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  1. 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.
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  2. @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.
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  3. Good points... and yes, Tyler Perry and those like him are still contributing to the growing irrelevance and marginalization of black America.
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  4. 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!
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  5. @Delano Wassup, Del? I slipped below the horizon but have momentarily surfaced. I'm reminded of you every time I notice an interesting sequence of numbers on my digital clock at which time I always take note of how i feel.
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  6. Oh that is easy. People get their kicks out of being trolls. I be seen people participate here for weeks then turn into a straight up troll out of nowhere. i had one presumably wire guy troll me here and all over the Internet. He was with clever and created some memes of me i even found funny. I kept a few but lost then over time, the way we all tend to lose digital assets over time….
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  7. See you in the future.
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  8. Latinos don't seem to carry the race-card baggage that so many black people do. However, they do tend to ignore the risks and follow the herd.
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  9. Sovereignty must always rule. A Simple Analogy: Your personal home is your sovereign kingdom. Would you allow anyone off the street to simply walk into your home, grab a bite to eat, displace you from your easy lounger, kick you out of your bed, shower in your bathroom, take your wallet, and walk right out the door unchallenged? Think again. Eric Adams kowtow's to the ideology of The Left. New York is headed into political, financial and social oblivion for at least the next two generations. All of those deceptive liberal whites and ignorant low-information blacks who keep voting for the same slate of dog crap over and over again, are going to continue to get exactly what they deserve - and that is, sheer 'misery' on steroids.
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  10. @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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  11. Well I dont want to argue or name call. I dont mind a logical discussion
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  12. The modding in white forums is a bit better and a bit more strict compared to black forums. The pinnacle of many black forums is the ability to freely talk poorly about other black people, all kinds of black people. I been banned from television forums and white forums for simply pointing out someone sexuality. It wasn't malicious either. Many people have extremely low self esteem so talking ish about other black people gives them a high. This is precisely why they come onto Black forums and key words to look for when you suspect someone is white or in digital blackface, they will constantly call another black person "ugly" or "stupid". Its frequent.
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  13. @Cynique, my sentiment echos @Troy in that regard. Your views and opinions were part of the reason I stuck around this forum. i respect your divorce from the race and self-imposed hiatus but I'd much rather read you than not even if we disagree.
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  14. @Mzuri, unless someone is born rich, they have to produce goods and/or perform services in order to earn income. That's a job. A prostitute doesn't make any money just laying around thinking about it. There's some work involved regardess of mindset. Poverty is a condition into which people are born. Most folks do not choose it. Getting out of poverty requires a different mindset, knowledge, skills, abilities, talent, opportunities and luck.
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  15. Most people have to work for an income (active) in order to cover their basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, education, etc.). Hopefully, they will have earned enough income to make investments leading to passive income (real estate, stocks, bonds, etc.). Accumulated income (active), personal property and capital gains (passive) produces wealth. Unless there is generational wealth, there is no getting around having to work.
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  16. The sneakiness of the moderators is also another issue. They have their hands in many other black sites who all suffered the same. It eventually gets run over by white trolls. Its the same formula every time. S2S forum, nike forum, allhiphop, blackvoices, etc. The gateway is usually a bunch of self hating black people, then enter the non black people then eventually it get run over by racist trolls.
