How To Cover Black Protests in the Mainstream Media in Ten Easy Steps

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The first thing you need to do is find out what the protests are about. If it’s about a black man murdered by a white cop, try to subtly thuggify the victim. Dig up civil and criminal records if available. Find and display pictures that will make the public less sympathetic such as pictures of him in street wear holding what most people will interpret as gang signs when they actually aren’t. Then, try to scare the public a little by implying that a riot is imminent.

Second, wait until any protests begin while hinting that a riot will come.

Third, cover the protests objectively at first, also while hinting that a riot will come.

Fourth, there will likely be some rioting going on, mostly by outsiders. If so, focus your coverage on the violence most of the time. The public will interpret it as a massive riot if more coverage is given. While doing so, refer to the rioters as looters and thugs and make them the focus of your news coverage. That way, the public will assume the color of those people and will conclude those people are black so that negative stereotypes will arise.

Fifth, have on-the-ground reporters cover most of the violence as opposed to the actual peaceful movements that greatly outweigh the violence. Have them interview certain people, mostly leaders of the protests, and ask them the wrong questions to make them seem a little insane depending on their responses.

Sixth, never report on the why’s. The origins are not important in sensationalizing a protest for ratings gold. Also, never report on why certain protesters have become violent, especially if the cause is racism.

Seven, and this is especially useful if you’re from a conservative media base, report any instances of black-on-white violence. If there are none, make them up. Use pictures if necessary. Cover those incidences, real or made-up, intensely as if it is a widespread epidemic. Have a ‘race war’ slant added to it.

Eight, report on any government actions such as sanctions and curfews to make it seem like the violence is out of control and that things will be in order even though more oppression will be implemented on the people.

Nine, never do the same if white people riot over a ballgame. Cast them in a more positive light. Never refer to them as ‘thugs’ or ‘animals’. And above all else, make sure the story gets very little coverage. Make it seem that it doesn’t happen quite often and that it’s not as dangerous as when black people riot.

Ten, never, ever report on any positive moments during the protests. If need be, make it is one giant clusterfuck of nonsense and chaos that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Try to make black people seem like the bad guys when coverage the protests, and you will have the perfect mainstream news coverage that will further destroy race relations in America!

A Right To Speak

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I’m not the best at debate. In fact, I’m not good at debating at all. I don’t use a lot of college-level words in my articles. I base my entries on events that are going on and use my own judgment based on a little research that doesn’t take a lot to do. To be honest, I don’t have the time to do extensive research like I want to, nor do I have a scholarly mind. And lets be real, there are more important places for such writings to be than on a simple blog such as mine.

So, where am I going with this? Well, this is in response to certain commenters who, in literally so many words, have taken the time to express how wrong I am whenever an issue dealing that reflects who I am as a black person takes center stage and I write about it. I express my thoughts and emotions, but there are those who will not approve and will find something wrong with that. And I strongly believe that it’s because I’m a person of color who dares to talk about racism.

I don’t mind being told I’m wrong, but it gets on my nerves when the reasons why are mundane and weightless. And when I explain myself, it’s like talking to a broken record that repeats the same responses over and over. It’s like being told that my thoughts are worthless compared to the other person’s and that is the core of these isms and phobias against certain people that we have to deal with all the time.

I’ve dealt with people, some claiming to be people of color, who told me that my focus is on a subject they felt was not important enough to mention. I was told that racism wasn’t a big deal in this country, at least today. I was told that black-on-black crime was the real issue. I was told that black people were “out of control”. I was told this and that from those who seemed to can’t stand the subject of racism enough to want to virtually troll around and even derail topics.

Being told how wrong you are when you are a person of color discussing racism helps to kill the topic for seemingly personal and immoral reasons. Racism is a realistic subject that is just as important today as it was 40 years ago. When you have unarmed black people getting killed left and right by (mostly) white police, for instance, racism becomes a possibility when it’s happening by the hundreds each year. I’ve yet to hear about unarmed white citizens murdered by black cops at the exact same frequency. Until that happens, it’s quite understandable, like it or not, that racism is a factor.

