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  1. Hello All, No, I'm not dead yet! Just happened to come across this thread because every once in a while i check out this site and VOILA! this time I see this headline. So, yes, I am alive! Well? Not so much. I'm tired and burdened with impatience over not being able to figure LIFE out. Too much for me. And the eventuality of the Cyber world is very scary. In the physical world it's like i'm suspended in a surreal supernatural limbo of para-normalcy. Like I'm shifting between 2 parallel universes. Too weird to go into.. My grandson's dog is my now my faithful companion, a mixed-breed mutt who is a canine version of me. We hang out together, both of us being too lazy to exert ourselves very much. I think he can read my mind. i look into his big soulful eyes, and i swear, it's like there's a human in there somewhere. If it wasn't for my Smart Phone and my TV i would just be a vegetable because i have no interest in pursuing wholesome senior citizen activities or in being a doting grandmother to a bunch of krazy Milllenials and GenZers. My kids are so old they, bore me, too, and FaceBook is the same ol, same ol. I haven't gotten my Covid shot yet, but will probably get around to it soon. Still take walks around the neighborhood, weather permitting, and still go out at night and commune with the Universe and confide in the Moon. Still hate right-wing Retrumpicans and all of the lies they are trying to convert into the truth. Still sick of niggas killin' each other. Chicago has become a combat zone, kids gettin' caught in gang cross fire, road rage drive-bys,car-jackings and police chases. So disheartening. I continue to be intrigued by quantum theories especially a new field of speculation called Biocentrism which proposes, among other things, that human consciousness imagined the universe into existence because unless something is seen it doesn't exist. Whatever. Trying to hang on for my 88th birthday on August 18th. After that all bets are off. Nobody asked for an update but there was this blank space here, so thought I'd fill it.
    5 points
  2. What the general public is unaware of and needs to come to terms with is that there is no room for information which cannot be proven in the world of historical research. History is a science. And for those who conduct historical research seriously and treat it as a science, gather historical documents, news articles, journals, court cases, diaries, letters, and reference sources all of which their conclusions are based. It is this method which I used for determining the character of Christopher Columbus and charging him with crimes against the Indian people of the West Indies. This article is the product of records which will clearly point out, that from the very beginning Columbus purpose was not mere exploration or trade, but conquest and exploitation of the Indian tribes of the West Indies. African American students who are studying this article will be informed that the Indian people who Columbus oppressed, had physical features very similar if not identical to theirs. This enlightening piece of information grants the student a personal connection to this article and gives sound reasons for not glorifying Columbus. The following statements are from Columbus journal October 13 1492 with him giving his description the Arawak Indians who inhabited most of the islands in the Caribbean and what his vile intentions were. “Their hair is coarse almost like the hair of a horse’s tail and short. Their eyes are large and very beautiful. They are not black, but the color of the inhabitants of Canaries. The word Canary was a code word communicated among authorities of the Spanish empire. The word Canary was defined as the extermination of the native people of those islands. Later as we shall see the definition of Canary materialized in the violent actions of Columbus. He later went on say .” I showed them some pieces of gold which I have; I cannot not fail with the aid of our Lord to find the place where it comes.” Michele de Cuneo wrote about accompanying Columbus on his 1494 expedition into the interior of Haiti: “ After we had rested for several days in our settlement, it seemed to the Lord Admiral that it was time to put his desire to search for gold, which was the main reason he had started on so a great voyage full of so many dangers.” At dawn the next day Columbus sailed to probably what is known today as the Bahamas Island. He ended his description with these sinister words, “I would conquer the whole of them with fifty men and govern them as I pleased.” Columbus onslaught of the natives of the Caribbean Islands was also reinforced by the Spanish monarchy. There was an urgent need for slaves for mining and agriculture to sustain the colony. Slave labor supplied the Spanish crown with revenues which had a devastating affect among St. Croix and the Virgin Islands. Columbus had obtained two concessions from the Spanish monarchs, one which he would later regret was to allow criminals to be released from prisons to go to the colonies. A Spanish slave system was now put in place which would dominate the Caribbean Islands for centuries. The Repartimientos, a system for granting allotments of land and the Island natives to Spanish settlers. By 1505 the need for slave labor had become such a natural dependence, that slave raiding the Bahamas had become a profession and the first Negro slaves by and large were brought not from Africa but from the population already in Spain and in the Atlantic sugar islands brining important skills with them. Keep in mind that Columbus acted independently to exploit the native population without the instruction of the Spanish administration. The following are statements from Columbus letter of March 1493. “ On the thirty-third day after I departed from the Canary Islands;(code word meaning prime for extermination), I came to the Indian sea, where I found islands inhabited by men without number, of all which I took possession for our most fortunate king, with proclaiming heralds and flying standards , no one objecting. Yet I especially took possession of a certain, large town in a very convenient location, and adapted to all kinds of gain and commerce, to which we give the name of Lord of the Nativity.” Without any regard for the natives Columbus constructed a fort confining the natives,(a prison) and a military force for defense in the event the natives would rebel. “ And should wish to hurt those who remain in the fort, they would not be able, because they lack weapons, they go naked and are too cowardly. For that reason those who said fort are least able to resist easily this whole island, without any imminent danger to themselves, so long as they do not transgress the regulations and command we gave.” Students should ask themselves what would be the purpose for Columbus with placing the inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands in lock up? A group of people who were non- threating and never imposed any danger to Columbus or his naval forces. According to the historian James W. Loewen, on Haiti the Indians were forced to mine gold for the Spanish settlers. Another stomach-turning aspect of the slave trade was sexual. Columbus was rewarding his lieutenants with women to rape. For Spaniards sex slaves came in abundance in the form of gifts. Moral crimes of rape, forced slavery, prison confinement, and theft all add up to the undeniable fact that Christopher Columbus was a notorious criminal. After reading this article students should come to terms that Columbus is not a national hero, nor a role model. Cherishing Columbus is a characteristic of myth not reality. Worst of all Columbus left a legacy of genocide and a history of bloody horrors. By: Herbert Addison Burns Reference Sources: 1.Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the indies: by Geoffrey Symcox and Blair Sullivan 2. Conquest of Eden 1493-1515: by Michael Paiewonsky 3. Lies My Teacher Told Me: James W. Loewen 4. The Journal of Christopher Columbus: Translated by Cecil Jane www.onlineafricanamericanhistory.weebly.com
