One Year After Charlottesville Lets Remember Heather Heyer

 

A young woman gave everything she had so that all people may live in peace, with dignity and respect.
She gave her life.
She was white!

 

Who didn’t see this coming?
What did you think the demonizing of colored immigrants was about? What did you think packing the courts with white male right-wing judges from the Heritage Foundation was about? The purging of voter rolls which summarily removed black voters who may have exercised their right not to vote in every election? Redistricting.  Lies about illegal voting, restrictive voting rules, to include the massive lessening of early voting days, mass inceration, and the resultant laws which take away the right of felons to vote?
Ask yourselves, what useful purpose is served by taking the voting right of people who have already paid their debt to society?

 

Yet these and the many other glaring red flags have either been missed or largely ignored by the black community.
For its part, the brown community has done it’s level best to ignore the signs which ought to have informed it to align itself with the black struggle.
Instead, the brown community hid in the background convincing itself it is safe, they are only after the blacks, look at me I am almost white.
All of that, however, was before that June 16th, 2015 escalator ride in which Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the American Presidency.

 

Jonathan Capehart opinion writer for the Washington Post wrote.
The nightmare began on June 16, 2015. Donald Trump descended on an escalator to the gilded lobby of his eponymous tower on Fifth Avenue to announce his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination for president. Little did we know that that opening scene would be the perfect metaphor for what was to come: A low and ugly campaign that defined deviancy down in presidential politics by playing on fear, racism, xenophobia, misogyny and a general disdain for anyone not white, straight, Christian, able-bodied and male. 

Ah, Jonathan…..Little did we know that that opening scene would be the perfect metaphor for what was to come?
How could you not have known?
No, Jonathan, the nightmare did not begin on June 16th, 2015, the nightmare has been in existence since the beginning of this republic, you simply chose to close your eyes to it.
As I laid out in the first paragraph, and so much more that I left out, the signs have always been there.  The pretense is not a workable strategy. Black people are not that silly, they may be resigned to the bludgeoning, after all, its difficult to withstand four hundred years of what we have withstood without displaying some degree of wear and tear.
But what is the story of the brown people, what is their excuse?
We could ask Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, we could ask Nikki Haley or Bobby Jindal.
Nah they are too busy pretending to be white.

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And so now the Browns are forced to deal with their own vulnerabilities in a country which has a minority of the majority so insecure it cannot exist outside of venomous hatred.
It is from that group that Donald Trump emerged.  It is on that discontent, resentment, and perpetual victimhood on which Donald Trump rode into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Browns never bothered to find common cause with the struggles of African Americans. Their lighter shades convinced them that hey would eventually be assimilated into white society like the Irish, and Italians and the Catholics even some lighter skinned Arabs have.

 

Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Arabs, Muslims, and everyone not in that group Jonathan Capeheart so eloquently spoke about now find themselves in the crosshairs of a new era of American fascism.
In other words, there is a whole slew of new n*****s now.
Decades and decades of marches and militancy is the trademark of the Black American existence, yet for the most part that existential struggle has seen far more white Americans struggling and dying with their black brothers and sisters for the simple right to live lives of dignity and respect than it has attracted brown people.

Heather Heyer, the victim of Charlottesville white neo-nazi rage.

As white nazis get ready to march on Washington tomorrow to commemorate the one year anniversary of their infamous Chorletsville tiki-torch march, we must never forget the life of Heather Heyer.
A young woman who could easily have stayed home confident in the built-in protections guaranteed by her white skin. She chose to stand up to bigotry and racism, fully conversant that we rise together or we die together.
Her life was snuffed out by a worthless piece of trash who lacked the basic understanding of the values she so bravely stood for.

There is much going on in America which may provide glee to some. To those, I suggest a little research and reading up on Adolph Hitler’s rise and the inevitable fall of Nazi Germany.
It is inconceivable that soldiers of all colors, including American soldiers, gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to defeat Naziism and to prevent the extermination of Jews just so that Nazis can continue to kill as they did last year right here in America.

The storm clouds are rising. The demagoguery about football players, Mexicans, Muslims, Immigrants and everyone not white male are in no way dissimilar to the demagoguery and deportations which preceded the extermination of Jews in Hitler’s Germany.
We ignore them at our peril.


Amidst Talk Of Prison Reform, Courts Continue To Oppress The Poorest Americans


 

 

Chris works on a farm by day and works for a security company at nights, two jobs to make ends meet. Today he came in to see me, he also provides some basic services through my business to the Jamaica men and women who do seasonal work on farms in Dutchess and Ulster Counties New York.

Chris was unable to do much of anything to earn a living today, though he came in wearing farm clothes, he was on his way to traffic court in the Town of Poughkeepsie right here in Dutchess County.
He asked me jokingly, what would happen to him if he is late for court, I told him they would likely issue a warrant for his arrest, he laughed and hurried left.

I thought about his chances as walked briskly away, I concluded to myself that he is in for a rough time in that court, which for all intents and purpose is a cash factory for the county.  The Town of Poughkeepsie court churns out millions from largely the poorest residents of the county who can least afford to pay the humungous fines meted out for the slightest traffic infractions.

The Town’s officers are largely discourteous, arrogant and are almost 100% white-male. They use the route 9 corridor as a feeding tree for writing tickets, but they are to be found hiding in bushes on literally every little roadway which snake their ways throughout the town.
Main street runs through the city to the Town where it forks into Routes 44 and 55, both arteries run through the town.
Many of their traffic stops end up in the city. Other stops begin in the city because they follow motorists into the city from the town before initiating traffic stops.  As you may well imagine their victims are usually black and brown motorists, who make up the bulk of the city’s residents, In other words, people who look like Chris.

 

For years people have complained about this police department. This including a 2014 Essay published by Gawker and written by Kiese Laymon, an associate professor of English and a contributing editor at Gawker. It began with the author at a traffic stop, being chastised by a white officer from the department.

“After taking my license and ID back to his car, he came to me with a ticket and two lessons,” Laymon wrote. “ ‘Looks like you got a good thing going on over there at Vassar College,’ he said. ‘You don’t wanna ruin it by rolling through stop signs, do you?’ ”
Laymon says that was the fourth time a local police officer had told him his job made everything “O.K.,” a phrase that inspired the essay’s title, “My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK.”

 

About an hour and a half later Chris walked in, he conceded he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Then he told me that the prosecutor told him he had reduced the seat-belt violation to a non-moving violation. He was encouraged to plead to a parking violation for which he was forced to pay $175.
That’s in addition to losing a whole day of work.

There is no legal justification for breaking the laws.  However, when a poor person who makes such a small mistake is forced to pay such a high price and the system uses the guise of a reduced charge, one has to reasonably conclude that he was spared the moving violation just so that he could go make more money for them to steal.

