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Never Forget: The Emmett Till Story

IMG_0637Throughout America’s sorted and often shameful history, there have been many children murdered but the Murder in Money, Mississippi is the most infamous. It was this incident, the murder of a 14-year old black child from Chicago who supposedly whistled at a white woman in a grocery store whose death sparked the modern Civil Rights Movement.

The crime sounded clarion calls for a nation to wake up – just look at the photo. Till’s mutilated corpse circulated around the country mainly because of John Johnson, who published the gruesome photographs in Jet magazine, a predominately African American publication. The photo drew intense public reaction.

Till didn’t understand or knew he had broken an unwritten law of the Jim Crow South until three days later; when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. That night the door to his grandfather’s house was thrown open, and Emmett was forced into a truck and driven away never again to be seen alive again. Till’s body was found swollen and disfigured in the Tallahatchie river three days after his abduction and only identified by his ring.

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Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterward, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till’s death was the spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River the Montgomery bus boycott began.

It’s been sixty years since the events of that fateful night, and I simply cannot find the words to describe this heinous crime that has yet to receive justice. Till was one of hundred of children murdered, then and now, at the hands of a racist system much like Trayvon Martin’s death or Michael Brown’s murder in our time. We will never know the significance of their life or contribution to the world.

I’ll end by sharing these words by Maya Angelou: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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The links below can better inform you of the facts:

The lynching of Emmett Till: a documentary narrative

By Christopher Metress
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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.


Remembering Michael Brown

On this day two years ago, Michael Brown, a human being was killed unnecessarily while walking down a street unarmed because some cop decided his life was of no value and that he knew he could. They lied and tried to cover up what happened and like all of the other cops who kill, this guy got away with it, they collected money and made this cop some kind of hero. He is not!

Just like Trayvon, Emmett Till, Sandra, Eric, and the nearly weekly killings let’s remember Michael and all of the other victims. Take a moment today to remember Michael and all the other fallen unarmed victims. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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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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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…

  #BlackLivesMatter #WeCantBreathe#ThisStopsToday

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As Simple As Black And White!

th (7)Over the last few years, the prevailing conversation and top news stories was about an unarmed black person killed; men, women, and children at the hands of the police. I follow the news pretty closely, and all of these police killings were done by white police. It goes without saying that the outcomes left a lot to be desired and there was not much outrage from the white community. Regardless, of the circumstances only a few of the white cops were charged and none convicted!

Let’s recap: there was the horrible grand jury decision in the Eric Gardner and Michael Brown cases, to include almost all of the others show the environment that can only be described in one way “a black man’s life means nothing”. It speaks clearly that the black community is under siege and black men in particularly are marked for death with impunity and no accountability at the hands of the police. I have seen many social media comments from “Negro’s” who say things much like what conservative white America is saying that “it was the victims fault.”

Last week, two black police officers killed a white child and justice was swift. To my knowledge, this is the first or one of only a few where a black cop has shot and killed a white person in the same senseless manner as the weekly killings of black citizens. White America is up in arms, and their cry for justice is intense. Today, the black cops will be arraigned on murder charges. Don’t misunderstand me but their cries were barely hear when the white rookie cop killed Tamir Rice in Ohio, where, in that case, nothing has happened. Could it be just a case of American justice or something as simple as black and white?

In the many black killings, the system prop-up some ministers and every so-called civil rights leader to tell black people to “march and be peaceful” – Jesus will take care of it. I will not hold back my words here and say if Jesus were going to do something, he would stop the murdering of black men and children. Frankly, we have been marching for sixty-years and praying for four-hundred years to no avail. When the homicides are so blatant that Ray Charles can see this is wrong and in most of the cases, it was videotaped!

Now, I want to be clear the death of this child is as painful as any death, and I give my sympathy to the child’s family. I do not condone the actions of the black cops any more than I do when it is the white cops killing blacks. It is just that black people should get the same kind of justice as they do. However, my point is this: justice work differently when it’s a black doing what they routinely do to them what they do to us. In other words, in cases where blacks kill whites they react swiftly and harshly.

