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BOYCOTT NOW!!!

1000History proves the actions of white folk are nefarious at best and amoral at worst! Nonetheless, Black people continue to pray, beg, and march for something that is basically as simple as being allowed to have the same rights as the so-called Constitution professes. This is really a big thing since it has not happened since the African was dragged onto the shores of America in chains nearly four-hundred years ago. Franking with this new regime is putting black people in concentration camps out of the question or slavery?

The entire world knows the history and condition of the black struggle, their long-standing grievances, fight for equality, and the many attempts to obtain basic human rights. The descendants of Africa have suffered greatly, which is no secret. Black people still, by enlarge, continue to hold onto this idea that one day “Jesus” is coming back to save them. People he is not coming back!

With the evolution of “black lives matter” and the so-called conscious movement, black people still practice what is defined as insanity – “Doing the same thing, expecting a different result”. Which I might add, doing this for hundreds of year and have not realized that the strategy of marching in protest does not accomplish anything. Sure, a march is good press for some of these “chicken pickin” Uncle Tom’s or sell-outs doing the bidding of white folk, which is to remain peaceful and keep you passive. I think you know I’m right because anyone whose aim is or was uplifting or making progress to achieve results were killed.

Of late we hear a lot of talk about putting black dollars in black banks – great idea but how many black people do it? I also believe that two of the most painful realities resulting from the civil rights movement was that black people were no longer Negro (i.e. black) and were told we were now a called a minority. Second, integration destroyed black businesses and destroyed the black parallel economy. If we were to respect the movement, we should do so by doing what Dr. King taught us and remember that the Montgomery boycott crippled the city of Birmingham! The only thing that hurts and causing white supremacy is to take away dollars!

We often hear the overused term revolution, which I believe has to be taken to result in any meaningful end. However, I believe a boycott on mass is the only way to obtain the meaningful end – redirect where and how you spend your dollars!

The fact is; it’s been a few hundred years since we’ve seen a Nat Turner or Gabriel Prosser! We have had prophets, among us to teach us how to overcome the wicked system of racism, but most did not listen. Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X told us how to build a nation. DuBois and Garvey told us how to sustain a nation through education and economics.

However, it was Martin who showed black people how to get results in this grossly unfair system of injustice. Slavery was supposed to have ended in 1865. However, nothing meaningful happened until black people boycotted the Montgomery Transit System that made a major step in ending Jim Crow and segregation. Thanks to the courage and tenacity of Mrs. Rosa Parks. So the tactic of boycotting has been proven to work.

If you say you are conscious-minded a boycott is the only thing proven to work. Money is the only thing they understand – take it away from them; white folk and their businesses – KEEP YOUR MONEY and not buys or buy black. Make a commitment to not buy from their business or fund their enterprises.

I can assure you respect will then be afforded to the most disenfranchised community. Black people spend a trillion dollars a year with none of it staying in our communities. Let me put this in a way that anyone can understand; you can scream, riot, and march all you want but if you take away the money you will get results.

It is time to do the smart thing and boycott, stop spending, and taking away the money is the only way to get “their” attention. Unless and until black people realize that the only way to get equality and justice is to implement an economic boycott. Black people will be slaves forever! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Remembering Mrs. Rosa Parks And Her Story

12289695_1058447177520234_3111041487841954008_nIt would be impossible to talk about black history and not talk about the mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was the greatest, most distinguished African American Woman Civil Rights Activist of our time. The woman is known as “the first lady of civil rights” was born February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama to James McCauley and Leona Edwards, her parents, a carpenter and a teacher, respectively. Her ancestry was a mixture of African American, Cherokee-Creek and Scots-Irish, which some say accounts for her fair complexion. In 1932, Rosa married Raymond Parks, a barber from Montgomery, at her mother’s house.

Raymond was a member of the NAACP, at the time they were collecting money to support the Scottsboro Boy, a group of black men falsely accused of raping two white women. After her marriage, at her husband’s urging, she finished her high school studies in 1933 when less than 7% of African Americans had a high school diploma. Despite the Jim Crow laws that made political participation by black people difficult, she succeeded in registering to vote on her third try. It was something in her spirit that was rooted in dignified activism.