    4 points
  3. Who would ever think that people in Lake Tahoe and California would be devastated by the raging fires that seem to be unstoppable? It is reported that at least 15,000 fire fighters are working day and night to extinguish the deadly Caldor fire. There is no question that these brave fire fighters must have gas mask to protect themselves from smoke inhalation. But how many people know including these fire fighters that a Black inventor invented the gas mask which operates according to the same principles as the gas mask use today. This inventor's name is Garrett Morgan. He invented the gas mask during his day it was known as a smoke helmet to fight fires. The purpose of the helmet was to allow the wearer to enter a room filled with noxious gas, fumes, or smoke for the purpose of saving human life and property. And this is the same purpose of gas mask use today by fire fighters. Today’s gas mask is known as an air-purifying respirator which is standard equipment used around the globe. So the similarities between today's gas mask and Morgan's smoke helmet match. Morgan discovered that no matter how dense an environment is pure air is always located near the floor or ground. Given this fact, Morgan’s gas mask was engineered to access pure air from the ground or floor. The ability to breathe pure air in a noxious gas environment whether through accessibility or purification the goals are exact. Not to mention the saving of human lives. The gas mask is the largest prevention of deaths when attempting to extinguish a fire. Some 50–80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries, including burns to the respiratory system. It is safe to say that Morgan's smoke helmet which fire stations have modeled the principles of its operation, is responsible for saving thousands of lives. With the raging fires in Nevada and California I haven’t heard of any report extending credit for Garrett Morgan’s gas mask. The safety and welfare of our society humbling given through a safety device by a Black inventor has been repeatedly ignored. This lack of consideration is a reflection of the past. Garrett Morgan was directly involved with saving lives of underground workers after an underground explosion in Cleveland, Ohio. The mayor at that time at an awards ceremony did not even recognize Morgan for his outstanding achievement of bravery along with major newspapers. The lesson to be learned is that we should always give reverence to those who are in some way instrumental with the saving of human lives. If not, this heartless action adds doubt to our humanity. By Herbert Addison Burns Reference Sources Citizen Advocate, “A Great Hero Rewarded”, 1916 NY Times, ”To Save Lake Tahoe, They Spared No Expense” 2021
    4 points
  4. Good afternoon, Everybody. Thank you all for taking the time to read what I wrote about my weird experiences and then giving me your feed back, which i found interesting and thought provoking. Before i return to this subject, let me assure you that seizing this opportunity to talk about myself on the assumption that you really give a damn about what's going on in my life is not my intent. I am simply an old lady rambling, the way old ladies tend to do and, in the course of further reviewing my peculiar experiences, i've narrowed down what i believe was the time-line of their origin. In 2008, I began experiencing dizzy spells and after consulting with a doctor and undergoing some tests, I was advised to have a heart by-pass operation because my arteries were clogged and my brain was not getting enough oxygen; hence the dizzy spells. It was during my recuperation from this operation, that I believe these psychic phenomena began to occur. Since i was widowed in 2006, i was living alone, and had gradually begun to shut myself off from the rest of the house, eventually turning what was my husband's den into a sanctuary. That's where I was introduced to the seductive comfort of a recliner. Having always been a night owl, the "wee small hours of the morning" began to find me curled up in this den, a spectator to the supernatural. When i moved in with my daughter, this sanctuary was replicated in the room I occupy at her house. By-pass surgery requires the patient being very closely-monitored while under aesthesia and this includes being hooked up to machines doing the work of your heart and your brain. Which is to say, i think my brain took on a life of its own while the cardiologist was replacing the clogged arteries of my heart, and the hallucinations I began to experience are the result of this. (It's possible that there are studies out there revealing that what i experience is not so rare among people who have undergone similar surgeries.) Another of my suspicions is that there are parallel universes and that i shift between them enabled by my re-wired brain. Who knows??? Whatever is going on, is something I have learned to live with... When i ventured out last night after a rain storm, looking up at the full moon in the cleared-up sky, i spotted Venus. It was back in its summer solstice position, twinkling at me... @Troy: I totally relate to your explanation about "nobody knowing nothing". What we call the "universe" can't be reduced to or defined in words. and can only be relegated to the "WOO" realm where the answer to every question exists, just waiting to be discerned, needing only to be channeled into human consciousness. As far as Aliens and UFOs are concerned, I have an open mind, and still am not sure I don't share DNA with beings who evolved from life forms that were transported to Earth via asteroids and comets. @Del: Lately, clocks and calendars have come to have little meaning to me because my life is now pretty much one day just merging into another, with the sun and the moon being my only guide lines, and I wouldn't dispute those who say time doesn't exist. Therefore, i can't answer your specific questions about what dates and what hours these odd things happened to me but, yes, when the tingling sensation overtakes me it does travel up my spine and spread out. I also found your references to creative brainstorms being preceded by experiences akin to LSD trips very interesting. i've heard that before. So, i am kinda hoping i will have a great revelation soon! @pioneer: If the Universe is preparing me for the hereafter, it sure is giving me a long trial period since this craziness has been going on for over 10 years. @Chevdov: Thanks for your vote of confidence! I'm done. See ya!
