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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Developing Black CEOs

According to research conducted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychology professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., though Blacks account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, 

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts. 

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SPLC Report: Militias Returning in Fear of Black President

Written by Southern Poverty Law Center on 21 August 2009.

(NNPA) - Sparked by a combination of anger at the federal government and the deaths of political dissenters at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, the movement took off in the middle of the decade and continued to grow even after 168 
people were left dead by the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's federal building — an attack, the deadliest ever by domestic U.S. terrorists, carried out by men steeped in the rhetoric and conspiracy theories of the militias.
 
In the years that followed, a truly remarkable number of criminal plots came out of the movement. But by early 
this century, the Patriots had largely faded, weakened by systematic prosecutions, aversion to growing violence, 
and a new, highly conservative president. 

They're back. Almost a decade after largely disappearing from public view, right-wing militias, ideologically 
driven tax defiers and sovereign citizens are appearing in large numbers around the country. "Paper terrorism" — 
the use of property liens and citizens' "courts" to harass enemies — is on the rise. And once-popular militia 
conspiracy theories are making the rounds again, this time accompanied by nativist theories about secret Mexican 
plans to "reconquer" the American Southwest. One law enforcement agency has found 50 new militia training groups — 
one of them made up of present and former police officers and soldiers. Authorities around the country are 
reporting a worrying uptick in Patriot activities and propaganda. 

"This is the most significant growth we've seen in 10 to 12 years," says one. "All it's lacking is a spark. 
I think it's only a matter of time before you see threats and violence."

A key difference this time is that the federal government — the entity that almost the entire radical right views 
as its primary enemy — is headed by a black man. That, coupled with high levels of non-white immigration and a 
decline in the percentage of whites overall in America, has helped to racialize the Patriot movement, which in 
the past was not primarily motivated by race hate. One result has been a remarkable rash of domestic terror 
incidents since the presidential campaign, most of them related to anger over the election of Barack Obama. 
At the same time, ostensibly mainstream politicians and media pundits have helped to spread Patriot and related 
propaganda, from conspiracy theories about a secret network of U.S. concentration camps to wholly unsubstantiated 
claims about the president's country of birth.

Fifteen years ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote then-Attorney General Janet Reno to warn about 
extremists in the militia movement, saying that the "mixture of armed groups and those who hate" was "a recipe 
for disaster." Just six months later, Oklahoma City's federal building was bombed. Today, the Patriot movement 
may not have the white-hot fury that it did in the 1990s. But the movement clearly is growing again, and Americans,
in particular law enforcement officers, need to take the dangers it presents seriously. That is equally true 
for the politicians, pundits and preachers who, through pandering or ignorance, abet the growth of a movement 
marked by a proven predilection for violence.