June 19, 2020
PATH to host virtual discussion of racism, bias
Dr. Clarence Jones and Wes Moore will discuss racism and bias at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, in PATH Foundation presentation.
The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation on June 24 will host a virtual discussion on racism and bias — featuring a former speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty organizations.
Veteran political journalist Gene Gibbons will moderate the discussion.
These conversations can be uncomfortable and difficult, but understanding the impacts of racism can help make our community stronger. We’re focused on strengthening our community, and choosing to educate ourselves on positive ways to move forward is certainly a position of strength.
— Christy Connolly, PATH president/CEO
The event will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Zoom.
“We’re grateful to be able to bring such esteemed speakers to talk about these important issues,” PATH President and CEO Christy Connolly said. “These conversations can be uncomfortable and difficult, but understanding the impacts of racism can help make our community stronger.
“We’re focused on strengthening our community, and choosing to educate ourselves on positive ways to move forward is certainly a position of strength.”
One of the panelists, Clarence Jones served as speechwriter and counsel to Dr. King from 1960 to 1968 as an allied member of the New York Stock Exchange and in the Wall Street investment banking firm Carter, Berlind & Weill.
Dr. Jones coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, Ala. The Supreme Court ruling in that case – Sullivan vs. The New York Times – resulted in the landmark decision on libel.
Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore is a bestselling author, a combat veteran and a social entrepreneur. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. Oprah Winfrey and HBO have optioned the book to make a movie.
Mr. Moore also has written bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore and This Way Home.
Veteran political journalist Gene Gibbons will moderate the June 24 discussion.
Mr. Gibbons covered Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton during a 40-year career. He served as Reuters’ chief White House correspondent and previously a Washington-based United Press International reporter. Mr. Gibbons served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association and as president of the Radio-Television Correspondents Association.
He served as a presidential debate panelist in 1992 and as a Joan M. Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010.
The June 24 “Community Conversation” is free. Participants can register to join and learn more at www.pathtobetter.org. While a Zoom account is not required to view the webinar, you will have to download the app on your desktop or mobile device.
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jim goodwin · June 22, 2020 at 2:54 pm
No one has a problem peacefully protesting individual acts in injustice.
What some of us object to is passing off those individual acts as evidence that an entire race of people in this country are currently oppressed by another race (when statistics clearly belie that notion). What some of us object to is the use of skin color to ascribe characteristics of either victimhood or superiority. What we object to is giving any credence whatsoever to BLM, which is rooted in Marxism. We question why, when we would never support a racist organization like the KKK, would we ever support a Marxist organization like BLM which is also perpetuating racism and proposing racial segregation.
Jeffersonian American · June 21, 2020 at 8:37 am
Globalist, well-funded organizations like the PATH Foundation and their supporters of Black Lives Matter / Antifa gatherings nationwide know exactly what kind instability they want to impose in American towns and counties across America, but their (largely white) Dupe Supporters don't seem to understand that niceties, a soft touch, appeasement and rewarding the bad behavior of one race for decades is exactly why SOME now feel emboldened to destroy historic American monuments while having no factual knowledge of that history they profess to hate. Yet many of these Americans have been given special status and have been treated like children for FAR TOO LONG. It is plain that "equality" is not what they now demand. Having received untold trillions of dollars in special treatment as reward for their tantrums, the Black Lives Matter / Antifa Terrorists and their White Liberal Dupes now have nothing left to demand except that they be allowed to riot, pillage, loot and burn without consequence. You can't have a honest conversation with someone about race or bias if the BLM / Antifa mobs and their ignorant Dupe White Sympathizers are no different today than the old Klu Klux Klan.
Hardworking, industrious Americans of all races today cannot give or bestow upon anyone what it takes to improve their lot in life and money can't buy it. Help can't be given if the premises are false. It's called appeasement- and it only results in more of the same behavior, as those appeased once are never satisfied.
As to dependency among the Black Lives Matter mobs and their racist supporters, that is a conversation that needs to occur, since there are elements of truth in these statements.