The subject of racism is so heavy and complex that it tires a soul out, a soul who’s aware that it exists. But it’s even more exhausting trying to convince naysayers that it’s still going on, and they don’t believe you no matter how hard to try to prove it. The truth is you can’t ‘prove’ racism to them, because they are stuck in denial. It’s as if they are willingly blind and ignorant to the obvious. Nothing can make them consider otherwise.

However, the other truth is that there is no argument when it’s open and plain for anyone to see. There is no “other side” to consider when certain groups of people are being demonized and dehumanized daily. But they exhaust themselves trying to convince me and others that the issue of racism is a minor topic compared to whatever they think is considered more important.

That is why I end up banning them from my den. In the end, they’re trying to tell me that my thoughts don’t matter, and that my feelings are insignificant. In other words, I’m not supposed to get upset or scared whenever another black person is killed by a crazed cop. I’m not supposed to get angry that more and more young black folks are streaming to prison in record numbers for the most minor offenses. I’m supposed to keep quiet when my people are constantly misrepresented in the media 24 hours a day. And I’m supposed to shut up when people bring up stupid reasons why people shouldn’t stand up against that and other forms of racism.

We can not agree on the same thing. But when people start seeing that racism is not only real but terrible, maybe, just maybe there will be some progress. Then again, not everyone is down with progress, and that is part of the problem.

Vern’s Venting: Lies White People Tell

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By Lavern Merriweather:

There was a comment made by a reader about a post that Brotha wrote where the person said something to the effect of the many black people who are college graduates, happily married functioning couples and own their own business. In other words black people who are successful, well adjusted, smart, well-educated and have a two parents in the home DO exist.

One of the biggest myths white people spread is the notion that black men don’t take care of their kids. Either that or they have a bunch of babies mommas’ that they don’t pay any money in child support for. On one of my favorite shows MTV’s “Guy Code”, the subject turned to fathers. Out of the seven black men that are commentators for the show, only one grew up without a father.

Then, there is the idea that being an unmarried teen girl is something celebrated solely in black households. That Negroes just love family. So who cares if 15 year-old Tanisha is carrying her third kid, right? No talent, dumbass Sarah Silverman even made a snide joke that the best time to have a baby is when you are a black teen. She must have been living in a cave when vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol got pregnant at 17. It was to another teen named Levi who promptly left her to raise their son all by herself then got another girl pregnant soon after. There is also Britney Spears’ kid Jamie Lyn who got pregnant at 16, but I suppose that’s not the same, because they are white trash bumpkins who do that sort of thing. On top of that is the other MTV show “Teen Mom” which glorifies underaged girls that are white getting pregnant. This usually occurs without the benefit of a job, husband or higher education, but they are white so that shouldn’t matter with them either.

Another popular myth among white people is that black people are sponging off of their hard work and labor with welfare. This lie is not only the most ridiculous, but considering the fact that it’s actually white folks who receive more welfare than anyone, it’s the easiest to disprove. Some white people also neglect to acknowledge, or maybe they just refuse to, that a huge number of those working hard to pay for welfare are black people. A lot of black people who work every day to make the mortgage, feed their kids and keep clothes on their back equally contribute money just like the white folk whiners. Believe it or not, some Negroes even hold important government jobs too such as heads of state departments. I can’t forget all the mayors, state senators, aldermen, a few governors and even the guy who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Yet, to hear white people tell it, those folks don’t exist, the only way for us dumb darkies to make money is by becoming rappers or athletes. No college professors, moguls, authors, TV producers, lawyers and the like need apply.

