Like in ‘Green Book’ movie, Hollywood tends to water racism down – award-winning author

The Oscar winning drama ‘Green Book’ has brought racism in America back into the spotlight. Is this problem a thing of the past, or is it still alive? We asked Calvin Alexander Ramsay, award-winning author and playwright, who has traveled across the country collecting memories of the Jim Crow era.

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GONZO: The past is not even past (E9)

GONZO remains in New Orleans and continues chowing down on beignets with journalist, Max Blumenthal, who says that while Donald Trump has, indeed, energized ‘the basket of deplorables,’ his campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ won the election because Hillary did represent the ‘winners’ of globalization post-Nafta and he had intentionally appealed to the ‘losers’ in places like Michigan. They also discuss the proliferation of conspiracy theories as unsurprising when the ordinary people of America are some of the most conspired against people in the world, including, for example, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment on African-American males from 1932 until 1972.

As they reminisce about the GONZO journey encountering ghosts on the trail, Blumenthal notes that Donald Trump is the perfect American ghost who brings all the dark ghosts of our past into one orange skinned, dead fox haired character who has so much energy it’s as if he’s powered by fish filets.

Later in the day, Max visits Dr. Clyde Robertson, director of African and African-American Studies at Southern University in New Orleans, to discuss the problem with our racist past that is not even past. Racism still haunts society and politics today as the nation went from slavery to Jim Crow to the prison industrial complex. They discuss the history of the Black Panthers in the area and the gentrification of the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Robertson also mentions that Barack Obama did not deliver a post-racial society as he kowtowed to special corporate interests instead. Finally, Max and Stacy head out toward Florida, passing through rain storms in Alabama and Mississippi.

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AP ShortDocs: AP Covers the Civil Rights Movement

On May 17, 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, overturning its landmark ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson, which had upheld the constitutionality of segregationist state laws under the doctrine of “separate but equal.”

The court’s abandonment of Plessy reverberated throughout the country, but by itself could not dislodge Jim Crow. Only years of social upheaval could bring about legislation as transformative as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Civil Rights movement finally pressured the politicians to act—and the press served as its witnesses. With a presence in the South stretching back ninety years, The Associated Press was uniquely prepared to report it.

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No Letup in Fighting Across Eastern Ukraine: VICE News Capsule, February 11

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Shelling kills dozens on both sides of Ukraine’s conflict ahead of peace talks, Amsterdam announces plans for brothel run by prostitutes, report says lynchings were more widespread in America’s Jim Crow era of racial segregation, and U.S. Navy is using drone boats to protect its assets at sea.

UKRAINE
Intense Shelling Kills Troops and Civilians Days Before Minsk Talks
Over the past few days, rocket attacks by separatists and Ukrainian military forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have killed dozens of people.

NETHERLANDS
New Brothel Plans Will Leave Amsterdam’s Pimps in the Dark
City officials hope to protect and empower sex workers by giving them a chance to work at a business they actually run.

U.S.A.
Report Estimates Nearly 4,000 Lynchings in the Jim Crow South
That figure is about 700 more than previously thought.

WAR GAMES
U.S. Navy Looks to Use Unmanned Boats to Defend Ships
​Self-guided drone boats equipped with Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS) can coordinate synchronized attacks and won’t crash into each other or fire on friendly ships.

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