Trump meets with Black pastors

All across America, the poorest people who can least afford it are being used as cash cows to feed city and town coffers and funding budgets.
At a time when misguided black apostates masquerading as pastors are meeting with Trump about prison reform, these are the real issues affecting the poorest Americans.

Unfortunately, these pastors make a mockery of themselves, they do not speak for the black community and generally have no influence in the black community.
In essence, these photo-ops with Trump have zero to do with the community and everything to do with the egos of these disgusting opportunists.

If Donald Trump wanted to have meaningful conversations about prison reform he would have picked up the phone and speak to Reverend William Barber.  He could call Congressman John Lewis over to the White House.  He is free to call Michelle Alexander and many others who can engage him in substantive consultations on this pressing issue. Instead, he chooses to consult with lackeys and stool pigeons who have no influence and are only engaged in it for themselves.

One Man Builds School For Kids The Other Places Kids In Cages Away From Their Parents

I have always been of the opinion that financial independence was one of the best tools that black Americans could use to effectively counter white racism.
You know you don’t have to like me but you better damn well respect my financial prowess? Okay, I am nevertheless clear-eyed that poverty in black communities is tied to myriad issues some of which are out of the control of the people.

In the absence of economic power, the next best thing it seems to me is education and skills training, not that education or specific skills training are mutually exclusive to wealth. I am not suggesting that every black person should go to college, I am painfully aware that-that is utopian, even though it would be nice.
What I am saying is that where possible our people need to get trained in critical skills which are readily marketable.

This is particularly important at this time, not only because of how our politics have devolved but because of the changes in the marketplace. Innovation has taken a hatchet to certain disciplines on the one hand and globalization on the other have been removing other jobs from the economy.
Librarians, toll-collectors, factory workers, bank-tellers, supermarket cashiers, typists, secretaries, stenographers, calligraphers, Photographers and the list goes on and on. Jobs are systematically removed from the economy even as we fawn over the latest technological innovations.

 

The choices we face are not optional they are existential, adapt and survive, fail and suffer the consequences. The marketplace of the future is high tech, this economy will require highly skilled workers to make the economy function. Silicone Valley has no shortage of jobs, in fact, the tech industry is desperate for the US State Department to grant enough workers visas to fill existing positions in that sector. These are high-tech jobs which are available but there is a shortage of software engineers and other specialists to fill these jobs.

Lebron James

The attack on Basketball phenom Lebron James by the occupant of the white house is telling on several levels. As Lebron talks about building a school for at-risk young people in one Ohio Town and is being castigated by Trump it is important to note the steadfastness and laser-like focus with which James has set out on his life’s journey.
On the one had Lebron is building schools to educate young people Donald Trump is locking children in cages to fulfill his sick agenda. James seeks to use sports to build bridges, to peace and understanding, Trump demagogues, malign, demean and disrespect sports stars who use their platforms to draw attention to social and societal ills.

On Sunday, August 5th I could not help noticing that throughout the day literally, all the networks outside of the propaganda arm of the GOP were talking about the sharp contrast between James and Trump.
I remarked to my wife, “They don’t have to love you but they damn sure better respect your body of work”, she agreed.

Trump

I am not suggesting that everyone will have access to the financial resources and fame of Lebron James, far from it. In fact, the opposite is guaranteed. As such we must do the next best thing and get the education required, the best vehicle out of poverty and the best bet for wealth retention.

Neither am I saying that all of us can have the platform of James, Curry or even Kaepernick. Nevertheless, if we make better life decisions and go to college, trade schools find jobs and create startups and spend our money in our communities we become the masters of our own destiny.

If our young men can see value in themselves enough to stay out of jail they have a chance of making something of themselves.
Those who invest in jails are certainly free to do so, our young people can choose to become lawyers, doctors, nurses and scientists, electricians and refrigeration technicians and yes coders. If we stick to that game plan pretty soon those who invest in prison stocks will have to find other stocks to purchase.

Colin Kaepernick

Donald Trump seeks to demonize James, as he does NFL players because he is a pathetic bully. Bullies will not stop until someone stand up to them. James has the resources and the chops to do so. In every category, Lebron James has outpaced Donald Trump though he never inherited any money from his daddy.
Donald Trump is terrified of successful black men, his lying defamatory campaign against the first African-American president was only one example of that fear. There is a long history of that fear and insecurity dating back to the Central Park five and even further back than that embarrassing debacle for which he has still not apologized.
He only conceded that President Barack Obama was a legitimate American when he thought it was in his best interest to do so in his quest to attain the presidency.
Predictably, as a soon as he was installed in the presidency he went right back to his Obama derangement syndrome.

 

Trump is not alone, he is the megaphone for the deep-seated animus which exists against people of color and black men in particular. Trump is conversant with this, hence his “I could shoot anyone on 5th avenue and I wouldn’t lose a single supporter” comment.
In fact, his base of support may have expanded as a result of his outright racism. Many people who harbor racist, xenophobic views are now emboldened to act out those tendencies.
When NFL players kneel to bring attention to police abuse and execution of black people, white people know damn well it has nothing to do with a flag or military (as if the flag and military are to be worshiped as a God).
Creating a false narrative serves to distract from the issue, arguing that it is unpatriotic is demagogic, it brings hatred to the athletes and that’s exactly what they want to accomplish.

 

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Evangelical Apostasy Places It’s Values Over God’s Words

 

Are you a person of faith who sometimes feel despondent and anxious as events outside your control seem to put the very existence of a God into question?
Do you see fewer and fewer people in your church pews as the assault on truth and decency intensify, seemingly, in a direct assault on everything you believed?
You are not alone.

 

Almost daily we see and hear of events which frighten and terrifies us, we hear the obvious question,”Where is God, how could a God allow this to happen”? Sometimes the very events which are supposed to bring us closer to God are the events which drive us farther away from him,
The idea of trusting to our own understanding has been a non-starter from the beginning. Hence the Lod gave us his word to guide us in times when we see no way out, in times when we ask where is God in all of this.

 

We sometimes live our lives trusting on our own knowledge,, our own understanding, we make decisions on how we relate to unfolding events solely on what we know. Totally conversant of how that can be destructive to us the Lord encourages us in his holy word to have faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Where do we turn for comfort when the very body of Christ align itself with the dark forces which made you despondent in the first place?
Well the word of God acknowledged that we would find ourselves in this dilemma.
Philippians 2:12: Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

Dr. David R. Reagan writing about  Apostasy in the Church said, The Bible clearly prophesies that the Church of the end times will be characterized by apostasy. Paul said that the Antichrist will not be revealed until “the apostasy comes first”(2 Thessalonians 2:3). Jesus prophesied that “many will fall away” and “most people’s love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:1012).

 

As we reported in a previous article Churches are closing rapidly, and those which have remained open are experiencing fewer people in their pews. Additionally, Christians in some parts of the world are increasingly coming under violent attack and are being killed in shocking numbers.
We look at church leaders and we see rampant hypocrisy and verbal Jiu-jitsu on their part as they try to justify and legitimize those with whom they agree while lambasting others they dislike.

