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  • How My High School Report on Malcolm X Turned Me Republican

    06/24/2014 1:16:12 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 156 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 24, 2014 | Gary Youngston
    Growing up in a black neighborhood in Oakland, California pretty much guaranteed that I was destined to be a Democrat. As a child whatever exposure I was given to politics had a simple message, Democrats are good and Republicans are bad. When I became a teenager I accept this as gospel and when Barack Obama was elected President this confirmed all I had been taught and was excited to become old enough to one day follow in his footsteps and be a strong Democrat to fight the good fight and bring social justice to black folks all over. However, in...
  • Many Democrats Prioritizing Black Families Over Teachers Unions

    06/16/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | June 16, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Five teacher hiring and firing laws bit the dust in California this week. In a major blow to teachers unions, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling struck down teacher tenure, while freeing districts from spending hundreds of thousands to fire teachers and from having to fire newly-hired teachers first during layoffs. The ruling is being applauded as a major civil rights victory, with Judge Treu comparing it with historic desegregation battle Brown v. Board of Education. Treu said both cases addressed “a student’s fundamental right to equality of the educational experience.” The data could not be clearer...
  • Dare to Be Free and Independent

    05/06/2014 5:19:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 6, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    Rep. Bennie Thompson has covered himself, and the entire sweep of his brand of big government race-baiting liberalism, with another shroud of shame and ignominy. How, you ask? Or, candidly, how you ask could they have sunk even lower? Sadly, however, that is the case. He has not insinuated, but said, not retracted, but redoubled, his snide, sinister, and ignorant remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas, "...[he] doesn't like black people, he doesn't like being black." He also called Justice Thomas an 'Uncle Tom.' The levels of inappropriateness are staggering. First, there is the spectacle of a member of the legislative...
  • [Walter Williams] Black People Duped

    03/04/2014 3:06:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/4/2014 | Walter Williams
    People in the media and academia are mostly leftists hellbent on growing government and controlling our lives. Black people, their politicians and civil rights organizations have become unwitting accomplices. The leftist pretense of concern for the well-being of black people confers upon them an aura of moral superiority and, as such, gives more credibility to their calls for increasing government control over our lives. Ordinary black people have been sold on the importance of electing blacks to high public office. After centuries of black people having been barred from high elected office, no decent American can have anything against their...
  • Obama Wants the Privilege without the Accountability of Being the First Black President

    01/23/2014 6:11:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | Crystal Wright
    President Barack Obama enjoys the celebrity and uniqueness of being America’s first black president but loathes the accountability that comes with the job. Since day one, Obama has cried racism as the cause for his inability to work with Republicans in Congress or basically get anything meaningful done in five years of his presidency. The very thing that got Obama elected, his race, is the very crutch he continuously uses to eschew criticism for a job poorly done. So, it was no surprise to read in the New Yorker's sweeping interview with the president that he blames the failures of...
  • Black Beastie Gets Tasered in Front of Her Kids! (from black social commentator)

    12/21/2013 10:03:27 PM PST · by doug from upland · 75 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/2013 | Tommy Sotomayor
    BLACK COMMENTATOR EVISCERATES BLACK WOMEN While searching through different videos, I clicked on this thing. WARNING: language is very graphic! This is a black guy who comments on problems in the black community. It begins with two out of control women in a confrontational video, then Tommy goes on his rant. Watch as much as you like, but I found it quite interesting.
  • Racial Trade-offs: Part II

    10/16/2013 4:32:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 16, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week's column discussed the political trade-offs made by black politicians and civil rights organizations that condemn whole generations of black youngsters to failing schools ( Similar political trade-offs in labor markets condemn many blacks, particularly black youths, to high rates of unemployment and reduced economic opportunities. Let's look at this, starting with a few historical facts. Today white teen unemployment is about 20 percent, while that for blacks is about 40 percent and more than 50 percent in some cities. In 1948, the unemployment rate of black 16-year-old and 17-year-old males was 9.4 percent, while that of whites was...
  • Let’s Talk About Race

    08/25/2013 9:21:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | August 25, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    As we approach on August 28th the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, some people have stated we need to have a national conversation about race. I agree and I would like to do that, hopefully without hitting on too many tired clichés. Despite the fact that we have a Black President, the emphasis on race in this society seems not to have taken a vacation. In fact, it appears to have been exacerbated. Recently many people have criticized President Obama for not doing enough about the disintegrating black family structure. We...
  • Progressives and Blacks

