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The Scene Of The Crime

16266194_1576646812351280_7451924563813283492_nTo know America is to go back to the beginning, which means when the robbed the Native American’s and stole the land murdering them and instituting the ungodly system of slavery. It all began in a place called The Jamestown Colony, England’s first permanent settlement in North America. It was a marshy wasteland, poor for agriculture and a breeding ground for malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

The settlement was such a harsh environment that only thirty-two of the estimated one hundred original settlers survived the first seven months. His-Story describes this as the “starving times” but all would change. It is also important to note the beginning of the most horrible crime the world has ever know – slavery!

On August 20, 1619, the first African “settlers” reached North America as cargo on board a Dutch man-of-war ship that rode the tide into Jamestown, Virginia carrying Captain Jope and a cargo of twenty Africans. It seems strange to me, but history cannot tell us why this mysterious ship anchored off Jamestown. It is believed the captain needed food and in exchange for food he offered his cargo of Africans as payment.

When the deal was consummated, Antoney, Isabella, and eighteen other Africans disembarked. Although they were not the first Africans to arrive in North America, they were the first African “settlers”. Regarded as indentured servants rather than slaves fifteen were purchased to serve their redemption time working for Sir George Yardley, the Governor of Virginia and proprietor of the thousand-acre Flowerdew Hundred Plantation.

In ten years, by the 1630’s, the colony had established a successful economy based on tobacco through the use of the Africans. Slavery was born, and slave trading became big business. These human souls were acquired in Africa for an average price of about twenty-five dollars each, paid primarily in merchandise. They were sold in the Americas for about one hundred fifty dollars each. As the price of slaves increased, so did the inhumane overcrowding of the ships.

This was the beginning of the worst crime every inflicted upon a people and the most morally reprehensible agenda the world has ever known. Adding to this injustice and more horrifying was that the perpetrators believed their actions were sectioned by God with a religious manifestation that justified Slavery. The next two-hundred years was a designed systematic effort to destroy millions of lives through in documentation, brutality, savagery, and terror. I am always struck by the use of the word civilization in this matter because the root word is “civil” and there is/was NOTHING civil about the institution of slavery, which means chattel making human beings property and servants for life.

The business of slave trading had one purpose – PROFIT. The process would begin with the African being paid to venture into the interior of the continent, capture other Africans, put them on a death march to the coast and sell their captives to Europeans. Now, if capturing and stealing the victims was not misery enough what was to follow surely was in every sense of the word.

A typical slave ship traveling from Gambia, the Gold Coast, Guinea, or Senegal would take four to eight weeks to reach New England, Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, or the West Indies. Africans from Senegal were the most prized because many were skilled artisans. Ibos from Calabar were considered the most undesirable because of their, high suicide rate. Women, men, and children were crammed so tightly in the ships that out of a load of seven hundred, three or four slaves would be found dead each morning.

Most ships had three decks with the lower two used for transporting slaves. The lowest deck extended the full length of the ship and was no more than five feet high. The captives were packed into tomb like compartments side by side to utilize all available space. In the next deck, wooden planks like shelves, extended from the sides of the ship where the slaves were chained in pairs at the wrists and ankles crammed side by side. Men occupied middle shelves and were most often chained in pairs and bound to the ship’s gunwales or to ringbolts set into the deck. Women and children were sometimes allowed to move about certain areas of the ship.

There was no sanitation, although buckets were provided for use as toilets, which were not regularly emptied. The ships smelled of excrement, disease, and death. It is estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of the slaves died in route to the colonies, mostly from diseases associated with overcrowding, spoiled or poisoned food, contaminated water, starvation, thirst, and suicide. Others were thrown overboard; shot, or beaten to death for various reasons.

A typical slave ship coming directly to the American mainland from Africa weighed about one to two hundred tons, although some were slightly larger. Slave ships were eventually built especially for human cargo. These slave ships could carry as many as four hundred slaves and a crew of forty-seven, as well as thirteen thousand pounds of food. They were long, narrow, fast, and designed to direct air below decks. Shackling irons, nets, and ropes were standard equipment.