Earlier this year MSNBC’s Alex Witt asked Franklin Graham, son of famed Televangelist Billy Graham and himself a Minister and head of Samaritan’s Purse” about reports of Donald Trump’s alleged infidelities and dalliance.
Anytime religion is politicized it’s in danger of extinction,”[Ravi Zacharias]

http://www.chatt-a-box.com/white-evangelicals-continue-to-distort-christ-teachings-to-justify-racism-and-hypocrisy/
He said he didn’t say it,” Graham said. “I don’t think any of those senators if he did use that language, have heard that word for the first time. I’m sure that’s a word they’ve used before, I think there’s a little hypocrisy here.”
“We have a businessman who is a president, not a politician, but a businessman,” Graham said. “We should all be grateful that he’s brought his knowledge to Washington and he’s helping to turn this economy around.”

Obama’s private sector job growth graphic.

 

So there you have it morality in high office is no longer a virtue as long as the economy is doing well. Is there any wonder that young intellectuals are not rushing to hear about God?
While we are on the subject of the economy it is instructive to do the utmost to ensure that in that narrative about economic well-being we do not lose sight of the facts.
Intellectualism/ Science and Religion were not always at odds with each other. Previously the most learned scholars were the most religious. the American National Academy of Sciences has written that “the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith”, a view officially endorsed by many religious denominations globally.

Obama’s economy.

The simple truth is that the word of God remains unchanged, the problem is with the messengers. Franklin Graham is by no means the only white so-called conservative who have tied themselves into pretzels trying to legitimize what they want you to believe.
In fact, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, and shockingly even some Black proclaimed ministers of the gospel have used the Bible and their own twisted interpretations of God’s words to bring the body of Christ into disrepute.

 

At no time in our recent history, at least not in my lifetime has politics so ensnared the evangelical movement and places the body of Christ in contravention to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
♦Proclaiming opposition to Abortions while hating children not of your skin color is not Christlike.(Not taking sides on the abortion issue)
♦Abortions may very well be sinful but to disregard everything else and vote for a party which would put judges in place who rule against the basic human and civil rights of all people is equally sinful and hypocritical.

 

♦We may not agree with the lifestyle of our neighbor but we are duty bound to love them with the agape love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”.That love which is the God kind of love, if we want to claim to be his children.
♦We cannot claim real Christian faith if we continue to dwell in the cesspool of ignorance, continuously engulfed in the toxic imbecility of the superiority of skin color, lacking the simple and fundamental understanding that there is only one human race.
♦We can in no like wise claim God when we turn our backs in oblivious disinterest at the pain and suffering of our disenfranchised and abused brothers and sisters.

 

The evangelical movement has fallen woefully short on literally all counts.
The church is actively engaged in distorting the word of God and turning away some of those who were once believers of the faith and alienating further, those on the outside looking on.
2nd. Thessalonians 2:1-3 King James Version (KJV) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

 

White Women Complicit In Oppressing Others,willfully Forgetting Their Own Period Of Oppression

 

There is a stubborn deniability on the part of white women in America, a failure to recognize that color is only skin-deep, that they are first and foremost members of the human race and that gender[trumps] skin color.

 

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest. In 1848 the movement for women’s rights launched on a national level with the Seneca Falls Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women’s rights movement. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony and other activists raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. After a lengthy battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.[History.com]

The fact is that like black Americans white men were quite comfortable with preventing white women from voting,. White men believed that they and they alone were smart and responsible enough to elect leaders through the ballot box. In fact, they were basically the only candidates for elected office with the exception of a few cases.

 

During America’s early history, women were denied some of the basic rights enjoyed by male citizens. For example, married women couldn’t own property and had no legal claim to any money they might earn, and no female had the right to vote. Women were expected to focus on housework and motherhood, not politics.
Hillary Clinton’s early decision not to follow traditional first lady roles in the state of Arkansas may have forever ruined the way she has been unfairly perceived.

The undeniable truth is that white men were quite comfortable to deny their own white women the right to vote, own property, and even to have autonomy over their own financial resources.
They were, and in many regards are still comfortable with having babies with their women while denying them the right to make decisions over their own reproductive rights.
Thanks to the struggles of progressive women like those aforementioned and other unsung heroines and heroes women have had the autonomy to make decisions on their own.

 

Seneca Falls Convention 1848

Nevertheless, today some of the same challenges women faced pre-August 18, 1920, are still in play.. It is inconceivable that in 2018 women would still be at risk of losing the right to make decisions as it relates to their own bodies.
Yet the looming confirmation battle of potential Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh poses exactly those same risks and far worse, not just for all women including white women but also for all people of color.

The shocking truth is that white women has benefitted from the struggles of progressives outside of the narrow confines of reproductive rights. The civil rights won which allow them the right to vote, own property and handle their own money did not come without much fight.
The sad reality is that though white women have largely benefitted from the sacrifices of others and may arguably be said to be a protected class in America they are reluctant to speak out in defense of the rights of others who still struggle to be afforded their rights.

 

To the contrary, white women of varying class have demonstrably taken a decided stance against protecting the rights of those less protected and have themselves engaged in systemic oppression and support of oppressive and discriminatory practices against others.
That kind of behavior is reprehensible and must be seen for what it is,, a clear and unequivocal attempt to kick away the ladder and side with the very same forces which once had them in subjugation.
It is reprehensibe and shameful but most of all it is ignorant.

Black Christian Leaders Call On Paul Ryan To Censure Maxine Waters’ ‘Call To Extremism’

You simply cannot make this up.
In order to find this reasonable, one would have to be totally turned off to over four hundred years of Slavery, Jim Crowe, the Prison Industrial Complex and the continued fight of black people against racial oppression and police abuse in America.
One would, however, be able to understand why these maladies have been so intransigent and difficult to stop

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A group of black Christian conservative leaders are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to censure Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California for comments she made last month urging supporters to directly harass administration officials at “anytime” and “anywhere” they see them.

African-American conservative activists and religious leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to pressure Ryan to formally condemn Waters on the House floor and proclaimed that Waters doesn’t speak to the “faith of all black America.”

In question are Waters’ comments at a California rally in late June in which she called for critics of the administration to confront Donald Trump administration officials when they see them at a restaurant, a gas station, a department store or wherever else they might be found in public.

Waters’ remarks came as there was much media coverage over Trump administration officials — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — being kicked out of restaurants because they work for the Trump administration.

“Her call to extremism based on where another American citizen works and who they associate with must be sternly addressed by Speaker Paul Ryan,” Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, said at a press conference. “An apology is not enough, nor did she offer one when asked by House Speaker. As we move into two months of intense debate over SCOTUS nomination, the censuring of Maxine Waters becomes of extreme urgency.”

