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  1. In another thread @Mzuri wrote: Anyway, Merry Christmas to you all and your families!!! And stay safe everybody. 2022 is going to be GREAT! Whatever one chooses to celebrate or not, I hope that everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season. Looking for 2022 to be a better and brighter year for everyone.
    5 points
  2. Just dropped in to get a whiff of what's going on here since I made my last departure, an exit that deferred to my aversion for being around those I can't stomach. And what a good decision that was. OMG! I can only gasp at how the vibe here has become even more irritating. 'Felt like I had stumbled into a FOX "News" echo chamber, reeking with the gospel of right wing half truths, and rampant with hysterical conspiracy theories involving the ubiquitous "they". But - before I provide further material for possible rebukes from Mzuri in her self-appointed role as the Sergeant-at-Arms of this forum, ever ready to lecture those who don't conform to the protocols she has taken the liberty to put in place, - let me assure that i am aware no one really gives a damn what I think. (And I don't give a damn that nobody doesn't give a damn.) Now, as I was saying... mulling over what's going on here, i've reached the conclusion that this mind boggling phenomenon called CIVILIZATION, in its infinite journey, lurches forward doing what it has always done in an environment teeming with natural and manufactured marvels; visible and invisible dangers. And because it is the nature of the bi-ped beast evolution has spawned, humanity engages in an eternal conflict that pits the "have's" against the "have-not's", and the "already-are's" against the "wanna-be's", dumping them into a horde of "never will-be's", leaving everyone to expect freedom and justice for all. Foolish dreamers - idiots upon whom the abused Earth will eventually take its revenge. Welcome to the real world. Ah, but every poster here clings to their own version of the truth about the "real" world where the ongoing clash between the bad "them" and the good "us" wages on. And each opinionated contributor is eager to advance political narratives or embrace deep state conspiracy theories. As if a government controlled by an evil cabal has to plot something that Mankind naturally does on its own, as if what is happening now is not just another rehearsal for the highly anticipated Armageddon extravaganza, as if there was never a bubonic plague, no unrest nor revolts among the masses, no power hungry despots nor upheavals of the status quo. As if there has never been the fall of Great Empires, as if societies and cultures don't recycle and go through eras and periods wherein the more things change the more they become the same, all under the direction of a Universe with a wicked sense of humor! Ha-Ha. The joke's on us as Fate mocks our hopes and Father Time yawns, bored by the repetition of the proverbial phoenix rising from its ashes. And Life goes on as Civilization survives. But all is not yet lost on this site, and in spite of it having become a haven for Democrat bashers, and a coop full of paranoid "Chicken Littles" beaned by acorns and panicked into thinking "the sky is falling, there is a calm voice of reason in this cyber wilderness, a someone exhibiting logic, and balance. Thank "goodness" for my boy, Troy, who neutralizes the histrionics and relegates others to wallow in the factoids of their misinformation. Happy New Year, ol buddy. Hang in there. And, oh yeah. Fuck Retrumpican obstructionists!
    4 points
  3. @Cynique, happy new year. I'm glad you popped in to check on the gallery. @Troy definitely tries to maintain levity around here. As always, I give him props for giving us this space to grumble, complain, theorize, pontificate, etc. This forum is like a barbershop or salon or any other place folks show up to talk about current events, politics, religion, sports, etc. Differing views and opinions can lead to interesting dialog. Sometimes, it can be constructive and/or educational. Regardless, there's nothing new under the sun. Shooting the breeze on a forum defnitely won't change the arc of the universe.
    3 points
  4. ************************************************************************************ @Cynique I'm just a regular participant, unlike you, a moderator that deletes people's comments. Are you still getting your fake news from CNN? If so, you are a rarity since they have lost much of their viewership lately. CNN'S RATINGS ARE IN THE TOILET Poor old crusty Dummycrat still suffering from a severe case of Trump derangement syndrome. Perhaps you should try drinking some Constant Comment for that, I heard it soothes the troubled mind. You might try sweetening that cup of tea with a little bit of honey, since your sour personality seems in desperate need of something ambrosial. BTW, I'm glad you posted, now I can stop worrying whether your battle-ax behind has succumbed. ************************************************************************************
    3 points
  5. IMO, voting should be a right reserved for citizens. The US already has enough issues in that regard. I would not show up in another country and feel that I should be able to vote as a non-citizen or permanent resident.
    3 points
  6. Sovereign nations are sovereign for a reason. No one should be allowed to come to our country, usurp our right to vote, and then screw it up like the ones they left. Only political novices, lunatics and The Left support this idiocy.
    3 points
  7. Welcome back. I see you know your weapons. When in Rome…
    3 points
  8. ************************************************************************************ Religion. Is. Man-Made. Created. By. The. Rulers. To. Keep. The. Peasants. In. Check. This. Was. Done. All. Over. The. World. People. Are. So. Gullible. ************************************************************************************
    3 points
  9. The good news is that I do not live in a tyrannical police state. The bad news is that n8gglets are killing folks with no regard for human life and committing other crimes. Road rage or looking at someone the wrong way should not end up in death. Respect for life and accountability across the board is totally necessary. Black folks need to demand both that n8gglets and police see fellow human beings and not a paper target at the gun range. Real life isn't a video game. Folks don't jump back up when they get shot, stabbed, choked out or beat up.
