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Wake Up!

Black-Church-600x395I am sure most people, like myself, have wondered how can “so few people control so many people.” People of color are the majority of people on the planet. I am sickened that whatever “they” tell up most believe – when in fact all of it is a lie. They created God, heaven, and hell to make you follow their deceitful ways.

Nobody really knows how long the earth has existed or how long people have been on it. However, they say Billions of years but they have convinced us that it all began about 2000 years ago with the advent of religion, which are all white lies! I remember back in the day, my poor old Grandma would walk around singing hymns and telling my God is good as many do today, all the while she did not have a pot nor a window but she believed their God would save her. Not only did she believe so strongly that she would give her last dime in the name of God to the church.

I have asked, if God was so good then why would he allow murder, wars and have create the people Malcolm referred to as devils? Let’s be clear, somebody had to create religion and this word God, which was used then and now to enslave people. This concept is the world’s great deception! Ask yourself, who was that and the answer is white people or the people of the devil? And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The Aftermath Of Integration

1I recently had a conversation with a group of young people, none of which lived during the age of government segregation. Each had strongly convoluted opinions about the era that were not based in fact. This made me think about how much the current world view has changed the reality of black life, as it relates to a historical perspective.

First, white folk never wanted it and chatted go back to Africa at the time. It was never intended to be fair or equal! I am not suggesting that integration should not have happened, but it did have a negative impact on black life and the future of African Americans in many ways. Two prominent ways were in the areas of family and black business.

One thing that happened, for sure was that the black community stopped supporting the businesses in their own communities. After segregation, African Americans flocked to support businesses owned by whites and other groups, causing black restaurants, theaters, insurance companies, banks, etc. to almost disappear. Today, black people spend 95 percent of their income at white-owned businesses. Even though the number of black firms has grown 60.5 percent between 2002 and 2007, they only make up 7 percent of all U.S firms and less than .005 percent of all U.S business receipts.

I took the opportunity to educate these young people that in 1865, just after Emancipation, 476,748 free blacks – 1.5 percent of U.S. population– owned .005 percent of the total wealth of the United States. Today, a full 135 years after the abolition of slavery, 44.5 million African Americans – 14.2 percent of the population — possess a meager 1 percent of the national wealth.

If we look at relationships from 1890 to 1950, black women married at higher rates than white women, despite a consistent shortage of black males due to their higher mortality rate. According to a report released by the Washington DC-based think tank the Urban Institute, the state of the African American family is worse today than it was in the 1960s, four years before President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act.

In 1965, only 8 percent of childbirths in the black community occurred out of wedlock. In 2010, out-of-wedlock childbirths in the black community are at an astonishing 72 percent. Researchers Heather Ross and Isabel Sawhill argue that the marital stability is directly related to the husband’s relative socio-economic standing and the size of the earnings difference between men and women.

Instead of focusing on maintaining black male employment to allow them to provide for their families, Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act with full affirmative action for women. The act benefited mostly white women and created a welfare system that encouraged the removal of the black male from the home. Many black men were also dislodged from their families and pushed into the rapidly expanding prison industrial complex that developed in the wake of rising unemployment.

Since integration, the unemployment rate of black men has been spiraling out of control. In 1954, white men had a zero percent unemployment rate, while African-American men experienced a 4 percent rate. By 2010, it was at 16.7 percent for Black men compared to 7.7 percent for white men. The workforce in 1954 was 79 percent African American. By 2011, that number had decreased to 57 percent. The number of employed black women, however, has increased. In 1954, 43 percent of African American women had jobs. By 2011, 54 percent of black women are job holders.

The Civil Rights Movement pushed for laws that would create a colorblind society, where people would not be restricted from access to education, jobs, voting, travel, public accommodations, or housing because of race. However, the legislation did nothing to eradicate white privilege. Michael K. Brown, professor of politics at University of California Santa Cruz, and co-author of“Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society” says in the U.S., “The color of one’s skin still determines success or failure, poverty or affluence, illness or health, prison or college.”

Two percent of all working African Americans work for another African American’s within their own neighborhood. Because of this, professionally trained Black people provide very little economic benefit to the black community. Whereas, prior to integration that number was significantly higher because of segregation people in the black community supported each other to sustain their lives and families.

