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Why America Refuses To Face Up To Slavery’s Past

260_160Did you ever wonder why white folk can’t face up to slavery and the sins of their fathers. First, let’s understand that they benefited greatly on the backs of slavery. Therefore, we should understand that slavery and racism is all about economics. Not to mention it is as American as apple pie! They, white people, know full well the wretchedness of what they have done; then and now but they can’t teach the truth. It is simply the devil and evil within them that won’t allow it because it is the foundation of White Supremacy!!!

This is an article re-blogged – written by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked “12 Years a Slave” as their choice for best picture of the year. It subsequently got the award.

The shock, though, was that the unnamed members candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words why. It was just too painful and disturbing to watch this kind of film. But this really shouldn’t be much of a shock.

Facing the horror of slavery is a tough nut to crack not simply because it entails facing an inconvenient truth about past racial dehumanization, but because it entails facing the real truth that slavery still corrodes in big and little ways American life. This starts with the truth of why and how slavery became a respected and legitimate part of American life in the first place.

The U.S. government encoded slavery in the Constitution and protected and nourished it for a century. Traders, insurance companies, bankers, shippers, and landowners made billions off of it. Their ill-gotten profits fueled America’s industrial and agricultural might. For decades after slavery’s end, white trade unions excluded blacks and confined them to the dirtiest, poorest paying jobs.

While it’s true that many whites and non-white immigrants came to America after the Civil War they were not subjected to the decades of relentless racial terror and legal segregation, as were blacks. Through the decades of slavery and Jim Crow segregation, African-Americans were transformed into the poster group for racial deviancy. The image of blacks as lazy, crime- and violence-prone, irresponsible, and sexual predators has stoked white fears and hostility and served as the standard rationale for more than 4,000 documented lynchings between 1890 and 1945, as well as the countless racial assaults and acts of hate crime violence.

Though some blacks earn more and live better than ever today, and have gotten boosts from, social and education programs, civil rights legislation, and affirmative action programs, the hideous legacy of slavery is still ever present. The National Urban League in its annual State of Black America reports yearly continually finds that young blacks are far likelier than whites to be imprisoned, serve longer terms, and are more likely to receive the death penalty even when their crimes are similar.

Blacks continue to have the highest rates of poverty, infant mortality, violence victimization rates, and health care disparities than any other group in America. They are still more likely to live in segregated neighborhoods and be refused business and home loans. Their children are more likely to attend failed public schools than any other group, and more likely to be racially profiled on America’s urban streets.

The U.S. government admitted it was legally liable in 1997 to pay the black survivors and family members of the two-decade long syphilis experiment begun in the 1930′s by the U.S. Public Health Service that turned black patients into human guinea pigs. The survivors got $10 million from the government and an apology from President Clinton. They were the victims of a blatant medical atrocity conducted with the full knowledge and approval of the U.S. government.

The state legislature in Florida in 1994 agreed to make payments to the survivors and relatives of those who lost their lives and property when a white mob destroyed the all-black town of Rosewood in 1923. This was a specific act of mob carnage that was tacitly condoned by some public officials and law enforcement officers. Florida was liable for the violence and was duty bound to apologize and pay. The Oklahoma state legislature has agreed at least in principle that reparations and apology should be made to the survivors of the dozens of blacks killed, and the hundreds more that had their homes and businesses destroyed by white mobs with the complicity of law enforcement in the Tulsa massacre of 1921.

A bill by Michigan Congressman John Conyers that has been kicked around Congress since 1989 to establish a commission to study the impact of slavery and the feasibility of paying reparations to blacks has gone nowhere in Congress. Reparations is simply too risky, divisive, and distracting for Congress to seriously consider. President Obama, however, has spoken at times about the need to spend more on education, job and housing programs as the best way to deal with the ills of the black poor.

The brutal truth is that a mainstay of America’s continuing racial divide is its harsh and continuing mistreatment of poor blacks. This can be directly traced to the persistent and pernicious legacy of slavery. But from the comments and actions of at least some Academy members even watching a movie about slavery that’s set a century and a half ago is too much too take. And that tells why America still refuses to face up to its slave past.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent MSNBC contributor. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KTYM 1460 AM Radio Los Angeles and KPFK-Radio and the Pacifica Network. Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/earlhutchinson


Stop The War On Drugs

2I think everyone in America knows someone with a drug problem or who uses drugs; either for recreational use or the result of addiction. It has been the government’s position that the solution is to lock people up for either discretion. Mind you, this is not done for national security or the safety of the individual; it is all about “The Benjamin.” I can remember when Reagan and his cronies inserted crack into black communities and in the seventies there was no effort to stop those who made money off of the misery of black people being addicted to heroin. Places like New York’s Harlem. Now that white folk are dying of overdoses – it is a problem!