    3 points
  10. Kenneth You're welcomed I see where you're headed with this, and more self-reliance can be a good thing. However. we can't be totally separated from white people and live in the US. It's not possible and most blacks don't want that. We want to preserve our culture, institutions, and neighborhoods. Yet we want opportunities in the mainstream like jobs, business opportunities, and a voice in democratic government. We don't have to be totally separate from White America anyway. We can BOTH integrated as well as have our own separate facilities and institutions at the same time. Look how Asians are well integrated into the medical and educational systems and are trying to make their way to the top of Western financial systems also....but they still have Koreatowns and Chinatowns as well as communicate with their respective nations back home and keep their own language and customs. Once again even in THIS instance..... No need to wind up trapped in a Catch-22 either being totally isolated or totally immersed. We can be both independent and integrated. I'm interested in what you mean by policing ourselves ? How would it be legal and not subject to corruption. I don't want to replace racism with tyranny in " blackface" either. Good question. One of the good things about the United States is we have the ABILITY....as difficult as it can be sometimes..to make our own laws and tailor fit them to our personal needs and desires as a community. Right now as an emergency measure, qualified Black cops who already exist would train other Black people to be officers to enforce already existant laws in mostly Black communities without the racism and blood-thirst that comes with having racist White cops patroling these areas. But to prevent the corruption you speak of, eventually we'd have to change the laws all together and tailor fit laws for OUR communities that serves us best to prevent crime and tyranny in the first place. Right now in many Black communities you have BOTH....excessive crime AND a tyrannical police state. You'd think under a police state where cops are all over the place and there are millions of laws preventing you from walking to one corner to the other without cops jumping out and threating to beat and kill you.....atleast crime would be low. But under the CURRENT police state...crime is getting hire and hire!! Figure that shit out.
    3 points
  11. That was a dumb decision to slash the police budget in a city with the highest murder rate in the country. That's like burning brand new KN95 masks and pouring vaccine down the drain in the middle of a pandemic. The city of Chicago should be paying police to work overtime in an effort to control crime. The mayor doesn't need ATF. She needs to WTF (wake the f8ck) up and empower the resources at her disposal.
    3 points
  12. The Democrats are about to get their backsides waxed in this year's midterm elections. Several mistakes are to blame and most are unforced errors. 1) Too many Black people remain ignorant of what Critical Race Theory actually is. It's not Black History, although many well-meaning Black folks claim that it is. And sadly, they cling to this errant view on social media. But Critical Rae Theory is NOT Black History, which is a collection of truths and facts. Theories are simply suppositions. I will maintain that CRT is taught only at the university level not in grade, intermediate or any high schools. The problem lies in that few have come up with a ONE SENTENCE description of exactly what Critical Race Theory is. Most who try to explain it employ 50-cent word verbiage which average readers in the U.S. have a hard time understanding since most read at a 7th and 8th grade level. Others dance around it claiming: "Oh, it's been around for 40 years and such and such.” Long-winded explanations do little to clear the air. So, I fashioned a one-sentence retort that can be shoved in the face of CRT detractors. Because the GOP and its supporters have been killing us on messaging while we've gleefully surrendered the intellectual landscape by choosing to scream dumb chit such as "Defund the Police!" Oh, yeah, what a winning slogan that was. Here is my one sentence description of CRT: Critical Race Theory is a premise that posits skin color and race determine the outcomes of most decisions, laws and behavior in the U.S. That's it! That is the one sentence description. And this one line should have been tossed back at those White racists who have been skewering us with attacks on the social term "woke." This is why we have lost the Messaging War. And CRT is going to be used by millions upon millions of racist and angry Whites, Latinos and some Blacks to clobber the Democrats at the polls in November. 2) Refusal to acknowledge Bernie Sanders' push for so-called Democratic Socialism has failed miserably. Far too many folks are still drunk on Bernie's Kool-Aid. I keep running into folks who swear the solution to everything is Socialism. As if this canard of economic belief has been successful in any modern society or nation. However, by listening to this aged clown Bernie, AOC and her merry band of knuckleheads threw in all their social wants and desires into the Build Back Better bill, completely guaranteeing that no one, except maybe Kim Jong-Un, would go for it. The bill had to be reworked a few times before the House took a vote. That's why it failed. BBB contained too too much, would cost too much and proved far too ambitious for most legislators and pundits. But you can't tell Bernie Bots anything. They truly believe they were sent from on high to rule. Yeah, okay. In addition to having a new Voting Rights Bill fail, Black people are now going to have to contend with even more Red states preparing their own voter suppression laws. Gotta hand it to all those dumb-azz 2016 third party voters. By denying Hillary Clinton their votes, they enabled Trump to squeak by in enough states to win him the White House. I doubted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have survived the first term of whomever won in 2016. She didn't. And this gave Trump a chance to appoint three toadies to the Supreme Court. I believe more than 10% of Bernie Bots voted for Trump in 2016. Some news outlets peg it higher. Even if most return to the Dems this year, we're still going to lose in November. Bernie supporters likely put Trump over the top