The competition at slave markets on the African coast grew so exceptionally that historians estimate that as many as 60 million human souls were captured and taken from the continent of Africa to be sold into bondage. It is estimated that as many as one-third of that number did not survive the trip called the “Middle Passage” to reach the shores of a place like Jamestown in the name of God.

Did you know the first registered slave ship was named “The Good Ship Jesus” and in the name of God the greatest crime the world has known began in this place called “Jamestown.”

I am reminded of the powerful words of Sojourner Truth who was asked shortly before her death, if she knew how many slaves she freed while conducting the Underground Railroad. She did not think about it – replying quickly, “I could have freed a lot more if they had only known they were slaves.”

My hope is that one day the devastating effect of bondage will be removed, and we will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

 


The Lost Tribes Of Africa

14322609_851080958325216_7970212250761441595_nLet me remind you that black people of African descent are part of the lost tribes of Africa. It is a fact that the human species was born on the continent of Africa. Now the authors of His-Story will dismiss this idea; people like Cecil Rhodes. Therefore, it is fair to say that mankind would not have existed; if not for the creation and innovations of the original man.

I have often said, “The people stolen from Africa by the Europeans and those of others are a nation created a people living in a land without a nationality.” Sometimes people respond negatively to that statement, in spite of being the greatest purveyors of that ideology we know is rooted in the concept of White Supremacy. The problem with people who don’t agree is that it is the so-called African American who does not know that he or she is lost. For most people of this distinction, most of their waking hours are spent trying to assimilate into that with those who do not want to accept you.

Upon our backs, these stolen souls are laden with the stripes of punishment for what they believed was for discipline in spite of our loyalty, diligence, and tenacity – the Negro loved America and oftentimes more than ourselves. Even when America refused to allow these people of African descent to walk in the shadows, we followed, believing that someday we would come to be accepted and be treated like men and women. Actually, just to be viewed as human beings. Unfortunately, that dream has yet to come and contrary to the thoughts of white folk and some black people too “We have not overcome”!

We wanted integration and what did we get “interrogation”! What we got was more poverty because without money or the means – you are still segregated. Just look at the New York City schools, for example, they are more segregated now than any school in Mississippi back in the day, and it has been reported almost every urban school district is the same. Oh yes, but they say you can live anywhere you want! This then returns to the economics of what you are allowed to afford. On top of that, and more shameful, we went beyond the pale when we allowed our children to be turned over to the White America’s educational system run by the people who suppressed these people on the first place. No wonder we’re lost!

It has been nearly four hundred years since that day in August when the first of millions of stolen souls were dragged onto the shores of this place the slaves called “merica” to be beasts of burden to build this nation. Today, we are in virtually the same position as we were when they identified these stolen souls as colored and three-fifths human. In fact, I believe black people are in as bad of a position because we have been “hoodwinked” and like fools bamboozled. I remind you that the Constitution’s language has not been changed.

We resisted the messages of trouble-making Blacks like Washington, Delaney, Garvey, Bethune, Tubman, and Truth for fighting and dying on the battlefield for us all. No, the people of this lost nation did not listen to Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Dubois, the Panthers, H. Rap Brown, Carmichael, nor Dr. King. Today all of the above mentioned would be and are ashamed of whom they fought for and died. Yet, Mr. Lynch’s message and White Supremacy reigns supreme.

In today’s business environment, we do not support each other and just keep doing business with the larger dominant community or in fact any other community. Some say we, as a people, were very successful after slavery ended or even as recently as the 1960s. But we know, what happens when you began to build your communities and do business with one another – you’re pitted against one another and destroy ourselves.

From slavery through segregation and under every Apartheid-like system since this lost nation of people survived; all while we bought into the “divided and conquered” mentality and fought against our interests. The great Curtis Mayfield called us “the people who are darker than blue.” This race is maligned everywhere on the planet and viewed as less than, when in fact, the African and people of African Descent are “greater than.”

My pain comes from this nation of people subjecting its children to the same miseducation leaving them helpless and used long after we are gone. So when you speak to your children; tell them how not proud you are that they cannot look forward because it appears that at least another 50 years will be more of the same – despair.

We can change that by simply understanding that education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. Otherwise, the people stolen from Africa will remain the lost tribe of the place we were born!