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  17. @Dr Francis Welsin the entire history of nyc, even when it was new amsterdam, is filled with frictions between peoples. Maybe you are right and black people in nyc, will find it unbearable in majority. but based on history, I think some black people in nyc, perhaps most, will thrive, other black folk will falter. @Mzuri voting block wise Adams had the advantage. Basic election strategy. Ocasio cortez became a house of representative member for the same reason. No matter what municipality you are in, if you can get the majority voting populace you win. Getting the nypd vote is massive in NYC. Adams is a cop, from Koch to Bloomberg with only a 4 year gap by dinkins, the nypd had 32 years of heavy support from the mayor of nyc. Koch/Guiliani/Bloomberg each gave the nypd the highest quantity of funds, the highest quality of protection or support from the mayorlty. In that time, the number of law enforcers in nyc went from respectable to a small army. That is a voting block. And in that time, law enforcement made sure they grabbed members of every major racial group in the city: phenotype/religion/gender/age/sexuality et cetera. In a city whose private labor base was shrinking in that same time, working for the government became the only path to get a job. NYC in the past was a diary hub, a manufacturing hub, but the federal level shift in the 1960s of usa firms being multinational, meaning cheap labor outside the usa, started quick in ny state or ny city. And the reason for that was to hurt black people. So you are right, most of the people who voted , voted for adams. but most of the citizens, exclude residents, didn't vote for Adams. They voted for... none of the above really. but nyc doesn't have a structure for when none of the candidates are quality. And in defense of adams, which is something I don't do usually, his competition was light. None of the candidates, any party or independent had anything remotely close to a policy plan. Adams had one tag, safety. But, that was enough in the field. Curtis Silwa's argument was a Scrtrumpian one. he wants to shake things up. But the problem with that argument is, most people in nyc, don't like donald trump and long before sctrumpf was into governance. I speak as a new yorker now. Many people have disliked Donald trump in NYC form the 1970s and 1980s. And silwa knew this, so trying that angle was foolish in my view. In cheap retrospect, Siwa should had attacked the policy quality of Eric Adams as brooklyn borough president or state senator, in which , adams, like obama as an illinois state senator or federal senator or Kamala harris as attorney general of california, did nothing. It isn't that Adams is bad or good policy wise, he is nothing policy wise. To your point MZuri, Adams is out for himself. He wants the jobs. The only reason Siwa had decent numbers cause Adams didn't have any thing remotely close to a plan, he just advertised the slogan to attract the steadiest voting block in nyc, who always feel nyc is about to erupt in crimes, which is a view based on nothing. To continue, most people who know nyc well know this city has never been as dangerous as some new yorkers profess. I can tell you that my clan has been in nyc for over 100 years and it has never been the tower of babel that some still keep trying to say it is. Yes, peopel get killed in nyc, yes. But, in a city of millions of people, comprehend many of whom are not known, many people live in the streets, you will get murders. You will get harmful acts but it doesn't mean the streets are a video game, like streets of rage or like that charles bronson film. So Adams didn't win because he was black, he won because most people in the city were not inspired to vote cause no one vying for the mayorlty had anything remotely close to a plan. But to the people who were inspired to vote, he was the option that fits their viewpoint, and that being he is a law enforcer. And that connects to my earliest point to you , that nyc quietly has a large extended family to the nypd. Cops have families/cousins/ sisters/brothers/wives... Votes. He didn't win cause he was black. he won cause he was a cop and the cops have a huge voting block and other candidates.. maya wiley/ andrew yang/ kathryn garcia/ siwa/mateo offered nothing that was going to invigorate a city of probably 20 million people that are without a financial base, going through a malaise of issues and looking for the kind of leadership that comes not too often in humanity. @nels maybe Mexico City will one day allow non citizen residents to vote in that city. Mexico city is huge and like NYC , the populace in the city may find it plausible. My only issue is you keep focusing on the federal level, this law is only to nyc, not nys, not the usa, not the state or federal level. so.. please focus on cities/counties. as nyc is technically 5 counties . Don't say England, say london. Don't say CHina say, Peking. Don't say russia, say st petersburg. Don't say mexico, say Mexico City. These are the comparables to the situation. Adams himself is historically against this. the city council passed it, but the city council of NYC is unlike any other city in the usa. cause nyc is unlike any other city in the usa in terms of demographics.
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  18. 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.
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  19. 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.
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  20. @Cynique, you are an elder and as such I will always care about what you have to say. Anytime we are in disagreement I have to examine my view point. Of course I will always appreciate your candor. @Mzuri, Cynique does not have the power to delete posts. Besides if she did, I'm sure she would not. For the record, I never delete posts either. The only exception is spam and X- rated photos. Me too Always!
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  21. ************************************************************************************ @nels I have had some time to reflect on your original question, What does it mean to Be Black as opposed to Identify as Black? And to keep my answer as simple as possible, I believe that Being Black is a condition And Identifying as Black is a choice. ************************************************************************************
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  22. Yes, it's unfortunate that such a large swath of black America is still glued to Al Sharpton & Co. at the hip.
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  23. ************************************************************************************ @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. ************************************************************************************
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  24. @nels, no whining from this AfroAmerican man who has done very well for himself. However, that will never preclude me from giving my opinions. I'm entitled to do so under the Victim Guaranteeed Qualification (VGQ) as codified by the honorable Neely Fuller Jr.
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  25. And yes, that's why people are entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to make up their own set of facts. In my view, Paula will always be biracial. I see a lot of whining in this fragment. A smart person would stop complaining about what they perceive as racial inequities and instead, do something to improve their potential success. As I've said and implied many times before, black America needs to stop blaming the rest of the world because they themselves were born black.
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  26. Facts. Being white is their pre-existing condition and the privileges that come with it. Whites do not have to navigate the obstacles of race as it relates to their progress and success in life. Whites do not have to meet the same qualifications and standards they impose on non-whites when it comes to opportunities. White supremacy provides a power that allows whites to focus on everything else because their skin color is never a liability. Being white is an asset.