Bishop Aubrey Shines of the nondenominational Glory to Glory Ministries in Tampa, Florida, asserted that lawmakers like Waters who say these types of things are also putting law-abiding supporters of the president — such as themselves — in harm’s way. Read more here:https://www.christianpost.com/news/black-christian-leaders-call-on-paul-ryan-to-censure-maxine-waters-call-to-extremism-225995/#.W0l-7JKvCJk.facebook

A Brief History Of Slavery And The Origins Of American Policing

 

Written by Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D.

The birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions. The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities. For example, New England settlers appointed Indian Constables to police Native Americans (National Constable Association, 1995), the St. Louis police were founded to protect residents from Native Americans in that frontier city, and many southern police departments began as slave patrols. In 1704, the colony of Carolina developed the nation’s first slave patrol. Slave patrols helped to maintain the economic order and to assist the wealthy landowners in recovering and punishing slaves who essentially were considered property.

Dr. Kappeler has received numerous awards by both academic institutions and governmental agencies for his contributions to criminal justice.

Policing was not the only social institution enmeshed in slavery. Slavery was fully institutionalized in the American economic and legal order with laws being enacted at both the state and national divisions of government. Virginia, for example, enacted more than 130 slave statutes between 1689 and 1865. Slavery and the abuse of people of color, however, was not merely a southern affair as many have been taught to believe. Connecticut, New York and other colonies enacted laws to criminalize and control slaves. Congress also passed fugitive Slave Laws, laws allowing the detention and return of escaped slaves, in 1793 and 1850. As Turner, Giacopassi and Vandiver (2006:186) remark, “the literature clearly establishes that a legally sanctioned law enforcement system existed in America before the Civil War for the express purpose of controlling the slave population and protecting the interests of slave owners. The similarities between the slave patrols and modern American policing are too salient to dismiss or ignore. Hence, the slave patrol should be considered a forerunner of modern American law enforcement.”

The legacy of slavery and racism did not end after the Civil War. In fact, it can be argued that extreme violence against people of color became even worse with the rise of vigilante groups who resisted Reconstruction. Because vigilantes, by definition, have no external restraints, lynch mobs had a justified reputation for hanging minorities first and asking questions later. Because of its tradition of slavery, which rested on the racist rationalization that Blacks were sub-human, America had a long and shameful history of mistreating people of color, long after the end of the Civil War. Perhaps the most infamous American vigilante group, the Ku Klux Klan started in the 1860s, was notorious for assaulting and lynching Black men for transgressions that would not be considered crimes at all, had a White man committed them. Lynching occurred across the entire county not just in the South. Finally, in 1871 Congress passed the Ku Klux Klan Act, which prohibited state actors from violating the Civil Rights of all citizens in part because of law enforcement’s involvement with the infamous group. This legislation, however, did not stem the tide of racial or ethnic abuse that persisted well into the 1960s.

Though having white skin did not prevent discrimination in America, being White undoubtedly made it easier for ethnic minorities to assimilate into the mainstream of America. The additional burden of racism has made that transition much more difficult for those whose skin is black, brown, red, or yellow. In no small part because of the tradition of slavery, Blacks have long been targets of abuse. The use of patrols to capture runaway slaves was one of the precursors of formal police forces, especially in the South. This disastrous legacy persisted as an element of the police role even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In some cases, police harassment simply meant people of African descent were more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police, while at the other extreme, they have suffered beatings, and even murder, at the hands of White police. Questions still arise today about the disproportionately high numbers of people of African descent killed, beaten, and arrested by police in major urban cities of America.

Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Foundation Professor
School of Justice Studies
Eastern Kentucky University

 

As We Look On In Shock, I Hear The Founder’s Words

 

You remember when we were supposed to be spreading democracy around the world? When nations were invaded and tens of thousands killed all in the name of spreading democracy, how is that working out today?
It seems to me that when you sow seeds you should have expectations of a harvest, that is not an alien concept. The thing is that the road to hell is fraught with good intentions.
When the most powerful nation in the world act it impacts the actions of other nations. Those nations are looking on and they are learning.  And did Russia ever learn?
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson

 

One has to be either willfully ignorant or just plain stupid to ignore the assessment of all of the US intelligence agencies, that Russia intervened (not meddle) in the 2016 elections to aid Donald Trump at the expense of Hillary Clinton.
I am really annoyed at the Media’s use of the term (meddled), in the context of what the Russians did in 2016. Children meddle in their parent’s stuff.
Busy-body gossips meddle in other people’s business. Powerful nations do not employ active measures on behalf of one candidate against another simply because they want to meddle.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  -John Adams

America’s white founding fathers

They engage because they have designs which vastly outsize simply putting Trump in office. Russia does not like former Soviet states in their backyard joining the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance(NATO).
Russia would like nothing more than to relive it’s former Soviet glory days, those designs do not include its former Sattalites having allegiances to, and being protected by a western defense alliance.
Russia understands that if there are fractures in the world trade organization and nations cannot get along they do not have the economic power to challenge its designs in Eastern Europe and beyond.
The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. – John Hancock

 

And so Russia is waging a multi-pronged attack on  NATO  the WTO and the entire order which emerged after the second world war. This all while reaping the added rewards of a disunited America with its different ethnic groups at each other’s throats and the Government disrespecting and alienating it’s closest and most loyal allies.
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. -Alexander Hamilton

America’s Black founding fathers: The Untold Stories.

The American exceptionalism of which we hear much talk only existed because to a large extent most American Presidents adhered to existing norms. No matter how close they colored to the lines there was an expectation that regardless of the recklessness of their actions they acted on behalf of America, until now.
We are realizing shockingly, that past presidents were constrained not so much by laws but by respect and awe for the position they held, until now.
What we thought were laws were just norms, those norms were always there to be exploited.
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.  – Patrick Henry

It wasn’t difficult for the Russians to exploit America’s simmering racial divide. For four hundred years plus, America has exploited, abused and mistreated its racial minorities. Regardless of the successes of its white majority, there has always a cold indifferent lack of empathy for their black and native American brothers and sisters.
Their failures and anxieties, coupled with the possibility of becoming a minority among the nations combined ethnic groups have rekindled old hatreds.
Those fissures did not need much to make them gaping crevices, all that was required was a divisive con-man with an agenda.
A perfect storm which presented the perfect opening for a hostile foreign power.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.  -Thomas Paine

 

Racism has a price, hatred has a price. Unless we refuse to see what is happening right in front of our eyes, or we stupidly tell ourselves that it is something else, we must agree that Trump is upending the existing order to aid Vladamir Putin’s Russia.
The strangest part of all this is that the entire Republican party which always wrapped itself in the American flag[faux patriots]and paraded as patriots are in on it.
The shocking inevitability of its unfolding, coupled with the robotic acceptance of the population, seems almost Biblical in proportion.
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. – Benjamin Franklin

Good Stewardship Of Our Planet Is Crucial To Our Survival

 

 

Earth’s resources are by no means infinite, as the planet heats up scientist warns that our planet is getting warmer each year. It is time for us to take stock of how we treat the precious resources at our disposal.
The wealthiest among us are the most liberal with the use and dispensation of earth’s resources, that is not to say that those of us on the consumer end of the spectrum are not equally as reckless in the way we use and consume precious resources.

