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9-Year-Old Boy Sang Gospel Song Until His Kidnapper Set Him Free: Report


On the night of March 31, 9-year-old Willie Myrick was playing with his pet chihuahua outside his Atlanta home when a man grabbed him and forced him into a car, police said.

“He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn’t want to hear a word from me,” Willie told ABC affiliate WSB-TV. “He said if I told anyone, he would hurt me, like in a bad way.”

But according to a report this week by NBC affiliate WXIA-TV, not remaining silent may have saved Willie’s life.

A lover of gospel music, Willie, who just turned 10 this week, reportedly started singing the song “Every Praise” until the man — who had been driving around for almost three hours — finally threw him onto the street and drove away.

“Every praise is to our God,” the gospel song begins. “Every word of worship with one accord.”

Touched by Willie’s story, Hezekiah Walker, the songwriter behind “Every Praise,” flew to Atlanta this week to meet the young man. Walker told WSB-TV that he believes God spoke through him to “save that boy’s life.”

“You never know who you’re going to touch,” the gospel singer said.

According to CBS Atlanta, there’s $10,000 reward for the capture of the man who kidnapped Willie. The suspect is described as a black male in his mid- to late-20s. He is said to have been wearing khaki shorts and a white, short-sleeve shirt with a Nike logo at the time of the abduction.More

Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders


We are learning from news accounts that the alleged shooter in the murders of three people at two separate Jewish sites, a community center and a retirement village in Overland Park, Kan., just one day before the Jewish Passover, was inspired by hate. According to Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass, “This was a hate crime.” The federal government can now prosecute the suspected perpetrator, Frazier Glenn Miller (aka Frazier Glenn Cross), 73, on hate-crime charges.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Miller as a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan and a founding member of the White Patriot Party, a white supremacist group. Miller has posted approximately 12,000 times on Vanguard News Network, whose slogan is “No Jews, Just Right.”

So why did a self-described white supremacist target apparent white people at Jewish community centers? The answer is quite simple: Though Jewish people are members of every so-called “race,” even Jews of European heritage (Ashkenazim) have been and still continue to be “racially” othered by dominant, Christian-European-heritage communities in some quarters. For this reason, I argue that anti-Jewish prejudice (aka anti-Semitism) is a form of racism.

The “Racialization” of Jews

Looking back on the historical emergence of the concept of “race,” critical race theorists remind us that this concept arose concurrently with the advent of European exploration as a justification for conquest and domination of the globe beginning in the 15th century of the Common Era (CE) and reaching its apex in the early 20th century CE. Geneticists tell us that there is often more variability within a given so-called “race” than between “races,” and that there are no essential genetic markers linked specifically to “race.”

However, though biologists and social scientists have proven unequivocally that the concept of “race” is socially constructed (produced, manufactured), this does not negate the very real consequences people face living in societies that maintain racist policies and practices on the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and larger societal levels.

For millennia, some Christian theologians distinguished Jews as different from and inferior to Christians on religious grounds. A number of passages within the Christian Testaments were used to give justification for persecuting Jews — for example, Matthew 27:24-25, and 1 Thessalonians 2:15-16, which states:

[T]he Jews, who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and drove us out, the Jews who are heedless of God’s will and enemies of their fellow man…. All this time they have been making up the full measure of their guilt, and now retribution has overtaken the good of all.

They also often equated Jews with the devil:

And Jesus said: “If God were your father, you would love me … [but] your father is the devil, and you choose to carry out your father’s desires.” (John 8:44)

The Jews … are Satan’s synagogue. (Revelation 2:9)

I will make those of Satan’s synagogue, who claim to be Jews but are lying frauds, come and fall down at your feet. (Revelation 3:9)

Carl Linnaeus (1707-78), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, developed a system of scientific hierarchical classification. Within this taxonomy, under the label Homo sapiens (“Man”), he enumerated five categories based initially on place of origin and later on skin color: Europeanus, Asiaticus, Americanus, Monstrosus, and Africanus. Linnaeus asserted that each category was ruled by one of several bodily fluids (humors, or “moistures”): blood (causing optimism), phlegm (causing sluggishness), cholor (yellow bile, causing anger), or melancholy (black bile, causing sadness).

Linnaeus connected each human category to a respective humor, thereby constructing the Linnaeus Taxonomy in descending order:

Europeanus: sanguine (blood), pale, muscular, swift, clever, inventive, governed by laws

Asiaticus: melancholic, yellow, inflexible, severe, avaricious, dark-eyed, governed by opinions

Americanus (indigenous peoples of the Americas): choleric, copper-colored, straightforward, eager, combative, governed by customs

Monstrosus (dwarfs of the Alps, the Patagonian giant, the monorchid Hottentot): agile, fainthearted

Africanus: phlegmatic, black, slow, relaxed, negligent, governed by impulse

Later, although Charles Darwin himself did not assert this, some of Darwin’s successors, referred to as “Social Darwinists,” hypothesized that Jews were not simply a separate religious, ethnic, or political group but, like black Africans and other groups (including homosexuals), throwbacks to earlier stages of religious and human development. They forwarded a so-called “racial” hierarchy placing “Aryans” on the top, black Africans at the lower end, and other “races” (including Jews) at various points in between.

