Tomás Ó Flatharta

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While they had non-whites speaking, they had a hateful message – Donald Trump holds a virtual Republican Party Convention while white racists gun down black people in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Something very rotten is happening in the United States of America.

Hope erupted after the racist police murder of George Floyd – protests went global.

Will protests erupt again?

Black basketball stars lead the way, launching what amounts to a nationwide sporting general strike in the USA.

The words of LeBron James

FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT

Change doesn’t happen with just talk!! It happens with action and needs to happen NOW! https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

LeBron Raymone James Sr. born December 30, 1984 is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeBron_James?wprov=sfti1

Racist police shot African-American man Jacob Blake seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Bucks staged an unprecedented boycott on Wednesday over the police shooting of a black man, forcing the NBA to halt its playoff schedule and prompting a wave of walkouts by teams and players across other sports.

The NBA postponed its entire slate of Wednesday fixtures after the Bucks refused to play game five of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest at the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.

Blake was seriously injured after being shot point blank in the back seven times by police officers in a confrontation captured in video footage.

“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors,” the Bucks players said in a statement explaining their boycott. https://scroll.in/field/971490/black-lives-matter-nba-walkout-sparks-historic-sport-boycott-in-us-osaka-withdraws-tennis-halted

More protests are badly needed.

At the same Donald Trump’s political party, the Republicans, staged a bizarre “virtual” convention.

claytoonz.com/2020/08/25/diverse-convention/

US President Donald Trump Celebrates American Racism

On the first night of the Republican convention, the GOP rolled out minority speakers, you know…whenever a Trump wasn’t speaking.

There was Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, a black guy here, a Cuban there, and a Puerto Rican who is a true Trumpista because she doesn’t know Puerto Rico is a part of the United States. Seriously, Kimberly Guilfoyle, you’re not a “first-generation American” and you’re not an immigrant.

When speaking of the black vote, Republicans’ key word is “plantation.” Isn’t that kinda racist to look at a black person and think “plantation?” They say black Republicans got off the plantation by not voting for the Democratic Party anymore. They scream about being free thinkers while speaking at a convention where the entire platform directive is to worship Trump.

Donald Trump and his campaign say he’s going to improve his black vote from 2016. Well he had better because it doesn’t get much worse than 8 percent which is what he got in 2016. Any bets he does any better? From last night’s convention, despite the showing of non-white support, I’m going to say, “No.”

Why? Because while they had non-whites speaking, they had a hateful message. For example, they brought out the idiot gun-toting couple who was frightened by black people walking down their street. So they went outside with mustard stains on their shirts and screamed at pedestrians who were not on their property, all the while pointing loaded weapons at them. They’re aghast they have been charged with crimes because pointing guns at scary black people should be legal. But their main message was, this could happen anywhere in America.

Yes, the Republican Party is warning that if Joe Biden is elected, in addition to outlawing religion, burning down your church, outlawing free thinking, and implementing a communist agenda throughout the nation, a black person may one day walk past your house.

Donald Trump’s message is even worse. He’s warning that if Joe Biden is elected, a black family might buy the house next door in your suburbs. If they do, say hi.

But this president who praises and retweets Nazis, hires white nationalists, says “send them back,” and tweets “white power” isn’t a racist and will increase his black vote.

If you want to believe Donald Trump isn’t a racist, but want to buy that all those non-white speakers is proof, then I recommend watching the rest of the convention on mute…especially if Don Jr’s girlfriend speaks again. Republicans have yet to figure out that they need more black people in their party than just the ones they put on TV.

And for all the words said at this Republican convention, those you won’t hear are “Jacob Blake” and “black lives matter.”

Meanwhile, Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17 year old – walked through police lines in Kenosha, opening fire, killing citizens – his motivation? : far-right racism :

“According to witness accounts and video footage, police apparently let the gunman walk past them and leave the scene with a rifle over his shoulder and his hands in the air as members of the crowd were yelling for him to be arrested because he had shot people.

“We were all chanting ‘Black lives matter’ at the gas station and then we heard, boom, boom, and I told my friend, ‘That’s not fireworks’,” 19-year-old protester Devin Scott told the Chicago Tribune.

“And then this guy with this huge gun runs by us in the middle of the street and people are yelling, ‘He shot someone! He shot someone!’ And everyone is trying to fight the guy, chasing him and then he started shooting again.”

As for how the gunman managed to leave the scene, Beth portrayed a chaotic, high-stress scene, with screaming, chanting, nonstop radio traffic and people running all over – conditions he said can cause “tunnel vision” among law officers.

A video posted by The Daily Caller, a right-wing news and opinion site, appears to show Rittenhouse answering questions during an interview on Tuesday night.

When asked what he was doing, Rittenhouse replies: “So people are getting injured and our job is to protect this business, and part of my job is to also help people. If there is somebody hurt I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. I also have my med kit.”

Rittenhouse also appears to be a supporter of law enforcement, The Daily Beast reported. The website referenced a 2018 post by Rittenhouse which asks people to donate to a group called Humanizing the Badge (HTB).”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/teenager-kyle-rittenhouse-arrested-charged-kenosha-shootings-200826180242065.html

Resistance is powerful.

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