Sure, the processes which produced those resources may still be at work replenishing them in some instances but do we want to run out of drinking water and wait on the replenishment process? Are we prepared to destroy our oxygen supply then wait for replenishment?
Even with the abundance of food, poverty, droughts, famine, wars and other forces are wreaking havoc, forcing millions into starvation, and the death of countless others.

The United Nation’s Council for Human Rights says War and hunger are driving displacement.

The monied powers which drill for oil and natural gas, destroy mountains and other lands for coal have a vested interest in denying climate change. Sure we need those resources to maintain the modern lifestyle we have come to treasure and enjoy but in as much as the mega-corporations and governments have a responsibility to be judicious with our natural resources we all have that same responsibility to protect the environment.
That responsibility can come in the form of simply turning off the tap while brushing our teeth. turning the lights out in rooms we are not using.

On average about two gallons of fresh water flows from a tap each minute. According to (sustainability.nscu.edu), although 70 percent of planet Earth is covered with water, only 1 percent of it is available for human consumption?   Our surging population is leaving our lakes, rivers, and aquifers struggling to meet this growing demand for fresh water.  In fact, water demand is expected to climb 50 percent from 2007 to 2025.

In Yemen today over 8 million people face starvation and certain death because of wars

With the Polar ice caps melting even more rapidly than scientists had initially anticipated, the warming of the earth is effectively assured, the less ice on the planet is the more dark ocean which attracts the suns rays and the process is self-fulfilling.
Melting ice caps means rising ocean levels. Rising ocean levels means cities and towns submerged under water. More violent storms. Population centers forced to move further inland. Disputes over living space. Contamination and stress on fresh drinking water sources. And conflicts associated with the foregone.
I doubt that there is a rational person who would disagree that these events are not happening today, not abstract predictions for future generations?

Of course, we can scroll past these images quickly, or simply turn away and pretend, but we know whats happening in our world.
We know. Ethiopia in 2015, catastrophic famine, over 15 million people affected.

The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.

The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century.2 Their ability to affect the transfer of infrared energy through the atmosphere is the scientific basis of many instruments flown by NASA. There is no question that increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response.

In India lack of water poses serious challenges to agriculture.

Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show that the Earth’s climate responds to changes in greenhouse gas levels. Ancient evidence can also be found in tree rings, ocean sediments, coral reefs, and layers of sedimentary rocks. This ancient, or paleoclimate, evidence reveals that current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming.argues https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

 

These images are not sexy, we tend to quickly turn the page and move on because these things are only happening to those people. But are they really? In our increasingly interconnected world, how long are the consequences of famine drought wars, and other maladies going to avoid our doorsteps?
The truth of the matter is that the policies of powerful governments and corporations have direct causation on some of these events playing out in real time.

Policies which upend the fragile stability in less powerful nations have a ripple effect on where we live. When we wage wars or destabilize other nations we cause the mass migration of people. When we destabilize the delicate and fragile peace within those countries borders, by choosing one side over another, we are contributing to the movement of people.
It is one of the most natural things for humans to become nomadic as they look for food water and a better life.

When powerful energy corporations are given carte blanch to upend our eco-system just so that they may have more zeroes on balance sheets, we are by default contributing to the mass migration of people to our shores.
These are the hard challenges which face the leaders of powerful nations.
Building walls as a means of safety and security is a tried and failed concept, history is replete with the examples. Subsequently, the order which came out of the Marshall plan after the second world war despite its imperfection has held to date.
There has been stupid uncalled for war since 1945, we all know that when moronic leaders are given power they are going to make moronic decisions.

Nevertheless, the period of relative peace between the ending of the first world war and the beginning of the second began is a mere 21 years.
Between the end of the second world war in 1945 and today is 73 years. Seventy-three years and still no worldwide violent conflagration.
The world order has held. It is up to present leadership to strengthen the existing order so that future generations may have a planet on which to live.
Those who went before us did not destroy the earth, we have a responsibility to ensure that others have the same opportunities on this another American Independence day.

Italy’s Deputy PM Salvini Called For ‘mass Cleansing, Street By Street, Quarter By Quarter’, Newly Resurfaced Footage Reveals

 

Minister’s comments recirculate after leader of far-right League party announces ‘census’ of Roma community

 

Footage has re-emerged of Italy’s new interior minister calling for a “mass cleansing” of migrants from “entire parts” of the country. Matteo Salvini’s comments are being shared on social media after he announced a “census” of the country’s Roma community, setting the stage for deportations of the ethnic group. “We need a mass cleansing, street by street, piazza by piazza, neighbourhood by neighbourhood,” Mr Salvini, who is also Italy’s deputy prime minister, said in an interview last year. “We need to be tough because there are entire parts of our cities, entire parts of Italy, that are out of control.”

During the same interview, the 45-year-old suggested Italy could adopt policies on immigration similar to those of Donald Trump in the US.

Italy news: Matteo Salvini vows to ‘send home’ around 500,000 undocumented immigrants

Earlier this week, Mr Salvini said those Roma found to have Italian nationality would “unfortunately” be allowed to stay in the country while others would be expelled. The new anti-Roma policy is one of the first acts of Mr Salvini’s interior ministry; his party formed a coalition government at the start of June with the anti-establishment Eurosceptic Five Star Movement.

“I’ve asked the ministry to prepare a dossier on the Roma question in Italy,” the minister told broadcaster TeleLombardia. He added that the dossier would involve a “census of Roma in Italy” which would “see who, how, how many”. He added: “Unfortunately, you need to keep Italian Roma in Italy.”The country is estimated to be home to between 100,000 and 180,000 Roma.

On Wednesday, Mr Salvini met with Austrian populist leaders in Rome, where they pledged to increase protection of Europe’s southern border from immigration.

“It is a historic moment because Europe has never had the possibility to change like in these days. We think it can change for the better on the topics of immigration, security and the fight against terrorism. Finally there is a decision to protect the exterior border,” he said.

Mr Salvini’s move against the Roma community drew condemnation from rights groups and opposition politicians.  “The way is short from a census to a concentration camp. Salvini apparently decided to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the racial laws,” Chiara Gribaudo, a deputy from the centre-left Democratic Party said, referencing the Mussolini era. Carlo Stasolla, president of Associazione 21 Luglio, a group that campaigns for Roma rights, said: “The interior minister does not seem to know that a census on the basis of ethnicity is not permitted by law.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italy-matteo-salvini-video-immigration-mass-cleansing-roma-travellers-far-right-league-party-a8409506.html

Immigrants Of Color Will Not Be Allowed To “infest” America

 

AMERICA, A COUNTRY OF IMMIGRANTS.