The major lie that seems to get under Brotha’s skin most is that black people i.e. black men commit more crime. So the killing in the name of protecting the greater good is always justified as is the disproportionate number of young black males who are incarcerated. Something that many of us know is complete and utter bullshit. There is more than enough crime to go around in white areas. However, the problem with that is that those crimes never get talked about excessively. And when they are discussed by the white led media it’s always with about a million excuses for the behavior regardless of how heinous. Why else do you think that multiple women send love letters and marriage proposals to white male serial killers? It’s not just because those women like a bad boy or thug; it’s because white males who kill are seen as tragic, romantic figures by the media. Even the ones who aren’t accused of killing many people like Scott Peterson are perfectly okay, because he’s really ‘cute’.

Despite decades of evidence to prove otherwise white people can’t even look at their own despicable behavior with an honest lens. This is why I believe they love to rehash or continuously vilify famous black males for shit that they are equally guilty of. Or why they keep whining about statistics that say black people are more prone to crime. How the fuck are those numbers going to be relevant when the system gives harsher sentences to men of color and penalizes them more! It’s not that white people are committing less crime; it’s that they aren’t being held nearly as accountable, certainly not the white woman that killed her kids yet only got two years while a black woman who killed her kids got life in prison. Not when you have some stupid, brain dead white woman reporter giving a sympathetic interview to a white couple that is starving their two year-old to death because they claim that he is Jesus, nor the many guilty as sin white folks Dr. Phony (Phil) parades around on his show in the name of counseling [ratings!].

I guess those folks also don’t watch NBC’s “Dateline”, CBS’s “48 Hours” or ABC’s “20/20” and their endless tales of something horrific happening to an innocent, beautiful white person. Usually the majority of time, the person responsible is white too, but those stories don’t get told on the nightly news. White people’s villainy is for entertainment purposes only. Where were all the assholes bitching about statistics for the crimes that white people do which are glamorized by the media? If history has taught us anything it’s that white crime is something to be overlooked or ignored that it was never as bad as those of color like to imagine.

They seem to forget that it was a white male who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart, that a white man kidnapped Jaycee Duggard and held her prisoner for 18 years. It was a white man Timothy McVeigh who blew up that building in Oklahoma 19 years ago killing 87 people. And what about the shootings in Paducah, Jonesboro and Columbine. All committed by white male teens.

Another of the more recent lies is that Negroes are more homophobic, even though white fundamentalist preachers like Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell have spent decades attacking the gay lifestyle. Then there is that idea that black people aren’t as patriotic. However on that issue can anyone honestly blame us? Even while there are thousands of black folks serving bravely in the military every day with many others that have given their life for America. These are just some of the bullshit falsehoods that white people perpetuate to delude themselves that they are better. Those of us, however, who know the real deal also know that truth, no matter how well hidden, always finds its way to the surface eventually.

R.I.P. Johnny Kemp

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From The Root:

Reach Media, the company responsible for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage, has issued the following statement:

“We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.”

Earlier:

R&B singer Johnny Kemp, best known for his hit song “Just Got Paid,” died Thursday at the age of 55, according to the Bahamas Weekly. Kemp was scheduled to perform for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.

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Vern’s Venting: If It Ain’t White, Then It Ain’t Right

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By Lavern Merriweather:

I was perusing the Root website when I saw an article about Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and what some call her ridiculous ‘blaccent’. No surprise that the majority of white commenters and even some black folks were defending white people’s latest flavor of the month. They trotted out their egotistical and self-serving logic that black folks don’t own rap. So, who are they to bitch about who can or can’t be a part of it. This is where I always like to call my favorite word: BULLSHIT!

These are the very same people that got 100 kinds of upset because a Negro a.k.a. the ‘Chocolate Lover’ Idiris Elba starred in the “Thor” movie as, of all things, a Norse god. White folks were so angry about it that they took to social media in droves to complain. The exact folks who say that any actor can play any role were really furious that a black man was playing a fictional character, and they didn’t approve. They saw nothing wrong with half-Asian, half-white actor Fred Armisen on “SNL” playing President Obama, who is real. Yet, they can be pissed off about a person that is fake. My guess is because he is black and acting as a character of authority. Don’t forget Idiris played someone that Thor had to answer to if he ever screwed up.

