How the Soviets Used Our Civil Rights Conflicts Against Us – Slate

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum recently digitized a portion of the Kennedy administration’s national security files. Among these papers was this June 1963 memo that summarizes Soviet media coverage of the growing American conflicts over civil rights. These Soviet broadcasts, which reached audiences in Asia, Africa, and South America, tried to turn global public opinion against the United States.

The memo, compiled by Thomas Hughes, assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research, saw an increase in volume of such Soviet broadcasts in the spring of 1963. That spring, after Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Birmingham, Ala., during the first widely televised protests and sit-ins, activists staged 758 demonstrations in 75 Southern cities. (Read more)

NY Giants co-owner on anthem protests: Trump ‘has no understanding of why they take a knee’–AOL

New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch will not punish his players for any anthem displays of protest and hopes that President Donald Trump will focus on other issues, he told The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday.

“Hopefully he’ll have much more going on that he’s going have to deal with and should deal with and must deal with than worrying about what NFL players do,” Tisch told The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday night at the premiere of The Equalizer 2. “He has no understanding of why they take a knee or why they’re protesting. When the new season starts, I hope his priorities are not criticizing the NFL and telling owners what to do and what not to do.”

His comments come during a week when issues surrounding the anthem have resurfaced in part due to a joint statement released by the NFL and NFPA Thursday. That statement included that there will be no new rules issued relating to the national anthem, and that none will be enforced over the “next several weeks” while they continue to have “confidential discussions.” (Read more)


IN 1983, THE KGB contacted Carl Gebhardt, the CIA’s Moscow station chief, with a proposal. In order to avoid needless problems between the two spy services, the KGB wanted to open a secret communications channel with the CIA.

The CIA readily agreed, and the pact led to a series of secret meetings between top CIA and KGB officials in Europe. Eventually nicknamed the “Gavrilov channel,” after a 19th century Russian poet, this carefully choreographed exchange of secret communications continued throughout the remainder of the Cold War.

Some of the Gavrilov meetings took place in Helsinki, where Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin on Monday. But one of the key differences between the Gavrilov channel and the Trump-Putin meeting was that the CIA always insisted on having at least two American officers present – no one from the CIA could meet the KGB alone. That guaranteed that no American could hand over secrets to the KGB without at least one other American knowing about it; it also insured that no American would come under unfair suspicion of being a KGB spy simply by meeting with the Russians alone. (Read more)

NFL, NFLPA announce ‘standstill’ on anthem rules after Dolphins report – ESPN

With the Miami Dolphins facing backlash after submitting required paperwork to the NFL that included potential disciplinary measures for player protests during the national anthem, the league has decided to hit pause on its new policy, sources told ESPN.

The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks” while both sides continue to hold discussions to figure out how to move forward.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” the joint statement said. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy.

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.” (Read more)

In Response To A Trump Supporter On The NFL Kneeling Protest

Curmilus Butch Dancy II I agree nobody is perfect. However it is up to others to call them out. 

To say they are all crooks is a bit much to me. 

Bill Clinton is irrelevant and has nothing to do with Trump stand on the NFL. 

Yes the Flag stand for something and it is spelled out in the wording and some folk have an issue with that fact. When others begin to recognize and understand that black folk have every right to express how they feel about their opinions based on facts. 

I have a problem with folk always talking about overpaid football players when they could get hurt and not be able to walk or use their limbs after one hit.

I hate interjecting irrelevancy in my response but a CEO can make all the money while the workers get paid crumbs in comparison to their salary. 

Wow! That is a bit strong to tell someone to get out of the US if they don’t stand and take their hat off for 2 minutes. Wow! One minute it is about freedom and then the next minute it is about other folk opinions should dictate how others feel about the flag.

I am 55 but I have talked to many of folk especially my family one being my dad who is 84 and I am still trying to figure out when America was great.

I am yet to see anyone write out what will make America great again so therefore for me there is an hidden agenda as to what making America great again means.

Marvin Tillman To start off thank you for your service. I too have had many family members who have served and died for this country. I may have not served in the military but even thru a rough start i have served and given back to my country by coaching and mentoring kids along with helping the needy. 

As for the protesting of the flag. The flag is not being protested. The protest is against what the flag doesn’t represent. As i recall freedom, liberty and justice for all. Our brave soldiers fought and died for what the flag stands for and represents. So if all Americans are not receiving these three thing, then our soldiers have fought and died for nothing. 

As for these so called over paid athlete protesting. I understand and support their plight because I too have been a victim of police abuse and profiling. I am a law abiding citizen who pays a fair amount of taxes to support police officers. I even donate to their cause. This protest isn’t against all police officers. It’s against our judicial system who allow bad police officers to harass and kill innocent men of color freely without any repercussions. 

There wouldn’t be a need for a protest if these issues were addressed. This kicking the can down the road and sitting in your comfort zone because you are not being targeted is the the problem. 