    4 points
  5. Hey Del, I should've known you'd be interested in hearing about my weird paranormal experiences! We always were kinda on the same wave length. So, i will share some of them with you because YOU will possibly not think i am crazy. What i would initially say about these surreal episodes is that they are what i imagine it would be like to take LSD or maybe magic mushrooms because they are, for want of a better word, "psychedelic". I have also considered that they could be side-effects of the blood pressure medication i take or - signs of early dementia, considering my advanced age. Whatever. These "post-midnight-witching-hour" interludes have been going on for about 10 years. In fact, I have mentioned them before back when my alter ego Cynique was a regular contributor to this board. But they have increased with time and fallen into a kind of pattern which i suspect might be tied in with the phases of the moon. Anyhow, the most unsettling ones are those where i see huddled shadowy dark figures in my peripheral vision when i am stretched out, relaxing on my recliner, which has become my permanent replacement for a bed because its cushiony features and adjustable positions enhance my comfort and easily induce sleep. Yes, my recliner has become my best friend and that's a story unto itself.. (Some times when i do go out and socialize with my family or the few living friends i have left, the thing that gets me through a hectic or boring gathering is the thought that my recliner is waiting to welcome me into the relief of its arms when i return home!} But, I digress. As i was saying, the shadowy figures i see out of the corner of my eye disappear when i turn to gaze directly at them, seeming to be an example of some kind of quantum theory phenomenon. These dark figures are sinister but on other occasions there are colorful animated activities going on involving people or animals or objects, all of which vanish when when i turn to check them out head on. These "hallucinations" are usually accompanied by the sound of what can be compared to birds singing. Other times i shift into a dimension where all the objects in my bedroom are vibrating as i view them with something akin to x-ray vision! For instance: looking at the photographs on top of my TV can really be scary because images are jumping out at me from their frames, appearing to be more like skulls than faces. Then, there's the world that exists behind my eyelids when i close them and instead of blank blackness, i am surrounded by an entirely different vivid environment, sometimes a beautiful garden or a lively crowd scene. Unfamiliar people also appear before me and when i reach out to touch them, they disappear. Then. there are the phantom smells, usually of food, and the recurring dreams about dead family members and friends or ones where i am always trying to find my way out of a large factory building with no exit. Frequently someone seems to be grabbing my hand or shaking my feet while I'm dozing. Lastly there's the grand finale when the recliner jolts slightly and the next thing i know a tingling sensation is creeping through out my body from my toes to my neck almost as if this mysterious recliner has morphed into a lover\incubus. What i have described here is not constant but brief sporadic incidents that happen to me on a monthly basis. More often there are nights within the walls of my bedroom when everything is perfectly normal, allowing me to watch TV or scroll through my Android smart phone (and argue with conspiracy theory nut cases or "like" other peoples' comments and memes on Face Book or watch YouTube videos...and occasionally check out this site. One would think that i would be grateful to have so many fascinating occurrences going on in my sheltered little world. But i prefer solitude and tranquility and i am weary of this out-of-sync bizarre world, feeling as though i've out-lived my time here. It's like Humanity's chickens are coming home to roost and the final result will be an implosion that will be a prelude to the end of Life as we know it. Speaking of which, i am curious as to why when i go out to gaze at the night sky, there are no stars visible anymore. Do you see any in Australia? Also my cat and my dog seem uncharacteristically drawn to me, wanting to rub up against my legs and mew and whimper and make eye contact with me. Strange. Well, ol buddy, you asked for it. And you got it! Thanks for letting me unload all of this. Verbalizing my abstract experiences has provided me with a certain degree of perspective. I'd be interested in your feedback or that of anybody else who has an explanation for my surreal experiences, other than the conclusion that i am insane.
    4 points
  6. @Troy I think you're probably right about a lot of things coming together to bring about the dwindling participation on this site. i was hesitant myself when you changed the format. I thought it took away some of the intimacy. But all good things must come to an end. For a brief moment in time we all shared something special and unique, then it all dissipated. Before Ferocious Kitty (Deesha) gained fame, she and i met for lunch when she was in Chicago for some event, and we had a somewhat interesting engagement before she ended up sticking me with the $50 tab because her fiancee never showed up to bail her out. Yvette and I also met for lunch when she was in Chicago. She is one of my favorite people and our afternoon was much more fun. And, before she went ape on me, Kola and I briefly corresponded during this period as did Chris Hayden and I as well as me and "A Woman". My brief encounters with all of them broadened me. My participation in that forum back then was a new experience for somebody who was past her prime. It rejuvenated me and was a great diversion for someone who had recently retired and was new to the Internet. 'Will always be grateful to you for providing an outlet that allowed me to spread my wings and be something other than a wife and a mother. And of course i can't overlook the book collaboration with you and Mzuri that never panned out. LOL And where is Mel? I miss her! Lotsa luck with tracking Chris Hayden. I explored all avenues with no results. He's from St. Louis, btw.
    3 points
  7. The media, the media, the media. Everybody hates the white mainstream media! Sooo, it must be doing something right. Its crime, of course, is not reflecting the views of all its critics who, themselves, are at odds with each other. That's really what the complaints amount to: being offended by not having one's opinions reinforced. It would also seem that many want the media to ignore anything that is not serious; no gossip. no rumors nor anything that could be construed as being politically biased or racially offensive. Just about shit that happens. If an alien from another planet were to observe the American scene, would this viewer wonder whether things would be different if the status of Blacks and Whites were reversed? Would the white minority be crying "racism" at every turn, and would the black majority be corrupted by the power it had ruthlessly acquired over centuries. Surely black supremacy would be an issue because Blacks definitely think they are superior to Whites. Would this spectator from outer-space conclude that Earthlings are doomed to be in a constant state of discontent? And that, ideally, each race should simply have its own planet so the conflict would not be about superficial differences! Even aliens can dream. Meanwhile, the third rock from the sun continues to wobble on its axis, rocking its dizzy inhabitants, leaving them to lament its atmosphere of turmoil and bigotry. But there are exceptions. Me? I no longer give a damn.
    3 points
  8. We live in a culture increasingly defined by ideas biased, and elevated, by algorithms designed by young white men to enrich themselves. This creates the false impression that the ideas which rise to the top of our social media feeds must be superior to ideas undiscoverable or unexpressed, on social media. Older media platforms reinforce this notion by trolling social media feeds for "news" to cover. Then working harder to elevation their social media presence than their own platforms. When a Kanye West expresses his political views it makes national news, while the thoughtful perspectives of the few remaining seasoned pollical journalists, who write for Black-owned newsletters, languish in obscurity. Is Kayne's opinion of Trump more important the someone who has studied pollical science, communications, and covered the political scene for decades? Seemingly it is, given the relative about of attention paid to Kayne. Some opinions are objectively "better" than others. Some opinions simply do not deserve an audience and other opinions should be shouted from the highest mountaintop. The idea that we should give equal time to opinions of anti-vaxxers is not only silly, it is dangerous. Anti-vaxxers rhetoric may attract a lot of attention (read: make a lot of money), but the coverage of their ideas by mainstream media gives credibility and a false equivalency to these hairbrained ideas. This is the same behavior that led mainstream media to clamor over every inane tweet generated by Trump. This not only gave Trump a massive and free platform, it eliminated the resources that should have gone toward covering other candidates. Our sorry reaction to the pandemic and the insurrection are just two terrible and direct consequences of our focus on what a Donald Trump thinks over experienced politicians. The idea that white women would choose Trump over Hillary Clinton is easy to understand if you believe that Hillary runs a pedophile ring, out of a Pizzeria, as social media made certain we were aware of this absurd "news" story. Social media's propensity to elevating the ideas of easily triggered young adults, who have not lived long enough to understand, or to have experienced, anything of consequence to "cancel" others is also an insane consequence of social media's bias. Our best and brightest minds will never be provided with a large platform by the mainstream media — especially if they are on Black-owned platforms. This is why we have to identify and elevate these people ourselves. I use AALBC to accomplish this, I will also promote other platforms when I see them to it. This is also why I actively promote Black-owned book websites, Black-owned book stores, Black-owned newspapers, Black-owned magazines, the best Black-owned websites, and much more. The support is not always reciprocal, but when it is, it is great, because it is mutually beneficial and one of the reasons AALBC has lasted almost a quarter of a century on the web. The support AALBC.com gets from institutions and people will never generate as much attention as as someone with, say, 100,000 Instagram followers. But the fact is AALBC has a much larger reach than someone with 100K followers, but again social media's focus is on themselves not — not Black-owned platforms. It never was the job of any social media platform to determine whose opinions should matter most to the Black Community, or to elevate Black-owned platforms — it is ours. Let do it!
