March 9, 2018 - Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Gun Control Bill, But Students are Moving Forward With National Protests.
Under pressure from the growing student movement and corporate divestment of support for the NRA, Governor Rick Scott signed a gun control bill into law. While some Stoneman Douglas High School survivors were pleased that what many described as "small steps" were improvements, they are full speed ahead on their March 14 National School Walkout and the March 24 March on Washington.
The bill raises the age to purchase guns in Florida from 18 to 21 years of age. It calls for a three-day "cooling off period" while background are being conducted. The bill also calls for money to institute stronger school security measures, including school district approval for teachers to carry weapons.
Nevertheless, Stoneman Douglas students are moving forward with their planned national demonstrations. Department of Education Secretary Betsy De Voss visited Stoneman Douglas and refused to meet with students. David Hogg, one of the student leaders, said "Ms. De Voss never went to a public school. She doesn't know anything about public schools. She donated $200 million dollars to the Republican National Committee, that's how she got the job. She hasn't done anything."
February 26, 2018 - Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors: Supports "Never Again" Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
In a press conference with Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen on February 21, 2018, Patrisse Cullors responded to a reporters observation that prominent black organizers and public figures have also noted the largely positive public response to the student activists from Parkland--most of whom are not black and who attended school in a largely white, relatively affluent Florida suburb--compared to the frequent vilification of young black activists protesting gun violence, particularly police shootings.
Cullors said this; "It's complicated, but I would encourage us to learn the complicated. Why don't black people get to be victims? That's the question we have to ask ourselves...It's a question not just for elected officials but it's a question for us...Who gets to be a victim?" I'm so grateful these children are getting the support they need. And where is our support?"
Dante Barry, co-founder of "Million Hoodies" stated "The way people are responding to predominantly white communities is notable: Whose movement is more valuable to support? Other communities that have been devastated by gun violence are still fighting for crumbs."
"Never Again" representatives have met with survivors of the 2016 Pulse Night Club shootings. There are also discussions going on about Stoneman Douglas students meeting with Dream Defenders, who became after the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida. The Dream Defenders held several protests and pushed legislation to push back Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws.
February 25, 2018 - Is "Black Lives Matter" supporting the "Never Again" Marjory Stoneman Douglas student protests against gun violence?
In the aftermath of the killing of 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Alt-Black.com has been unable to find statements of support for the students and their "Never Again" efforts from Black Lives Matter. It is entirely possible that Black Lives Matter is supporting the students but, Alt-Black.com has not seen any references on BLM's website or Google searches.
It is also possible that BLM activists have discussed this issue and decided there are principled reasons why they are not supporting "Never Again." Certainly, there is a difference in protesting police brutality and wonton law enforcement murders of Black people, compared to what happened at Stoneman Douglas where law enforcement was wholly negligent in protecting these students.
Alt-Black.com's statement of support for the students at Stoneman Douglass was predicated on the basis that these innocent young people are fighting back in every way possible to protect themselves and millions of students across the country. They have taken matters into their own hands, faced down corrupt politicians and the NRA. They are new to political struggle and are deserving of our support.
At the end of the day, the issue the Stoneman Douglass students have raised concerns the value of their lives. Do their lives matter more than the blood money (campaign contributions) the politicians receive from the NRA? Alt-Black.com has no illusions that "gun reform" will to solve the problems confronting these students. Nevertheless, they are challenging the system, and as events unfold over the coming weeks and months, that sentiment will only deepen.
Alt-Black.com believes this youth movement has the potential for national growth, and developing allies for the future. But, even if that doesn't happen, they should be supported on principle. Obviously, Black Lives Matter may entertain a different view. As we understand Black Lives Matter's leadership model, autonomous decision making occurs as the local level. Either way--locally or nationally--our hope is that Black Lives Matter gives some measure of public support to "Never Again," and we look forward to their participation in the March For Our Lives national demonstration in Washington, D.C.
February 25, 2018 - Updates of Mueller Probe and Russia-Gate
Over the past week Special Counsel Robert Mueller Special counsel Robert Mueller secured a guilty plea on Tuesday from Alex van der Zwaan, a London-based lawyer who admitted to lying to the FBI. He had contacts with Rick Gates, the former Trump associate who pleaded not guilty in October to charges from Mueller's team that included conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. Mueller also filed new charges against Paul Manafort, former Trump Campaign Manager and indicted 13 Russians on a variety of charges..
DAILY UPDATES ON "RUSSIAGATE" AND DOWNLOADS OF INDICTMENTS AND CHARGES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE ON ALT-BLACK.COM ON THE "TRUMP'S RUSSIA HOUSE" LINK ON THE HOME PAGE..
February 18, 2018 - Broward County, Florida - "March For Our Lives" Demonstration
Today, Alt-Black.com announces its support for the student-led "March For Our Lives" demonstration in Washington, D.C., and joint actions in local communities across the country on March 24, 2018. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the Parkland, Florida community.
Alt-Black.com supports the students refusal to accept more lies and excuses from the powers that be, who seek to camouflage a simple truth; Democrats and Republicans place more value on preserving their relationships with the moneyed special interests, than the safety of the youth in this country. In this instance, the National Rifle Association.
For decades, Black youth have been the victims of wanton killings at the hands of law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local level, security guards and even self-appointed vigilantes.
The circumstances at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were different, but Parkland's students are now asking the same question; what is the value of our lives? Do our lives really matter? This is a profound moral dilemma.
Alt-Black.com wholeheartedly supports the students efforts to find truth in the midst of this tragedy. Further, we applaud their initiative to spread this effort across the country and summon all youth to join the fight.
Over the coming weeks, these students are going to learn more than most people learn in a lifetime, who see wrong, but choose not to try to correct it. They have now accepted a national leadership role. Everyone in the country will be watching. Most of them are on their side. No matter what they are told, or the obstacles they encounter, we trust they remember this.
On March 24, 2018 the youth of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and all who join them, will be making history with the "March For Our Lives" demonstration in Washington, D.C. Alt-Black.com encourages them to embrace the opportunity and the moment!
February 13 Click on box for story on Black Panther https://squawker.org/culture-wars/black-panther-the-ultimate-alt-right-hero/
Alt-Right says "Black Panther is the Ultimate Alt-Right Hero. Okay, we all know the Alt-Right meme brigades (internet police) launched an attack on the Rotten Tomatoes website to drive the ratings down for Black Panther. The article on Squawker.org is an ideological attack on Black Panther takes a different tact. Alt-Black made the point in our Thought Paper on the Dynamics of Black Culture that "the Cathedral (America) has entered a period of sustained and intensifying, race-based cultural warfare." This is one more example of many to come on the new cultural norm. For those who interested, you can click on the blue box to read.
New Post: Black Alternative History Month Tribute to Harold Cruse, academic, social critic and author of "Crisis of the Negro Intellectual" 1967. Article - "Harold Cruse, Black Nationalism and the Alt-Black. Does Harold Cruse's brilliant defense of Black Nationalism lay the basis for a new Alternative Black Nationalism?
Feature on Home Page: "The controversy around Black Panther’s supposed “appropriation” shows the necessity of pan-Africanism" by Hari Ziyad from AFROPUNK.COM
Two Additions to Harriet's Code Glossary: "The Flag" - Black Nationalist, "Lord Protector" - Harold Cruse, Defender of Black Nationalism.