The drug war’s conception was nothing but a clever scheme to have a system where they get paid from all ends. Let’s be frank, if they wanted the drug problem to cease – they could do it, but it would cost trillions of dollars by eliminating the apparatus in place for those fighting it, who would instantly become unemployed; like judges, police lawyers, prisons, and those who work for agencies created to make money from the so-called fight on the drug war.

Let me say this off the top – not one Negro in any urban area brings a single joint, ounce, or drop of anything into America. Yet, these are the people who fill the jails and prisons, by and large, serving long sentences. It has been reported and known that the government has been involved in bringing drugs into our neighborhood or at least responsible for the protection that allowed them to plant the drugs our communities. To that point, they were caught through their involvement with Iran-Contra!

Let’s call it what is – “Retroactive Abortion”! For example, if a million black men are incarcerated, two things happen. First, the offender will usually lose their right to vote. Secondly, if you take a million incarcerated black men and each of them could have on average three children, this would eliminate, based on this count, three million black people from existence, and this means removing millions voters.

They have appointed drug czars to be the general in this war. One publicly admitted that locking people up won’t keep anyone from using drugs, but stopped short of renouncing punitive policies that have made America’s long war on drugs widely unpopular. This official said, in a post on the White House website that the government’s new drug control strategy “rejects the notion that we can arrest and incarcerate our way out of the nation’s drug problem. Instead, it builds on decades of research demonstrating that while law enforcement should always remain a vital piece to protecting public safety, addiction is a brain disorder — one that can be prevented and treated, and from which people recover.”

It’s a striking piece of rhetoric, though not a risky one, given that about three quarters of Americans say the war on drugs has been a failure. My question is; did it really take nearly a half a century to figure this out? According to the new strategy, it calls for reforms that would move the government’s drug-control efforts from the police precinct and courtroom to the treatment center. In other words, they now support “alternatives to incarceration,” like drug courts, where judges can send defendants to rehabilitation clinics instead of prison. Could this be because white people are using drugs at an alarming rate?

Of course, there are some advocates for drug policy reforms who say the efforts don’t go far enough pointing to the government’s continuing commitment to the strong-armed tactics of the drug war, like cracking down on drug smugglers in the Caribbean, working with the Colombian government to wipe out coca crops, and shutting down domestic meth labs.

In 2012, about 750,000 people were arrested for marijuana-related offenses — more than one arrest per minute, according to FBI data. Blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union. Government officials “completely fail to acknowledge” that replacing marijuana prohibition with a regulated system would essentially eliminate illegal pot cultivation and the report barely mentions the legalization of marijuana by voters in Colorado and Washington state. A day after Washington opened its first legal pot shops, the administration suggested legalization is a “serious challenge” and may encourage young people to smoke pot.

States have eased spending on punishing people for drug crimes in favor of treating them for addictions. Some, including Texas, have shuttered whole prisons. At the federal level, top officials have repeatedly criticized the government’s sentencing policies, and the Senate is weighing the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill that would lighten tough mandatory punishments for certain drug crimes. The administration commends these efforts in the new report, contending that many have “already have many met with great success.” But they continue to fill the prisons for what is viewed as minor and nonviolent offenses.

This war has been a failure! Considering the cost of one prisoner verses treatment, it is reasonable to conclude that it is time for law enforcement, courts, and doctors to collaborate with each other to treat addiction as a public health issue, not a crime. But the goal is to monetize it and make slaves of men and women. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

 


The Real Sugar Man: King Of The Ring

5 (1)We’ve all heard about the boxer called the “Greatest,” the baddest man on the planet, and the Brown Bomber but Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.) was the greatest boxer of all time! Robinson’s performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create “Pound for Pound” rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Robinson was one of the first African Americans to establish himself as a star outside sports. According to ESPN.com’s Ron Flatter: “He was the pioneer of boxing’s bigger-than-life entourages, including a secretary, barber, masseur, voice coach, a coterie of trainers, beautiful women, a dwarf mascot and lifelong manager George Gainford.”The Sugar Man was an integral part of the New York social scene in his day. His glamorous restaurant, Sugar Ray’s, hosted stars such as Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Nat “King” Cole, Joe Lewis, and Lena Horne among others.