    3 points
  9. I met Bill Cosby on one of my flights. He was one of the most gracious and accommodating passengers I flew with. His personal assistant was a black woman. You may have seen her on his perp walk to and from the court. The man those women identified as a rapist is not the man I met that day. I believe those women. If Cosby told the truth in his deposition - then he didn’t drug them without their knowledge. Sexual Assault is tricky. We women say no, or want to say no but sometimes we feel guilty for putting ourselves in a situation where a man can harm us. It is f-cked up some men are monsters. I was in that situation when I was a teen crushing on a cute boy who was nearly a man. (18 yoa) I thought he was a good boy. He wasn’t. It took another man to keep him from sexually violating me. Thank goodness for “iron sharpening iron.” A man protected me from a monster. I told all the other girls who knew him to stay away from him - I told them he was a predator. I TOLD. I also learned how to use my sexuality to get what I want from men. That’s the trade off for innocence lost or almost lost. BUT I didn’t file charges against him. Do you know my dad was a cop? I could have had all of NYPD on him. BUT I felt ashamed for putting myself in that position to like and trust a predator. This is why some women don’t come forward until 50-11 years later. Then it’s too late. I believe the PA Supreme Court Justices got it right. I also believe we must teach boys not to rape.
    3 points
  10. It seems to me she could shave at least a 10th of a second off her time by ditching the wig…
    3 points
  11. Just like the continents weren't always separated, I don't think we can remember when it wasn't like this. It's not hard to conquer and destroy an egalitarian society. They would simply let go. To the victor go the spoils. And they write the record so we can't collectively access those memories. The avatars you mentioned are the ones who return to remind us of our higher self. Some humans remember and operate at higher vibration. We can no longer see their existence. If you activate your highest self - you will experience nirvana and will be able to operate between the dimensions. Or remain with those avatars.
    3 points
  12. Well, not yet, but keep hope alive. It may be a hard concept to grasp but if we, as humans, can understand the broader cycle on this planet, it may help us to understand that the projection for a peaceful existence amongst us all, no matter what walk of life we exhibit, has still not been fulfilled, however, it has been well projected. I try to always reflect on this idea; This entire planet is completely able to sustain all human life to have abundance and even though in certain areas, at times, there are famines, or volcano eruptions, etc., and lop sided governments who dole out excess for a few and poverty for the masses, it is NOT suppose to be that way forever! This earth is completely able to sustain all human life and in abundance! I always try to keep that in mind and look for a better existence. Real change is projected to come.
    3 points
  13. This song, "The Other Side of Town," by Curtis Mayfield is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists. It came out in 1970, but I was an adult before I first heard it -- if I heard it before them I probably could not appreciate it. It is a very sad song in many was. It reminds my of the lives, and contributions to society, that were lost because people grew up impoverished. It also make me think of the comments @Gibran and @Pioneer1 made in earlier conversation where people do something dumb because some negative remnant of their upbringing presents itself. Know know folks who have completely derailed their lives because -- they let the ghetto comes out of them. I'm not immune to it either, but I've been lucky (relatively speaking).
    3 points
  14. I am respectful of all opinions and personal views as it relates to politics, religion, and other controversial topics. However, it has been obvious on many occasions that most people are blinded by their own point of view and life experiences. I am grateful for the learning opportunities that I get when I connect with people from different areas and cultures. Although one thing stands true, "people shun you and are turned off" when you are not willing to show and give respect to others (even when their opinion is different than yours). We should be able to share perspectives without being attacked. We should be able to support one another even if we don't agree with one another's philosophy. Different is ok and I embrace it. Being different doesn't mean that I can't learn from you. However, being harsh is an infectious, contagious disease anode don't do rude. Before moving into 2021, assess your environment. You may find that your front door is the one that need to be swept clean and attitude adjusted. People have a difficult time as it is. I want to support those that are team players. I want to collaborate with those that I can trust to be meek. I have met so intelligence here. You all are. Just don't allow your attitudes to supersede the greatness that is within you.
    3 points
  15. Recently an article was published on the Oprah Magazine website, “119 Black-Owned Bookstores in America That Amplify the Best in Literature.” While I was not attributed as a source of the list, I know I was because my bookstore list contains at least one bookstore that is not a bookstore . But the list was widely copied so who knows where they sourced the info (including my rouge “bookstore”). Unlike many of the other sites which used the list, Oprah Mag at least included AALBC as a store, so I’m good. Oprah Magazine also created another article, "12 Authors Share Their Favorite Black-Owned Bookstores." This is was an really cool thing to do too! One of the 12 authors, Mitchell Jackson, even cited AALBC.com as his favorite bookstore! But here’s is the thing, and it is a big deal, when mentioning the author’s books, the Oprah Magazine did not send readers to a single Black-owned store. Instead they linked to a white-owned business (bookshop.org), for the book sales — missing a tremendous opportunity to direct those sales to Black-owned bookstores’ websites! It is fine to say how much you support indie booksellers, but the biggest thing supporters of Black-owned bookstores can do is to send book buyer to our stores and websites. Far too many “supporters” send book buyers link to Amazon, and now increasingly, to Bookshop, while voicing support of Black owned bookstores (read more on why linking to Bookshop.org does not support Black-owned Bookstores). Several authors have told me that they don't want to show favoritism for one Black independent over another. However these authors easily show favoritism by linking to Amazon or Bookshop. In 2020 no one needs to be told they can buy a book from Amazon, and Bookshop gets free promotion that really was intended for Black-owned stores If you want to support Black-owned bookstores, stop promoting Amazon and promote a Black-owned bookstores instead! I know most supporters of Black-owned bookstores simply don’t know this, and this is why I'm writing the message. I didn’t know either; While I've been selling books, on the web for almost 23 years, most of that time I was selling books as an Amazon affiliate. Despite my advocacy for Black owned bookstores, I was completely unaware of how my affiliation with Amazon was undermining independent booksellers. Once I started selling books directly, boycotting Amazon just made common sense. However replacing Amazon with Bookshop is only a marginally better solution. Amazon pays affiliates 4% and Bookshop pays 10%, far less that what an indie bookseller would make on a sale. You have to actively support Black-owned stores if you believe they are important. The idea that Amazon has the best prices is often not true, so that argument no longer holds. Often books sales on Amazon are actually fulfilled by third parties anyway, so Amazon is not really adding any value. Indeed, they are reducing value by acting as an intermediary who make money on every transaction with zero risk. The American Booksellers Association (ABA) used to tout an solution called Indiebound.org which allowed supporters of indie bookstores to provide book links without showing "favoritism" to any particular bookseller or linking to Amazon. For example, if someone wanted to provide a buy to Mitchell S. Jackson's book, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family they could use a link like this: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781501131707. Once the book buyer reached the indiebound site they could enter a zip code, say my local zip code 33647, and a list of local booksellers would be shown. Indiebound would send readers to local indie bookseller sites to complete the sale. It seems like the ABA is pushing the Bookshop solution which is a mistake in my opinion, but again I advocate for independence. Reliance on Bookshop or Amazon to process our book orders and take most of the profit, is the opposite of Independence. Clearly Amazon wants us to be dependent upon them. I doubt Bookshop is any different. Now I understand that some brick and mortar booksellers are unable to sell books on the web and the pandemic has only made things worse by closing some — not all — physical stores. But imagine if the Black independent booksellers, who can handle the sales, got the business that we are sending to Bookshop. Support Black-Owned Booksellers.
