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The Opiod Crisis: Now It’s A State Of Emergency

12208279_10206478427777483_610893809594429317_nThere was a long held belief concerning the war on drugs was to arrest more people and lock them up using some draconian – long sentence – when it was about black people. This was dangerously unfair because it has been proven that they were supplying the heroin and crack to our communities and they did nothing. Today there has been a major shift – white people are the ones addicted. So you see what they did to black people has come home to roast – and now they call it an epidemic!

A White House task force recommended the president take “urgent” action to stem overdose deaths. It was reported that 45 is treating it as an emergency – just without an official emergency declaration, which could provide additional government resources which did not include a jail. The opioid crisis differs from national emergencies that typically follow infectious disease outbreaks or natural disasters for a set period of time. The opiod problem is about white people. However, it was not a problem when black people were addicted and dying.

The task force largely encourages a public health approach to the epidemic. The report urged Trump to broaden treatment availability by supporting the elimination of a Medicaid provision that prohibits federal money from going to residential mental health and substance-use facilities.

We all remember the devastation of the crack epidemic and the crippling heroin crisis in the black community and no one came to offer resources for treatment or recovery – but more drugs were always en-route. We know the war on drugs was created and directed a black people but today it’s a big issue and white people have so much sympathy. However, there was no sympathy for black people suffering – therefore I have no sympathy for them! And that’s my thought provoking perspectives…


The New Attack On Affirmative Action

170727-trump-prop-faces-indexIn deciding to challenge race-based affirmative action programs the Trump administration has laid out his view of the future – his claim that white people are being discriminated against. Therefore, and Trump will do to affirmative action what Lincoln did for slavery or so the said – end it. This country has always denied black people anything that would elevate them as human beings. Just remember there was a time in history when reading would be a death sentence!

It will be very tempting for those of us on the left side of the political spectrum to say this is just one more example of Trump beating up on minorities, like the ban on immigration from a number of predominantly Muslim countries, or the ban on transgender people serving in the military, or the administration’s support of state voter suppression laws.

It is important to know that first; they raised the price of college tuition to keep black and other people of color out of institutions of higher learning which was just to make college unaffordable.  So like Obama care, these bigots will revisit this issue again. But there is an important fault line that divides anti-discriminatory measure – they now are claiming that white folk is being discriminated against!

A 2016 Gallup Poll found that 63% of Americans believe that colleges should not consider race even as a minor factor in admissions decisions. In a 2017 Harvard Institute of Politics poll, only 19% of young people approved of giving qualified minorities special preference in hiring and education. Frankly, they should be staunchly pro-diversity; colleges are better when they have students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and they should champion policies that are more inclusive of disadvantaged students of all races than many current programs are.

Their goal is to take black people back to a segregated society – yes that means Jim Crow! The danger for liberals in defending explicit racial preferences is that that fits neatly into Trump’s argument that the system is rigged.

If ever there were an unfair system, it is the admissions apparatus of selective colleges. Bowen’s research found that alongside racial preferences, recruited athletes receive a 30-percentage-point boost. The children of alumni receive a 20-percentage-point boost.

Low-income students, by contrast, get no preference whatsoever. As a result, those from the richest economic quartile outnumber those from the bottom quarter by 24 to 1 at most selective colleges. At several selective colleges, as many students come from the top 1% of the income distribution as from the bottom 60%.

Progressives should champion a system that eliminates unfair preferences of all kinds, including those for legacy students. Legacy preferences aid the already advantaged and do not, in fact, increase alumni giving. But it’s not enough to point to hypocrisy on the right about legacies; racial preferences should also be transformed to help economically disadvantaged students of all races.

This is an idea the Democratic Presidents have flirted with, but never had the guts to follow through on. In 1995, Bill Clinton briefly called for shifting the basis of affirmative action to economic need. In 2007, Barack Obama said that his own privileged daughters did not deserve a preference in college admissions.

The fact is education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The American Shame – Failure In Chief

downloadThe man who fooled white folk into believing that he was the greatest of all times and could do anything; come to find it was another “lies. The first six months of Trump’s presidency have been a monumental failure. Apart from the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the only significant achievement he has accomplished; if you want to call that an accomplishment! This week the collapse of Trump and the GOP’s effort to repeal Obamacare is the capstone to one of the most bizarre and disorderly chapters in the history of the American presidency.

If you consider they have been campaigning and pledging to end this law for 8 years, taken over sixty votes to repeal it and not do it. But more to the point, it looks like amateur night in his administration! Frankly, I have lost count on the number of people that have left, resigned, or quit their jobs in this administration. With the ouster of Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, and with the addition of General Kelly – they are trying to reset. Look the man has not gotten more than a 40% approval rating!

The troubles of the White House, of course, flow from the notoriously undisciplined no nothing President. His following President Obama is like Clearance Thomas following Thurgood Marshall – a disgrace! They cried for eight years that Obama was taking the country in the wrong directing – away from white supremacy. Where is this fool taking the country? To hell!

Let me remind you that this guy is under investigation along with about a dozen of his staff and cronies! Then there are the children in the way. Also, he is the laziest president to date. Somebody needs to either remove or take control over Trump’s Twitter account, which is a huge distraction to governance.

