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Remembering The Terrorist Attack Of Bloody Sunday

007_1000They asked us not to forget the 911 attacks! I would ask them not to forget Tulsa, Oklahoma or the brutal terrorist acts on peaceful black people marching for the promised right to vote and the simple right to exist. One such attack was the Bloody Sunday rampage, and the atrocity at the hands of white bigots might be more appropriate. I’ll add that this act of terror and brutality was under orders of the government issued to the police. If it sounds familiar, we saw the same thing in Ferguson, MO. and Baltimore. So we have not moved very much in terms of racism, particularly when you read the DOJ report and see other racial events around the nation. White Supremacy is still evident, and racism is not dead.

What is lost in the Selma story is that, in large part, it all began as a result of the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson. Another significant fact is that the bridge is named Edmund Pettus, an enthusiastic champion of the Confederate cause and slavery. Pettus was a delegate to the secession convention in Mississippi and a Grand Wizard of the KKK. Ironic that a staunchly racist and bigoted so-called patriots name is connected with being the spark to give unheard of civil rights to the people he hated.

This was in no way the most horrific crime by the wretched system of racism in America. There was Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma where planes were used to bomb a black community. There were also, by most accounts, nearly five-thousand lynching’s during the first half of the last century with many for the entertainment for the white community. There was also the horrific murder of children like Emmitt Till and the bombing that killed four innocent little girls in a Birmingham church. Appalling and despicable acts of terror perpetrated by America’s homegrown terrorist like the KKK and others the so-called law.

Back to the March, between 1961 and 1964, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) led voting registration campaigns in Selma, Alabama, a small town with a record of consistent resistance to black voting. When SNCC’s efforts were frustrated by stiff resistance from the county’s law enforcement officials and political leadership, meaning the Klan. Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were persuaded by local activists to make Selma’s intransigence to black voting a national concern.

SCLC also hoped to use the momentum of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to win federal protection for a voting rights statute. During January and February 1965, King and SCLC led a series of demonstrations to the Dallas County Courthouse. On February 17, protester Jimmy Lee Jackson was fatally shot by an Alabama state trooper. In response, a protest march from Selma to Montgomery was scheduled for March 7. Six hundred marchers assembled in Selma on Sunday, March 7, led by John Lewis and other SNCC and SCLC activists crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River en route to Montgomery.

Just short of the bridge, they found their way blocked by Alabama State Troopers and local police who ordered them to turn around. When the protesters refused, the officers shot tear gas and waded into the crowd on foot and horseback beating the nonviolent protesters with billy-clubs and ultimately hospitalizing over fifty people. What was significant about this was that all of the television networks interrupted programming to televise this horrific terror attack that became known as “Bloody Sunday”. The images were of this day of terror were beamed around the world.

Martin Luther King called for civil rights supporters to come to Selma for a second march. When members of Congress pressured him to restrain the march until a court could rule on whether the protesters deserved federal protection. King found himself torn between their requests for patience and demands of the movement activists pouring into Selma. King, still conflicted, led the second protest on March 9, but turned it around at the same bridge. King’s actions exacerbated the tension between SCLC and the more militant SNCC, who were pushing for more radical tactics that would move from nonviolent protest to win reforms to active opposition to racist institutions.

On March 21, the successful final march began with federal protection, and on August 6, 1965, the federal Voting Rights Act was passed, completing the process that King had wanted. Bloody Sunday was about more than winning a federal act. It highlighted the political pressures King was negotiating at the time, between movement radicalism and federal calls for restraint, as well as the tensions between SCLC and SNCC. In that sense, it was a successful strategy!

In closing, let me bring you back to the present, 50 years later, with this point having seen racism rear its ugly head since the election of the first black president. We’ve seen brutal acts of aggression on black people though laws and its agents, the police. To include stripping the voting rights act and in Ferguson, which is the Selma of today. We see the same issues today as they marched for then. The Republicans are no different than the Citizens Council of Selma’s day.

I get a lot of disparaging racist comment concerning what I write and post about black history. To those people, and I use that loosely; you want me to believe and love the Constitution that says I am 3/5th human and not to forget the holocaust or 911. I say, I will never forget what your ancestors did to my ancestors or believe the whitewashed version of what was done, which continue today. Truth be told, the sins of your fathers are acts of terror that I will never forget! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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 FERGUSON 2015


Its “911” For Black America

193_160I am sending my thoughts and prayers to those who suffered a loss as a result of the attacks of 911. Be it from the attack or the ill-fated wars that followed. Many say we should never forget that day. True! However, I take the position that the horrible terrorist attacks inflicted upon black people should never be forgotten either. Black people have suffered every form of terror one could imagine for four-hundred years, and America seems to forget all of this has happened.

