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  1. Rev. Sharpton Gang Violence.

    @Pioneer1Fraternities are "gangs", too. And they are well-represented in black society by the Kappas, the Alphas, the Omegas, and the Sigmas, all large nation-wide organizations which have been around for at least 100 years and which focus on uplifting black males and the black community. There are also the Masons. America's black male population is not exactly bereft in the area of leadership teams.
  2. Brave New World

    Trump has grunted out his latest verbal turd and referred to Africa and Haiti as shit-holes, - rich and famous white women are on the rampage, taking no prisoners in their belated accusation about sexual misconduct - a flu epidemic is sweeping the land, - a murder one is infecting Chicago's inner city, false warnings of missile attacks caused a real Hawaiian panic attacks, - mud slides buried California, frigid temperatures are crippling the South, net neutrality is endangered, immigration reform is turning dreams into nightmare and - Egads! Oprah is being urged to run for President as the USA stumbles forward on a mission to emulate The Roman Empire before its fall, a self-implosion which in the long run may be a good thing . The territory formerly known as America could rise from its ashes and re-map its geography so that like-minded people could gravitate to a common ground and, like Europe, form their own little countries that would respire with their own national image. This could go a long way toward squashing xenophobia. Diversity would remain in tact because the foundation would about abstract ideals not physical appearances! Each country would represent its own version of Utopia where no polarization or discrimination would exist! Monolithic Denmark would look upon these principalities with approval - and envy! Paradise would be found! Jusssst kidding. The more things change, the more they become the same.
  3. Actually Troy.....

    @DelI don't know that the definitions you supplied supported your assertion any more than they do mine, and that's an example of you supplying me with facts and info and me not being able to apply this knowledge when it comes to how it is supposed to prove your point. A lot of this debate is about interpretation, etymology, and semantics. Anyway, I am burnt out from going back and forth on the subject which seems destined to remain at an impasse, so I will simple quote what i said to Pioneer in another post about this subject. "In my book, knowledge per se is not comprehension; it's being aware of, or knowing the components(facts and info) about a subject, and this may or may not lead to comprehending what this data indicates. So you can have knowledge without comprehension, but you can't have comprehension without knowledge. (Wisdom is how wisely you apply what you comprehend.)" And i will sign off by saying we have to agree to disagree.
  4. IMO, this eye-catching headline has the potential to be offensive. It could be construed as your saying that you publish books from these countries because it doesn't matter to you that they are shit holes. This makes you look almost as bad Trump because you are reinforcing rather than reprimanding his choice of words. If it was meant to be a joke, it's a bad one. What if a white marketer used this phrase?
  5. Actually Troy.....

    That's debatable. Check out the definitions of knowledge. And substantiate your assertion.
  6. Word is that 2018 will be a strong Capricorn year. There are 4 Planets in that sign right now. Capricorn rules Saturn and it's predicted that this relationship will manifest itself by placing stringent demands on humanity. Whether in one's personal life, one's job, or political leanings, this configuration in the heavens supposedly portends that things are going to get very complicated. So say the astrologers. What say you, Del? Taking everything into consideration, i tend to subscribe to the idea that things will get worse before they get better. Not a far-fetched notion considering the quixotic economy and the polarized populace at home, and the possible repercussions from abroad attributable to the fool hardiness of the inept POTUS. Furthermore, taking into account that right or wrong has no relevance in how reality is played out, i have little faith in Trump being brought to trial for his collusion with the Russians or that an impeachment will be imminent. Especially considering how impotent the floundering Democrats are. The newly-elected senator from Alabama now speaks in conciliatory tones, hoping Democrats and Republicans can compromise for the "good of the country". The typical Democrat stance of taking the high road against a bunch of self-serving low-lifes. Meanwhile, Republican leaders are falling under the sway of Trump. As luck would have it, like other scoundrels, his teflon surface prevents charges against him from sticking. Or is any clear leadership emerging from the ranks of the Democrats except for played-out old men, and wanna-be candidates of the female variety, still handicapped by their gender. A 2020 defeat of Trump is dependent on his leadership resulting in disaster. But he seems to be successfully settling in, converting his party leaders with his bluster and hyperbole, impressing them as he bumbles along, never falling off the edge. If he gets better at this, as an incumbent president, he may be re-elected. Also, there could be many independent voters who might like his tough talk and bold misguided threats to the rest of the world. The incidents of domestic terrorism at the hands of Muslims converted to the cause of Isis certainly don't inspire a lot of opposition to his restrictions against the Islamic community. Whatever. The earth will continue to orbit the sun, and revolve on its axis, and the good guys will be indistinguishable from the bad guys while the masses will be sandwiched in between. Black folks? They, as usual, will be plagued by their perennial problems as pundits persist in articulating them, offering no viable solutions. And so it goes. What will be an encouraging surprise is if my pessimism is unwarranted! I can't believe we're of the brink of 2018. Seems like just yesterday when the new century turned. Tempus fugit. Yesterdays are like blinks of the eye, and time is fleeting. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Today is a gift. That's why it's call the present". Taking things one day at a time is the best option for a world-weary mortal like me. Ho Hum. See ya next year (?)
  7. Ringing out the old year