    3 points
  16. It seems, that I have not only seen, but also personally witnessed the degradation, humiliation and systematic dumbing down of the Black Consciousness over the years. I feel as if the self destructive culture that has originated and been perpetuated by Blacks in America have served a vital role in helping those who would want us economically dependant on the same system that brutalizes us. It uses us, it uses Black music, black artists, and ghetto "black" culture, while fetishizing our women and emasculating our men. While they squeeze Blacks in America for every penny they can produce, they simultaneously feed us lies and debauchery, scandalous behaviour and a vehement, zealous defense of the rabid, radical, grotesque commercialization of black culture to fit every narrative and to bow to every notion they give us. It is an absolutely disgusting, disingenuous, demoralization tactic used by the defenders of Americanism to subjugate the world, and it worked. But slowly, over time, I have seen, or at least realized the reawakening of the Black Consciousness over the past 10 or so years. And so I ask, what do you think started this outbreak of Black Intellectualism, and do you think that this time, unlike the first time Brother Malcolm stirred up the Black Consciousness, that the outbreak will not only start to evoke real change, but it will stick for a longer period of time, possibly becoming permanent?
    3 points
  17. Time. Wow.. sometimes when I hear that word, it makes me tremble. TIME! For someone who has ever done "TIME" the word is frightening, especially when you must confront it with its boxing gloves on. For most, time is an anonymous fear that has no shape or form. It just is, but when you go to prison, TIME because a living, breathing monster that you have to either tame or die. Prison transform TIME into the proverbial monkey on your back. It is always there like a bad habit you can't shake. In prison. TIME awards you nothing but the challenge to defeat it.When I was a rookie at going to jail, the old heads used to always say that the time is already made. All you gotta do is to outlive it." That is easier said than done when you have a thousand other lost souls competing for 'something to do' in the same shared space. During my first serious bid at 15, I felt like I had cheated TIME because the Youth Center was like a summer camp for troubled teenagers. I learned how to box (was a pretty decent welterweight fighter), tightened up my basketball game, and discovered where some of my classmates had gone who had suddenly disappeared. I went to prison on the day that MLK had gotten killed and within hours of my arrival in prison, a riot broke out due to MLK and 8 convicts were murdered. You know something that I hadn't really thought about, but that incident may have sparked my militancy because shortly thereafter, I morphed into a revolutionary. I was not playing with those devils. I started a riot of my own a few years later. I burned down the corn fields at the prison farm to protest them forcing us to work in below freezing weather which was against the rules. I took over Sunday church services to rail against white oppression. I was placed in solitary confinement for my last year in prison because it ws decided that I was a 'bad influence on the other convicts. My second bid netted me 30 years and I knew I had to do ten before parole so what was I to do for 3650 days Looking at TIME like that is really frightening. Oh yeah,let me tell you about how TIME steals your perspective. I did 4 years on that first bid. I thought everything stood still because in prison, it does. You don't realize thar shit still going on in the streets. Anyway, when I came home, my family had moved and I didn't quite know the hood, so 3 of my sisters came to greet me. I waited for them in a park. I had been 19 and I was four years older than the oldest of those sisters. In my mind, Istill thought they were little girls. Hell, the baby girl was barely walking when I left so when I saw 3 girls walk by, I had no idea who they were! I was hiding behind tree s I could jump out to surprise them but I idn't recognize my own sisters. Doing TIME had tricked me into not knowing that shit didn't stop bbecause I was locked up. I watched TIME make bitches ot of strong men because the day you run out of shit to do to fill up those long days and empty nights, is the day you go crazy. And that hurts most. Dig this. I had friends that I was close to who got shipped out to another jail and then when we hit the same prison yard again, he was a 'girl'. As hard as that was, I dealt with that better than seeing a friend lose his mind. Nothing is sadder than to watch a soldier turn into a zombie. What is worse is seeing it out here. A few months ago, a chain-gang friend came home. Good, good brotha. Came home after 23 years and he was gone. All he talks about is flying mission while he was in 'Nam. He was never in the Army. Shit sad. Yeah, TIME is a different monster when she got out her whip and chains. I was close to fucking up myself nut a white counselor saved me. I was placed in maximum security for a year for 'instigating a rebellion against staff'. Anyway, even though I was a vet at doing time on lockup, I was not emotionally rready to be locked up for 23 hours a day with no physical contact with another human being so I put in a request to see the psychologist. This was normal as most guys would go to the Wizard as the psyche doctor was called because he would happily prescribe psychotropic drugs that would make you sleep. The first week or so on lockup are the hardest until you adjust so the pills works wonders. In any even, when I went to see the wiz, he refused to give me a 'script. What happened is that he had ben a counselor at another joint where I had been and he told me that he saw me out of his window every day running. You couldn't miss me. I had extremely long dreads. He explained what the drugs would do to me. He told me to tuff it out. And that's what I did. Man, I almost let TIME get to me. TIME ain't no joke. My brother did 36 years straight in prison. He's out now. We were waiting on our oldest brother to come home, but he died two years ago after doing 40 years inside. I don't know if it has made news everywhere but a friend who did 44 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit was released two months ago. He is trending online, has been on the news, and has the ear of locals. I will ask him to push the National Day of Amnesty mentioned in another thread. TIME messed up another friend who did 20 years inside for a crime he didn't do. His case was finally overturned, he got millions of dollars for wrongful imprisonment, and then committed suicide. When I did ten years for a robbery I did not do, TIME really messed with me. I was innocent. I wrote Oprah, 60 minutes, Geraldo. Only Ed Bradley from 60 minutes responded. The office of Barry Scheck from The Innocence Project ( a lawyer on the OJ case) told me it would take two years to get to my case, I almost wanted to give up. two years! That was too long. You cannot imagine how TIME roughed me up. It was like I was on some different kind of mission. I didn't want to get into trouble or beef with the guards or the convicts. I wanted to go home. It took me ten years
    3 points
  18. @Pioneer1 No. I was too busy with being a new mother. I've never been a serious TV addict, so there are probably more popular shows that I did not see especially during the 90s. BTW, I've been absent from this community for a little while because my computer had a virus and also some significant changes have occurred. So, I am super busy but hope to eventually pop in more and more to see the topics!