History has recorded what white folk did to the Native American’s. I’ve witnessed, firsthand, the Jim Crow era and the vial behavior of its supporters. I remember, as a child, seeing George Wallace giving a speech where he said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.” Seeing this and other comments the bigots made to the opposition to the Civil Rights Movement was frightening because black people were simply fighting for the basic rights of human beings. But then, the Constitution says we are not; only 3/5ths human!

The view of most in white America was “the Negro is happy,” “what do they want,” and in places where marches were held, the people there said be “outside agitators stirring up the people.” They justified their position under the auspices of “It’s our way of life.” At this horrible time in the American past, the police and law enforcement authorities in these areas were used to maintain this, what they called, “their way of life.” Today, the same sentiment seems to be expressed as we witness authority out of control across the country. I did not witness slavery in its most brutal form, so I will speak to what I know to be true.

The access to and the broad use of media made it, then and now, difficult to argue that the police are working with honor; protecting the community or serving it. Video camera’s today, like television in the 1960s, brought the reality of truth into the living rooms and the consciousness of America and the world. If it were not for television, the modern (1960s) civil rights movement would have never succeeded. Today’s technology affords this generation with social media that brings the reality and truth to these longstanding and troubling issues.

Let’s look back in time at just a few instances; the Black Panther Party came to be because of the atrocious brutal activities of the police at the time. Fast forward to the summer of 2005 when legions of poor black people in desperate circumstances seemed to have suddenly and inexplicably materialized in New Orleans, during the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. During that event, the police murdered and abused people who were destitute and helpless. Like today, one unarmed black person is killed every twenty-eight hours by the police.

My point is, but for a free and open press; we would never have known what was taking place. Expressions of disbelief poured in from around the nation seeing what most could not believe true. Upon seeing with their own eyes, many questions were asked. : “How can this be happening?” “I had no idea conditions was that bad?” “My God, is this America?” I submit; the same questions are being asked in the minds of many, as a result of what we see in Ferguson, Baltimore, and frankly all over the country.

Yes, the media exposed a cancer that has yet to heal which is deeply rooted in racism and economic suppression. Bush said during his time in office, these issues “has roots in a history of racial discrimination that cut off generations from the opportunity of America.” If you listened to his statement, you might have thought you heard the ghost of Lyndon Johnson. However, the problem continues to affect the soul of black America profoundly.

The precipitating events that cause these periodic national spasms can vary widely; whether it’s the flooding of New Orleans, the assassination of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the beating of Rodney King, or events that have occurred from the murders of unarmed black people murdered at the hands of the law. If you don’t believe a disaster is on the way; just look at the president-elect’s appointments, particularly the AG!

But these tragedies all emerge from the same putrid source, the racism embedded in the very foundation of America and now America has elected a man who calls himself “the Law and order President” only means it will get worse! 911 means emergency; I say there is an emergency in the lives of black Americans that no one seems to see, but us. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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Watch the video’s below, wrap your mind around what you see and think about your freedom!!!


The 13th Amendment Abolishes Slavery, Except for Prisons

(3)This is an important book that explains how black people are still viewed as nothing by Famed activist, author, and television personality Marc Lamont Hill. Hill sat down for an exclusive interview where he spoke about his new book, “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.” He revealed that he got the idea for the book after visiting Ferguson following Mike Brown’s death, which he compared to a modern day lynching. Hill added that while waiting on a proposal for the book, similar police brutality deaths took place, prompting him to take a closer look at the situation as a whole.

During the conversation, Hill shared his thoughts on the police and how he has a heightened expectation of them to protect us, but he added that he thinks the world would be a better place if we watched our communities and didn’t have police. He also clarified that there’s a difference in people snitching and witnessing a crime unfold in front of them. He adds that if there is a rapist running around the neighborhood, it isn’t snitching if you alert the authorities to the situation.


American Justice: Design To Protect The System

10455671_10203771484181096_2260820563230053916_nLet me begin by saying; I am always surprised by the decisions made with regard to the American justice system. We have seen so many injustices throughout the history of America concerning black people; such things as the countless lynchings to mass incarcerations; not to mention the unfair verdicts in the courts. The fact is white folk know it is unjust, and this is because the system is designed to protect the system of white supremacy.

It is said that this man named Lincoln supposedly solved the race problem a long time ago, and there has been a succession of people after him claiming to cement such a notion. We can see that we have been hoodwinked – none of this is reality concerning justice or the race problem as it relates to the people of color in this country.