If you follow my blog, you know I love history and call upon what I have seen in the past. As a small child, I can vividly remember watching a small black and white television seeing Bull Connor put dogs on black people peacefully protesting for the most basic of human rights. I can also remember the police and fire departments using fire hoses on peaceful protesters, and those marchers would go to some church; kneel and pray. That was in the early 1960s and today in 2015 the same atrocities, brutality, and murder still happens. It is akin to the 1000s of lynching’s of black people that they did not seem important.

Black people have never received “justice” in any manner since being dragged onto the shores of this country. In the case of Mr. Gardner, he received a death sentence for selling a single cigarette. The twelve-year-old killed in Cleveland was killed for playing with a toy gun. The black man killed in a Wal-Mart while trying to buy a gun that was on sale in the store. Michael Brown killed thirty feet from a cop with his hands up seven times, and another black man killed just up the street in St. Louis a few weeks later. But in this killing of a white child by black cops justice will be served.

All over the news, the police advocates and retired cops have come out to say how horrible this particular police killing is, but in the cases where white cops killed black people they circle the wagons and hide behind the “blue wall of silence” and defended the white cops. All black people are saying is that Black Lives Matter and want the same justice as they want and demand. Again, I say is this a case that is as simple as black and white. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Manufactured Perception: Don’t Believe The Hype

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The reason there is such a thing as media is to control the minds of people. It is designed for the purposes of propaganda! The media is the most powerful form of persuasion and illusion. This is true in all forms, and it is not designed for truth! Propaganda wins the day, and it is the media’s job to subversively control your thinking. You know the old adage “if you control what a man is thinking. You don’t have to worry about what he thinks.” In order for media to work effectively, imagery is the key. Most are designed to produce “fear”.

You see imagery is important to your minds interpretation. When you watch a program, you are made to believe whatever it is – is true. When you know, it is designed and created specifically to inject something into your brain, which the brain conceives as reality. When you watch television, they call the show “a program” – got it! This is the only truth in media; they are telling you that you are being programmed.

Just look at commercials, they make you fall for the obvious – lies. For example, look at a medical or drug commercial. The pills they are trying to sell makes you think it will heal your body. All while telling you at the end of the commercial the numerous side effects that may affect or kill you, if you take the particular drug. Yet, people take the drug anyway.

There are other forms as well – like movies; they rewrite history all the time, and most believe it as truth. Religion: they made you believe in a white deity when you know that the man’s image could not have come from that region of the world. In fact, the picture you see was painted sixteen hundred years after the fact.

This brings me to the bloodsuckers of the ignorant, which is the news that comes from your daily news stations and daily newspapers that have convinced you that when you read it or see it – it must be true! These vehicles are the most dangerous of all media. The people who infect your minds with their views of truth are nothing more than intellectual masturbators and conscience pimps. Did you know that the daily newspaper is written on a fifth-grade level? This is significant because it speaks to the intellectual capacity of those who read its messages.

This brings me to the situation and recent events pertaining to the killings of unarmed black people, for virtually nothing. Since the death of Michael Brown, like all the other black men murdered, the media leaks lies and so-call evidence have been presented by the media suggesting that it was the victims for their own death. The St. Louis newspaper, as well as the entire government apparatus, operates on the same principle established by Missouri’s infamous Dred Scott Decision that said, “There are no rights of a black man that a white man is bound to respect”.

This apparatus feels that there is no probable cause to arrest the cop’s who kill unarmed black people in the street animal. This concept is similar to the rash of nearly weekly deaths of black men and women under cover of law that have occurred over the past year or more.

Let me give you an example, there was a man [Pro Football Player] named Plaxico Burress, who shot himself; yet, they found probable cause to arrest, convict, and incarcerate him in prison for about three years. However,  a cop shooting an unarmed black kid – not enough to charge!

Media is a tool of the system. Therefore, until and if there is a trial, be very aware of what they tell you about the events in this matter, and, in fact, every instance of so-called news. People we are about to witness the biggest fraud since the Rodney King incident. I say this with much pain and sadness because it appears they are signaling “there will be no charges” in this case – like the others.

They, the powers that be, think it will just go away – but NOT THIS TIME! This just might be the event that sparks what Gil Scott-Heron was talking about when he said “The Revolution will not be televised” but it will. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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