Category Archives: Oklahoma civil rights
Oklahomans fired up & ready to go marching on Wash DC at Oklahoma State Capital on 8-24-2013 to not only commemorate Martin Luther King’s 50th anniversary of the “I have a Dream” Speech, but to also bring public awareness to racial disparity in treatment in the criminal justice system, stand your ground law, low wages and their advocacy for obamacare.
While NAACP Nationals & many other Americans on 8-24-2013 were participating in the march on Washington DC, the Oklahoma NAACP was on the front line leading marchers to the Oklahoma state capital building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to not only commemorate Martin Luther King’s 50th anniversary of the “I have a Dream” Speech, but to also bring public awareness to racial disparity in treatment in the criminal justice system, dangers of stand your ground law, low wages, need for obamacares.
NAACP members marched behind their NAACP state president who seemed to persevered with each step on a walking cane. The members led jodie-chant “United We Stand” while carrying the NAACP unit colors behind him. Esprit de corps is always a good thing to have before entering battle.
At a medicaid expansion rally in McAlester, Oklahoma it was said that the reason why the Motorcade of Medicaid took the path they took to get to McAlester, Oklahoma was because this is Little Dixie. One of the ladies in audience sounded like she was offended, and said that they are not suppose to use that word because its associated with KKK and illiteracy.
I have heard the term “Little Dixie” used in describing the politics and culture of McAlester, OK & Pittsburg county Oklahoma (generally). Actually Ive heard the term “Little Dixie” being used to describe Southeastern Oklahoma & the entire Congressional District 2. I didn’t realize this until I moved to Southeastern Oklahoma. Though I have heard the phrase “Yellow dog” & ‘Blue dog” very rarely used in white republican or tea-party circles of Southeastern Oklahoma in reference to their white democrat counterparts in the state; but
the phrase “Little Dixie” is mostly & loosely used by white republicans in Southeastern Oklahoma to categorize white democrats in Congressional District 2 Oklahoma.
I heard what the woman in the video said in reference as to why she disliked the phrase “Little Dixie”, but I’m wondering if she disliked the phrase because it’s a truthful disclosure or a reminder of what she does not want to be said out loud.
Let’s be honest about this Little Dixie thing.. the meaning of the phrase Little Dixie does accurately depict Southeastern Oklahoma. So please lets not pretend it does not. I know what “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat mean, as do most African Americans – even though “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat is not a term that most blacks use. Reason being that most blacks don’t use the phrase is because its associated with the same political party that Blacks are associated with themselves. It does not mean that blacks adore Dixiecrats. Its a rock & a hard place for black folks, when there are only 2 political parties to deal with.
The needs and wants of black democrats is not necessarily the same as a Dixiecrat. Whereas the Dixiecrat wants states rights, most blacks oppose this because it would mean a death sentence them & they would have no protection when they are already racially discriminated against & are severely outnumbered. Look what happened to North Tulsa (which is not even Little Dixie). I’ve spoke with several blacks in Southeastern Oklahoma within the past 6 months about their concerns and it appears that they are paying close attention not only due to how Congressional District 2 voted in the last presidential election; but they are especially paying more attention here recently to the obvious racial disparity they are subjected to in the criminal justice system & in employment – which BY THE WAY is a system within this locality that’s controlled NOT by republicans. Remember, Southeastern Oklahoma particularly in Pittsburg & Hughes County is a democrat stronghold. I have heard many of blacks in the area say that they will cast a “retaliation vote”. I think you (the reader) know what that means. But only time will tell as to what black democrats in Pittsburg & Hughes county will actually do on voting day. I have asked them to choose their political candidate wisely, but to pay attention to the ‘”low hanging fruit” – AKA: local & state politicians.
What I have not figured out yet is how did this Little Dixie thing occur in Southeastern Oklahoma (or anywhere in Oklahoma for that matter) in the 1st place, considering that Oklahoma was not a slave state.
This video was recorded on July 27, 2013 at Chadick Park in McAlester, OK.
1 of the organizers for Coalition for Medicaid Expansion rally – Ali Canada summed up Oklahoma as a Right to Starve state. There were discussions at a Motorcade for Medicaid rally in McAlester about republicans forced out union jobs with the promise that NON-union jobs would create more jobs in Oklahoma.
The phrase “Right to Work” is deceptively worded. At a glance, that phrase implies that it gives people the right to work. But in reality, the phrase may had been worded this way so as to trick voters. Right to Work is an ANTI union movement for lower paying jobs like what you see at McDonald’s & Burger King. In essence POVERTY WAGES. As it turned out the Anti-union law (deceptively worded as Right to Work) did not produce jobs as the republicans had promised.
Ali Canada who is also 1 of the directors of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist in Tulsa said that the Southeastern Oklahoma Labor Council is working on getting rid of the ANTI-union law, by putting it before the voters n the state ballot for 2016.
The event was videoed at Chadick Park in McAlester, OK on July 27, 2013 and coordinated by Coalition for Medicaid Expansion. The group organized a Motorcade for Medicaid which toured 12 Oklahoma cities/towns in a single day. McAlester, Oklahoma was its last stop.
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Southern Strategy is alive & well in Oklahoma but in a bizarre form.
- Nationwide voter suppression aimed at black & other minority communities to prevent the nation’s first black president
from winning re-election;
- Reports of Oklahoma purging democrat voters from the voter rolls ;
- White Oklahoma republican legislators pushed for affirmative action to be abolished in the state that is
known for its hatred for a black US President;
- Oklahoma Republicans had this affirmative action question to be placed on the ballot to be voted on in the
presidential election knowing that a black president’s name would also be named on the same ballot;
- Racist vitriol spewed by Oklahoma GOP politicians which fueled hate rhetoric to their constituents at conventions &
political gatherings against a black president;
Then these white republicans in Oklahoma with venomous hatred for this black man in the White House decided to show the depth of it by executing another black man on
Yes, they did this! While black folks in Oklahoma were scrambling to get to the voting polls on ELECTION DAY to vote for a black man to remain as president, the state of Oklahoma was executing another black on the same day. In my opinion this was a twisted message the white republicans of Oklahoma was sending to the black people in the state.
When they say racism is skin deep disease to the bone, they aint lying, cause these white republican politicians in Oklahoma have got it bad. Real bad. How low can they go?
By the way, the blood RED state of Oklahoma at 6:05 pm on November 6, 2012 – ELECTION DAY, executed a mentally ill black man named Garry Allen. At that same time – 6:05 pm, blacks folks were still standing in long lines at voting polls in Carter County & other Oklahoma counties trying desperately to vote for another black man to be re-elected President of the United States & that man’s name is Barack Obama. It was reported that the last words of inmate Garry Allen at the ELECTION DAY EXECUTION was his prediction of an Obama win to the presidency.
The following video was recorded at the Oklahoma Death Penalty Discussion/Session held at the NAACP Oklahoma state convention in Oklahoma City on 11/10/2012.