At the time, Mrs. Parks was highly respected within the local community, and as in many segregated communities it was close knit and intertwined. She was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP and had recently attended the Highlander Folk School, which was a Tennessee center for workers’ rights and racial equality. Although widely honored in later years for her action, she suffered for it, losing her job as a seamstress in a local department store. Eventually, having to leave Alabama for Detroit Michigan, where she found similar work.

Mrs. Parks remarked that it was the horrifying murder of Emmett Till, in August 1955, in which many people both black and white were moved by the brutal murder, was on her mind that day when she proclaimed to be tired of giving in. On November 27, 1955, only four days before she refused to give up her seat, she had attended a mass meeting in Montgomery which focused on this case as well as the recent murders of George W. Lee and Lamar Smith. All of this and the countless crimes perpetrated by Southern whites cause her to say “enough.”

After leaving work on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Mrs. Parks, then 42, refused to obey the driver of the segregated city bus system who ordered her to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her arrest was the catalyst for a bus boycott that would cripple the city of Montgomery lasting nearly thirteen months. This event lead to what many view as the birth of the modern civil rights movement.

Many believe this act was the first of its kind in the rigidly segregated South, but it was not the first of its kind. In 1946 Irene Morgan, and in 1955 Sarah Louise won rulings before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Interstate Commerce Commission, respectively, relating to interstate bus travel. Just nine months before Parks refused to give up her seat, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to move from her seat on the same bus system.

Less we forget that in 1944, athletic star Jackie Robinson took a similar stand in a confrontation with a US Army officer in Texas, refusing to move to the back of a bus. Robinson was brought before a court-martial, which acquitted him. The NAACP had accepted and litigated other cases before, such as that of Irene Morgan ten years earlier, which resulted in a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Interstate Commerce Clause grounds. The difference as it relates to the many individuals whose arrests for civil disobedience was that Mrs. Parks’ actions sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Let’s journey back to a time when Jim Crow was the law in America, black and white people were segregated in virtually every aspect of daily life and not just in the South. Bus and train companies did not provide separate vehicles for the different races but did enforce seating policies that allocated separate sections for blacks and whites. School bus transportation was unavailable in any form for black school children in the South.

In Mrs. Parks’ autobiography, she recounts some of her earliest memories, which are of the kindness of white strangers but because of her race made it impossible to ignore racism. When the KKK marched down the street in front of her house, Parks recalls her grandfather guarding the front door with a shotgun. The Montgomery Industrial School, founded and staffed by white northerners for black children, was burned twice by an arsonist, i.e. the Klan, and its faculty was ostracized by the white community.

Before I go any further, on Montgomery buses there was a separation point, the first four rows of bus seats were reserved for white people. Buses had “colored” sections for black people, who made up more than 75% of the bus system’s riders, generally in the rear of the bus. These sections were not fixed in size but were determined by the placement of a movable sign. Black people could sit in the middle rows until the white section was full. Then they had to move to seats in the rear, stand, or, if there was no room, leave the bus.

Black people were not allowed to sit across the aisle from white people. The driver also could move the “colored” section sign, or remove it altogether. If white people were already sitting in the front, black people could board to pay the fare, but then had to disembark and re-enter through the rear door. There were times when the bus departed before the black customers who had paid made it to the back entrance.

Parks recalled going to elementary school in Pine Level, where school buses took white students to their new school, and black students had to walk to theirs: “I’d see the bus pass every day… But to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world.”

For years, the black community had complained that the situation was unfair, and Parks was no exception: “My resisting being mistreated on the bus did not begin with that particular arrest…I did a lot of walking in Montgomery.” Parks had her first run-in on the public bus on a rainy day in 1943, when the bus driver, James F. Blake, demanded that she get off the bus and reenter through the back door. As she began to exit by the front door, she dropped her purse. Parks sat down for a moment in a seat for white passengers to pick up her purse. The bus driver was enraged and barely let her step off the bus before speeding off. Ironically that fateful day when you refused to give up her seat, it was the same driver who she would encounter.

After a day at work at Montgomery Fair department store, Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus at around six p.m., Thursday, December 1, 1955, in downtown Montgomery. She paid her fare and sat in an empty seat in the first row of seats reserved for blacks in the “colored” section, which was near the middle of the bus and directly behind the ten seats reserved for white passengers. Initially, she had not noticed that the bus driver was the same man, James F. Blake, who had left her in the rain in 1943. As the bus traveled along its regular route, all of the white-only seats in the bus filled up. The bus reached the third stop in front of the Empire Theater, and several white passengers boarded.