And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Remember George Stinney

222The history of America and the injustice inflicted upon black people is atrocious, particularly for black children. Yet, they continue to claim some sort of moral standard and yes they claim justice in the name of God. We have witnessed Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice in modern times and no one can forget little Emmitt Till. For the record, these are just a few of the killings we know about but we must not forget George Stinney who was convicted at a flawed trial for murder in 1944 in his home town of Alcolu, South Caroline.

Let us never forget the plight of George Stinney! George Stinney was a 14-year-old Black teenager who was put to death for the murders of two White girls nearly seventy years ago. Why is he significant? Stinney was the youngest person executed in the United States last century that we know of, but there is no official record of the day-long trial in which the boy’s fate was decided in a mere ten minutes after the defense and prosecution rested their cases.

It is widely believed Stinney did not commit the murders but instead used as a scape-goat for a town blindly seeking revenge for the two white girls. These kinds of Atrocities were often  imposed upon blacks and sanctioned under the cover of law. nonetheless, the boy’s family tied to prove that Stinney’s conviction was tried under the most egregious of circumstances and that a new trial is in order. After all this is South Carolina!

Observers say; their efforts to reopen the case is a long shot at best, according to news reports. Solicitor Ernest “Chip” Finney III, the prosecutor  said, “There’s not going to be enough evidence to open it up.” They did, however, grant a pardon for the child some seventy years after they killed him.

Here is some background on the case reported by Newsone:

When two White girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames, went missing in Alcolu, S.C., on March 22, 1944, after riding into town on their bicycles, Stinney was arrested the following day for allegedly murdering them.

The girls had allegedly passed Stinney’s home, where they asked him where they could find a particular kind of flower. Once the girls did not return home, hundreds of volunteers looked for them until their bodies were found the next morning in a ditch.

Because Stinney joined the search team and shared with another volunteer that he had spoken to the girls before they disappeared, he was arrested for their murders.

Without his parents, Stinney was interrogated by several White officers for hours. A deputy eventually emerged announcing that Stinney had confessed to the girls’ murders. The young boy allegedly told the deputies that he wanted to have sex with the 11-year-old girl, but had to kill the younger one to do it. When the 8-year-old supposedly refused to leave, he allegedly killed both of them because they refused his sexual advances.

To coerce his confession, deputies reportedly offered the child an ice cream cone.

There is no record of a confession. No physical evidence that he committed the crime exists. His trial — if you want to call it that — lasted less than two hours. No witnesses were called. No defense evidence was presented. And the all-White jury deliberated for all of 10 minutes before sentencing him to death.

On June 16, 1944, his frail, 5-foot-1, 95-pound body was strapped into an electric chair at a state correctional facility in Columbia, S.C. Dictionaries had to be stacked on the seat of the chair so that he could properly sit in the seat. But even that didn’t help. When the first jolts of electricity hit him, the head mask reportedly slipped off, revealing the agony on his face and the tears streaming down his cheeks. Only after several more jolts of electricity did the boy die.

While no surviving participants from the trial are around to testify, people who claim to have known Stinney are. In a recent interview with the Post and Courier, friends of the slain girls said that they are convinced that Stinney was guilty:

Sadie Duke said she always believed Stinney was guilty because only a day before, he had threatened her and her friend Violet Freeman as they went to a church to collect water.

“He said, ‘If you don’t get away from here and if you ever come back, I will kill you,’” Duke said.

Evelyn Roberson, who was 15 at the time of the crime, said her husband often fought with Stinney as they tended cows near the town. “They called the (Stinney) boy ‘Bully’ because he was so bad to everybody,” she said. “Everybody he met he wanted to fight.”

Roberson said Stinney first confessed to the crime to his grandmother, who called the authorities. “I don’t feel like it’s an open case,” she said. “I think he did it, and he should have gotten punished for it and he did.”

Bob Ridgeway of Manning said he was 13 at the time and remembers his father joining the search party for the girls, and the mill whistle blowing for a long time, signaling that their bodies were found, and the search was over. “There was never any question in anybody’s mind to my knowledge that he did it,” he said.