Let me quote from his new Communications  Director “the fish stinks from the head down”, who has already revealed that he will be worse than worthless, a blabbermouth and an attention-seeking wrecker in a White House. Trump, too, over the past two years has revealed his colors; he is a disaster! The terrifying chaos he has already engendered in six months strongly suggests that he will not even serve out his term. He is already talking about pardoning himself! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Commentary: We Have “Not Overcome”

200_1000theLet’s be real, the ancestors left lessons and told us what to do. We know all the horrible tales of lynchings, rapes, murders, and the pacification of white folk never end. If they care so much about black people – they would have told the truth about history instead of creating hi-story, which are lies to cover-up their dastardly deeds. I want anyone reading this to ask yourself – does it really take 400 years to end the systematic system of racism?

I’ve lived through segregation and knew the evils of the Jim Crow system first-hand and what I see today not much has changed. In fact, I don’t think the wretched system of racism is worse. Justice is still unjust and black people are still viewed as “less than” as the Constitution says and you know white folk love them some constitution! You do know it say we are 3/5ths human and the Supreme Court decision made it law that “a Negro has no right that white man is bound to respect” in the Dred Scott Decision.

Just as they always done, they hold up a few to make it appear as if we have “overcome” or achieved some measure of advancement. Malcolm would have called some of these folks who keep telling us everything is alright – “House Niggers” – I will call them covert operatives. It was Solomon that said “there is nothing new under the sun.” This is a powerful statement because very little has changed since the 1960s, even though they remind us of this mythical dream!

If you look at history, you will see that it repeats itself; the system is designed to protect the system, and that system excludes black people. They would deport black people if they could but there is nowhere to send us – remember they kidnapped us! Malcolm told us that “Anywhere south of Canada was south”, meaning wherever you are in America you were subjected to discrimination regarding the “separate but equal” laws and racism is the unwritten law of the land.

I am not just saying this to be as I have been called, a “race baiter”. It is the honest truth but white fold are in denial that racism even exists. Republicans Party in particular want to turn back the hands of time and take back their country, which they did by electing Trump who is the embodiment of all that white supremacy means. Their attempts to suppress voting rights is in no way different than the poll taxes from the days of segregation, so this is not new either – it’s just the American political structure. There have been many ways to suppress people over time; unfortunately, black people have endured the brunt of these efforts.

So there continue to be “Black Codes” which are laws passed designed specifically to take away civil rights and civil liberties of African American people. However, the difference today is that they just use different codewords to make it politically correct. This is the reason conservatives speak of taking back their country and have a strong desire to uphold “States Rights”; because at the state level laws can be unimpeded by the federal government. You can see this clearly today by the upsurge in the police killings and corruption under the cover of law all over the country while the country rushes to save those on distant lands wasting trillions.

I wrote an article a few weeks ago titled “The Making of a Slave” to which I received a comment from a guy; I’ll call Mr. White Man. I should assume he was a white man because he vociferously defended the American way! In the article, I talked about the Willie Lynch Syndrome. This guy goes on to tell me or in his mind educate me on the subject by telling me there was never a Willie Lynch and that the supposed letter was debunked years ago. He went on to say that there was no truth to the myth. However, what he did not understand that true or not, there is a system in place to ensure black people “love and respect only” them.

He went on to say, “how sad that I write about the bad things in history; how lucky I am for all that America has done for my people, and I should leave that stuff in the past”. Normally I don’t take the time to respond to fools because my grandfather taught me a long time ago “never argue with a fool”. However, his comment proves my point that he knows the game is rigged against people of color. He also knows he benefits from a privilege decreed by the “American Way”.

Truth is those fools who sung that old Negro spiritual “did not believe “we shall overcome” either! Malcolm X once said that it is time to stop singing and start swing! Overcoming is not insight unless we fight!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Commentary: When Will America See What Is Now Clear

roxy2Let me begin with where the story should end. The GOP is changing the rules they made up and jumping through hoops to protect #45. He has upset the world as we knew it and he is embroiled in investigations from all quarter by nearly every agency while he continues to scream Fake News. But more importantly he continues to use the tried and true fallback position that Obama or Clinton did it, which is the real fake news.

There can now be no doubt: The Russia meddling story is not just smoke but fire. Donald Trump Jr.’s documented interactions with Russians during last year’s presidential campaign are abnormal and alarming. An incriminating email chain has made it impossible for the administration to deploy its always flimsy argument of last resort; that the whole story is just “fake news.”

So now all that we have heard about Trump, Trump Jr., Flynn, Pence, Kushner, Manafort, and the rest of his crew appears to be involved. Following a string of misleading and false statements, Americans must also wonder: Were other Trump associates involved? Did other meetings take place? Was President Trump aware of them? What more did the Trump camp know about Kremlin support for the Trump campaign? Then there is this recurring question: How long can the rest of the Republican Party prioritize partisanship and agenda over decency and patriotism?