It was shortly after the landmark Plessey v Ferguson case that ushered in “separate but equal” in America when Montgomery passed a city ordinance for the purpose of segregating passengers by race. Conductors were given the power to assign seats to accomplish that purpose; however, no passengers would be required to move or give up their seat and stand if the bus was crowded and no other seats were available. Over time and by custom, however, Montgomery bus drivers had adopted the practice of requiring black riders to move whenever there were no white only seats left.

So, following standard practice, bus driver Blake noted that the front of the bus was filled with white passengers, and there were two or three men standing, and thus moved the “colored” section sign behind Parks and demanded that four black people give up their seats in the middle section so that the white passengers could sit. Years later, in recalling the events of the day, Parks said, “When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.”

By Parks’ account, Blake said, “Y’all better make it light on yourselves and let me have those seats.” Three of them complied. Parks said, “The driver wanted us to stand up, the four of us. We didn’t move at the beginning, but he says, ‘Let me have these seats.’ And the other three people moved, but I didn’t.” The black man sitting next to her gave up his seat. Parks moved, but toward the window seat; she did not get up to move to the newly repositioned colored section. Blake then said, “Why don’t you stand up?” Parks responded, “I don’t think I should have to stand up.”

Blake called the police to arrest Parks. When recalling the incident for Eye on the Prize, a 1987 public television series on the Civil Rights Movement, Parks said, “When he saw me still sitting, he asked if I was going to stand up, and I said, ‘No, I’m not.’ And he said, ‘Well, if you don’t stand up, I’m going to have to call the police and have you arrested.’ I said, ‘You may do that.” He did, and the world changed that moment.

“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” Thank you, Mrs. Parks. And That’s my thought provoking perspective…

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Economic Insanity: Time To Boycott

6The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over; knowing you’re going to get the same result. This speaks to the behavior of the so-called Negro! Yeah, I know others have identified this group of people in many ways for the purpose of control, but as it has always been the case, any distinction given by others are designed to confuse and manipulate. Since the days of slavery and the first person of African descent to arrive in this land they were and have been used as a source of economic profit. The future of black people is capitalizing on black empowerment, if the race is too survive!!!

Statistics shows that black people spends over one trillion dollars each year. If you need to see what that number looks like – $1,000,000,000,000! This fact, sadly, proves the conditioning of insanity in that less than one percent of that sum is spent with blacks or in the black community! Yet, this group of people has not realized that this is Black Power. Why is it so difficult to understand that we need to be like other cultures and support our own? Latino’s do, the Asians do, and for sure white people do it – it is insane that we don’t. Black people will let anyone come into their community and set up shop to take their money. Payday comes and within fifteen minutes of being paid, it’s given to others.

It is time that we do as Garvey, Malcolm, Woodson, and others have prescribed and understand that the system of survival is economics – MONEY. Until this comes to fruition people of African descent will remain helpless, wealth-less, and dare I say worthless. The argument is always – the White Man! No – No, the problem is our conditioning!

Suppose you look at it this way. CANCEL Christmas next year! If on Christmas, which is simply a created holiday, like all others, everyone refuses to spend any money. Imagine the impact on the economy. Maybe a good first step would be to take one day a week and not spend any money unless you buy black. Just prescribe to the radical theory of BUYING BLACK would get the attention of those who are and have used you for gain.

I have suggested a number of times; we can solve our problems by simply investing in ourselves. There are more than forty-two [42] million black people residing in America. If each contributed one [$1] dollar to a fund, it would generate forty-two million each week. Multiple that time fifty-two weeks and that figure times five years. That total sum properly invested would provide the necessary resources to uplift our people and thereby creating the much-needed independence to be free! And again, BUY BLACK!

I know you’re first thought is, like most fools would say, who is going to handle or get the money. I know I’ve heard it before! It is an insult to all of us because the mere fact that you have nothing anyway – so why argue this point. The most powerful man in the world is black, you know, the president, so there are black people who are capable of administering such a project. Let me be clear, I am not talking about these so-call leaders like Al or Jesse that are already bought.

