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Welcome to the Official Website of James Landrith
CNN Story Picked for Top 10 in Living Section
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Rape, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Written by James Landrith   
Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Well, apparently my interview with CNN a few months back ended up being one of the top 10 stories of the year for the "Living" section. Each CNN section is re-tweeting their top 10 stories of the year. Before you read it, yes, I was in a CNN story with Chris Brown about female sexual predation. Whatever.

As a result, I am getting a ton of new traffic to my website. That's fine and all and I welcome responses from readers, but for new visitors, I want to be clear. I will not now, nor ever, engage trolls and other unsavory types in the comment threads on stories about me or for which I was interviewed. My willingness to participate in such interviews is based on advocacy and education. I'm not your emotional or mental plaything. I won't engage you in the comment threads. PERIOD. If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact me directly. Thank you. 

The story from October is at the following link:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/09/living/chris-brown-female-on-male-rape/
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 January 2014 )
 
Statement of James Landrith on Melissa Harris-Perry's Mockery of Kieran Romney
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Multiracial Individuals and Interracial Families
Written by James Landrith   
Monday, 30 December 2013
Statement of James Landrith on Melissa Harris-Perry's Mockery of Kieran Romney
Editor and Publisher
The Multiracial Activist
http://www.multiracial.com

I am neither conservative, nor liberal, neither Republican, nor Democrat.  I am my own man.  I answer to no party. As a writer and publisher, I've taken on Republicans and Democrats equally when they've gone too far.  I am not beholden to either of the dominant political beasts in American society.  I prefer it that way.

As the publisher of The Multiracial Activist, I have spoken out against many organizations and individuals for bigoted and hateful behaviour toward interracial relationships, multiracial individuals and racially blended families by marriage or adoption.  Over the years, I've called out the likes of Trent Lott, Robert Byrd, George Allen, the Council of Conservative Citizens, Matt Hale and his World Church of the Creator and even Harold McDougall of the NAACP (for openly bullying a biracial child in a Congressional Hearing), among others.

I even took on fundamentalist Christian racism when I waged a media war with Bob Jones University, eventually resulting in the overturn of their ban on interracial relationships.  I spoke out strongly and swiftly against hate crime attacks and unlawful detentions of Arabs and Muslims following the attacks on September 11, 2001.  For all of that, I endured death threats, denial of service attacks on my website properties and countless character assasinations by extremists, racists, racialists and domestic terrorists.  I make no apologies.  I don't regret doing any of it.  They all deserved the negative attention they received, even when I was receving friendly fire by those who favor political labels over integrity and racial tolerance.

Today, Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel has drawn my disgust and ire.  On Sunday, Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists took potshots at the son of Mitt Romney and his adopted, black son.  It was pathetic, ridiculous and immature.  It was also the type of behavior I would have called out from a conservative talk show host.  Harris-Perry does not get a break for being a woman of color, nor for being a Democrat.  There is no excuse for her behavior, nor that of her panelists.

So, in keeping with my own beliefs and the long track record of The Multiracial Activist, I hereby demand an apology from Harris-Perry and her panelists and expect MSNBC to take punitive action against the host and panelists involved.  

Children are not political pawns and this behavior is completely inexcusable.

Ms. Harris-Perry, like Trent Lott and George Allen before you, I am disgusted by your behavior and find your use of a child for racialist, political purposes to be callous and abhorrent.

You should be ashamed.
Last Updated ( Monday, 30 December 2013 )
 
Advocacy and Ego Don't Mix (or Get Over Yourself and Start Being Effective)
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Civil Liberties and Advocacy Efforts
Written by James Landrith   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

I've been involved in advocacy work since 1997 on a variety of issues and causes. Actually, I started on April 23, 1993, when I wrote letters to Senators Simon and Moseley-Braun protesting DADT and the persecution of military members based on sexual orientation. I was still on active duty at the time and sick of the paranoia and maltreatment of my brothers and sisters by knuckle-dragging psychopaths, so I spoke up. That was the beginning of over 20 years of advocacy work.

While I worked on many high profile and national efforts, an advovcacy campaign that stands out was from 2002. I won't go into all the facts here, as you can read it at this link:

 


That campaign was headed up by the Center for National Security Studies and the ACLU. My online magazine, The Multiracial Activist, was one of 20 plaintiffs to join the lawsuit, looking to enforce the Freedom of Information Act. Eventually, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, who kicked it back like cowards. While we did not win, a very diverse group of activist organizations took part in challenging the Bush Administration on its police state assumptions. It helped to start a national conversation and pushback in multiple directions began across the political landscape.

On other issues, many of the organizations involved were on opposite sides, but we put those away to concentrate on one goal. That is cooperative advocacy. That is acting like a professional. That is how to get things done as a group vs. just making a lot of "righteous" noise.

We didn't run each other into the ground on the areas where we disagreed. We saved such battles for the days they were to be fought later. We didn't treat each other like monsters or make hateful and discriminatory comments for the purpose of silencing individual activists. We didn't make it personal. We didn't attack. We didn't promote hate and intolerance. We stuck to the script. We kept on mission.

Adovacy is about the end goal, not our hurt, wounded pride over people disagreeing politely and not telling us we are right and special and geniuses every day, all day long.

Anyone expecting to last longer than a year or two as a serious and effective advocate needs to get a grasp of working together in diverse settings. Not everyone will agree with you at all times. So what. Get over it. If a person wishes to be a serious advocate, at some point it is time to be a grown up about it and get over themselves or they will be ineffective and quickly marginalized - and deservedly so. Further, they will find that fewer people want to work with them over the long-term as they have become known as THE PERSON WHO CREATES BARRIERS and causes strife for those of us actually trying to get things done. Sometimes, serious advocates have to compromise and remember they are human, fallible just like the rest of us and not always "right". Sometimes, they actually have to listen to someone who disagrees in order to reach a joint understanding on the areas that they do agree.