The romantic idea of America as a place where dispossessed people come from distant shores seeking to practice their religion freely may be no more. Not for those fleeing persecution, not for those fleeing gangs which murder their families, not for those seeking a better life, not for those fleeing death.
The statute of Liberty standing in New York harbor has inscribed on her, these words.

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glow’s world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Whether the romantic ideals of immigrants fleeing persecution to practice their religion in peace were behind the flood of immigrants to these shores or it was rather the Knights Templars who came after Christopher Columbus, killing everything in their path,  is a question for honest intellectual discourse.
Nevertheless, the result is a country built by waves and waves of fresh immigrants, pregnant with the desire to succeed, filled with the hope of the promise of a better life.
Like a river cascading down a mountainside adsorbing tributaries and streams, it meanders along, all the time becoming stronger, wider, more powerful, as it flows headlong to its destiny with the mighty ocean.

 

That reality has been America’s greatness, the exciting concept of a country where those wanting to live in peace could be all they wanted to be. It has been one of the defining characteristics of the American experience.
A nation which is very much an ideal as it is a reality.
That has been America throughout, from the Moors who came and saw the native Americans, through Columbus who happened here and all of a sudden discovered a land where people already lived. From all who came, some by free will, others in chains. The refreshment of the human pool has stood as the single greatest fuel for the rejuvenation of the American idea.

 

The journey has been less than direct. Former President Barack Obama stated, the American journey has not been a straight line but two steps forward, one step to the side and another backward.
It is not difficult to learn that most whites did not vote for Obama but enough did, Obama had enough goodwill among some whites to get himself elected twice despite the vitriolic hatred and pushback from the right.
On that basis, it is enough to at least agree that there is evidence of progress, though there is much work to be done. And yes we are in the year 2018, well into the twenty-first century, why exactly are we having a discussion about race?
We are having a conversation about race because despite the passage of time hatred is still as entrenched as it has ever been, coupled with illiteracy it is next to impossible to eradicate.

As I have pointed out in previous articles there are privileges available to white Americans which are not available to black Americans. Some people are not even aware of those privileges because they have not been held up against the injustice people of color face daily. Others do not care and are even adamant that they deserve them because they are somehow entitled to them.
The present occupant of the white house sees the fight he is waging against immigrants as a winning strategy for the fall elections. In other words, he believes that there is enough hatred in whites to guarantee a mid-term win despite his governing record. Time will be the judge of that, nevertheless, the mere fact that we are having that kind of conversation demonstrates the level of corrosion which still exist and it lays bare a malignant strain of embedded racism that Americans refuses to shed.

When we go from lynchings after church to a black family in the white house it is difficult to deny progress. However, keeping Barack Obama’s statements of American progress in mind, it is not difficult to understand how we could be at this place in our history. Freedom is worth fighting for and the fight must be enjoined by every generation that wishes to remain free.

Understandably, no country can simply open its borders and allow any and everyone to waltz in, but the demonization and deportation of people of color while throwing open the doors to Scandinavia are all too transparent a strategy to ignore.
The single largest issue driving this policy is the browning of America and the numerical combined strength of the minority communities.
This demagogic Xenophobia is fuelled by racism, it makes criminals out of people of color who present themselves at the border as is mandated by law and for the most minor infractions. It’s not that people have not been coming to America throughout its history. What we are seeing now is that there is ginned up fear about people of color as the stark reality of the changing face of America along racial lines looms to people who are deathly afraid of equality.

ME FIRST

Donald Trump and Giuseppe Conte

 

The tide of Nativism sweeping America is sweeping Europe as well. Britain’s exit from the European Union is not an anomaly but part of a larger swell of anti-immigrant fervor sweeping white run nations including Italy and as far away as Israel.
It is the same tide which swept Italy’s Giuseppe Conte to power quite recently. Conte was sworn in on last month as Italy’s prime minister, heading western Europe’s first anti-establishment government bent on overhauling European Union rules on budgets and immigration. Where have we heard that before?

According to [Reuters] Italy hosted the European Union’s founding Treaty of Rome 60 years ago, but the once enthusiastically pro-EU Italians have progressively become disenchanted with Europe, blaming its fiscal rules for two decades of economic stagnation. The disaffection has grown in recent years as hundreds of thousands of migrants have landed on Italy’s shores from North Africa, fuelling support for the League which accuses the EU of abandoning Italy to deal with the influx on its own.
Widespread voter disenchantment has seen anti-establishment parties upset mainstream politics across the continent, including Germany and France,

In the Zionist state of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as labeled African Jews in the state of Israel as Infiltrators“.Netanyahu insists that by accepting African migrants the Zionist state risks losing its identity.
Donald Trump stated that he would not allow America to become an immigrant camp. He insists Immigrants are infesting America.
Yes, you have heard right, infesting as vermin does!

Roots Of White Rage: America’s Clash Of Class And Race, From The Civil War To The Rise Of Trump

Roots of white rage: America’s clash of class and race, from the Civil War to the rise of Trump.

Salon talks to Keri Leigh Merritt, author of “Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South”

 

liberals, progressives and other dreamers who want a true democracy in America often lament how race and the color line have interfered with and too often made stillborn a unified struggle that advances the collective interests of all poor and working-class people in America, and around the world. At present this takes the form of how Bernie Sanders and other liberals bemoan how “identity politics” have become too prominent on the left and among the Democratic Party. Of course this formulation is imprecise and myopic: all politics is identity politics; it is only when black and brown people as well as gays, lesbians, women, and other marginalized groups organize for their full and equal rights that somehow “politics” needs a modifier which diminishes the legitimacy of a given claim on rights and justice.

And there are other obvious complications as well. From at least before the founding through to the present those Americans who are considered “white” have consistently chosen the psychological wages of whiteness over working with black and brown people to advance shared material interests.

In the United States, this riddle often focuses on why poor whites in the South and elsewhere chose to fight for the Southern slaveocracy and the treasonous Confederate States of America when as a group they were not made wealthy by the trade, abuse, and murder of black human property.

Why did poor whites not ally with black slaves and black free people to bring down a system of racial tyranny that was also a means for the slave-owning plantation-industrial class to wield great power over whites of the lower classes? How did the lives of poor whites differ from those of poor blacks, both free and enslaved? What of the perversely distorted view of American chattel slavery where somehow it was “poor whites” who had it “worse” than black human property? How can this fiction be exposed? What type of political work do myths about the South and the Civil War do in a moment of resurgent white backlash and white supremacy under Donald Trump and the Republican Party?

In an effort to answer these questions I spoke with Keri Leigh Merritt. She is a historian and author of the widely-praised and provocative book “Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South.

