Tagged Racism

‘Slave Apology’ Given By County Board Of Supervisors

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Publicity Chair, Ms. Delores Nochi Cooper Edwards, accepted a ‘Slave Apology’ resolution from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on behalf of the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Association.
Having being honored that the Board selected her to accept the resolution; Edwards noted that, “my initial response was a flood of overwhelming emotion.”
“As sincere as the gesture appeared, and as honorable as it was for the Board to have the insight and foresight to extend this olive branch,” said Edwards, my initial thinking was:
“How can we (African Americans) accept this apology; how can this apology undo the atrocities of slavery 148 years after the Emancipation Proclamation; and how can this apology undo the impact slavery have had on the entire fabric of America?”
“After all, the trauma of the slave experience; the Jim Crow legislation; racism and discrimination, have not yet been eradicated from the body politic.”
Edwards added that “this ‘apology’ should serve as a reminder to all of us that:  1) that freedom is a precious gift which should be cherished; 2) that prejudice and discrimination of any kind is inhumane; and that 3) the fight for freedom and equality must be continuous. Read more

Hispanic Group’s Video Attacks Black Activist

Ted Hayes

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, said that it has obtained a shocking video produced by a radical Mexican separatist group attacking a civil rights activist with racist smears and death threats.
The video was posted to the Internet on YouTube after Mr. Ted Hayes testified, by invitation of Maryland Delegate Pat McDonough, on March 15 before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates against providing taxpayer dollars for in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens.
The video begins with the message “[expletive] you ‘Mayate,’” which is reportedly a racist and derogatory term used to smear African Americans and “dark skinned” people.
The video then streams a series of racist images including:  the silhouette of a man hanging from a noose, photos of Mr. Hayes adjacent to photos of monkeys and bananas and doctored photos of Mr. Hayes pictured with a gun next to his head with the message “Your (sic) FREE Now Mayate go back to Africa,” to view video, visit: www.judicialwatch.org.