    @Pioneer1It's useless for me to engage you in debate because semantics are not your strong suit. And how you process language may have something to do with why you transposed the letters in Michael's name and incorrectly spelled it Micheal. (Seems like you should've been able to look at it and detect this. Just like you went through life totally unaware that you were spelling a common word like "definitely" as "definately".) Our definitions of knowledge differ. In my book, knowledge per se is not comprehension; it's being aware of or knowing the components(facts and info) about a subject and this may or may not lead to comprehending what this data indicates. So you can have knowledge without comprehension, but you can't have comprehension without knowledge. (Wisdom is how wisely you apply what you comprehend) Since this doesn't square with you, we have to agree to disagree. I suggested this before but then you decided that we did agree. (Does anybody really care? I guess you do since you seem to imagine that you are playing to a vast audience of lurkers hanging on to your every word, and that you have to give a good accounting of yourself so they'll be on your side. Your making a public announcement about your persecution on this site would seem to attest to this.)
  8. If "Truth" Be Told...

    @Pioneer1As usual, you are substituting your opinion for fact. Thank goodness there's nobody around who'd pay you to write all of the drivel you express in your self-appointed role as the mouthpiece for black men. The difference between you and me is that you don't know that you aren't brilliant. You are convinced every foolish thought your brain spits out is profound wisdom, instead of silly saliva.
  9. A provocative article by one of America's premiere black Conservative spokesman. Black Protest Has Lost Its Power by Shelby Steele Jan. 12, 2018 6:40 p.m. ET The recent protests by black players in the National Football League were rather sad for their fruitlessness. They may point to the end of an era for black America, and for the country generally—an era in which protest has been the primary means of black advancement in American life. There was a forced and unconvincing solemnity on the faces of these players as they refused to stand for the national anthem. They seemed more dutiful than passionate, as if they were mimicking the courage of earlier black athletes who had protested: Tommie Smith and John Carlos, fists in the air at the 1968 Olympics; Muhammad Ali, fearlessly raging against the Vietnam War; Jackie Robinson, defiantly running the bases in the face of racist taunts. The NFL protesters seemed to hope for a little ennoblement by association. And protest has long been an ennobling tradition in black American life. From the Montgomery bus boycott to the march on Selma, from lunch-counter sit-ins and Freedom Rides to the 1963 March on Washington, only protest could open the way to freedom and the acknowledgment of full humanity. So it was a high calling in black life. It required great sacrifice and entailed great risk. Martin Luther King Jr. , the archetypal black protester, made his sacrifices, ennobled all of America, and was then shot dead. For the NFL players there was no real sacrifice, no risk and no achievement. Still, in black America there remains a great reverence for protest. Through protest—especially in the 1950s and ’60s—we, as a people, touched greatness. Protest, not immigration, was our way into the American Dream. Freedom in this country had always been relative to race, and it was black protest that made freedom an absolute. It is not surprising, then, that these black football players would don the mantle of protest. The surprise was that it didn’t work. They had misread the historic moment. They were not speaking truth to power. Rather, they were figures of pathos, mindlessly loyal to a black identity that had run its course. What they missed is a simple truth that is both obvious and unutterable: The oppression of black people is over with. This is politically incorrect news, but it is true nonetheless. We blacks are, today, a free people. It is as if freedom sneaked up and caught us by surprise. Of course this does not mean there is no racism left in American life. Racism is endemic to the human condition, just as stupidity is. We will always have to be on guard against it. But now it is recognized as a scourge, as the crowning immorality of our age and our history. Protest always tries to make a point. But what happens when that point already has been made—when, in this case, racism has become anathema and freedom has expanded? What happened was that black America was confronted with a new problem: the shock of freedom. This is what replaced racism as our primary difficulty. Blacks had survived every form of