    3 points
  19. Therefore, please vote on or before Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to help their community thrive. For example here's Michigan's ballot sample - if you notice there are only 3 federal races president, U.S senators and U.S. representatives. The rest of the ballot contains questions relevant to this particular precinct, ward, county and city in Michigan. Also, the referendums aren't written in everyday language so if you're not sure what the vote will mean for your community - check with your local election office. They should have someone who will tell you how your yes or no vote will impact the community. Also if you want to see a sample ballot for your county -visit the secretary of state office online - there should be a link to access your county's sample ballot. I got this Michigan ballot by filling out the form at https://vote.michigan.gov/PublicBallot
    3 points
  20. @Wendy Jones I recommend aalbc.com member, writer and web designer @zaji at the Creative Ankh https://creativeankh.com/
    3 points
  21. Walkman93, I share your comments about Charlie's work. I call him that because we have a few things in common. We worked at Howard University's radio station WHUR, he in the late 70s as a reporter, me in the 1980s as a public affairs producer. I interviewed him about his book in 2014 and I was truly ecstatic about this stellar piece of journalism and bravery. One thing though, the cover on my hardback book is different from the paperback. No problem. Still a good book that should be required reading in all journalism classes.
    3 points
  22. You're too deluded to realize you're deluded.
    2 points
  23. I agree, Troy runs an excellent forum. It's one of the things that has kept me on here for years. I've said over and over again that I'm surprised it doesn't do more traffic since social media is so restrictive and is so quick to ban people. With all of the forums on this one site.... What's stopping people from signing up, starting a thread and then posting back and forth on it like a chat room? Only difference is it may be a little slower to submit comments. I haven't seen any limits on the pages of a thread...people could potentially have a thread full of a thousand posts. I don't have to worry and say "Blk" instead of "Black" or "Wht" instead of "White" or avoid saying the word "vaccine" for fear of it getting caught up in some algorithm Plus, unlike Twitter or Youtube...where some unknown figure is sending you warnings and stikes....you can easily just e-mail Troy about a problem. But many of our people love to follow the crowd. They love to go where the "action" is and follow their friends around.
    2 points
  24. The email below was sent to me by the Wall Street Journal. Now You can guess the skin color of the people and social economic status of the people exempt from the rules Facebook imposes on the rest of us. Why Black people (any people really) continue to willingly provide free content to enrich Facebook AND subject themselves to this is beyond me: Mark Zuckerberg has publicly said Facebook allows its more than nearly three billion users to speak on equal footing with the elites of politics, culture and journalism, and that its standards of behavior apply to everyone, no matter their status or fame. In private, the company has built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules, according to company documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. At times, the documents show, the system has protected public figures whose posts contain harassment or incitement to violence, violations that would typically lead to sanctions for regular users. A 2019 internal review of the program, marked attorney-client privileged, found such favoritism to be both widespread and “not publicly defensible.” In a written statement, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said criticism of the program was fair, but added that the system “was designed for an important reason: to create an additional step so we can accurately enforce policies on content that could require more understanding.” Facebook knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled by flaws that cause harm in the real world, according to an extensive array of internal company communications reviewed by the Journal. Moreover, the documents show, it often lacks the will or the ability to address them. This is the first in a series of articles based on those documents and on interviews with dozens of current and former employees.
    2 points
  25. Former. Football. Player. Herschel. Walker. Wants. To. Be. The,,Next,Black. Georgia. Senator. He. Wants. To. Challenge. Senator. Pastor. Warnock .Herschel. Walker. Supports. Trump. I ,Think. Trump. Is. Supporting. Herschel. Walker. To. Be. A. Republican. Senator. In. The. Next. Election. Idiot. Supporting A,,Idiot. But. He. Has. As. Much. Experience. As. Pastor. Warnock. ,Did. Maybe. Kanye. West. Will. Return. And. Try. To. Get. Elected ,,With. All. These. Irritating. Black. Entertainment. Dramas. ,Black. ,,Award. Shows. No. Voices. Heard. On. How. To. Stop. Black. ,Genocide. In. Black. Communities. Street. Gangs. Murdering. Black,People. Children. In. The. Streets. Crack. Houses. Pimp ,Houses. ,Preachers. Stealing. Money. To. Buy. Cars. Mansions,Not,Uplifting. Poor. Black. Communities. Black. Churches,NAACP. Black. Political. Not. Doing. Anything. ,Herschel,,Walker. Might. Get. Some. Black. Votes. ,Last. Year,,Black. ,People. Were. Supporting. Trump. On. The. News. There. Were ,,Blacks. For. Trump. Signs. ...!!
    2 points
  26. Mzuri Hello dear. Everything is not well with me, but most things are...lol. I'm not gonna forsake great in search of perfection Obviously I don't share your political views but I'm impressed with your post because I didn't realize you had so much political and historic insight. I don't listen to Don Lemon btw...I think his a mascot for CNN. A token negro male they can point to to claim diversity.
    2 points
  27. Cynique writes, "Tell all of my AALBC 'frienenemies' I said, "stay well." I know we all (at least I have) have been jonesing to read something from Cynique about the passing scene: “Welcome to 2020! I always knew things would catch up with this country, but I never imagined that I would be around to see it. Unlike some, however, i don't believe a conspiracy theory is at work via the new world order; the inevitable has just come to pass. I don't think the USA will ever be the same after this pandemic, and the shit is really gonna hit the fan come election time. But, whatever. I'll be doing good to even be around in November. So far, i haven't exhibited any corona symptoms and like everybody else, I'm social distancing myself on voluntary quarantine. If the virus doesn't get me, my intense loathing for Trump might bring me down. I.DESPISE.HIM. I can't believe how the Universe has put him in place as a leader during this time of crises. But with his luck, he might just emerge smelling like a rose when this new flu proves to be much ado about nothing and that the real disaster was our overreaction to it. Me and my cynicism do find the way the media is handling it to be a bit much. Yet, I have mixed emotions. In addition to the radiation being emitted by cell phone towers being the origin of the virus, another one of the theories out there on FaceBook is that if your ears are ringing, you are getting signals from unseen forces about to take over Earth, and my ears are really picking up a lot of static! Oh, well, i always did think I was an alien. And the bizarre supernatural activity that continues to occur within the walls of my bedroom in the middle of the night are very unnerving... “
    2 points
  28. America would not exist without racism . Even before it was a nation it had institutionalized racism and oppression .
