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“I Love This Country; I Wish That My Country Loved Me.”

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CEB

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The great irony of the USA; we will go far abroad to protect the rights of selected persecuted minorities, we will speak about fair elections, we will condemn others for their failures in human rights, while in our own country we have long been guilty of these sins ourselves. The leaders and citizens of other countries are well aware of this hypocrisy. When they sit across negotiating tables they will have as ammunition the long voting lines and all of the moves to hinder and deny the right to vote, the many tales of members of an oppressed minority gunned down in the streets, unarmed, peacefully protesting citizens being persecuted by heavily armed police (so much for our much-vaunted constitutional rights), a national media, financed and controlled by a small group of wealthy white men, and a white majority that hates and does all that it can to marginalize and destroy a small minority (that is still less than 13% of the overall population).

What can we dare to say to others when we have not cleaned up our own house, when we are guilty of the same crimes that we dare to take other countries to task? It is more than time that we truly take up all of our country’s ills and make a final push to cure them. For far too long, the sores have been covered with band aids, but it is so easy to pull them off and to see the infection underneath. When Buddhist monks, Amnesty International, and the war-torn and savaged Palestinans are compelled to reach out to help American citizens who are being persecuted from all sides, shows just how bad our unresolved racial issues are. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I love this country; I wish that my country loved me.


97 Responses to ““I Love This Country; I Wish That My Country Loved Me.””


  1. August 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man’s death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system. At a time when so much may seem uncertain, the people of Ferguson can have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn — in a fair and thorough manner — exactly what happened.

    Today, I will be in Ferguson to be briefed on the federal civil rights investigation that I have closely monitored since I launched it more than one week ago. I will meet personally with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to receive detailed briefings on the status of this case.

    The full resources of the Department of Justice have been committed to the investigation into Michael Brown’s death. This inquiry will take time to complete, but we have already taken significant steps. Approximately 40 FBI agents and some of the Civil Rights Division’s most experienced prosecutors have been deployed to lead this process, with the assistance of the United States Attorney in St. Louis. Hundreds of people have already been interviewed in connection with this matter. On Monday, at my direction, a team of federal medical examiners conducted an independent autopsy…..continued

    ….Law enforcement has a role to play in reducing tensions, as well. As the brother of a retired law enforcement officer, I know firsthand that our men and women in uniform perform their duties in the face of tremendous threats and significant personal risk. They put their lives on the line every day, and they often have to make split-second decisions. At the same time, good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public. This trust is all-important, but it is also fragile. It requires that force be used in appropriate ways. Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

    Over the years, we have made significant progress in ensuring that this is the case. But progress is not an endpoint; it is a measure of effort and of commitment. Constructive dialogue should continue — but it must also be converted into concrete action. And it is painfully clear, in cities and circumstances across our great nation, that more progress, more dialogue, and more action is needed. This is my pledge to the people of Ferguson: Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent. And beyond the investigation itself, we will work with the police, civil rights leaders, and members of the public to ensure that this tragedy can give rise to new understanding — and robust action — aimed at bridging persistent gaps between law enforcement officials and the communities we serve. Long after the events of Aug. 9 have receded from the headlines, the Justice Department will continue to stand with this community.

  2. 6 No Child Left Behind
    August 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODVille!

    Great post, Nerdy. Corollary, great first answer by LovelyPlains. A gold medal to both! :star: :star:

  3. 7 Dudette
    August 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    CEB’s words: Powerful truth.

  4. 8 Nena20409
    August 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Mary Church has she been fired yet from her despicable idiotic comments from CNN? Nope.

    Thanks for making this Thread, NW.

  5. August 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

  6. August 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you NW and CEB.

    Congrats on 1st LP.

    Echoing meta’s request on the previous thread …

    Please don’t post those photos here. Thank you

  7. August 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Eric Holder is an outstanding man and a perfect A G for the president. Thanks for posting his message.

  8. 13 Linda
    August 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    New book claims Florida’s Marco Rubio takes politicians to strip clubs, gets them drunk, and then takes pictures for the purpose of blackmail.

    According to Greer, Rubio would take first year politicians to Miami strip clubs, get them drunk, and then take pictures so they could blackmail them,” Golenbock said. “That’s the one thing in the book that surprised me…I know politicians will go far, but I didn’t think anyone would go that far.”

    Greer says Rubio doesn’t want African Americans or gays in his Republican Party. He doesn’t want immigrants to have any rights either. Neither does Rubio want the state to take federal funds to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, or to build high-speed rail lines, another Obama-proposed economic stimulus program.