You are a historian whose scholarship focuses on the American South, culture, and the world made by white on black chattel slavery. You are also a Southerner. There is the oft-cited quote that, “To understand the South, you have to understand that they’re the only part of the country that lost a war.”

What does “Southern pride” mean in a moment of white rage, when the Republican Party has embraced neo-Confederatism and all the poison that comes with it?

When people are usually talking about Southerners, they’re talking about white Southerners. So I want to make that distinction because there is an incredible lack of willingness by white Americans, and particularly white Southerners, of dealing with the sins of our forefathers. It is holding us back a great deal. We must confront what our ancestors did. The tendency to cling to Confederate statues and the whole Confederate myth has stemmed I believe largely from sheer ignorance. Most people don’t know when and how these statues were erected, and most people do not know under what circumstances their ancestor may or may not have fought in the Civil War. Were they forced? Compelled? Did they do it to just earn a wage?

And being thought of in terms of being those Americans who lost the war does put a chip on the shoulder of white Southerners. Therefore they cling to false narratives of the Confederacy.

A huge question, but one that is central to your new book: In America how do race and class intertwine?

Well, it’s a very complicated relationship depending on place and time, and how different groups of people negotiate competing interests. But during times of great economic upheaval, there’s always a chance, a glimmer of hope for working-class people and poor people to band together across lines of race. At times they do start doing that and then there’s always a big backlash.

In those moments there is despair and want, but also the kinship between people across the color line to achieve something on behalf of working people.
Read more here: https://www.salon.com/2018/06/19/roots-of-white-rage-americas-clash-of-class-and-race-from-the-civil-war-to-the-rise-of-trump/

Conservatives’ Anti-immigration Fervor Is Political: They Think Keeping America White Will Save Them

 

Conservatives’ anti-immigration fervor is political: They think keeping America white will save them

On Monday, in a courtroom in Wichita, a federal judge told Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that he had so blatantly violated federal discovery rules in a case he argued, defending a law requiring voters to prove their citizenship, that she ordered Kobach — a former Department of Justice official under George W. Bush — to take remedial legal courses. She also ruled against the law itself, saying there was no evidence it was necessary.

Kobach is best known for writing the “show me your papers” law in Arizona that was also struck down in federal court. He also headed up the ill-fated Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which was disbanded after many states balked at Kobach’s demand that they turn over their confidential voter rolls to the federal government. He had very big plans:
Kobach is currently running for governor of Kansas, and the crusade to curtail immigration and voting rights will continue no matter how his checkered political career turns out. This is now a central organizing principle of the Republican party.

Donald Trump’s administration has the most extreme immigration policy in a century. Among his first acts as president was his theatrical Muslim ban. He’s beefed up the border patrol and ICE and told them all to “take off the gloves.” He put one of the most anti-immigration politicians in the country in charge of the Justice Department, and they are systematically deporting people, even those who have been here for 50 years. Trump backed out of a deal to legalize the DACA recipients at the last minute. Now they are separating children from their parents at the border and putting them into detention camps in order to “deter” Latino immigrants, even those who are seeking asylum from the rampant violence in their home countries.

It’s tempting to chalk all this up to simple Republican racism and nativism. That is certainly what fuels the emotion on this issue on the right. Conservative media pounds the message that “the illegals” are all on welfare (which isn’t true) and are ruining the culture with taco trucks on every corner. (If only.) But that isn’t the whole story Back in 2014, when the wave of unaccompanied minors from Central American came to the border, Laura Ingraham led the charge against those kids: Read more @https://www.salon.com/2018/06/19/conservatives-anti-immigration-fervor-is-political-they-think-keeping-america-white-will-save-them/

Wait—Did Mr. All-American Tom Brady Tell Oprah He Has ‘Respect’ For Players Taking A Knee?

 

Wait—Did Mr. All-American Tom Brady Tell Oprah He Has ‘Respect’ for Players Taking a Knee?

 

I begrudgingly have to admit that Tom Brady, the QB I love to hate, is now less hated in the cockles of my heart because of a recent comment Mr. All-American made about the NFL protests.

The pretty boy who was at least one time friendly with President Trump—but who has also criticized our Dotard-in-Chief (Kim Jong-un’s words, not mine)—told Oprah Winfrey that he has “respect” for the players who chose to take a knee during the national anthem last season in protest of the deaths of African Americans by law enforcement, many times the carnage captured on video; oftentimes with no repercussion for the death-eaters save a pension.

Brady began by saying that football has afforded him the rare-in-America experience of being able to interact with players from all “all different parts of the country. Every color, race, belief, background.”

He continues, “I respect why people are doing what they are doing. And they’re doing it for different reasons, and that’s okay. You know, you can do things for your reason. They can do things for their reason, and you have respect for that. But, I thought it was great,” Brady told Winfrey in an upcoming interview on OWN’s “Super Soul Sunday” airing this weekend.

Brady said that the team had a lot of meetings after practice, discussing how they wanted to act as a team with “a lot of good healthy conversations … in our locker room.”

Brady also discussed his teams’ action last season, when the Patriots locked arms as they walked onto the field.

“We support what people are going through,” he said, adding, “I’ve been playing sports long enough [to know] everyone comes from something different, and I think showing respect for everybody, in a locker room, with a team of guys trying to go in the same direction — you better have that empathy for everybody. That’s what sports are about.”
https://www.theroot.com/wait-did-mr-all-american-tom-brady-tell-oprah-he-has-1826887279

 

Anthony Bourdain Gone Too Soon.

 

At a time when we sometimes wonder whether there is hope for humanity amidst the hate and anger, we found a moment of respite and relaxation, a few moments of escape into a world of travel, storytelling good food and drink.
Even though most of us can only dream of traveling to places unknown Anthony Bourdain took us there on the wings of his illustrious ability at storytelling. As a native of my beloved Jamaica, I could not be more proud than the time Anthony Bourdain visited and dived headfirst into our rich culture of food music, and our fun loving people.

I shed a tear, though I never met the man I felt like he was family, that is how great he was.
One Twitter user wrote Quote. The thing about #Bourdain was he didn’t look down on foreign places he visited&theirquaintness/ backwardness. He dived in, hungry to experience. His wasn’t the Orientalist gaze. He saw humanity(& food)everywhere and connected with it. RIP.

Anthony Bourdain has traveled everywhere on the globe.

Anthony Bourdain traveled the world and he met many people the end result was that he emerged a much more enlightened individual who saw the world for what it was, diverse, different, interesting un-monolithic and incredibly beautiful.
He was smart enough to appreciate the beauty in the difference. He left us far too soon. All in all, he left us with the distinct ability to find common ground and understanding of the differences in all of us because he understood fully that those differences weren’t negatives, they are the characteristics which make our world interesting.
(RIP).

