The "Scottsboro Stories" blog reflects the writings, photographs, arrangements, opinions and musings of me, Garry L. Morgan, only. I do not represent the Scottsboro Boys Museum or the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation - the parent organization of the Scottsboro Boys Museum. I receive no profit from this endeavor. This blog is for educational purposes and that of open expression about racial and sexual discrimination, institutional and personal racism and the deadliest war of all time - "The Culture War."


The Ledger: "Scottsboro, Ala., Museum Opens to Mark a Shameful Case "

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Republican Party Racism in Alabama - House Speaker Mike Hubbard denounced U.S. Voting Rights Act

Republican Party racism in Alabama - House Speaker Mike Hubbard denounced U.S. Voting Rights Act.

ACLU and NAACP requested UN Observers to monitor U.S. Election polls due to Republican Party racial discrimination.

"Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard is, in protest of the monitors’ presence preparing legislation to have all poll watchers in Alabama hold U.S. citizenship. “It’s bad enough that Alabama remains trapped under the provisions of the Voting Rights Act,” Hubbard said “So we certainly don’t need anyone from the United Nations coming into our state and meddling in our elections, as well.”

Unfortunately with people such as Mike Hubbard and the other racists in the Republican Party we do need poll watchers.

Federal Law forced Alabama to end racist practices in State Government and its laws. Unfortunately racist action words remain in Alabama's Constitution. We have ignorant political representatives such as Hubbard who denounce Equal Opportunity Laws.

Other Republican racists link removal of racist words and past law in Alabama's Constitution with removal of other rights of the people, such as public education rights placed on the line in the recent Alabama Amendment 4. Republican State Senator Arthur Orr is responsible for that racist attempt at removing the public education rights of children. The actions of racists in Alabama point toward the formation of fascist policy making within the Alabama Republican Party. The right wing Alabama Republican extremists have demonstrated their penchant for racism and fascism.

We also have local politicians who have removed citizens right to vote for their county commission. Rights to vote removed under the excuse of costs. All the while elected officials in Jackson County Alabama vote themselves large pay increases.

A local act was submitted by the local legislative delegation, Republican majority, per request of the out going commission, questionable Democrats, and approved by a minority number of total voters casting ballots. 7,136 did not vote on this local Constitutional Amendment. 8,889 voted to remove voting rights compared with 4,996 voted to preserve their right to vote on county commissioners when they can not serve their term of office. The law allows the governor to appoint a county commissioner for whatever reason the elected official cannot serve their term in office. Previous law allowed voters to choose by vote empty county commissioner positions over one year in length; under a year remaining in office the Governor would appoint.

This act was passed out of ignorance and hatred by Republicans for former Senator Lowell Barron, the state senator who was responsible for the old law which established the citizens right to choose by vote an empty county commissioner's position.

STAND UP FOR ALABAMA say Alabama Republicans today, parroting the racist mantra of George Wallace. Unfortunately yesterday and today the phrase does not mean stand for equal opportunity for the people of Alabama. A letter from Governor Wallace's  daughter:

Map lays out racist election tweets, most originated from southeast

Mississippi and Alabama point of origin for highest ratio of bigoted hate speech on Twitter following election. Read more:

Map of the Location Quotients for Post Election Racist Tweets

Click here to access an interactive version of the map at GeoCommons

Friday, November 2, 2012

Native American Heritage Month

Mississippian era Native American River Village by Rucker-courtesy of the National Park Service.

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress web information about the history of this event: "What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose."

"One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans" and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens."

"The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed."

"The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday."

"In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994."

Honoring and Citizenship: Early Advocates - with time line

Our Alabama Native American History, Moundville

University of Alabama Video

More about Alabama Archaeology:

In October of this year American Indian Movement activist Russell Means passed away after a long fight with cancer. The LRI offers this tribute to Wanbli Ohitika, Brave Eagle .

Wiki's bio of Wanbli Ohitika, Brave Eagle:

GOP Political Tactics Attempt to Disenfranchise Minority Voters

(Vote Thieves - courtesy of The Black Commentator: )

GOP claims of massive voter fraud concerning the Democrats unfounded:

The Republican Party has waged a campaign of deceit and racist tactics nationwide. Now their tactics include criminal activity.

There are various news stories around the nation about the Republican Party's concern over voter fraud. A closer look reveals it is the Republican Party who is stealing the vote and committing the most un-American of activities: voter disenfranchisement, misrepresentation and voter fraud, as depicted in the reports below.

GOP operatives claim to be public officials:

Interfering with voter rights:

GOP cuts ties with firm after spending millions for their corrupted, shady services.,0,5472858.story

GOP voter fraud spreading nationwide:

Republican Party operatives arrested - voter registrations found in dumpster:

Widespread election fraud by GOP - electronic voting machine tampering:

Ohio voting machines have untested patch installed one week before the election.