human debasement with ingenuity, self-reliance, a deep and ironic humor, a capacity for self-reinvention and a heroic fortitude. But we had no experience of wide-open freedom. Watch out that you get what you ask for, the saying goes. Freedom came to blacks with an overlay of cruelty because it meant we had to look at ourselves without the excuse of oppression. Four centuries of dehumanization had left us underdeveloped in many ways, and within the world’s most highly developed society. When freedom expanded, we became more accountable for that underdevelopment. So freedom put blacks at risk of being judged inferior, the very libel that had always been used against us. To hear, for example, that more than 4,000 people were shot in Chicago in 2016 embarrasses us because this level of largely black-on-black crime cannot be blamed simply on white racism. We can say that past oppression left us unprepared for freedom. This is certainly true. But it is no consolation. Freedom is just freedom. It is a condition, not an agent of change. It does not develop or uplift those who win it. Freedom holds us accountable no matter the disadvantages we inherit from the past. The tragedy in Chicago—rightly or wrongly—reflects on black America. That’s why, in the face of freedom’s unsparing judgmentalism, we reflexively claim that freedom is a lie. We conjure elaborate narratives that give white racism new life in the present: “systemic” and “structural” racism, racist “microaggressions,” “white privilege,” and so on. All these narratives insist that blacks are still victims of racism, and that freedom’s accountability is an injustice. We end up giving victimization the charisma of black authenticity. Suffering, poverty and underdevelopment are the things that make you “truly black.” Success and achievement throw your authenticity into question. The NFL protests were not really about injustice. Instead such protests are usually genuflections to today’s victim-focused black identity. Protest is the action arm of this identity. It is not seeking a new and better world; it merely wants documentation that the old racist world still exists. It wants an excuse. For any formerly oppressed group, there will be an expectation that the past will somehow be an excuse for difficulties in the present. This is the expectation behind the NFL protests and the many protests of groups like Black Lives Matter. The near-hysteria around the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and others is also a hunger for the excuse of racial victimization, a determination to keep it alive. To a degree, black America’s self-esteem is invested in the illusion that we live under a cloud of continuing injustice. When you don’t know how to go forward, you never just sit there; you go backward into what you know, into what is familiar and comfortable and, most of all, exonerating. You rebuild in your own mind the oppression that is fading from the world. And you feel this abstract, fabricated oppression as if it were your personal truth, the truth around which your character is formed. Watching the antics of Black Lives Matter is like watching people literally aspiring to black victimization, longing for it as for a consummation. But the NFL protests may be a harbinger of change. They elicited considerable resentment. There have been counterprotests. TV viewership has gone down. Ticket sales have dropped. What is remarkable about this response is that it may foretell a new fearlessness in white America—a new willingness in whites (and blacks outside the victim-focused identity) to say to blacks what they really think and feel, to judge blacks fairly by standards that are universal. We blacks have lived in a bubble since the 1960s because whites have been deferential for fear of being seen as racist. The NFL protests reveal the fundamental obsolescence—for both blacks and whites—of a victim-focused approach to racial inequality. It causes whites to retreat into deference and blacks to become nothing more than victims. It makes engaging as human beings and as citizens impermissible, a betrayal of the sacred group identity. Black victimization is not much with us any more as a reality, but it remains all too powerful as a hegemony. Mr. Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is author of “Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country” (Basic Books, 2015). Appeared in the January 13, 2018, print edition of The Wall Street Journal.
  10. Actually Troy.....

    this is a good example of how your mind works. if you can't see that what i said is not the opposite of what you said, then you can't think straight.
  11. President Oprah Winfrey!

    There's a line of T-shirt now on sale, emblazoned with the word "NOPRAH". I'd consider buying one!
  12. If "Truth" Be Told...

