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    HILARIOUS: White Ferguson Protesters Told To Put Their Hands Down Because…

    HILARIOUS: White Ferguson Protesters Told To Put Their Hands Down Because…
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    Ferguson Protesters With Their Hands Up via TIME

    At a college walk-out in Massachusetts on Monday afternoon, White Ferguson protesters were told “to keep their hands down” because of their “white privilege.” Yes, Ferguson protesters who believe they’re fighting an unfair, “racist” system are ironically discouraging support from white folks because of their skin color.

    Five colleges were involved in the protest: Mount Holyoke College (MHC), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Smith College.

    Marcella Hall, the Dean of Students at Mount Holyoke, encouraged students to attend the walk-out in a campus-wide email, Campus Reform reports. The protesters continued to push a false narrative about the Michael Brown shooting while chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot!”

    Naturally, faculty and administrators were eager to support the student’s effort to ignore forensic evidence and witness testimony. In an email obtained by Campus Reform, Hall says “faculty and administration are here to support you with questions, comments and concerns about Ferguson, race and social justice.”

    Susanna Holmstrom told her white classmates to keep their hands down, citing a post from “FreeQuency” that blames “white privilege for white protesters’ participation in Ferguson related activities.

    Holmstrom writes the following on the event’s public Facebook page:

    “I encourage white folks participating tomorrow to keep our hands down, to avoid centering ourselves in the actions, and to listen much more than we speak.

    “I understand wanting to show up and support, but white people need to understand that this symbolic act of raising your hands in a position of surrender is meant to illustrate how black people are violently targeted by police because of their race. If you don’t experience that, you should not mimic the gesture in an attempt at ‘solidarity.’ It is centering yourself in a narrative that you cannot tell because of the protection your white privilege gives you.”

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    That is because most of this Ferguson scandal is about racism towards white people.

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    Ben Carson visits Ferguson in bid to woo black voters to Republican party

    As the Republican candidate attempts to gain even more supporters, can the neurosurgeon’s ‘gifted hands’ make African Americans feel welcome in party?

    Ed Pilkington
    Friday 11 September 2015 16.30 EDT
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    Ben Carson has a mission. The world-renowned neurosurgeon who has shot unexpectedly into second place in the race to become the Republican candidate for the White House, is trying to woo back to his party a group of voters that for years has been thoroughly alienated from it – African Americans.

    On Friday that mission took Carson to Ferguson, Missouri, the two-thirds majority black suburb of St Louis that became the crucible of the Black Lives Matter movement following the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August 2014.

    His “driving tour”
    of the town made for an unlikely choice of campaign setting – Carson has dismissed the Ferguson unrest as the work of a few “cruel-hearted outsiders”, accused Black Lives Matter of “creating strife” and insisted that Brown’s death had nothing to do with race.

    In a press conference held soon after his tour of the town, Carson said that he would be happy to meet the leaders of Black Lives Matter. But he said he had a “beef” with the movement.

    “They need to add a word,” he said. “All.”

    Carson added: “All black lives matter. Including the ones eradicated by abortions, the ones eradicated on the streets every day by violence. We need to look at all these factors that have kept the black community in a very dependent position for decades.”

    Despite his beef with Black Lives Matter, Carson’s appearance in such a seminal location in the recent history of US race relations points to a political ambition that is real. He really does want to win back black voters that in successive presidential cycles have been driven away from the Republican party in droves.

    It was that ambition that brought Carson to Harlem earlier this month, where he set up shop in a legendary soul food restaurant, Sylvia’s. It’s also why John Sousa, the national chairman of Carson-supporting Super Pac The 2016 Committee, on Friday put out an appeal to potential donors that lauded the candidate as “as an icon in the black community”.

    “Ben Carson is well known to most African Americans,” Souza said, “and he is revered and respected for his many accomplishments, as well as his faith, and humility.”

    Republican candidate Ben Carson: Black Lives Matter activists are 'creating strife'
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    But Souza also warned that the Republican party faced a demographic crisis that saw its black vote languish at just 7% in the presidential election of 2012 – a crisis that would again give “the Democrats an edge in 2016 if the nominee is anyone but Ben Carson”.

    Souza was right about the demographic crisis. In the past two presidential elections, Barack Obama virtually wiped out GOP support among African Americans – he took 95% of the black vote in 2008 and 93% four years later.

    The last time the Democrats drew less than 90% of such support was in 2004, when John Kerry took 88% to George Bush’s 11%.