There is no dispute regarding the injustice inflicted on black people, then or now. When there was no Internet or available access to information atrocities happened out of view and without regard to morals. Remember, Jim Crow was the law of the land! Therefore, it was easy for those in power to do the most despicable acts and get away with it, as the police do today! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

      Remember this!

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Feeding The Beast: American Wars

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I have been to war and therefore, think I am qualified to address this issue and support my thesis when I say – WAR, what is it good for NOTHING! Most people don’t realize that all but may twenty-five years during America’s entire existence it has been at war, conquering, or fighting someone on the planet. America loves war so much that its bloodiest war was fought against itself. History reports that upon President Eisenhower’s exit from office late in the 1950s; he said, “The biggest threat to our country is the military industrial complex.” This means feeding the beast!

Witnessing President Obama’s speech on America re-engaging and calling for expanding the war in the Middle East – proves Eisenhower’s point. Most of the intelligence apparatus seems to think there is no “imminent threat to the homeland” from this group called ISIS. So why then after the beheading of few white journalists, which is regretful and horrifying, that American blood and treasure must be shed?

Someone responded to one of my articles commenting that she thought I was a “slow prophet” because the stories I write about speak truth. I was surprised because I am not anything of the sort. I simply see things the way they are and know that there is nothing new under the sun. It is just that history repeats itself, and regardless of who is in power, the system is designed to protect the system, which means just as sure as things change; they remain the same. America was stolen by force – war. It is a simple concept based upon power; there have to be poor and weaker people in order for there to be rich and powerful people, and war secures that aim.

The Vietnam War was started because of a lie and so did the wars we’ve been fighting for the last decade or more. Honestly, America has not been victorious in any conflict in over last seventy years; Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or any of the smaller conflicts over a half century. So why does this insanity continue? The answer is simple – TO FEED THE BEAST – the military industrial complex!

Fact of the matter, with all of the problems within America economically and the terrible issues facing American citizens, particularly black people, who are seriously neglected – all of those resources need to be at home. But somehow they always find enough money and spend trillions of dollars bombing places that have absolutely nothing to do will America or its issues, and the troops stay there continuing to secure all of the places forever. Therefore, it is fair to say it is not about “freedom,” rather it is about the money made on the death and suffering of those in harm’s way that only benefit the rich.

Currently, America is bombing six countries in the name of freedom with no end in sight. How can America assume any semblance of moral authority when it maims and murders for the benefit of the rich. We listen to the “neo-cons” and the “war hawks”, who want more wars to enrich themselves. While we are on the eve of destruction as they ask for us to support their call for more war. Make no mistake, once again the military industrial complex and their minions are going to make a killing by using the newest boogie man.

It is a SHAME and a DISGRACE that all “they” talk about is the horrors of ISIS occupying and terrorizing their people; yet fail to acknowledge or do anything about the black and minority communities being terrorized and occupied by their own governments and the police. Lastly, black people have fought and died for America in every war, and got nothing for their sacrifice! Frankly, ISIS and Nazi like aggressors are terrorizing me and my people right here in America! So as a black man I ask again, War here or there, what is it good for – nothing!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

This makes a lot of sense – John Stewart on ISIS!


The Gun Debate: TOO Many

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Today is the day to vote. We’ve heard the candidates talk about everything but gun control. Those who did talk about it said some of the most ridiculous statements on the issue, mostly from the right-wing nuts and some people I thought were reasonable people. A police chief said, “We need more guns in the hands of responsible people.” This simply boggles my mind. Dude, we can’t even trust the police, who are suppose to be responsible and trained in the use of guns. Actually, it should not bother me because remarks such as this are more of the same – more guns less common sense. I am unaware of any statistic that suggests more guns – less crime!

I want to go out on a lamb and say that is exactly the problem; too many guns. We all know that urban communities have been crying out for help concerning the easy access to guns as long as I can remember. It seemed unrealistic for the NRA and others to ignore the problem of gun violence in these communities, which could be viewed as genocide. In fact, all across the nation agencies are reporting that crime is down so in my view a more reasoned approach should be considered.

These same Politian’s who, in my opinion are bought and paid for, have failed to support sensible legislation to address the issue of guns that are designed for war. I heard Chris Rock say that the problem is not the guns, it’s the bullets. It is surely a huge part of the problem especially when a person can buy thousands of rounds of ammunition and no one sees a problem or asks the obvious question; why do you need so much ammo?