    @TroyI'm not brilliant. I am just a natural born skeptic. This is not an acquired trait; it dates back to my childhood. i never believed in fairy tales, And i was always suspicious about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and was well aware that my parents were the tooth fairy. I rejected religion early on because i soon discovered that most of it called for having blind faith in what someone told you to believe or - God would get you. As a free thinker, this was a form of oppression i could do without. By the time i reached adulthood, the first question that always popped into my head when people were adamant about their views, was to say "but what if"? This made me a thorn in the side of both friends and foes, who were usually hard pressed to defend their views. (It was amazing that i had as many friends as i did.) Yet there was also many who were able to give credible rebuttals to my arguments and this was an education in itself. So I learned from being a polemicist. I'm an old lady now, and i find it amusing how many folks there are who want everybody to get along and for people like me to just shut up in order to keep the peace. But i never met a debate i didn't like. Buddha says "question everything" and i do. Not surprising that in my search for the truth it is, indeed, the journey that enlightens on the way to my elusive destination. i thought Shelby's article was very incisive and exemplified that old saw about "the truth hurting", especially when he dissected the motives of this generation of black protesters and how abstract freedom is. i also found that he and i were in sync about what knee bending accomplished. It did shake up the NFL establishment, and did make white Americans uneasy to have to acknowledge that their beloved flag was part of the problem not the solution. They showed their true colors by ignoring this, and freed themselves from pretending to be concerned about black grievances. I wasn't aware of how high the number of shooting victims is in Chicago. But it figures since not a day goes by that some black or hispanic person doesn't shoot or murder another one. White people pretty much restrict their killings to family disputes. Oh well, winter is here.
  13. Actually Troy.....

    @Pioneer1Oh, quit taking bows and cherry pickin. Long before you insisted on equating knowledge with comprehension and subsequently offering your example, i gave the example of me knowing all the exponents of Einstein's E=MC2, but went on to say that i did not understand it! I contended from the beginning that having knowledge about or being aware of something does not necessarily means that you comprehend its implications. And i noted that a mystery is an example of this.
  14. If "Truth" Be Told...

    Donald Trump made it permissible to be a racist again, when he ran for office in 2017. Before then, the stigma of being labeled a racist, which did date back to the 1960s civil rights era, inhibited whites from bursting the black bubble. Now all of the racists are coming out of the walls, publicly displaying their bigotry, and blacks are left to fall back and re-group. BTW, as a black man, why don't you agree with Shelby Steele??
  15. Ringing out the old year

    @Pioneer1Get outta here! Mel and i did not verify what you were saying all along which was that knowledge was synonymous with understanding! I said that knowledge encompassed facts and information but was not the same as comprehending what this data meant. So i don't agree with you when it comes to what knowledge implies. You are really a die-hard, still refusing to think your ideas through lest doing so would prove you wrong and leave you with no choice but to admit that your entrenched beliefs might be incorrect. One thing is sure, a whole generation of white Europeans killed each other during World War I. And just because a relatively few number of men of color participated in Word War II, does not negate that the majority of those fighting against each other were white Europeans. You're always crowing about the 2 Million Men marches organized by your messiah; wasn't that a display of black men unified? And didn't white men from the Union and the Confederacy fight and kill each other during the Civil War? Puleeze. I deleted a previous post expressing my opinion that you are not a critical thinker because i didn't want to keep piling on you, but i reinstate that sentiment now.
  16. If "Truth" Be Told...

    @DelDoes the article say racism has ended? I think the gist of this commentary is that freedom is relative. I captioned this commentary "If truth be told" and "truth" is the operative word. The truth is also relative.
  17. If "Truth" Be Told...

