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The Greatest Story Ever Told

462_160In thinking about the times in which we’ve lived I can say without a doubt our history ‘is the greatest story ever told’. I am always reminded of the ghosts of the greats who blazed a might trail for us to walk. Black History Month, as short as it is, should be celebrated and taught all year long! It is our responsibility. I was blessed to have had the good privilege to live during the civil rights era to witness groups and individuals fight to end racial segregation and the unequal treatment of black people, which we should never have had to fight in the first place.

Of all the things I am grateful for; is to have lived long enough to witness something ‘no one living or dead’ ever thought would happen. Which was to witness a Black Man elected to be President of these United States of America! To see him and his lovely family exhibit the style and grace representing black people in an extra exemplary way making us proud.

It would be my hope that all of us take this opportunity during Black History Month to reach one – teach one. Share the stories of our struggle with the children. I have added a few of the many significant events and some of the brave and courageous soldiers in the army that changed America or dare I say the world.

Events in the Civil Rights Movement

Solders of the Civil Rights Movement

I am reminded of Malcolm X who used to say “Make It Plain” which meant in essence to bring forth the knowledge. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Remembing Jackie Robinson: The Magic of #42

1aThere are moments in time where time itself demands change. There was one such moment in the Spring of 1947 when an African American baseball player named Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate and changed the face of sports. It is an honor for me to pay homage to Mr. Robinson whose character, stature, and integrity was beyond reproach.

Born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the so-called major leagues in more than fifty years. Throughout his decade-long career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he made advancements for the cause of civil rights for black athletes. In 1955, he helped the Dodgers win the World Series. He retired in 1957, with a career batting average of .311.

Now, as is often the case with “His-Story”, much of what we know about history is a myth. Let me use one of my favorite quotes from the prolific French writer, historian, and philosopher Voltaire, who said: “History is a pack of trick we play upon the dead.” What I mean by that is this dynamic historical event actually was as simple as a black man being allowed to play a game with white people as a result of the rigid “Jim Crow” laws mandated by the law of the land.

At the time sports, as well as everywhere south of Canada was segregated. African Americans and whites played in separate leagues with Robinson, who played in the famed Negro Leagues. Robinson was chosen by Branch Rickey, a vice president with the Brooklyn Dodgers, to help integrate major league baseball. He joined the all-white Montreal Royals, a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1945. He moved to Florida in 1946 to begin spring training with the Royals and played his first game on March 17 of that same year.

His-Story tells us that Branch Rickey did this out of good conscience and for the cause of civil rights. Well, that is not exactly true. Rickey saw an opportunity to make money. The Negro league was prospering, and the white league was barely surviving. He knew if he could convince one Negro player to play for him, the others would follow, and they did. Hence, the Negro league ceased to exist. It is important to note that Robinson was not the best player in the Negro League. He was an average player but better than all of the white players playing in the white league at the time.

It is not my intention to neither demean nor take away from the significance of the huge step toward equality. Despite the racial abuse, particularly at away games, Robinson character prevailed as he endured the most brutal harassment, threats, and derogatory language hurled at him on and off the field. It is because of his superb character that we should celebrate this great man.

Jackie Robinson succeeded in putting the prejudice and racial strife aside and showed everyone what a talented player he was. In his first year, he hit 12 home runs and helped the Dodgers win the National League pennant. That year, Robinson led the National League in stolen bases and was selected as Rookie of the Year. He continued to wow fans and critics alike with impressive feats, such as an outstanding .342 batting average during the 1949 season. He led in stolen bases that year and earned the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Robinson also became a vocal champion for African-American athletes, civil rights, and other social and political causes. In July 1949, he testified on discrimination before the House Un-American Activities Committee. In 1952, he publicly called out the Yankees as a racist organization for not having broken the color barrier five years after he began playing with the Dodgers.

In his decade-long career with the Dodgers, Robinson, and his team won the National League pennant several times. Finally, in 1955, he helped them achieve the ultimate victory: the World Series. After failing before in four other series match-ups; the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees. He helped the team win one more National League pennant the following season and was then traded to the New York Giants. Jackie Robinson retired shortly after the trade, on January 5, 1957, with an impressive career batting average of .311.

Let me close with what really happened that day – number 42 was just a number until Mr. Jackie Robinson wore it! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Amateur Night In America

462_160When I initially started this blog, it was to empower people with knowledge about black history. However, the events of today have caused me to speak truth to power and offer my perspective on those issues. If you can recall just a few months ago when the black man was president, probably the smartest one ever, they said when he signed an executive order; they said he was overreaching and taking the country in the wrong direction. Remember that? But now that this guy is doing it, which is unthinkable by the way, it’s ok! In my view it is more like tyranny.

There are millions of people around the world protesting this guy and his actions. To prove how amateurish; there are former NSC staff, Foreign Service Officers, retired and active duty military personnel who say what he is doing is dangerous! This is to include others who worked critical and sensitive decision through the interagency process that say the same. Just as important; none of these people the Trump administration has put in place can’t seem to recognize this or is it a racist agenda.

General Flynn, the current NSC Advisor, has never served as an NSC Deputy, or as an NSC Senior Director, or as a regular attendee at the crucial Principals Committee or Deputies Committee representing the Defense Department or any other component. His Deputy, K.T. Mcfarland, who every day will run what is in effect the U.S. Government’s Operating Committee for national security, has never held a policy position in the U.S. Government and was last a government employee as a press liaison thirty years ago. She has spent her time since on Fox television. Instead he has a known white supremacist call the shots.

Why does this matter; the national security is not bumper cars. You cannot just walk in off the street and assume you know how to run the millions of people, civilian, military, law enforcement, intelligence and civil servants deployed all around the world in dangerous places doing important jobs, which is what Trump has done.