When open-minded fellow and my favorite Bond Daniel Craig suggested that a black male be cast as the next Bond, many white folks were up in arms. They were pissed and by that, I mean with a capital ‘P’. Yet they saw nothing insulting or foolish about Angelina Jolie bronzing her skin and donning a rather stupid looking curly perm wig to play Marianne Pearl who was the wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl in the flop “A Mighty Heart”. When a number of black women on the blogs went boo hiss, they were met yet again with condescension. The naysayers whined that Marianne has white blood in her. So, what’s the big deal?

The ‘big deal’ is that while that may be the case. Marianne is a brown skinned woman! Hollowood would never hire Kerry Washington to play Amelia Earhart or Agatha Christie. So, Angelina should not be starring as Marianne. I don’t care that Angie financed the movie. There were more appropriate and surely more talented actresses that could have been in that film. On top of that it’s not like the movie broke any box office records. So a woman of color obviously couldn’t have done any worse money wise.

It’s not only music or movies I and Brotha have written several posts over the years about. It’s also sports, such as the amount of resentment that the Williams sisters in tennis have faced. If it’s not their opponents, then it’s the media and so- called fans of the sport. Venus and Serena have been slyly and sometimes outright berated about everything from their clothes, to their hair and their lack of social skills. The haters can’t deny their ability or skill on the court. So they attack whatever else they can pick on.

After actor David Tennant left the long running classic British series “Doctor Who” to pursue bigger and better roles, rumors began swirling that his replacement might be a black man or a white woman. Of course, fan geek assholes went all kinds of batshit and hurried in record numbers on social media to whine. They hemmed and hawed like mad that the good Doctor, despite being a fictional character who transcends time and could be played by anyone, just had to be a white male. No explanation or valid reason was given for this rambling idiocy other than those little whiny jerk-offs can’t stand the thought of a black man being the smart, charismatic, attractive lead.

The same thing goes for the popular “Hunger Games” franchise of books turned into movies. I haven’t read them, so I don’t know, but fans of color said that the main character Katniss Everdeen and her younger sister are supposed to be girls of color. Yet when an actress of color was hired to play star Jennifer Lawrence’s little sibling, she was met with nasty, racist comments by stupid, white, arrogant cowards on Twitter – some complaining about how ‘disappointed’ they were with the politically correct casting. How is it being politically correct when the person who WROTE the damn book made her a female of color? Maybe it’s that they can’t imagine the idea of a future not being lily white as we have seen with other movies.

A commenter on the Root site made a very perceptive and intelligent comment. He said, which is true, that if a sistah from America named Shaquanda went to Australia, started talking with an Aussie accent, adopted their mannerisms and played a didgeridoo, she would either be criticized or seen as a laughing stock. She certainly would not have people rushing to defend her moronic position like they are doing with Iggy.

I am all for an end to this segregation of music. Like I said before, music is pure and universal. It shouldn’t keep having these labels and hateful separatist mentality of some people. However, what Iggy is doing is nothing more than ripping off folks who are at the bottom, then standing on their shoulders like she created it in the first place. Australian or not, she should know by now the arrogant history of white people stealing music styles from Negroes then acting as if they came up with it all on their own. It’s what happened to artists like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and the entertainingly flamboyant Richard Pennimen a.k.a. ‘Little Richard’, and it’s still going on to this day.

White people are fully aware, as are we, that when the races are reversed they don’t like what is perceived to be Negroes invading their territory. They refuse to tolerate any and all notions of a black person taking part in anything they view as theirs. So where the fuck then do they get off expecting that very thing of us?

R.I.P. Percy Sledge

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From ABC News.

Michael Bolton paid tribute today to Famed R&B singer Percy Sledge, who died earlier at the age of 73.

Bolton sang Sledge’s song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” bringing it back to the charts in 1991. Sledge originally made the song a classic in 1966.