    Carson supporters believe such an apocalyptic electoral landscape obscures the fact that there is a longstanding tradition of black conservatism that is open to the right GOP candidate. They point to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll from last year that found 37% of African American voters describing themselves as conservative, four points more than those who identified as liberal.

    Carson fans also see potential in Obama’s imminent departure from office. Hillary Clinton, the establishment favourite to replace him, used to be able to rely upon the affection felt by large numbers of black Americans toward her husband. But to some degree Bill Clinton damaged that goodwill with his cantankerous behaviour towards Obama in 2008, on the campaign trail in South Carolina.

    The former president made remarks that were widely interpreted as playing the race card, comparing Obama’s success in the state with that of Jesse Jackson in his 1988 presidential run, and also decrying Obama’s stance on the Iraq war as a “fairytale”.

    John Weaver, chief political strategist to one of Carson’s rivals for the Republican nomination, Governor John Kasich of Ohio, told the Guardian he believed there was potential for the party to win back black support. He pointed out that Kasich won 26% of the African American vote in his 2014 re-election campaign.

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    “So Republicans can do it,” Weaver said. But he added: “It takes effort and an agenda that all Americans see as inclusive, in which no one is left behind.”

    Weaver said that in past presidential cycles the party had failed to take the issue of minority voters seriously enough – and had been punished at the polls as a result.

    “The math just doesn’t work for us,” he said, “unless we have a candidate and an agenda that’s more inclusive, both in tone and in policy.”

    The scale of the mountain to climb is underlined by analysis from the Pew Research Center. It shows that while 37% of black voters may self-identify as conservative, only 11% see themselves as specifically Republican. With that figure falling to 7% in the 2012 presidential election, the vast gulf between possible support and electoral reality is laid bare.

    “It’s going to be very difficult for Republican candidates to win back an appreciable number of African Americans,” said Professor Randall Kennedy, a race relations expert at Harvard Law School.

    “The issue of racial conflict and unfairness has been a salient aspect of American life this past year, yet was it discussed in the GOP debate? Barely for a minute.”

    Kennedy said there was a strong strand of conservative thinking that ran historically through church-going African American communities. That in itself should be fodder for Carson and his brand of do-it-yourself individualism that emphasises self-help over government handout.

    As Carson puts it in his book, Gifted Hands: “As I think of black youth, I also want to say I believe that many of our pressing racial problems will be taken care of when we who are among the minorities will stand on our own feet and refuse to look to anybody else to save us from our situations.”

    Randall Kennedy said the conservative tradition among African American communities should be amenable to a Republican appeal. But there was no sign of that working.

    “The great mass of black voters has been deeply turned off by the way the Republicans have been at best indifferent toward them,” he said, “and at worst have displayed a camouflaged hostility that panders to the party base.”

    Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University, bore a similarly bleak message for Carson. In his view, Obama was so revered in African American families that he had sealed the ties between the Democratic party and black voters for generations to come.

    “Ben Carson’s on a fool’s mission,” Baker said. “If he thought he was going constituency shopping in Ferguson today, he was in the wrong neighbourhood.”
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    Republican candidate Ben Carson: Black Lives Matter activists are 'creating strife'

    Carson, the only African American running for president, accuses Democrats of creating racial inequality in remarks that highlight awkwardness of his campaign

    Wednesday 12 August 2015 18.18 EDTLast modified on Tuesday 18 August 201510.18 EDT

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has accused Black Lives Matter activists of “creating strife”, underscoring the awkward relationship between conservatism and race for the only African American campaigning for president.

    “Of course black lives matter,” Carson said on Wednesday after speaking at a closed-door event with local politicians and businessmen in Harlem. “But what I feel instead of people pointing fingers at each other and just creating strife, what we need to be talking about is how do we solve problems in the black community. Of murder, essentially.”



    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.
    Carson then raised a 2011 statistic that was often cited during violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, noting that homicide is the most likely cause of death for young black men. He said that African Americans needed to return to “family and faith”, which he said were “the values and principles that got black people through slavery and segregation and Jim Crowism.”

    The former neurosurgeon, coming in second in a new CNN poll of the Republican candidates, went on to attribute the high rates of poverty, single-parent homes and dependency on welfare programs to this same loss of values. “As we throw those things away we’re seeing terrible crimes occurring in our communities,” he said.

    He also blamed Democrats for racial inequality, saying “the Democratic party has subscribed to the Lyndon Johnson philosophy”, which he defined by paraphrasing an apocryphal quote from the former president: “if we give those N-words such and such, they’ll vote for us for the next 200 years.”