Adversity Sometimes The Fuel Of Personal And Collective Growth

 

 

The images of racist assaults, both physical and verbal taking over every nook and cranny of America are evident every day. Unfortunately more and more, those who are supposed to protect the people are indeed the worst transgressors against the very people they are sworn to protect and serve.

Economic Power The Fix To Racism In America

Yet my response to some of the instances where these incidents occur is not alarmist as some other folks might be. I certainly would not encourage anyone to approach me with any form of racism.
Nevertheless. in every tragedy there are opportunities. As I said in a recent article negative things forces us to adjust and adapt to changes and events for our own survival.
Those of all species which refuses to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of our planet eventually become extinct.

The disrespect of black folk continues. And it continues to be captured on video. A black woman in Oregon was allegedly called out of her name and assaulted by a food truck owner, all because she tried to pay for her food with change. According to Willamette Week, Carlotta Washington says she was called a “nigger” by Islam Elmasry after she tried to pay for her lunch with quarters (not pennies, mind you).

In a short video provided to the outlet by a bystander, Elmasry can be seen telling Washington to “get the fuck out from here” and calling her a “stupid bitch,” after throwing a Gatorade bottle at her for confronting him.

In a portion not captured on video, Washington says Elmasry sprayed her with sriracha chili sauce, which was confirmed to the news outlet by witness Rachel Good, who said she found Washington’s shirt, face, and shoulders covered with the Thai hot sauce. “It was in my eyes and all on my skin. It was burning terribly,” Washington says. After Washington asked that police be called, Elmasry was booked into Multnomah County jail on charges of misdemeanor harassment and assault. Bail is set at $4,000. 

www.theroot.com/food-truck-worker-calls-black-woman-n-word-after-she-tr-1826632841

 

Adverse situations are supposed to force us to make changes in our lives. We are supposed to learn new ways of doing things, “when one door is closed many more is opened“[Robert Nesta Marley]
Those doors, however,  generally gets opened when we go knocking because you can bet your bottom dollar that the doors will not come looking for you.
The process of adaptation of which I speak requires a paradigm shift in the way we see ourselves deserving of respect and dignity.

Once we have arrived at the point where we recognize that we are the masters of our own destiny, we begin to recognize that if we are to survive we must take on the responsibilities which guarantee not just our wellbeing but our very survival.
We will not have full autonomy over all aspects of our lives, particularly in a country in which we are a minority but we darn sure can begin the educational process of self-preservation through self-empowerment, That self-empowerment begins with education for our children, saving our money, starting and supporting black businesses, and ensuring that we teach our youngsters the value and importance of good monetary stewardship.

 

The harsh treatment meted out to black people at Starbucks coffee shops, waffle-houses, food trucks and other places in which blacks struggle to be treated respectfully should be a motivating factor for all of us to get our house in order. What is stopping African Americans from having their own coffee shops and waffle houses?
In the video above the man in the food truck clearly came to this country and has learned not to respect blacks. From the sound of his accent, he clearly is not too long off the boat but he already has a business going. And what do you know blacks are there bleeding their money.

Look, it is your money spend it where you want to, but understand that when you do that what you are doing is handing over your power. Is it laziness, lack of ambition, or is it ignorance, Could it be all of the above? What would happen if Blacks retained some of the 1.2 trillion dollars we spent last year. Better yet where would we be if we spent a small portion of that money on new startups, or even sending our children to college.

Look around you Black America, in your closets, in your garage, around your necks, on your fingers, on your feet, on your backs and generally around that apartment you are renting did you really need that new pair of expensive over-priced sneakers?
Did you need all of that junk you spent your paychecks on, or do you think that maybe, just maybe you could have saved a few hundred of those dollars you squandered?

 

The few dollars blacks spend at black barbershops and at black hairdressing salons is mere peanuts compared to the over one trillion spent last year. The sad truth is that those monies are generally spent as part of the preparation so that black people may go out to clubs, restaurants, hotels, and other places which are generally not black-owned.
I love all people, nevertheless, we have to look after ourselves first, empower ourselves instead of begging others to accept us and treat us well.
Seventy-eight (78) years after they kicked Marcus Garvey out of this country for teaching this message the need is just as great, and the task just as urgent.
The question is whether or not this message will seep through to Black Americans and in a collective way they will begin to digest it?. Only time will tell.

 

 

 

Why Talk Racism Without Attribution?

 

People discuss racism in the abstract as if its a new strain of deadly virus for which there is no antidote. In an effort not to offend sensibilities we tiptoe around this insidious and deadly scourge without discussing the most important aspect of racism which is the critical issue of attribution.

Look, I get the idea of not alienating allies in any war, but the idea that white liberals who are finally on the side of whats right by finally standing up for human dignity and decency would be offended if we call out white racism is absurd.
Those who would be offended by our direct attribution of racism to the rightful perpetrators were never our allies in the first place.

It is far better to go into battle with a small army of true believers than a large crowd of wishy-washy mamby-pambys who are not committed to the cause.
Black people continue to pay a tremendous price in blood and treasure to this country despite having slaved and died for over four hundred years without having received a single penny of compensation.

The agonizing murders and mutilations, rapes and assaults on black bodies by white slavers cannot be ignored or forgotten. But it did not end there, The chain-gangs, Jim Crow, the prison Industrial complex and the unchecked murderous police assaults on people of color remain and continue day by day.
Despite these more well-documented instances of incomprehensible barbarism whites have visited on blacks, there are the much more nuanced examples of mental retardation which are not so well know.

These incidences, for example, include a black Chicago man who was shot and injured in the early 1960’s on a hunting trip. His friends took him from hospital to hospital to save his life at every hospital they were turned away.
Turned away, because of the color of his skin, he bled out and died.

Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr murdered by police in his own home because he was allegedly playing his music too loud.
A lawyer for the family said he was left scratching his head at the pointedly paltry settlement award.

We have to reconcile these instances of egregious inhumanity with a Florida jury which awarded four cents to the family of a black man murdered by police in his own garage behind a closing garage door. The calculated disrespect inherent in that verdict cannot be ignored and must be viewed fully for what it is.
Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr was killed by police who showed up to his house because he was allegedly playing his music too loud.
Hill who was in his garage having a drink in the early afternoon attempted to close his garage door, not before the responding cops fired multiple rounds into his body killing him.

We all knew they were not going to be held accountable, that’s a given. The mind-numbing discussion surrounding this killing has as its focal point the idea that cops ought not to be called for trivial issues as a noise complaint in the middle of the afternoon, rather than that police officer who are supposed to be guardians of our safety, should not be the ones executing us.
Racism will continue until those who benefit from it are held accountable for it. Those who benefit from it will not change it, so as Martin Luther King asserted, blacks should never be lulled into the acceptance of gradual change, (King called it the tranquil drug of gradualism).
If this cancer is going to be fixed it must be identified, confronted, isolated and cauterized.