The Black median household income is about 64 percent that of whites, while the Black median wealth is about 16 percent that of whites. Millions of Black children are being miseducated by people who don’t care about them, and they are unable to compete academically with their peers. At the same time, the criminal justice system has declared war on young Black men with policies such as “stop and frisk” and “three strikes.”

Marcus Garvey warned about this saying:

“Lagging behind in the van of civilization will not prove our higher abilities. Being subservient to the will and caprice of progressive races will not prove anything superior in us. Being satisfied to drink of the dregs from the cup of human progress will not demonstrate our fitness as a people to exist alongside of others, but when of our own initiative we strike out to build industries, governments, and ultimately empires, then and only then will we as a race prove to our Creator and to man in general that we are fit to survive and capable of shaping our own destiny.”

Maybe this proves that once past truths are forgotten, and the myths that are lies are born with an unfounded reality detrimental to all, but those who seek to benefit. As I have often said, “I firmly believe education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. We can change the world but first, we must change ourselves.” And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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Source: Black Atlanta Star


Did You Know The Origins Of Watch Night Had Nothing To Do With Religion

6I love history mainly because it is like a clock that tells the story of time traveled. However, history and truth are two very different things when compared to the way His-Story tells it. What we have been told is not, in most cases, true at all in any respect. For example, most people have no idea where or why we celebrate most traditions. This is to include the “greatest stories ever told” – Christmas and Easter! The construct of religion drives our thinking as it relates to the direction of our lives.

Regardless of what we are told; our faith causes us to believe. Let me just add that faith is believing true that which is unseen. I only need to remind you of the representation of the deity you probably worship because, in our heart of hearts, we know that this person represented could not have come out of that region of the world where they said he was born. Yet, our faith tells us to believe, and most do without question as to what we are told. I know that made you go hmmm!

Here is another example: This year Americans will celebrate another anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which is another one of those misconceptions of America’s past. The fact is Lincoln did not free anyone with this proclamation. It was issued for and to the Negro’s held in bondage in the Confederacy and not the slaves of the Northern States under his authority. Coming out of this came what has become known as “Watch Night” on New Year’s Eve that follows an African American tradition dating back more than a hundred and fifty years.

The first Watch Night occurred on Dec. 31, 1862, as abolitionists and others waited for word via telegraph, newspaper or word of mouth that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. “A lot of it, at least, the initial Watch Night was really celebrated in the newly freed black community. Yet for a people largely held in bondage, freedom is a powerful idea — and that’s what the Watch Night tradition embodies” says Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Most of us don’t know that part of the historical tradition. It has somehow been connected to religion and not its original origin that was the hope of freedom for people of African descent held in bondage. So at midnight, many congregations will pray the old year out and the New Year in asking for God’s blessings. The truth is Watch Night is deeply rooted in the history of blacks in America; it is especially relevant at a time when the community is still struggling with sermons that should be designed to address the progressive and regressive moves we have been through as a people.

I remind you that the proclamation did not free anyone. The document that was supposed to free the slaves was the 13th Amendment, but it did not do that either. However, Lincoln’s goal was accomplished as the proclamation did change the character of the conflict from a war to preserve the union to a war for human liberation. In reality, it was a way to obtain the manpower by using black in what to that point was a losing effort. The cultural bandits have rewritten the truth. You are the holders of the light, and the light is the truth.

It was recorded that an enslaved person had a wonderful reminiscence of the event by saying, “I was on Master Johnson’s plantation and a soldier came, and he took out a little piece of paper and suddenly said we were free”. Now I ask whose plantation are you on! So I suggest that you know what it is you believe because it is more often than not – not true. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

Knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving.


The Meaning Of Christmas

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I read an interesting article recently that asked, in so many words, if we actually know what we believe, which caused me to think about that as we approach the Holiday Season. Every year since this week was invented people believe every word of the Christmas story and does not worry about the true in what is told.

I’ll say from the onset, regardless of your religious beliefs you’re probably familiar with the Christmas story; whether you’re a devout Christian, doubtful, unsure or an atheist. You know the story of what is said to be “the greatest story ever told,” which we know that a story is usually a tale that was made up. Or do you? This story with its significance and its traditions are sometimes misunderstood.

