’t vaccinate the population that’s highest-risk, we’re going to see even more disproportional deaths in Black and brown communities,” said Dr. Fola May, a UCLA physician and health equity researcher.

Now Trutalk:

  • What was the purpose of constantly telling/sharing data that minorities are being affected by Covud at a disproportionate rate if no care was taken to combat the disparity?
  • With so little vaccine on the front end, it is certainly necessary to prioritize who gets what & when. But it is also necessary to prioritize the groups that are or have suffered disproportionately.
  • I am not advocating that any or all minorities should be prioritized but rather those minorities that also have chronic conditions such as diabetes.
  • Some minorities will not take the vaccine but that is no reason not to offer it to minorities.

To Vaccinate, or Not to Vaccinate, that is the question

Some minorities, especially (brown & black people) are really suspect of the Covid-19 vaccine. These suspicions are largely due to the way the health care system, and by extension, the government has mistreated them historically.

Additionally, in the US, minorities have been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 virus. This attack is a double edge sword; it causes more confusion as minorities are saying, why is this virus attacking us so hard? While at the same time, and because the virus is attacking them disproportionally, some are believing that taking the vaccine, they will be experimented upon or studied like in the past. Many people know; and yet, many people don’t care about the mistreatment of minorities over the decades when it comes to education, finances, crime, policing, and housing. Even worse than that is how minorities were treated decades ago when it came to Health Care or lack there of. Most will argue, minorities still have inadequate to no Health Care.

Sidebar: (Where this mistrust comes from)

  1. From 1932 to 1972, the Federal Government conducted a study of the effects of untreated syphilis on approximately 600 black men (400 had syphilis). The purpose was to understand the course of the disease. As a result, the men were lied to and provided phony treatments. (Many of the men unnecessarily passed the disease on to family members that died.  
  2. From 1930 to 1970, thousands of nonwhite women (black, Puerto Rican, Mexican, & Native American) were sterilized without their consent. Approximately, one-third of Puerto Rican women of childbearing age were forced to sterilize.
  3. From 1909 to 1979, under California eugenics laws, California forcibly sterilized about 20,000 people who were deemed “unfit to produce”. The program disproportionately targeted minority women.

When it comes to Covid-19, clearly, these vaccines are in no way geared to any particular group of people as the “first responders” are largely non-black & brown people. Therefore, to many, from a science perspective, these fears don’t make logical sense; however, they make perfect sense culturally.

Now Trutalkonly:

  • The distrust that many minorities have rest on the doorsteps of the government. Minorities certainly have a right to be.
  • The government has used minorities as test dummies for far too long without admitting much guilt.
  • The way were are told how this virus is disproportionately affected the minorities population, one should ask – why are not they a priority on the list of who receives the vaccine?
  • We all need to take the vaccine so we can get back to our normal lives.

ACT RIGHT

“At some point, you have to face the music,” said the second-ranking Senate Republican.

The election was November 3rd and still some in the Republican Party have not accepted or even acknowledged the fact that Biden won. Chief among these republicans ignoring all the court losses and the fact that States just certified Biden as the winner is President Trump. Soon as President Trump loses in court, another more insane lawsuit is filed.

In the beginning of all these lawsuits, most said it was a long shot but necessary to find out if there were any illegal voting going on. But after a very short period of time, it became very clear that the President and his attorneys did not come close to producing masses voting irregularities.

Time to ACT RIGHT. Biden & Harris won. Those who are still upset, that’s ok but acknowledgment of the process and the winner is necessary for our democracy.

Sidebar:

  1. Many were upset in 2000 when Gore loss to President Bush via the Supreme Court.
  2. Many were upset in 2016 when Hillary loss to President Trump.
  3. Now, many are upset that President Trump loss to President-Elect Biden but that is how the system works. Sometime your candidate win and sometimes your candidate loses. (The beauty of our democracy.)

Now Trutalk:

  • It’s a real shame that prominent republicans have still not acknowledge the Biden – Harris win.
  • Whatever happened to proof? Nowadays, all it takes is an accusation to claim voter fraud.
  • ACT RIGHT for the sake of democracy.
  • All elections have winners and losers, but what makes the US stands out is how the losers congratulate the winners.

Abolish The Electoral College

No matter who you voted for, this year’s election MADE history with over 150 million votes casted.

This Electoral College mess has become a laughing stock as to how true democracy should not be. Whatever the Founders had in mind regarding the Electoral College hundreds of years ago, it doesn’t matter now in 2020. It’s time to abolish it.