“An inspiration as an artist & one of the most gracious human beings. We sang together. Forever grateful! Love MB,” Bolton tweeted today after the news of Sledge’s death broke.

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Another Black Man Down

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I feel like I’m writing the same article over and over again whenever a black person’s life is cut down by a cop whose usual excuse is that he was protecting himself even though he was armed and his victim wasn’t. Such is certainly the case in my home state of South Carolina when another brotha left this word violently by a negrophobic-apparent cop.

In a neighborhood in North Charleston, Officer Michael Slager shot eight rounds into Walter Scott, a black male who was running away at the time. He got shot in the back five times. He was apparently unarmed when he died at the scene.

Slager, like almost all cops in similar incidents, said that he feared for this life. If there’s one thing most cops, especially white cops fear and hate the most is a black man, including those of the unarmed variety. Slager said that Scott tried to reach for his stun gun during a scuffle at a traffic stop. But a video has surfaced showing the murder from start to finish questioning the police report.

The New York Times reports:

“The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. Mr. Scott ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.

Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio: “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.

But the video, which was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by the Scott family’s lawyer, presents a different account. The video begins in the vacant lot, apparently moments after Officer Slager fired his Taser. Wires, which carry the electrical current from the stun gun, appear to be extending from Mr. Scott’s body as the two men tussle and Mr. Scott turns to run.”

Slager has been fired and charged for the murder of Scott.

Some say that the video is what led to the firing and charging of Michael Slager. They say that if the video didn’t exist, Slager would’ve gotten off lightly with probably a suspension or some other light sentence. Given the history of white cops killing black men and have gotten nothing more than a tap on the wrist, I’d say that this case will likely go in favor of Slager. It’s sad to assume it will happen, but remember where we live. We stay in America where the killing of a black person means nothing to society and even less to cops who hate and fear black folks.

Recently, I’ve been getting a heavy influx of people, some claiming to be black, that deny that racism is a significant problem in this nation. I can only guess that they would likely blame Walter Scott for his own death. If he had been more of a “respectable” man, he would’ve been alive today.

The main argument I seem to get are that black people are “too wild”. We seem to be entrenched in this killer criminality plague that is responsible for half the murders in this nation, or so the argument goes. Yet, no one has been able to come up with an explanation as to why that’s so, but one logical cause they won’t accept is white supremacy.

Some people can’t or won’t fathom that this is still a racist society. They don’t seem to comprehend that racism has taken on the form of a complex monster that is still out for colored blood. Why are so many black people getting killed by cops? Is it because black people are out of control and deserve what they get? Or is it due to the police’s psychological fear and disdain for black life that can not be explain in a few words?

As we witness another black man dying at the hands of a white cop as we watch the gruesome video, some people will not accept this as probable proof that racism exists. They will boil this down to an isolated incident, even though it’s part of a long chain of “isolated incidents”, each strikingly so similar. When people continue to deny racism of this caliber, you can best believe that the slaughter of black folks by white cops will continue.

Wrestlers and Robbers

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The media’s no exception when it comes to institutional racism, especially when it comes to how they report the news. At times when crime has been overly sensationalized and heavily racialized, one can not ignore the association put forth by the news that blacks and crime go hand and hand. Sure, there are white people who commit crimes, but it’s black people who are seen as criminals.

Such is the case with a newspaper in Iowa called The Gazette where it reported two incidents of the same crime with two different groups of men in a noticeably different way:

On March 23, the Gazette‘s Lee Hermiston reported that three University of Iowa wrestlers were arrested after being caught in possession of several items that had been stolen from local homes in Marion, Iowa. The three suspects — Ross Lembeck, Seth Gross and Logan Ryan, all 19 and all white — were shown in the Gazette‘s pages in the their freshman yearbook pictures, wearing matching coats and ties…

On the same day, Hermiston reported on four African-American suspects charged with a burglary in Coralville, Iowa, but this group of suspects — Kwain E. Crawford, 36; Milton Whitehead, 50; Quentin D.W. Eatman, 24; and Curtis J. Johnson, 29 — were all pictured in their police mug shots.