Some people can't handle the truth. What can I tell you about that man or woman in front of me with their hand out making demands while their associates destroy our American heritage in the public square across America? Simply that person is not my equal. Many would call me a racist for that question and yet I did not speak of race at all. Yet am I wrong? No, they demand "Equality" and they demand "Free" claiming they deserve it all without earning- how is that equal to those of all races currently producing in our society? It is long past time for Honest Genuine Equality- time to eliminate the Welfare State and tell them to go get a job or make their own law-abiding job and earn that which they claim they deserve, that is a true and honest Equality! When your results are the product of your investment, be it time, labor or intellect, when American citizens of all races and backgrounds are expected to reap what they sow- then and only then will there be Equality- an Equality can never be measured in outcome but only in opportunity! Since the 1960s, hardworking American Producers have, through Affirmative Action and countless other confiscatory wealth transfer programs- bent over backwards to level that field of opportunity. Now over two generations of sacrifice by all working Americans and the White Race specifically- and nothing good for our society has been gained. Just how is that possible? Maybe the problem is in what we are doing, allowing politicians to campaign on those massive handouts instead of simply demanding people be responsible for themselves and their offspring. In reality, Democrats and far too many Big Government Republican Establishment politicians seeking votes have NO Desire to fix the problem.
Today we are witnessing the grandchildren of FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society Lyndon Johnson and Obama's "Black Lives Matter" and "Antifa" offspring hold out their hands for the Welfare State. It's past time for Affirmative Action and all the racial set-asides, preferences, and giveaways to end. Americans of all races can only be free when the government quits interfering with their well being. Far too many on welfare have abused it for decades with multiple generations of abusers from the same offspring. How can we expect any American to take pride in anything they do if it is not earned?
Far too many Black Americans- and far too many of their White Dupes- remain dependent on others since slavery ended in America, preferring not to assimilate into American society like other ethnic groups and working classes who diligently work to pave the road while others gather to march on it.
President Johnson was a master at manipulating poor and ignorant people looking for a free handout. Like drugs, once you are hooked on Welfare in all of its many forms today, you will kill before you have to give it up. This addiction has been going on for over a half century now- and these Welfare Addicts are now rioting, looting, destroying and burning everything they hate in the streets across America where law and order are not being enforced or restored out of Political Correctness Run Amok.
Now here are the beginnings of a REAL HONEST discussion about Racism and Bias in America today.
AmericanPatriot · June 20, 2020 at 4:21 pm
When you see statues of US Grant torn down by democrats, you know they are still mad at getting their slaves taken away from them
Mark House · June 20, 2020 at 4:18 pm
War is not good, a Civil War between families and friends is even worse. I think that the soldiers and people who died fighting for the Confederacy sincerely thought it was the right thing for them to do, and the loss of life was staggering. That was 155 years ago, but it's still hasn't been laid to rest. The bones of the people that fought have long ago turned to dust. Isn't it time to let all that resentment go? How does hanging on to the hate and racism make this a better country?
That is why I don't understand why people have a problem with people protesting the treatment of their fellow man/woman based on the who they are and the lack of justice they are given. I don't like the rioting either, yet I don't live in their skin and have not faced oppression, not to the extent they have throughout this countries history.
Jeffersonian American · June 20, 2020 at 10:40 am
I too, wish to share a beautiful, touching poem and remembrance written by Father Ryan, a Confederate States of America battlefield Chaplain and medic as he witnessed and recalled the sacrifices of those Confederate-American blacks, whites, slaves and freemen who all sacrificed for a future of liberty and independence and a return to a purer form of constitutional government as envisioned by our American founders. They all truly embodied the Confederate States of America motto "Deo Vindice," as translated from the Latin, "God Having Already Vindicated."
by Abram Joseph Ryan
Do we weep for the heroes who died for us,
Who living were true and tried for us,
And dying sleep side by side for us;
That hallowed our land
With the blood they shed in a tide for us?
Ah! fearless on many a day for us
They stood in front of the fray for us,
And held the foeman at bay for us;
And tears should fall
Fore'er o'er all
Who fell while wearing the Gray for us.
How many a glorious name for us,
How many a story of fame for us
They left: Would it not be a blame for us
If their memories part
From our land and heart,
And a wrong to them, and shame for us?
No, no, no, they were brave for us,
And bright were the lives they gave for us;
The land they struggled to save for us
Will not forget
Its warriors yet
Who sleep in so many a grave for us.
On many and many a plain for us
Their blood poured down all in vain for us,
Red, rich, and pure, like a rain for us;
They bleed -- we weep,
We live -- they sleep,
"All lost," the only refrain for us.
But their memories e'er shall remain for us,
And their names, bright names, without stain for us;
The glory they won shall not wane for us,
In legend and lay
Our heroes in Gray
Shall forever live over again for us.
Linda Ward · June 20, 2020 at 9:28 am
Let America Be America Again
by Langston Hughes - 1902-1967
"Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
(America never was America to me.)
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
(It never was America to me.)
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")
Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?
I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.
I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one's own greed!
I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.
Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That's made America the land it has become.
O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,
And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa's strand I came
To build a "homeland of the free."
Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we've dreamed
And all the songs we've sung
And all the hopes we've held
And all the flags we've hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that's almost dead today.