No one is blaming the president but he is sure not helping the situation with his ill comments, which is illegal because he can’t intervene by using his presidential powers requesting a private business fire anyone. He has used racial division to divide this country and conquer the presidency (with a little outside help). He continues use racially divisive words to hold his base. So far as I am concerned he is a racist no buts and no ifs. MAGA is the same slogan used by the KKK in the 1800s. 

Not only is he a Racist bigot, he’s a traitor. And for someone who has served in the military. I am surprised to see that your still supporting this scum bag. If it’s because the economy is doing good. It was doing good when he got into office and was still climbing. 

We all want the country to good too, we just want to live safely and free and included in it too.

Jim Gauthier Okay ladies and gents, it’s time I put a little spin on things… We have all been around for a while and have seen past presidents come and go. One thing is common among all of them…They are all crooked in their own way. You can say all you want about President Trump, but remember Bill Clinton with Monica Lewinsky? Nobody’s perfect and every President does a thankless job. Although I don’t agree with everything that President Trump does, he does back our military and police officers. I am an ex US ARMY Sergeant and proudly served our country 1985-1989. My mother lost her only brother in the Vietnam War and his name is on the wall in Washington DC. As patriotic as I am, our US flag stands for something… It is NOT a platform for spoiled, overpaid athletes to complain about how oppressed our country is; however it is to HONOR those soldiers who gave up their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today!! If you can’t stand up proudly for two minutes with your hat off and hand on your heart, get on a plane and get the heck out of the US!! We live in the greatest country in the world!! The NFL SHOULD institute a policy against kneeling during the National Anthem!! Last year I shut my TV off and wouldn’t watch the NFL on Sunday’s, I was pissed!! If we want to make this country a better place, it starts with each and every one of us. Please don’t blame the President!! The next time you look in the mirror ask yourself, ” Did I do everything humanly possible to make this world a better place today?” If the answer to this question is yes, then this extreme hate that we currently have in this country will slowly cease to exist. I am a Trump supporter and I believe that he will make America Great Again!!

General Assembly may hold surprise session – WRAL

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter

The N.C. General Assembly may come back into session in the coming days to write short summaries of the proposed constitutional amendments that will be before votes this November.

That’s supposed to be the purview of a three-person commission, but House Rules Chairman David Lewis wrote Speaker of the House Tim Moore Saturday with concerns about the commission’s work. Lewis, R-Harnett, said in his letter that he’s worried about “maneuverings” by unnamed outside political groups trying to sway the commission.

“Politicized captions” with “long sentences or negative language” could hurt the amendments’ chances for passage, Lewis wrote.

The General Assembly is controlled by Republican super majorities. Two of the three commission members are Democrats: Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein. (Read more)

The entire justice system here is run by black women. It’s not a diversity experiment. They do things differently.

South Fulton, Georgia (CNN)When LaDawn “LBJ” Jones walked into a meeting at work a couple of months ago, she was hit with a serious case of “black girl magic.”

Jones, the city solicitor in South Fulton, Georgia, was meeting for the first time with the city’s municipal court staff. As she entered the room, she realized she was looking at something she’d never before seen in her legal career.

Everyone in the room looked like her.

“I walked into a very small conference room, and I noticed that it was all black women,” Jones told CNN. “I kind of got that feeling of ‘this is nice — this is exciting.'”

South Fulton, an Atlanta suburb and one of Georgia’s newest cities, has the distinction of being perhaps the first city in the nation to have its criminal justice system led entirely by black women: (Read more)

Trump demands Roger Goodell ‘make a stand’ on players kneeling for anthem – The Hill

President Trump took aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday in a tweet, calling upon the football executive to further punish players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

The president wrote Friday that Goodell, noting his $40 million a year salary, must “make a stand” against mostly African-American NFL players who have protested police brutality and racism by taking a knee during the National Anthem before games.

“The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!” Trump wrote. (Read more)

Retiree plans to refurbish historic black beach – The Daily Advance

HERTFORD — A military retiree who recently purchased a piece of history now wants to renovate the facilities at the once-segregated beach and reopen it to recreation.

Joe White purchased about eight acres on the Perquimans River that was home to Lowe’s Beach. The beach and club was among several in the area established by black residents at a time when recreation was racially segregated and black families did not have access to beaches that were frequented by whites.

Some of those historic black-owned beaches, such as Chowan Beach on the Chowan River in Hertford County and Bogue’s Beach on the Little River in Pasquotank County, are currently being featured in the “Memorable Sands” exhibit on display at Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City. (Read more)

White supremacist gangs growing in NC, officials say – WRAL

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gang activity overall is on the rise in North Carolina, and the sharpest increase is among white supremacist groups, law enforcement officials said Friday.

The major gangs operating in North Carolina are still the Bloods, the Crips and the Gangsters, or Folk Nation, but Tony Taylor, who heads the Special Operations and Intelligence Section of the state Department of Public Safety, said the rise in white supremacy groups is a new development.

“We’re not sure what’s causing it. It’s just a trend we’re starting to see, and we’re trying to figure that out,” Taylor told members of the state Emergency Response Commission. “We don’t know what’s causing it other than this one group that seems to be standing out right now – Bound for Glory.” (Read more)