This day has been turned into a massive commercial holiday. If you count all the Nativity scenes displayed, you would think Christmas is the most important date on the Christian calendar. On the other hand, Easter is the day in which Christians believe Christ rose from the dead, which has more religious significance than does December 25th.

In fact, science would have us believe that the savior was actually born in the spring. Whereas Easter, the day of Christ’s resurrection means not just that one man’s conquering death, nor was it simply proof of Jesus’ divinity to his followers; it holds out the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him.

The Gospel of Mark, the earliest of the Gospels, written roughly 30 years after Jesus’ crucifixion does not have a word about the Nativity. Instead, it begins with the story of John the Baptist, who announces the impending arrival of the adult Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel of John is similarly silent about Jesus’ birth. The two Gospels that do mention what theologians call the “infancy narratives” differ on some significant details.

Matthew seems to describe Mary and Joseph as living in Bethlehem, fleeing to Egypt and then moving to Nazareth. The Gospel of Luke, on the other hand, has the two originally living in Nazareth, traveling to Bethlehem in time for the birth, and then returning home. Both Gospels do, however, place Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem. This much they all agree.

Then there is the idea that Jesus was an only child. Catholics, for example, believe Mary’s pregnancy came about miraculously as a “virgin birth.” They also believe that Mary remained a virgin her entire life, although many Protestants do not believe this! For the purposes of this writing, I will not expand on the thinking of the thousands of religious philosophies.

Nonetheless, there are Gospel passages that speak of Jesus’ brothers and sisters that seem to confuse many. For example, in the Gospel of Luke, someone tells Jesus: “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” And in Mark’s Gospel, people from Nazareth exclaim: “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us?” Saint Paul even calls James “the Lord’s brother.” Therefore, I agree with many scholars who maintain that Jesus indeed had brothers and sisters, which might be explained perhaps by an earlier marriage of Joseph. Or not!

Dr. Ben, the noted African historian, points to a story thousands of years before Christ that is very similar that occurred in Upper Africa to Isis, the mother of Horace. This clearly indicates that this person named Jesus was a black man. If this is true, then the greatest story ever told is a recent phenomenon. For sure, the way it’s practiced today is a phenomenon that is not consistent with the true meaning of Christmas. However, worries about diluting Christmas’s meaning go much further back than recent memory.

Gift-giving, for example, was seen as problematic as early as the Middle Ages, when the church frowned on the practice for its supposed pagan origins. The holiday season has become so distorted that our children now think that Jesus was born at Wal-Mart.

This recounting of these few recorded facts is in no way intended to steal your joy or deter your faith. As we all know, faith is, believing to be true that which is unseen. No one really knows the truth of this miraculous event that resulted in a poor peasant boy changing the lives of mankind since his birth two thousand years ago.

The point is this: in the midst of our joy and celebration lest not forget the true meaning of Jesus’ birth that is to love one another and humanity. After all, the purpose of our existence is to continue the species – mankind – which is what Jesus preached!

I am looking forward to the blessings and opportunities that the New Year can bring all of us and wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, full of Abundance, Prosperity and an Extraordinary 2016! Therefore, I send the gift of love and empowerment to all. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


The Christmas Story

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There are so many fallacies associated with every holiday with none more than Christmas. We know European’s created many myths presented as truth. In fact, what we worship in the form of religion is actually a collection of historical stories stolen from cultures that predated what we know as Christianity. What they have us practicing, worshipping might be a better word, through their religion and churches is little more than brainwashing to fund an economic engine for the benefit of those who drive the machine, and frankly, has very little to do with Jesus or God.

They created a holiday called Thanksgiving and each year after the Thanksgiving spending spree, most people’s thoughts turn to Christmas. It is a thirty-day mass-marketing celebration of a time when most people, you should think would be focused on the birth of Jesus Christ and the day of his birth. After all, it is called “Christ-mas” season!

Christian’s and non-Christian’s alike celebrate this assigned holiday honoring the birth of Christ, which has become the biggest economic period of the year. The origins of Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and a secular celebration that derived from many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way for the rich to get richer. I don’t have to tell you that there is a lot of money in the name of Jesus.