Robinson was known as a flamboyant personality outside the ring. He combined striking good looks, with charisma, and a flair for the dramatic. He drove a flamingo-pink Cadillac and was an accomplished singer and dancer, who once pursued a career in the entertainment industry. His larger than life persona made him the idol of millions of African American youths in the 1950s. Robinson inspired several other fighters who took the nickname “Sugar” in homage to him such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Shane Mosley, and MMA fighter “Sugar” Rashad Evans.

Robinson was 85–0 as an amateur with 69 of those victories coming by way of knockout, 40 in the first round. He turned professional in 1940 at the age of 19 and by 1951 had a professional record of 128–1–2 with 84 knockouts. From 1943 to 1951 Robinson went on a 91 fight unbeaten streak, the third longest in professional boxing history. Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951 and won the world middleweight title.

He retired in 1952, only to come back two and a half years later and regain the middleweight title in 1955. He then became the first boxer in history to win a divisional world championship five times, a feat he accomplished by defeating Carmen Basilio in 1958 to regain the middleweight championship. Robinson was named “fighter of the year” twice: first for his performances in 1942, then nine years and over 90 fights later, for his efforts in 1951.

Renowned for his flamboyant lifestyle outside the ring, Robinson is credited with being the originator of the modern sports “the entourage”. After his boxing career ended, Robinson attempted a career as an entertainer but struggled, and was challenged financially until his death in 1989. In 2006, he was featured on a commemorative stamp by the United States Postal Service.

The Sugar Man was a fluid boxer who possessed a quick jab and knockout power. He possessed tremendous versatility according to boxing analyst Boxing Historian Bert Sugar: Robinson could deliver a knockout blow going backward.” A TIME magazine article in 1951 said, “He was efficient with both hands, and displayed a variety of effective punches… “Robinson’s repertoire, thrown with equal speed and power by either hand, includes every standard punch from a bolo punch to a hook and a few he makes up on the spur of the moment.”

Robinson commented that once a fighter has trained to a certain level; their techniques and responses become almost reflexive. “You don’t think. It’s all instinct. If you stop to think, you’re gone.” Robinson has been ranked as the greatest boxer of all time by sportswriters, fellow boxers, and trainers. To include Hall of Fame fighters such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard have ranked Robinson as the greatest pound for pound boxer in history.

In 1997, The Ring ranked him as the best pound for pound fighter in history, and in 1999, he was named “welterweight of the century,” “middleweight of the century,” and overall “fighter of the century” by the Associated Press. In 2007, ESPN.com featured the piece “50 Greatest Boxers of All Time”, in which it named Robinson the top boxer in history. In 2003, The Ring magazine ranked him number 11 in the list of all-time greatest punchers. Robinson was also ranked as the #1 welterweight and the #1 pound for pound boxer of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization.

Before all of the rest, the Sugar Man was the best “Pound for Pound”! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Remembering The Mayor Of P-Town: Petey Green

10514657_10202131902970802_7641807366571926388_nIf you are a native Washingtonian and can remember the seventies; you know the hippest DJ in all the land. It was Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene, Jr. a two-time Emmy Award-winning television and radio talk-show host but the people of “Chocolate City” knew him as Petey Greene or the ruler of “Ptown” as he called DC – his town. This man of the people was significant to the community because he overcame drug addiction and a prison sentence for armed robbery to become one of the most prominent media personalities in Washington DC.

At a time of racial turbulence and unrest, he was known to tell the truth about issues concerning racism, poverty, drug usage, and current events among others. He was credited with calming the unrest as the city burned after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and endeared to city residence for his community support. Greene attended Stevens Elementary School and Cardozo Senior High School in Washington. He dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and enlisted in the United States Army at age 16 in 1947. He served in the Korean War as a medic and was honorably discharged from service in 1953.

In January 1960, Greene was convicted of armed robbery at a grocery store in Washington and sentenced to ten years imprisonment at Lorton Reformatory in Virginia. There he became the prison disc-jockey that made him popular and well liked by fellow prisoners. His gift for talking soon proved beneficial in other ways.