    2 points
  13. I'm not into censorship, or steering per se, so I'll have to defer on what could be a very long list.
    2 points
  14. After seeing what the Democrats were doing to America(ns) election after election after election, I bolted from the party decades ago and never looked back, watching a fatigued and suffering black America (- that wouldn't listen, succumb to the Democrat's gaslighting -), in the rear view mirror. As a former election official in (then) a major metropolitan area, I can tell you with 100% certainty that Bernie supporters didn't put Trump over the top. Trump won outright. "Red states preparing their own voter suppression laws" | No - voter and election integrity efforts and laws are not voter suppression. Until black America wakes up and realizes that it has been taken to the cleaners since the creation of the Ku Klux Klan-founding Democrat party, it will continue to suffer through the misery of being marginalized and taken for granted as nothing more than minstrelized suckers chasing a wrinkled $100 bill in the wind across a busy highway, while blindfolded.
    2 points
  15. I actually DO care about what people say. Some folks on here make some incredibly valid points. And some of them alert others to events and issues they may be unaware of. Yeah, we all have opinions and viewpoints. But that does not mean we should malign each other or engage in feuds. I am Democrat and have been since the days of Gerald Ford. I am not a Bernie fan and view him solely as a chief divider of those on the Left. (Not to mention a really grumpy loser). Maybe what is missing is a true humor column that bears some connection to current events. Because honestly, that's all I'm interested in. Oh, and NFL football. That's still on free TV.
    2 points
  16. Yes! I just recently heard of CRT and I had to do my research.
    2 points
  17. @Cynique, as you may already know, I'm a huge fan of NFL football. So, I'm posted up in front of the TV whenever a pro football game is being played. I'll be that way until the 2nd week of February 2022. I think the Packers and Chiefs will end up in the Super Bowl. To be modified if either team loses in playoffs.
    2 points
  18. Mzuri, appreciate the feedback. I also had heard that after Aunt Jemima was canceled, the nephew of the woman originated the role was quite upset.
    2 points
  19. @nels Given the lack of moderation on the comments, it seems like the article was written purely for the sake a giving racist trolls something to to use to advance the notion of "racial" inferiority. I wish they would simply take sports out of schools, it is way out of control today. The athletes should be paid and the pretense of attending school should just be dispensed with.
    2 points
  20. Happy Birthday to Marcus Garvey Considering Marcus Garvey saw the caribbean or north america during his life as places that Black people needed to get away from, when you think of the struggles/challenges/unhappiness in Black Americans <Blacks or Negras from Canada/USA/MExico/JAmaica/HAiti/Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico/Trinidad/Colombia/Venezuela/Brazil/Chile/Argentina or any other land in the American continent> in the American Continent, was MArcus Garvey proven right about the inefficacy of Black people living side Whites? Side the best efficacy of Blacks when they live mostly around Blacks? And today happens to be MArtin Luther King Jr Day I quote MArtin Luther King Jr the third concernng voting rights legislation ""he would be greatly disappointed in the leadership in the Senate...that it's chosen so far not to get this done"" MLK the Third either is using very well constructed language or doesn't know his father. Disappointment today refers to an unfulfilled desire or want. Not, to remove from office. if MLK the third is suggesting MLK jr. will desire senators be disappointed. I 100% concur to that. MLK jr. always said in words how dysfunctional the class of elected officials are to the improvement of the populace in the U.S.A. If MLK the third is suggesting MLK jr. desired or thought the congress of the usa will act in the betterment of voting rights, Ihe doesn't know his father. MLK jr. wasn't an elected official for a simple reason. That path doesn't lead to the freedom leaded to tell the truth, to lead the people when what has to be said can't be a lie. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the battle of Hayes-Pond. https://www.lumbeetribe.com/ Happy birthday Sade Nothing can come between us- For the distant lovers The Sweetest Taboo- For the secret lovers Love is stronger than Pride - For the long time lovers <NEar my favorite Sade song, though I don't have a clear favorite> Smooth operator- For the players Is it a crime- for the mistresses or ladies of the evening out there And just so you know, Sade's early videos had an interwoven story about her and a guy if you notice:)
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  21. That is the essence of my entire practice. I have turned the feeling of a thing into a description of its quality. You are an unconscious psychic and a conscious mystic. In my way of thinking you have a logical mind. Which makes your thinking first rate. However your feelings while being harder to articulate, give you a sense of understanding. So I believe that if you have a hard time defining a feeling it will guide you to a solution which involves it's resolution. I have been going deeper into my esoteric rabbit hole. I can count on one hand the people that can even remotely relate to it. You are one of the five. You are a wonderful blend of the Solar and the Lunar. To me you are the Logical Poet.
    2 points
  22. Common sense. Sovereignty 'rules the day'. Try voting in Mexico if you're not a citizen there and see how fast they haul you off to jail.