Now, I don’t have to remind you of the traditions associated with the day has nothing to do with the Saviors birth. For example, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, holly wreaths, decorated trees, mistletoe, season’s greetings cards, seasonal music, and “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” However, my personal favorite is this jolly white man called Santa Claus that is associated with this holiday and usually the face of it that brings warm feelings to those who celebrate it.

Almost every child the world over has been conditioned to believe this myth. Two things here, if you are African American, few white men in the history of white men period have given black people “anything,” rather it is this group that black people gave to them, in most cases their hard earned dollars. Second, most do not have a chimney for him to shimmy down with the gifts to put under a pine tree. The sin in this is that you work to earn money, buy the presents, and lie to your children telling them that a jolly white man cared so much about them and gave them the stuff for being good.

Dr. Clement Moore, a professor at Union Seminary, published a poem in 1822 based on the character Santa Claus: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…” Moore innovated by portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.

The Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast almost completed the modern picture of Santa Claus. Before Nast, Saint Nicholas had been pictured as everything from a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock. Nast also gave Santa a home at the North Pole, his workshop filled with elves, and his list of the good and bad children of the world. All Santa was missing was his red outfit.

In 1931, the Coca-Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa. Sundblom modeled his Santa on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face. The corporation insisted that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca-Cola red And Santa was born; a blend of Christian crusader, pagan god, becoming a commercial idol and what we now know as the face of the holiday.

To add some context to the Christmas story; there were no existing eyewitness’ or contemporary accounts of Jesus at the time of his birth. All we have are later descriptions of Jesus’ life events by non-eyewitnesses, most are obviously biased. Little can be gleaned from the few non-Biblical and non-Christian sources, with only Roman scholar Josephus and historian Tacitus having a reasonable claim writing about Jesus about 100 years of his life.

Scholars agree even that although the accounts of the child’s birth are shrouded in controversy, with disagreements over what parts have obviously been changed by Christian scribes. The fact that both of these authors were born after Jesus died says they received their information second or third-hand, and it is odd that centuries past before Christian apologists start referencing them.

I know most believers, who are excitedly preparing for their Christmas celebrations would prefer not knowing about the holiday’s real significance designed purely as an economic engine. If they do know the history, they often object that their celebration has nothing to do with the holiday’s history and meaning. “We are just having fun and spending your money.” And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Black Leadership: Consistent Nothingness

2It has been said that leaders are born and not made. I want to take that cliché a step further and say that black leadership today, or “Our so-called leaders are not born, they are appointed” by those who do not have your best interest at heart (the oppressor). Think about that for a moment! Just because these people get media exposure or stand in front of a large crowd, does not make them your leader or someone who speaks for all black people.

Black people are too quick to have an emotional orgasm when it comes to these folks. The truth is, more often than not, these folks are bought, paid for, and have sold out. In other words, it’s about money, i.e., yes they sold-out! Can you remember being at a meeting where their message had your input? The debacle of last year with the NAACP is a good example of the dire state of black leadership. In this case, a white woman pretending to be black was elected to be president of that local chapter.

First, let’s understand that media is designed for one purpose, and that is to be a misinformation vehicle. Hence, by design it needs agents appointed/hired by those who control your thinking. Don’t you think “they” remember the truth and empowerment given by Brother Malcolm, which I believe was the reason, they killed him. They know history and remember Nat Turner and all will be done to make sure someone like him NEVER appears again. In other words, there is no leader today that is willing to give their life for the cause!

I am not going to call out anyone, in particular, because we know who they are; in fact, there is not one so-call black leader I would follow anywhere! For example, whenever there is a disturbance or uprising the first thing they do is prop up every preacher or anyone carrying a Bible to give the message of peace and non-violence! So the more important question is; why is it that we need a leader appointed by others? No other group or culture requires such misinformation agents or sell-outs in their mists. Is it something like a savior complex or is it the residual of slavery?

The African American culture has forever relied on a “Council of Elders” to guide and direct the lives of its people. These were people with wisdom, and let me say that wisdom is very different from education. In most cases, those who look like us that are put in front of us most often are sent with a script. Further, take notice to what they say and what topics they stay away from. These folks are called provocation agents, whose job is to make you believe what they are told to tell you to believe!