I was amazed by this whole bazaar legal process in this case; particularly two things. First, as I looked at my social media page, there were posts after post thanking God and many scriptures in support of the system. Personally, I don’t think God is too happy about the travesties! One post was particularly stunning. This person posted from Psalms; “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Frankly, we have been praying and being lead by chicken pickin faith leaders who are used as pawns in matters like the Trump pimps.

In light of the circumstances that have always existed. I’ll quote Malcolm X who said, “we are not Americans, we are victims of America” concerning Michael Brown’s death, the Ferguson scam they called justice, the murder of the 12-year-old in Ohio, and the near weekly murders of unarmed black people. These crimes should become a broader discussion of American justice. Mainly, the scourge of police brutality upon black people derived from a deep-seated fear when black male bodies are stripped of their humanity, killed by police, choked, and beaten with impunity. I unapologetically say that white people would not stand for their dog being killed and left to lie in the streets like the body of Michael Brown!

More appalling is the prosecutor’s repeatedly lashing out at the media, blaming the internet and “the 24-hour news cycle” for the unrest in Ferguson, Baltimore, and New York to also include other places. It appears as if the place fault on the dead – the victim as they did with Michael Brown was being held in judgment before the grand jury, much like the Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and that poor little child in Ohio. Further, let’s not think that the information given by the news is anything near truth – it was a selective dump! And yes, I mean that literally!

“Bottom line: it serves the interests of law enforcement everywhere to have the black communities who participate in protests, as rioting and “animals,” so they, the cops, can come off as the noble protectors who stand between white people and the dark threatening enemy.” Tim Wise

Secondly, there was the officer’s fanciful account that was closer to a Hollywood script. In essence, their account of events seems more like a cartoonish description of the events. It has often been said that the issue was the officer’s state of mind. The prevailing theme is terror, but they never talk about the American terrorist – i.e., the KKK!

For example, the account given by Wilson in the Brown situation is a good indication of this: “Wilson said of Mike Brown “it” (He called the child an “it”) was like a “demon.” That the bullets didn’t “faze” him. This comes from the mind of someone who harbors a racist fear of black people and the thinking that black men are weirdly sub-human. He also referenced Hulk Hogan and said he felt like a child while being beaten within an inch of his life. The picture does not show that at all.

They want us to believe that it’s about looting, but it’s not. All of these horrific episodes committed in the name “law” proves once again that the system is not broken. The system worked just the way it was intended too. Let’s be clear, police departments across the country serve as enforcers for White supremacy, and the criminalization of blackness is reserved in the same vain as the slave catcher. You can go so far as to say, occupying forces with immunity. I wonder what would happen if they shot just one white person because he had a demonic face, and I believed he could kill the cop with one blow, as an excuse for murder.

A miscarriage of justice is what they would say. The problem is deeper than the police or the media feeding the public fear of black males with relentless negatives about blacks being violent, angry images they overwhelm the airwaves, and for sure they will blame black on black crime. There are those folks who want us to be constantly angered about “Muslim terrorist-on-American”; what about “American-on-American” terrorism as it relates to police kills and brutality.

They love to talk about Dr. King but they never use this quote “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere” or that he said, “America gave us a check marked insufficient funds”. They merely expect “Negroes” to simply knee and pray. Let me say, until black people look towards each other and practice group economics to obtain power. They WILL always be exploited and killed in the streets like animals.

Come on people; it does not take four hundred years to figure out if there is a race problem. However, it does take that much time to make the public think there – IT ISN’T! Maybe the happiest person in America last is Zimmerman because he continues to be the poster boy of such horror. This clown had the nerve to auction off the murder weapon he used to murder Trayvon Martin, and some bigot paid hundreds of thousands to own it!

W.E.B Dubois told us that a system can never fail those it was never meant to protect! Lastly, my heart goes out to the loved ones of the fallen, and to the loved ones of all the many we have buried in this country. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

 


Thanksgiving

2The history of America is littered with crimes against many nations and the people on its stolen land; from the massacres of the Native American’s under the guise of “Manifest Destiny” to the enslavement of people of African American descent. On a day that has nothing to do with being thankful, rather an economic celebration of one of America’s earliest crimes derived from one of history’s biggest lies. However, I am thankful to be alive but living for most black and poor people is a life very different from those of privilege!

This day should be rooted and derived from something like the Sermon on the Mount since America proclaims to be a Christian nation. It was said in that sermon that the first will be last, and the last will be first. It was also mentioned something about the least of thee. With regard to black people’s oppression and the near weekly murders at the hands of the police, we have been first at last for a long time and the least of thee. As we witness the uprisings across the nation and dare, I say around the world. The time is ripe to expose wrongs and make them right.