In May 1966, Greene persuaded a fellow inmate to climb to the top of the prison water tower and threaten suicide so that Greene would be able to “save his life” by talking him down. He would later say, “It took me six months to get him to go up there.” This act, combined with his generally good behavior, earned him a reduction in his prison sentence and paroled the following week.

In the summer of 1966, Greene was hired by Dewey Hughes, another notable DC figure, to work as a disc jockey at WOL/1450 AM station to host his own show. Rapping With Petey Greene aired in the Washington Metropolitan Area throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. His prominence grew, and soon he was hosting his own television show, Petey Greene’s Washington, with a six-year run from 1976 to 1982 on WDCA/20 winning two Emmy Awards. This show won two Emmy Awards.

He was invited as a guest to the White House by President Jimmy Carter where according to Petey “stole a spoon” during the evening gala for a visiting dignitary. In 1981, Greene had radio personality Howard Stern on his show for what was one of Stern’s first television appearances. Stern appeared on the show in blackface, which Greene found funny because it was radio. The audio of this interview eventually was played as part of the 2007 Sirius satellite radio documentary The History of Howard Stern, in which Stern called Greene “way ahead of his time.” Stern later called Greene a “broadcasting genius” in his 1993 book Private Parts.

Aside from being a radio personality and talk show host, Greene was also a community activist, joining the United Planning Organization and founding the Ralph Waldo Greene Community Centre and Efforts for Ex-Convicts. This organization remains devoted to helping former prisoners succeed in legitimate ways and to advocate prison reform. He rallied against poverty and racism on his shows and on the streets, participating in demonstrations during the height of his popularity. Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968, and during the subsequent riots that erupted throughout the USA, Greene made statements on air that were credited with quelling the riots in Washington, D.C.

Greene was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1982. As a result of his ailing health, his career as a radio and television personality ended. Greene died on January 10, 1984, thirteen days before his 53rd birthday. He was survived by his wife, Judy C. Greene, and their four children. Approximately 10,000 mourners lined up outside Union Wesley AME Zion Church to pay their last respects.

If you want a good read, pick-up Greene’s autobiography, Laugh If You Like, Ain’t a Damn Thing Funny, was published in 2003. The book is a result of conversations recorded by him and author Lurma Rackley. Petey was a voice for the voiceless, and he will not be forgotten! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Eye Witness To History

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John Lewis has been a committed fighter for civil rights and justice for nearly sixty-years. He fought and nearly died during the struggle for the right to Vote. However, there are many who wrongly think the Voting Rights Act, which he helped to pass is outdated. The attached video explains why they are wrong! Thank you, John Lewis for your sacrifice now and then. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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Open Your Eyes

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I have said many times that black people remain a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality. Some will say, now America has a black president – how could that be? Well, this speaks to the institutions within the context of the society that dictates the continuation of the system of white supremacy that exists within the governments in this country. It is because of this system, which has been in existence from the founding of America. It does not represent black America, so I say the system is designed to protect the system.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson reminded us when he wrote the powerful novel “The Mis-Education of the Negro” in 1933, or there about, challenged his readers to become empowered by doing for themselves.

He said: “Regardless of what we are taught history shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.” This speaks volumes.

I believe, if you can control a man is thinking you never have to worry about what he thinks. As a people, black people stolen from Africa have waited far too long and become much too dependent on those who are in charge of the system. I will speak for me, no matter how messed up the world is or the minds of man; there is little debate that are the original people. However, we must take responsibility for ourselves because life demands the survival of the fittest, just like in all other parts of the animal kingdom.

Therefore, I say it is time to remove the shackles of bondage that mentally remain in many communities and in the minds of too many of us. Malcolm X once said, “We spend too much time singing and not enough time swinging”. Let me be clear, I did not repeat this statement to advocate violence. Rather to suggest that we have spent centuries believing, following, and listening to the messages communicated to us by those who control our destiny – making us believe that there is a better place for us when we are dead. I say we have a right to live NOW!

We spend and give the system trillions of dollars each you. Boycotting is the only way to get Justice for black people! I want to propose an idea that could be the answer to our salvation. There is about 38 – 40 million African Americans living in America. If each person contributed one dollar per week; it would add up to forty million dollars. Multiply that time’s fifty-two weeks; that’s over two trillion dollars annually. We have people who run some of the world’s largest corporations who could manage that money – invest it and make more money and as such many of the problems we face would go away.