    Asked whether the Republican party – whose members are overwhelmingly white – has a race problem, Carson smiled: “Everyone has a race problem.”

    “What the Republican party needs to do is come out and discuss more the kinds of relationships and the programs that will help bring people out of poverty,” he said, “to rise rather than simply be satisfied in a dependent position in our society.”

    In response to critics who accuse him of being an “Uncle Tom”, Carson alluded to his difficult childhood and his subsequent climb into the elite tiers of medicine and politics. “They need to actually listen to not only what I’m saying but look at my life and look at what’s been done,” he said.

    For decades, Carson’s story – from poverty in Detroit and Boston to disciplined study for decades, a rise to wealth and prestige bolstered by evangelical faith – has resonated with black communities around the US, and a few passersby on 125th Street called out to Carson on sight.

    Robert Rice, a state chaplain in his mid-40s, posed with Carson for a photo after shouting out that the doctor’s book had changed his life.

    “At 15, 16, I had gotten into drugs and smoking marijuana, and was struggling with my academics,” Rice said. His pastor gave him a copy of the book, which helped convince him he could work hard enough to earn his GED.

    Rice’s admiration was not without its caveats. “I would vote for him. I mean I’m not saying that he he would be my first choice. I like Donald Trump, you know, because he’s a different face, he doesn’t hold back.”

    Retired postal worker Rosa Greene also said she would consider voting for Carson, “because he’s black”. Her friend Doris Leary, another retired postal worker, was more circumspect, saying that she had voted Democrat for years and would wait to see how the primaries turned out.

    More often, Harlem natives either did not recognize Carson or were more wary of his politics. Myrna Coombs, a 57-year-old teacher, said that while she admired Carson’s intelligence his professional accomplishments, she was a Democrat through and through – like most of Harlem, New York City and New York state.

    “He’s in the wrong party,” she said. “I like Bernie,” she went on, praising Senator Bernie Sanders, the outside contender in the Democratic primary race. Sanders’ attention to inequality, race issues and college debt, what Coombs called “the witches brew” of the country, most appealed to her.

    Yvonne Boyd, selling CDs on the sidewalk of Malcolm X Boulevard, had far less patience for Carson and Republicans at large. “Well, he ain’t gonna do nothing for us,” she said. “I think that the mother****er ain’t gonna do shit.”

    Outside the restaurant a few partisans lingered to praise the doctor. Lolita Ferrin, a 59-year-old Republican district leader, said that she particularly appreciated Carson’s attitude toward federal benefits.

    “Welfare does serve its purpose,” she argued, but people had grown too dependent on it. Ferrin added she did not understand the assumption that black Americans should vote Democrat, saying that she switched parties as she realized “the government is taking too much control”.

    ‘Appealing to moderate conservative voters’

    Black Republicans remain “a microscopic population” of voters, said Leah Wright Rigueur, a Harvard professor and author of a history of black conservatism, the Loneliness of the Black Republican.

    Wright Rigueur suggested that Carson’s speech in Harlem may actually be an appeal to white Republicans, mirroring a strategy developed by Ronald Reagan.

    “If he can appeal to black people by going to the epicenter of blackness,” she said, “he can say ‘I’m authentic, I’m with the people.’

    “It’s a way to make conservatism less scary and make it appealing to moderate conservative voters. The idea being ‘if we win some black and Latino voters, great, but really this is to win moderate white voters’.”

    Wright Rigueur added that although Carson draws on the ethos of self-reliance espoused by black leaders like Booker T Washington, he is much more religious and “more conservative than the men and women of old”.

    Carson’s “flexible” conservatism allows him to denounce the Confederate flag on one hand and tack to the far right on abortion and immigration on the other, she said. But she predicted that the longstanding strategy of tiptoeing around racial issues would no longer work for either party.

    “The amazing thing about Black Lives Matter is it’s this kind of amorphous, disparate but connected progressive movement,” she said, “and it’s forcing candidates to actually address these things.”

    Wright Rigueur also noted that there is far more political diversity among African American voters than pundits usually allow, a factor that seems to draw black politicians to the center. She noted several similarities in speeches by Carson and Barack Obama, for instance, about “black men uplifting themselves”.

    The speeches reflected “this real belief in meritocracy without necessarily confronting the structural, racial impediments to it”, she said, that would no longer satisfy black voters.

    “Maybe four years ago, maybe eight years ago, but not in this election.”

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