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  1. Not A Biden Endorsement By Rhonda Hansome

    Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Joe Biden's 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act changed the face of our society. It denied Pell Grants to prison inmates, funded billions for new prisons, incentivised longer sentences in general and established a 3 strikes provision that mandated life incarceration for violent felons with priors.

    This "law" in practice super-charged our biased penal system. As a white supremacist tool Biden's law criminalized, convicted and impacted an entire generation.

    And yes, Biden is often nostalgic about his work with Southern segregationist. I say all this to say,

     "This Is NOT A Joe Biden Endorsement."

    This IS recognition of how easy it is to be bamboozled.  My attention was captured by a video of Biden in my twitter feed. The post quoted below is in the article at this link. 

    Joe Biden did a speech proclaiming the “European' identity of America”. and he stated "Our culture is not imported from some African nation."
    This sounds like something from an alt-right, klan rally.
    Why should Black people support this or anything from the Democrats?#FBA
    — Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) January 2, 2020    

    There were numerous replies. Some said the post was doctored. I googled the original video and saw that the clip was NOT doctored just presented OUT OF CONTEXT. The source video offered no comfort to an "alt-right, klan rally." It was in fact the exact opposite!

    Biden was responding (in a detailed / long winded way) to a question about his work to PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. The "rule of thumb" was the focus of his reply. That in early England after the death of so many women at the hands of their husbands, it was deemed a man could not  beat his wife with a stick thicker than his thumb.

    The etymology may or may not be true, but Biden stated the tradition of  condoning violence against women, came from England - THAT EUROPEAN CULTURE! Not an African culture. Not an Asian culture. That European culture.

    The original post has since been deleted, but it's damage has been done. I now suspect EVERYTHING EVER POSTED by this person I followed on YouTube and Twitter. With all the negative he could have said about Joe Biden why choose something so blatantly false?

    How many posts have YOU liked or reposted WITHOUT researching the source. Social media + laziness = DEATH.

    Rhonda Hansome is a comedian, director, actor, storyteller. You can support Rhonda as an artist via PayPal.  Follow Rhonda on FB, Twitter & IG. Tell your friends to Save The Date!  8 PM Fri. Mar. 6th Rhonda Hansome & Friends at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

  2. 2 comments:

    1. Mark said...

      There was a time not so long ago that you had to really really search for misinformation and you really really had to squint your eyes just so to believe unsupported claims made by nobodies with little more than dull axes to grind. Today? Not so. There are fewer legitimate and trusted sources, and fewer legitimate and trusted editors. Sure, things got through in the past - and still do in the present - but not to the extent this happens today. The Internet has democratized information, and has made nutjobs, racists, and true believers authors. The old Marketplace of Ideas needed gatekeepers to keep it running. Now sometimes it looks like a Circus of Ideas. Nice piece, RH.

    2. wow. what a huge discrepancy between what he said and what is being portrayed as what he said.

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