A blogger managed to obtain the pictures of the two groups of men helping to illustrate the obvious. Already, this has caused a stir in cyberspace as people all over gave their two cents on the matter while others decided to use their white privileged mindset to do the talking for them.

Judging by the pics alone, it’s apparent that this was helped to imply that the white males made a mistake, albeit several of them, and that they shouldn’t be punished, at least that’s how the public will likely view them when looking at their pictures. At the same time, looking at mugshots at black males help to persuade the public’s collective opinion that black men are criminals that deserve to be punished. This could have a significant impact when the trial comes and a jury’s selected. The white guys would probably and very likely get a light punishment while the black guys get a much harsher sentence. This helps prove that the media plays a significant role in how the public and the courts see white criminals and black criminals.

Banned: Flyonthewall

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Flyonthewall, you continue to go on and on about shit we’ve heard a million times before. Black-on-black crime. black crime in general. Racism is not a big problem even though you’ve been dealt with it. And all other broken record shit being played ad nauseum by others with the same monolithic mind as yours. You say you’re black, but you sound like you’re one of those ‘new black’ types that bend over backwards to appease racist white people.

Now, you can call me names. You can call my posts stupid. You can reject actual facts and stick to your hollowed beliefs. You can continue to appease to the feelings of people that laugh at you behind your back. But your dribble, which is nothing new, is no longer welcomed here. Therefore, you are no longer allowed to comment here. Goodbye.

Racism Exists

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Lately, I’ve been having an influx of those who not only say that racism is no longer a significant factor in the lives of people of color, blacks especially, or that it doesn’t exist, but that the problems blacks face are primarily their own fault. Here is what one person said:

“You just have to face it, there just aren’t that many racist incidents against us black people to justify saying that it’s a racist country.”

But then, this person challenged me and my readers to “prove” that racism is still alive and well. However, I have a feeling that doing so will be useless. The problem is trying to convince naysayers that racism exists. Yet, many of those who ask for “proof” will reject it usually as part of the leftist plot of trying to guilt trip white people and trick black folks into thinking that racism is still here when, in their minds, it isn’t.

Well, I shall attempt to show that racism is still alive and well with a few examples. Yes, I will call their bluff and dish out proof that this country’s still heavily racist. Though I know the obvious argument is that it came from the left.

  • Black teens are 21 times more likely to be killed by a cop than white ones. With the ongoing police shootings and killings of black people, it’s a safe bet that this study nails the truth that black people seem scary to cops.
  • A study by the University of Chicago have found that employers are more hesitant to check out applicants with black-sounding names. To put it simply, ‘Amber’ and ‘John’ are more likely to be screened for jobs as opposed to ‘Lakeisha’ and ‘Deshawn’.
  • The racial empathy gap demonstrates that people are mostly likely to feel empathize with pain and sympathy for white people than blacks as many people associate black skin with evilness and invulnerability.
  • Research has found that college professors favor white male students over everyone else.
  • Blacks are paid less for the same jobs compared to whites.
  • Research has shown that people, regardless of race, tend to trust white faces over black faces.
  • Blacks and Hispanics of higher classes will still live in poorer communities than whites with working class incomes.
  • There’s a gap in income and wealth between whites and nonwhites.

For more information, check out the following pages:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/civil-rights-act-anniversary-racism-charts_n_5521104.html

http://listcrux.com/top-10-reasons-why-racism-still-exists/

http://www.cracked.com/article_21822_5-studies-that-prove-racism-still-way-worse-than-we-think.html

As you or anyone can see, racism, is still an American pastime. In fact, in most cases it’s business as usual, business which benefits white people as a whole. Regardless, another part of racism is to deny that racism exists. Despite overwhelming, indisputable evidence conducted by studies by this nation’s universities and colleges, there will always be those who refuse to see the truth in front of their faces.

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