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Fight The Power!

PhotoFunia-2c3d3a4In the 1960s, the main mission was to obtain the freedom for black people. The symbol of solidarity was a raised clenched fist and the chant was “power to the people”. This sign of unity was also a sign of respect for one another.

It was a glorious time for Black America in the late 1960s because for a brief moment, it was awakened, they stand a stand and showed bravery as courageous black men and women demonstrate their pride for being black and began to acknowledge the greatness in their blackness.

During those days, there was an ill-fated war where the government drafted millions of black men during the Vietnam War. I can recall those fought and served were soon forgotten, but those who did were proud enough to take a stand by chanting “fight the power”! The response from the power, however, was told “America Love it or Leave it.” First, where were black people suppose to go? They took us from our place of origin, enslaved all brought here, and created a new race of people calling them Negro. So, the chant and the raised fist was a symbolic statement – “say it loud I am black, and I am proud”.

Looking back, I think what we learned was that the philosophy prescribed to us by the system and a continuous stream of unanswered questions and lies; like we see today with several wars, police brutality and blatant racism. The foundation of the civil rights movement was supported by a religious ideology full of unquestioned answers fooling people into the idea that all you need to do is just pray. While the system used the tried and true strategy of divide and conquer to kill the movement.

The movement’s protest strategy of marching in the 1950s resulted in a few crumbs after unrest and rage produce fear in the majority community – in other words among the powers that be. In those days, “they” could control information via what were virtually state-owned newspapers and the two or three television networks. The unrest of those days were rooted in racism, as is today, but today the genie is out of the bottle because of this thing called social media and video cameras in the hands of almost everyone. Think about it – it was social media that caused the Arab Spring uprising that toppled several regimes and dictators.

The American super-power was involved preaching morality and trying to impose democracy all over the world while doing unspeakable horrors at home and abroad. The government released a Senate Terror Report, which clearly appeared as if it was America that was the terrorist sponsored by the state. I will say as a person of color and a descendant of slaves, America never had any moral authority to advise or dictate anything close to a moral or human high-ground toward or for black people. Regarding what they released, black people have seen much of the same terror inflicted upon them right here at home under its apartheid-like system.

They system has not changed; NO – it’s still all about money. What I see that is different, however, is that the entire world sees and knows what is being done to black people in America and that what black America has been saying all along is true and a fact. However, the movement of this generation, Black Live Matters is speaking truth to power and is courageous enough to take a stand against racism and injustice. This movement comes with people of all stripes, colors, and creeds protesting around the world.

What we saw in the 1960s was more of a rehearsal for what some called a revolution. Brother Gil Scott-Heron called it “Winter in America” and he told us that the revolution will not be televised. There was a revolution, however, they called it the Arab Spring and it was televised! Gill appeared, at the time to be on to something. Hence, the government used tools like CONINTELPRO to cripple and killed any such notion. Now, as we can see today resulting from the atrocities of government agencies and police human-rights violations “the revolution is being televised”.

Let me add this about empires and religion, the Republicans, as did the Romans before them, cheered on the Lions, as the Christians were being fed to them in giant arenas for pure spectator enjoyment. Sort of like those lynching of black men and police killing of late. What these people are doing to black people in the streets of America in the name of “justice” is no different from what was done by the Roman state against its people. Remember how that turned out.

To those who have and are charged with killing and brutalizing people of color and the least of thee; I say to you – there’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good about racism or the war upon black and brown communities – it is simply Hypocrisy!

History tells us that those who make peaceful revolution impossible or fail to change a system when it is broken will make violent revolution inevitable. In the 1960s, they stopped using lynching and used fire hoses and dogs. Today, they use the police to shoot and kill. So I say, Fight the Power! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

 RESPECT TO THE FALLEN

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Jesus’ Death: Did You Think About It?