    If your compliment was inspired by the article above, Jason, the accolades go to Shelby Steele, the black conservative columnist who wrote it, - not me. But thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!
  18. Last night, at the much-anticipated Golden Globe Awards telecast from Hollywood, amidst an ebony sea of sexually-harassed women and their sympathizers, all of whom were garbed in black to display their protest against male predators in the work place, Queen Oprah took to the stage and hit the ball out the park with her speech. There to accept an a life time achievement award, Winfrey took the occasion to address the issue that has spawned the "me too" movement made up of women who have long endured being humiliated and disrespected by employers in a position to get away doing this. From all walks of life, victims are now coming out of the woodwork to tell their stories and offer explanations for why they were too intimidated to remain silent about this ongoing abuse. The band wagon is full speed ahead. Whatever. A bespectacled "O" was a force of nature as she vibrated there, all slimmed down in a low-cut black gown, her naturally abundant hair helped along with silky extensions, and she brought the audience to its feet with her well-rehearsed pep talk replete with a warning that "a new day is on the horizon"! Lewd misconduct that degrades female employees will no longer be tolerated, nor will disparity in salaries between men and women performing the same job go unchallenged. It's "on" now, and i can't help but wonder if this momentous crusade might reap an ironic outcome. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of her sensational performance, Television, The Press and Social Media have all exploded with speculation about the possibility of Oprah's stirring speech being a prelude to her throwing her hat in the ring, and running for President! One of the presenters at this awards show even joked about this, suggesting that actor Tom Hanks be her running mate. Would that be an unbeatable combination? A presidential run by Oprah is mind-boggling, and her election would be an incredible achievement which would top an incredible life's journey. I have mixed emotions. Is a rich, black, woman president the cure to what ails this nation? Should Trump still be around to run again, a "mammy" figure candidate defeating a "slave master" incumbent would certainly be the stuff of poetic justice. Would an Oprah victory be the final nail in the coffin of the United States where a substantial portion of the population is still afflicted with racism and sexism? Or, would a Trump win trigger rebellious unrest among the citizens fed up with his brand of government? Who knows? It's bad enough that i have to try and hang on until 2019 to see the conclusion of "Game of Thrones". Now this. if i want to see what happens in 2020 , i'll have to try and last yet another year. i think i'll take a "pass".
  19. A Different POV

    CharliePeach🍑Follow GATech Alum - World Traveler, Unbossed & Unbought: #DarrenSeals #AssataShakur #FreeGaza #DemExit - End the Duopoly #Independent & Critical Thinker Jan 8 Oprah Winfrey’s Shameful Comparison of Black Women’s Jim Crow Era Rape to that of Rich White Women’s #MeToo… I have to admit that I purposely ignored the Golden Globes and all of its Hollywood Rich Women’s #MeToo moments. However, I was more than insulted listening online this morning to Oprah compare the violent and brutal pain of rapes and even murders that Black women endured by racist white men during Jim Crow to that of rich white women in Hollywood and business. The brutal gang rape of Recy Taylor by six white men in Alabama is not comparable to the alleged sexual assaults that rich white women (often times purposely endured for fame and money) are fighting in their new #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. To compare the savagery and racism that fueled the many rapes and abuse that Black women had to endure by the hands of racist white men to that of rich white women’s new fight for dominance and power is a shameful erasure, even for Oprah. These rich women weren’t raped, beaten, bloodied and left to die because of hate and white power, these rich women chose silence out of fear of their careers and wealth, Black women who chose silence during Jim Crow etc., chose silence out of fear for their very lives and that of their families. The image below was taken from the documentary of Ruby McCollum (August 31, 1909 — May 23, 1992), a wealthy Black woman from Florida who was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering her white doctor who she accused of repeated rapes and forcing her to have his children. Her conviction was later overturned.The Golden Globes gave the Cecil B. Demil Award to a Black woman billionaire, this after not giving even one Golden Globe to any black actresses…nothing says supporting Black women like the coronation of one of their own, who better to deliver the