    2 points
  23. Black people are finished in that "other" groups will make it unbearable to work and live there. Before the new mayor, this was a huge issue and now its going to get worse.
    2 points
  24. Good points... and yes, Tyler Perry and those like him are still contributing to the growing irrelevance and marginalization of black America.
    2 points
  25. Racism is the primary reason for police brutality here in the US. No other group of people in this country are injured and killed by the police as often as AfroAmericans. I do not agree with AfroAmericans burning cities and businesses in retaliation. My solution to the problem is a lot different.
    2 points
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  27. Correct on both accounts. People know who the bad seeds are in society way before they commit terrible crimes and/or murder. Family members and friends and police officers need to drop dimes on bad apples before they do something tragic.
    2 points
  28. My idea of a church is a meeting place to discuss problems and solutions. As I wrote in another thread, celebrating holidays should be a time for teaching and discussion as well. We definitely don't need to set aside special days to act a fool. That's already an ongoing thing.
    2 points
  29. ProfD I knew these niggaz are still brainwashed the way so many of them are STILL celebrating pagan holidays even after their origins have been explained to them over and over again. Talking about they don't "celebrate" them....but just look at them as a time to spend time with their families. They don't fool me. Most of them have DYSFUNCTIONAL families that don't even qualify to be CALLED "families". They don't even qualify to be called Neely Fuller Jr. "care units".....because they don't care about eachother. Just looking for any excuse to be lazy and not work and lay around the crib smoking dope and getting drunk.
    2 points
  30. Nobody I have ever met is saying that police are racists for killing armed thugs or drug dealers in a shoot out. But these high profile police killings of blacks don't involve violent criminals threatening officers or anyone else. More importantly policies like stop and frisk along with routine verbal abuse and brutality are a constant problem with blacks and police. We just want police to do their jobs and not be racist. The same thing is true about prosecutors and courts. It's not too much to expect. The political right, mass media, and a lot of black people want us to make the false choice between policing and racial justice. They want us take whatever racist cops dish out in the name of public safety, but if we complain about abuse police disengage allowing violent criminals to menace the neighborhood. This is blackmail plain and simple. And when certain black people break the law, they realize the situation. Black people shouldn't be in a Catch 22 situation. I know people don't like me saying this because I'm like a broken record playing a song nobody really liked anyway - SELF HELP AND SELF CRITICISM ARE FINE EVEN NECESSARY BUT THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR STRUGGLE
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  31. We must keep up the pressure and not give up. Whatever it takes to correct the situation. Let's talk about economic inequality in addition to crime prevention. We don't have to wait for the Federal Government or states. In many cities we have the political power to act. We must push so called " leaders " to act and deliver or replace them. There are too many politicians and activists who don't get anything good done especially for the poorest working -class blacks in urban areas. They're good for their cronies, big corporate interests, and developers. But they don't serve the masses.
    2 points
  32. @Chevdove One point, about the support for said law in nyc. you have to comprehend, nyc has a larger percentage of recent immigres than any other city in the usa by a wide margin. So you have to comprehend, most city councils in the usa don't have any interest for a law like this, but nyc is a unique city, not just in size, but its makeup. For example, washington d.c. itself has a large black population, who are in the descendent of enslaved mold, but the virginia counties outside washington d.c. are filled with immigrants, but many of these immigrants are financially above the immigrants who are in nyc , who are usually from more financially poorer means. then you look at a los angeles. los angeles is the second largest city in the usa, but the mexican populace in los angeles is a majority of the latin american community and they tend to be very wary of recent immigrants, while nyc's latin american populace is the most multigeographic of a latin american communit in the usa, you have colombians/nicaraguant/s paraguayans/peruvians/ et cetera, the mix means less a singular focus as in los angeles and the asian community in nyc is also not led by the chinese american community in the way los angeles has a huge chinese american community that dictates more and is less prone to this law. so.. the uniqueness of nyc's makeup has a role to play in this.
    1 point
  33. Simply speaking, erasing history tends to breed more ignorance than it does common sense. Get over it.
    1 point
  34. Cynique, do you realize how small the statements you've made make you look / appear? They are the kind of minute retorts I used to see and hear from others, as far back as the 8th grade. The circular hyperbole you've laid out makes absolutely zero (0) sense (- , at least to me, that is -). Let's fast-forward on the IQ scale... How many physical points does it take to make a minimal (real) three-dimensional object? If you get this one right, you might get an 'attagirl'. On the other hand, if you get it wrong, watch that next step; it's a long way to the bottom. | white supremists? DYM white 'supremacist'? | thick skulled? DYM 'thick-skulled'? | Just sayin'. (?) Actually, I do not know. However, there are many more relatives of the Aunt Jemima legacy who have something to say. https://www.examiner-enterprise.com/story/news/2020/06/24/8216aunt-jemima8217-descendants-upset-her-likeness-is-being-8216erased-from-history8217/42119505/ In the end, it's all about money. True or not, we'll all probably find out when the litigation clouds clear.