There is a war on black people and unless you fight back the only way the enemy understands – the black community loses. The way to fight back is to not spend your money! Over time, we’ve won many civil rights battles, which should never have had to be fought, as human beings. Yet, we still don’t have the necessities we need to survive. So I say, as tenacious beings, it is time for survival and the time is now – if for no other reason than for our children. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


The Reality Of His-Story

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I was born during, lived through and witnessed the era of segregation. Therefore, I know the wretchedness of the horrible blight that is racism. Frankly, it should be a shame for all those so-called good Christian white folk. Maybe that is the reason I look at Christianity knowing what they preach cannot be true. In fact, there are many blacks and whites alike who say racism is a thing of the past and that black people should just “get over it.” That is easier said than done when it, particularly when it is so deeply ingrained in the system or as they say – “it’s the American way”!

The truth is racism never went away in any measurable fashion because slavery birthed Jim Crow and today the child of Jim Crow has grown up to be more wretched than both its predecessors! This wretched child is more sophisticated in his deception and wears a three-piece suit. Although still wearing a smile, James Crow Esq. is more heartless, which we know to be true that he is a cunning and deviant “devil.” I never thought I would say this, but I felt safer during the era of segregation than I do today!

There was a sense of unity back in the day; in spite of the unimaginable conditions imposed upon black people by segregation. Of course, the people who imposed this degradation claimed it in the name of God, usually, and that it was the American “way of life”. I remember when they killed the four little girls in the Birmingham church that Sunday morning. I can also recall how they cheered when the two men who murdered little Emmitt Till were found not guilty. They wrongly electrocuted an innocent 14-year-old black boy and lynched thousands for their entertainment. I even watched as they put dogs on women and children who marched peacefully and today I see unarmed black people shot down like dogs. The fact is there would be more outrage if a dog were killed.

They preached freedom and democracy as they blocked the entrances of schools to deny black people an education that was granted by Brown v Board. In fact, many jurisdictions closed schools entirely. The same people of this ilk denied blacks the right to vote to maintain their supremacy and privilege. This is important to mention because I hear an echo of the same today. We are in spite of what they want us to believe – “we are no better off than we were in 1960”.

There were men like Bull Connor whose excessive exercise of power brutalized children on the street with fire hoses. There was also the shameful and brutal assault on innocent peaceful protesters on Bloody Sunday. There was such ilk as Strom Thurmond, and a nation full of ardent racist believers practicing the ways of Jim Crow. In fact, it was mandatory because it was the law! I would be remised if I left out Gov. George Wallace, who infamously said, “Segregation now and Segregation forever.” All of these men and people like them were hailed as champions of the American way of life as they fought so disparately to maintain a system so inherently wrong and evil.

Yes, as horrendous as their acts were James Crow Esq. did not neglect the sins of his father. He elevated and enhanced them to sustain new forms of institutional racism and genocide in ways that would make Hitler blush. Yes, from organ harvesting, to what amounts to sanctioned killing, sterilizing black people and many other practices designed to cause the demise of black people. No-No racism is not dead; it is more dastardly redesigned with no end in sight.

There are documented records of Senators less than a decade after the Civil War who said, you people are free – get over it! I say this because I heard the same statement about a week ago. So I want to take this opportunity to thank you, Mr. President, for beginning to speak to the world in a very personal way concerning what African American experience – finally. Although you are helpless to do much if anything about it – you know it’s true – the system of racism exist and it’s real.

So as it is written in His-Story, they erase and remove that which is a disgrace, and change the story of true history. They and teach nothing but lies and if you keep telling the same lies long enough His-Story becomes truth. So to those who say “get over it” – you are the continuation of this ideology and as I like to say “the sins of your fathers” to your benefit and privilege. I know some will say something like you have “black friends” but honestly “do you”? And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


America’s Political Trickery

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I think it would be safe to say that we have been hoodwinked by the oppressor from the very beginning of this experiment called American Democracy. In this political year where the country will select a person to replace the first black president, we can see the subtle and not so subtle attempts to take back “their” country, particularly, on the GOP contenders.

This has been the case since the African was stolen and dragged onto the shores of this place they called “merica.” Throughout the next two hundred years of destruction of a culture, brutalized, and viewed as chattel they continued to condition the African America was the best place for them. Then about one-hundred fifty years ago, people of color and those of African descent were jubilant upon being told after the Civil War that they are now free.