    The prevailing ethos in GOP circles is the quid pro quo, which, according to Greer, means that no one does anything for anyone without getting something in return, and keeping that side of party business secret.

    http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2014/08/new-book-claims-floridas-marco-rubio.html

  9. 16 dotster3
    August 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    A little cuteness break from the turmoil in Ferguson

  10. 17 Nena20409
    August 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    It is also, today is William Jefferson Clinton’s Birthday. 68yrs old.

  11. 18 Vicki
    August 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Nauseating to hear Perry standing up for his rights. His rights! In the universe where certain people have rights. others, not so much.
    I’d be impressed and rooting for him if he stood up for all our rights.

    • 19 Linda
      August 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      He sued PBP in 2012 for his abuse of power in regards to the ACA contraception mandate.

      He has no mirrors.

  12. 20 Linda
    August 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    The man in St Louis with the knife was shot 10 times

    • August 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      WHAT ??????

      This is nuts.

      There has to be a clean-up of the local police in St-Louis. Those guys are not competent. Or they’re completely consumed by fear and rage. Or both.

      More fuel to the fire. Will this enflame the whole country? Seriously ?

  13. August 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  14. August 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Perry , Perry… Huh?

  15. August 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    CEB, you know how much I concur with every word you wrote. Your message needs to be heard by every American.

    #FORWARD Together

  16. 28 Linda
    August 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Michelle Duggar, who lives in Arkansas with her (very) large family, narrated a robocall that went out to Fayetteville households earlier this week, asking residents to protest an anti-discrimination ordinance going before the Fayetteville City Council on Tuesday.

    In the call, Duggar claims that an ordinance pertaining to housing, employment, and public accommodation discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender would allow “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/08/19/listen-to-michelle-duggars-anti-anti-discrimination-robocall/

  17. 29 Vicki
    August 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I have an idea. It may be a bad idea, but here it is.

    AG Holder will be in Ferguson tomorrow.

    Wouldn’t it be cool for nobody from Ferguson itself, no resident, be outside tonight. Unless, of course they are on their way home. Or a doctor’s appointment.

    No more pictures of the out-of-control children showing off in their riot gear tough soldier get-ups oppressing rightly-infuriated citizens of Ferguson MO.
    Chris and Craig and all the responsible reporters can report on the residents awaiting AG Eric Holder.

    Dudette’s post at the end of the previous thread inspired that idea.
    We can’t take away their military gear, but we can take away their audience.

  18. 30 Asher in Boston
    August 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Touching and great post. Its really sad when u r treated as a second class citizen in your own country or a non-factor. What’s sad is that now even dictatorial regimes like Egypt, Iran, China to name a few are now having fun at our own expense.

  19. August 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Jordon Granger was at home in Florissant, Mo., on the morning of Aug. 9. He quickly realized this would be no ordinary day.

    An unarmed, 18-year-old boy was killed by a police officer two miles from the Auburn forward’s home that warm morning. The event touched off a series of protests and violent confrontations that have turned an otherwise standard St. Louis suburb into a war zone. Granger, who will be a junior this season, ignored an impulse to take to the streets himself. “If I had gone down there, I’d have been dealing with problems I don’t want to have,” Granger told AuburnSports.com during an interview Tuesday. “I came to Alabama to get away from St. Louis. I wanted to come to a quiet place like Auburn where it’s peaceful.”

    Granger grew up in Florissant, a St. Louis suburb located just north of Ferguson, and spent his entire life in the area. Many of his friends live in Ferguson and have been involved in the protests that have pitted citizens against law enforcement every night. He figured something like this would happen eventually. Tensions have been rising in the city for years, Granger said, and what once was unspoken disdain was becoming something more tangible when he left for Auburn in 2012….continued

  20. 32 CEB
    August 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I am just checking in again after being away for most of the day; what an honor to have my thoughts highlighted in this way. Thanks to NW and to amk for suggesting it in an earlier thread. My heart, like those of all of the TOD ohana, was full to over-flowing, and I am so thankful that Chips has provided a safe place for us to come to share our deepest feelings.

  21. August 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm

  22. 40 JER
    August 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm

  23. 41 Dudette
    August 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    :-D

  24. 44 yardarm756
    August 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I got this from a retired CPD officer that I’ve known for over 50 years.