We hear the common mantra that this is a nation of laws to which they neglect to add that those laws were written for and by white people for the benefit of white people etched in and established by the Constitution. What I see, as a product of the 1960s, is that “we remain a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality and treated as such!” In short this means black people’s lives are of no value.

Just a little historical perspective here; we know black people and men, in particular, were lynched throughout the history of America. However, it was one particular incident in 1955 with the murder of Emmitt Till that sparked a revolution [Civil Rights Movement] that changed the world and improved the lives of every black person thereafter. In addition, the people of that day who had the courage to rise up against the system of injustice were young people. In fact, Dr. King was only in his mid-twenties.

Other more militant groups emerged when young people realized prayer and peacefully begging for the most basic human rights did not work nor has it ever. The system, police, and government destroyed those organizations except those whites control, which is most. I knew people, then as I see now, who says everything is fine, and there is no reason to express outwardly outrage. I’ll tell you why; silent is a more destructive force imposed on the mind of the hopeless and feeds the systemic oppression that will continue.

Fast forward to today with the murder of another child [17 years old] shot instantly without a chance. However, Mick Brown’s death has galvanized people like nothing since the murder of Emmitt Till. I admire the young people for standing up, rising up, and organizing against the travesties of police killings. They organize, today, much like the did in the 1960s against government sanctioned and the license for what they call “righteous kills” and abuses never any accountability.

I am thankful today that we have video cameras and that no long can they cover up killings, like they tried to do in Chicago. No longer can they tell people anything or half of the truths and expect the lies to be believed as truth or accepted. The protesters today are not your father’s protesters – these are the children born the philosophy of Malcolm X, Stokely, Rap Brown, and some with a little of Nat Turner in their blood. Not that of Martin or the organizations of the big six who sang “We Shall Overcome” more than fifty years ago because this generation sees that “We Have Not Overcome”!

As you celebrate this day, that pays homage to terrorism, which represent the slaughter of millions of the native people that continue. Stop for a moment and say, “enough is enough” of the terror inflicted upon black people and say this murderous assault upon our people and children must stop. Or next time it could be you or your child. Take a stand and remember what Nat Turner said minutes before he was hung – “They Crucified Jesus didn’t they”.

So let me wish each of you a Happy Savage Day and say what I am thankful for today is that this generation’s devotion and willingness to seek justice by any means necessary and yes I know Black Lives Matter! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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Commentary: American Terror Worse Than ISIS

2The American government intrudes in the lives of people all over the word in the so-called war on terror claiming they want to end it. The impetus being that in most cases that hate and anger is what they created. I do not subscribe to the theory that ISIS is the boogie man promoted as the evilest group of people on the planet.

In my view the system of white supremacy and those who maintain it takes first prize. There is hundreds of years of history and evidence to prove it. Naturally, white folk will disagree, and they have for four hundred years. But as recent news accounts demonstrate the terrorist are here in America and are being paid by the government.

During yesterday’s news conference in Chicago, all the talk was about praise for the police and, of course, the usual plea’s for peace. The mayor surrounded himself with a bunch of “chicken pickin” uncles and black people to say “we are one city.” Now, the mayor and everyone knew this was murder over a year ago and saw the video, On top of that they even paid off the family. So this was no new revelation. They were doing what they have always done, try to sweep this story under the rug. I am so sick and tired of hearing about “all the good cops” because there are none. If there are so many good cops, where the hell are they while this terror is being inflicted upon the black community?

The terror is not only coming from the police but the white community in general. They compare the Black Lives Matter Movement to the KKK. Yet, over the weekend protesters from the group were shot and wounded in Minneapolis as they protested one of the hundreds of police killings of a black man. Police say they are seeking for three suspects, described as two white males and an Asian male, who were captured yesterday. The men, described by protesters as white supremacists had been taunting and provoking protesters, and were being escorted out of the area when the men pulled weapons and began firing.

The protesters were demonstrating the death of Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15 in a police confrontation. Multiple witnesses have said Clark was shot in the head while handcuffed, a description that police dispute. Authorities have refused to release available video of the shooting, which reportedly recorded only portions of the confrontation. This is also what happened in Chicago. It took a court order to make the city release the very disturbing video of that police murder.

For two years, we have witnessed a murder by police at the rate of one black man, woman, and child a week. So far neither the system nor white folk seems to see a problem here, even when each recorded video is worse than the last. Here’s what we do know: THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT BLACK LIFE.

