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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


The Commander In Chief

14993312_10154615666982464_2133913184964303209_nI am grateful and proud to have lived long enough to witness what most people, living or dead, would have ever thought possible, which is to see a Black Man elected President of these United States; not once but twice. Particularly, with America’s documented history concerning race and racism which has been as horrible as anything the world has ever known. Therefore, to know that a man of color is the most powerful man in the world and lives in the White House is as significant as the resurrection of Christ in my view. Regardless of anything he might or might not have done; the optics was great!

There is an old saying in the black community, which is we, black people, have to be twice as good to get half as far. Mr. Obama, like him or not, compare to the last guy the difference is clear. He has changed the history of America, and I say that in spite of the blatant bigotry and opposition from all quarters. White folk, most hate him and of course many black people do as well. Yes, he could have addressed and focused more on the suffering and plight of black people, but I will say compared to all other presidents he has done a marvelous job.

President Obama’s victory two times was as complete and devastating as Sherman’s march through the South. But there is no early sign that the zealots of the anti-government far right-wing have learned anything at all or desire to change their hatred rooted in the color of his skin. So we can expect more terrorism to lie ahead.

Most have forgotten the horrors of the last administration and the misdeeds of prior office holders and some will continue to buy into the ploys of the right. This is to include the McCain types and Donald Trump! I for one am proud of the work Mr. Obama has done and continue to do. Let me also say for the vial hatred constantly directed at him, if there were any dirt or skeletons in his closet – it would surely have been revealed and used against him by now. So I will say just the mere optics of him being president is the most amazing presence one could have.

Let me just recap some of his most recent successes and accomplishments while being CIC:

  • Passed Healthcare Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010).
  • Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression.
  • Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession.
  • Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan and Iraq: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2012.
  • Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered Special Forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and eliminated hundreds of terrorist the world over.
  • Turned around the ailing Auto Industry in 2009 to save one of the last major manufacturing industries through massive restructuring.
  • Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: Ended 1990s-era restriction and formalized new policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for the first time.
  • Toppled Moammar Gaddafi in March 2011 ending Gaddafi’s forty-two-year. No American lives were lost.
  • Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers when he signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers.
  • Won a Nobel Peace Prize.

I only selected a few of his significant accomplishments. However, I am proud of the wonderful optics of him being an excellent family man, an inspiration to the world, and role model to billions of minorities, and African Americans in particular. When I look back at history, I cannot find another president who inherited as much mess and still was able to produce positive results. He has outsmarted his opponents at every turn and fought for the American people unlike no other.

Yes, Mr. President you did an amazing job. In fact, considering the opposition before you; I’ll just call you Superman. I believe he can fly! God Bless you Sir and your beautiful family. Finally, we are going to miss you when you are gone! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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Domestic Terrorist

215There is a strange phenomenon taking place in America and around the world. Specifically, America where they have spent trillions in its war on terror, yet turned a blind eye to the terrorist right here at home. They claim the Muslims are the enemy, but the Klan has terrorized the nation unimpeded for a hundred and fifty years. In fact, during the periods of their existence Presidents, Judges, lawmakers, and people of all stripes have been members. Even a few black people so they say!

This terrorist group more commonly known as the KKK was founded in 1866 and extended into almost every southern state by 1870. It became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic inequality for blacks, and other nonwhites. Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and used violence directed at and to intimidate the newly freed slaves.

Although Congress passed legislation designed to curb Klan terrorism, the organization saw its primary goal, the reestablishment of white supremacy, fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South in the 1870s. After a period of decline, white Protestant nativist groups revived the Klan in the early 20th century, burning crosses and staging rallies, parades and marches denouncing immigrants, Catholics, Jews, blacks and organized labor.

The civil rights movement of the 1960s also saw a surge of Klu Klux Klan activity, including bombings of black schools, churches, and violence against black and white activists in the South. I want to clarify something here and remind you the “anywhere south of Canada is in the south.” With the shield of government sanction, this group practiced and got away with murder throughout its existence.

During the civil rights era of the 1960s, the government was able “by any means necessary” to end and destroy black movements. Yet, they seem not to be able to end the Klan’s reign of terror in over a hundred years. Perfect example, the Black Panthers, were removed in about five or six years. Martin was killed ending that movement. In fact, the FBI said this civil rights movement was the most dangerous threat to national security.

They infiltrated all of the black organization, and I believe sort of tried to infiltrate the Klan too. We know there were informants, and law enforcement people present during many of the crimes the Klan committed. Let me go back to my opening; statistics show that twice as many crimes are committed today as by the Middle East terrorist groups. But I would argue that the Klan is far more dangerous to those they oppose than the Arab terrorists because of their efforts to maintain white supremacy.

The question then becomes ‘WHY’ has this violent group managed to survive nearly unchecked for more than a century. The current manifestation is splintered into several chapters with no connection to each other; it is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, these groups are estimated that to be around 10,000 known members.