    Dumbest Police Chief in America
    I am scratching my head over how it is humanly possible to be as clueless as the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments. To make one mistake is understandable but to have EVERYTHING you do be a complete fuck up is astounding.
    1. Officer kills an unarmed black teen in the street.
    2. Officer who kills the teenager requests assistance but does not inform his commanders of what happened. Instead, they learn it on the news like everyone else.
    3. The scene is left in the hands of the officer’s own colleagues who allow the officer to leave the scene of the crime. His vehicle is also allowed to leave the scene – presumably breaking the integrity of the chain of evidence.
    4. Victim is left lying in the road for four hours – inflaming the community and presumably destroying evidence.
    5. Witnesses say that the killing officer never bothered to check for a pulse once his victim went down. None of the other officers arriving on the scene checked for a pulse. Bystanders in the medical field were not allowed to attempt CPR.
    6. Rumor has it that the cellphones of possible witnesses were confiscated.
    7. Police launch campaign to protect the officer at all costs – including the destruction of the community of Ferguson.
    8. Police launch a full military invasion of the traumatized town of Ferguson.
    9. Police caught on international TV screaming “Bring it! Bring it you fucking animals!”.
    10. The response to a community protesting police brutality is the imposition of ‘martial law’ complete with authoritarianism, tear gas, rubber bullets, flash grenades and sound grenades.
    11. Police throw the Constitution out the window and arrest, assault and teargas journalists.
    12. Police arrest a well-known public figure for the “crime” of “failing to listen”.
    13. Chief of Police praises his officers for showing incredible restraint.
    14. After days of shocking behavior that caught the attention of the world, police finally release Killer Cop’s name – while concurrently launching a smear campaign against his victim. This decision to reignite the fuse of the powder keg is not run up the chain of command – despite pledges from the Governor that there is a new Sheriff in town.
    15. Chief of Police specifically says that he is not interested in talking to the community he has been victimizing.
    16. Chief of Police holds multiple press conferences in which he contradicts himself repeatedly.
    17. Chief of Police makes a statement PRAISING the Killer Cop while concurrently smearing the dead teenaged victim at the center of the nation’s outrage.

    “He was a gentle, quiet man,” Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Friday, referring to Wilson. “He was a distinguished officer. He was a gentleman. … He is, he has been, an excellent officer.”

    Police Chief Thomas Jackson, you have got to be the STUPIDEST MORON on the face of the planet. To call you “stupid” is in fact an insult to stupid people.
    I hold you 100% responsible for every bit of this national tragedy.
    YOU allowed a culture that has consistently dehumanized and discriminated against African Americans and, by so doing, YOU laid the groundwork for the murder of Michael Brown.
    YOUR officers referred to a traumatized community as “fucking animals” on international TV.
    YOU shielded a man who killed a fleeing teenager, at the expense of an entire community.
    YOU have consistently demonstrated that you will go to almost any length to protect one of your own.
    YOU have praised a killer and smeared a teenager whose biggest crime in life was possibly stealing a pack of cigarettes.
    YOU threw the law out the window and declared war on the very people you are paid to serve and protect.
    YOU have demonstrated that you are prepared to lie in order to protect a killer.
    YOU are an asshole who should not be in any position of authority. You don’t have the sense or integrity to do the job required.
    So many ways for you to have handled this tragedy and you, without fail, have consistently chosen the worst option.
    This entire fiasco is like watching a modern day version of In the Heat of the Night. It is tragic and disgusting and infuriating.

  25. 58 JER
    August 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    • August 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      the President is very very deserving of a vacation. And I KNOW this is a working vacation with all that is going on ( Ferguson, Iraq, Gaza being bombed again, Putin invading East Ukraine). He’s probably working at least 8 hours a day.

      But I wonder if he should have bowed, this once, to the game of “optics”. Just because poll numbers going down will give him less leverage in DC.

      On one hand, it’s refreshing to see a president who doesn’t care about politics; on the other hand, since personal popularity and approval numbers are one of the TOOLS he can use for change, I sometimes think he goes too far in his refusal to take “perception” into account. He has to take into account that the vast majority of americans are less rational than he is.

      I try to be honest with myself: if George Bush was in charge right now, would I go ???? if he went on vacation this week, even if this was a working vacation ?

      You can scream at me now. But please don’t forget how much I love and respect this exceptional president.

      • August 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        Unless there is something in the works , a secret operation somewhere and he’s playing some high stakes game. (Remember him going golfing while the OBL operation was ongoing ?

        He met with his National Security Team in Washington.

      • 68 arapaho415
        August 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        Since Congress is off on their 5-week vacation (on top of all the other scheduled time off — they “work” less than a third of the year) how would cancelling his vacation have changed the optics for President Obama?

        1) Iraq – the President has spoken several times on what needs to be done within Iraq (and Maliki has ceded power), the wheels (and bombs) are in motion to protect those stranded on Mount Sinjar.

        2) Israel vs. Gaza — A conflict that has been going on since Israel became a state more than 60 years ago.

        3) Putin vs. Ukraine has been going on since February.

        4) Ferguson — is in the state of Missouri’s hands (I’ve offered my recommendation on previous threads), Attorney General Holder will be there tomorrow.