There were amendments added to the Constitution that for the first time that claimed this group of people who had been enslaved now had binding rights to freedom. There was a reason those wretched souls would kill the slaves – in many ways like today; ignorance is bliss in terms of power. Then in 1954 came the Supreme Court Decision, Brown v Board that said the descendants of slaves had the right to equal education. If those people view blacks as citizens or if any of this were true, there would be no need for a civil rights movement or to sing we shall overcome! Not so much!

Today, we have a man of African descent living in the White House. Yet, the Constitution still says this cultural group is 3/5ths human, and freedom is no closer than it was a hundred-fifty years ago. It was meant from the beginning that this group was always intended to be second-class citizens – at best.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month and Scholar, told us in 1933 “History shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.” In the same novel, he also reminded us that “if you control what a man is thinking you don’t have to worry about what he thinks”.

If this were not so, “Colored People” would not be in the condition and face the dire situations in the twenty-first century. The fact of the matter is that nature did not invent racism nor should history have a color, but the victor, not the victim has made it so through sustained indoctrination. We are told there is something called the separation of church and state. However, without both working in concert, the sustained system of oppression cannot exist. Therefore, the conqueror must erase and confuse you mentally. That conqueror’s greatest achievement was to take away your mind.

This led to and continued to be the theory behind the concept of “Manifest Destiny,” which means a divine right given by God. This means all power forced upon the people stolen from Africa and proclaimed God himself said it was his right to do so, and that the conqueror was the “Supreme Being.” Hence, to this very day you worship “him” through the deity he created for you to honor. Divide and Conquer is the basis for all you know and the lack of what you don’t know to be true.

So I say, African Americans have endured the longest “Holocaust” in the history of the world through policies, and it’s continued political trickery. We should not expect too much, only what we get is what we always got! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Discrimination Is Embedded In The Soul Of America

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I believe it was Solomon who once said “there is nothing new under the sun.” This is a powerful statement! If you look at how history repeats itself, you will come to know this is true. For example, we see today how the Republicans are trying to turn back the hands of time by trying to suppress the voting rights of many minorities you should know this is not new either. This has been a staple of the American political structure.

There have been many ways to suppress people overtime; unfortunately, Black people have endured the brunt of these efforts. Of course, as you know, the history of America reports that it was not only Black people affected by these efforts. Just look at what they did to the Native American’s! What I can report is that it was always a minority most affected by these laws to ensure a permanent underclass.

This ideology of White Supremacy began as indentured servants, then slavery, segregation, and now could it be conservatism. In each of these classifications, they called these laws codes, which I suppose make the immoral sanctions sound kinder. The truth is its sole purpose was to suppression the vote and take away rights. Kind of like the agenda behind the States Rights dog whistles we hear today.

Black Codes were laws passed designed specifically to take away civil rights and civil liberties of Black people primarily at the state and local level. This is the reason Conservatives desire a return to “States Rights” and speak of taking back our country because at the state level they can be unimpeded in turning back the hands of time.

Although, most of the discriminatory legislation, in terms of Black Codes, were used more often by Southern states to control the labor, movements and activities of newly freed slaves at the end of the Civil War. But as Malcolm X once said, “Anywhere south of Canada was South” meaning wherever you were in America you were subjected to discrimination in terms of the “separate but equal” laws of the land.

The Black Codes of the 1860’s are not the same as the Jim Crow laws. The Black Codes were in reaction to the abolition of slavery and the South’s defeat in the Civil War. Southern legislatures enacted them during Reconstruction. The Jim Crow era began later, nearer to the end of the 19th century after Reconstruction, with its unwritten laws.

Then there were sundown laws, which meant Blacks, could not live or be caught in certain towns after dark. In some cases, signs were placed at the town’s borders with statements similar to the one posted in Hawthorne California that read “Nigger, Don’t Let The Sun Set On YOU In Hawthorne” in the 1930’s. In some cases, exclusions were official town policy, restrictive covenants, or the policy was enforced through intimidation.

After the abolition of slavery by the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which prior to that Colored’s [as they called them] were considered 3/5’s human. Therefore, all former slave states adopted Black Codes. During 1865 every Southern state passed Black Codes that restricted the Freemen, who were emancipated but not yet full citizens.