So, if you think the Klan is dead – think again! They use other words like the alt-right, but they are alive and well. Maybe the nation should take a closer look in its own backyard and keep its nose out of everyone else’s affairs. Let me say, if secrecy means hiding beneath a sheet it’s a cowardly strategy! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Ball Of Confusion

trumpI watched as white folk, mostly, pick their champion to be president of their movement to take back their country, which is little more than a revived edition of the Citizens Counsel of a day I thought had long past. If I can quote James Brown, all I have heard is a lot of “talking loud and saying nothing.” I think anything he say will be realized the day Jesus returns!

As I witness this disaster, I likened to the days of Richard Nixon, only on steroids, we will hear him say, I am sure, “I am not a crook.” This guy reminds me of the character from the Wizard of Oz – when you look behind the curtain; you find there is nothing there. Both of these comparisons are very appropriate moving into this new era of the Republican agendas and their efforts to make America White Again!

The Republicans want to go back to this mythical time of the past when they abused the lives of people and the system for their benefit. However, this time they envision was not a good period of time for most, particularly, black people! I will borrow some words from a hit song of the sixties Ball of Confusion; “Segregation, determination, demonstration, Integration, aggravation, Humiliation.” So where is the obligation to the nation?

As I thought more about the words of that song I recalled these words: “An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. Vote for me, and I’ll set you free.” Am I the only one who heard a dog whistle – “Make America Great, ” and we know what that means! Coupled with their constant theme “take our country back” tells us that we will not be set free but rather enslaved sort of like what was do during Reconstruction. And we know how that turned out! So the band plays the same old tune.

Eve of destruction, tax deduction
City inspectors, bill collectors
Mod clothes in demand,
Population out of hand
Suicide, too many bills, hippies movin’
To the hills
People all over the world, are shoutin’
End the war

Air pollution, revolution, gun control,
Sound of soul
Shootin’ rockets to the moon
Kids growin’ up too soon
Politicians say more taxes will
Solve everything
And the band played on…

So round ‘n’ round ‘n’ round we go where the world’s headed, nobody knows. The Republicans are singing the same old tune – “take from the needy and give to the greedy”. So to Trump and the gang your platform is Just a Ball of Confusion. Oh yea, that’s what the world is today. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


The Foundation Of The Present

20150420_201208History is a powerful tool because it’s like a clock that tells you where you have been and where you have yet to go. Arnold Glasgow once said, “The future is the past returning through another gate.” In other words, history repeats itself and just as Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun.” This is particularly evident in today’s political environment to which I would argue because America is more divisive than probably at any time in its history. It is more racially polarized as it’s ever been.

Just look at the destructive business of justice for example; we see the racially biased war on drugs, stop and frisk, Stand Your Ground, the prison industrial complex that is now a for-profit entity with its stocks traded on the stock market. They call corporations people, yet they never serve time for their crimes. There is no question, and statistics bears it out, that these policies and laws disproportionately affect African Americans and minorities. It is not much different than the Black Codes or Slave Laws of the past, which is why we need groups like the black lives matter movement today.

Let’s go one step further. The state of race relations is at its worst in a hundred and fifty years. The American president and, in fact, all minorities are much maligned and chastised by groups like the Tea Party and for sure the GOP; both are nothing more than the new face of the “Klan.” Billionaires have bought and paid for the GOP electing politicians who do their bidding with no regard for American or its people and then theirs Trump who may well prove to be the antichrist!

Over time, this culture of hatred has appeared in any number of different forms, i.e., slavery, separate but equal, segregation, and Jim Crow. However, what we see today is different with the same face of racism. It is easy to see because often they will quickly say they are not racist or that they have black friends. So beware of the pat on the back as they smile in your face.

There may be some who will disagree, but the foundation of this democracy was built on the backs of one group or another. Even before Africans were stolen and brought to this country, the nation’s forefathers had already begun to annihilate the people who were already on America’s soil. Although the process was not complete for several hundred years – these people were destroyed.

The mindset of these people in the GOP, the so–called Conservatives, has turned even more dangerous because they have now begun to eat they’re own. This is a clear indication that the least of thee have no chance. From Nixon to their hero Reagan, to Bush, Bush II, and beyond; the goal has been the same, to protect the rich and destroy all others. Therefore, it appears that it is not black and white anymore; rather it’s rich or poor.

So my question to America; how does it feel to be an N-word, because we are all N-words now! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


A Fearless Freedom Fighter

3I have been blessed to have met and known many people over the years; from the infamous to the famous; the great and not so great, and many honorable souls. I have been in the presence of a few presidents, shaken the hand of Nelson Mandela, met Muhammad Ali, famous Motown stars and many entertainers… on and on! However, none have impressed me more than this amazing woman I was allowed to call “Winnie” when I had the pleasure of meeting her.

The former wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela–Mandela, is a South African activist and politician; in addition to holding several other government positions. She’s been the head the African National Congress Women’s League and a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee. I can’t count all the women I’ve known in my life, but I can honestly say that none rise to the level of this amazing woman, who has endured suffering far beyond that of any woman.