erasure of Black women’s pain but the most powerful Black woman in the world (all of this as the new push by the powers that be to elevate Oprah as potential presidential candidate). Many of you will say that Oprah used the stage to highlight the story of Recy Taylor; I disagree…Oprah is a talented woman and orator, her purposely omitting the vast differences in the rapes and pain that Black women endured because of racism by racist white men during the Jim Crow era, and comparing their pain and often deaths to that of rich white women was a disgrace. What’s laughable about the Golden Globes and the #MeToo and #TimesUp gaggle of elite Black and White women is that they had no problem with an award named after a White man (Cecil B. Demil) being lauded as its top Award “Lifetime Achievement”, a white man that I’m sure if someone looked into his past…would find the same disturbing and accepted practices of casting couch auditions and more, that the likes of Weinstein and other Hollywood execs used for decades. A system that was known to all, everyone knew the pathways to success in Hollywood always came about through a small amount of talent, a large dose of nepotism, a lot of money and many meetings with casting couches. It now looks like Hollywood has actually silenced the #OscarSoWhite crowd, (it only took a few Essence covers and a parody of #Woke100 crowns) they were never going to do right by Black people/women…after all, how does an industry that lauds itself on being Liberal and Democrats, have to be forced to acknowledge the talents of Black people? White women were not going to allow Black women to have the spotlight all to themselves for long, because it has never been about female solidarity but about white feminism and white women power…This new #MeToo push is nothing more than a planned agenda to elevate rich White women into the same abusive power of rich white men they claim to hate, a clever scheme to replace their rich White husbands and fathers, while continuing their solidarity of generational wealth and white supremacy. Hillary was going to be their Queen to that pathway but since that didn’t happen, #pussyhat and women’s march looked for other ways to ensure their path to power, and viola’ along came Ronan Farrow and Harvey Weinstein. I’ve written on many occasions how sad it is to see Black women fighting so faithfully to be equal to that of White women…always joining their fights under the guise of feminism, when in the end as usual we’re always used for votes and voices, to only laud and lift up their causes and agendas of white women power and dominance. I don’t write in normal writer prose and professorial jargon that many writers use, which seems more to stroke their egos than to deliver a succinct story that all can follow. I hope that in doing so, my words are food to those who need it most. Daniel Holtzclaw raped 13 poor black women and not a word from Hollywood or feminists in their defense. As Oprah revisits the history of Recy Taylor’s horrible rape, then she and Hollywood must also revisit the recent rapes of the poor Black women in Oklahoma and give them the same respect and support that they give those they deem more worthy. It’s almost as if history is repeating itself, we all know that Rosa Parks wasn’t the first Black woman to sit down on a bus in Montgomery and unlike Parks, Claudette Colvin’s choosing to sit down in front of a bus was not staged by the NAACP but an actual Black girl who was tired, yet her image and history didn’t sit well with the local NAACP…so they used Rosa Parks, a Black woman with fair skin and silky hair…an image they felt would be more palatable to whites and garner more sympathy than Colvins. Never Hers Alone At the Dark End details a litany of horrific accounts of sexual violence suffered by black women under Jim Crow. Such violence was not an irrational byproduct of the Jim Crow era. Instead, McGuire makes clear that sexual violence was an essential tool in disciplining black labor and in punishing black resistance (taken from an article by Rosa DeLux). Oprah of all Black women, knew of all of these disturbing stories; yet her fight is for that of maintaining white supremacy and the rich white power structure that now OWN’s her. So, until we rebuke the voices of powerful Black women like Oprah who refuse to admit that the struggles of Black women for equality are NOT equal to that of White women, we will continue to be left fighting for something as basic as heat in our school systems for our children (as was the case this past week in Baltimore City Schools). There is no #MeToo until there is a #BlackFirst and an end to systemic racism and all of its dangerous and deadly tentacles. And the brutal rapes and often murders of poor black women by the hands of racist white men are not comparable EVER to that of rich white women who either submitted to or sat silent to sexual assault in order to further their careers and fame.
  20. To Care or not to Care