While they pursued re-admission to the Union, the Southern states provided freedmen with limited second-class civil rights and no voting rights. Southern plantation owners feared that they would lose their land. Having convinced themselves that slavery was justified, planters feared the former slaves wouldn’t work without coercion. The Black Codes were an attempt to control them and to ensure they did not claim social equality.

The Black Codes outraged public opinion in the North because it seemed the South was creating a form of quasi-slavery to evade the results of the war. After winning large majorities in the 1866 elections, the Republicans put the South under military rule. They held new elections in which the Freedmen could vote. Suffrage was also expanded to poor whites. The new governments repealed all the Black Codes; they were never reenacted – OFFICIALLY.

Therefore, we see hints of it in the racism that has raised its ugly head and risen to the surface of society’s consciousness, particularly in this political climate. Since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and especially since the Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibited racial discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing, the number of sundown towns has decreased.

As one historian has noted, “Racial segregation was hardly a new phenomenon because slavery had fixed the status of most blacks, no need was felt for statutory measures segregating the races. These restrictive Black Codes have morphed in one form or another to achieve its desired effect to maintain a superior status by the powers that be. I am only suggesting that we know and understand history for it will open the mind to what the future may present.

Frankly, if you don’t know where you came from you will never get to where you are going. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective!!!

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The War On Whites: A Myth

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Life is an interesting thing and by that I mean, I thought I had lived long enough to have seen and heard it all, but I must admit I was wrong. I say this because there is breaking news, at least according to Fox News and the GOP echo chamber that there is a “War on White Peoples.” Wait, before I continue, I want to go on record and say this is the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard. The right-wing nuts have proposed and made some far-fetched and insane remarks, but this one – “DAMN!”

Law and Order theme!

Let me put this into perspective; the GOP, Tea Party, and so-called conservatives have proffered the most inflammatory, bigoted, and racist remakes about every non-Christian, minority group and woman. Yet, they have the nerve to make such a statement. This sounds a lot like the Klan talking to me.

This kind of talk only proves that the GOP cannot continue to be competitive in national elections if they continue to alienate everybody but white voters. This is a truth so self-evident as to have been adopted by their own party itself in what they call an “autopsy” report after the 2012 election. Nonetheless, their bigotry continues to raise its ugly head.

A popular radio host said, “This is a part of the war on whites that is being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

It seems funny that these folks cannot remember recent history. For example, when public officials used fire hoses and attack dogs against black children who were peacefully trying to integrate the whites-only lunch counters in the South. Or when white terrorists acting in the name of white supremacy bombed a historic African-American church, killing four little girls. How about the time when demonstrator’s marching for voting rights were savagely beaten by police and vigilantes as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Further still, what about the Civil War!

I would like to think this guy can remember the white-imposed Jim Crow laws that segregation and divided America by race. The myth of victimhood is not new. Long after it was understood that slavery was morally wrong, Southern whites justified its perpetuation by citing the fear that blacks, once liberated, would surely take bloody revenge against those who had held them in bondage. Now that there is a movement called black lives matter, these same folk has deemed it a “Hate Group”! But they think the KKK is a social and Christian organization.

It was the GOP that invented the Southern strategy, the Citizen’s Counsel [the Klan’s political arm], birtherism and all sorts of atrocities under cover of law. Most recently those voters were last seen standing at the border screaming at terrified Guatemalan kids and talking about building a wall. These folks have inflicted terror on every non-white citizen and had the nerve to say “war has been declared upon them [whites]. God help us!

If something does not arrest its present trajectory, “White Power,” the GOP seems destined to shrink into a regional party with appeal only to older white voters. Could it be a fear that the nation’s white voters will soon cease to be a majority, and this speaks to their fear that racial and cultural resentments will have less power to sway elections? In other words, the gig is up, and that should concern the GOP brain trust. In fact, it should concern us all.

There are reasons, why the myth of white victimhood is gaining strength — economic dislocation, rapid immigration from Latin America, changing demographics that will make this a majority a minority in this country before mid-century. Therefore, it is because of this – they have waged a war on black people and everyone else!

The fact is America, white folk, declared war on black people in August of 1619 and it rages on strong today. Nonetheless, I can’t help feeling that Obama’s race heightens the sense of being under siege. Or maybe, it is as simple as Trump!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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