I suspect that Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon, would be aghast at the thought of Flynn and Mcfarland showing up to run Exxon nor should he be Secretary of State for that matter. Running a Superpower is even more difficult and cannot be done by people who have never held any position of responsibility before in the NSC system.

The first proof of this team’s incompetence has been the drafting, vetting, and implementation of their ban on people from any of seven nations entering the United States, including those that already live here. Whether or not you agree with the idea, which I do not, the chaos at airports around the country and the massive and spontaneous popular protest of the move might well have been avoided if the NSC system had been used to draft, vet and implement the idea.

The lack of understanding of the NSC is shameful by the President’s directive that the senior-most U.S. intelligence and military officials need only attend the Principal’s Committee when needed. The immediate beneficiary of this incompetence has been ISIS and al Qaeda, who are no doubt benefiting enormously in their recruitment by the Administration seeming to prove their point that the U.S is at war with Islam.

In just a week this man has taken America back a half a century! This is not just amateur night; perhaps this like Hitler is part of a master plan. Now, to all the tainted minds of the white supremacist, you can now see anarchy exists or coming to America! It is just this simple; as long as they were doing this evil to black people and now that he is doing it with them now it’s a problem! The truth is you are all Niggers now! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

P.s. I want this guy dragged from the White House in handcuffs. He is in violation of the Constitution. He is mentally unstable and unable to lead the country (per the 25th Amendment), and he must be removed. Because he will never leave voluntarily, he will need to be (and I will relish watching him) be dragged flailing and screaming like a petulant child, with his Children of the Corn family along with him. That is the visual America needs right now…

 


The Power Of One

462_160This morning as you search your heart, you will pray and ask your God for his help that allows you to survive. It is a fact and all of us know that we need the help of someone in this divided as the nation where racial issues are more prominent than ever. The world is the most segregated; every race is against every other race. I would argue that the old ways like the church is not the answer.  I think most people have come to know that your life means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

The black preacher once was the moral authority in the African American community; today, they are just hustlers and scammers. The church was a concrete institution that use to be and was known as the pillar of the civil rights movement was nurtured and the driving force behind the limited rights gained during the 1959s and 1960s. Black people today face a crisis of biblical proportions at every level of life in America. Over the past few weeks, racism has returned to the forefront of American life.

What I would ask, instead of just relying on prayer, rather commit to action. I suggest you, everyone take action by bombarding your social media accounts and post everything you see and know about the atrocities about to occur concerning this new era. It was Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement, who one day refused to give up her seat for a white passenger and with that simple act of defiance made it possible for you to not endure such indignities today.

I believe in the power of one and that one is you! This is a Birmingham, Alabama moment. If each of us do our part in what appears to have all the signs of a movement for justice and equality we will succeed. You and your souls are at risk, the lives of your people’s future survival too. So if you’ve been harassed, humiliated or disrespected by law or witnessed it – stand up! In this new age, if you don’t it will bring about the ugly past and nothing will change if you don’t. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

YOU HAVE THE POWER USE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA VEHICLES TO SPREAD THE WORD, BE A REPORTER, AND SHARE THE INFORMATION VIA EVERY AVENUE. EVERY OTHER GROUP UNITES – IT IS TIME THE BLACK AMERICA TO UNITE NOW!

 


Heaven Help Us!

462_160However, what we have seen in the last few days contradicts that statement. We saw riots at the swearing-in for the new president and minimal crowds attending the event. To which the liar in chief claim was the biggest crowd ever – millions – not true! This man cannot tell the true nor the same story from one moment to the next.

He might soon be known as the most hated man on earth as people came out Saturday by the millions to protest what he represents. I agree with John Lewis in that he is the illegitimate president and in fact, he conned the white folk who elected him. Now, most of us believed that Bush was the least intelligent president ever but after this guy gave his speech Bush must have felt like a rocket scientist and Obama must have been embarrassed!

Bush could not make money in oil and Trump when bankrupt running a casino – these are the people they elected to run the country! After living with and through eight years when we have had the smartest president in history and now we got this – very painful. The shame and disgrace that Bush brought on the country; I would suggest for all of the people who pray, now is the time to start – Heaven help us! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


We Now Enter The Twilight Zone

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Day After Tomorrow

14089134_1234426826650369_7063879907830030495_nThere is a saying; when a person shows you who they are – that’s probably who they are! The new guy elected to lead America did show everyone who he was clearly. He is what white folk are deep down, which is it’s only about the money. Nothing he has done is anything close to the norms or close to past presidential politics. They elected the past three presidents, which were a disaster in my view! But America’s bigoted nature elected this guy and they have to own it.

This guy has had thousands of lawsuits filed against him, in fact just paid 25 million to settle on just a few days ago, and have had or been involved in his share of bankruptcies. Now we have all be to a casino, right; how can you file for bankruptcy when you own one? All of this is mind boggling! He has appointed billionaires to head most of the agencies. Let’s not forget the man has not paid taxes in a decade. What could go wrong right?

Not to mention his disdain for the current president with his false birther claims. He has insulted the families of the fallen and every ethnic group in America. Also, his boastful claims to his sexual deviancy that most would call sexual assaults. Just a few days ago, a woman filed a sexual assault lawsuit against him. Everything he has said is fake news!

You need to look at it this way, the idea of Making America Great is simply coded language for Making America White Great Again. So far the man who claimed he was going to be the Law and Order president seems to have broken almost every law. What that means is he wants to lock up more black people and not his friends. I am not claiming an apocalypse, but I am saying America will go back in time to an age most of us never thought would return!

Most thought the past three Republican Presidents were bad. Well, we have a contender that will make those guys look like boy scouts. We can look to see the greatest robbery of all times. So hold on, we are in for a disaster! And that is my thought provoking perspective…


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