Time for popular vote only. ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE!!

Only two times in our nation’s history, has the winner of the Electoral College not also receive the popular vote. (2000 between Bush & Gore: Gore won the popular vote & Bush won Electoral College) and (2016 between Trump & Hillary; Hillary won the popular vote); Therefore, because it doesn’t happen that frequently, some believe we need to leave the Electoral College in place.

We can and should do better than this. We must do better than this.

Sidebar:

  1. True democracy is one person one vote.
  2. Republicans would likely fight vigorously to stop popular vote as they have been the beneficiaries of the Electoral College.

Now Trutalk:

  • We all should want the best and easiest way to produce a presidential winner.
  • If we must keep the Electoral College, we should at least apportion them based on the percentage the candidate won the State by. For example, if a State had 20 electoral votes and Candidate A won 70 % of the popular vote, than that candidate would get 70 % or 14 of the 20 electoral votes.
  • This apportionment would ensure that both candidates are represented rather than the winner takes all silliness we have now.
  • If you casted a vote or counted them, democracy thanks you.

VOTE!!!!

GO VOTE!!!!!!!

Not many things are more important than exercising your right to VOTE!! Do Not complain about things if you DO NOT vote.

Many States, including Maryland, have started early voting, put out ballot boxes, and/or allow for mail-in ballots due to the Covid pandemic.

Sidebar:

  1. If you or anybody you know have not already mailed in their mail-in ballot, DO NOT place the ballot in the regular mail. It is VERY LIKELY too late for the regular mail to be received on time.
  2. TAKE the MAIL-IN BALLOT TO ONE OF THE MANY BALLOT BOXES PLACED AROUND THE STATE.
  3. DO NOT BELIEVE the POLLS, GO VOTE!!!!!

Bigotry or Racism

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Over the weekend, Senator David Perdue from Georgia was the warm up act for President Trump. His goal was to stir up the crowd before President Trump spoke. He chose to mock women, black people, and the Hindus.

Senator Kamala Harris’ first names comes from her mother’s side of the family as her mom was an India American biomedical scientist. It pronounced as (Comma-la). Let’s put aside how to pronounce Kamala’s name for a second; ask yourself – what was the real purpose of intentionally mispronouncing her name? It goes to show that some republicans would do just about do anything to belittle others to help get President Trump re-elected. We don’t have to stoop to the level of making fun of people and/or their names. Senator Purdue acting like Kamala is so hard to pronounce; his remarks are ridiculous.
This is what Senator Perdue said,

“Kah-ma-la, or Kah-mah-la, or Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know, whatever.”

Listen for yourself @ https://twitter.com/i/status/1317231042089111552

Sidebar;

  1. Senator Kamala Harris has been in the Senate since 2017; therefore, all in the Senators know how to pronounce her name.
  2. Senator Harris and Senator Perdue sit on the same committee (Budget Committee) and have talk countless time no doubt. Senator Perdue knows Senator Harris very well indeed.
  3. Imagine one of your co-workers that you have been working with for 3-4 years intentionally make fun of the pronunciation your name.

Not surprising that this is not the first time that Senator Perdue has used racist or bigotry language to describe a candidate. State Democrats in Georgia have criticized Senator Perdue for using racial or ethnic language to describe his challenger, Joe’s Ossoff, an American Jew. At that time, Senator Perdue said, “Ossoff’s nose was slightly enlarged.” It was a horrible attempt to make fun of his opponent nose and Jew heritage.

Now Trutalk:

  • This kind of bigotry is exactly what President Trump wants and needs to win. Further divide the country.
  • It says a lot about some Georgian residents that Senator Perdue is currently leading in the polls for his Senate seat against his challenger, Ossoff.
  • Republicans often wonder why black people don’t usually support them. Well, this is one reason.
  • No republican has even come out to denounce Senator Perdue’s comment. Why??

Stand your Ground Law

Kentucky is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “Stand Your Groundlaw. “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat. … Any person who uses a gun in self-defense has immunity from criminal and civil law.

(Apparently, this doesn’t apply to black men)

Stand your ground unless you’re a black man. Let me see if I can help you understand what exactly happened before Breonna Taylor was killed. Somebody bangs on your door in the middle of the night and you are wrong for responding in self-defense manner.