    Martin Luther King was certainly a mesmerizing speaker because of his rich voice, the rhythmic cadence of his speech pattern, and his frequent use of the "call and response" rapport with his audiences. All great orators have discovered and perfected these techniques. That's why they're great orators. If the English monarchy with all of its vapid family members and tabloid scandals is an example of teaching commoners how to conduct themselves, heaven help the commoners. Probably why these blokes have been relegated to figureheads who are good for London's tourist trade. Some political pundits have blamed celebrities for contributing to Hillary Clinton's defeat because she was the darling of the liberal show biz crowd and this turned off a lot of voters who resented celebrities for trying to influence their vote. Trump's celebrity didn't really help his victory. it was his rejection and ridicule of the politically correct agenda, and identity politics of the Democratic platform that endeared him to all of the bigots out there. Celebrity is a double-edge sword. Just as many or even more people have no use for the rich and famous Kardashians as there are those who like them. Real world? "The Matrix" wasn't the real world; it was a fictional movie, full of a lot of fictional dialogue. One person's reality is another one's delusions - which is why i'm sure you'll disagree with my comments.
  21. To Care or not to Care

    I agree that the masses are easily manipulated and that there are masters who have perfected the art of manipulating others for personal gain and ego gratification, especially in the political arena where image is everything, and where staffs exist for the purpose of advising candidates on how to mesmerize audiences. i also don't put anything past private industry when it uses subliminal advertising to sell products or Big Pharma and its designer drugs that hook white suburbanites, - who, incidentally, have their kids injected with vaccines just like everyone else. Militant black men in Afro-centric garb, wearing serpentine dread locks are particularly vocal about birth control clinics in black neighborhoods but rarely offer alternatives except to foolishly advise single sistas to "keep on havin' them babies"! Or have i ever doubted that the cigarette industry contrived to addict the general public to nicotine, a travesty that was exposed by the government. And, of course, there was Microsoft's latest scam that involved slowing down older iPhones. i am not naive as to how profit driven the world is. As an aside, it should be noted, that demographics play a big part in marketing, and specific groups of consumers are targeted in one way or another by companies that specialize in providing diverse groups their specific needs. Supply and demand is the gospel of a capitalistic country like America and it permeates our way of life. That's why I also know that all those being manipulated are not above manipulating others in their day-to-day lives. Ethics and scruples are in short supply today and the majority of folks will try and get away with anything they can. Everybody is seeking self empowerment. Obviously, i have never bought into the idea that there is a secret government network that specifically targets black people, and is busily at work to bring about dire results. Ironically, partisan politics is a kind of safety net that prevents the government from being unified enough to personify an organized evil force that wide-eyed conspiracy theorists, who are "in the know", warn about. I look at the big picture, and i question out-dated studies, and inconclusive results, and I take feasibility and logistics into account. Nobody holds this country in contempt any more than i but i always challenge what others are adamant about. That's what my man, Buddha, advised people to do. When it comes to Oprah, what i really noticed about her speech was that there was no spontaneity to it. It was well-crafted and well rehearsed and delivered with the gusto she is so good at displaying. Nobody can deny that she is a good performer. As for her running for president, i'm not enthusiastic. It would be Obama all over again. Considering her resume, she would fall into the category of being a president who is a black woman, not a black woman who is president. She would be trapped in the familiar scenario of not being able to please everybody, and would end up the butt of criticism for not catering to the demands of the different factions who helped elect her. She can do more good by just being a private citizen who gives dynamic speeches that make headlines. IMO.
  22. The Wrong Woman To Flirt With

    @Pioneer1You are pathetically grasping at straws, unable to concede that your argument is lame. I can't believe that you can't distinguish between America promoting gay rights, and America supporting a surreptitious plot to feminize black males! Gay rights are about the right of human beings of a certain sexual orientation in certain intolerant countries to be free from discrimination. They are not a case of America publicly supporting an operation that will transform black males from straight to gay - for some reason that you can't come up with. And, yes, my mind is made up about your claims in regard to a chemical that has been known about for 50 years and has been shown to make some rats gay, and is secretly being released into the hood to feminize baby daddys. For one thing, if this is factual, the plot isn't working except in the imagination of paranoid people who don't seem to take into consideration that society's growing acceptance of homosexuality among all ethnics is a factor in causing more men to come out of the closet, rather than their ingesting something that made rodents swish when they scurry around. And it's not as if homosexuality doesn't naturally occur in all animal species. Or is it like the inner cities are not rampant with horny young straight men knockin' up the girlfriends eager to post their positive pregnancy test results on FaceBook. You like to portray yourself as the voice of reason and logic, while accusing everyone else of being obstinate when it comes to rejecting what is stuck inside your thick skull. But it's you who don't think things out to their logical conclusion. You stop at the point where to go further would reveal that most of your kooky notions prove more about your fallibility than ours.
  23. To Care or not to Care

    I don't agree that anyone who runs against Trump will automatically win. A lot can happen between now and 2020. His support base may expand, increased by a backlash of whites tired of the POTUS being vilified by the hated media. If the evidence against him isn't sufficient enough to try him, and the economy remains stable, and Trump's saber rattling keeps hostile countries in check and maintains the peace, - as keeper of the status quo, Trump may very well be re-elected if he runs again.
  24. Actually Troy.....

    Who said i didn't agree with your take on Sally Hemings? Why wouldn't i? She was, after all, the involuntary, enslaved mistress of a plantation master. I merely note that her descendants apparently don't hold any hard feelings against Jefferson. No, i don't think she could've passed for white. She has black people's hair.
  25. The Wrong Woman To Flirt With

    Gay people have made so many great contributions to all areas, particularly in the sector of the Arts, that they inspire the support of influential institutions who accept them and appreciate their talents. I still want to know the name of this chemical being introduced into the black communities that can affect the sexual orientation of straight men. Once it is identified, straight guys can avoid anything of sustenance that contains it - if they so choose.