    2 points
  29. Beautiful!!! Look at her Yall! I know a few others that had by-pass surgery and now, I do wonder if they've had similar experiences. Me too! I sure do miss you!
    2 points
  30. If you saying wearing the wig creates an energy boost for her that compensates for the drag, I can't argue with that. Plus the flamboyancy adds to her marketability which will generate far more wealth than can be earned running...
    2 points
  31. glad she is well:)
    2 points
  32. Good thing you live in the good ole USA, because you might get yourself killed debating someone else’s religious beliefs in another country.
    2 points
  33. You know what is cool about this list is that these are mostly books that are not widely known. John A. Williams and Richard Wright are perhaps two of the most important writers of the 20th Century, but they are not going to go viral on social media. We have created a cultural bias such much of the information that is most widely shared and defined as important is driven by an algorithms created by young white men, who know nothing about us. We have to continue to promote and define what is important to us. Bestselling Books by, or About, Black People for April 2021 #readingblack
    2 points
  34. Or open the link in an incognito window
    2 points
  35. @Mel Hopkins I agree: Yes we marginalize ourselves. I recall quite clearly the fact that Black writers are balk at my paying them $100 for a book review -- while they would boast and promote that they were Blogging (writing for free) on the Huffington Post site! The Huffington post benefited from a great deal of free and exclusive content that I could not even pay for! Social media has just taken it to a while 'nother level. Today many reviewers STILL give Goodreads (an Amazon site) free book reviews! Why? I'm not aware of a single reviewer who has given Amazon free books review who has "blown up." Indeed, the number of platforms paying for reviews have been greatly diminished during the past 20 years when writers have been writing for free for the massively wealthy properties, from Facebook to Amazon. I wrote about this 8 years ago warning writers about Digital Sharecropping. As far as being targeting by the FBI; the FBI's job is done. When was the last time a Black person did anything impactful enough that our enemies felt the need to assassinate them?
    2 points
  36. I did not, nor have I ever considered banning Chevdove. I was just letting you know why in case you were wondering. We can use more posters, so If I kick one out, I'd figured let everyone know. I did not think any of the other regulars cared enough to miss Magnetic, as they never commented on his/her posts. I'll probably make it policy to lets folks know if a contributor is banned.
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. A person who is a real quitter does not rise again to triumph. Stacey Abrams singlehandedly delivered Georgia into the Democratic Party's column. And then she engineered the unthinkable: A resounding U.S. Senate victory for a Black man from her state. And the election of a White Jewish man from her state. This gives the Senate to the Democrats. Stacey Abrams was cheated out of the Governorship by a White man who denuded thousands of legitimate Black voters from the state rolls. She did not blow it. If you think she's a quitter, then Black people will take that kind of quitting everyday.
    2 points
  39. Apologies for the bump. This book is FREE today for review considerations. (No links, but you can figure out where) Thank you for all of your support and engaging discussions this year! I've been able to give away a lot of books in my community and will move on to other things next year.
    2 points
  40. Ann B. You appear to be a genuinely sweet person, but if you're rewarding my posts AND Daniel's, that's offensive....lol. That's like a woman saying: "You're so handsome!" Then she looks down at a GREMLIN and says to him: "Oh, and you're so handsome too!" Somehow the compliment doesn't feel quite as good as it did before...lol. Daniel However I believe that there is no such thing as a Black culture. I believe Blacks are living out different cultural experiences based on their associations. It seems to me that you're CONFLATING "Black culture" with "AfroAmerican culture". There are plenty of Black cultures around the world, literally HUNDREDS. Your words seem to reflect the reality of many AfroAmericans as opposed to Black people worldwide. This is why I asked Ann to be more specific. A lot of our people end up offending OTHER Africans around the planet by totally ignoring their contributions to culture and world history by pretending their cultures are totally irrelevant or don't even exist.
    2 points
  41. Hey, I'm with you. I'm impatient too. There are many areas we need to work on. I see these discussions as a tiny part of that work. I also think the worst thing we could do is mimic what has been successful in people we do not admire. As a kid, I decided I don't want to get financial security using methods proven successful time and time again by people in my community I did not respect. I also don't want my people to seek social domination using tactics I consider wicked. Of course, I don't think anything you wrote suggests we mimic them. I would like to think as we progress, we are looking for a new or different way. Not just a role reversal.
    2 points
  42. Pioneer doesn't allow his ignorance to get in the way of being misinformed.
    2 points
  43. Midnight. In. Th. Antebellum. Grove. ,Elderly. Racist. Preacher. J. W.-Bryant. Wallace -Hears. Loud. Moans. Near. Cypress. Trees. -Horrified. He. Sees. Black. Men. Hanging. From. Trees. A. Black. -Vengeful. Spirit. Speaks. ,You. Organized. The. Hanging. Of. Many. -Innocent. Black. Men. In. The. Rain,Sunshine. And. The. Moon's Glow -Into. This. Hanging. Tree. You. Will. Go. Hang. Them. You. Spoke -With. The. Noose. And. Bible. In. Your. Hand. Knowing. They. Were -Innocent. Each. Black. Man.. To. Watch. Their. Burning. Flesh. The-Demonic. Crowds. Did. Grow. Into. This. Hanging. Tree. You. Will. Go..-Their. Blood. Dropped. In. The. Tree. Roots. And Upon. The. -Leaves . As. You. Watched. Their. Bodies Sway. Back. And. Forth. By-The. Breeze. You. On. Your. Knees. Talking. Redemption ,Mercy. For-You. ,You. Want. Me. To. Show.. Into. This Hanging. Tree. You. Will. -Go. In. The. Antebellum. Grove. Falls. The. Rain.. Elderly. Racist-Preacher. J. W. Bryant. Wallace. Body. And. Soul . A. Cypress. Tree-Contains.....