Maybe if you would sacrifice for ourselves instead of what most give away every Sunday morning – we might be able to secure a future of our descendants for generations to come. I think there should be more black people with wealth than the usual mentioned five or ten that have forgotten you! What I am saying is – this is the only way to survive and to build a nation. It has been hundreds of years and those you support and give your money to have yet to assist black people in any meaningful way! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Stop Racism And Injustice: BOYCOTT Is The Answer!

You march and pray for justice – that does not work. Taking away the money, boycotting does. This is the answer.

Don’t spend a dime today and send a message!!!

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A Racist Place Called Missouri

th (9)Missouri has a slogan, and they call themselves – “the show me state.” Frankly, I never got it because what have they shown anyone. Except being first in bigotry! I have been to Missouri, and I never want to go back there again, from what I have seen. People talk about Baltimore and Compton as if they are the most dangerous places on the planet. I disagree because St. Louis and E. St. Louis makes either of those place look like a daycare camp! I am not just talking about the current state of affair as it relates to race relations, but historically. Missouri was and probably is second only to Mississippi as far as race relations go.

The state was an ardent states right advocate and slaveholding state. Let me remind you that it is the place where the infamous Dred Scott Case originated. If you don’t know about it, it was a case of a slave fighting for his freedom that was taken all the way to the Supreme Court, which said in its ruling; “there are no rights that a black man has that a white man is bound to respect.” By the way, did you know that Dred Scott is buried about a mile from the spot where Michael was murdered? Let that sink in for a minute.

Fast forward to the current state of racial affairs; the nation and the world witnessed the militarized show of force that occurred in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown and all the fallout discovered after that happened. That place was so corrupt that nearly half the town leaders were fired, including the police chief and court officials. I would suggest Ferguson is only the tip of the iceberg, news reports have come to light since including from the Justice Department that the way that town operates is business as usual throughout the area, and dare I say the state, which is a reflection of the nation as a whole. Maybe that is what they mean by the slogan – “show me state”!

The reason I wrote this article is because of the latest unrest on the Missouri campus brought on by dissatisfaction with the way the president of the university system handled complaints about racism that has been brewing for months. The President and Chancellor of the school were forced to resign yesterday. This only speaks to the system that is institutional racism deeply embedded!

Ironically, white folk, as they do, thought it was a shame these folk had to lose their jobs, which is the normal reaction. This is as predictable as the sun rising each day. We saw it last week with the cop who threw the little girl around the classroom was fired. They said, it was too extreme not what the cop did to which he was rightfully fired for, which was nothing more than child abuse. Closer to home, we saw how the racist there raised millions for Darren Wilson.

It took only two days after the football team joined the strike and threatened to stay off the field in protest of the young man who went on a hungry until his hunger strike ended. This is an important lesson, although not one that blacks have not known or been taught. There are only two things white folk understand, and that is CASH AND CASH ONLY! The bus boycott in Birmingham lead by Dr. King was the most effective civil rights action in the history in America. In this case, the football players realized by not playing football would cost the school millions! We must understand that racial and economic justice goes hand in hand.

Therefore, Black America must learn to speak the language of the racist. Black people must realize that you can’t stop racism with “love,” they have been doing that for four hundred years, and that has not worked. Black people spend more than a trillion dollar a year, with most given to others, so it is as simple as not spending that money, yes boycott, then change will occur and not until. So I say, let’s cancel Christmas and keep out money!!! And that is my thought provoking perspective…


DO YOU AGREE?

1000If history has taught us anything; it is America and its thrust for capitalism only recognizes money. I have a favorite saying, which is “follow the money, and you will always get the answer”. Therefore, I have a solution to all of the problems black people face. It is to boycott! See America is coming up on the most prosperous time of the year – the holiday season. It is time to stop listening to these chicken picking so-call leaders and spokesmen appointed for the black community and put in the work.

Black people have marched, sang, begged and prayed long enough. All of these are strategies, yes, but in four- hundred years none of them has produced anything. Therefore, I say it’s time to take a lesson from the very successful Montgomery Boycott and not buy a damn thing. Obviously, it is necessary to spend money for the essential, which should be done by supporting and buying from black-owned businesses. If we were to shock the system and begin affecting the pocketbooks of the powers that be – then we will see a change we can believe! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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