    08/21/2013 3:26:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 21, | Walter E. Williams
    Sometimes I wonder when black people will reject the patronizing insults of white progressives and their black handmaidens. After CNN's Piers Morgan's interview with the key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, he said: "Rachel Jeantel is not uneducated. She's a smart cookie." That's a remarkable conclusion. Here's a 19-year-old young lady, still in high school, who cannot read cursive and appears to be barely literate. Morgan may have meant Jeantel is smart -- for a black person. Progressives treat blacks as victims in need of kid glove treatment and special favors, such as racial quotas and preferences. This approach...
  • The Speech, the Dream, and Me

    08/20/2013 5:45:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    It was an atypical August summer day in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago next week. Temperatures were in the low 80s, about 10 degrees cooler than normal. Skies were partly cloudy. Most government officials were vacationing. I was a young copyboy at the NBC News Washington bureau. Correspondent Jack Perkins asked me to accompany him to hear a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial. What I knew about African-Americans ("negroes" they were called then when people wanted to be polite; much worse when they did not) was limited to my experience with two maids employed...
  • CNN’s Don Lemon Backs Up Bill O’Reilly: ‘He Doesn’t Go Far Enough’ In Criticizing Black Culture

    07/28/2013 5:40:13 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 60 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 27, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    Bill O’Reilly’s remarks on race last week drew heavy criticism from Chris Hayes, Bill Maher, Al Sharpton, Larry Wilmore, and more, but one unlikely person is agreeing with him: CNN host Don Lemon. Lemon addressed the wounds inflicted by black males onto their community on his “No Talking Points” segment Saturday afternoon, saying he was able to bring this up now that the George Zimmerman trial had concluded. Before the verdict, right wing media had consistently asked why the “liberal media” was fixating on Trayvon Martin while ignoring rampant black-on-black violence, a “deflection,” in Lemon’s words, from the injustices of...
  • America's biggest deadbeat dad with 22 kids by 14 women to get his own reality show

    07/24/2013 8:11:41 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2013
    A man who fathered 22 kids by 14 different women  - earning himself the title 'America's biggest deadbeat dad' - is to get his own reality TV show. It comes after unemployed Orlando Shaw, 33, was filmed boasting outside a Nashville courthouse following a child support hearing, 'the ladies don't like me, they love me.' The interview, recorded by Nashville’s NewsChannel, has since gone viral. It has been estimated that the state of Tennessee pays around $7,000 each month to help support Shaw’s children. He was filmed following a court hearing in which some of his former lovers - and...
  • The President's Take on Race

    07/23/2013 6:03:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 23, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    President Obama rarely misses an opportunity to insert himself into an issue. Last Friday, he appeared in the White House press room to comment on the George Zimmerman verdict. The president said he could have been Trayvon Martin. Not likely, given his private schooling and the way he was fast-tracked to success. The president said the history of African-Americans partially explains the way many black people view the case. He spoke of blacks hearing car doors lock as they cross the street and of white women who clutch their purses tightly when a black person enters an elevator. Then he...
  • Why Liberals Like Affirmative Action

    06/29/2013 6:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | June 29, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    The Supreme Court punted on the University of Texas affirmative action case the other day. But the issue won't seem to go away - except in California. California? Yes, California. Although seen as a bastion of liberalism in the public mind, the state passed proposition 209, banning affirmative action, 17 years ago. So what happened? Are California university campuses today completely lily white? Or all Asian? Hardly. As explained in a study for the Cato Institute, with the exception of one or two "elite" institutions, California university campuses are more diverse today than before the ban, and the graduation rates...
  • 5 Groups Of Obama Voters That Are Being Crushed By Democrats

    03/30/2013 5:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 30, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Hollywood, the mainstream media and the public school system are all almost entirely controlled by people and groups friendly to the Democrat Party. Yet and still, even with that almost overwhelming advantage, Democrats can't do any better than a rough parity with the Republicans. If the tables were turned and the GOP controlled what you see on TV, in the news and what your kids are taught at school the same way the Democrats do, the Republican Party would win every presidential election and would permanently maintain unassailable majorities in Congress. So, why aren't the Democrats running away with every...
  • Black Leaders Open Fire on Obama Over Unemployment