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  35. Actually I was born in NJ and I work in NY. The statue didn’t offend. It actually captured the essence that Roosevelt just wasn’t a white figure. It’s because out society has advanced so much that people are easy to be offended and not realize how bad conditions were at the time Roosevelt lived. The questions could be. “Why was the Black man and Red man included?” “What message was the sculptor trying to portray?” I concur. Which makes people parrot Sidney Poiter was the first Black America to win an Oscar, when it was Hattie McDaniels for her role in Gone With The Wind.
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  36. @Mzuri no problem, I am unaware to the voting groups in the city where you live, so I will need the information from you in the same way, if I make an assessment to the city you live in. yes, even though my experience in the street of the city i was born and raised in is very positive, I don't chagrin anyone from feeling caution. if one hundred people live in a city and the odds are only one gets murdered, who wants to be the one who gets murdered?:) And that point you made leads to my biggest strategic issue with the NYPD, its current or former members like Eric Adams, or most importantly Eric Adams campaign. You want greater safety, the answer is better quality of life. If you are running for nyc mayor MZuri, and you want advise to make nyc safer. I can tell you what you need to do. Lower the rent/maintenance, lower the cost of living, generate more industries or legal labor situations, including deillegalizing. I went to a store and I saw a product called Hals potato chips. It is supposed to be a nyc/nys state product. I said to myself, I never had this, I will give it a go. I support local black business often, but I will rarely support white owned local business as well. But the store owner said this potato chip bag is one dollar and fifty cent. And I put it back. I am not hungry, I don't need potato chips. My frigerator has food. But, to my larger point. Eric Adams talks about safety. maybe stop trying to make people afriad of the law and start making their lives better. What if you are a child that may not be so loved and all you have is some change. What if you are someone just laid off and have no future job opportunity remotely near. The hsitory of the NYPD itself proves my point. the nypd was created by boss tweed, an irish mayor in the 1800s, who took a bunch of irish thugs off the street and gave them a legal job. that being thug others who supposedly break the law:) But you see the point. His community became indebted to him. He gave them jobs. that is all most people want. they want financial security. They want a job that pays well plus allow one to save well, has some level of cultural decency<most people don't want to work for sanitation no matter the wage>, and has a security of time<isn't a one year situation/one month situation>. Eric Adams wants to make the streets safer, then make peoples lives better. get to work. He said he wanted to be mayor, when he campaigned on being the police chief above the police chief. His view, like the nypd in general, is people just need to be scared of breaking the law regardless of their financial or personal desperation. and that view has never held up in history, especially history of big cities. Most people will not commit illegalities. BUT, as people get fiscally poorer, more will brave illegalities and be more violent for it, let alone people who assult based on their own frustrations with life. @ProfD no place is that bad, north korea/cuba, somalia has populaces that grow. The human myth of the hell hole is just that. no place in humanity is a hell hole. Even war ravaged places like syria have some places where parties are going on. The only question is, are you one of the people enjoying life where you are at or are you one of the people in misery with your life where you are at. In terms of gun violence, a city like sao paulo has more known incidents, but the night life for the have's in sao paulo, is fantastic. NYC is a great place if you have money and quite a large number of people in nyc have money. ... to flocking, the reason why humans are flocking to big cities throughout humanity is the dying of agrarian life. You must have seen some statistics, every month in the usa, a number of small towns die. The populaces from those towns flock to cities. an ever growing number of small towns have no industrial or financial base, to restate, no money can be made there.But, in NYC, you can beg the wealthy or those who have more on the street, the illegal business of prostitution requires cities and nyc is the biggest in the usa, many modern immigrants become slaves to their families for a place to stay. These things is why people flock to nyc or other big cities. Sometimes towns are near colleges or prisons or maybe even a manufacturing plant, but that is rarer and rarer in the usa or anywhere else in humanity. @Dr Francis Welsin I don't know the city you live in and don't state it, but if someone in your city/town's city council proposes a similar law that the city council of nyc passed and eric adams signed, what say you?
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  37. ************************************************************************************ @richardmurray Thank you for the breakdown. Yes, I am aware that he was a police officer, besides being Black. One of my last visits to NYC I lodged at the Lowe's on Lexington, I was attending a function at the Waldorf, and I hoofed it because it wasn't that far. I cannot imagine doing that today. I know that there is a large population and that the odds of something untoward happening to a person are slim, but it is scary when you hear about people getting stabbed or shot just walking down the street, or being assaulted in the subway station or on the train. I really hope that this new mayor can turn the city around. It would be great if NYC did not resemble a massive crime scene from a dystopian movie. Stay safe everybody ************************************************************************************
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  38. @richardmurray, I understand this particular law is unique to NYC. Still, I do not believe I should be able to register and/or vote in a city in another country if I do not have full citizenship.
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  39. He lived to be 94 years old and had a full life well beyond average expectancy. RIP Mr. Sidney Poitier.
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  40. The opiates of white supremacy, religion and politics is the 1, 2 punch that keep many folks anesthetized, dazed and confused. Breaking those shackles is a step towards self-actualization both individually and collectively.