O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine—the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!
Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!"
Jeffersonian American · June 20, 2020 at 8:37 am
I look forward to the Globalist PATH Foundation's indoctrinating and truly enlightening public program discussion on racism and bias in our filthy community and across our awful, systemically racist country. Based on my research of the origins, funding and organizers of the PATH Foundation across America, there are many global interests who wish to infect more Americans with their Marxist activism agenda.
I hope to gain insight into their justification that justice for one race matters above justice for all lives and all races. I seek their clarification on why their Globalist Sponsor Foundation Host would provide such a prominent forum to those in our community who wish to systematically eradicate certain noble and historic American monuments= such as the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia, which honors the memory of one of the very greatest Christian sons Virginia and our nation has ever produced- while favoring other monuments to such men as Martin Luther King, whose FBI files revealed the so-called Reverend was a serial philanderer against his wife and children, favoring Asian prostitutes, "Black Russian" mixed drinks, retailing in dirty jokes ("I'm Not A Negro Tonight!") and road trips with his sordid social justice band of race agitators, Marxist-Communist staff members and female groupies, right up until his untimely demise at the Lorraine Motel ordered by Democrat President Lyndon Johnson.
I look forward to their discussion on how 96% of Black Americans voted for a documented (and undocumented) Committed Marxist for U.S. President- Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro in 2008 along with millions of White American Democrats- somehow reflects a rancid, systemically racist American Society. Perhaps they can explain how 96% of one race voting for a mulatto candidate for President in 2008 who promised, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America!" is not systemically racist?
I look forward to their discussion of how that awful, Systemically Racist America which has transferred over $5 Trillion of largely White American Taxpayer Dollars since Democrat Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty Great Society Programs was just not enough money by White Racist America to rid our Democrat-controlled inner cities and urban areas of poverty and racism and violence and economic opportunity as originally promised by Democrat President Lyndon Johnson. Perhaps they can clarify if $5 Trillion dollars of Government Taxpayer Confiscatory Wealth Transfer from White America to Black America is not enough- then how much is enough to end the "White Guilt" of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King now rioting and bringing terror to the Main Streets across our nation? Perhaps they can clarify their support of the announcement by the Chicago-based organizers of the local Warrenton Interfaith Alliance Antifa / Black Lives Matter, "Straight Outta Warrenton" and "Warrenton Strong" demonstrators now threatening Fauquier and Warrenton residents every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM in Courthouse Square beginning today and every Saturday through Labor Day? (CONTINUED NEXT POSTING)
Jeffersonian American · June 20, 2020 at 8:34 am
I look forward to hearing the Panel's enlightened discussions on all of these and many other honest conversations about race and our truly awful American history, awful spirit, awful national character, awful Judeo-Christian foundation and laws, and awful level of generosity that will never be enough to overcome our awful race problems here in America- while advocating we have a lot we can learn from the rest of the world, especially the Third World, where rampant racism, slavery and genocide exist for us to eliminate our American borders, language and culture and to actively promote their illegal alien invasion that will atone for our evil, evil past sins sold to us by the Kente Cloth Wearing African Tribal Slave Traders of centuries ago.
I'd also like to hear the Guest Panelist's first-hand account discussion of another of King’s principal advisors, Stanley David Levison. Ostensibly only a New York City attorney and businessman, Levison remains in fact, a shrewd, dedicated Communist. Levison has spent the major part of his life advancing communist interests.
The paper then listed some of the ways Levison had supported and influenced King, as far back as 1956:
• He actively involved himself in fundraising drives for King.
• He served as King’s legal counsel.
• He suggested speech material for King.
• He guided King in deciding whether to accept or reject public appearances.
• He edited most of the chapter’s of King’s book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Do let us hear more of this upcoming lecture and discussion- and don't forget to invite the public school children- for these Government Indoctrination Center Children and their impressionable young minds are the foundational building blocks necessary to sustain another half-century of Marxist Communist Social Justice and Bolshevism now on display in urban American streets across the nation- "Two Revolutions at Once!"
And please advertise when our local PATH Foundation sponsors their landmark public education discussion and forum- dedicated to promoting our equality and diversity and celebration of our rich, diverse local multiculturalism on the "The Principles of 1776 and an Examination of the Truths of our Confederate-American Heritage."
I can hardly wait for that special PATH Foundation event announcement in our local paper!
AmericanPatriot · June 19, 2020 at 5:47 pm
I hope we can talk about how 13% of the population is in 99% of commercials, why most NBA players are black, why most NFL players are black, yet universities are forced to hire unqualified professors to maintain some sort of idiotic quota.
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