    2 points
  44. This outrage over paying taxes amuses me. As if no one in this forum realizes that the U.S. Treasury needs to be replenished after Republican trillion dollar tax cuts for the rich. Why would anyone follow the words of celebrities who exist in a different world? And you’re mad at Joe Biden. Just remember, the former Vice President is not a radical. He is sensible. But he also knows that the federal government needs more revenue. In 2019, Biden revealed a tax plan that would boost federal revenue by $3.2 billion. He wants to · Tax Capital Gains as income · Raise the corporate tax rate to 28% · End the stepped-up basis loophole which allows someone inheriting property and investments to reduce their capital gains taxes · Establish a corporate minimum tax (how many times have you read about corporations paying no taxes?) · Tax foreign profits at 21% · Cap deductions for the wealthy · Impose sanctions for using tax havens · Raise the highest individual tax rate to 39.6% (for the richest) · End real estate loopholes, which will end “like-kind” exchanges that help property investors · End tax breaks for fossil fuel production Biden has specifically said the money raised by these changes to the tax laws will fund social programs. According to Trump fans, everyone’s taxes will go up under Biden That is nonsense. Unless you make more than $400,000 a year, you will pay the same in federal taxes. The claim that the tax rate for those making over $400,000 may be pushed over 60% are applicable for only three states: California (62.64 percent), Hawaii (60.34 percent), and New Jersey (60.09 percent). Marginal rates would also exceed 60 percent in New York City (62.03 percent). This is from the Tax Foundation website. Who makes $400,000 a year in this forum? If you do, congratulations! But the wealthy need to pay their fair share of the tax base. This should have never been the task of the Middle Class. Why the rage over Biden? Because he is targeting rich people and corporations. Both will pay more in taxes. It’s even possible the rich and corporations may no longer be able to use many loopholes and exceptions that keep them from paying their fair share. The potential beneficiaries of Biden’s tax plan would be the social programs he wants to fund with the increased tax revenue.
    2 points
  45. Not really but Spidey in the comics is a smart aleck. @Nnamdi Azikiwethe style is similar without the lines that Kirby drew. I wasn't found of Kirby for that very reason. Also do you know the name of that piece of sculpture on the book cover? Season two of American Gods really showcased the Ananzi and the Black Gods, then he was removed from the story.
    2 points
  46. What if that was the point? What if Stan Lee made Wakanda separate for that very reason. In hopes, someone like you to come along and raise this point. Our content, our literature, always ask a question. This is what makes literature (comic books included) the best conceptual teacher! So, for example, you come to the aalbc community and teach / remind us about the Berlin conference - and now we are able to build our knowledge with that piece of the puzzle. One thing I learned after publishing my debut novel and gathering intel on my readers is that comic book aficionados are a “rare intelligent breed.” Stan Lee knew his audience and subconscious or not - if you want to keep a secret, hide it in a book. So, maybe Wakanda was a wink and a nod conversation starter. As you’ll see here in this forum - there are facts, perception and perspective and they rarely meet. But I do like conversations that help me understand the world a bit better. I like the short film that led to Raising Dion - better than Netflix’s version. The short was a true allegory of how to raise a black boy in a world that wants to steal his power. I have a hard time with Thor. I’m still mad at that one @Delano because Thor is a ripoff of “T'shango, the Yoruba god of lightning & thunder. He is a warrior god and wielded a wicked hammer and thunderstones according to legend.
    2 points
  47. Thanks for asking for clarification: Here is the deal. I set up an affiliate store with Bookshop.org when they first launched last year. I figured I could use them to generate revenue when supplying buy links for books that I do not carry in my online store. When I send readers to https://bookshop.org/shop/aalbc I get 10% of any sales generated. Bookshop, in partnership with the ABA, shares an additional 10% with indie-booksellers, who are also ABA members. This is the revenue share that AALBC, an ABA member, is not allowed to receive. Of course Bookshop retains the remaining revenue. So when a readers buys a book from a Bookshop affiliate -- even a affiliate operated by a Black-owned business, like AALBC -- most of the profit goes to white businesses. Does this make sense? A web based booksellers can make anywhere between 65% and 40% on the sale of a book. As the ABA fosters a dependence of Black booksellers (usually the ones with the weaker ecommerce sites) on Bookshop.org they are basically taking 55% to 30% of that potential revenue. Bookshop has another program where Bookshop was they pay 30% of cover price to stores that handover they online sales to bookshop. Still the bookstore is giving up 25% to 10% of their revenue. While strengthening Bookshop and weakening the potential off all other web based booksellers. This is the main source of by gripe -- it is Amazon all over again. Popular booksellers like Powell's books in Oregon, does not use Bookshop.org -- they have a robust ecommerce website. Powell's has also finally stopped using Amazon's marketplace, which has completed perverted rationale pricing for the online sales of books. Powell's still gets the revenue share from Bookshop.org -- even though they do not use bookshop.
    2 points
  48. Just finished this book. I expected it to bash those in the Civil Rights Movement who identified with "non violence". I myself am not a "non violent" and this book changed my perception of the "two" strategies. I originally thought "non violence" was weak. But now see it can be an effective tool that must be accompanied with people willing to defend. The author (Charles Cobb) did an amazing job of showing how the two worked hand in hand. Often, when direct physicality wasn't an option, we resorted to other, more creative ways to fight against the system. Work stoppages, slow downs and most notably, running away. There are many anecdotes of the self defense black Americans used in the struggle for freedom. Cobb even covers rebellion during slavery and shows the long history of us standing up to the power structure, with our backs against the wall. I really liked when Cobb spoke on the struggles that CORE, SNCC and other groups, had when bringing their non violent way of organizing to a southern culture where the gun was a daily part of life, as was the terroristic violence. The southern men and women opened their homes and lives to these student organizers and often times protected them from attacks. Charles Cobb was a field secretary for SNCC and provides first hand knowledge and experience of the horror that was (and in a lot of ways still is) the American South (the north, where I'm from, is bad as well but it wasn't the primary focus of the book). I could go on and on but this is a very well written and researched book that gives a perspective of the Civil Rights Movement that isn't often showcased. I recommend everyone to check it out. "Black resistance to white supremacy is deeply rooted in grassroots community organizing and best describes black peoples' effort at gaining freedom and full citizenship; efforts that began long before the demonstrations and protest in public spaces associated with the 1960's." - Charles E. Cobb Jr
    2 points
  49. I am reading Black Imagination by Natasha Marin. She asked people 3 questions 1. What is your origin story? 2. How do you heal yourself? 3. Describe/Imagine a world where you are loved, safe, and valued. These were questions given to Black people, inclusive of everyone, everywhere. It's amazing how some could imagine and others could not. Says loud of this country.
    2 points
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