I am not trying to rewrite her story, rather give my impression of her from my encounters with the former Mrs. Mandela. Think about this for a moment; her husband was imprisoned for twenty-seven years, she was imprisoned, exiled, financial hardships, her home was bombed, endured attempts upon her life, and years of unthinkable horrors. What I find amazing is that she did this unselfishly for millions of South African’s she has never met. Most of the women I know would leave you for anyone of the above mentioned or as little as the common cold.

She was a controversial activist, yet popular among her supporters, and referred to as the ‘Mother of the Nation’. However, she was reviled by some South African’s while trying to help them achieve freedom. The ANC called her politically and morally accountable for the gross violations of human rights. We know from what our government did to Dr. King and Malcolm X, so personally; I am suspect of any of the public charges brought by the Apartheid government of South Africa.

She met the lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957. They married in 1958 and had two daughters, Zenani (born 1959) and Zindzi (born 1960). Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1963 and released in 1990. The couple separated in 1992, and their divorce was finalized in 1996 with an unspecified out-of-court settlement.

I want to be clear when I say some will, I’m sure, take issue with my opinion concerning my view of her late husband, who as I understand it divorced her for political reasons. He could forgive his oppressors and jailers, yet could not forgive the woman who sacrificed so much and stood by him for all those years.

It is true that her reputation was damaged by such rhetoric as that displayed in a speech she gave in Munsieville on 13 April 1986. Where she endorsed the practice of necklacing (burning people alive using tires and petrol) by saying: “With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.” Further tarnishing her reputation were accusations by her bodyguard that she ordered a kidnapping and murder.

On 29 December 1988, a bodyguard, who was the coach of the Mandela United Football Club (MUFC), which acted as Mrs. Mandela’s personal security detail, abducted 14-year-old James Seipei (also known as Stompie Moeketsi) and three other youths; the four were beaten to get them to admit being informers. The body of one of them was found in a field with stab wounds to the throat. In 1991, she was convicted of kidnapping and being an accessory to assault in connection with the death of Seipei. Her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine on appeal.

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During South Africa’s transition to democracy, she adopted a far less conciliatory and compromising attitude than her husband toward the white community. Despite being on her husband’s arm when he was released in 1990, the first time the two had been seen in public for nearly thirty years and their thirty-eight year marriage ended two years later.

Ms. Mandela’s legal issues are in the public domain, and it’s your choice to Google if you like. What I will say from my perspective: “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” Lastly, I will say having the opportunity to be in her present was a life changing experience and will say proudly that I have yet to meet another woman who impressed me to such a profound degree. I know of no other woman who sacrificed so much for so many unselfishly. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


False Witness

4 horsemenThe difference between genius and stupidity is that a genius does not know he is stupid. I have repeatedly said that the conservative operatives always seem to find some sorry Negro willing to sell their soul or one that is just plain stupid.

The latest house Negro is retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, who recently said President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” On another occasion he said, America is getting to be like Hitler’s German. I am really disappointed to hear that a black man would compare these things openly. I am sure he has knowledge of this atrocity called slavery, which was the worst thing in the history of mankind.

Carson, who retired from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington said of Obamacare: “It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government… It was never about healthcare. It was about control.” He went on to say, “That’s why, when this administration took office, it didn’t matter that the country was going off the cliff economically, all forces were directed toward getting this legislation passed,” naturally the event’s 2,000 attendees loved this – sorta like red meat!

He went on to say, “Why did they want to pass it so badly? …socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a Socialist state. That’s the problem.” I would ask if this supposedly smart man can recall who run the country of the cliff for eight years prior to President Obama. The things the prior president did were far worse than anything done since 2008.

I was taught the character of a man is the company he keeps. Brother Carson has been keeping company with the devil: the GOP and organizations like the Heritage Foundation, the American Family Association, American Values, Liberty Counsel Action, and the same crowd that supports the Tea Party.

He has aligned himself with the like Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Tim Scott of South Carolina. Others included House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. To include former Arkansas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint are also scheduled to speak at the summit.

Carson, who is running as a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, continued his attacks on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as other policies of the president that began with his comments at the National Prayer Breakfast as Obama sat on the dais, which was a so disrespectful. Frankly, I think he is the worst kind of Negro.

“Government plays a very important role when, in fact, it believes in the Constitution… When they begin to neglect the Constitution when they begin to impose their own will.” “That’s the problem,” he said. My guess is that he has not read the constitution! Yes, the same constitution that labels people of color as three-fifths a man. Not since it was written has that language been changed to identify said people of color as full citizens, and he dares to suggest publicly that this crowd of his gives one damn about him or us.

I would ask the good doctor to recall the budget chairman’s remarks where he said; we have a culture of inner-city men not working or learning the value of working! Mr. Carson that was a dog-whistle, a code, for people who look like you! There has always been “House Negro’s” and “Field Negro’s”. Just because you are suppose to be smart and gifted; does not mean you are intelligent! Therefore, I say sir – “you bear false witness”. As a result, look at what the Republican’s have done to you – threw you under the bus! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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