But what do I know, I've only been doing it for over 20 years. I'm still learning how to do this shit...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 December 2013 )
 
Dear Allison (or Vile Female Rape Apologists Are Vile)
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Rape, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Written by James Landrith   
Friday, 06 December 2013

On January 15, 2012, I told my story to the world via The Good Men Project. This article was quickly one of the most popular on GMP for months. It gained traction again lately, which garned new interest and the usual trolls and haters that all survivors find when they go public. The following comment was left on the article this week by "Allison":

 

"Though it is unfortunate that you went through something so traumatically disgusting, it wasn’t life threatening as it is when it’s men against women. Overall, men are far more violent (for example, war is not a product of femininity) and that sucks because men are physically stronger 99% of the (biological) time. Some women are raped SO hard that thy can never have children. Some women are even murdered after rape, because the rapist doesn’t want to be identified. Men don’t usually tell their stories of abuse because they want to appear strong, but for every man, there are hundreds of victimized (silent) women. So I apologize for not being too sympathetic, it’s just that your (rare) experience was merely unfortunate, NOT widespread & detrimental."

 

For the record, since "Allison" believes she is an expert: Rape IS traumatic. Rape is not cookie-cutter.  Rape does not conform to a single format.  Physical injuries are NOT universal for men OR women.  Further, sexual violence is not trivial for ANYONE. Use of minimizing terminology and being informed that what happened to me is not "detrimental", but "merely unfortunate" is ridiculously commonplace.  As a male survivor, I've run across this mentality repeatedly from both male AND female rape apologists.

 

Since "Allison", brought it up.  Let us talk about the physical damage rape can do to men.  I've known men who have recurring physical problems, needed surgeries (sometimes multiple) to repair the damage following brutal attacks.  I know men who fight PTSD, deal with regular nightmares, self-harm, panic attacks, anxiety, suffer a complete loss of trust, have difficulty holding down jobs, interacting publicly and living full, happy lives. Yet because they are not female, "Allison"  believes it to be of no consequence.

 

  • This, is why so many male survivors do not speak out.
 
  • This, is why so many male survivors suffer in silence. 
 
  • This, is why many male survivors take their own lives, rather than seek the help they desperately need and deserve.
 
  • This, is why cynical gender-based politics do not equal survivor advocacy.  Those engaging in such are doing so at the expense of the survivors they see as expendable and unimportant.

 

Compassion should not have gender labels, nor be attached to a cynical hierarchy of suffering. True compassion, sympathy and empathy are independent of such arbitrary and irrational excuse-making, arrogance and rape apologia. "Allison" is a rape apologist and a miserable excuse for a human being.

Male and female survivors need each other.  Together, we can actually counter the shaming, victim-blaming and disbelief we face from strangers, friends and even family.  We can use our unique perspectives and experiences to make our lives better.  What we don't need, are examples of false compassion and blatant minimizations, as demonstrated above.  What we don't need, are gender warriors co-opting our traumas to make broad-brushed, ideological statements that put personal politics above survivors needs.


I'm trying not to hate the world again, but arrogant, sexist, hateful rape apologists like "Allison" make it extremely difficult.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 December 2013 )
 
238th Birthday Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Foreign Policy, Military and War
Written by James F. Amos   
Sunday, 10 November 2013

 238th Birthday Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps

November 10, 2013

 

For 238 years, The United States Marine Corps has proudly served our great Nation with unfailing valor – bolstered by the enduring fortitude of our fellow Marines, our families, and our friends. This is why each year on November 10th, Marines from all generations gather together, in groups large and small, to celebrate the birthday of our Corps and to reflect on the proud legacy and warrior ethos we share. This is what unites us as Marines. From our first battle at New Providence to today in Afghanistan, Marines have always shown that they were made of tougher stuff – that when the enemy’s fire poured in from all angles, and the situation was grim, Marines unequivocally knew that their fellow Marines would stay behind their guns, fight courageously, and drive the enemy from the battlefield. We have always known hardship, fatigue, and pain…but we have never known what it is to lose a battle!

 

Marine of generations past built our reputation as the most disciplined and honorable warriors to ever set foot on a battlefield, and we have triumphed in every battle because our Corps has always focused on iron discipline and combat excellence. This is who we are…this is what we do! It matters not whether you carried an M-1, and M-14, or an M-16. It matters not whether you fought on a lonely island in the Pacific, assaulted a citadel in the jungle, or marched up to Baghdad. It matters not whether you are a grunt, a pilot or a loggie. What matters most is that, when the chips were down and things got tough, your fellow Marines could count on you to stand and fight…and fight we did!

 

This year, we celebrate the anniversary of several epic battles in our celebrated history: the 70th anniversary fo the 2nd Marine Division landing on Tarawa, the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Hue City, and the 10th anniversary of the “March Up” to Baghdad. Marines who fought in these legendary battles each made their mark upon the history of our Corps. They have passed a rich and illustrious legacy on to us – a much heralded reputation. It is ours to jealously guard, and it is up to us to make our own marks and thus proudly pass it on to the generations of Marines who will follow.


Sergeant Major Michael Barrett joins me in congratulating each of you. Because of you, your selfless service, and your many sacrifices, our Corps remains strong and ready to respond to any crisis. Throughout history, Marines have faced tough times and there will be tough times ahead, but there is no challenge we cannot overcome if we remain honorable and always faithful to our Nation, our Constitution and each other. Happy Birthday, Marines!

 

Semper Fidelis

 

James F. Amos

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps

 
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