    03/29/2013 1:06:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | March 29, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's failed job policies are facing bitter criticism from African-American leaders who say black unemployment has grown worse under his presidency. After four years of holding their tongues and remaining quiet in the face of sharply rising black unemployment and record poverty, political leaders from the Congressional Black Caucus to the NAACP have begun to open fire on the White House. Obama won 96 percent of the black vote in 2008 and about the same percentage in 2012, despite a worsening jobless crisis among African-Americans. At 14 percent for adults and 43.1 percent for 16-to-19-year-old teenagers, blacks...
  • Preserve Gun Rights, Save Black Lives

    02/25/2013 4:36:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | February 25, 2013 | Star Parker
    This past Friday my organization, CURE, sponsored a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, to bring attention to the importance of rigorously defending the right of all Americans, guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution, to own a gun. Our event provided a forum for black leaders from the world of politics and public policy in Washington, from the business community, from academia, and from the clergy to express their deep concern about efforts currently underway to limit our God-given and constitutional individual right of self-defense. Why would an organization like CURE, whose mission focuses...
  • Gun Outrage in Black and White: Why Parents Matter

    12/21/2012 11:09:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Crystal Wright
    Young Black men are killing each other every day and the problem is particularly acute in urban cities like Chicago from which President Barack Obama hails. Yet, I haven’t seen Obama or the mainstream media shed a tear over the fact more than 50% of America’s murder victims are black and nearly all (85%) of those blacks killed are young men. Nor do we see media or presidential outrage or calls for more rigid gun control laws when young black kids are heinously murdered like we do when the victims are mostly white. Neither words nor God can explain the...
  • What Went Wrong Last Tuesday

    11/12/2012 4:33:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies ^ | November 12, 2012 | Star Parker
    Disbelief is the word that defines the Republican state of mind in the wake of the 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama. The obvious questions are: “How can Americans have re-elected a president who has presided over an economy where unemployment still hovers at 8 percent ?” And, “How can Americans have re-elected a president who still doesn’t grasp that his big government policies are what have blocked our economic recovery?” The Republican Party needs to take responsibility for this disaster. Nothing in the outcome of this election is a surprise. The realities which produced these election results have been...
  • Black and White Standards

    10/31/2012 7:13:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | October 31, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    The Washington Post (10/25/2012), in giving President Barack Obama an endorsement for another four years, wrote, "Much of the 2012 presidential campaign has dwelt on the past, but the key questions are who could better lead the country during the next four years -- and, most urgently, who is likelier to put the government on a more sound financial footing." The suggestion appears to be that a president is not to be held accountable to his promises and past record and that his past record is no indication of his future behavior. Possibly, the Washington Post people believe that a...
  • Racial Preferences for the Privileged

    10/12/2012 7:43:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The Supreme Court this week took up a case that just might put an end to race-based college admissions. The justices heard arguments Wednesday involving an affirmative action program, at the University of Texas, whose whole purpose seems to be to give special preference to black and Hispanic applicants who come from middle-income and affluent homes. Long past are the days when affirmative action proponents could argue they were simply trying to help disadvantaged minorities, much less actual victims of discrimination. Now, the rallying cry is simply to bolster the number of black and Hispanic students on campus -- even...
  • Blacks are abandoning the Democratic Party

    10/02/2012 3:16:38 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/1/12 | E.W. Jackson
    For more than 50 years, the black community has been the wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. That may be changing. In spite of the overwhelmingly liberal voting patterns of black voters, they are an essentially conservative community. Americans of African descent are more pro-life and pro-family than the average white voter and as conservative on social issues as any white evangelical. Democrats have managed to monopolize the black vote in spite of the vast chasm between the two on social issues. This philosophical difference has become more pronounced in the past 20 years, as liberals have embraced far-left...
  • 5 Reasons There Are So Few Black Americans In The Republican Party

    09/07/2012 10:18:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | September 7, 2012 | John Hawkins
    How is it that the party of Lincoln, a party that led the way in opposing slavery, Jim Crow laws, lynching, the KKK, poll taxes, led the way on integration and voting rights for black Americans, and percentage wise, voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act in greater numbers than Democrats is now only getting about 10% of the black vote? Democrats say racism, but any objective observer would quickly discard that explanation given the significant number of popular black Republicans. If even a large percentage of Republicans were racist, certainly Allen West, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele,...
  • How Obama Has Failed the Black Community