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  27. Remember, white folks don't occupy themselves with being white, but they do spend a lot of time staying white. I do not fault them for not having any control over who they are; instead, the issue is how they behave, which may be directly applicable to how the rest of us behave, as well.
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  28. As a side note, having personally lived with (real) pure sub-Saharan black Africans before, they view the somewhat absconded term "African American" as pure nonsense. IMO, that's one of the problems of identity-driven societies. Paula Patton is biracial, any way you cut it; she's neither black or white - she's a combination thereof. Very good point. Being black, white, etc. goes well beyond and much deeper than the physical characteristics that anyone possesses.
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  29. 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.
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  30. @nels yes, the concept of giving a non citizen voting powers is against the idea of citizenship being a valuable and unique item for involvement into the civic community in the usa. Your choice of language is energetic but I think alludes to falsehoods. This law was voted on by the nyc city council first. and then eric adams voted on it. So this law isn't an usurping and applies to legal resdients. so, nothing in this law is illegal. I admit it is aphilosophical to many, but it isn't an usurping or illegal. As for the condition of countries, the usa has the most powerful military on earth and involves itself in the affairs of every other country. A great statistic I learned from an opinion editorial article in the ny times stated that the three letter organizations of the usa/ cia/ fbi/et cetera have had hundreds of deaths in foreign countries in the last few decades. and this is what is known. So, I will not refute the responsibility of people living in a country to improve it. but empires, and the usa is an empire, influence militaristically lesser countries, usually to their detriment. So I think the usa has to evade the empire business before the people in it can demand the people influenced outside the usa by the statian empire are disinterested in leaving countries the usa has mangled. Isn't that fair? I ave countless examples to support my position. I support my position with iraq. An easy example. the usa invaded iraq, iraq did not invade the usa, nor was it behind the 9/11 attack. now many iraqis have come into the usa, but like the koreans/vietnamese/colombians and many others, the usa's role in their countries is a large part of their problem. anyone can have their reasons to support a policy. But, the party of andrew jackson supports this policy for the voting power it will bring. This will blockade the party of abraham lincoln in nyc, as the party of abraham lincoln will make an opposing policy by default. And it is plausible as this law is for a city only. So other cities have the right to make laws to ban such voting powers, as well as blockade or restrict immigrant communities. For me, this law is strategy. NYC was called by many in the party of abraham lincoln, a harbor city , and thus it is living up to that even more. Nothing is banning other cities from doing similar things in opposition. @nels just to clarfy, the law doesn't allow illegal aliens to vote, cause they are committing a crime. the law allows noncitizens to vote, but only noncitizens who are registered residents who haven't committed a crime in 30 day.
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  31. To identify as Black is to identify with the culture. this is the same as “being” Black. The racial terms black and white are nonsense as there is no genetic basis for them. This is obvious as so called white people pass for black and so called black people pass for white all the the time.
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  32. 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.
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  33. Interesting perspectives, indeed. Unfortunately, being 'black' in America (and elsewhere) has been defined by the 1/32nd (one-drop) rule (and by other methods, definitions and metrics) for many generations (https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/one-drop-rule-5365/). IMO and from life's experiences, being black or anything else in the most simplistic of terms, may be nothing more than a state of mind. What really matters is how you play the hand you are dealt with when you're lucky enough to have been born. Even though Halle Berry is literally half black and half white, her apparent effort to un-black herself may actually have done her more harm, than good. From my point of view and from what she literally said, Paula Patton seems to have gone out of her way to distance herself from half of her racial, ethnic and heritage identity (i.e., her white mother), in order to appease the race hustlers and make herself feel good. This is utter nonsense. You are what you are.
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  34. That’s a development project a friend of mine is working on in Sierra Leone. I actually like it. My problem is the crime, political and religious instability in the region.
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  35. ************************************************************************************ I come here to connect with other writers and publishers and whoever else. And for the conversation. I don't think your forums would ever be dead because there will always be someone to fill that void. ************************************************************************************
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  36. Personally, I enjoy the discussions especially among my folks. The dialog is more important than whether or not we agree or disagree; share the same or polar opposite views. Despite the fact that the participation is not high and @Mzuri feels it's tired and boring , I'm glad to have found this forum.
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  37. I had just watched Uptown Saturday Night, before learning of Poitier's passing, sharing the experience with someone who was unfamiliar with the movie. R.I.P.
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  38. "but she should learn to filter some of her nonsense. Every thought that pops into a person's brain does not need to be uttered to the general public." Say what ? ? ?
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  39. 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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