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  41. Unfortunately, Afroamericans have a habit of abandoning our own ice because someone else's ice is colder. The saddest part is that someone else can take our ice and sell it back to us.
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  42. @Mzuri, glad you're reading the humor between the lines. Maybe I'm jealous because when I was growing up, we got popped in the mouth for uttering stupid stuff. Politics asides, somebody needs to stick a Britta filter somewhere between MTG's brain and throat.
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  43. Prof D Lol...remember what our brother and mentor Neely Fuller Jr. said about niccaz "getting together". Get together and do what? Get together and start teaching and discussing???? Or get together and start arguing and fighting and letting the 9mm ring out...lol. "Listen.....we just trying to GET TOGETHER and enjoy Christmas at Disneyland so don't get up in MY face muthaf.....I'll whoop yo' asss all up IN here!" "Den tell yo' fat ass bitch to keep her damn mouth shut den!!!" "Nigga who you callin' a bitch?...I'll slap you AND the weave off that ho you wit!" "Bring it den mutha---- let's go!!!!" The BEST thing for niccaz to do when they are full of toxins and toxicity......is just stay the hell away from eachother, lol. Grab a good book or light up a Black-n-Mild and relax on the couch..lol A nice SAFE holiday.
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  44. Yep. I'm not into the religious and/or commercialized aspects of holidays. For me, holidays are about family and friends gathering for food and fellowship. It's a great time for teaching and discussion instead of playing games and cussing. Hopefully, any knowledge and information passed along during those gatherings will motivate folks to lead healthier and more prosperous lives daily.
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  45. Yes I agree, yet it doesn't seem to be be stopping.
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  46. People are running around doing enough dumb sh8t in crimes that require police intervention. They are safe from from being defunded. Police reform is easy. Hire police officers who look like the communities they serve. Do not drop a racist cop in an area predominantly inhabited by people of color.
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  47. Reparations—Recouping our Communities—Restoring Black Families Reparation is a legal fight that we have to push to achieve. It is a necessary fight in order to close the ‘racial wealth gap’ in America. Colonial America was founded on the spirit of hatred, haughtiness, and a barbaric behavior pattern of starting unjust wars. From its inception, Hybrid Humans; the pale-skinned Colonizers from northern Europe set up a society with a governing model similar to the formal feudal caste system of Europe where the word ‘black’ was a description for the bottom cast citizens. This mentality and behavior became the foundation for the Anti-Black Agenda by the Colonizers. The beginning of 2020 came with a failed impeachment hearing, the onset of Coronavirus-19, a damaged economy, and the boldness of ‘overt’ domestic white supremacy terrorism. Also, it was the first time in decades that the Black Agenda moved the needle in the national conversation. The efforts of Black Advocacy at the grassroots were more effective through creative ways to acquire news beyond the white establishment. As we continue to become more politically astute and informed about an Ancestor’s contribution to this nation; we are discovering the atrocities that they suffered through economic starvation, human rights abuses, and denial of full citizenship participation. Furthermore, we are uncovering more evidence that our justice claim for Reparations goes back to the beginning of colonization. Some of the Racist Laws set in motion by the Colonizers before the United States became a country were: 1639—Negroes were excludes from the requirement of possessing arms. 1640—J. Punch, sentenced to a servant for life. Although two other runaways were not. One was a Dutchman and the other a Scotsman. 1642—Negro women could be considered tithable (property), whereas English women were not. 1662—Negro children born to indentured females became servitude for life. 1667—Baptism did not bring freedom to Negroes. 1668—Free Negro women (liken to enslaved females age 16 were deemed tithable). 1669—Casual killing of slaves. 1670—Free Negroes and Native who had been baptized were forbidden to buy Christian (Christian was synonymous for English culture), servants. 1672—Legal to wound or kill resisting slaves (compensated to slave owner if the slave is killed). Rewarded Indians who captured escaped slaves. 1680—Forbidden slaves to meet at gatherings, including funerals. Slaves were forbidden to arm themselves for offensive or defensive purposes. 1691—Whites married to Negroes or Mulattos were banished and a systematic plan was established to capture ‘outlying slaves.’ 1692—Slaves denied the right to a jury trial for capital offenses. 1705—Free Negroes lose the right to hold public office. 1705—Negroes, free or enslaved denied the right to witness to testify in court. 1705—All Negroes, Mulatto, Indians Slaves, were considered real property. In other words, these groups made up ‘chattel slaves’ or the foundation of Property rights as economic collateral for the Virginia plantation Planters. 1705—Enslaved men were not allowed to serve in the militia. 