    07/21/2012 12:01:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/21/2012 | Chad Stafko
    Recall the euphoria that engulfed the African-American community back in 2008, when Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States. Blacks came out for him in droves and voted for him at an astounding 96% level. Times, they were a-changin', so to speak. It was the dawning of a new era, as a large dose of hope and change was on its way to the county as a whole, and specifically to the African-American community. Now, almost four years later, it's clear that Obama has done nothing to improve the way of life among blacks as a whole....
  • Democrats to Blacks: Stay Angry, Vote Democratic

    07/05/2012 4:18:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | July 5, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., once said: "George (W.) Bush is our 'Bull' Connor -- and if that doesn't get to you, nothing will be able to get to you. It's time for us to be able to say that we're sick and tired, we're fired up and we're not going to take it anymore." Connor was a racist sheriff who sicced dogs and water hoses on civil rights workers in the '60s. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., says Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." The tactic is as obvious...
  • Will Gay Marriage Force Black Churches to Reconsider Democratic Party?

    05/18/2012 4:11:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | May 18, 2012 | Larry Elder
    President Obama's affirmation of gay marriage threatens to undermine the near-monolithic black support Obama enjoyed in 2008. Several members of the black clergy now say they intend to sit out the presidential election. One poll from last November found black opposition to gay marriage at 58 percent, higher than the rest of the country, which is about evenly split. The real question is this: What took black church leaders so long to reconsider their near blind support for the Democratic Party? The historical strength of black churches has been that of a moral and spiritual refuge in a once-hostile country...
  • "I am Gay" billboards ignite controversy among African Americans

    01/17/2011 9:16:16 AM PST · by scottjewell · 69 replies ^ | Jan. 15, 2011 | Paul Nelson
    The colorful attention-grabbing billboards of gay black men in a church and on the basketball court are creating a firestorm of controversy on an issue that continues to drive a wedge in segments of the African-American community. City Councilman Joseph Allen said Friday that he came in for both scorn and support after publicly expressing his displeasure this week that the billboards send the wrong message to impressionable youngsters, particularly those being raised by single mothers who may not have positive male role models. "This kind of billboard is putting the stamp of approval on a gay lifestyle," said Allen,...
  • Deafening silence from black leaders

    07/13/2009 3:23:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1,894+ views
    One News Now ^ | July 12, 2009 | Meeke Addison
    <p>Where are the defenders of "the cause" when you need them? When an actual social tragedy occurs, where are the self-titled leaders of the black movement? I'll answer my own question: They're busy fighting for an interview or a microphone during all of the Michael Jackson festivities.</p>
  • Some Pastors Chose Not To Go To NAACP Dinner (Prop. 8 Backlash Brewing Alert)

    11/22/2008 9:35:54 AM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 989+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/21/2008 | Leslie Brinkley
    The emotion and strong-feelings on both sides of Proposition 8 divided leaders in the African-American community on Friday night. At the annual NAACP Banquet in San Francisco some pastors chose to boycott because of another's stance on same-sex marriage. "Seizing our moment of triumph" was the NAACP celebratory theme for this major fundraiser, but conversation often still centered on Proposition 8 and Rev. Amos Brown's much publicized stance to support same-sex marriage civil rights. "Tonight our national president, Ben Jealous, will be here to show he stands with us. And for the state president Alice Huffman to be here, to...
  • NAACP Los Angeles President Alice Huffman Sells Out Black Families (Corruption Scandal Alert)

    10/30/2008 7:19:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 712+ views ^ | 10/30/2008 | NA
    Campaign finance records reveal that Alice Huffman, President of the California State NAACP, the only major African American leader in California to endorse legalized gay marriage, has received nearly $200,000 from the NO on 8 campaign in “fees” through her company AC Public Affairs. African American leaders throughout California were shocked when Huffman, as a member of the NAACP Board, endorsed the No on 8 campaign despite the statewide, unified voices of African American political and religious leaders in support of traditional marriage. Huffman has never taken a vote of NAACP chapters and members, which is customary before endorsing any...
  • The Sneaker Cult (an economist's view)

    01/31/2008 6:06:33 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 65 replies · 793+ views via National Post ^ | Thursday, January 31, 2008 | Ray Fisman
    A few years ago, Bill Cosby set off a fire-storm with a speech excoriating his fellow African-Americans for, among other things, buying $500 sneakers instead of educational toys for their children. In a recent book, Come On People, he repeats his argument that black Americans spend too much money on designer clothes and fancy cars, and don't invest sufficiently in their futures. Many in the black community have been critical of Cosby for blaming poor people rather than poor public policies. Others have defended Cosby's comments as an honest expression of uncomfortable truths. But notably absent from the Cosby affair...
  • Abortion #1 killer of blacks, says Tennessee pastor