In Europe, by the late 19th century CE, Judaism had come to be viewed by the scientific community as a distinct “racial” type, with essential immutable biological characteristics — a trend that increased markedly into the early 20th century CE. Jews were increasingly constructed as members of a “mixed race” (a so-called “mongrel” or “bastard” race), a people who had crossed racial barriers by interbreeding with black Africans during the Jewish Diaspora.

The British psychologist Francis Galton (1822-1911) — a cousin of Charles Darwin — was a founder of the “Eugenics” movement. Eugenicists attempted to improve qualities of a so-called “race” by controlling human breeding. Galton argued that genetic predisposition determined human behavior. He asserted that Jews were of a lower racial form, and that they could be easily recognizable by their appearance. (Apparently Frazier Glenn Miller never received that memo.) He also talked about a supposed cold and calculating “Jewish gaze.”

The U.S. writer Madison Grant (1865-1937) codified this supposed “racialization” of the Jews in his influential book The Passing of the Great Race, or The Racial Basis for European History (1916), in which he argued that Europeans comprised four distinct races. The “Nordics” of northwestern Europe sat atop his racial hierarchy. Grant considered them the natural rulers and administrators, which accounted for England’s “extraordinary ability to govern justly and firmly the lower races” (p. 207). Next down the racial line fell the “Alpines,” whom Grant referred to as “always and everywhere a race of peasants” with a tendency toward “democracy,” though submissive to authority (p. 227). These he followed with the “Mediterraneans” of Southern and Eastern Europe, inferior to both the Nordics and the Alpines in “bodily stamina,” but superior in “the field of art.” Also, Grant considered the Mediterraneans superior to the Alpines in “intellectual attainments,” but far behind the Nordics “in literature and in scientific research and discovery” (p. 229). On the bottom he placed the most inferior of all the European so-called “races”: the Jews.

Referring specifically to Polish Jews, Grant asserted that “the Polish Jews,” who are supposedly of “dwarf stature, peculiar mentality and ruthless concentration on self-interest” (p. 16), present themselves in “swarms” (p. 63).

As we know, the Nazis used contrived “racial” arguments as a philosophical cornerstone for justification of their persecutions of Jews, as well as most people of color and people with disabilities. Jews and others they considered descendants from inferior “racial stands.” Nazi leadership argued vehemently that Jews were polluting the so-called “Aryan race.” They forced Jews to wear the yellow Star of David as a signifying marker, since to the Nazis, yellow represented a sign of “race pollution.”

This sentiment extended far beyond the borders of the Third Reich. For example, in 1939, the United States Congress refused to pass the Wagner-Rogers Bill, which, if enacted, would have permitted entry to the United States of 20,000 children from Eastern Europe, many of whom were Jewish, over existing quotas. Laura Delano Houghteling, cousin of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and wife of the U.S. Commissioner of Immigration, sternly warned, “20,000 charming children would all too soon grow into 20,000 ugly adults.”

“Race,” then, must be seen not as a binary, with “white” on one side and “people of color” on the other, but as a continuum. In the U.S. today, Ashkenazim are primarily viewed as being in the “white” region of this continuum, and we definitely have white privilege vis-à-vis “people of color.” However, I would argue that we do not have the same degree and extent of white privilege in many sections of this country as white mainline Protestants. In fact, in some countries — for example, in Eastern Europe still today — we are not seen as “white.” Obviously, so-called white supremacists believe this as well.More

To The Person Who’s Been Pooping On The Playground Slide…


A billboard in Michigan is asking citizens to help catch the disgusting someone who’s been defecating on playground equipment in Ypsilanti for the last six months, Fox 2 reports.

Adams Outdoor Advertising installed the digital billboard along I-94 with rotating messages such as: “Help us flush the pooper”; “Do your civic doody. Report the pooper”; and “Help us catch the poopetrator.”

According to an earlier article in the Detroit Free Press, the slides at Prospect Park in Ypsilanti have been the target, prompting talk of an increase in surveillance. But so far that hasn’t done s–t.

“No one wants to play in other people’s feces,” city council member Pete Murdock told the paper.

Of course, some observers had to make … jokes.

Public enemy #1? Or #2? #ypsipooper— Ypsi Pooper (@ypsipooper) April 18, 2014

I’m on the case #ypsipooper— Rayna (@RaynaReyst) April 18, 2014

You can have the runs, but you can’t hide! #ypsipooper— MichaelJackman (@MichaelJackman) April 18, 2014More

Twin Officers Collar Suspects After Dogged Pursuits


Among the ranks of the Seattle Police Department, a pair of twins have made a name for themselves through dogged pursuits, high-profile collars and a keen ability to sniff out criminals. These glory hounds, K9s Jaeger and Ziva—brother and sister German Shepherds from the same litter—both tracked down suspects in two different cases within hours of […]More

Autopsy release in officer involved shooting in Ruston


Autopsy release in officer involved shooting in Ruston
We’re learning more about an officer involved shooting that happened in Ruston back in February. An autopsy shows 24-year-old Johnny Richardson was shot four times, twice in the left arm,once in the chest,and once in the lower back. Lincoln Parish …