You might know the name of African American activist and academic W. E. B. Du Bois for his seminal text The Souls of Black Folk, as the founder of the influential National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) or even from a name-check in Beyoncé’s Homecoming Coachella film. But you probably won’t know him for his infographics.
A new exhibition, at London’s House of Illustration, co-curated by Paul Goodwin and Katie McCurrach, aims to change that. Focussing on the set of 63 infographics Du Bois presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition, it shows the pioneering graphs, charts and maps Du Bois developed with a team of African American students from his sociology laboratory at Atlanta University to radically challenge racism and the arguments behind white supremacy.
“The charts were radical in their purpose – Du Bois’ use of statistical data to refute racist claims was completely new,” says curator Katie McCurrach on Du Bois’ commission to create an exhibit for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, a huge world trade fair for the new century. “With his 63 charts, Du Bois was building up an argument against white supremacy, showing that African Americans were contributing to society – flourishing in education, purchasing land, starting businesses and publications – despite their status as people under slavery just forty years before, and despite continued discrimination and oppression.” (Read more)
Once again Christian leader Beth Moore has rocked the evangelical boat. Moore wrote a handful of tweets about the need for Christian leaders to succinctly call out white supremacy as evil and refuse to “shrink back in cowardice” by being silent.
The full statement Moore offered in a series of three tweets is as follows:
Any “Christ” that can be invoked in support of white nationalism is a false Christ of the highest, most hellish order. An anti-Christ. A wholly-opposite christ. No such christ is the Christ Jesus of Scripture who taught His followers a love that sacrifices life & limb for others.
Let it be known, let it be declared by genuine followers of Jesus, that the man who opened fire in El Paso may invoke a Christ of some kind but it is NOT our Christ. His Christ would be unrecognizable to us. Unrecognizable in Scripture. We claim no . . . (Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: As always my brother Tim is right on point.
A young man wears Rhodesian and apartheid-era flags on his jacket. Both countries never existed during his lifetime. Both flags are commonly worn as in-group insignia among politically organized white supremacists. “You have to be carefully taught,” as the old song from “South Pacific” puts it. He slaughtered nine African Americans in a church.
Dylann Roof told his victims that he came to kill black people because they are “raping our women and taking over our country.” Both claims date back to the white supremacy campaigns of the 1890s, one of which overthrew the government of North Carolina, by the way. These ideas did not just percolate up inside of his mind; this is not ordinary “bias” or suspicion of people different from him; someone had to teach him these elaborated historical traditions. (Watered down versions of them are ordinary enough in mainstream politics.) He gunned down nine people at a historic black church, historic enough that he might well have selected it intentionally; Emanuel AME has been at the center of the civil rights struggle since the early 19th century. The Denmark Vesey slave rebellion of 1822 was organized out of this church, and the slave revolt that it was designed to launch was planned to occur on June 16–the anniversary of Dylann Roof’s massacre; of course, there is no evidence that he knew this history, but no evidence that he didn’t, either.
Roof said he wanted to start a race war; this is a common theme among white supremacists and depicted in their favorite book, The Turner Diaries, which also helped inspire Timothy McVeigh to commit the Oklahoma City bombings. He is part of something, and something dangerous. America in general and South Carolina in particular are generously sprinkled with white supremacist groups. (In Shelby, where he was caught, the White Patriot Party committed a mass murder some years back; the man who ordered that murder committed mass murder at a synagogue in Kansas City only a few years ago. The road Dylann Roof was captured on, Thomas Dixon Blvd, was named after perhaps the most illustrious white supremacist in the history of the world, apart from Hitler, though there is no evidence he knew this, of course, nor that he didn’t.) Roof’s probable mental frailty most likely have made him susceptible such influences. It’s almost certainly both/and with respect to mental illness and white supremacy, but there is at least as much evidence for the latter as for the former.
Dylann Roof, the man accused of a shooting spree that left nine people dead at a historic black church in Charleston on Wednesday night, should not have been able to get a gun.
Federal law prohibits people with pending felony charges from obtaining firearms. In February, Roof was arrested and later charged with felony possession of Suboxone, a narcotic prescription drug. He was released, and the case is pending.
Because of his criminal record, Roof would not have been able to buy a gun from a store. Federally licensed gun dealers are required to run background checks on gun purchasers, and Roof’s pending charges should have turned up as a red flag.
But Roof didn’t need to go to a dealership. According to his uncle, Roof received a .45-caliber pistol from his father in April for his birthday, Reuters reports. (Source: Read more)
Dylann Roof, who is being described by UK newspaper The Telegraph as a “white supremacist gunman.”
Roof had a license plate on his car of the “Confederate States of America” – not just the historical Confederacy but a group that believes it is being occupied the the U.S. government.
High school classmate John Mullins told the Daily Beast that Roof “had that kind of Southern pride, I guess some would say. Strong conservative beliefs.”
“He made a lot of racist jokes, but you don’t really take them seriously like that. You don’t really think of it like that,” Mullins said.
His roommate, Dalton Tyler told ABC News Roof was “planning something like that for six months.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: I have seen this here in NC for myself so I know it can be some truth to it.
Baltimore is run by black political leaders so how can they possibly be so racist? Well MSNBC has the answer, it is still white supremacy even without white people being involved.
“Speaking about the political leaders in Baltimore being black. I think that white supremacy is so insidious and ingrained in this institution that you don’t even have to have a white person around, right? To have white supremacy play out.”
Is she clueless or deceptive? (Source: Read more)
Racism has a hard time hiding.
People love to deny its very existence, but it just has a way of telling on itself. Those who harbor prejudice on the inside eventually can’t help but let it out in a way, so ugly and toxic, that you soon wonder how they kept it disguised for as long as they had.
The leaked emails from Sony come to mind.
While the overwhelming majority of African Americans see some level of racial discrimination and devaluing of black life in the police murders of unarmed men like Akai Gurley, Kendrec McDade, and Eric Garner, it’s become far too easy for police (and society) to deny race played even a small role in any of these homicides. (Source: Read More)