We have heard this term “Black Leadership.” Let me ask this; when did you vote for anyone of these talking heads. Our leader should be chosen by us – not appointed by others. Now, take it a step further; where are they leading us too! Compare it to the good reverend who leads you, in many cases, away from reality. Yet, like sheep, we follow blindly. We have to begin to think and not listen to false prophets!

The Freedom of Information Act has allowed us to obtain information about many of these so-called leaders, and their associates were government operatives while pretending to be on the front lines fighting for our struggles. These agents were with Malcolm and Martin and Garvey and trust me they are around today. Maybe it’s time that we become part of what’s called the “Common Sense Party” where you can see the forest for the trees! This might allow you to remove yourself from that mental bondage that makes you a slave.

I would suggest that you know who you follow and be careful of that messenger who claims to speak for you. So when you follow or believe a message of someone who calls them-self a leader, remember this; not everything that is faith can change things but nothing can be changed until you have faith. So don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep. Have faith in you! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Remember What Happened On The Road To Jerusalem

Nat-Turner2-1024x743I am keenly aware that I stand on the shoulders of the ghosts of the greats who suffered, died, and sacrificed so much for a people degraded and scorn to which some might say cursed by the wretchedness of slavery. Let me say that one of my major faults is that I understand the power of words and know that finding truth in the written word can produce truth. Taking into consideration, often times, those words were written for the times and used to sway or justify that which one might want the truth to remain hidden. Like in the story of Freedom Fighter Nat Turner!

Someone, I know sent me an email that contained the “Confessions of Nat Turner.” I had never read it before and knew very little about the man Nat Turner other than that white people hated him and what little his-story tells. I was so surprised because it was, in my opinion, unfathomable to believe much of what his supposed attorney wrote as truth. This caused me to do my own research and see what facts were available to reinforce the only known account of the Nat Turner Rebellion. What I found was many different interpretations of the rebellion. Hence, there were few facts available. What we know is that there was a rebellion, and he was hung. Everything else is conjecture!

Here are the facts:

Nat Turner was born into slavery October 2, 1800, on a Southampton County plantation. On August 21, 1831, he led a violent disorganized insurrection. The incident ended the emancipation movement in that region and led to even harsher laws against slaves. Benjamin Turner, his owner, allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing, and religion. Sold three times in his childhood and hired out to John Travis 1820s. He became a fiery preacher and leader of slaves claiming that he was chosen by God to lead them from bondage.

Believing in signs and hearing divine voices, Turner was convinced by an eclipse of the Sun in 1831 that the time to rise-up had come, and he enlisted the help of four other slaves in the area. An insurrection was planned, aborted, and rescheduled for August 21, 1831, when he and six other slaves killed the Travis family, managed to secure arms and horses, and enlisted about 75 other slaves in a disorganized insurrection that resulted in the murder of 51 white people.

Afterward, Turner hid nearby successfully for six weeks until his discovery, conviction, and hanging in Jerusalem, Virginia after a trial that lasted twenty-four hours, along with 16 of his followers. The incident put fear in the heart of Southerners, ended the organized emancipation movement in that region, resulted in even harsher laws against slaves, and deepened the schism between slaveholders that would culminate in the Civil War. This is all we know as fact.

Among many, perhaps most, African-Americans in the antebellum period or even today, Turner’s legacy takes on heroic status as someone willing to make slave-owners pay for the hardships that they enacted upon the millions of children, women and men they enslaved. He is not mentioned in the same vein as the KKK in that they murdered, under cover of law, countless men, women, and children in what was nothing more than state sponsored terrorism. Like John Brown, Turner also thought revolutionary violence would serve to awaken the attitudes of whites to the reality of the inherent brutality of slave-holding.

My research shows one thing clearly. The supposed confession taken by Attorney Gray is a myth written to produce financial gain and to induce fear. Turner was called a beast and a savage – maybe. I would argue that is what he was made to be, as he and others were sold like animals, to which his knowledge of the Old Testament told him that even God worked through acts of violence and inflicted extreme punishment upon his enemies for his people.

It is reported that Nat Turner said before they hung him holding his head high; “they crucified Jesus didn’t they.” And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


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