        The only tangible difference that I can see if PBO were not on vacation is with horrible news circulating now about James Foley. People who speculate about such things might suggest that ISIS want PBO’s attention — perhaps ISIS wouldn’t be so desperate if PBO weren’t on vacation would be that line of speculation.

        Ferguson and the possibility of the death of an American journalist in Syria were not on the horizon when the First Family departed for vacation on Aug 9 — even PBO doesn’t have a crystal ball.

        Not a criticism of you, LovePolitics2008 — have etched in my heart your observation that the MSM elite journalists seethe at the thought that they will never be as good a writer as PBO. But isn’t “optics” just a ploy used by MSM when they are desperate and have nothing else?

        Those 24% of Americans who believe the sun revolves around the earth would (and do) criticize PBO on any and everything. He could take his vacation during two weeks when nothing was going on anywhere, and these same people would find fault with PBO’s vacation.

  26. 69 JER
    August 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

  27. 70 Linda
    August 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    You don’t know me but I’m your brother
    I was raised here in this living Hell
    You don’t know my kind in your world
    Fairly soon, the time will tell

    You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me
    I ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see

    Takin’ it to the streets
    Takin’ it to the streets
    Takin’ it to the streets

    Take this message to my brother
    You will find him everywhere
    Wherever people live together
    Tied in poverty’s despair

    written by Michael McDonald born and raised in Ferguson Missouri.

  28. 72 Dudette
    August 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Yes, The World Is Watching!

  29. 74 JER
    August 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    • 75 donna dem 4 obama
      August 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks JER

      It’s just amazing to me that in all the summers that this man has been in the WH I have yet to see him be able to take a vacation without some crisis somewhere happening that he has to stop and address.

      GWB fake cut bush to his hearts content on his ranch and hardly a thing stop his often respites. It just angers me to see PBO pushed and pushed on a constant basis.

      • 76 Linda
        August 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm

        GWB ignored most of what was going on here and abroad.

        From the day he entered the WH until 9-11 there were 72 memos about Al-Qaeda and their wanting to strike in the US.

      • August 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        Indeed donna. GWB was allowed to come and go and he pleased with nary a peep from the media. PBO can’t even stop at a restaurant for a meal without the media reporting it as breaking news. I think the media paid more attention to the Bush twins getting drunk than they did to GWB’s activities as President.

    • 78 CEB
      August 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      What vacation? Our dear PBO looked so tired, worn and thin yesterday. May God grant him health and peace of mind.

  30. August 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    In this instance, I concur …

  31. 80 Dudette
    August 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm

  32. 81 donna dem 4 obama
    August 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I cannot confirm this and the person posting it doesn’t reference a link but here ya go:

    • 82 Linda
      August 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Lewis Reed is the President of the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis.

    • 83 Dudette
      August 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Wow… amazing how the story changes so quickly! Guess we now wait for official announcement.

    • 84 Dudette
      August 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Sorry I misread that.
      Basically, Gov says he won’t ask for recusal. Prosecutor says he won’t recuse unless Gov asks.
      Bottom line: He ain’t gonna recuse.

      • 85 carolyn
        August 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        They’re playing a game of chicken. Someone will blink, because someone will be forced to. Don’t know which one…..

  33. 86 globalcitizenlinda
    August 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    so ISIS claims to have beheaded an American PhotoJournalist Mr James Foley – have no words

  34. 88 yardarm756
    August 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

  35. August 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  36. 92 Linda
    August 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Uber’s New Delivery Service Only Caters To D.C’s White Neighborhoods

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/08/19/3473323/uber-is-making-life-a-little-bit-easier-for-washington-dcs-white-people/

    Isn’t this the company that David Plouffe just announce he was hired for ?

  37. August 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  38. 95 otter 44
    August 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    CEB Thank you for your heartfelt words, I am so sorry that this country has so many haters and racists. I am ashamed that many white people are so fear based that they suspect anyone who does not look like them. The haters and republican law makers do not respect the rule of law and do not understand that disparate impact and treatment is injustice. The police should be using words not tear gas. I do not have more words but care deeply and will dedicate my efforts to heal this wound.

  39. 96 vcprezofan2
    August 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  40. 97 vcprezofan2
    August 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    ‘It is more than time that we truly take up all of our country’s ills and make a final push to cure them. For far too long, the sores have been covered with band aids, but it is so easy to pull them off and to see the infection underneath.’

    It is way past time to make the push you suggest, CEB. Thanks for sharing. It can be done if ‘good people’ pull together with courage and quiet determination. My hope is that Michael Brown’s death, and #Ferguson’s reaction will be the line in the sand for 2014.


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