What we can clearly see from all of this is who the real terrorists are – the GOP! These so-called patriots are akin to terrorists for upholding these crooks who participated in the American coup! We must remember that 45 is the man who came to political prominence for his racist views (the fake birther claim) of the only black guy who held the office before him. At the very least these activities were and are unethical but the GOP claims it is 21st-century politics!

The emails were released by the younger Mr. Trump after he learned that the New York Times was about to publish them. They show that in June 2016 a publicist who had been involved with Donald Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow offered the president’s son “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton].” This “very high level and sensitive information” would be from “the Crown prosecutor of Russia,” an apparent reference to Russia’s prosecutor general. It would be passed on as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

Donald Trump Jr.’s reply was damning: “If it’s what you say I love it.” In subsequent emails, it was explicit that he would meet with a “Russian government attorney” in order to get the information. The younger Mr. Trump and his apologists claim that he responded as would any campaign operative seeking dirt on an opponent. When an ethical operative confronted by a foreign power’s attempt to meddle in this way in U.S. elections would refer the matter promptly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instead, the younger Trump was enthused, drawing Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner into a meeting with someone he believed to be a Russian government attorney.

What now? The president’s sole comment on the matter, relayed Tuesday by deputy press secretary reported: “my son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency.” What he is saying is I am white and therefore I am right. Even with all the evidence, it will take his whole presidential term to resolve any of this!

So now the Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), must finally decide: Is this really okay? Are they really prepared to debase themselves in defense of a president whose closest advisers may have welcomed underhanded interference in America’s election from a hostile foreign power? Let me sum this up by saying the White House is nothing more than a house of lies! I would compare this gang to terrorist folks who created the confederacy during the Civil War! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The Day After The Celebration

triggeredOn the day after “they” celebrated “their” freedom; nothing has changed! We must not lose sight of the fact that black people or women were not included in the Constitution. Every day of our lives the people of America has been bombarded with the phrase “America is the land of the free” or home of the brave and my favorite “we are FREE” when the truth is we are not and most have never been anywhere to compare what is true or real while most are not really that brave.

The so-called founders and signers of the Declaration of Independence were highly imperfect men. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Southerners were rank hypocrites for declaring that “all men are created equal” while owning men, women, and children as their slaves. John Adams was sour and disputatious, and later as president would sign the Sedition Act cracking down on criticism of the government. John Hancock was accused of amassing his fortune through smuggling. Benjamin Franklin could have been described as kind of a dirty old man.

Yet they laid out a set of principles, later codified in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights amazingly transcended their flaws. At this bizarre moment in history, it is useful to remember that the ideas and institutions of the American experiment are much more powerful and enduring than the idiosyncrasies of our leaders.

I call this moment bizarre for obvious reasons. Thomas Paine wrote in December 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Looking at today, we have a president who neither understands nor respects the basic norms of American democracy. Make no mistake: Donald Trump is a true aberration. There is no figure like him in U.S. history, for which we should be thankful. However, the more disparaging fact is that he is just the latest vision of what these men were like!

I would argue that men like him, for rich – white men, always manipulated the system in America and always under the guise of Christianity for the so-called Christians. Just like his forefathers, 45 only purpose is to rob the people and to benefit a few like him and his children. Frankly, America’s history is dismal filled with the horrors  of slavery being the worst. Then Jim Crow, segregation, and the evils of today. Not to mention that there have been many bad presidents – yes – but never have anyone seen one like this! America has fallen and it looks like the end is near! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Thanks To 45 – The End Time Is Near

downloadThere are a lot of people who preach and predict the end times. I will tell you that I am not one of them. However, as I look at the state of the world, its leadership, and the condition of it – I have to conclude that life as we know it is coming to an end. The terrorist (white supremacist) are the main culprit in the destruction of the planet and the people who live on earth all in the name of greed. There is no secret that those people are planning an escape from this planet, which is why they search the skies for a place to inhabit, at our expense.

In just six months America has lost most of its standing in the world and most people despise its new leader, which is to include most world leaders. There are many places around the world where nation wish and perhaps plan to attack this nation because America is over-stretched or embroiled in other conflicts that they are losing. For example, this little place called Afghanistan; where it has been for 17 years and being no further ahead than the day they invaded it.

Then there is North Korea that is itching for a conflict, as well as many other nations of the world. I know and understand that many of you will say the Bible speaks of Armageddon but I am sorry to tell you that the Bible was written by white men and several of them. In fact, it has been rewritten 28 times to suit their desires, like to justify slavery for example. I say this because; there still many fools who think God wrote it. So don’t expect to see the four men on horseback coming.

No doubt there will be famine, starvation, and war but guess what the rich will be saved – not you; which means the Orange Dummy, his cohorts, and his rich friends will be spared which is a damn shame. To be truthful the world is over-populated and most of its resources are depleted so in order for the world to survive it has become necessary to get rid of humans/mankind. If you believe in the story of Noah and the flood, this was done to restate mankind’s existence, which we are likely to see again.

The bigger problem, as I see it, is that the people of the world have lost faith in their leaders and more problematic is the loss of faith in societal institutions. However, it is the immoral wretchedness of the dominant society that will be the blame for the demise of mankind! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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