This case was so bad that Chicago authorities offered and paid the McDonald family a $5 million settlement last summer before the family had even filed suit. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the city paid out $14 million to settle allegations of police misconduct and brutality between 2006 and 2012, yet officers in almost all of those cases no cop faced any disciplinary action. A police review panel established last year to review allegations has handled 439 cases; none has resulted in officer discipline.

In the Chicago murder, it remains to be seen whether the result of this murder charge will produce a conviction – highly doubtful! But the Chicago police officer is now charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old black male more than 13 months ago. It will be the first such indictment in 35 years in Chicago. The victim, Laquan McDonald, had been in possession of PCP and armed with a three inch knife, which was closed, but the long suppressed video of that shooting apparently shows McDonald walking away from police when an officer jumps out of a police car, and in 30 seconds fires at him and hits him 16 times. No other officer on the scene fired.

Egregious as this apparently is, the case probably would have been ignored if not for the video, in the same way, most killing and brutality case have in the past. Yet, even with video it seems not to matter much. The police union, the so-called brotherhood, for example, had claimed that the officer fired after McDonald lunged at him with a knife; there is apparently no evidence of that in the video, which was released by order of the court. This tells me that the city and police had something to hide.

The New York Times has reported, this year alone more than 99 percent of citizen complaints concerning police misconduct were dismissed with no action taken. Given that overall record, it would seem safe to assume that the 28,000 official complaints comprise only a fraction of such incidents. In the rare cases in which action was taken, black officers were twice as likely to be disciplined as their white colleagues.

The officer, who shot McDonald, Jason Van Dyke, had 18 complaints filed against him, including allegations of brutality and racism. No action had been taken on any of them.

It’s a pretty straightforward principle: Those whom we entrust to enforce the law deserve our full support. But that support does not and cannot imply a de facto exemption from that same law, nor any immunity from judgment and accountability. And while that principle applies regardless of the race of officer or citizen, black Americans have a legitimate reason to believe that when it is violated, they are disproportionately its victims.

They talk about ISIS and terror in other places. I say the black man’s fight is not with ISIS, rather it is about the terror inflicted upon black people here in America on main street USA! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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The World Is Watching

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The conservative folk and tea-party types, and those who call themselves the “Real Americans” have been talking about anarchy quoting Jefferson for a long time, as they prepared for war on its people. They often quote this particular founding father and slave-holding racist, who fathered many children by slaves he owned:

“When the government fears the people it’s liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

As we have witnessed the horrifying news of current events; namely police killings, no justice, and abuse of government powers that prophecy may be being for-filled. To put this in perspective, the definition of these words according to Webster’s Dictionary:

Terror – Any period of frightful violence or bloodshed, violence or threats of violence used for intimidation or coercion.

Liberty – Freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, and hampering conditions, etc., right of doing, thinking, and speaking according to choice.

Anarchy – Political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: lawlessness, disruption, and turmoil.

Considering the conditions the government has created, each of these words is relevant. The moral high-ground has been shown to be a facade for all the world to see, as black people have known for centuries. Frankly, the only people pretending that this is not true are the so-called “Real American’s”.

These folks will never admit that the land they love was erected upon the plunder of land, slaughter of life and this imaginary thing [to black people] called liberty. White America has played this game forever but now people have had enough and a vehicle where the truth can no longer be suppressed.

Our grandfathers listened to Dr. King when he told them to pray, and you will get to the Promise Land – they believe him. What he did not tell them was it was their capture and enslavement that took them from the Promise Land when they were placed on board the Good Ship Jesus!

The youth of today don’t believe the hype and understand that “black lives matter! This is not your grandfathers Civil Right Movement. They would rather die on their feet than to continue living on their knees, as they recall Nate Turners words before he was hung – “they crucified Jesus didn’t they”.

The making of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into a cultural icon or electing a black president cannot fool people or change its racist past. It’s been four centuries of this heinous ungodly treatment – it is time for change – reign in the cop’s, put an end to their occupation and terror – it must stop. Race is the problem in your heart at its core – not from the souls of black America who has continued to suffer!

The entire world is watching as police brutally killed its black citizens for the most trivial offenses. Leaving the fatalities to die in the streets as spectacles in the most appalling disrespectful inhumane form of injustice, not to mention the military style response to peaceful protests.

This movement will not settle for anything less than what they claim to bring others around the world. No more murders, no more voter restriction, a fair justice system, freedom, equality, and most of all to live without terror from the law. Maybe the question asked is, who are the terrorists? And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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