Since the horrible shooting at the Sandy Hooks Elementary School and the almost weekly incidence’s MANY places in America are trying to pass laws to allow teachers to bring their guns to class. One such school district passed a law to have the janitors be the first line of defense and plan to give the janitor two days training! These are just two of the most insane options out there, but what makes these so crazy is the parents of the children are not required to be notified.

The problem with more guns and the ease of obtaining them is that we know see each week a tragedy at a school or in some public place resulting from gun violence. Well-funded organizations like the NRA and policies like Stand Your Ground only exacerbate an already untenable problem with no sensible solution to end the carnage.

I am not going to belabor or dignify this type of madness other than to say “INSANE”! I am a veteran who served in the Army during a war and I can tell you that the months of military training does not fully prepare you for that moment when faced with a gun by someone wanting to kill. Moreover, it is not as easy to use a gun when the moment arrives knowing you are going to kill. Last point, once done you have to live with that guilt.

The real reason I wrote this piece because I am discussed at those who compare the right to have guns to the Civil Rights Movement. One nut had the nerve to say that if every person had a gun maybe there would never have been slavery in America. I say, shame on you! To this guy, in case you didn’t know, slaves were considered chattel and not human nor citizens; according to the Constitution they were 3/5th’s human. I wonder if this fool realizes that slaves were captured and brought to this country by force with guns. Laws were passed to deny slaves to remain slaves under threat of a gun.

If you voted today, and I hope you did, I hope you selected candidates that addressed the issue of too many guns and support some form of common sense measure that can address the issue. In addition, those who support demilitarization the police and the callus shootings at the hands of the so-called protectors of the people. If this is not done makes anyone think more guns will protect our children. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

 


Free You Mind

2I have been told that I see things from a different perspective. Maybe, but I would say I see things as they are and understand that nothing is as it appears. With that said, what we are told and lead to believe on every level of life is that the system is designed to protect the system. Once a year for thirty-days in February we celebrate a month to commemorate Black history. How about being more broad-minded to where we will look at Black History Month through the prism of American History. In fact, there would be no America without the people kidnapped from Africa.

Let me suggest that the journey of twenty-eight days be extended to 365 days, 23/7 and know your history. Look into a mirror and ask: “Who am I?” This is important because you might, if honest, see a person that is the representative of your life. Let me explain, you say that you love a God who you have never seen, yet you do not love the man or woman before you who you can see. Ask yourself; how can that be?

You know you have prejudices that you were either taught or came to know base upon your experiences. White people in most cases are prejudice against blacks and everyone else. Blacks are prejudice against whites, and blacks. Moreover, every nation on the face of the earth has a prejudice against someone mainly because they are different. I am going to suggest that religion oft-time has a lot to do with your thinking. Let me remind you; “if you control what a man thinks. You will never worry about what he is thinking.”

If you think about this and understand that your enemies have invested in your soul, which is a tried and true principle of “divide and conquer.” I say this specifically to address the issues that exist between the African American male and female. God created us (man and woman) to join in a union to live and to create life in order to continue the species. Now, how is it that we have lost this simple understanding designed by our creator? The war against us is against all of us, both black men and women.

Our hope rests within us – not in what is inserted into us by an enemy. So black women, you’ve been had, hoodwinked, when you distance yourself for the black man. There is a biblical passage that says “you will reap what you sow.” You have a convent with the black man by virtue of your birth – your children need him, and so do you.

Black men, you too must be that man you were created to be. The children you create – need you; that mother needs you. Being black means nothing to those of the other hue – I say it’s time to mean something to each other. I am not judging anyone – just saying! However, I will remind you that scripture says, “Judge not lest you be in danger of being judged”. The ghosts of the greats who sacrificed their lives for you are watching!

It is time for you/me/us to think differently and make a change – and the time is now! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


A Picture Of Greatness

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. You will see the greatness in the eyes and faces of those who had the courage to be shining examples, and whose shoulders we stand. You too have that greatness. We need to simply understand that you can change the world but first we must change ourselves. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

Black History is American History!

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