    08/06/2007 12:50:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 1,260+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 6, 2007 | Rusty Pugh
    The pastor of an African Methodist Episcopal church in Tennessee says blacks in America need to know that an enemy much more dangerous than the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups snuffs out the lives of more blacks than do violence, accidents, and all diseases combined. Joseph Parker is pastor of Campbell Chapel AME Church in Pulaski, Tennessee, birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. Parker says most blacks would agree that the Klan is viewed as the number-one enemy of blacks. Yet despite all the violence that group has committed over the years, the Tennessee pastor says it "pales...
  • (Sheriff)Lee: The black community is the problem

    10/27/2006 6:18:13 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 28 replies · 1,775+ views
    wwltv ^ | 10/27/06 | Ben Lemoine
    It was 20 years ago that Sheriff Harry Lee said black people in white neighborhoods were probably up to no good and threatened to pull them over if they were driving there. Now, with a murder rate in Jefferson Parish that is almost double what it was last year, Lee said deputies will soon begin stopping black people in violent neighborhoods and searching them. Deputies have said it has become like a war zone on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish. Violence has spread to neighborhoods that had very little pre-Katrina crime and has exploded in others. They blame it on...
  • When in doubt, blame the LAPD

    02/10/2005 7:07:20 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 1 replies · 176+ views ^ | feb 10 2005 |
    If you are not familiar with Devin Brown and his death, the facts are sad. A kid who everybody described as 'nice' went for a joyride at four in the morning on Sunday, and ended up being shot and killed by an LAPD officer. All the facts in the case are not known, and the investigation will probably take several months to complete. This case has captured so much attention that the FBI is now investigating what happened. I expect a wrongful death lawsuit to be filed against the city any day now, regardless of what the investigation finds. Even...
  • Another tradgedy in LA, but who is to blame?

    02/09/2005 7:07:38 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 2 replies · 164+ views ^ | 2-9-05 |
    Around four in the morning last Sunday, an LAPD patrol car spotted a 1992 Toyota Camry being driven erratically on Century Blvd in Los Angeles. The officers tried to pull over the vehicle, but a chase ensued. This story is like so many that come out of LA every day. Angelenos love their car chases, and sadly enough, it has become a form of entertainent for the local news channels. The San Onofre nuke plant could be doing a Chernobyl, but if there is a car chase going on, all other news stops. After OJ, car chases have become as...
  • Left-Wing "Friends" Hurt Blacks-How the Left has decimated the black community

    04/28/2004 5:02:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 177+ views
    Frontpagemagazine/Town Hall ^ | 4-28-04 | Thomas Sowell
    How the Left has decimated the black community through condescension and the bigotry of low expectations. Who was it who said, "if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall"? Ronald Reagan? Newt Gingrich? Charles Murray? Not even close. It was Frederick Douglass! This was part of a speech in which Douglass also said: "Everybody has asked the question, 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us!" Frederick Douglass had...
  • Our Own Worst Enemies: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America

    12/20/2003 11:51:02 AM PST · by bdeaner · 18 replies · 2,185+ views
    America's Voices ^ | 12/20/03 | La Shawn Barber
    A book written with truth, wisdom and insight shouldn't be revolutionary.  Unfortunately, reporting facts about black America can be downright subversive.  In his new book, , Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson ("the other Jesse") tells it like it is.  He is the founder and president of the successful non-profit  (BOND), whose purpose is "rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man".Rarely do I come across writing as brutally honest as my own when dealing with the black community.  Liberals in general won't like it, liberal blacks in particular will hate it, and conservatives will wonder what took so long.  SCAM is a...
  • History of Communist Infiltration in the Black Community

    01/24/2002 10:52:09 AM PST · by Chuckmorse · 13 replies · 791+ views ^ | Jan. 24, 2002 | Chuck Morse
    History of Communist Infiltration in the Black Community Given that February is Black History Month and that the communist infiltration of America is an interest of mine, I will be focusing this next month on the history of the communist infiltration of the African-American community. In the 1920’s, the Kremlin targeted African-Americans by promoting the formation of a “Negro Soviet Republic” to be carved out of what they called the “black belt,” and area with a large African-American population that crossed several southern states. When this line of reasoning was met with scorn and hostility by the overwhelmingly conservative, Christian, ...