1707—Law passed to increase mulatto children born to white women indentured to 31 years. Ministers were fined who married interracial couples. The newly ‘legally’ named Negroes (the Spanish word for black) were significant to ALL of the gains the Colonizers made in their constant wars between the Indigenous (Indians) Confederates in the Northeast territories of the continent, the French occupying lands in the South to areas extending to current Canada, the Spanish in the Southwest, Northwest, and current-day Central and South Americas. The promise of FREEDOM and the right to bear arms (protection/security) were primary motivating factors for our Ancestors to participate in the wars. Typically the promises were broken by the English in New England and the Virginia Colonies. The friction that existed for centuries in the old world between the ‘commoners (New England) and the nobles (Virginia) of Europe began to play out between the British subjects from New England and the Virginia colonies after the French and Indian wars ended. Negroes served in the Spanish and French-Indian Wars before they served in the (Continental) Revolutionary war. Also, they served as bargain chips in the perpetual wars in the Europeans’ quest for domination against each other in the Americas. At the beginning of the continental/revolutionary war, General George Washington was vocal in opposition about recruiting black men both free and slaves (especially slaves) into the military. “As the war with Britain broke out in the spring of 1775, Massachusetts patriots needed every man they could get, and a number of black men—both slave and free –served bravely at Lexington and Concord and then at the Battle of Bunker Hill. In fact, according to documents archived on www.fold3.com a former slave named Salem Poor performed so heroically at Bunker Hill—exactly what he did has been lost to history—that 14 officers wrote to the Massachusetts legislature, commending him as a ‘brave and gallant Soldier’ who deserved a reward. Valor like this wasn’t enough, however, and shortly after his appointment as commander in chief, Washington signed an order forbidding the recruitment of all blacks.” The British took this opposition as an opportunity to divide the colonies. army.mil. Once the Ancestors learned the English language, some of them took on the legal system to gain their freedom. Elizabeth Freeman, (1744-1829) aka Bet, Mum Bett, or MumBet was the first indigenous American to file and win a freedom suit in the state of Massachusetts under the constitution in 1781. Another person was James Armistead Lafayette (1748-1830), who petitioned for his freedom. He was a slave and served as a double agent (spy) in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he continued life as a slave because he was not eligible for emancipation under the in legal injustice Act of 1783 for slave soldiers. After petitioning the Virginia legislature he was granted his freedom in 1787. Biography.com. Two other political voices who fought on behalf of the entire collective were David Walker, (1796-1830) and Maria Stewart (1803-1879). Walker was an Anti-slave Abolitionist Activist. Walker was born to a slave father and a free mother (Indigenous American), therefore he was a free person at birth. He was one of the leading Abolitionists who urged slaves to fight for freedom and justice. He wrote a series of Essays called ‘Appealing to the Coloured Citizen of the World’ in 1830 where he challenged the system of white supremacy and its inhumane treatment of enslaved people. Maria Stewart was the first women’s rights advocate in America. She was born a free person (believed to be Indigenous to the Americas) and was inspired by Walker. As an adult, she urged women to stand up for their rights rather than suffer in humiliation. She believed both male and female Negroes deserved the chance to acquire an education. After her husband died, Stewart was denied her widow’s pension and the inheritance he left to her. He was a wealthy businessman and veteran of the War of 1812. Bostonlitdistrict.org. When the law was changed to disadvantage Ms. Steward, it was a blatantly racist act of economic starvation. The politics of Slavery was designed to keep (The Negroes) as the permanent labor force by creating laws to hinder their economic progress. The Ancestors were constantly fighting and figuring out ways to navigate the system of white supremacy. As a result of their determination to fight against the power structure of white supremacy; many of their communities were destroyed in the eighteen and nineteenth centuries. Before the federal government allowed the massacre in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, OK; Hybrid Humans with pale-skinned had developed a history of destroying our communities. Listed below are some of the genocidal/domestic terrorist acts from the 1860s to 1946. Devil’s Punchbowl in Natchez MS, 1860s People considered Contraband during the Civil War for profit. Camp Jackson Massacre, MO, May 10, 1861 Detroit Race riot, March 6, 1863 Ft. Pillow Massacre, TN April 12, 1864 Saltville Massacre, VA Oct 1-3, 1864 Memphis Massacre-riots, TN, May 1-3, 1866 New Orleans Massacre, LA July 30, 1866 Opelousas Massacre, St Landry Parish, LA Sept. 28, 1868 Eutaw Massacre-riot, Greene County, AL Murder of James Martin, March 31, 1870 Eutaw Massacre-riot, Greene County, AL Gilford Coleman lynched, Oct. 25, 1870 Colfax Massacre, LA April 13, 1873 Coushatta Massacre, LA August 28-30, 1874 Hamburg Massacre, SC July 8, 1876 Polk County Massacre, AR August 5, 1896 Carrol County Courthouse Massacre, MS March 17, 1886 Wilmington Massacre, NC November 10, 1898 Springfield Race War, IL August 14-16, 1908 Atlanta Massacre, Race war, GA September 22-24, 1906 Slocum Massacre, Genocide, TX July 29, 1910 Houston riot, TX May-July 1917 Elaine Massacre, AR September 30, 1919 Chicago riots, IL July 27-August 3, 1919 Omaha Race riot, NE September 28-29, 1919 Knoxville Race riot, TN August 30-31, 1919 Greenwood Massacre, Tulsa, OK May 31-June 1, 1921 Rosewood Massacre, FL January 1, 1923 Phoenix Massacre, AZ November 27, 1942 (Military) Camp Van Dorn Massacre, Centreville, MS June 1943 (Military) (about 1200 black soldiers died, according to records) Columbia Race Riot, TN February 25-28, 1946 (US Veterans defended themselves) For more than 381 years later, police (original slave catchers) brutality, vigilantism, and economic starvation were the leading causes of our annihilation in the illegal system of injustice in Colonial America. Our Ancestors knew first-hand what the slave catcher’s jobs were. They were/are the ‘legal enforcement arm’ of this white supremacy regime, whereas the vigilantes were/are the supporting arm to the police. This is the same dynamic playing out in 2020. White Supremacy tactics are to kill, steal, and destroy. Our Ancestors lived through acts of terror in slavery and Jim Crow. They constantly taught the youth how to hopefully survive police encounters. The idea of ‘policing’ was never a part of our Ancestors’ communities before their communities were destroyed. The Ancestors protected their own communities. Policing was always designed to ‘protect’ white people’s property which translated to controlling the ‘Black Population’ total existence. Several resources to consider to further your awareness of the effects of policing in the Black communities are: Breaking Ranks, A Top Cop expose’ of the dark side of American Policing, by Norm Stamper. Second, Ritual of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries, by Orlando Patterson. Third, 100 years of Lynching, by Ralph Ginzburg. Ginzburg’s book covered actual news stories of domestic terrorism. And the fourth book is Carter G. Woodson’s, Mis-Education of the Negro. Woodson’s book is a must-read or re-read again to understand how we have learned to be ignorant and complicit in our own demise. After the destruction of the Black communities, White people used the legal system to keep Black people out of their communities with racial covenants. As early as 1910, Minneapolis, MN established racial covenants in the deeds for housing. By 1926, other states were following the trend after the U.S. Supreme Courts validated the use of racial covenants. bostonfairhouising.org. Twenty-two years later the same Supreme Court made ‘racial covenants’ unenforceable by law. During that same year in 1948, the community of Eagle Rock in Los Angeles CA formed a mob when a black family was set to move-in. The community mob set a 12-foot cross aflame and watched it burn. This incident happened shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision. Between the years 1950-1966, Los Angeles became one of the most segregated cities in America where there were ‘secret white supremacy gangs’ operating within the police departments. In 1999, the latimes.com reported on “The Secret Society among Lawmen” that dated back to 1971 in East Los Angeles. In June 2020 nymag.com article read “In LA County, Gangs wear Badges.” Sworn testimony made in June 2020 by a whistleblower revealed that there have been gangs inside of the sheriff’s office in Compton for decades. Such gangs operating inside the police department as the ‘Vikings, Reapers, Regulators, Little Devils, Cowboys, 200 Boys, and 300 Boys, Jump out Boys, and most recently the Banditos and the Executioners. The United States, rather the divided states have never been without an Anti-Black Agenda. Operating an Anti-Black is the only way that they can maintain their delusion of superiority. In a just society, Black people could and would strive without the assistance of so-called white people. This is the reason why it’s imperative that we learn the lessons of our Ancestors, strive to become politically educated, and work toward a Black Agenda that will benefit the survival of our cultural collective. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (of Hindi/Jamaican heritage) will begin to run the yard in 2021. The reason a Black Agenda is important is that “Our Ancestors’ built America, their own communities, including institutions such as schools, hospitals, banks, and business, to name a few. Joe Biden made a pledge to the police association that he would give an additional 300 million dollars to their coffers. In the meantime, he never stated anything about punishing the police and vigilantes who murdered unarmed black people. Our Advocacy for justice starts with Reparations. The arm justice extends to recouping our communities destroyed by white supremacy and getting justice for unarmed black people who died at the hands of a domestic terrorist. Some of those who died in 2020 were: Jabari and Gerard Celestine, 16 yr old twins, accosted by the police on September 5, 2020, in Lafayette, LA Dijon Kizzee, 29 yr old man shot and killed by police on August 31, 2020, in Los Angeles, CA Jacob Blake, 29 yr old man shot and paralyzed by police on August 23, 2020, in Kenosha, WI Trayford Pellerin, 31 yr old man shot and killed by police on August 21, 2020, in Lafayette, LA Robert Fuller, 24 yr old man found dead hanging on June 10, 2020, outside City Hall in Palmdale, CA Dominique Alexander, 27 yr old man found hanging on June 9, 2020, in Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan, NY George Floyd, 45 yr old man died in police custody on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN Rayshard Brook, 27 yr old man shot and killed by police on June 12, 2020, in Atlanta, GA Breonna Taylor, 26 yr old woman shot and killed by police on March 13, 2020, in Louisville, KY. Paraphrasing one of Nina Simone’s famous songs; it’s a New Dawn, it’s a New Day and a New Life for the descendants of the former slaves/sharecroppers, and it’s time we follow the road map our Ancestors left for us navigate our journeys. It is up to us to dig for the evidence and became political warriors in the fight for justice in our efforts to further the Black Agenda. Chaplain B.BCC, iad2bfree@outlook.com, 10/27/2020.
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