11It is not my intent to get any of the good Christian folk upset with this post. Our whole life comes down to what you believe or know about in this case, as black folk say, “our Jesus.” This has always vexed me. Nonetheless, let’s clear up something first; Jesus was not blonde haired blue eyed and surely not a white man – I repeat Jesus was NOT a white man, if he existed at all. Supposedly, he came from Palestine, and those people were not white. So maybe an open minded person will see the fallacy proposed in that fact and, therefore, the basic premise of the story is untrue.

Just as with it with the date of his birth, and where he was born. What we think we know are falsehoods and there is equally as much doubt about the fallacies surrounding his death. I will, however, say this is the greatest story ever told. In a new book Crucifixion’s a Doddle by Julian Doyle, he uses ancient texts, religious artworks, and the Bible itself to refute some of the most common-held beliefs about the death of Jesus.

He points out something that I never thought about, which is the popular image that has become the image of Jesus’ death on the immense wooden cross; when there were so few trees in Judea. Further, he points out that the Romans executed criminals by impaling them, while Jewish law preferred stoning them, and asks why there were no images of the cross for almost four centuries after Jesus’ death?

After he realized something was wrong with what we have been told. He researched the earliest images of Jesus being crucified, but there are none. Okay, we have seen millions of such paintings, but there are none for hundreds of years after his death. It is not until the fourth century that scenes of the Crucifixion of Jesus began to appear, almost exactly 400 years after the event. No church before this date even had a crucifixion image. So around AD 430 the image, we know this concept was invented.

In the pictures, we’ve all seen the executioner is up a ladder, which is leaning on the cross. The cross had to be set deep in the ground to stay up from the weight of both men; something to think about? The purpose of a Crucifixion is to put the body on show, as a deterrent, as long as possible. Upright like a banner, struggling with pain, degraded and dehumanized, till it rotted.

In the Bible, Jesus is raised on the cross at either 9 or 12 o’clock and is dead by 3 pm. Many scholars say it takes a lot longer than four hours for a person to die. So the likelihood of someone dying in such a short period of time seems impossible. To cover this criticism the Gospel of John, tries to suggest Jesus was speared in the side to prove he was dead. Problem is it says: “and immediately blood and water came out.” Which means the heart is pumping so he is evidently not dead.

Next, he explains that crucifixion was not the method of capital punishment used by the Romans. Look at this from the Jewish historian Josephus, writing at the time: “Varus sent his army into the country, to seek out the authors of the revolt; he punished those that were most guilty: the number who were crucified on this account were two thousand.” He asks how can these numbers possibly be? Where are all these trees coming from, not to mention the tons of nails (6,000)? The answer strangely is just a matter of translation.

The word we translate from crucifix – stauros does not actually mean crucifix at all. Here is the full dictionary definition: “The word stauros comes from the Ancient Greek histemi: ‘straighten up,’ the same root from which come the German Stern, or the English ‘stand.’ In classical Greek, until the early 4th century BC, stauros meant an upright stake, pole, or which might be used in impaling. In the literature of that time, it never means two pieces of timber placed across one another at any angle, but always one piece alone.”

Jesus’ crime was blasphemy, so why does the High Priest take Jesus to Pilate? Blasphemy has nothing to do with the Romans. The crime is punishable would have been by stoning, which is clearly decided by the Jews themselves. Crucifixion is the Roman punishment for rebellion.

Deuteronomy 21:22 says Jewish law about stoning: “If a man is guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body hung on a tree, you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse”’. Another important point to make her; Pilate could not have crucified Jesus because the Roman governor left Judea years before Jesus’ death.

Jesus’ two-year mission begins after the death of John the Baptist. If John had been killed eight years before the destruction of Herod’s army, surely nobody would link the two events? The destruction of the army in 36 AD must have been no more than six months to a year after the Baptist’s death, for them to be linked, which places his death in AD 35. If Jesus’ two-year mission began, then he would still be alive in 38 AD. Pilate left Judea in 36 AD.

Just the fact that trees were clearly a scarce and valuable commodity; why use them just to kill criminals? I understand that all of this comes down to faith and faith is to believe what is unseen and believing it to be truth. This is just a collection of thoughts that may or not cause you to rethink what you believe. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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