Here is the sequence according to the affidavit and grand jury;

  • Approximately 12:40 am on March 13, police enter Breonna’s apartment
  • Thinking someone broke into the house, both Breonna and boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, jumped up abd put some clothes on. Then Kenneth got his gun.
  • Kenneth shot his gun trying to protect Breonna and himself.
  • After the shots stopped, a police officer was shot and Breonna was killed by 8 bullets.
  • Approximately 1:00 am, police arrest Kenneth and a grand jury later indictment him on attempted murder of a police officer.

Sidebar:

  1. Given the Stand your Ground Law in Kentucky, how and why was Kenneth charged with attempted murder?
  2. No drugs were found in the Breonna’s apartment.
  3. The gun that Kenneth used was legal and registered to him. Also, Kenneth has no criminal record.

It should be noted, over the last 3 months, the Louisville Police department spent their time trying to discredit and smear both Breonna and Kenneth. But on May 22, prosecutors announce they will drop attempted murder charges against Kenneth. Why did the prosecutor drop the charges? Because they had nothing on Kenneth as he had a right to defend himself. It was a wrong to charge him in the first place; and it was another way for the police to try to defend their own actions by blaming Kenneth.

After the charges against Kenneth was dropped, look what took place.

  • June 12: Fischer signs “Breonna’s Law,” banning no-knock search warrants in Louisville.
  • June 23: Officer Hankison is officially fired as an LMPD officer after he is accused of “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment and the unit next door. In addition, in Hankison’s termination letter – read that Hankison showed “extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
  • September 23: A Kentucky grand jury indicted Hankison for shooting into neighboring apartments, but did not charge any officers for their role in Taylor’s death. (Not for the bullets shot at Brianna but for the bullets that went into the neighboring apartment where white people live.)

Now Trutalk:

  • White life continues to be far more important than black/brown life.
  • Since Hankison was fired and charged for firing blindly in the neighboring apartment that had white people in it. I guess Kenneth & Breonna don’t count as people.
  • It was a long time coming to remove the “no knock” warrant as it can only cause the occupants to respond as if someone is breaking in.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/timeline-inside-investigation-breonna-taylors-killing-aftermath/story?id=71217247

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/breonna-taylor/2020/09/23/minute-by-minute-timeline-breonna-taylor-shooting/3467112001/

Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy used to be the death nail to a politician; however, now it’s worn as a badge of honor proudly.

Anyone really surprised that the republican lead senate had one rule for President Obama but a different one for President Trump? No one should be because Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) death is an opportunity of a life time to change the Supreme Court to 6 conservatives and 3 liberals. Those on the right that believe the country is going too far to the left with things like gay marriage and health care for all, feel this new conservative court will reverse those rulings. Therefore, with less than 45 days away, President Trump the republican party was given a political gift.

Here’s what the leaders of the republicans senate said four years ago when President Obama had 8 more months left when Justice Scalia suddenly died.

Senator Mitch McConnell said, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. The vacancy created by Scalia’s death should not be filled until the election of a new president.” Furthermore, McConnell said, “This nomination will be determined by whoever wins the presidency in the polls.”

Senator Lindsey Graham said, “I want you to use my words against me. If there is a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said ‘let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination,’ and you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.” Furthermore Graham said, I’ll tell you this, if an opening comes in President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we will wait until the next election.” 

Senator Ted Cruz said, “Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.”

Senator Marco Rubio said, “I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that if it was a Republican president.”

Senator Ron Johnson said, “Instead of a lame duck president and Senate nominating and confirming, a new president and Senate — elected by the people only a few months from now — should make that important decision. I can’t think of a fairer or more democratic process.”

Sidebar:

  1. Politics are about power and who has it. Right now the republicans have it, and they will exercise it.
  2. Polls indicate that republicans may not only lose the Presidency but also the senate; so why wouldn’t the republicans try to change the Supreme Court from 5-4 conservative to 6-3 conservative?

Now Trutalkonly:

  • Elections matter; some citizens feel disenfranchised, neglected, or pandered to; however, it doesn’t matter how you feel, vote.
  • To the victor go the spoils. The republicans won the white house and the senate; therefore, they will appoint who they want.
  • I don’t believe for one minute, if the shoe were on the other foot whereas the democrats had the power and opportunity to replace a Supreme Court justice with less than 45 days of an election, they would not do the same thing.
  • Those democrats that don’t like the idea of the court being a 6-3 conservative majority, blame other democrats for not voting in the 2016 presidential election.

https://apnews.com/bb9932748b199f793cb2ccbefa713a5f